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Old Ale brewed with molasses and aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4405) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle at RBWG14 Pours rather clear amber , good white foam Smell is sweet, syrupy ., grainy Taste is very sweet, bourbon , grains, bit boozy . OK , but prefer curmudgeon old ale , actually .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4307) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Backlog bottle thanks to so many good ratebeerians. The look is amber to orange in color with an off white head. The smell is sweet, burnt, fruits, toffee, and nice. The taste is alcohol, sweet, apple syrup, and wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Aged for awhile. Sweet light maple flavor caramel booze. Not too shabby beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours hazy, lots of sediment, orange colored. Smells a lot like an aged ipa, caramel and sweet. Taste boozy citrus peel, caramel Mid body Not very popular, maybe it’s just too old at this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeerFan (63) - - NOV 22, 2013
Very good bourbon barrel aged old ale. Beautiful vanilla and bourbon notes and good mouthfeel. Very pleased with this beer. Well done Founders! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1897) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle..Pour is a murky copper with a thin white head...Nose is nice vanilla, nutty, spice, oak, alcohol, chewy caramel...Taste is chewy caramel, nutty, vanilla, woddy, maple..light sweetness..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3317) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Traded bottle as Curmudgeon Better Half. Wow that’s big. Big caramel aroma reminded me of a barley wine. Flavor is also similar to a barley wine but you do get some flavors of caramel, maple syrup and bourbon. Just a hint of booze in the finish which is pretty impressive since it is almost 12 ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2828) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle labeled as Better Half shared thanks to Paul of brown! Pours a hazy copper with thin ring of off-white head that leaves light lacing. Aroma is sweet molasses and maple syrup with a hint of vanilla. Taste is slight bourbon up front, then sweet sugar and vanilla with a lingering oak finish. No booziness at all, very nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1040) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
Sample from bottle (as Curmudgeon’s Better Half). Hazy red pour with a lingering ring of head. Shows some nice vanilla and fruit character in the aroma. Malty sweet taste with a fruit cake-like character. Sticky mouthfeel. Can’t really fault it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
radagast83 (5377) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Shared a bottle of this as ’Better Half.’ I know this is about a year old, but this one feel off terribly. Poured a light, clear amber color with a very wispy off-white head. Aroma was sickly sweet maple, caramel, alcohol, and boozy bourbon. Flavor is about the same, extremely unpleasant bourbon notes, wood, and cloying sugar sweetness. I kind of wish I had this one fresh. Virtually undrinkable. Poured down the drain.

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