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Founders Furniture City Stock Ale - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Furniture City Stock AleFounders Furniture City Stock Ale

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GRPunk on 10-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
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4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

picked this beer up the last time I was in grand rapids picking up some Boltcutter.

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Light to medium brown bodied beer with a red hue. 2 fingers of an offwhite almost tan colored head. The head is big creamy and frothy with great staying power.

Smell: nutty, malty, light toffee, and a hint of roast and brown sugar.

Taste: Great malt profile on this brown! Nutty and slightly sweet malts. Toasted grains that almost gets to a roasty note. A touch of light brown sugar and toffee. And then the perfect balance of earthy hops in the finish that add no bitterness just that nice earthy note! This beer is effortlessly good and textbook for the flavor profile of this beer style.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer drinks like its 5%! Its creamy and smooth. Very well carbonated!

Overall: This was a wonderful brown ale! cant remember the last brown ale that impressed me this much. Textbook english brown ale in all aspects of the beer. Wish I would have picked up more!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown ale or Stock ale? I'm not sure, and I'm not sure I care. I may be in the minorty. If I'm wrong, though, I'd rather not be right because this beer is flat-out delicious.

It's a red-tinted brown color, deep and dark but with a certain transparency. It forms a finger of tan head that fades slowly, never completely, and a good amount of mostly patchy lacing with some light webbing clings to the glass.
My mind is blown that no reviews I've seen mention wood (at least as a major component). Sure, there's a lot going on, but is anything more prominent than the woody note? Not that I can detect. It's warm, sweet and lightly boozy, a malty base resting some caramel, vanilla, toffee and nut with balancing bittersweetness of cocoa and a bit of leaf and earth. It's all under the wood and the sweeter notes, though. This is just delicious stuff. There's something gently raw underneath, and the hops are earthy. The fresh wood note lies overhead the whole way, adding a dryness to counter the sweetness. I have to wonder if this beer was intended to have a direct correlation in the flavor to the "furniture" theme.
The body works for this beer, and it's not thinned out , nor is it made too syrupy or thick. It finds the balance, lying in the medium range with the appropriate heft and carbonation. Crispness is light but carries through, just lively enough, and it's very smooth.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Furniture City Stock Ale from Founders Brewing Company out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This beer was brewed in celebration of the Grand Rapids Public Museum's historic beer exhibit in the fall of 2012.
Score: 75

Fall 2011 vintage bottle served in a Kate The Great snifter and enjoyed on 12/14/12. Big thanks to Shawn for the hook up!

Appearance: Pours a dark, clean amber color with a finger of off-white head that settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Awesome lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Stale hops, lots of malt and nutty caramel malt. Toasted barley grain and cocoa. Faint brown sugar too. 3.5/5

Taste: Very malty, though that is to be expected based on what Founders was going for. Carmel malt, and barley grain. Some nuttiness too. Faint roastiness. Where's the cocoa from the nose? 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, minimal carbonation. Despite the viscosity, this beer feels watery on the palate. Malty, but not really sweet. 2.5/5

Overall: Drinkable, but not good. Not bad, but nothing special.

Recommendation: It was nice to tick this beer, but it was not worth hunting down.

Pairings: Hershey's chocolate bar.

Cost: $6.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this one at Oades in Lansing, figured what the hell. Can't really pass up a cheap ($7.49 for a bomber) founder's beer that I've never tried before. Although I usually find browns kinda a boor maybe this one might change my mind.

A&S: lots of maltyness coming off this one and some dark sweetness maybe molasses, pretty basic but solid. Dark caramel brown colored beer, head hangs around well as a nice creamy texture and tan coloration.

T&M: Mild toffee sweetness upfront. Pretty bitter thought except for the finish. The finish is very pleasant, mild to little bitterness involved with lots of roasty and malty qualities. the smoothness is pretty much the best I've had for the style, nothing on a good quality porter but pretty darn perfect.

overall: Nothing mind blowing, but I didn't expect it to be. If your one of those people who wants almost anything founders puts out, I would say snag it up especially since they normally price these specialities way higher. Availability might be rough, on founders website they said they only brewed 80 barrels and don't plan to do anymore, so get it while you can. If your not interested in trying everything founders produces, I wouldn't rush out to get it, its nothing amazing.

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Founders Furniture City Stock Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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