Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 289 | FT: 22
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber selfishly poured into a larger version of the Sam Adams perfect Pint glass. Liquid comes out the heartiest of hearty amber brown you can get without getting full on dark brown. Pretty hazy, lots of little particle chunks floating around in it. Tan colored creamy looking head, some different sized bubbles, but mostly very small. Some really nice lacing.

Smell is good, but pretty unique. Ridiculous amount of maltiness, basically it's own category. Toffee, brown sugar, with some type of combination of pale, chocolatey, buscuity malt. Then the aromas of a hazelnut coffee without any cream or sugar. Basically take a high malted brown ale and mix it with a cup of hazelnut coffee, that's your smell, no joke. Certainly not what I prefer all of my brown ales to smell like, but this is a pretty unique combination.

Taste is good, but too sweet to be as good as the smell. Again, the malt and sugar is very strong, not to the point of overwhelming, but extremely potent. There's again caramel and pale malts as well as hints of charred chocolate. However, everything takes a back seat to the heavy hazelnut coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, so lighter than you'd expect for something with so much sweet flavor. Pretty smooth and a really good carbonation level. It's so sweet though you really have to think about it when you're drinking it. Pretty drinkable, but you really need to be in the mood for a coffee beer or something really sweet. I remember many people warning me that this would be a sugar bomb, especially when fresh which is why I aged it for awhile before drinking. This is beyond a sugar bomb, it's a sugar atom bomb.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep tawny brown with a thinner but well sustained off whte head atop/Aromas are like being in a coffee house with dark roast coffee and toasted hazelnuts really jumping out at ya.If you are a fan of hazelenuts this beer is for you...I love them.Roasted hazeluts with a tinge of vanilla and dark roast,some buttery tones add to the richness.Hell yeah Founders, this beer is rich and kick ass,I'll be in GR. in the fall hopefully this will be on tap at the brewpub.

Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, dark brown with copper overtones and very slight ruby highlights here and there. Low carbonation on the pour yields nearly no head, just a small, off-white ring that clings to the circumference of the glass. Aroma is heavy hazelnut coffee; creamy, sweet, and sugary with more faint hints of cocoa and roasted malt. It tastes almost exactly like you'd expect from the nose - iced hazelnut coffee, loaded with sweet cream and sugar. Very dense and full of hazelnut flavor, as well as a lingering cocoa powder essence that gets stronger with time. As the beer warms up, the bittersweet coffee ground flavors start to come out, but nevertheless, it is the sweetness that dominates here. Heavy hazelnut and roasted malt aftertaste, very little (if any) hop profile to be found in this one. Medium body, maybe even a little on the thin side, and a bit thinner than anticipated. Could have used a bit more carbonation as well.

Overall, not disappointed like others said I would be. Then again, I love hazelnut coffee. And that's what they were out to achieve, right? It doesn't taste much like a beer, but it certainly has a distinguishable and fairly scrumptious taste, albeit maybe a bit too sweet to enjoy on a regular basis (aside from the fact that it's hard to get your hands on anyway). Can definitely say I was pleasantly surprised, and far from being let down. I'd have this again if it weren't for the high price tag and low availability.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of hazelnut, but like Founders, so I thought I'd give this a try. In a pint glass the beer was a medium brown color with a tan head. There was a little bit of lace

Hazelnut aroma. Coffee with cream. A little bit of caramel.

The hazelnut was even more on display in the taste. Still there was the coffee with cream and the caramel.

I thought the flavors worked well together, and actually enjoyed the beer.

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear mahogany with one and a half fingers of creamy, persistent tan head. Leaves small spots of lacing throughout.

S - Huge hazelnut coffee nose. Really don't get much else, but it smells delicious. Maybe just a hint of alcohol and brown sugar.

T - Taste has more elements than the smell, and is more clearly a brown ale, though hazelnut coffee still dominates. More roasted malt with a bit of char, some slightly sweet and bready malts. More complex, but not quite as enjoyable as the smell.

M - After it warms up a bit, the mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it, along with some bitter roastiness.

O - This is a very tasty imperial brown ale. Being part of the Founders Backstage series may raise some expectations that this doesn't quite live up to, but still a good and interesting beer.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at a recent tasting, reviewed from notes.

So here's the thing about this beer. If you like sweet hazelnut, you're laughing. If not, you are out of luck. Simple as that. Let's press on.

Pours a nice chestnut hue, a bit hazy, with a sturdy crown of foam that holds its own quite well.

This brew has an unmistakable nose of sweet hazelnut, coffee and chocolate. In fact, I would go so far to say as this brew smells like a fresh batch of hazelnut roasted coffee. For me, this is a blessing, but for a few others at the tasting, this was a bit of a curse.

Taste is quite similar - vanilla, hazelnut coffee, with sweet brown sugar and a roasted malt. Cream, caramel and other sweet goodies in the mix. A very tasty brown, but the sweetness does get to you after a while. Medium to thicker bodied, very drinkable.

I liked this brew a great deal because I'm a sucker for hazelnut anything. Would be an excellent after dinner brew to be sure.

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Robust reddish-brown with thick light tan head and some lacing rings. Mostly dies down after a few.

Smell: Smells like flavored coffee, which makes me a little worried about the taste. Nevertheless, it smells great, with coffee and hazelnut. Sweet and nutty.

Taste: Tastes like Hazelnut Coffee. Big surprise. Nutty, roasty, and with a lingering, light bitterness (not sure if from the roast, coffee, nuttiness or hops). There is a very light sweetness at the finish as well, but not getting the artificial sweetener taste that some are complaining about. Actually the bitterness, while mild, is strangely astringent.

Feel: Lighter body than expected and maybe a little low in carbonation. Mostly dry finish. Smooth, but just oddly thin.

Overall: Not sure what to think here. It is not the pure deliciousness that I usually get from Founders, but it is also not the saccharine mess that some have described it as. Flavors are just a little one dimensional, and a little rough around the edges.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Scored this at the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis. It set me back a bit, but I had missed it when it was released. It was served at cellar temperature. Very dark brown in appearance, but you can still see through it. Just a trace of foam on the top. Hazelnut coffee aroma is very strong and inviting. I also get a bit of black licorice. The flavor is an intense blast of hazelnut coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky and heavy. Nicely done.

Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes.
A: Brilliant chestnut under a 2” persistent lightly tan tinted white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass.
S: this has a very rich Frangelico or hazelnut liquor nose with some coffee and chocolate.
T: Nutella in a glass.
F: Creamy medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: The concept sounds cloying but it surpisingly works quite well.

Photo of ehammond1
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MeisterSmudge!

Clear dark brown when held up to the light with a moderately sized light brown head that lasts for a short while before fading to a thin film on the top of the beer, eventually leaving the glass spotted with stick. Appropriate and pretty brown ale.

The aroma is the hallmark of this beer and easily the best aroma I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying in any brown ale. The base beer has nice components of brown bread malt and caramel, but the coffee and hazelnut character really shine through, especially at warmer temperatures. Incredibly nice.

The flavor follows the aroma, but isn't quite as spectacular. The base brown ale is complemented nicely by coffee and hazelnut flavors, though they do appear to become a little stale and artificial, respectively, as the beer comes fully to temperature. That being said, this is a really flavorful beer, highlighting the additional components nicely, while still remaining remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. One of the more full bodies I've experienced in a brown ale.

(Keeping in mind that this is a brown ale) I really, really enjoyed this. It lived up to and exceeded my high expectations.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Very roasty with a huge blast of hazelnut and coffee. They ain't kidding around with the nut and coffee hints. Dark roasted malts with some hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, and vanilla. Also some big hints of brown sugar. Again the hazelnut is huge along with the coffee. Smells enticing.

Taste: Roasty and nutty like the smell indicates. Big taste of hazelnuts and coffee beans. Roasted malts with good notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cream, and vanilla. A good amount of brown sugar and molasses. The hop presence is light but there is a somewhat noticeable bitterness in the background. A pretty sweet taste but far from overly syrupy. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat sticky. Finishes somewhat dry. Feels like a brown ale and not something imperial despite the high ABV. The alcohol is hidden pretty well considering that.

Overall: This came out pretty good to me. Hazelnut flavor is big but not overwhelming. A very good and interesting take on the brown ale style.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split and poured into snifters.

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby brown with a 1 finger whiter than expected head.

S: Hits you with hazelnut and coffee right off the bat. Has some sweetness to it, almost a milk like quality. Dark fruitiness from the roasted malt.

T: Well balanced mix of coffee, hazelnut and chocolate. Even a little bit of hops in the background. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Velvety smooth silky body with medium/low carbonation. Nice full body. Certainly a warming presence.

Overall a beer I could enjoy everyday, would love to be able to get this more often. Blows away most of the American brown ale category.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Strangebrew321 for this one.

Pours a very dark brown with 1 finger of khaki head.

The smell is straight hazelnut coffee. Heavy on the artificial hazelnut, light on the coffe, then just a bit of roasty, chocolate malt behind it. No discernible hop presence on the nose.

The taste is pretty much the same. Really feels like I am drinking an alcoholic version of hazelnut coffee.

Mouthfeel is nice. I would have never guessed 9%, drinks much lighter than that.

Overall, glad I got to try this one, but I won't seek it out again. I occasionally like a cup of artificially flavored hazelnut coffee in the afternoon and this is no different. If you don't like cheap hazelnut coffee, you will not like this beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to zipper8650 for this one!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a small off-white head, about one finger in height that reduces quickly leaving a very thin cap on top. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Very sweet and nutty. Lots of hazelnut, cream, caramel, coffee. Reminds of me a Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut coolata. Rather nice.

T: Again, very sweet and sugary. There is a heavy hazelnut flavor with some caramel and toffee. It reminds me again of a hazelnut coolata, but also of Baileys cream.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit on the creamy side.

O: Different for a brown ale and I am enjoying it. Certainly on the sweet side and surprisingly enjoyable, but definitely a sipper.

Photo of dowen17
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with red highlights in the light. Two finger head that drops to one finger and stays.

On the nose is sweet malts, hazelnut, coffee, and sugar. I also pick up some bitter dark chocolates on the end. The more I smell the more flavors I pick up in the nose. Very nice.

Taste mirrors the nose exactly. Sweet hazelnut, bitter coffee and chocolates, sweet roasted malts. This is a really really good brown beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Good carbonation. Really nice.

This is a great beer. Would definitely drink again if I can get my hands on another. Really really good.

Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not a big fan of this flavoured coffee beer experience. The infused hazelnut wafts aroma, very roasted taste and dry finish. Its all about this flavour and its not really a beer to me, I am OK with many of these coffee beers. Not this time. Doug's bottle.

Photo of socon67
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this open with a buddy.

A - Dark brown pour with a brown foam that settles high. Laces in patches.

S - Incredible scent of hazelnut coffee. Wow, just as advertised. There is also scents of light malt, caramel, and cinnamon.

T - I liked the flavor. Impressive coffee notes and nutty flavor. Has a lingering sweetness of caramel. Finish has a sweet dulce de leche flavor.

M - Well balanced and smooth feel. Easy to finish the bottle, but the coffee flavors would be a bit overwhelming over time.

O - I have yet to find a backstage beer from Founders I didn't like. This was a real treat.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Considering Cashew Mountain Brown was one of my all-time favorite beers, I'm excited to try this one. Shared by schen9303. 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Slowly erupting 1 finger light cream head with poor retention. Beer is clear, dark brown. Lacing is stringy, sparse, with little stick. Average.

Nose is outstanding. Kahlua coffee, hazelnut, cream, and brown sugar. Real aromatic with a deep, yet crisp and refreshing nose. Awesome!

Sadly, the nose presents an expectation the flavor doesn't follow through on. Some nuttiness in the opening. Hazelnut shell with iced coffee and brown sugar towards the middle and end. Gets a touch grainy. Some cream and vanilla at the end. Some booziness in the finish. More shells in the aftertaste. Decent, but not special. Certainly not as impressive as the nose.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bubbly and prickly in the mouth and abrasive and spritzy going down. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. This is refreshing. The bottled version says 9% and it hides it well.

Overall, a solid beer but this is not close to Cashew Mountain Brown. Worth cellaring to see what this turns into but from what I can tell, it won't be much. Again, decent, but doesn't really stand out from the crowd.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am trying a two year old bottle at Windber Hotel outside of J'town PA. The beer poured a a clear rich brown with thin to no head that is not lacing much. The scent is slightly sour and bready. Not getting much hazelnut, etc. The taste is smooth and the coffee and hazelnut come alive in the taste it is very nice! The mouthfeel is full body with subtle carbonation. Overall I am greatful for the chance to try it. Thanks to eric the bar keep.

Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frangelic Mountain Brown pours a darker copper color. It looks mostly clear. A little light highlights some gorgeous crimson highlights. Really nice color. A very faint, tan collection of bubbles gathers on the surface and perhaps rises a little further. Not much though. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was certainly sticky, but light in volume. Not bad at all.

The nose is good. It’s definitely sweet and full of brown malt. No doubt about that. Maple is easily noted and adds a sugary, sweet side to it. There’s an interesting coffee presence. It’s not the usual strong presence you might expect. It’s more reserved than that. It works though. There’s a strong praline or nutty scent to it. I suppose that’s the hazelnut side of it. All in all, it works well. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overwhelming. I probably wouldn’t guess 9%.

The flavor is likewise impressive. The malt base is definitely brown. It’s flavorful and anchors things nicely. It is sweet and sugary. Maple and caramel flavors are both noted and work well with the malt base. I like it. Coffee is there, but is a bit too light. More would be better. In fact, that’s exactly what it needs to rise to the next level. Praline or hazelnut is tasty and definitely is a positive here. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overly strong. Still wouldn’t say 9%. Finishes sweet, syrupy, and nutty.

Frangelic Mountain Brown has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is soft and smooth. It’s not quite creamy, but has a nice feel. For a nearly double digit abv beer, it goes down rather easily. I’ll finish off this 750 without much trouble.

Founders did a nice job with Frangelic Mountain Brown, but a stronger coffee presence would propel it into the upper echelon of Founders beer. Having said that, it is very good. No doubt about it. The hazelnut and maple flavors work well with the malt base. It’s tasty. Grab a bottle if you can.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped bomber into a Corsendonk chalice- pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with a finger of bubbly tan head, decent retention, some nice lacing.

Smells exclusively of hazelnut coffee- I've never found that "hazelnut flavoring" to smell very good. The coffee underneath that strong smell is nice though.

Taste is incredible (not necessarily great but by no means bad); the fake hazelnut smell gets only stronger as you bring it closer to your lips so that's present at the beginning but it's followed but a very nice, round coffee flavor and then it's creamy like Bailey's. A tiny bit of booze is noticeable but only in the best way. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is deliciously smooth; full bodied, little to no carbonation, and silky smooth. This is a very interesting beer- not necessarily worth the expense but if you've got fifteen bucks to blow go for it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear reddish brown. Nice off white head that's well retained.

Smell - Ton of hazelnut and coffee. Nutty brown malts.

Taste - Lots of coffee and lots of hazelnut. Sweet to the point where not a lot of the beer comes out past the adjuncts. Slightly bitter and the nutty malts are faint.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Decently bitter to counter the sweetness.

Overall - The adjuncts are good and good enough that I don't mind not being able to discern the qualities of the beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of khaki head. Stays effervescent with good head retention & lacing

S: Big time hazel nut & some coffee

T: Follows the nose, some nuttyness & a touch of mocha up front. More hazel nut & coffee as this warms, some woody hops as well. Finishes with sweetness, nuttyness & a solid coffee backbone

MF: Creamy with medium body, thins out a touch as it warms

Drinks super easy, not the best robust brown, I've ever had, but nipping at their heels! Very interesting & worth seeking out!

Photo of sjones5045
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of bomber for the third time in little less than a year of aging. Pours a thinner head but honestly, the color and look are an after thought after you get the first whiff of a very strong hazel nut smell. Honestly one of the strongest most pleasant smelling beers I've experienced.

Taste...absolutely delicious. In comparison to the nut brown class it ranks at the top. More specifically, in comparison to other hazelnut brown ales it still is head and shoulders the best. I did read other reviews that knocked the "artificial hazelnut taste". Two responses to that, first, don't care if artificial or not, it's a strong taste that would make a fantastic dessert beer, or a sipper just relaxing in the winter. And secondly, how often has anyone had a natural hazelnut taste? Not really sure if I've ever tried natural hazelnut to compare but until I do know this works just fine for me. The only downside would be for someone that doesn't like a sweeter type of beer or hazelnut, since there is a ton of it present in this beer.

Overall, Founders continues to dominate the darker beer space. They have perfected this style of beer with this offering. Only wish this was a consistent release. If and when they release this again, I'll be among the first in line to buy. If you can still find this, grab it.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lighter than expected ruby/dark brown/amber. A n agressive pour yields a one finger tan head.
S: aroma is dominated by coffee and roasted notes. Smells sweet with slight booze. The hazelnut really stands out as well.
T: this bad boy is complex. Starts sweet with the hazelnut jumping out at the front but then slightly quelled byblack coffee, roasted notes. Toward the back, a bit of the booze kicks in, slightly astringent(my only complaint). Finishes slightly bittersweet, the only trace of hops I can really detect.
M: Medium carbonation, slick and thinner than expected. Dry finish with a boozy, bittersweet finish.
O: enjoyed this brew a lot. The complexities alone make it worth the purchase and at 9% abv I was surprised how quickly I made it through the bomber. This has so many characteristics of a stout, you need to remember its a brown and judge it accordingly. A fine brown indeed.

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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.