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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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1,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 54
Gots: 295 | 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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4.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 00:00:21 | More by smakawhat
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 23:19:33 | More by siege06nd
Photo of nathanjohnson


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-03-2012 22:34:52 | More by nathanjohnson
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 21:28:11 | More by oberon
Photo of VonZipper

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-03-2012 20:09:08 | More by VonZipper
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 18:45:27 | More by Greywulfken
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

07-03-2012 17:21:57 | More by splax23
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:07:38 | More by Gmann
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-03-2012 03:05:36 | More by Schlais
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 02:33:18 | More by PeterIngemi
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-03-2012 02:32:16 | More by Shilt
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Considering Cashew Mountain Brown was one of my all-time favorite beers, I'm excited to try this one. Shared by schen9303. 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Slowly erupting 1 finger light cream head with poor retention. Beer is clear, dark brown. Lacing is stringy, sparse, with little stick. Average.

Nose is outstanding. Kahlua coffee, hazelnut, cream, and brown sugar. Real aromatic with a deep, yet crisp and refreshing nose. Awesome!

Sadly, the nose presents an expectation the flavor doesn't follow through on. Some nuttiness in the opening. Hazelnut shell with iced coffee and brown sugar towards the middle and end. Gets a touch grainy. Some cream and vanilla at the end. Some booziness in the finish. More shells in the aftertaste. Decent, but not special. Certainly not as impressive as the nose.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bubbly and prickly in the mouth and abrasive and spritzy going down. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. This is refreshing. The bottled version says 9% and it hides it well.

Overall, a solid beer but this is not close to Cashew Mountain Brown. Worth cellaring to see what this turns into but from what I can tell, it won't be much. Again, decent, but doesn't really stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:53:05 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of yamar68


4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to dimple mug:

Pours a clean coffee brown, topped with dense creamy mocha head. Great lacing, minimal beading. Doesn't look as big as I thought it would.

The smells explode from the bottle, and exactly as advertised - big fat hazelnut, fresh gas station coffee, various dark malts, vanilla, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, the bitterness of coffee and hops keep a perfect balance.

This is precisely what a coffee beer ought to be. Every quality of a great brown ale, smothered in hazelnut coffee and just a touch of boozy heat at the finish. Fuck Irish coffee, I'd way rather have one of these.

This beer is damn near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 23:26:20 | More by yamar68
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-02-2012 22:32:20 | More by josephwa
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of the series Ive bought from a store, not friend or bar!

Huge head that arcs over the rim of the pint glass. Very translucent brown, low carbonation.

Oh it smells like heaven. Smells sweet, with a candy like hazelnut dryness. Coffee isnt overpowering, but comes in and announces itself. I get a bit of powdered sweet chocolate. So complex.

Very coffee forward, but not an overly bitter flavor, its a very smooth, sweet, creamy, nutty flavor. It does get a touch bitter upfront, but just enough to be coffee forward--which this beer is the hazelnut coffee all the way. Perfect use of coffee, I actually get the taste of a perfectly brewed coffee. Its almost got a creamy feeling that I believe is sweet milk chocolate.

It honestly feels like hazelnut coffee. Smooth and creamy feeling dominates until late. Slighty dry feeling to finish things out.

This one is much better than Better Half, In my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 17:39:02 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-01-2012 04:22:30 | More by sbricker
Photo of FATC1TY


4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a Founders Tulip:

A: Medium colored brown, not as dark as I expected, but pretty deep brown. Pours a 1.5/2 finger tan head that lingers and fades to a simple rim around the glass. Pretty good lacing on the glass as I drink it.

S: Hazelnut. It's huge, it's a bomb on the nose. The coffee is pretty much back seat, it smells really good. Burnt sugar and coffee meddle with cocoa and a toasty biscuit smell.

T: The nutty hazelnut quality is really in your face, but you get the lighter roasted coffee flavor and the malty toasted flavor with it. Very balanced. Chocolate, and toasted biscuit notes in there, with the floral hops, and the slight syrupy nutty flavor is present, there is a slight spicy note that really give you everything but the kitchen sink! The hazelnut flavor really lingers and has a slight liquor like finish to the end that isn't bad. Alcohol is hidden, nothing to be found here for 9%. Allowing it to warm really brings the nutty flavor to the front.

M: Medium body, a bit lighter than I expected, would have liked it a bit thicker perhaps. Carbonation is just right, enough to really get the whole picture. Smooth, slightly creamy, but could have been lusher with more to it.

O: Great brown ale. I love browns, love coffee, and love hazelnuts. I really like this beer, and think it's a really good brew! Glad I got to get a bottle of this, and think it's one of the better brown ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 01:28:04 | More by FATC1TY
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

06-29-2012 19:20:25 | More by ElGallo
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

06-28-2012 19:06:44 | More by brycevolk
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-27-2012 21:02:42 | More by Bryan
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip. As brown ales go, this is pretty spot on. Pours moderately dark brown; I actually wish it was just slightly on the darker side personally. Thick 2 finger tan head that slowly dissipates. Decent looking beer.

S: The smell on this beer is really the kicker; it is a total hazelnut bomb and smells awesome. The hazelnuts are the main thing that you pick up, coupled with some ground roasted coffee that takes a backseat to this hazelnut. Also getting some sweet and roasted malts as well.

T: As with the smell, the hazelnuts are the star here and are the thing that I get first and foremost. Definite coffee element as well...but it's different to me than the coffee I usually find in a coffee stout; it's almost a "lighter" coffee that fades into the background more than I expected. There is also a hazelnut liqueur/Frangelico element to this beer which, to me, makes it almost a little bit too "syrupy" tasting. Also picking up: sweet malts, some muted hops in the finish, toasted nuts (besides the hazelnuts). Overall, well balanced between the hazelnuts, coffee, floral hops and malt sweetness.

M: Pretty easy drinker. Really don't taste the alcohol much which is a good thing. As I mentioned before, I am getting some of that "hazelnut liqueur" element which makes it a little on the syrupy side IMO. Could also use just a little bit more body in my opinion.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I didn't really know what to expect but since I love brown ales and coffee beers I figured this would be right in my wheelhouse. Definitely enjoyable and I'm glad that I got to try it but I think there is definitely room for some small improvements here and there. I'm glad I got 2 bottles; one for now and one to save for the fall (although I personally don't think this one will age very well since the coffee....particularly in Founders' brews IMO....falls off fairly quickly and, I assume, the hazelnut will follow suit in this one too.) Get it and enjoy it fresh!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 13:36:33 | More by bcostner1
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8oz pour, on tap at Founders Fest. Fresh brewed. Served in a plastic Founders cup. High class!

Pours deep brown with 1.5 finger tan head. A sort of golden brown around the edges. Nice lacing- even on the plastic cup. 

Terrific hazelnut coffee nose! Just insane how freakin good it smells. I can't stop sniffing. 

Taste really delivers on that hazelnut coffee nose. Hazelnuts and coffee dominate with cocoa, caramel, mild charred malt and brown suger. No trace of alcohol, just coffee and hazelnut goodness. 

Medium light bodied with just enough carbonation to keep the flavors active for a long zesty aftertaste. 

Outstanding! I'm having trouble finding a store in Atlanta that will start any kind of waiting list for next month's bottle release so it was awesome to try this at the brewery. Definately worth a shot if you get the opportunity. 

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 00:14:40 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Great lacing.

S: A very strong coffee aroma with a nutty quality as well.

T: Tasted of hazelnuts, coffee, a bit of malt and a light amount of hops. Incredibly smooth and sweet tastin beer that's surprisingly balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of of the better, more complex brown ales. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 21:23:36 | More by avalon07
Photo of BlackBelt5112203


4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature

L - Amber-brown color with a 2-finger thick, creamy cream-colored head. Great retention and lacing.

S - If you like coffee, this is heaven. If you like coffee and beer, it’s better than heaven. A huge blast of hazelnut coffee enters the room as soon as you open the bottle. Lots of toasted, roasted, and nutty malts with a big hazelnut presence. This smells amazing, and I’m so excited to taste it.

T - Lots of toasted and nutty malts and hazelnut coffee with a sweet undercurrent of caramel malt. There’s the slightest hint of earthy and floral hops at the finish, as well. Absolutely amazing.

F - Full-bodied with a great amount of carbonation for how much body it has, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a roasty bitter and dry finish. Coffee bitterness and caramel sweetness linger nicely. There’s a great throat-warming sensation from the alcohol, too.

O - If you’re looking for perfection in a brown ale, this is the closest I’ve found. It looks great with a sheet of lacing that forms as you drink it, it smells and tastes like hazelnut coffee (except better since it’s beer), and has a superb mouthfeel. I’m against giving beers a perfect 5 because I think that there’s always room for improvement and always somebody out there who can do something better eventually, but I’m having an extremely hard time staying true to that with this beer. This is absolutely superb. I’m SO PUMPED that Charleston started getting Founders again and that I got to try this beer. A must try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 00:43:37 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Growler purchased at KBS Day 2012. 8.1%

A: Light brown with minimal head.

S: Nutty, Coffee. Making my nose excited for the taste!

T: Coffee, but way different than the norm for most coffee beers I've tried. Strong Nutty flavor with Cashew/Pecan leading the way.

M: Lightly carbonated (From Growler after nearly 2 weeks though)

O: This is an awesome coffee beer with a sweet nuttiness. Glad I was able to score some to bring home and can't wait for the Backstage release, Just hoping I can score some then.
Way to Go Founder's! GREAT STUFF!

Serving type: growler

05-31-2012 19:10:47 | More by TATURBO
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.