Founders Furniture City Stock Ale - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by minterro:
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2012 23:53:04 | More by minterro
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4.4/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2013 21:36:39 | More by Brenden
3.54/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Just a quick review for this one. I've had this in my cellar for over a year just because I couldn't really find a good opportunity to drink it. Well, I didn't feel like making another run to the store, so I just cracked it open.
The age really destroyed this beer (I emphasize that I wasn't cellaring it to enhance/change the flavor). It poured well enough -- very little head on the forced pour, dark browns. The smell was almost nonexistent, even in my snifter, and the taste was just big malt with very little flavor beneath it. Excessively carbonated too, leaving my mouth feeling dry at the end.
I assume this beer was pretty good in its heyday, since during certain sips I was reminded of FMB (which I like).
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2013 16:18:04 | More by JamesShoemaker
Founders Furniture City Stock Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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