Beer Review #176
Frootwood "cherry ale age in maple syrup bourbon barrels." This 8%ABV ale from Founder's Barrel Aged Series utilizes barrels that have held both bourbon and maple syrup to transform an otherwise crisp light bodied cherry ale into an masterpiece of vanilla and mellowed out tart cherries.
The beer explodes out of the bottle and pours a brilliant clear red-amber with a snappy head of red/pink tinged foam.
The aroma is dominated by a huge vanilla note but with more subtle hints of maple syrup lingering around the edges.
Those same elements blend nicely in this beer's taste while the maple syrup contributes a surprising creaminess. There is also just a hint of bourbon.
Some beer drinkers will find this one too sweet for their tastes, but I find the occasional beer such as this to be a refreshing counterpoint to many of my more bitter favorites.
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