wxman (1820) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pours an amber color with fairly vigorous carbonation and a minimal off white head that does lace the glass. Aroma is buttered rum and maple syrup. Interesting balance of rum, brandy, butter, maple, brown sugar and some hop bitterness at the close. Alcohol is present as well, but not offensively. Warms the tummy after the swallow. Quite busy, but also quite delicious! drfabulous (7956) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 1, 2012
750 thanks to Dana at Shenanigans. Molasses. Bourbon. Barley wine. What’s not to like? Really well done. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Founders Curmudgeons Better Half - tap at smokin joes. hazy red-tan translucent, thick lasting cream head, small bubbled. Nose of orange toffee and molasses, quite sugary and rich. Flavor shows orange candy and sugar at front, mid is more barrel and stale malt, very sugary with creamy marshmallow body, stinging sweetness in the finish accompanied by bitter heat when warmed. Nose was mediocre, flavor likely tooth rotting, creamy body compliments fruit-sugar combo but it never gets off ground. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2012
I love this barrel treatment. Sweet molasses aroma, maple syrup, and great old ale background Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Tasted side by side with Curmudgeon
S: brown-orange, white head, looks like curmudgeon, some floaties
A: a little sweet booze, mild vanilla, caramel
T: slight burnt flavor, sweet whisky, vanilla caramel, medium finish
O: very good, delicious, awesome beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jar72404 (426) - USA - FEB 29, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours amber with cream head. Aroma is maple syrup, molasses and bourbon. Flavor is all of these with brown sugar. Superb. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
This poured a medium to darker brown colorw ith a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of broubon, some woody notes and vanilla and toffee too. Flavor was much the same ,ltos and lots of bourbon, vanilla and woody barrel notes, some light chocolate and dark fruits and toffee. Very complex and tasty. Would have given it an even higher score if it wasn’t so freaking hot. AdamChandler (5052) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Disappointing. The tasting group I was at agreed that it was just okay. This is surprising as most of the reviews contradict a group of 9 people who taste beers daily. Oh well. Poured into a tulip. Picked this up just last week at the local market.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A - Half a finger of very creamy head. The brew was deep tan with a healthy amount of sediment floating around.
S - Sweet bourbon was my first though. Think of a very watered down old fashioned. Wood notes were a combo of oak and maple. Of course maple syrup was coming through as well.
T - Wood, whiskey (specifically bourbon), maple but all of the flavors were muted. Very weak, bland and almost running away from my taste buds. Someone made a great beer and threw a gallon of sewer water in it.
M - 50/50 bubbles on a swish. It’s a very boozy beer and the linger is a very burned and roasted maple syrup taste. Trust me, I live in New Hampshire. I know burnt syrup.
O - Meh. I have another bottle of this and I need to give it away.
Clear red orange beige cover vanilla aroma caramel sweet taste is nice bourbon vanilla oak sweet caramel michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Draught at TND: Sweet aroma of Bourbon, oak, malt, maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, light scotch, toffee, and a slight hint of alcohol. Poured deep amber/burnt sienna in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white/tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Complex flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, Bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup, slight cola, light toffee, and a hint of bittering hops. Medium body. Viscous, sticky, then dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Medium sweet, slightly bitter, Bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, cola, oak finish is dry and sticky. 11.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.