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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 55
Gots: 297 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

imperialking, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of HarmonMW
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

HarmonMW, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of GehenHerzog
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

GehenHerzog, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Supergenious
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Supergenious, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of jrnyc
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jrnyc, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
2.33/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two Founders Brewing Company snifters
Pours a darker brown with a two finger off-white head. The aroma is dominated by hazelnut and coffee. Opens with hazelnut transitions to coffee which continues until I pick up an artificial nutrasweet-like flavor that borders on unpalatable and finishes with more coffee and a bit of alcohol warmth. Adequate carbonation and silky and slick mouthfeel. This brew is probably the biggest disappointment from Founders, and I'm a big fan. Unfortunately, this beer is a perfect example of an added ingredient overpowering a beer rather than complementing and adding more complexity to it. Besides some alcohol warmth in the finish, I'm not sure I would have known this is an American brown ale rather than cool hazelnut coffee. The decision to use artificially flavored ingredients undoubtedly led to the unpleasant flavors I experienced. For the first time ever, it has led me to question whether a Founders brew is a quality product. Founders could have used real hazelnuts, however a conscious decision was made to use artificially flavored coffee, something I would never expect from a brewery of Founders ilk. Finally, the base beer contributes little to this brew except to provide a flavorless malty base for the hazelnut coffee. An appealing appearance and slightly above average mouthfeel are the only above average aspects of this brew.

chanokokoro, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

eawolff99, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of TheDudeRules
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hopefully i'm not nuked for this review...

Poured into my Southampton snifter.

A nice brown color. Not murky. Not light. Medium-ish.A fair amount of head. Solid retention. Lacing does in fact remain.

Smell is of bunk hazelnut. It says that on the label. Well maybe the bunk part is left out It's strong. No denying the coffee and bunk hazelnut.

Well.... There are no taste secrets here. H a z e l n u t. Roastiness, cigarette butts, and awfulness.

Thin and highly carbonated.

It isn't the worst beer I've had, but for Founders, this is just plain awful, Have fun wasting your dollars.

TheDudeRules, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of rodkin
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, with a small fluffy head and some spotty lacing.

Smell is fantastic. Strong hazelnut, some coffee, dark chocolate, a little vanilla. Nice maltiness, pretty nutty aroma.

Taste is similar to the smell, but a bit more subdued. Really strong hazelnut, some nutty sweetness, vanilla, a bit of coffee. Good, but I wish it was a bit stronger.

Nice carbonation, medium bodied. Pretty good mouthfeel, not too heavy and it complements the taste nicely.

Very solid offering from Founders. That said, neither this nor CBH has wowed me like CBS did.

rodkin, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - very dark brown with a beige head that thinned out leaving spotty lacing behind.

S - hazelnut coffee, they hit the nail pretty much on the head here.

T - rich, roasted hazelnut coffee flavor from the sweet start right up to the bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - very good beer provided you like the taste of hazelnut coffee which I do.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

vrbulldog22, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a chalice. This is a translucent caramel brown color and moderately fizzy. Smell is heavy on sugary hazelnut and light cocoa powder. Taste is dominated by very sweet hazelnut, with only minor background coffee and chocolate flavors. Extremely drinkable with only a very slight alcohol presence. Mouthfeel fairly thin. Very tasty, and worth trying if you can find one.

webmanspidey, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased today! Poured into Jackie O's snifter

A- Pours a slightly translucent very dark slightly reddish brown, about a quarter finger of slightly yellowish beige colored head that dissipates rather quickly, about average carbonation. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- Smells like a very freshly brewed batch of sweet hazlenut coffee with hints of vanilla, caramel, and some malts. Definitely very aromatic and very pleasant smelling. If you love the smell of coffee you will absolutely love the smell of this beer. I'd have to say it's one of the better smelling beers I've encountered, especially when it comes to coffee flavored beers.

T- Hazlenut coffee, vanilla, caramel, not too sweet but just sweet enough. Not bitter at all, has a lightly sweet, creamy coffee aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, average carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This is without a doubt one of the best brown ales I've had, and definitely not a dissapointment to live up to the other Founder's Backstage beers. It had an absolutely amazing coffee aroma and a well balanced simple hazlenut coffee taste that had just the right sweetness and feel to it. If you like coffee there is no way you will not like this beer. I highly recommend trying it, wish they brewed this year round.

jaasen64, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped bomber into a Corsendonk chalice- pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with a finger of bubbly tan head, decent retention, some nice lacing.

Smells exclusively of hazelnut coffee- I've never found that "hazelnut flavoring" to smell very good. The coffee underneath that strong smell is nice though.

Taste is incredible (not necessarily great but by no means bad); the fake hazelnut smell gets only stronger as you bring it closer to your lips so that's present at the beginning but it's followed but a very nice, round coffee flavor and then it's creamy like Bailey's. A tiny bit of booze is noticeable but only in the best way. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is deliciously smooth; full bodied, little to no carbonation, and silky smooth. This is a very interesting beer- not necessarily worth the expense but if you've got fifteen bucks to blow go for it.

Hopdaemon39, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours out like a nice honey brown color, hitting the glass with deep mahogany brown and some cola like bubbles. Body color is dark but up to the light shows lots of red. Head is foamy and creamy with some retention, and a nice caramel and tan color. Scattered lacing.

Nose is really impressive. Milky coffee and a mild sweetness. Hints of nuts and vanilla also. Strong, but not overpowering. Smells more like coffee than beer, and lots of caramel action. Virtually caramel coffee.

Taste is interesting. Texture is more impressive, light bodied with a nice alcohol thickness and sugar character without a big sweetness. Sweetned milk and toast, melds with a very light body giving the sense of dumbed watered down Bailey's but I'll take it. Toasty malt seems to be hidden though. After some time a slightly sour tannic nut quality, not totally acrid, but it becomes noticeable after several sips.

Overall real interesting brown ale, but I am not going crazy for this. However, it's a great crafted brew what else would you expect from Founders.

smakawhat, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, another Backstage Series release!

A. Pours a medium ruby brown, a little bit lighter than I am used to for a brown ale. Pours more like a barleywine. But I digress. About a finger of frothy, semi-tight cream colored head. Lacing is excellent, lots of retention and good coating. But the color...I just don't believe it should be this light colored for a brown ale.

S. I'm not sure I've ever had hazelnuts, but this smells a lot like freshly salted peanuts to me. And it smells absolutely delicious. I also detect some light chocolate and coffee. I'm not sure if it's the nuttiness and the coffee that is blending to create this peanut butter nose to me, but I absolutely love it. The only ding I can give it is that it is just a bit too one note...not picking up the malt and the coffee and chocolate are hard to detect. It's all warm, fresh, roasted, salty peanuts/cashews/hazelnuts. Great stuff all the same.

T. Hazelnut, coffee beans, mocha, some subtle chocolate malts. Hazelnut and coffee are really the center show here, but they represent nicely. I get just a little bit of booze on the back end as well which detracts a little bit and adds some bitterness. Some light roasted malt also lingers in the background. Booze and coffee create just a little bit of an astringency on the mid and the finish.

M. Now this is weird for Founders...it's slightly thin. Founders almost always nails the mouthfeel on their beers, so this is a bit of a letdown. The base beer really doesn't add anything to this and doesn't support the bolder flavors of the hazelnut and the coffee, nor does it support the higher ABV, which is showing quite noticeably in the finish.

O. Definitely the weakest of the Founders Backstage Series to date, but that's not to say it's bad. It had an awful lot to live up to considering its siblings. What I will say is that this has a wonderful nutty aroma and flavor, and the addition of the coffee creates a mixture that I think comes off very peanut buttery on the nose. The flavors are well-integrated, but the beer as a whole feels subtle. I blame the base beer, which just doesn't provide enough heft and depth to support what I think are some very strong flavors. It sounds like a lot of criticism, but it's not meant to be. Founders just sets the bar so high for itself. This is a very good beer, one that I think anyone who has the opportunity to should try. Tell you what, this makes me officially stoked for Cashew Mountain Brown.

siege06nd, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

nathanjohnson, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 VonZipper
4/5  rDev +0.5%

VonZipper, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium brown ale with ivory cream head - some motes of lace once head thinned

S: hazelnut, roasted malts

T: again, hazelnut, faint coffee, lightly roasted malt, bitter hops; has a very unusual and specific taste (owing to the strong bitter and hazelnut combination) - I'm sure it will appeal to some and not so much to others

M: thin to medium body, touch of the alcohol slips through, slightly bitter/dry, traces of a chalky aftertaste

O: I missed out on CBS and Better Half, which I would probably have loved, but I get to try their brown ale (not a huge fan of brown ales, but I am a huge fan of Founders), and it was what I expected: good, but not mind-blowing - at least that's my initial impression. Founders is always worth trying/buying, and perhaps for brown ale fans, this is exceptional, but for my tastes, simply good.

Greywulfken, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of splax23
5/5  rDev +25.6%

splax23, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear brown color with some dark amber highlights. The head is fairly short but dense and creamy; left some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of cocoa and hazelnuts, very Nutella like. A nice roasted nut scent, like the chestnuts in NYC in the winter but sweeter. Some general coffee notes but not much. Overall, a very sweet aroma.

The brown ale base is bready with some lemony notes found in an English brown. A nice roasted nut, cocoa and weak coffee flavor add some depth. The hazelnut is huge and provides a lot of sweetness. The hazelnut overpowers the other flavors by a wide margin. Some bitterness in the end helps bring some balance. Flavorful but borders on one dimensional.

The feel is surprising light with softish carbonation which leads to a smooth overall feel. Again quite sweet, slightly sticky. Enough bitterness to prevent being cloying. Slightly dry in the finish.

The hazelnut is a bit too overpowering for this beer to be great. I would like to see some more coffee flavor and a slightly bigger malt base, perhaps using their porter as a base.

Gmann, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Schlais, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a murky dark brown... Almost ice coffeish color.... Not see through at all, with a bit less then a finger of tannish head.... That settles into a film that last forever... With a nice touch of sticky lacing.

S: in you face hazelnuts... Roasty hazelnut, touch of chocolate and caramel, smells creamy and delicious. Like a creamy hazelnut coffee.

T: much like the nose roasty hazelnuts, but it seems like the other malt flavors step up a bit more in the taste... Particularly the caramel... They balance out the hazelnut intensity... Creating a nice nutty toffee. Delicious.

M: light medium body, beautiful creamyness with low medium carbonation... A bit slick... No noticeable alcohol.

O: this is a delicious brew... Especially if if your a fan of hazelnuts, but there is enough other deliciousness goin on here to make it good for anyone. Deffinatly grab this if you can.

PeterIngemi, Jul 03, 2012
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.