French Toast Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #9
Ranked #2,679
4.22 | pDev: 9.72%
Tuesday at 11:39 PM
Jan 27, 2017
Formerly Mothership Series #10: French Toast Bastard

Backwoods Bastard gets the full-fledged breakfast treatment! Our malty and rich bourbon barrel-aged Scotch ale is introduced to the essence of smooth maple, warm cinnamon and notes of sweet vanilla for an incredibly decadent brunch-inspired sipper. One taste and you’d swear you were digging into your Sunday morning French toast. Breakfast for dinner, anyone?
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Reviewed by bobhits from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
In recent years I've discovered the power to sugar free syrup and egg white french toast. 80% as good, but so low in calories you can lose weight with it as a staple in your diet! So now that we're 100% non diet friendly, lets talk about the most decadent sound beer I've seen in a while.

I know they don't claim butter, but I'm getting heavy butter and maple syrup with hints of vanilla extract all over this. There's a darker denser note, not toast related likely from the bourbon barrels and the base beer which balances this very well.

Arrival is red fruits and caramel. Shifting to heavy vanilla extract before finally giving us that maple syrup goodness which just overpowers to finish. I'm not a huge over the top sweetness guy, but this is giving me all that butter I've been missing on my french toast the last few years. Not finding much cinnamon...maybe around the edges or in that red fruit? Almost certain now on the finish I get the cinnamon, took me a second to pin that down and yet it's so obvious now.

Yeah it's a gimmick and what not. Still this is fun!

One knock is that it's pretty thin, not a new issue with this bastard brand, but worth noting.
Tuesday at 11:39 PM
Rated: 4.17 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Monday at 01:36 AM
Rated: 4 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Jan 08, 2024
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Brace of draught 10oz "American" snifters with brunch (Jazz & the Arsenal-Liverpool FA Cup match!) at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore: Smell of French toast is the best thing about this niche ale; less French toast and some bourbon on the tongue; medium to heavy body with a definite acholol presence; almost forgot the appearance - dark brown with ruby highlights body, and an off white head that disappears quickly (11% ABV after all) nice ring & some lacing. I'm a fan of French toast & Scotch Ale, but will probably go for a cheaper breakfast stout next time I'm at a Winter brunch
Jan 07, 2024
Rated: 4.86 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Jan 05, 2024
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought locally, bottled August 15th 2023.

It pours a deep amber brown with an inch of foam, excellent lacing.

The smell is, yeah, french toast, with Maple syrup, cinnamon, smell is mildly sweet.

Taste is french toast, caramel malt, cinnamon, Maple syrup, and for sure, I am tasting the alcohol.

Close to, if not, full bodied.

My last bottle and I have enjoyed them.
Dec 19, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by shelby415 from Oregon

Dec 19, 2023
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought a single 12oz bottle $4.99
125 days old
Smells of vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup. Basically smells like french toast
Dark black-brown color
Heavy-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, bourbon aftertaste
Overall a good beer that delivers on its name.
Dec 18, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Dec 02, 2023
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Reviewed by Cathartes from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Enjoyed on national French toast day.

12 oz bottle acclimated to 50°F and poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky dark pale (in saturation) brown with a 0.5 finger sudsy, British khaki head, dissipating quickly and leaving almost no lacing.

Initial aroma is plentiful sweet maple and custard, with noticeable cinnamon.

After agitating I notice the same custard and maple, with less cinnamon, and I notice some alcohol.

Initial taste before swallowing is custard, maple, and cinnamon, with some alcohol burn.

I get heavy alcohol on the inhale. After swallowing I first get sweet cinnamon and maple with alcohol burn everywhere shortly afterwards, followed by sweet custard everywhere and nutmeg in the middle to late process. This custard, cinnamon, and alcohol all linger into the finish, creating a very nice aftertaste, which seems to have notes of banana, raspberry, and dry, bright grass.

As I get further in, the alcohol becomes very apparent, and I start to notice a tiny bit of a rubber taste.

Feel is good but not great. It's got some body but not a ton, honestly.

Overall this is quite tasty. I can only really complain about the mouthfeel being a little thin, but it's not a negative, as it still does very well! The flavors present are very nice, although the alcohol ends up very powerful after about half.

I will definitely buy this one again, well as recommend.
Nov 29, 2023
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Nov 27, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by McSeal from Connecticut

Nov 25, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by Agriverbear from Texas

Nov 19, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by BeerKegger

Nov 18, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Nov 17, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by tpeters from Maryland

Nov 12, 2023
Rated: 4.2 by RickS95 from Indiana

Nov 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown in color with a murky complexion. There’s a fingernail of light brown around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. The complexion is murky. I’m smelling cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, and caramelized malt. I’m tasting vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon, and sweet malt. The mouth is dry and a bit warm with alcohol.
Nov 11, 2023
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Reviewed by Seanjohnhunt from California

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
First let me say this it is a sweet beer. But that's a dead give away from the label. For what it is ....aka French toast, this is delicious. Pours like a rich Scotch ale with a off creamy head. Smells and taste just like french toast that has been drizzled with maple syrup.Yum. Definitely a sipper and one and done...for the night at least.
Oct 30, 2023
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a foamy semi creamy 1/2 finger head with moderate retention, fair lacing, semi clear chestnut color with ruby hues

Nose starts with loads of sweet maple, like raw maple syrup, a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, a bit of base beer, sweet caramel malt, but can't really get much beyond the maple unfortunately

Taste starts with more maple syrup, not as overpowering as the nose but quite dominant, mild cinnamon spice, vanilla and a hint of eggy batter notes somehow (probably in my mind), some sweet malt, caramel toasted malt but not a lot, no bourbon barrel, not a lot of the base beer left, hint of alcohol but smooth otherwise, hint of bitterness, semi dry finish, semi sticky sweet

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med to lower carb, hint of warming alcohol

Overall a mess, very little base beer and no barrel left, the maple overpowers everything with a bit of the cinnamon and vanilla as well, but no beer, it's destroyed
Oct 28, 2023
French Toast Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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