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Frootwood | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 699 |  Reviews: 226
Photo of Avatar113
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I'd rather drink a Bud...

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into shaker (yeah that's right) 1 finger cream head that recedes to a pool and hangs around, nice lacing. Clear reddish Amber in the glass. Smells of bourbon, some tart cherry laying underneath the bourbon. Wow, passed this puppy up in the bottle and lucked out finding it on tap. Sweet cherry in the front, with the maple and bourbon coming in and mellowing out the sweet cherry. Finish isn't too sweet and where the bourbon really gets to shine and introduce a little vanilla to the party. Mouthfeel is good no alcohol at all from this, just cherry, maple bourbon goodness. I passed on this because of the cherry, not a big cherry fan, but this beer sold me

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Photo of n2pux
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShortyTahoe
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of elvisdoc
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper-red with a soft, white film leaving delicate white curtains.

Smells like light, sweet cherry schnapps, hint of maple, with a little booziness that is almost lozenge-like.

Thank god the flavor isn't cough syrupy...I actually get a little light, smooth wood, and hints of maple first, with plenty of tart but sweet cherry that's slightly boozy taking over. As I sit with it though, oddly enough, the cherry starts to mellow out, and the maple and wood attempt to take center stage, giving this an odd balance that somehow works, but is unlike any other beer I've had.

Feel is wet, round, a touch warm, finishing semi-dry and a little sticky.

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1.57/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of JamFuel
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a cognac snifter.

Pale red in color, clear with just a little bit of foam.

Smell is very bourbony with a lot of vanilla, and some fruity tones of cherry and raspberry.

Taste is sweeter than I thought it would be. Lots of cherries and a bit of almond up front. Followed by some vanilla and maple syrup. Finish is a little warming, and sweet-sour. Tastes like a barrel aged Kriek by Timmermans.

Medium bodied, and pretty sticky on the lips.

This was a bit of an oddball. I liked it quite a bit, but not really feeling like spending 6 bucks on another. Nice sipping beer though.

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4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a relatively clear reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of gentle active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head with a slight pinkish highlight to it that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer (probably about 85%) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of oak and vanilla with light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet cherries and bourbon.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly grainy malts with a moderate amount of maple syrup sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of slightly sweet cherries and a moderate amount of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Light amounts of lingering sweetness with a hint of bourbon booziness.

M: Just shy o medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoy the combination of bourbon/vanilla/oak, cherry, and maple as it was quite successful in my opinion. The flavors and aromas really opened up as this beer warmed and the complexity also increased. Definitely not a small, easy drinking beer but enjoyable as a dessert beer.

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4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 750mL bottle poured into a Founder's tap room snifter. Bottled on 1/5/17, making this just under 3 months old at this point.

A: Pours a medium body, pink-red hue to a nice and clear beer. Big, thick white head. Very pretty.

S: Definitely bright cherry up front and a good amount of bourbon. Not a ton of maple present, but it's noticeable.

T: Pretty sweet up front, big cherry and maple notes. Middle of the mouth is fantastic as you get a big burst of tartness from the cherry and some sweetness from the bourbon. Finish is clean and most of the maple is here.

M: Medium body, great carbonation. Definitely not too boozy. Good amount of sweetness, not overkill at all.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Founder's has been on a bit of a dull streak with their backstage series. Koz was pretty good, but had it's flaws. Sticking with the fruity-sweet theme (rather abundant in the Backstage Series), they go with essentially a "maple-BA Cerise". Based on accomplishing what they tried to do with this, I'd say great success. They perfectly incorporated the sweet cherry ale with the even sweeter maple bourbon barrels and they came together nicely. I think the main reason is the tartness from the cherry was still able to come through a bit to balance the sweetness of the barrels. This one is super tasty and drinkable. Not an all-time classic, but a great first entry in this Barrel-Aged Series.

Recommendation: Another must-try barrel-aged beer from Founder's.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of egregor35
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a snifter at Founders Taproom, Grand Rapids -3/23/17
Look- Light red hue with thin white head
Smell- Prominent cherry with a light smoky quality
Taste-Bright, tart cherry at outset, secondary smoky/bourbon notes on back end
Feel- Not overwhelmingly syrupy, but sticky enough to notice.

Overall: Very interesting brew, one of my favorite styles done in a way that enhanced the overall quality without pulling it too far away from the norm. Would seek out again.

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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hope the beer is as cool as the label; Founders knows marketing. 12 oz. stubby.

The pour looks like water-cut cherry juice. The nose is general sweet fruit & an almost thick air coming off the beer.

Frootwood is the best cough syrup I’ve ever had. Thick & syrupy, this doesn’t so much imbibe as coat. Sweet cherry, sweet vanilla, sweet molasses, & bourbon that’s had all its edges sanded off by sweet sandpaper. Like liquid sliders, this does down…holy crap. Already gone.

Exactly as advertised - good beer.

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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Frootwood from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 699 ratings
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