Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 300
Hads: 1,170
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 6.33%
Wants: 60
Gots: 287 | FT: 20
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Blue Dog

Frangelic Mountain Brown casts off a deep brown look almost like dirty pond water with a nice amount of firm mocha colored bubbles leaving a firm cap up top. The cap does not cling to the glass at all and eventually goes away.

The smell on this is fairly simple, hazelnut aroma seeps out and hits the nose buds. It's pretty much all you get through most of the temp flucs some brown malt appears with some caramel, toffee scent and sweet sugars. Not picking up on the 9% here. Founders sort of nailed the nose if this is what they were going for.

Taste wise, this is a big brown ale with no alcohol intrusion and a large amount of hazelnut and toffee thrown in the mix. Some grain and light plain coffee come through with a smidge of vanilla, but the hazelnut wins the race. It's not the most complex beer on the market, but it's a step up from some of the boring browns I've had over the past decade, Frangelic offers something different.

Feel is sturdy bodied with a build that is a bit larger than medium. Not super thick and not hot at all. The sweetness builds up after a while on the tounge and could get 'enough' over some time. Carb is subtle but there leaving a non dead beer with life.

Glad I had a portion of this. A 25oz bottle would of been a chore. I suspect that this could be used to some degree baking some fine cakes, or bread. I dug the simpleness of a big brown with a twist of hazelnut. (1,435 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into my CBS snifter. Dark brown in color with a thin, creamy head to it. Pretty good head retention to it.

the coffee really comes through in the aroma. The hazelnuts give it some roasted nutty flavors that I'm really liking. The sweeter, malty, brown ale flavors are a little overshadowed, but are very complimenting to the coffee flavors overall. Great aroma to it overall, the hazelnut coffee flavors were fantastic

The taste also shows a strong coffee presence. Up front it shows a little more of the traditional roasted coffee flavors, but the finish is where the nutty hazelnuts really shine. The malty sweetness of the base beer comes out in the finish as well and really mixes well with the hazelnut coffee flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, I thought it was a great beer. I actually really like hazelnut coffee and drink it frequently so this beer was really something I was looking forward to. The malty sweetness and the hazelnut coffee complimented each other very well. One of the better coffee infused beers I've had in a while. (1,120 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Brewing
Frangelic Mountain Brown Ale

LOOK: Brownish color, fine clarity. Soapy head leaving heady lace.

SMELL: Hazlenut coffee and vanilla. Hints of roasted malt. Has a candied nuts smell that is super inviting.

TASTE: Nutty, vanilla cream, mild coffee and roasted malts. Very mild bitterness and finishes a bit on the sweet side. There is no trace of the 9% abv.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Coffee and Hazlenut flavors linger in the finish.

OVERALL: A really tasty brew from Founders. Big Hazlenut flavor and a bit of vanilla. I think this is a delicious brown ale, one well worth revisiting. (634 characters)

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear reddish brown. Nice off white head that's well retained.

Smell - Ton of hazelnut and coffee. Nutty brown malts.

Taste - Lots of coffee and lots of hazelnut. Sweet to the point where not a lot of the beer comes out past the adjuncts. Slightly bitter and the nutty malts are faint.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Decently bitter to counter the sweetness.

Overall - The adjuncts are good and good enough that I don't mind not being able to discern the qualities of the beer. (572 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep medium brown color with a smallish khaki head that doesn't survive very long. Smells of hazelnuts in spades. Chocolate coffee and caramel round out the aroma quite nicely. the flavor is a solid chocolatey brown ale with a heavy dose of hazelnuts and a hint of coffee. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a silky velvety mouthfeel. Very nice brown ale with a ton of hazelnut flavor. Never seems like its 9% very simple but very tasty. (460 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog durin their wealth of riches event.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, as I pick up vanilla, light coffee and chocolate, and some frangelica liquer (which I guess is to be expected). The beer smells rich and sweet, but at least for me, I found that the combination of aromas really worked for me. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the beer also showcasing a roasty malt quality and light bitterness that I thought blended in well with the vanilla, mocha and frangelica. Mouthfeel was fairly full, with a long, roasty sweet finish. Alcohol was nicely integrated into the flavor profile, which I felt enhanced this beers drinkability.

Had this side by side with the Better Half, and found that I preferred this beer. It was bit less sweet and boozy than the BH, which probably explains why I preferred it. Clearly one of the best brown ales I've ever tasted.

Edit from 1/14. Sampled from bottle (alas, this beer is long since retired now), and this beer was every bit as good as I remembered at Blue Dog. The light bitterness is gone, but the beer remains a frangelica lover's dream. So rich and smooth, with a huge hazelnut presence. I guess it's not for everyone, but I really like this beer. (1,306 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a ruby-tinted, oak-brown coloring with a filmy, yellowish coating on the surface. Aromas of hazelnut and mocha, with a roasty sweet overall scent. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a slight char underlying backbone. Toffee sweetness highlights the mocha and hazelnut that was present on the nose, with a slight bitterness to the coffee-like flavors. Light, inconsistent lacing along the glass while you drink. The aftertaste is rich, roasted, and slightly bitter. The finish is smooth, but light enough to not be overpowering. The bitterness cleans the palate up a bit to allow for easy enough drinking, despite the increased ABV. (685 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2012 vintage. into a FW teku glass.

dark, murky brown color with a slight head. the smell is very aromatic with roasty coffee and sweet caramel. hazelnuts are also still present. the taste has a bit of coffee, bit of sweetness...tastes kind of like an old school fountain drink. quite tasty. medium bodied, low carbonation. moderately drinkable.

overall pretty good! hard to drink a whole 750 alone but good once. (429 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to CBS snifter on 7/3/12
*From notes

A: Clean, cola brown in color. A big, straight pour yields a 1.75 finger tanned leather head. Solid retention. Decent lacing and collar follow.

S: If you like hazelnuts like I do, then this one's for you. Mounds of hazelnut reminds me my freshly brewed morning pot o' coffee. Killer, killer stuff. As it warms, hints of salted peanuts, maybe macadamia nuts reveal themselves.

T: Packed with nutty hazel (is that an actual thing?) The brown base allows the hazelnuts to shine, and the base beer takes a backseat - for the better. I get some mild light roast, and luckily it ain't too green. Maybe some milk chocolate chocolate chips toward the back? I like it. I like it a lot.

M: Above average but not outstanding. I mean it's a Brown. And though the ABV is big, it's not meant to be overly viscous I don't think.

O: After the (slight) letdown that was CBH, I wanna welcome back Founders Backstage Series. A really pleasant, easy going and flavorful Brown Ale, one I urge all of you to DRINK FRESH. DO NOT AGE THIS ONE - the hazelnuts will fade into mediocrity. Well done. I really, really hope this convinces Founders to FINALLY bottle their Cashew Mountain Brown! (1,225 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am trying a two year old bottle at Windber Hotel outside of J'town PA. The beer poured a a clear rich brown with thin to no head that is not lacing much. The scent is slightly sour and bready. Not getting much hazelnut, etc. The taste is smooth and the coffee and hazelnut come alive in the taste it is very nice! The mouthfeel is full body with subtle carbonation. Overall I am greatful for the chance to try it. Thanks to eric the bar keep. (444 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Andrew for sharing this bottle.

A - Dark amber with a ring of white head.

S - Hazelnut coffee - plain and simple. Not much else going on here at all.

T - Hazelnut and coffee flavours completely overpower this beer. A slight bitterness in present in the finish but overall this is very sweet throughout.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - Glad I tried this at a tasting as there is no way I could have handled a bottle to myself. This is the first Founders offering that I have been disappointed with. Not a bad beer, but very one dimensional. (568 characters)

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

Frangelic Mountain brown pours a medium bodied taupe brown in color with a really nice and creamy, one finger beige head. The nose isn't as over the top as I expected. It smells a lot like An imperial Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but with coffee added. The coffee is light and the hazelnut is pretty dominant in the nose. It smells like iced coffee. It's nice nonetheless. The flavors are really well integrated. It really does taste like an iced coffee. Dark malts, light chocolate, chilled coffee, and hazelnut creamer dominate. It is really smooth and the lighter body serves this one well. I like it a lot. It's not the most complex beer in the world but t has really nice flavor, great drinkability and they accomplished what they were going for. This is a must try for coffee lovers. Founders just made a brown ale interesting *head explodes* (850 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me begin by stating that I liked this beer, but I liked it in the way that I like a cup of artificially flavored hazelnut coffee at a gas station once in a while; it’s a cheap and trashy kind of fun but not something I’d want very often. I happen to love hazelnuts and nutella and that sort of thing so this one was cool for a one-shot deal but you better love that fake gas station hazelnut coffee if you want to enjoy this.

FMB pours a murky brownish amber with a sizeable head but weak retention and sparse lacing. The aroma is all hazelnut coffee, period. Maybe a little bit of roast and caramel. The flavor follows suit; hazelnut coffee in your face, lighter notes of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, maybe a touch of maple. Yeah, it’s pretty sweet. Alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Medium to slightly full bodied, moderate, smooth carbonation, nice enough feel that seems appropriate to the overall package. In closing I’m glad I got to try this, but I can see why it wasn’t a favorite amongst this brewery’s usually stellar offerings. Very much a one-trick pony, I’d say. Stay away if you don’t like that hazelnut coffee, I beseech thee! (1,183 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 AlexFields
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells sweet and mainly of hazelnut, even the coffee notes are restrained compared to the hazelnut.

Taste is pretty similar, very sweet, lots of hazelnut, some subtle coffee.

This is a good beer, not amazing but perfectly drinkable. I don't see why everyone has been shitting on this beer so much.

7.3/10 (307 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured dark brown in color with burgundy highlights and a good finger of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of hazelnut coffee character upfront in the aroma with sweet chocolate notes, a little lactic milk qualities, nuttiness, vanilla and brown sugar.

T: Huge coffee flavor upfront on the palate alongside very nice hazelnut character, sweet milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla accents and hints of toffee.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, coffee bean, slightly astringent and silky finish.

O: I thought it was a pretty interesting beer all around a bit sweet but with great coffee hazelnut character and makes a great dessert beer. Good looking out on the bottle Todd (795 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.31.12.

A - Pours a light carmel brown with a fluffy tan head. Large bubbles with good retention.

S - Strong coffee and roasted malts.

T - Milk chocolate, strong coffee, cream, and hazelnuts.

D - Good carbonation with slightly heavier finish from a medium body.

O - Creamy, coffee, and smooth. (316 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been sitting in the fridge for a while and what with Sandy fever nearly in full force, might as well crack it open before the power goes out.

Pours a dark brown with a small head into my glass. How else could one describe it? It's brewed with hazelnut coffee so you could also note a coffee hue. 9%? Sounds like an absolute monster.

Smells like one too. Hazelnut, roasted coffee, brown sugar, molasses. All combine with a touch of alcohol warmth in the nose to form the perfect beer for a cold winter day. It's fall and not that cold out but you get the drift?

The flavors are amazing with a strong dose of hazelnut upfront that slams into the taste buds, followed by chocolate, molasses and strong coffee. Ironically, it's mellow enough to where I forget about the alcohol for a minute or two.

Of course, the alcohol creeps up at the back of the mouth, nearly stinging my throat in the process. It must have been a lot more hot when I first bought it a month or three back. Just a touch of hazelnut coffee remains.

Again, this would make the perfect sipper for a cold winter day. With Sandy nearly in our throes, I wonder if she'll bring some snow? I'll certainly regret not saving this beer for such an occasion. Well worth what I paid for it. (1,259 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, brown color with a inch of tan head/foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

Aromas are crazy intense and strong of hazelnut, coffee, caramel and toffee. Smells super sweet, no hops, no alcohol, little malt just super hazelnut flavoring and lesser coffee.

The tastes follow the nose but are much less intense and actually kind of a letdown. The hazelnut flavor is once again the dominant flavor with complementary sweet caramel notes. Mild coffee-like bitterness into the finish emerge more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish was mostly sweet on the sweet side; a little lackluster here.

Overall it was a nice beer but a bit too sweet and one-noted flavor wise. Glad I split it with a friend because it would have been a bit cloying to attempt to finish the whole bottle solo. After a while all that hazelnut sweetness was simply too much. Not bad just a bit sweet and needs a bit ot tweaking if it is ever going to be re-brewed. (1,010 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with a friend yesterday. Poured into my dogfish tulip.

A - Pours a deep mahogany crystal clear pour with a light soft mocha head that faded to a light halo and cloud.

S - Delicious. Just freaking delicious. Like a ferrero rocher chocolate ball. HUGE hazelnut with faint chocolate.

T - Big roasted malts, chocolate, and hazelnut. Yeah, sooo much hazelnut and coffee with this. Its incredible how much nuttyness is coming through.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice and creamy.

O - Overall this beer was awesome. Delivered excellently on the hazelnut. (559 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (509 characters)

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

750 ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter.
9% ABV, no date.

A - Light mocha colored specks dot the snifter above the thin skim of foam which used to tower over the beer. It's hard to see, but Frangelic Mountain Brown is actually clear through it's deep brown mahogany color. Very appealing!

S - As aromatic as a barrista-poured specialty drink, this beer must partially derive it's name from Frangelico, the original hazelnut liqueur because it's pungent with it's scent! Mildly roasted coffee beans follow through with a nice, freshly ground character that gives the brown ale a sense of sincerity. The toasted malt opens more with a nice swirl - forget about picking up hops here - beer or liqueur-like, Frangelic Mountain Brown smells damn good.

T - Frangelico continues in from the nose to really add quite a bit in flavor but, unlike the liqueur, this beer isn't loaded with sugary, creamer-like sweetness. Frangelic's coffee additions make sure of that and while they might not be of the richly roasted varieties, but there's certainly plenty to go around. The combination works wonders overlapping the toasted malt brown ale base where, once again, there are no hops to be found.

M - Frangelic Mountain Brown is an amalgam, coyly offering sweet hazelnut without coming across as creamer-like while balancing it, and the bold 9% alcohol level, with roasted coffee. It doesn't exactly reach a bitter level, but the beer is dry and finishes borderline cloying. Fall or winter would certainly be a good time to enjoy this medium-full bodied brown ale.

O - Pop some ice in a to-go coffee mug and pour this over the top - you might genuinely surprise someone! Seriously though, Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown is really one of the most unique beers I've ever experienced. Not only have I never had something with plenty of hazelnut, but I've never enjoyed a rich and full-flavor coffee experience in a beer such as this. It encompasses much while remaining rather straight forward; this isn't a deep beer - and for the alcohol level, it's damn drinkable too. (2,069 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, dark brown with copper overtones and very slight ruby highlights here and there. Low carbonation on the pour yields nearly no head, just a small, off-white ring that clings to the circumference of the glass. Aroma is heavy hazelnut coffee; creamy, sweet, and sugary with more faint hints of cocoa and roasted malt. It tastes almost exactly like you'd expect from the nose - iced hazelnut coffee, loaded with sweet cream and sugar. Very dense and full of hazelnut flavor, as well as a lingering cocoa powder essence that gets stronger with time. As the beer warms up, the bittersweet coffee ground flavors start to come out, but nevertheless, it is the sweetness that dominates here. Heavy hazelnut and roasted malt aftertaste, very little (if any) hop profile to be found in this one. Medium body, maybe even a little on the thin side, and a bit thinner than anticipated. Could have used a bit more carbonation as well.

Overall, not disappointed like others said I would be. Then again, I love hazelnut coffee. And that's what they were out to achieve, right? It doesn't taste much like a beer, but it certainly has a distinguishable and fairly scrumptious taste, albeit maybe a bit too sweet to enjoy on a regular basis (aside from the fact that it's hard to get your hands on anyway). Can definitely say I was pleasantly surprised, and far from being let down. I'd have this again if it weren't for the high price tag and low availability. (1,459 characters)

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