Curmudgeon’s Better Half
Tasting: April 4, 2012
With Curmudgeon Old Ale, you really can tell that the guy on the label is a mean-spirited jerk. But, in his reprise role on the label of Curmudgeon’s Better Half, he’s seems to have softened a bit. If you look at the face of the woman on the label, you can just read her expression, “Yes, this idiot is my husband, I humor him and his rants in the same way one might humor a child. I apologize in advance for whatever insult he might direct at you.”
Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the third installment in Founders Backstage Series. Each of these releases is a wider broadcast of a legendary limited offering of their brew pub in Michigan. This one is a variation of their seasonal release, Curmudgeon Old Ale. The twist in Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the aging in maple syrup bourbon barrels. First generation was the bourbon, then maple syrup (I’d like to try that), then this ale. Like another Backstage offering – Canadian Breakfast Stout, the sweetness should be more dominant than the woodsy, vanilla of the bourbon barrel. Other notes — 11.9% ABV and also includes molasses.
The pour of Curmudgeon’s Better Half into my trusty oversized brandy glass shows a rusty rich brown hue with a rapidly receding head. Sweet aroma and I can’t wait to tear into this one. Really impressive blending of flavors here…within seconds waves of maple syrup, vanilla, molasses, booze and oak. Nice thick mouthfeel. The maple syrup lingers as the aftertaste. I’m going to savor the rest of this bottle. Curmudgeon’s Better Half is as advertised and is simply another classic from Founders 95 points.
Read my review of Curmudgeon Old Ale Here