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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
radagast83 (4563) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (1524) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Clear dark amber pour with a slight tan head. Nose is maple, toffee, and bourbon. Taste is slightly sweet with strong maple, bourbon and malt flavors bouncing around. Some heat at the end. A little mineral in there too, which mellows some as the beer warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Aromas of bourbon and molasses. Tastes like English toffee. Delicious! Founders rocks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
On tap at Sam’s, Durham. Pretty sweet to have the opportunity at the Founders takeover (rep was a great guy too). I do enjoy the regular Curmudgeon, and this one was - even though immensely sweet and boozy - still satisfying in its way. Pour was a bit more ominous and cloudy than expected, with plenty of carbonation. Nose mostly of bourbon and malts of the base beer. Far more toffee, maple, and molasses in the taste (especially the latter, providing a nice bit of relief from the other, more conventionally sweet notes).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2013
his has awesome drinkability. It is definitely a sipper, but it is just delicious and hard to put down. It is a big malty sweet slightly boozy wonderful old ale. Overall, it is just an awesome beer, and an excellent example of this style. This is just a nearly perfect beer for me. I highly recommend trying it if you find it. I really wish I would have been able to find another bottle so I could share it with people that couldn’t find one. I will definitely but this again If I get the chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
28th October 2012
As ’Better Half’. Hazy dark amber beer with some particulates. Tidy cream coloured head. Creamy malt nose. Smooth palate, slightly viscous and a little dry. Fine carbonation. Lactose sweet malt, slightly spicy. Mild marmalade hops, fairly well buried. Finishes smooth and dry. Little alcohol spice and a touch of sweet woody bourbon. Pretty simple beer but it’s well joined up and very drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3721) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Rated in April 2012 (Backlog) - Deep gold in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of honey, malt, and light butterscotch. Taste is of malt, honey, brown sugar and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3414) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Shared bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small biege head. Sweet aroma of bourbon, molasses, and caramel. Taste is bourbon, molasses, vanilla, caramel, maple, and spice. Very sweet. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbrana (448) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Review of Curmudgeon’s Better Half. This is an outstanding beer that has a very interesting palate with flavors of bourbon, maple syrup, molasses, anise, caramel, vanilla, cloves, botanicals, and spice. Has a great balance of sweetness but is actually quite dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours copper amber with small with small cascading white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malted, toffee, and caramel. Flavor of maple syrup, cough syrup, astringent flavor, bourbon, little vanilla, and muddled malt flavors. Aroma is nice, but body is too thin and flavor is a boozy muddled mess. Probably my least favorite founders beer to date.

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