Founders Furniture City Stock Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GRPunk on 10-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 15
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just a quick review for this one. I've had this in my cellar for over a year just because I couldn't really find a good opportunity to drink it. Well, I didn't feel like making another run to the store, so I just cracked it open.

The age really destroyed this beer (I emphasize that I wasn't cellaring it to enhance/change the flavor). It poured well enough -- very little head on the forced pour, dark browns. The smell was almost nonexistent, even in my snifter, and the taste was just big malt with very little flavor beneath it. Excessively carbonated too, leaving my mouth feeling dry at the end.

I assume this beer was pretty good in its heyday, since during certain sips I was reminded of FMB (which I like).

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a clean yet deep brown pour with 2 fingers of off white head giving off great amounts of lacing. smells of bourbon barrels, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. a subtle bourbon barrel flavor throughout, nice sweet malty profile with a slight charred bitterness. a really enjoyable "light" barrel aged beer. lighter medium body with low carbonation.. slight creamy feel but also watery.

a really nice light feeling, and subtle bourbon barrel flavored ale. very nice and enjoyable. not what i'm used to from founders.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TheBrewo
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 750ml bottle into NB snifter. Thanks jbck109!

A: Pours a very dark ruby red with two fingers of short lived light brown head that faded into a bubbly collar leaving sheets of lace.
S: Caramel, toffee, woody, roasted grains, and faint leafy hops. Lightly nutty, not sweet smelling but I get hints of molasses too.
T: More roasted and a little sweeter than the nose. Not much caramel either. Nutty, biscuit, toasted malts, mild earthy bitter hop finish, sweet, fruity berry-like aftertaste. Nutty and earthy overall, tobacco as it warms. More bitter than most.
M: Frothy carbonation, medium body, chewy mouthfeel.
O: Solid and enjoyable. Went perfectly with homemade chili. Thanks again Jay.

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Founders Furniture City Stock Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 65.4% out of 100 with 104 ratings
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