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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

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89
very good

1,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 293 | FT: 23
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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 jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a creamy but bubble slightly darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with some lacing, over very dark molasses mahogany brown color with hints of ruby light streaming through the edges.

Nose explodes with hazelnut and coffee, fresh roasted coffee beans, little espresso and fresh brewing coffee, toasted hazelnuts and bit chestnut like, hazelnut syrup, little toffee and molasses, cola syrup, brown sugar, sweetness.

Taste starts with tons of hazelnut, like a hazelnut explosion just threw up in my mouth, chewy and very syrupy. Toasted hazelnuts and chestnuts cut through the syrupy blanketed mess, brown sugar, molasses, hazelnut syrup, and toffee add lots more sweet flavors to the very sweet beer. Coffee is there but much more muted due to hazelnut and sweet additions well overpowering the slightly fresh roasted coffee. Light toasted brown malts underneath and hint of bitter earthy hops. Booze is warming in the background but not rampant. Finish is still fairly sweet, syrupy mouth coating, lots more hazelnut lingering, although the coffee comes out a lot more on the finish, fresh roasted coffee coming out nicely, little brown sugar, and a bit of earthy bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, syrupy, sweet, some warming booze, decent carb.

Overall not so great, a nice beer underneath except the tons of hazelnut. The coffee is nice but drowned out by the hazelnut as well.

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish dark amber color. There is a half finger of off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting freshly ground coffee. There are some nutty notes along with sweet toffee and some dark fruit.

Taste: The taste of this beer was amazingly smooth. Very smooth coffee notes with some dark chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit notes. The finish is full of the smooth coffee flavor. There is no real bite to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is incredibly smooth. The sweet toffee notes complimented the beer very well. I feel very fortunate to have run into this one on-tap.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

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!

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for the share. Served in an Eclipse tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin ring, with a few specks of lace. Dark brown body, with some semi-transparency to it.

S - Lots of hazelnut and coffee, with some brown ale notes. Just a lot of nuts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Potent and delicious.

T - Nice coffee, biscotti, hazelnuts, milk chocolate. Reminds me of coffee crisp. Not quite as nice as the aroma, but quite good nonetheless.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, dry finish, pleasant carbonation. Perhaps a bit light for 9%, but otherwise pretty solid for the style.

D - Really easy to drink for 9% - would never have guessed there was that much booze in here. Not sure why there's hate on this one, as it's a really excellent brown ale that delivers exactly what it promises.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Medium, woody, mahogany brown color, poured into a chalice, which allows for a small but dense beige head that retained well; spotty lacing. Dark sugars on the nose, coffee, roasted nuts. A medium bodied beer, this seemed a bit thin for what they were trying to pull off, but then again it is a brown ale. Sweet with caramel and a little maple, cream, giving way to a definite hazelnut coffee profile, a dash of bitterness in the finish. Pretty nice overall; I'd get it again...but probably not for $20 a bottle.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mdfb79
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/07/12 notes. Ended up having 2 8oz. pours of this last night at Rattle n Hum in NYC at their Founders event.

a - Pours a medium nut brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, coffee, toffee, roasted malts, nuts, toasted malts, hazelnuts, and vanilla. As it warms up a ton more hazelnut comes out, as does espresso. Really an amazing mix of hazelnut coffee, vanilla, and caramel/toffee in the nose; just perfect. Probably the best smelling brown ale I've ever smelt.

t - Tastes of coffee, espresso, roasted malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, hazelnut, vanilla, tofee, light hops. Taste is still very good, but has less vanilla and caramel than the nose, and more coffee comes though. Very good, but not as good as the nose.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation evident. Easy to drink for 9% ABV, but the mouthfeel is a little too light/watery, which keeps it from being great.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; one of the better brown ales I've had in a while. I didn't seek any bottles out since it was a brown ale but now wish I had, and am very glad I got to have it on tap. The nose is amazing; not sure how long that espresso/hazelnut will last so I'd drink it right now and it is drinking as good as it probably will. Would love to have it again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of stakem
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet, the brew appears a clear brown with a yellowish copper hint around the edges when held to the light. A tan cap a finger strong fades to a thin film with spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is bold with a fresh roasted coffee scent. Quite a nutty aspect with almost a hint of cream, vanilla and chocolate making it's way into the nostrils. I dont have a lot of experience with hazelnut by itself but it is felt in this from the nutty aromatics.

The taste is bitter coffee with again the nutty aspect coming into play pretty directly. Some herbal elements clash a bit with the coffee flavor and blends into a mild fruity alcohol inclusion. More sips of this brew focus more on the roast like burnt coffee that leaves a lasting oily cling with somewhat of a musty aspect inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. This starts off as a pretty solid brew but halfway through my glass ive had enough and dont want any more. This is one of those brews that I wish I would have shared with more than 2 people. If my pour was limited to 4 ounces, I probably would have rated this higher. But since I had a full glass to ponder over a long duration, it really didnt grow on me. Unlike the other offerings in Founders backstage series, this is one brew I dont care to have again.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in June 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, coffee, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and hazelnut coffee notes; with big strength. Taste of hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of hazelnut, chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, light coffee, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes with the hazelnut coffee; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alchocol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial brown ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malts with the hazelnut coffee; and very smooth to sip on for 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to zipper8650 for this one!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a small off-white head, about one finger in height that reduces quickly leaving a very thin cap on top. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Very sweet and nutty. Lots of hazelnut, cream, caramel, coffee. Reminds of me a Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut coolata. Rather nice.

T: Again, very sweet and sugary. There is a heavy hazelnut flavor with some caramel and toffee. It reminds me again of a hazelnut coolata, but also of Baileys cream.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit on the creamy side.

O: Different for a brown ale and I am enjoying it. Certainly on the sweet side and surprisingly enjoyable, but definitely a sipper.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.