Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

300 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 300
Hads: 1,173
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 6.33%
Wants: 60
Gots: 287 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 300 | Hads: 1,173
Photo of suspect
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark brown color. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a thick, frothy one-finger head that dissipates slowly leaving a nice ring and nice lacing.

S: Holy hazelnut Batman! Full nose of hazelnut, strong coffee, vanilla and not a ton else. I pick up some chocolate malts and other malts but not much else.

T: Ahh, the flavor tones down from the nose in that it's not all hazelnut. But it didn't disappear, no no. It's still the most prevalent flavor, it's just given way to some other really nice flavors such as toffee other nutty flavors. Overall, an excellently complex brew.

M: Very creamy feel with a nice bitter finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: A very delicious beer yet again from Founders. Highly drinkable and wonderfully complex. (810 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a murky dark brown with a nice khaki colored head that has very good retention. The smell is very coffee forward as well as a toasted hazelnut aroma that comes through very strong. The taste follows through here; a very nutty roasted coffee with some caramel and chocolate. The mouthfeel is pretty thin. Love this brown ale, really love it when brewers bump up the standard brown ale, founders did a great job here. (430 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml capped bottle into Tulip.

A. Pours a 2 finger off white head. Moderate lacing. Good retention. Color is a dark amber brown.

S. Nutty malt, hazelnut, vanilla, strong earthy malt smell. Not the most interesting aroma. Most of the smell I get seems faded.

T. Strong hazelnut flavor. Not a lot of coffee other than some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Fairly sweet. If your a fan of hazelnut, which I am you will like this beer. Flavor is pretty one dimensional.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with some hazelnut sweetness.

O. This beer is different for sure. Not a whole lot of depth of aroma or flavor. If you like hazelnut, this is something you should try. A 750ml is probably all I will need of this beer. (753 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottled poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep chestnut brown color. Some tan froth & lace.

(S)- A nice almond/hazelnut-like coffee liqueur smell to it. Bits of cocoa too.

(T)- Similar to the smell, but drier and not nearly as rich as expected.

(M)- It has a good carbonation level to it. Overall, its really just a basic brown ale with some fun flavors, but kinda falls apart at the finish. Much much thinner mouthfeel than expected considering how rich and decadent the aroma was.

(O)- Not bad, but a huge difference from how good this smells like. Not one of Founders' best. (588 characters)

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. (1,953 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Triangle Wine for their Founders Takeover ...

Deep, earthy brown pour with very little head. Thin lace. Good color, though.

Hazelnut, coffee, roast malt, light caramel malt, and a light shot of grapefruit hops all in the nose. Very nice.

Hazelnut takes over tin the flavor, but you still get a nice blast of roast coffee, caramel malt, toffee, and a hint of hops. I like it.

Body is substantial, without being overly thick.

Not a big fan of browns, but this is quite nice. (487 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown body. The edges are amber when light passes through. Average off white head.

The smell is pretty on dimensional and all hazelnut flavored coffee.

Same with the taste, but with a spoonful if sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweet.

I just wasn't feeling this one. The hazelnut overwhelms any other qualities that may be hiding in there. (358 characters)

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber out in Binghamton, New York. I was very surprised to see this out here, but at $13.49 for 750 ml, it's a once a year kind of thing (maybe).

Appearance - this beer pours like nothing I've ever seen. The mild carbonation really kicks from the bottom up, leaving you with a swirling glass for many seconds after the pour. The color and head just make it look delicious.

Smell - woo hoo, here comes the hazelnut!

Taste - like a hazelnut bomb in the mouth. All I can taste is hazelnut and the mildest amount of coffee. It's so intense that it almost tastes like chemicals.

Mouthfeel - not bad, the carbonation is perfectly light. Would be more drinkable if it wasn't so sweet.

Overall - I've had this beer twice. The first time I thought it was amazing and unique. The second time, the uniqueness continues, but it became an unbalanced trial of tastes and techniques. (876 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of quirkzoo
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Founders Backstage Series.
Bottle kept in fridge, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a pretty clear dark brown color, with hints of orange and red when held up to the light. It has 2 fingers of light tan head that stayed around for a little while, and does not leave much of any lacing on the glass.

S- Hazelnut coffee up front. Very nutty, malty smelling beer here. Smells pretty good to me.

T- Pretty tasty. Lots of hazelnut coffee, minus the bitter taste of cold coffee. It's mixed with plenty of sweet flavors of caramel, and toffee. Nice malty, toasty base beer with added benefits of rich, nutty hazelnut coffee.

M- Nice and creamy full bodied. Moderate amount of carbonation. Seems spot on.

O- I'm impressed. I think that this beer deserves a higher score that it is receiving. But then again I like dark roasted coffee. Hazelnut coffee, while not my favorite coffee is still pretty tasty. (907 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- It poured out a really dark brown color that you can see red through it as you hold it up to the light, however not transparent. The head was minimal and died off fast.

S- First thing I pick up on this one is strong hazelnut coffee, the rest is real soft and light on the nose with vanilla, and some creamer. Can you say hazelnut coffee, nice!

T- I get a sweet flavor right up front but do not pick up a hazelnut like on the smell. I get more of a dark fruit taste in this for some reason with a bitter taste of coffee on the back end. I also pick up some alcohol on this one. On the very end there is some vanilla and a slight hazelnut. Not what I expected from the smell.

M- Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. This one feels like it is scrubbing my tongue clean as I drink it.

O- Frangelic Mountain Brown is good however it is real pricey coming in at $14 for a 750ml bottle. I would pass and look for something different IMHO. I was really looking forward to this as I am a huge Founders fan, however it did not live up to my expectations. (1,064 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Actually stumbled upon this one today at a quiet local bottle shop with several just sitting on the shelf after I thought these were long gone...

A- Pours a nice dark brown with a almost reddish hue to it. Light can be seen along the sides and bottom of the glass. About a finger's worth of white head fades to some sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- As one would expect: Coffee and hazelnut in the aroma. Not much more to speak of. Smells like coffee in the morning with a hint of alcohol.

T- The coffee and hazelnut is very overpowering in the taste. Starts off smooth with some maltiness before leading to the bomb of sweetness from the coffee and hazelnut.

M- Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, sweet.

This is my first offering from Founders' Backstage Series that I've been able to get my hands on. While brown ales seem boring to me, this one isn't bad. Nothing I would buy again though. I cellared away one other bottle I bought to see what happens to the coffee flavors over time. (1,042 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours medium brown with red tint, very good clarity, with minimal head--a ring--and not much lacing to speak of.

S&T: Veeery nutty. Exactly how you would expect hazelnut coffee spiked with a brown ale would taste. Just a hint of malt, vanilla, and lingering sweetness and no bitterness whatsoever. Not really getting brewed coffee per se, but like those flavored coffee powders. Topped with chopped nuts.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O: Actually pretty tasty, but a lighter hand on the hazelnut would have gone a long way. That being said, it's drinkable enough (pairing quite well with chocolate dessert), though testing my patience. (669 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A medium brown colored body with little transparency. Thin layer of light tan bubbles serve as the head.

S- Nice malt aroma with a roasty character. Nutty aroma comes through with hazelnut clearly leading the way. Nice coffee aroma as well.

T- Coffee is really dominate. The nutty sweetness is very noticeable as well, but this beer tastes more like coffee than beer.

M- Pretty good mouthfeel, medium bodied with medium combination.

O- Definitely interesting and probably a polarizing beer for most. I am on the fence and think it is good, but could back off on the hazelnut coffee just a touch. (602 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice burgundy/brown pour with 2 fingers of off-white head, nice lacing.
smells like hazelnut coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, molasses.. very nice sweet scents.

the taste is VERY sweet. mainly hazelnut flavor and chocolate fill your entire mouth. brown sugar, lightly roasted grains... this basically tastes like a cold hazelnut coffee with creme and sugar.. with that said, holy shit this is tasty!

medium body, nicely carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. a little light/watery, but the sweetness of the drink works well with it.

overall, a really damn good flavored brown ale. i don't know if it's honestly worth all the trouble in getting a bottle, but it IS good if you can get your hands on it. (699 characters)

Photo of srv33
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a half-mug on tap, pours a dark semi-clear brown, with a thin tan head and fantastic fine lacing. Strong scent of coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste very closely follows nose, with the hazelnut coffee flavor dominating. It does do that well though, it really does hazelnut and coffee flavors like nothing else, if that sounds appealing - definitely get a hold of this brew. Mouthfeel is fantastically smooth, thick, and creamy. Overall a very well done brew, highly recommended for someone who wants a strong coffee-hazelnut combo. (556 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, hazelnut, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, hazelnut, coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. Wow! I have a few beers every year that really surprise me and this one is one of them. I really went into this one expecting just a good brew and nothing special. However, this one definitely brought the goods! Very huge well balanced aroma and the flavor also followed along. The hazelnut coffee aspect going on here was nothing short of excellent and pleasant. I could have easily crushed a growler of this given the opportunity. If you have not tried this, what the Hell are you waiting for!? (987 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Medium brown color body (transparent) with 1 finger head.

S: It smells like hazenut flavoured coffee. Which is just okay for me I guess.

T: It tastes just like it smells at first, and then followed by some dark fruit, alcohol, malt. Not very impressive, but not so bad either

M: Good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: It's the seond Founders beer (first one was Curmudgeon) that did not wow me. It was okay, but not great. (436 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Stellar looking beer. Whipped cream cap of khaki colored head with excellent lace and nice retention. Crystal clear, bronze brown body.

S - Great; thick roast grains, toasted hazelnut, toffee, nutmeg, burnt toast.

T - Caramel, cappuccino, fresh nutmeg, hazel nut, burnt toast, tapioca, tiramisu.

M - Thick, creamy and full bodied with an almost stout-like feel.

O - A amazing brown ale. Outrageous flavor and a great mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable at 9%. (464 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a dark nut brown brew into our CB’s Signature Series chalices. It pours from the bottle syrupy, with little splash despite some height. When held to light it shows ruby flecks. It holds a one and a half finger head of light brown bubbles. This shows good retention, as it recedes down into a thick ring around the edges of the glass, and spots of lacing along the walls. There is a thick haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears mild. The nose is huge with that artificial hazelnut coffee. This adds both bite and creamy sweetness. There is an equal deepness to the malts, and it is hard to pick any coffee malts away from the full bean inclusions. Otherwise, the malts show a big roast, with chocolate and warming woodiness. Booze is equally as warming, appearing with an almost buttery, bourbon quality. Our first impression is that it is obviously very nutty, but it is very nicely blended. As we sip, sweet hazelnut flavoring mixes with deeply roasted raw coffee and vanilla beans. There is additional sweetness of cream and light lactic sourness, much like an actual cup of café au lait. The middle peaks with cooling French vanilla flavoring, sweeter hazelnut, lighter coffee, and a bit of alcohol working its way in. This is where the blend is the best, right at the top of the swallow. The finish shows more lactic sourness, more bittering coffee bite, and watered hazelnut. There is final sweetness of buttercream, fried brown sugar, light diacetyls, and roasty chocolate malts. The aftertaste breathes of a boatload of hazelnut, dark cherry sweetness, booze, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and more steely coffee bean. With warmth comes a sweeter grassy hop vibe, as it rumbles back from the stomach. The body is full and syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives a sticky, sugary coating to the lips and hard palate before the booze and coffee dryness suck the moisture from the mouth. There is great froth, cream, slurp, smack, and pop, especially with a swirl around the mouth. The abv is up there, and the beer is nicely warming, but the beer drinks easily. You sip though, as you hate to see it go.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sweet, nutty, and well balanced hazelnut, along with the gloriously slurpable feel. Honestly, at first it smelled light a cheap gas station coffee counter, but as it warmed and as we sipped, the hazelnut really popped with the roast and sweetness of the malts. The flavors were deep and complexly unified. The feel is syrupy and sticky with sweetness, and makes you want to smack your lips. With each sip there is a huge frothiness and slurp that makes you want to keep coming back for more. This is an exemplary beer for the style, and another home-run for Founders. (2,769 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Awesome deep ruby color. Big tan head that stays for some time.

S: Super earth on the smell. Definately some dirty woody piney oak. A good sweetness and nuttyness.

T: That nuttiness really comes through, alcohol seems a little too powerful. The synergy between the two makes a little funky like vegetable taste. Taste is good but not like... killer.

M: Super creamy. When this hit my lips I knew it was gonna sit well. A little tinge of alcohol is the only takes a little something away from the rich creamy texture.

Overall a solid beer. The execution of the beer is excellent but the taste gets a little funk going that takes something away. I would grab a bottle if you see one. (691 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a creamy but bubble slightly darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with some lacing, over very dark molasses mahogany brown color with hints of ruby light streaming through the edges.

Nose explodes with hazelnut and coffee, fresh roasted coffee beans, little espresso and fresh brewing coffee, toasted hazelnuts and bit chestnut like, hazelnut syrup, little toffee and molasses, cola syrup, brown sugar, sweetness.

Taste starts with tons of hazelnut, like a hazelnut explosion just threw up in my mouth, chewy and very syrupy. Toasted hazelnuts and chestnuts cut through the syrupy blanketed mess, brown sugar, molasses, hazelnut syrup, and toffee add lots more sweet flavors to the very sweet beer. Coffee is there but much more muted due to hazelnut and sweet additions well overpowering the slightly fresh roasted coffee. Light toasted brown malts underneath and hint of bitter earthy hops. Booze is warming in the background but not rampant. Finish is still fairly sweet, syrupy mouth coating, lots more hazelnut lingering, although the coffee comes out a lot more on the finish, fresh roasted coffee coming out nicely, little brown sugar, and a bit of earthy bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, syrupy, sweet, some warming booze, decent carb.

Overall not so great, a nice beer underneath except the tons of hazelnut. The coffee is nice but drowned out by the hazelnut as well. (1,417 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at The Green Growler in Croton on the Hudson NY.

Appearance: Pours a chestnaut brown with red clay like folds. The crown is 1 finger, slightly buttery, shows some retention and minimal lace.

Smell: The hazelnut comes through much more than anything else. Its hard to dig the coffee and malt smells out from under the hazelnut. A touch of buttered toffee and a hint of roast is found once you use a shovel though!

Taste: The beer opens up with a lightly roasted coffee note over toffee malt and finishes with straight hazelnut. Neither of which are overly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Definitely helps get the pungent flavors scrubbed off of ones tongue.

Overall: Not a bad brew but nothing I'd seek out again in the future. The hazelnut is a touch too pungent and I don't really enjoy the flavor of this particular type of coffee in the beer. (895 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: medium dark mahogany. two finger head

s: hazelnut coffee

t: sweet hazelnut coffee

m: good carbonation, medium body. a bit dry though

o: The hazelnut coffee taste was overwhelming. If it could have been toned down a bit it might have been better imo. Not worth the price. (277 characters)

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.