Frootwood | Founders Brewing Company

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3.95/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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:
#6,175
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
734
pDev:
10.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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26
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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

Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with a 12/16 bottling date

Look: Pours clear dark red-copper. Medium off-white head has a slightly pink coloration. The head has good retention.

Aroma: Interesting aroma with a strong impact from the barrel aging (mainly wood notes), sweet bourbon and cherries. Subtle touch of maple.

Flavor: less woody with good balance: Sweet cherries up front with a suggestion of tart cherries by the finish. Subtle maple and light bourbon. Very fine, lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied; near medium carbonation; sticky.

Overall: Certainly an interesting and well crafted ale. The maple bourbon barrels are milder than might be expected while the cherries are more up front. Nonetheless, I think this ale lives up to its potential. (4.3+)

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber red body with smells of sweet candy cherries in this one year aged bottle. I get flavors of light maple but moreso I get cherry honey with notes of vanilla and light whisky. It is well balanced but there is this medicinal cough syrup flavor that puts me off. I was hoping aging it for a year would lose the medicine flavor and had high hopes it would resemble a Manhattan. Perhaps if it aged an extra couple years it would fade away some of its bad flavoring.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Frootwood from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 734 ratings