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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
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-30-2005)
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Photo of Seahorse
2.1/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you are a drinker of Stouts,and like Founder's mainstay Stouts, then this will be a disappointment. I had a draft at Founder's on Sat. and was immediately regretting my decision. Should have stuck with what I know Canadian Breakfast Stout, Oatmeal Stout or KBS. Very nutty with a weak taste slightly like a watered down Guiness. Definetly a stout for beginners who like hazelnut coffee. Traded my wife for her Pale Ale. She hates Stouts but said this was a "good" one. Ordered a Oatmeal Stout next to get the taste out of my mouth.

Seahorse, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -28.2%

BrewtalHonesty, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of LambClowder
3/5  rDev -28.2%

LambClowder, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of jriggins6
3/5  rDev -28.2%

jriggins6, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of imfrommichigan
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

imfrommichigan, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of CortexBomb
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Current ABV is listed at 4.8

Frangelic Stout is on a nitro-tap, and the appearance of this beer is excellent...a thick white head, perfect stout black colouration, very appealing to look at. The smell of this one lets you know that the Frangelica is present, because it's a hazelnut bomb with some slight roasty notes on the side.

The flavour is pretty much what one would expect given the components: the backbone of the beer is a smooth, creamy stout with some subdued roast tones, while the Frangelica coffee controls most of the flavour with a strong hazelnut tone. I find the pairing enjoyable but not amazing, if you really like hazelnut coffee, this is a must try though.

The mouthfeel on this, above average, trending toward good. It's creamy and full, enjoyable. Drinkability is the only place where I really have to knock this beer, and it's the same reason why I would knock the rating on hazelnut coffee if I was rating coffee at CoffeeAdvocate.com, it's abrasive on the stomach and tastebuds if you have more than one.

Frangelic Stout is a nice stout offering by Founders. Personally, I would never have more than one in an evening, but it's a good change of pace, and fits the winter months well.

CortexBomb, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of MDekker
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders.

A: Amazing head from the nitro-tap - a solid finger of khaki-colored head formed of tiny bubbles. It was almost like whipped cream and a diminished version of it was left at the bottom of the glass when I finished. Totally black in color.

S: Like french toast and maple syrup. Some licorice and a little nutty.

T: Quite light as stouts from Founders go - some chocolate, coffee, and nutty again - not too sweet. Slightly burnt aftertaste.

M: The nitro-carbonation was so thin that you couldn't feel it, which left the overall feel a little watery. No real bite or thickness to it.

D: Really, a well-done low alcohol stout. It went down easily, and the nitro-tap was so interesting that I could see myself getting another someday.

MDekker, Apr 25, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

spark3148857, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

IPAchris, Oct 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

buddyvelt, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

target88, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro draft at Founders. Pours a dark brown, near black on the pour. Very nice, inch big, cascading head. Smell is all hazelnut espresso and I love it. There's even more in the taste. If you're not into hazelnut, this maybe tough for you, but I'm totally digging it. Very smooth and creamy from the nitro tap. Perfect cold night beer.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from 12/7/10

Pours pitch black with 1/2 finger creamy head. Leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is all hazelnuts and coffee, but pleasantly so.

If you don't like hazelnuts, stay away. I like them, so the dominating hazelnut taste is fine with me. Coffee flavors follow, along with a but of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Overall, a very smooth tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Almost a bit watery, but not distractingly so.

Overall, this is a very nice stout. Though I imagine that even for someone who likes coffee and hazelnuts as much as I do, a couple would probably be enough.

warnerry, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up an inky blackish brown with the medium tan head still cascading from the nitro pour. As one might expect, this beer has a very creamy head with great retention and coating lace.

I love anything hazelnut, so I derive much happiness from the aroma of this beer. It smells like hazelnut coffee with perhaps a hint of dark brown sugar and a touch of chalk.

The flavor is not quite as hazelnut laden, with more of the roasty coffee notes coming through. It tastes an awful lot like a freshly made Guinness clone that has been spiked with hazelnut coffee. It does have a bit of a molasses thing going on though, and that gives it a nice little boost. It's pretty darn good, but maybe a bit less nuanced than I had hoped for.

The body is fairly thin, but with a silky smooth texture. This beer seems to just slide right down your throat, and combined with the low ABV this contributes to the glass emptying at an alarming rate. Hazelnut coffee is the main flavor in the finish, but I find that any sort of aftertaste is actually pretty nominal.

This beer is super drinkable and very sessionable. I would definitely have it again, yet I feel a little bit disappointed at the same time. This would be a perfect choice for a hazelnut lover who wants to through a few back without getting sloppy.

zoso1967, Jan 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

TCJosh, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Zaphog, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ackeeper, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

TCgoalie, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Phoodcritic, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

JDizzle, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

mcallister, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

GGRECH, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

monitorpop, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
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Founders Frangelic Stout from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.