Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 60
Gots: 297 | FT: 25
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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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Photo of Jimmys
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

big bottle into a tulip. kept at cellaring conditions.

A: a lot of haze on a muddy brown body. head is slightly off-white and frothy. good retention and lacing.

S: smells like something Rogue makes. loads of sweetness and hazelnut. reminds me of a specialty brew from Dunkin Donuts.

D: tons of sweetness this thing is still loaded with hazelnut. really drinks like a dessert coffee. as it continues, it is almost too sweet. lots of body.

M: moderate carb on a big body.

D: like I said on the nose, drinks a lot like a specialty cup of coffee from DD or any brew Rogue would do. I think I like it but part of me hates the utter lack in complexity. indifferent.

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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 EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, with maybe some red hues. A finger of creamy head adorns, leaving bits of lacing. This smells and reminds of coffee with hazelnut creamer. The sweet nutty aroma, backed by a hint of alcohol also reminds me of Frangelico Liquor. Tastes more like the hazelnut liquor than in the aroma cuz of the booze bite it has. It's not as sweet and nutty and less of a coffee taste. The feel is pretty good. It's not full or robust, but it's an upper medium body with a creamy, yet slightly slick feel.

It's not too sweet, though the makeup of the beer definitely gives that a possibility. It is good, though, I think I'd rank this last in the backstage series only slightly over the palate-testing Curmudgeon's Better Half. Maybe they should have exhausted all other Backstage beers before releasing CBS...save the best for first?

Photo of ShanePB
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle
Served into a tulip

A: Medium brown, mahogany colored body with some maroon hues in the light. Very bubbly light beige head forms and does stick around for some time. Thin retention ring with some splotchy lacing. Certainly lighter overall than expected for the style.

S: Lots of fresh coffee beans, hazelnuts, almonds and some dark roasted malts. Smells very inviting, a bit of cream and sugary sweetness in there as well.

T: Initially there's a lot of hazelnut flavor, along with the strong coffee component. The malts intertwined rather nicely and helped balance out what little sweetness was here. Nothing overboard but really almost a one-dimensional beer.

M: A lot thinner than expected, lower end of a medium body when a beer of this nature should be a bit more robust. No detection of the 9% ABV which was nice.

While this started out really great and flavorful, I quickly became bored with it. Perhaps 12 ounces was just enough, as I did finish it, but it didn't make me want more. I didn't get the overt fake sugary sweetness like a lot of people are saying at all. A nice beer with plenty of hazelnut and coffee, just a bit boring in the end.

Photo of Chico1985
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared and reviewed at a tasting on 8-17-12. Hadn't heard much about this one prior to purchasing but felt fortunate to find this one, gotta try new Founders.

Pours a hazy light brownish-red. A creamy beige head falls to a thick ring and slight cap leaving a bit of lace.

Strong scent, insanely strong hazelnut. It's like smelling hazelnut flavored coffee right from the bag. Admittedly comes off as artificial and one-note, but it's quite something.

Taste is tamed compared to the scent, a bit of disappointment but decent. Hazelnut coffee is still prevalent/a bit over the top, but some other flavors shine through - caramel and toasty malts, slight cocoa and dark fruit, a bit of alcohol.

Kind of a limp mouthfeel for a brown of this size, but not too bad. Moderate carbonation, lightness, and decently hidden ABV make it a pretty easy drinker.

Enjoyable to an extent, noticeably artificial and one-note which is weird for Founders. Best to split as these flavors get tiring somewhat quickly.

Photo of beesy
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CaptCleveland for this one...

A: Pours a deep brown that shows red hues when held up to the light. There is about one full finger of frothy khaki colored head. The foam fades fairly quickly, and there is almost no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet and stinging. It smells like jalapenos, caramel, coffee, toffee, and milk sugar. It's all over the place.

T: This beer is sweet to start with a nice caramel note. There is a bit of brown sugar as well. The beer gets hot and a bit bitter in the middle, with a mix of jalapenos and espresso. The finish is back to sweet with what I pick up as milk sugar.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet to start, hot and bitter in the middle, and finishes sweet and coating.

O: Decent beer, but it's not at all what I expected. I get almost no hazelnut, and a bunch of jalapenos even though this beer isn't brewed with them. I don't know. It's not bad, but it's not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of AlexFields
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells sweet and mainly of hazelnut, even the coffee notes are restrained compared to the hazelnut.

Taste is pretty similar, very sweet, lots of hazelnut, some subtle coffee.

This is a good beer, not amazing but perfectly drinkable. I don't see why everyone has been shitting on this beer so much.

7.3/10

Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light brown color with a partial residue of loose light beige bubbles. Light scattered lacing remains on the glass.

S: Complimentary brown malt, toasted hazelnuts, and surprisingly fresh coffee are seamlessly joined in the nose. Intensity is very appropriate--resonant but not overpowering or cloying. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with mild malt that is very well-toasted. Coffee-derived depth develops after a few beats, progressing through the middle in a focused and clean fashion. Some acidity develops during the latter half of the profile, revving up when flavors should be easing into the finish. Lingering flavors represent all of those encountered thus far, with the added influence of a green-herbaceous thread and some associated. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic on the palate late, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This strong brown ale yields some traditional and attractive qualities, but it isn't quite able to reach the desired comfort level of what a high-gravity beer ideally should. There is nothing about it that suggests to the drinker to sip and savor.

Photo of mjohnson17
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance - pours a clear dark brown with a good 1+ inch of creamy head.

Smell - the smell really turned me off at first. It's a strong sweet smell but not in a good way. If one thing is a miss for this beer I would say its the smell.

Taste - quite good. After hearing mixed reviews I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It is sweet, but in a good way with chocolate and hazelnut flavors very upfront. Tastes a lot like liquified Nutella, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - for the stronger hazelnut/chocolate/dessert flavor you're expecting a heavier beer, but it stays true to the brown ale style. It's lighter in mouthfeel and smooth.

Overall - much better than I expected. The reviews thus far have been good but I've heard lots of negative feedback elsewhere. I thought it was a very good beer, it was just what you expect, a very tasty hazelnut flavored brown ale. I would definately drink this again, however not sure if I would actively seek it out. Overalls very pleased with the result. It's not CBS, but another solid Founders beer.

Photo of tut2528
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pour is a deep brown, slight ruby tints at top and bottom of glass, nice 1 finger worth cream white head formation, thick bubbles, high carbonation, moderate lacing, leaves a nice thin film across the top of the glass

S: wow this is a big brown ale and extremely unique. Massive hazel nuts, deep sweet maple, coffee notes, and a nice creaminess and a touch of toffee

T: big hazel nut dominates the palate. There is a nice sweet maple backbone that holds this one together with ever slight touch of hops in the finish. Very creative, but it lacks complexity like many other brown ales.

M: medium bodied, hazel nut lingers throughout the beer. It fits for this brew quite nicely.

O: really think this one is extremely unique, and thought that the creativity in this one was great. Great smell, but the taste seems more one dimensional. Nice offering, worth trying.

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared by jdiddy. Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a loose head that dissipates into a soapy skim with clustered dollops. Nose expresses a huge hazelnut and coffee presence. Taste follows nose; however, there is a distinct artificial sweetener character with a slightly bitter and lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a crisp, even carbonation. I can honestly say that 3-4 oz. was more than a sufficient pour. The artificial sweetener is just a bit too much in my opinion. If you plan on opening this, make sure you have some help.

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.