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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 55
Gots: 297 | FT: 23
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bashiba on 03-18-2012)
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Reviews by beesy:
Photo of beesy
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 750ml large format bottle into a brandy snifter.

A - pours a medium brown that appears to be an intensely deep deep mahagony when help up to the light. Very clear. A finger and a half of a medium khaki head forms and dissipates quickly, most likely a side effect from of the coffee oils as I can rouse up a finger of head by agitating the glass.

S - nutty and bready on the forefront that quickly makes way for a sweet hazelnut and coffee bouquet. Chocolate. Smells a lot like the Ferrero Roche hazelnut chocolate ball things. The aroma smells a little off/sweet/artifical on the very end.

T - this is not up to par with the nose. Dark bakers chocolate with a slight palate drying is very apparent. Coffee stong in the mid and late palate. Biscuit. The hazelnut comes on strong in the middle and finishes with an off bitterness that isn't very pleasing. Some caramel in the middle. Not much else apparent from the dominating fake hazelnut flavor. The coffee lingers on my palate/breath for many minutes after sipping.

M - I think this might be where this beer fails for me. It's very thin, especially for 9%. However, when it's way colder (colder than where the aroma should be enjoyed), the mouthfeel appears to come into where it should be.

D - low. Too much artifical flavors to enjoy.

Hype/Expectation Factor - 2.0 very low. I was expecting something awesome and it just didn't deliver.

Overall, an ok beer, but I was expecting so much more. The aroma is lovely but the rest just doesn't deliver. I redl about the artifical hazelnut and not sure it was an end all, but the balance wasn't there for me. The mouthfeel is way off imho also when consumed at proper temps. I think some residual sweetness may have helped cut through the coffee and hazelnut and bring some balance to the force. Hoping the next backstage gets back on track to the awesomeness of Blushing Monk, CBS and Better Half (a.k.a. Kaiser Curmudgeon).

beesy, Jul 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

oberon, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

DanGeo, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -1%

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.

tectactoe, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Schlais, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of supa0525
4/5  rDev +0.5%

supa0525, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Kjanisch7
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of oteixeira
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

oteixeira, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

warnerry, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +0.5%

TimoP, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of megamass
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

megamass, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of codysjb
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

codysjb, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
2/5  rDev -49.7%

mctizzz, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Skye1024, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Shankopotamus
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Shankopotamus, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of BrandonDZ
4/5  rDev +0.5%

BrandonDZ, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

bsp77, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of PDZ
4/5  rDev +0.5%

PDZ, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jaminjohnson, Sep 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev +4%

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.

Franziskaner, Jun 30, 2013
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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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