Founders Furniture City Stock Ale - Founders Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +7.8%
True to English brewing heritage, Founders chooses a new world beer with old world charm as the means to help a charitable cause. Though called a "stock" ale, the beer proclaims brown ale roots from start to finish.
Blightly clear and sparkling with a redish tint, the otherwise brown-hued ale looks sophisticated and humble. An off-white head separates from the beer and caps the rim with a heavy creamy froth that easily outlasts the session and laces with foamy rings with each sip. It's the quintessential English ale look!
Nuts, chocolate, and light toffee lead the way as deeper aromatics of coffee gounds, toasted fruit, and toasted bread pronounce through the nutty, chocolaty scent. Starchy malts are the mild biscuit component that pulls all the robust notes together.
Rich to taste, but effortless on the palate- the masculine flavors begin with toasted grain and starchy malt flavor. As the flavors build and saturate the taste buds, richer chocolate, Nutella, and mildly seared fruit offer up a multitude of complexity for such an easy drinking ale. Steering away from aged notes, the stock ale adheres to the brown ale recipe, right down to the light earthy hop bitterness and light floral spice.
Medium bodied from nose to finish, the beer remains lightly creamy until a snappy hop dryness cleanses the finish and allows for high levels of refreshment. Light woodish hops shys away from asgringency and favors a light minty spice note to close the beer. It's short lived aftertaste is a memory of its nutty start up.
It's a clean, simple and pure brown ale that prefers a simplified and dignified palate. I would like to see a more complex "matured" element or more pronounced ester profile for added depth and excitement.
01-12-2013 02:47:30 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Thanks to Todd for sharing this one? Or was it Tom? Served in a mini pint glass.
A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lacework. Transparent nut brown color with some visible bubble streams.
S - Smells like a brown ale alright, with nuts, chocolate, toasted grains, and some fruity English ale yeast. There's a bit of earthy and floral hopping, but it's largely about the malt here.
T - The taste is a bit less sweet than the aroma suggests, with more dry roasted nuts, as well as fruity berries, milk chocolate, and a bit of sweet tobacco leaf. A bit of herbal bitterness in the finish.
M - Smooth, medium body, slightly grainy texture, medium-low carbonation, and no discernible alcohol.
D - A well done stock ale. If you're into old school brown ales, this is worth checking out. Perhaps disappointing if you were expecting something akin to Founders' other 750ml offerings, but I could easily and happily drink the entire bottle on my own.
12-03-2012 21:55:53 | More by MasterSki
3.96/5 rDev +6.7%
Bottle from Siciliano's, 750ml into a tulip.
Dark brown with some ruby highlights. Tan head with moderate lace and webbed retention. Nose has nuts, dark fruity notes, bready with some chocolate as well. Taste has chocolate, nuts and roast on the back end. Toasty malt character and subtle dark fruit character on the palate, a fair bit of complexity all around. Medium feel, medium low carbonation - almost a silky feel. A quality English brown.
01-13-2013 20:08:39 | More by liamt07
4.4/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
09-10-2013 21:36:39 | More by Brenden
3.91/5 rDev +5.4%
2012 750ml bottle into NB snifter. Thanks jbck109!
A: Pours a very dark ruby red with two fingers of short lived light brown head that faded into a bubbly collar leaving sheets of lace.
S: Caramel, toffee, woody, roasted grains, and faint leafy hops. Lightly nutty, not sweet smelling but I get hints of molasses too.
T: More roasted and a little sweeter than the nose. Not much caramel either. Nutty, biscuit, toasted malts, mild earthy bitter hop finish, sweet, fruity berry-like aftertaste. Nutty and earthy overall, tobacco as it warms. More bitter than most.
M: Frothy carbonation, medium body, chewy mouthfeel.
O: Solid and enjoyable. Went perfectly with homemade chili. Thanks again Jay.
02-22-2013 00:43:15 | More by scottfrie
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
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!
01-13-2013 03:01:35 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
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.
12-15-2012 07:26:26 | More by jegross2
Founders Furniture City Stock Ale from Founders Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.