Mothership Series #10: French Toast Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

Mothership Series #10: French Toast BastardMothership Series #10: French Toast Bastard
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #14
ABV:
11.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,188
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 7.55%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
75
From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  7
Gots
  7
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Mothership Series #10: French Toast BastardMothership Series #10: French Toast Bastard
Notes: Backwoods Bastard gets the 4-star breakfast treatment. Our bourbon barrel-aged Scotch Ale is introduced to maple syrup, cinnamon, and sweet vanilla for a decadent brunch-inspired sipper. Breakfast for dinner, anyone?
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mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a thick beige head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aromas of vanilla and maple syrup, reflected in the taste. Velvet on the tongue. Alcohol is not exceptionally prominent.

Oct 30, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown small tan head sparse lace.

Aroma is loads of maple, malty caramel with toffee hints, vanilla and light spice. Smells like breakfast.

Taste is great following the nose rich sugary malts loads of maple flavor sweet and rich without being cloying. Just a chewy sipping master piece. Light barrel notes, loads of vanilla with light cinnamon poking out on the finish. Glad to find this on tap in our little redneck town, a treat.

Mouhfeel is big medium smooth and sugary feel, a great sipper.

Overall I love it, mmm great stuff.

Oct 25, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8 ounce pour - $8.00 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a rich, golden-brown body with a decent degree of pedigree clarity. Slim, off-white head.

Smell: Toasty, lightly fruity and sweet-smelling of maple. A bit boozy, but not in a bad way. Woodsy and spiced notes with a pleasant bourbon aroma. Great nose.

Taste: Deeply bready, toasty and decadently capped with a layer of brown sugar and drizzle of maple syrup. Touch of vanilla and nuttiness within. Sensible inclusion of warming cinnamon and spices. Lightly estery. Finished with a little tinge of heat, a bit of barrel and a rich malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I dare say a large bottle of this may kill a man. However, in smaller quantities, it was rather pleasant and ultimately mimicked its namesake reasonably well.

Jun 27, 2020
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JellisBeer from Ohio

4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was delicious. You can definitely taste the maple and vanilla to give it that French toast like effect. For the high ABV it’s very welcoming and definitely a good flavorful beer to compliment a flavorful meal like a steak dinner.

Jun 25, 2020
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brief Review:

O: Probably one of the better aromas you'll ever get on a beer. This literally smells like gourmet French Toast. Yet, the flavor has a hard time following through. The biggest problem is that it's not very complex or delicate. It's basically it's components (cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, booze) all screaming at you equally. Almost no balance. I don't want to make it seem like I hate this beer (I don't). I just think it could have been so much better.

Recommendation: Backwoods Bastard is way better, but this unique one-off has a time and place for it somewhere.

Apr 03, 2020
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dfillius from Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance, great head retention. Smell - pastry scotch ale? Maple, oak, plus weird artificial aroma that was in the blueberry pancakes release from Barn Town. It’s like that fake butter flavor in Aunt Jemima’s, but dialed to 11. Too much. Flavor starts out well but finishes cloying with a bit of faint heat. Aftertaste nails the French toast though. Just not sure that’s what I want dominating the flavor profile of my beer. I’d prefer “reminiscent of,” rather than in my face. EDIT: later on in the pint after warming, this beer settled down/I got drunker, and it tasted much more cohesive and sweetness mellowed. I upped the taste and mouthfeel and overall each by 0.5.

Mar 10, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a finger of dense dark tan head with good retention. Solid lacing.

Huge maple in the nose, backed by cinnamon, vanilla and even some breadiness.

Same flavors carry over to the taste, along with some bourbon alcohol bite. The earthy hop bitterness of the base does pair particularly well with the sweetness of the rest of it though.

Medium bodied and creamy feeling with low carbonation.

The French Toast here is in your face, on point, next level vanilla, maple and cinnamon sweetness. It clashes with the base, though. An example where the whole is less than the sum of its parts.

Mar 02, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Thirsty Moose Merrimack ($14 12 oz pour that my wife is still mad about)
Dark copper brown in color without much of a head when it got to the table. Maple and cinnamon aroma and flavor in spades. Light bready toasty brown sugary maltiness. Tasty but quite sweet IMHO.

Mar 02, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. It is topped with a film of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is amazing. Maple Syrup is unmistakable. The cinnamon and vanilla compliment it beautifully. The adjuncts are the stars of the show in the aroma.

There is no doubt that the flavor elicits a piece of French toast drenched in maple syrup. I thought I got more maple syrup on tap than this bottle. There is some intense flavors here though. The maple is easily identifiable. The cinnamon is front and center as well as is the vanilla. These flavors drown out the base beer. Although the bourbon does its best to get noticed.

Full bodied with a smooth, slick mouthfeel

With the intensity of the flavors and smell one seems plenty. It is a darn good dessert beer. I am not mad about buying a six pack. I will have to spread them out.

Feb 28, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pitch brown semi-opaque body with a tan head. Smells is magical: cinnamon, maple, bourbon, sweetbread, vanilla, toffee malt, earth, and slight peat smoke. Taste is more separated with sweet elements up front and bitter on the back end, plus as it warms it starts cloying and boozier. Feel is thinner than the original, more sugary, and boozy. Leaves a warm film in the mouth. Started off strong but couldn't bring it home.

Feb 27, 2020
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jakecattleco from California

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Too sweet for me, but the nose was outstanding. Vanilla and maple dominate, then cinnamon, limited barrel attributes until it warmed. Even then, still secondary to the vanilla, maple, and cinnamon.

Feb 22, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Speak Ez lounge in Grand Rapids

Snifter, black motor oil

Thin taupe layer fades to islands and Ring’s

Aroma is maple drizzled French toast , vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon , sweet

Taste is is maple , cinnamon , sweet French toast

Smooth , velvety , sweet

Good beer

Feb 18, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville SC.
Pours with an attractive reddish-brown body topped by a very good beige head.
Smells heavenly: like gourmet cinnamon French toast covered in maple syrup and served in a Scotch Ale brewery. As expected given the aroma, this is a sweet ale. It's not cloying and probably less sweet than it seems die to the impact of vanilla and msple syrup aromas, but still, it might not fair as well in large servings.

Feb 10, 2020
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Giggy from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice reddish brown color. Minimal head.
Vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Taste is amazing, lots of maple, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and burnt sugars. Some bourbon flavors on the finish. Very smooth, very sweet.

Feb 06, 2020
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Radome from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at Pkwy Tavern - Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV.

I have given very few "5" scores on BA in any category, but this beer truly earned it in aroma. It was sheer heaven, and the beer was great overall.

Feb 01, 2020
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jmc65267 from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting beer. It really focuses on the syrup part of French toast which some might see as a negative but it’s still a good taste. The smell is super nice still pretty syrupy but very nice.

Jan 14, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A draft version found its way into Phoenix's Craft Beer Hop Stop where i picked up a 16 ounce mason jar serving on 1-9-20 for $7.00.

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head that has some very good hang time.

Nose is wonderful, truly French toast with maple, vanilla, and cinnamon shining thru.

Taste follows the nose where the base Bastard beer is infused with maple and cinnamon up front and vanilla in the back. Finishes very sweet, should be interesting to see how my palate handles 16 oz. May have to cut a bottle of Backwoods to reduce the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very fun beer to try, glad it came to Phoenix!

Jan 10, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this beer on-tap at The Answer Brewpub, poured into a taster. Had a brownish color with ruby tints and a mostly opaque consistency. There was a thin, off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A super sweet aroma of maple syrup, malt, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and cinnamon.

T: Tasted of a good amount of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a hint of vanilla (lingers around the edges), a ton of maple syrup (the star attraction), some cinnamon, a good shot of malt (present throughout), and a tinge of brown sugar. A sweet, slightly boozy, enjoyable flavor. Quite tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a slightly syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A highly enjoyable beer. Drinkable.

Jan 03, 2020
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Stooven from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Single 12 oz bottle from the brewery store on NYE 2019. Looks the part of a malty, muddy scotch ale. Nose is off the charts for a pastry beer: total french toast. Unbelievably accurate. Taste was way too boozy, missing almost all the maltiness that provides both the soft feel and protection from the alcohol in a wee heavy.

Jan 02, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. Pours a dirty brown with an off-white head. Smells like maple syrup, maple, and vanilla...nice. Taste is similar but somehow a tiny bit watery (at 11%?!) and also sweeter than I'd prefer. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall a decent beer but not worth the 11% abv or the extra ingredients.

Dec 31, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019-12-30
10oz your at engine house #9. Black, smells delicious. Smells like french toast beer. Taste is sweet but not overwhelming. More maple, a little coffee. Very nice.

Dec 31, 2019
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, great beer. Aptly named, tastes just like French toast. Striking dark brown color with sizable head that settles quickly with good lacing. Fantastic aroma of vanilla, sugar, maple, and cinnamon. Tastes like dessert. Maple is the star of the show. Tons of maple sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and oak. Notes of roasted malt, praline and bourbon. The oak flavor is too strong and tastes a bit disjointed with the other flavors, but perhaps is necessary to add interest and prevent the taste from becoming too cloying. Good chewy mouthfeel and great carbonation. Founders had a great idea to make a dessert beer out of a bastard ale. Hard to drink more than one due to the sweetness. Overall a fun beer that I’m glad exists.

Dec 29, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger creamy off white head. Decent amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is big maple, vanilla and oak.

T - The taste is maple, cinnamon, vanilla, butterscotch, oak and bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium/low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - A sticky sweet version of the original.

Dec 29, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(10 oz pour in a generic Belgian goblet at Pizzeria Uno, last night)

Glass was dirty, but a couple iron-fist pounds upon the bar-top lifted the bubbles; brilliantly-clear, ruby-hued liquid; was poured with loose foam, but it crumbled quick... on the nose: pancake syrup (maple maybe), bit of vanilla, hint of spice, hint of mellow (bourbon-y) booze; just approaching the threshold of vibrant expressiveness... syrup-drenched pancake-forward flavors up front, subtle butter(scotch)y follow-through, with the vanilla, caramelized malts, and cinnamon spice slowly swelling up in the aftertaste... ultra-clean, relatively bouncy-light body, booze extremely well-tamed, slow sedation; only thing really missing was a bit of roundness and/or dextrin smear to its body... the 'Scotch ale' element painted over several times, this wasn't nearly as confection-clogged as anticipated - the only thing really missing that didn't/couldn't pin this as a 'French toast' beer was an element of skillet-toasty, grainy, melanoidin-esque malt character - way too clean, refined, mellowed out - this considered, it is/was a super-drinkable, but dangerously blindsiding brew, and it most certainly didn't pair well with the works-y 'Numero Uno' pie which I was served on the tail-end of this drop (the Miller Lite I chased it with did the trick though)... if you're a fan of Founders' brews, definitely worth seeking out - but at $10 a pour, hmm, could be a pass... (1634)

Dec 25, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

In the vein of the most mapley maple that ever mapled, Founders Brewing Company puts an end to the debate about how much of the buttery, syrupy, sticky sweet nectar flavor that can be packed into a beer by using their Backwoods Bastard beer as its base.

And then the slather of maple syrup overtakes the senses with a mere pass of the nose. Mouthwatering aromas of cinnamon, vanilla and buttery syrup entice the nose with the unrelenting scent of Denny's restaurant. Self-explanatory in its name, French Toast Bastard pours a rather robust honey amber hue and adorned with a tepid stance of foam. Lavish sweetness seem much more like maple syrup than it does malt related, the early palate is all about the utter seduction of the sweet tooth.

After the full saturation of savory sweetness on the tastebuds, the more nuanced vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, tobacco, fruit esters and light smoky sweetness starts to reveal subtle complexities through the sheer enormity of maple. Butterscotch, pecan and praline continues to coat the middle palate even while a peppery hop bitterness offsets a small measure of sweetness with a light, broad woodsy bite.

Alcohol spice of whisky offers a mild thinning action on the finish while adding elements of coconut, char and caramel continue to roll through a long, lush and pleasantly cloying finish. Difficult to drink, yet achingly satisfying, the beer is rendered to the cordial sipping behavior of fine port, raki and honey bourbon liqueur.

Dec 18, 2019
Mothership Series #10: French Toast Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 75 ratings