Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
Thanks so much to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer with me, purchased at the Fridge in Lancaster enjoyed from a Tulip & snifter chilled a little below cellar temp.
The color is deep walnut body with ruby hue and translucent clarity with thick cap of light tan cream with tiny bead, lace clings in a wavy pattern on the glass. The smell is intensely hazelnut coffee with some mild oak and light cocoa odors with mild alcohol augmenting the scent with nutty malt esters. The feel is great with strong roasted and sweet malty up front with sweetness and slight tannin appearing mid taste but somewhat sweeter than the smell lets on with moderate carbonation.
The taste strikes me as a brownie with nuts with an accent of coffee and slight vanilla-like floral quality. the yeast gives a stone fruit tinge to the hazelnut tropical nutty taste with some coffee and cocoa malt flavor with light tinge of caramel and ripe banana in the finish with subtle coconut and toffee. The overall impression is this is a great beer, world class and so packed full of flavor, just incredible, smooth and seems a little stronger than labeled but it may just be the concentrated malt sweetness -a must try.
07-12-2012 14:10:45 | More by Slatetank
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a clear dark brown color with a two finger off white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has hazelnuts, coffee, and some caramel.
Very nice hazelnut, coffee, nut, and caramel flavor. It does say on the side of the bottle that there is artificially flavored hazelnut coffee, but who cares? I think this beer has a very nice taste to it.
Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. If there is a weakness to this beer, it is the feel, because I think this beer is a little too light bodied. As it is, this is still a very nice beer from Founders.
07-12-2012 01:37:54 | More by hardy008
4.18/5 rDev +5%
Frangelic Mountain Brown from a 750ml bottle into pint glass. Reddish-brown beer with a whole lot of light passing through it. I expected darker. The head is standstill two inches, no effing kidding. Dense, lumpy, and lacing all the way. Great look!
Breakfast coffee, hazelnut flavoring, nutty malts, toffee, and a peck of earthy hops.
Tastes like hazelnut coffee, alright. Not as sweet. Maybe a cup with one-and-a-half sugars. Still a lot of beef to the malts with some burnt sugars and toffee sweetness. Slight sizzle of earthy and almost citrusy flavors from some very careful hopping. Great coffee-forward brown ale. No alcohol. Ridiculous.
Silky smooth with some light carbonation. Very easy drinking. Next to no booze presence. Sickly hidden. Can't believe this pint glass pour is 9%. Just realized this now, actually. Nice feel in the mouth, anyway.
Top-notch brown ale. Founders Backstage Series is all about hiding the ABV. This one is extremely well-done. Good job again, Founders.
07-11-2012 03:24:33 | More by thecheapies
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
Poured a gorgeous reddish brown color with a one finger width tan head that dissipated shortly after. Some nice spotty lacing developed. The aroma is a 100% hazelnut coffee knockout! There is a good dosage of coffee flavor in the taste but the hazelnut is still pretty strong. Theres a nice milk chocolate hint. Sweet and woody with some vanilla. Hops are light. Nutella aftertaste. Medium feel that is smooth and slick but with a nice tickle of carbonation. Pricey but I am glad i got to try one! Tasty.
07-11-2012 02:01:57 | More by kbnooshay
4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
Enjoyed in a mug
A: pours a medium/dark amber color that is completely clear and has a very small amount of large carbonation bubbles working their way up to support the head, pours with three plus fingers of light mocha colored head that has very large creamy bubbles and lingers very nicely, leaves a ton of lacing
S: deep sugar notes and a very heavy hazelnut note that is very thick and almost syrupy
T: very nice taste, its deep on the hazelnut flavor, kind of has a chalky note to it, the beginning of the finish has a distinct sweetness to it like brown sugar, the rest of the finish has a nice alcohol note to it that is reminiscent of whiskey, leaves a lingering roasted hazelnut note in the back of the throat
M: gentle carbonation up front, drinks thinly but with a slightly chalky feel left on the palate
O: i find this one to very drinkable, perhaps to much on the hazelnut note but overall quite delicious and smooth drinking, everything ive come to expect from the founders big bottle series
07-11-2012 00:44:19 | More by BigPlay1824
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
4.18/5 rDev +5%
350 mL bottle poured into a snifter glass
A: medium brown, translucent in the light. 1-finger tan head which dissipated quickly
S: my favorite part of this beer: sweet hazelnut coffee scent, very distinct and pungent. Reminds me of the emotion of smelling morning coffee before you've had a cup.
T: coffee-with-hazelnut-syrup presence, noticeably sweet overall. Not much alcohol taste, though it is 9%abv.. Initial hops kick fades to hazelnut syrup aftertaste, very rich.
M: very smooth, meduim-thin feel and dry finish, low carbonation.
O: very interesting brew, definitely a dessert beer IMO. Almost stout-like with the heavy coffee presence in smell/taste, but lighter ale characteristics in the mouthfeel and appearance. A very good drinking experience, though it was a little too syrupy- sweet for my personal taste. The smell alone is worth it though.
07-10-2012 00:43:26 | More by sunshineunicorn
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours very dark brown with a small white head fading into a wisp clinging to the side of the glass a bit.
They certainly nailed the intended aroma. Good roasted coffee along with some nuttiness. Smells a lot like the Cashew Mountain Brown with a little less sweetness.
Taste is similar. Roasted coffee bitterness with a hazelnut coffee creamer presence. Nutty and a little sweet. Finishes with coffee on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is my beef with this beer. A little too thin. I'd prefer a thicker viscous mouthfeel to support the nutty flavors. As is, it sometimes tastes like weak coffee.
Pretty solid beer although I wish there were a better mouthfeel. Not a ton of complexity beyond the coffee and hazelnut, but that's ok beccause those two flavors work well together. Drink these fresh. I have a feeling this one will be horribly bland once the coffee fades.
07-09-2012 21:06:36 | More by jmarsh123
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours a deep brown color with a one finger off white head, looks pretty creamy. Aroma is a massive punch of hazelnut coffee, sweet, with some earthiness. Flavor follows suit, with a lightly creamy mouthfeel, big hazelnuts, and lots of easy drinking coffee. If I closed my eyes and sipped this I would think you gave me some iced coffee from Panera or something. Body is medium, with plenty of carbonation. Beautiful lingering hazelnut on the palate. I thought this was excellent.
07-09-2012 12:21:34 | More by BMMillsy
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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