Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.21/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is deep, dark mahogany with ruby-red tints and sports a nice finger of sandy-colored head that dissipates down to a nice lace. The nose is strong, almost pungent, with hazelnuts and coffee, so much so that I cannot detect much of the malt. I have heard grumblings from fellow BAs about the use of artificial flavorings, but I have to say this smells pretty good. I don't know if it smells like a beer, but it smells pretty good.
Medium-full body and a super-creamy feel. The flavor is sweet and luscious. Lots of hazelnuts, coffee, caramel, toffee, sweet cream, and just a touch of bitterness on the finish - just enough to remind you that it's a beer. There is not much booziness at all, just enough of an alcohol flavor to enhance the richness of the flavor, and there is a heavy hazelnut flavor left lingering in the mouth after you swallow. The richness and intensity of hazelnut flavor dampens the drinkability somewhat, but the taste is certainly appealing to me.
All in all, a very enjoyable beverage, but it's a bit on the sweet side and needs a little more bitterness to complement it, add complexity, and challenge my palate a bit more. More coffee and a little less hazelnut would do it. I would imagine a bourbon barrel-aged version of this would be quite something.
08-20-2013 00:21:20 | More by deadonhisfeet
More User Reviews:
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.
07-03-2012 21:28:11 | More by oberon
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.
01-15-2013 03:10:33 | More by tectactoe
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.
07-05-2012 22:45:14 | More by lordofthewiens
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.
07-04-2012 21:20:11 | More by warnerry
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.
03-21-2013 22:55:23 | More by JohnnyBarman
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.
07-07-2012 21:09:38 | More by bsp77
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.
06-30-2013 17:42:23 | More by Franziskaner
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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