emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours a clean sharp ruby copper with one finger of creamy sandstone tan head. Nose is very rich, lots of caramel and dextrinous malt. Light showing of bourbon and maple syrup, some toasted hazelnut and vanilla. Nice and rich flavor, definitely sharing this one. Full bodied with a mild showing of alcohol. Maple and bourbon are well integrated, do not overwhelm . Very nice. Strykzone (7362) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Thanks Jason. dark copper with a smaller beige head. Looks like Curmudgeon. Dark fruit in the nose. A smooth feel. Molasses flavor with alcohol and dark fruit. Maple. Not all that complex but good! oldgrumpy (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2012
A beer for the God's. Great taste. Bourbon and maple dominate the taste. This is wonderful stuff.
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750 mL bottle as Curmudgeon’s Better Half. Pours deep amber with some suspended particles and a slightly off-white head. Aroma is strong on maple syrup and bourbon. Bourbon and maple flavors, caramel and toffee, slight toasty hops. I want to say it’s almost a milky flavor. Not in a bad way, just what it makes me think of. This version of Curmudgeon seems like a sweeter, smooth version, kind of seems to lack a bit of the punch of the regular version. Still very nice. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Small draft sample. The aroma is a lot of fun. Moutwatering maple and sweet bready buttery notes dominate. There is more complexity there that’s worth additional investigation. Rich, sweet flavors on the palate with the maple cask coming though extremely evidently. Cool beer that I liked a lot.
drpimento (3640) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2012
From bottle, let it warm up a bit.
Poured into chalis.
Aroma is malty, full, ripe, ahhh, dark ripe fruit, figs, and musk. And damn dampness of humid pubic hair.
Appearance is a clear dark copper, honey, but with little head.
Taste is the best quivering quim I’ve ever tasted.
Palate reminds me of the juicieness of some long forgotten friends.
Great beer, highly recommended if you so happen to stumble upon it. Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2012
(Better Half) bottle pours clear amber brown with brief bubbly white head. Aroma malts, maple syrup and slight bourbon. Taste sweet with Old Ale overtones, maple syrup and bourbon. Finish slight hops and prolonged sweet maple. Palate medium with not much carbonation. Alcohol very apparent with a nice alcohol burn on the finish.Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Glad I tried it, nice beer but not up to the level of other Founders limited editions. Maple syrup comes through here even more than with Canadian Breakfast Stout, I enjoyed the maple flavor but it wasn’t balanced by the other flavors.
Bottle: pour is garnet Brown with a fine bubbled beige head in this snifter. Modest retention, and light lacing is present. The nose is pretty booze dominant, with molasses, caramel, banana, dark fruits, and bready malts. The flavor profile is more interesting, but I keep thinking some age could vs beneficial. The maple syrup definitely comes through, and the body of this beer is a little viscous. More caramel and molasses; some bitterness but more sweet. Booze is present , with more fruits rounding it out. Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Pretty nice stuff here. The bourbon is a bit overwhelming in this one which is not usually the case in founders barrel aged offerings. The beer improved as it warmed and I got light spicyness, dark fruits, and caramel with the strong bourbon/vanilla notes. Overall good. bosendorfer (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2012
I finally had the opportunity to sample this beer on tap at a local pub downtown. Given how much Canadian Breakfast Stout absolutely lived up to the hype, at least for me, I figured this beer was more than worth sniffing out. Luckily, my palate did not have to wait long. The beer was served to me and my friend in two bulbous little 6 ounce snifters. A deep, opaque amber color let little light through as the head spillled over and ran slowly down the glass, leaving a snalelike trail of sticky lacing. Rounded notes of powdery malt, syrup, treacly vanilla and muted whiskey rose slowly from the glass to greet the nose. The bourbon barrel flavor in this ale is nowhere near as prevalent as in Founders other BA breakfast stout offerings, KBS and CBS. In those beers, the maple/bourbon barrel created a synergy with the chocolate and coffee that was astonishing and rich. With the Kaiser, the maple barrel turned the beer more into a confection than anything else. As soon as this syrupy treat hits your lips, its like you’ve slapped on your bib and are about to dive into a decadent pancake breakfast with LOTS of dripping, oozing syrup. The syrupy sweet character of this beer is reigned in a bit by some flowery hops and drying vanilla notes from the barrel, but it almost goes beyond cloying. The maple and vanilla from the barrel really come through together and finish the beer with a sticky smack, leaving some toasted malt notes to linger a while in the mouth. Two 6 oz. pulls of this dessert in a glass were enough for me; I don’t know if a third would have been worth the diabetes. Overall, this a very comforting, warm and delightfully sticky beer with plenty to offer. However, it doesn’t round out the sweetness as much as I wanted it to and also doesn’t deliver entirely on the complexity. Perhaps my expectations were to high and inconsistent with the other Backstage offerings. I’m left wanting more out of the beer and needing to brush my teeth from the sugar.