Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company
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3.15/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
07-23-2012 00:08:19 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.
Pours a slightly murky brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, coffee beans, and some very nice hazelnut aromas. Taste is much the same with a hazelnut coffee aftertaste. There is a slight roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I much prefer the smell over the taste on this one.
07-24-2012 01:53:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.04/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with a rather modest head that fritters away rather quickly though it leaves a scattering of dots all around the glass
Smell: Hazelnut coffee, with undertones of toffee and vanilla
Taste : Hazelnut coffee with bitterness in the background from both the coffee and nutskin elements; in the middle, the vanilla and toffee sweetness builds but never becomes overwhelming; the finish is nicely balanced - not too sweet but filled with the flavor
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation
Overall: The ratings have built for this beer over time as I recall when I first bought the bottle the ratings were terrible; not sure whether the beer has developed that much since it was bottled but I rather enjoyed the beer though it is not something I would likely seek out again
04-21-2013 22:15:47 | More by brentk56
3.24/5 rDev -18.6%
Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a medium size light brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of nutty liquor is quiet dominant with some overly sweet notes also identifiable. Tasted is dominated by the sweet fake nutty flavours with some overly sweet notes. Body is light with good carbonation. I didn’t appreciate the nutty liquor flavours and thought the beer was too sweet for my taste.
03-24-2014 23:09:52 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
Founders love affair with coffee and nuts is on full display again. Call it their menage a trois. But with a lighter body and power than Cashew Mountain Brown, Frangelic pulls the flavors of hazelnut and coffee well within balance then allows the beer to become much more drinkable than it should.
Much like French pressed coffee, the bark-brown hue carries a muddled haze that repels light. Dainty head character slowly releases from the beer and caps the beer much like lightly tanned espresso creme.
The coffee theme continues in nose as nutty coffees rise first. Columbian bean aromatics seem oily and rich, and also carry a lot of chocolate, toast, and hazelnut character but not as roasty as espresso. Instead, the aromas are rich, delicate, buttery, and seductively sweet. Caramel, butterscotch, and maple syrup inform sweetness and makes the last sip as delightful as the first.
Lush flavors of Nutella, soft nutty and chocolaty coffees, medium toast, maple syrup, and butter waft the palate in sultry and savory succulence. Backed by the malty sweetness of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, almond, and maple, the early taste of barley is balanced by coffee oils, mild woody hops, and earthy beans and nuts. The dialogue of malt, coffee, and nuts is focused, not allowing any impact from fruit esters or yeast spices to make any headway. It's a delicious beer that captures the essence of medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and hazelnut in their very best light and balance.
Surprisingly, the rich taste is housed in a carriage of milder-than-expected weight. The malt, chocolate, and nut flavors never translate to heft or viscosity. Instead an light velvety texture coats the mouth with a thin veil of sweetness and oil and elevates the notion of smoothness, roundness, and savory taste. Sweetness turns ever so bitter late and allows the malt textures to waiver slightly and signals the finish of cocoa powder, bitter coffee oils, and evaporative alcohol cooling. The nine percent alcohol hardly makes an impact, making this beer dangerously drinkable.
Frangelic Brown definately provides more body, flavor, nutty definition, strength, and succulence than is normal for any English brown ale style which makes it "imperial" but it's way too effortless and drinkable to compare to heavier porters or stouts. Its non-definable comparisons causes inquisition and intrigue on all fronts. Well done again Founders- this brown ale is worthy of its Backstage status.
07-05-2012 16:38:27 | More by BEERchitect
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
The pour is a hazy dark amber color with a khaki head. Nose is full of toasted nuts, sweet hazelnut, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Sweet but still plenty of coffee to balance it out. Sweet on the palate as well. Hazelnuts, chocolate, and coffee dominate, but there is a nice caramel sweetness, some toasted malt, and a touch of vanilla. Nice and creamy on the palate as well.
08-07-2012 16:03:46 | More by womencantsail
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
This poured out as a light murky brown colored beer... Might have been one of the first samples out of the keg. There wasn't much head on top or lacing at all on this one. The smell of the beer was loaded with Hazelnut and some other sugary aromas. The taste of the beer is a little malty upfront but quickly fades into a pure Hazelnut finish, no bitterness but sweet candy-like Hazelnut. The mouthfeel was decent, not overly carbonated and medium bodied. Overall I was glad I got to try it. I would probably enjoy a bottle of it around the holidays or something but other than that this one wouldn't be something I would seek out too often.
09-30-2012 06:45:34 | More by Knapp85
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
3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Straight to the big snifter goes each entry in the Backstage Series. If only I had a Founders snifter... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep garnet-sienna topped by a short finger of sweet tan foam. The nose comprises straight roasted hazelnut, a touch of toffee, light coffee, light vanilla, and a kiss of oak. The taste, though, focuses on those damn nuts. Normally, this wouldn't b such a big deal, but it's done to the absolute detriment of everything else. What's worse, not only is the hazelnut now a domineering totalitarian dictator, it is also showing itself to be purely artifice: This isn't real hazelnut, but rather a flavored mixture one would likely pour into one's coffee, were one so inclined one Winter's morn. Due to this, I'm left to mourn what could have been this evening, as I'm left with a kinda meek bit of nutty toffee, light caramel, light coffee, light vanilla, very light oak, and wispy maple syrup, all decked in shiny black leather, bound with ornamental chains, and left in a box in the basement, awaiting the lugubrious advances of the o'erwhelmingly fake hazelnut flavor. Now, it's not altogether offensive or anything, but it's so brazenly boring and artificial that I have trouble drinking this stuff. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, this has got to be the biggest disappointment of the Series thus far. Things are just too fake-hazelnut-y to be taken seriously or to be enjoyed in any full capacity. Possibly someone's bag, but certainly not mine, Jack.
10-19-2012 16:02:38 | More by TMoney2591
4.1/5 rDev +3%
A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.
S - Smelled of hazelnut, coffee, caramel and toffee.
T - The hazelnut flavor is very strong and tasty. Sweet with caramel notes. Mild coffee-like bitterness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - Great tasting beer although I feel in has to be shared. After a while all that hazelnut sweetness was simply too much.
07-19-2012 19:29:03 | More by zeff80
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
Appropriately dark brown with a thin off-white head that retains well.
Smells like hazelnuts, toast, cream, and more hazelnuts. There's a bit of coffee, too, but hazelnut is dominant. It's rather sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.
The palate is toasty and slightly roasty with a ton of hazelnut. Creamy and full-bodied, sweet up front, coffee comes out more in the finish. Ends on a pleasantly dry note. This tastes exactly as advertised: convenience store hazelnut coffee in a strong brown ale. Pretty damn tasty stuff, if you ask me.
08-14-2012 05:53:43 | More by largadeer
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
On-tap 7/28/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains maple, chocolate, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste start is very sweet up front with strong flavors of maple, caramel and chocolate. The malt character is hearty and there’s a touch of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger brown ale to drink for a while if you’re ok with the sweetness.
08-04-2012 19:38:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
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!
07-10-2012 03:01:57 | More by russpowell
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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