Frootwood | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
We took a crisp, light-bodied cherry ale and hid it away in oak barrels that have held both bourbon and maple syrup. After a lengthy stint, it emerged a changed beer, blanketed in notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness. The wood proves itself the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 10-23-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,511
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
741
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
180
Trade:
9
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Photo of chiefz1
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VoxRationis
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) brown bottle into a snifter; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy amber color with a strong garnet hue toward the bottom of the glass. Minimal head, no significant retention or lacing.
S: Aromas of cherry, caramel, and tobacco evident; very earthy. Maybe a whiff of vanilla. Bourbon much more evident as it warms.
T: Sweet. Palate follows to nose with very strong tobacco and earthy flavors, especially at first. Maple syrup flavor present but muted; bourbon not quite as discernable as the other flavors. Low bitterness.
M: Medium to full bodied with low, persistent carbonation.
O: Interesting and drinkable. Not sure in what context it would make sense, other that perhaps for dessert.

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Photo of nodder
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pegasus
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, with a modest white head that, nonetheless, retains very well. Towers of fine carbonation drift lazily to the surface. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Absolutely over-the-top aroma of cherries, bourbon, maple syrup, and wood. No alcohol is present in the aroma.

Taste: Opens with a strong note of mild cherries. ,As the taste progresses, alcohol is notable, both in taste, and warmth, as well as wood, maple syrup, bourbon, and ripe cherries. All of these flavors intensify as the beer warms. There is also a notable orange presence late in the taste, more of the rind, than the fruit. This contributes a hint of bitterness, as well.

Mouth feel: Very full and soft, with only hints of carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: Wonderfully over-the-top, in all respects; an excellent ale with which to celebrate the Fall Equinox, as I have just done. Best consumed slowly, as it is allowed to warm. Hopefully, this excellent example will be offered again.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, with a pry-off crown, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

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Photo of BklynBryan
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thefuzzyone
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Unique pink tinted amber with medium bubbles and a rose tinted head. Head rises just about a notch below a fingers length and drops before first sip with even lacing and no stickiness on the glass.

Smell: Tarty scent which feels a bit like grapes and honey, light scent though which dissipates quickly.

Taste: Sweet cherry and grapes which makes me think a bit of wine. White wine with a dose of carbonation and shot of honey and yeast. Feels a bit sour but very mellow.

Mouth: Sticky with light t medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice brew and definitely a dessert if you want to finish your night off with this one. Drink with love and enjoy. Salud!

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of millelacsmark
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueKurenai
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of lovindahops
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label is stamped 'BOTTLED ON 01/10/2017'.
Slightly cloud, medium amber, with cherry red shade, colored body. Slight head upon pouring dissipates to island cap and bubble fed ring. Strings of lacing left behind after each sip.
Aroma is cherry cough medicine (sweet cherry), vanilla and oak bourbon barrel.
Taste is a combination of sweet and tart cherry, with minor additions of vanilla. Oak wood barrel is the backbone, but the bourbon is faint. Maple is also there but quite faint.
Medium, syrupy mouth feel. A momentary tongue burn with each sip, but does not linger.
There are not too many barrel aged fruit beers that I have tried, which makes it more difficult to rate. This does have a reminder of a syrupy cherry flavored medicine, but the barrel aging does add an extra taste dimension. The beer is not terrible but not a "wow" experience either. Interesting to try after a year of bottle aging. It's a beer but has resemblance to a liqueur.

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Photo of cjmccahill
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony-s
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BellsFan
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Frootwood from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 741 ratings