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Founders Frangelic Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Frangelic Stout
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 1
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-30-2005)
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4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance- I don't believe it was nitro but the light brown head lasted all the way to the end with lacing all the way. rich dark color.

smell- phenomenal. right away you get a great coffee smell with a darker...caramel molasses smell. mild hop aroma but still present. no boozy smell.

taste- smooth, creamy, hazelnut coffee with out the bad bitter aftertaste. dark, molasses and hops.

mouthfeel- smooth but not flat. crisp and effervescent.

drinkability- I look forward to frangelic every year. I would love this in a bomber because at 4.2% I could have one all to myself.

had this on nitro-tap last year and it was frangelic +10

hophunter, Nov 17, 2010
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery -- December 29, 2010.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a really hefty nitro-derived head with some really amazing retention time and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. On the initial whiff of this I was already upset that it was on nitro and I wouldn't be able to grab a growler. Strong notes of coffee and hazelnut. Wow. A bit of chocolate and roast there as well. Can't get enough of the coffee and hazelnut, which headed straight into the taste, though that was a bit more roasty and similar to the base beer without the sweetness of the nose. The mouthfeel was really nice and smooth. Drinkability is through the roof. Hands down the best oatmeal stout I've ever had.

Thorpe429, Jan 02, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I choose this as my complementary pint at the Black Party.

Sizable thick, marshmallow-like mocha head which doesn't go anywhere while you drink. Really just gorgeous looking. The liquid is black with brown highlights when held up to the light.

Smells delicious! Hazelnut and coffee. The taste echoes the smell, but with subtle hints of tart cherries hovering in the background. The mouthfeel is thick yet very smooth. Quite quaffable.

My relationship with this brew is kind of funny. I first tried it when I had only been drinking good beer for about a month (and consequently knew absolutely nothing about it). I hated Frangelic Stout. This beer is the reason I decided that I "hated stouts"... a year and a half (and a lot of research) later, this is by far my favorite stout. Until after I tried a bunch of other stouts could I recognize the true genius of this beer. This brew is very flavorful, without being forceful. It's just a nice, easy to enjoy brew. I love the hazelnut flavor now! Anyway, just another lesson in how much a person can learn if they apply themselves. This kind of story is why I didn't start writing reviews until I felt I had enough experience, and a developed-enough palate to do a decent job at it. Well, anyway, thank you again, Founders! I owe so much of my beer education to you!

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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Founders on Nitro Tap- served in a pint glass

Appearance- Rich black pour with a huge tan nitro head that lasted the whole was. Great lacing.

Aroma- Roasted coffee, hazelnut (the work of the frangellico I assume), a touch of malt sweetness.

Taste- Coffee, Hazelnut, Chocolate, hint of vanilla. A slight roasty character as it warms up.

Mouth- It is a bit thin and I usually am not a fan of nitro taps on stouts but the planets must have aligned today or mercury was in retrograde because for some reason I liked the overall mouth on this beer.

Drink- Very easy to drink (again a little thin) I could just drink 4 pints back to back and have a lovely afternoon.

Personally I think it is a mistake to compare this 4.2% beer to FBS or KBS. It isn't meant to be like them and while it might be a touch thin it is a highly sessionable oatmeal stout with some great and unique flavors. Just my 2 cents.

cadaugherty, Dec 31, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just had this beer on tap a few days ago on a business excursion to Grand Rapids. Amazing stuff.

It poured a deep black with that nice off-white head you'd expect. The head didn't stick around long, but left a decent off-white lacing.

The smell blew me away. Hazelnut coffee, all the way. The Frangelica in this beer was powerful enough that any sweetness from the malts were masked by the hazelnut. The roasted coffee notes shone through pretty powerfully too.

The taste was almsot exactly like the scent, though a little sweetness from the malts contributed maybe a bit of a toasted marshmallow to the hazelnut coffee theme. It was huge, and incredible.

Medium body to the beer, not too oily. Big alcohol bite to it at 10% abv as well. Well done beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Smittysguinness, Feb 24, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure at the West Michigan BA Crawl to try this limited edition at The Founders brewing co. Tap-room. Another BA ordered one and it looked so good, it was a gotta try. The 4.2% ABV made this a easy go for.
The appearance was outstanding!! After the pour the beer takes its time to settle as the nitro goes to work. It took at least three minutes for the beautiful, almost black brew to cascade. Only to invite a soft pillow-like off-white head. The lace was a great show in its self leaving a ring trail of every sip. Very cool.
The aroma was of vanilla bean, nut and roasted, toasted malts. The taste also carried the roasted notes with vanilla, cocoa and hazelnut coffee. A mild hop sneaks in the back.
The mouth does notice alittle nitro feel, but is left with smooth and creamy coat. The drinkability of this is also nice I think softening the sharp burnt taste often found with the smoothness of the sweet vanilla.
I don't think they would bottle this, but if they do, id order thisone by the case.

chilidog, Feb 06, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Limited edition nitro-tap stout apparently brewed either with Frangelico or some type of hazelnut extract.

Pours out to a clear, near black, forming a large, very creamy milky light-tan head with superior retention and lacing. One great looking beer! The lacing is wonderful, forming solid sheets and leaving a trail of every sip I've had. The aroma is wonderful...fresh vanilla beans, black walnut, hazelnut, mild roasted grains. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a medium body. Taste begins with lightly sour vanilla bean and tons of hazelnut, followed by black walnut, a green vegetable note, mild floral hops, and followed by a "fake" coffee note, which is pretty damn good in this brew. Intense vanilla and hazelnut round out the finish with mild bittering hops and more of that green leafy herb note. Cleanly fermented.

Just another wonderful brew from Founder's. Great stuff. Nate and Jeremy continually impress me with their wonderful brews. Recommended if you can find it!

Mitchster, Jan 30, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frangelic Stout is a nitro-tap, and the appearance of this beer is out of this world! A great stout black color. The smell is of hazelnut with a chocolate . It was very hard for me to resist drinking it quickly. I did enjoy it slowly gazing at the color, feeling it dance on my tounge as I slowly sip. The mouth feel was of silk, slipping through my lip and into my pallet. It was though the beer was telling me to relax and take it slow. It is possible to have one or even maybe two of these.
I would recommend more just because it is a heavier beer and does fill you up. This would be a great beer for desert or even just because you finished that hard day at work.

If you do enjoy coffee like I do, You will enjoy the call of the hazelnut; don’t resist her sweet song.

HopHottie, Oct 26, 2007
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Founders Frangelic Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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