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Founders Furniture City Stock Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Furniture City Stock AleFounders Furniture City Stock Ale
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Founders Furniture City Stock AleFounders Furniture City Stock Ale

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GRPunk on 10-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown ale or Stock ale? I'm not sure, and I'm not sure I care. I may be in the minorty. If I'm wrong, though, I'd rather not be right because this beer is flat-out delicious.

It's a red-tinted brown color, deep and dark but with a certain transparency. It forms a finger of tan head that fades slowly, never completely, and a good amount of mostly patchy lacing with some light webbing clings to the glass.
My mind is blown that no reviews I've seen mention wood (at least as a major component). Sure, there's a lot going on, but is anything more prominent than the woody note? Not that I can detect. It's warm, sweet and lightly boozy, a malty base resting some caramel, vanilla, toffee and nut with balancing bittersweetness of cocoa and a bit of leaf and earth. It's all under the wood and the sweeter notes, though. This is just delicious stuff. There's something gently raw underneath, and the hops are earthy. The fresh wood note lies overhead the whole way, adding a dryness to counter the sweetness. I have to wonder if this beer was intended to have a direct correlation in the flavor to the "furniture" theme.
The body works for this beer, and it's not thinned out , nor is it made too syrupy or thick. It finds the balance, lying in the medium range with the appropriate heft and carbonation. Crispness is light but carries through, just lively enough, and it's very smooth.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

picked this beer up the last time I was in grand rapids picking up some Boltcutter.

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Light to medium brown bodied beer with a red hue. 2 fingers of an offwhite almost tan colored head. The head is big creamy and frothy with great staying power.

Smell: nutty, malty, light toffee, and a hint of roast and brown sugar.

Taste: Great malt profile on this brown! Nutty and slightly sweet malts. Toasted grains that almost gets to a roasty note. A touch of light brown sugar and toffee. And then the perfect balance of earthy hops in the finish that add no bitterness just that nice earthy note! This beer is effortlessly good and textbook for the flavor profile of this beer style.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer drinks like its 5%! Its creamy and smooth. Very well carbonated!

Overall: This was a wonderful brown ale! cant remember the last brown ale that impressed me this much. Textbook english brown ale in all aspects of the beer. Wish I would have picked up more!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel Tulip

A- A normal pour created a 1-1/2 finger, tan head that sustained at a thin film and left great sticky spots on the glass. The body was a deep brown-red, like a dark garnet.

S- Kind sweet at first. Brown sugar with a nutty component. A spicy kick that's a little hard to place at first. After a while it comes across as anise. Caramel aromas mix with leather and tobacco to create some real richness. I either get transfixed by licorice or it really heightens with warmth.

T- really nice at first sip, and it really is a sipper. Complex. Tobacco component creates a barley-wine sort of flavor. A little anise, that grows with warmth. Light chocolate. Leafy hops, caramel. Dryish finish.

M- Very full bodied. Medium carbonation. Light hop bite that cleans and dries finish.

O- It's a nice sipper. Maybe even better on a colder, fall day. While it isn't harsh, it drinks bigger than the 6.7%abv. While I'm not big fan of black licorice, the anise-like flavor doesn't overwhelm. It seems to fit descriptions I've read of historical brews. Well done, Founders. I applaud the effort and charitable contribution that accompanies this tasty brew.

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4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We crack the top on a bottle of the 2012 stock, pouring a brew of rich reddish cola coloring, with deeper mahogany hues around the edges into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two finger head of creamy eggshell colored bubbles, showing decent retention, and leaving soapy patterns of lacing all down the glass. No haze or sediment is appreciated, and carbonation appears to be on the mild side. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy, with big florals and perfume, and some light herbals with warmth. To meet is a grain bill comprised of chalky brown malts, cereal grain, dried corn, sweet caramel depth, and metallics. Balancing through the rest of the nose are notes of hibiscus, light booziness, phenolic plastics, white vinegar sourness, and green banana fruitiness. Our first impression is that the grain bill steals the show, but with undeniable hoppiness to balance for the style. As we sip, the taste begins with rich caramel malt sugariness, yeasty grit, floral hoppiness, soft citric rind bitterness, watered hazelnut coffee, and soft lactic acidity. The middle peaks with sweetness from a mix of continued raw grainy caramels, fusel booziness, green plantiness, herbal clove bite, pumpernickel breadiness, and continued floral hoppiness that brings us to the finish. Here the hops enhance, giving surprising grassiness and perfume qualities to balance out the finish maltiness of molasses blackness, sea salt, musk, light banana esters, toffee richness, and light honey sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of drying dust, chalked yeast, light vinegar, root vegetal bite, green tree hops, peppery spice, mineral, and continued echoes of distant caramel and rice graininess. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is coated with dripping wetness, to be eventually dried with more astringency than roast down the tongue. Each sip gives nice slurp, sip, froth, pop, glug, and cream. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. This was an interesting take on the style, with much more hoppiness than expected through both the flavoring and the nose. This made is seem like an “Americanized” English Brown Ale, appealing to both our incessant hop craving and our desire for something different. This idea blended well with the dry roasted bitterness of the feel, helping to settle the flavoring into authenticity. This actually seemed like a step outside the box for Founders, and we hope to see equally as thought out efforts in future releases.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to English brewing heritage, Founders chooses a new world beer with old world charm as the means to help a charitable cause. Though called a "stock" ale, the beer proclaims brown ale roots from start to finish.

Blightly clear and sparkling with a redish tint, the otherwise brown-hued ale looks sophisticated and humble. An off-white head separates from the beer and caps the rim with a heavy creamy froth that easily outlasts the session and laces with foamy rings with each sip. It's the quintessential English ale look!

Nuts, chocolate, and light toffee lead the way as deeper aromatics of coffee gounds, toasted fruit, and toasted bread pronounce through the nutty, chocolaty scent. Starchy malts are the mild biscuit component that pulls all the robust notes together.

Rich to taste, but effortless on the palate- the masculine flavors begin with toasted grain and starchy malt flavor. As the flavors build and saturate the taste buds, richer chocolate, Nutella, and mildly seared fruit offer up a multitude of complexity for such an easy drinking ale. Steering away from aged notes, the stock ale adheres to the brown ale recipe, right down to the light earthy hop bitterness and light floral spice.

Medium bodied from nose to finish, the beer remains lightly creamy until a snappy hop dryness cleanses the finish and allows for high levels of refreshment. Light woodish hops shys away from asgringency and favors a light minty spice note to close the beer. It's short lived aftertaste is a memory of its nutty start up.

It's a clean, simple and pure brown ale that prefers a simplified and dignified palate. I would like to see a more complex "matured" element or more pronounced ester profile for added depth and excitement.

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Founders Furniture City Stock Ale from Founders Brewing Company
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