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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 295 | FT: 22
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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:
Beer added by: bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very medium-brown color. Almost like a rusty brown. Very small head that dissipates quickly.

S - As you can expect, a good dose of hazelnut, but also some light coffee, dark fruits, and a hint of chocolate. It's a bit of a muted smell, but very good.

T - Hazelnut permeates throughout the taste, very good hazelnut flavoring, mixed with just a bit of vanilla, some booze, and toffee. A hint of dark fruits brings this all together. It's actually not too sweet. The hazelnut is very forward, but balanced.

M - It's a little hot, can taste a bit of the booze, but it's actually more crisp than smooth. A bit of an odd mouthfeel really.

Overall - I thought this was a solid beer. When you picture anything containing coffee, you expect it to actually have more body, but I was pleasantly surprised here. The hazelnut is obvious, but not overpowering. Great balance, and another great Backstage beer by Founders.

Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a snifter
no born on date but this was released just a few days ago

A: Pours a murky dark mahoghany brown with just under 1 fingers width of a very light khaki, almost but not quite white, head.  The head settles down fairly quickly to a whispy film and outer ring.  Leaves some patches of spotty lacing.  

S: Creamed hazelnut coffee.  I know what you're thinking, "duh, no shit Sherlock", but honest to god the smell is identical.  Its very nutty, with some vanilla/heavy cream, and light roast coffee.  Smells great, but not terribly complex.

T: Follows the aroma.  Initially is quite sweet, but then the coffee flavors come out strong to take a front seat.  Coffee with hazelnut flavored creamer upfront, with some chocolate and a bit of roasted malt and bitterness on the backend.  A hint of booze is noted, but not in a bad way.  Again, good, not great and rather one dimensional.  

M/D: I was worried about this section since during the pour it looked very thin and light.  But to my surprise it was actually on the heavier side of medium bodied, boardering on low end IS thickness, but not quite and more along the lines of a baltic porter than a typical brown ale (in a good way).  Its also surprisingly smooth for the style.  It does a pretty nice job of coating the palate and has a somewhat drying finish.  ABV is well masked, and  drinkability is dangerously high, although with the one dimensional characteristics I think 12oz bottles would suite this beer well, as a whole bomber became somewhat mundane towards the end of the second snifter.

O: Overall, a good offering that is strong from top to bottom.  Some complexity or depth in the flavor profile would do this one good, as it is rather one dimensional.  That being said, definitely a good brew and worth seeking out, just don't expect CBS.  

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Backstage Series #4: Frangelic Mountain Brown. I’m hoping for something like Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar with a little more power; I’m sure these guys won’t disappoint.

A: Pours big and bubbly, with a translucent ruby-red body and a hell of a lot of foam above. The head’s one of the liveliest I’ve seen on a brown ale, popping and bubbling ferociously as it slowly dwindles to a thin bed of pillowy tan silk, leaving bold tracks of lacing in its wake.

S: Huge aromas of hazelnut coffee waft up from the body; a sheer delight to relish in. Given a blind smell test, I know I wouldn’t say this was a beer – a rare treat. Touches of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, Irish cream, and oats come through as well, but it’s all coffee for the most part.

T: This palate is just excellent; great hazelnut tastes all around (even if they are from artificial flavoring). It takes off with a sweet, nutty slickness that takes the form of hazelnuts and cashews, cocoa powder, vanilla nougat, caramel-flavored candy, and peanut brittle. It’s sweet, of course, but not as sweet as what Founders can do (and has done, with CBH) – I’m still enjoying its more complicated earthy notes, and I hate most super-sweet beers. And sprinkled on top is a rich coffee and toasted malt character, showing slightly-burnt toast, cinnamon coffee cake, maple syrup, oatmeal with brown sugar, and, of course, some mild coffee tones. Finishes with a familiar overly-sweetened coffee flavor – one that I found in CBH – which brings the hazelnut to an uncomfortable moment of fake coffee creamer flavor; Thankfully, it’s just a moment: the aftertaste is mild and has some woody alcohol and chocolate syrup to keep it interesting.

M: Relatively thin for such a high ABV, but I’m starting to expect that from this style – if it were any thicker, it would be in imperial territory. That being said, the alcohol is fairly well hidden and it goes down pretty damn easily (watch out for that).

O: Frangelic Mountain Brown pushes the boundaries of American brewing, and I love the result. There’s just something to it that keeps me drinking more and more and more – really, this is the first Backstage series beer I’ve had that I’d really enjoy in a six-pack. Beers like this doesn’t come around too often, so if you have a chance to pick up a bottle, DO IT!

Photo of alpinebryant
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a relatively clear chestnut brown, large white bubbles at the edge and tiny white dusting in the middle of the glass.

S: Aroma of hazelnut coffee, a light malt presence and some sweetness. Not much else going on in here.

T: Well to say the least, it is a brown ale with hazelnut coffee. To dig deeper into that , it is an underwhelming brown ale, slightly watery, not much body with nearly no hop presence. Compared to some of my favorite brown ales, this is way short. There is minimal hopping, no body at all, and a coffee presence, making this more porter like than American brown ale. The hazelnut coffee is slightly overpowering, and reminds me specifically of New England Coffee Roasters Hazelnut coffee. In that coffee too, I am inundated with artificial hazelnut sweetener. This beer is no exception and I have minimal respect for artificial sweeteners in beer regardless if they came from a roasted coffee or were dumped into the wort in liquid form.

M: Watered down , no body and highly carbonated.

O: Underwhelmed. I presume this one will sit on the shelves and collect some dust were it not for the speculating crowd. I would much rather have Really Old Brown Dog from Smutty or some straight up Brooklyn Brown Ale.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's a good amount of lacing, too. I love the aroma of this brew, it smells like hazelnuts, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some brown sugar. I think the coffee flavor is dominant at first, with the hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla flavors becoming stronger as the brew warms up more. Very tasty brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, if I had another bottle I'd drink it right now! Definitely recommended.

Photo of eclipse54
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle of the recent release. Drank from a DFH signature glass.

A - 4.0 - Pours a deep brown color with dark ruby hues throughout the body, giving it an almost blood red glow. A centimeter or so of off-white head lingers for a bit before subsiding to a pillowy mass in the center of the glass and a light around the edges. Scattered patches of bubbles serve as lacing.

S - 4.5 - The aroma is of hazelnut, roasted almond, English toffee, caramel, cashews, and various other nuts. A nice amount of freshly roasted coffee comes through as well, as does a faint amount of vanilla.

T - 4.5 - Hazelnut, caramel, roasted coffee, almond, and other nuts push right out in the flavors. Theres a bit more coffee here than in the nose, but it’s not overpowering at all. Toffee and vanilla are there, and some faint raisin and dried date come out towards the end. Theres some brown and cane sugar flavors, but no ethanol.

M - 4.0 - Mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated, which is actually quite nice. I was afraid this one would leave the palate a sugary, resinous mess, but it finishes relatively cleanly with only a bit of the nutty flavors lingering. The finish isn’t necessarily sticky, but it’s somewhat dry.

O - 4.0 - While the nose is dominated by the nutty aromas and hazelnut, they’re much more integrated in the body and the coffee is allowed to come through a bit more (as are some of the other more subtle ingredients). This would make one great evening sipper by a fireplace, or a great breakfast accompaniment.

Photo of markasparov
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Zeller12
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of seedsofchaos
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the most recent Founders release which popped up in my local along side of this years Devil Dancer. Honestly, I was equally excited about both of these great brews.

Frangelic Mountain Brown pours to style: a rich, yet clear, dark brown with a light head that cascades from cappuccino-froth beige to oyster shell white/off-white. Body is a little less chewy than I like but, for a brown, it's pretty well done.

The bouquet on this beer is a delicious mix of hazelnut, light coffee roast, cream/vanilla and sweet malts. No discernible hop aroma or bitterness. Surprisingly, with such coffee in the nose, I'm shocked that there is little to no bitterness or harshness from the coffee in the flavor. Founders truly has a way of incorporating coffee in with their specialty beers. The whole experience of Frangelic is pretty perfect for the coffee and beer lover. Alcohol (high at 9%) is beautifully masked (maybe dangerously so) to a point that one could easily sip on this with a breakfast of Belgian waffles and hot maple syrup. Hell, I think I might try that this weekend.

All in all, if you have the means, pick this one up. You'll be glad you did.

Photo of Heff19
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of leej08
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jjheinrichs
2/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of JimDH
1.5/5  rDev -62.4%

Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of camil1mj
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of starrdogg
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off. Smell is quite nice, kinda like coffee ice cream - a sweet coffee mixed with the maltiness of the base brown ale. Taste follows the nose, but it's not quite as impressive - a bit like a coffee milkshake. It's not overly sweet, but certainly not very bitter at all, and the slight spiciness of the brown ale base mixes nicely with the coffee. Unfortunately it's not quite as complex and interesting as I'd hoped - a bit too one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is another good beer from Founders, but I have high standards when it comes to them and this doesn't rise up to the level of their great ones. Still, a fun experiment, but a little too much artificial sweetness brings this down a notch.

Photo of pohldogg356
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of hazelnut, but like Founders, so I thought I'd give this a try. In a pint glass the beer was a medium brown color with a tan head. There was a little bit of lace

Hazelnut aroma. Coffee with cream. A little bit of caramel.

The hazelnut was even more on display in the taste. Still there was the coffee with cream and the caramel.

I thought the flavors worked well together, and actually enjoyed the beer.

Photo of BeRanger
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of nkeckhar
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky, light brown.

S: Tons of hazelnut coffee scent. The scent was intoxicatingly good. I got a bit of vanilla as well.

T: Strong, almost overpowering hazelnut sweetness. A bit of the alcohol warmness at the end. I felt like what Vanilla is to Southern Tier's Creme Brulee - Hazelnut is to Frangelic Brown.

M: Smooth, nice

O: A bit one note - think CBS is on another tier, but enjoyed this one. I will not seek out another bottle though we all agreed that that hazelnut flavor may balance out in 6 months or a year

Photo of ant880
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, served in a snifter. Beer is brown, dark, hazy with a nice tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, nutty, mild coffee, a little creamy.

Beer tastes like hazelnut coffee creamer, in a good way. The beer cuts through with a nice malt backbone and some mild bitterness sitting on top of that is a strong hazelnut / sweetness that win in the flavor department. It is good but really pushes the boundary of beer in my opinion. I'd probably have it again.

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.