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.

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Ratings: 670 |  Reviews: 219
Photo of moundbz
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdubz94
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very unique beer.

12oz bottle dated 12/19/16. Hopefully the higher abc kept this one in good condition. Poured cold into a snifter.

Gives a nice 1.5 finger off-white head that stays for a bit. The beer itself is a very cloudy orange ruby color. A very pretty beer.

Aroma is definite oak and vanilla/bourbon. Cherries as well but not as prominent as the oak and bourbon. Maybe a just hint of maple but I would say the bourbon comes through most.

Taste is very interesting... Lots of cherry upfront-- slightly medicinal as others have noted. A slight bitterness. Definite bourbon tones--oak, caramel, and vanilla. I do get some of the maple on the backend. Subtle, and it blends with the cherries, but it is definitely there.

Mouthfeel is also very interesting. Heavy and thick as I was expecting yet still refreshing. Sweet and creamy from start to finish. Extremely drinkable despite the bourbon barrel aging.

Overall, quite an experience. Not like any other beer I have had. The combination of bourbon and cherry is better than you may expect. I wish they had dialed back the cherry taste a bit though-- the aftertaste is a bit much. Regardless, glad I picked up 2 bottles. Not my favorite beer, but I give Founders credit more making such a complex combination of flavors so drinkable.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots going on in this ale: cherry, bourbon barrell, and maple syrup. As a result, it's something of a novelty beer (which is not necessarily a bad thing). The aroma is of wood and vanilla. The taste follows but with the cherry coming in strongly. It's almost a medicinal flavor but not in a distracting way. The maple notes are hard for me to discern. Overall this is a fun beer -- one that I'd classify as a dessert beer.

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Photo of tommy5
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Salinesnake
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- 12oz stubby into and snifter with a bold and bright red body. A thick foamy head rises atop the brew to a few fingers high with very good retention. Plentiful lacing in wide sheets around the glass.

S- Tart cherries and diluted Bourbon whiskey off the top. The cherries are massive and they also being their signature fruity sweetness to the table. Vanilla oak, slight maple, spiced dark fruits and caramel come to mind. Fairly simple as the barrel and fruit dominate.

T- Follows up on the aroma with a strong and pleasant marriage of mellowed out whisky barrel and huge cherries. The fruit is less tart here with fruity sweets and just a hint of acidity. The maple is much more obvious here but still subtle lending a medium sweetness to the spirit soaked dark fruits. Beyond those are hints of oak woodiness, phenolic spice, caramel, musty pale fruits and vinous hints. Again about those fruits and barrels, gets rather sweet with time.

MF- A silky feel to a medium body with a creamy texture. Extremely smooth and a medium carbonation level. A light warming finish with sweet cherries lingering on the palate with a light tartness.

Fruit wood indeed. The cherries and whiskey oak barrels lead the way with maple and a corresponding sweetness following up on that. Tasty but in the end the sweets are a bit too high and lack support from the remaining flavors. A bit more barrel bite might really make this a masterpiece as the fruit flavors are sublime fresh cherries.

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Photo of swanfungus
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My neighbor and I split a 6pck. It poured an apricot with no head and no lace. The scent had some cherry hints. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink for a iambic. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 10 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on May 5, 2017.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders is always an interesting experience - sometimes it's good and sometimes even better.

Though the look of this brew is a tad weird for me, it was still a bit appealing - a reddish orangish liquid with short-lived head and no lacing. The smell was also weird - mostly cherry with hints of lime - not much of the ale I could note. Though not overly carbonated, there's enough to take away from the overall enjoyment of the brew - at least for me. But as far as the all important taste - it was special. The brew was sweeter the colder it was, and became more balanced and a tad boozier the warmer it got - I thoroughly enjoyed it. Overall, a very good beer, one I wish I had more than the one I had...

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Photo of loganburgh
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This most unusual and unique brew from a 12 oz bottle poured into a
snifter was presented via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
Pouring a luminous red tinged amber with a nice head of white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin swirling layer and showcasing some
nice sudsy lacing the look is more than inviting. The nose presents
cherries, light vanilla, and moderately strong booze with a lot of sweet
malt notes. Flavors hit the perfect desert profile with subtle vanilla touched
bourbon that is smooth as silk while mingling nicely with the lightly tart cherry notes
and sweet caramel flavors while subtle brown sugars and light oak notes carry on
the day and finish with light warming booze. Excellent mouth feel; medium light
body, sweet finish, and medium carbonation.

Overall this is a feast for the eyes and a surprise to the taste buds.
Well done! A perfect finishing ale.


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Photo of tmryan21
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Braz
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave2234
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherries, bourbon, oak, maple syrup are all on prominent display. It borders on the edge of being to sweet, but I love how the maple holds next to the strong cherry flavor. Only thing a bit lacking is the bourbon, I could go for a little heavier presence.

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Photo of Hayes86
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Masters
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Frootwood from Founders Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 670 ratings.
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