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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,114 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 54
Gots: 294 | FT: 24
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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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 14:10:45 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:08:00 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 14:00:23 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

4.3/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 15:26:21 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 22:57:04 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-01-2012 00:05:48 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

09-16-2013 00:34:48 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-04-2012 22:18:23 | More by imperialking
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-05-2012 22:51:17 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-20-2013 14:28:23 | More by InspectorBob
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 16:35:07 | More by stakem
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-28-2013 01:32:24 | More by XmnwildX12
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-07-2013 21:15:41 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-16-2014 02:33:33 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-23-2012 00:23:53 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

08-06-2012 02:40:52 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 22:44:56 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:09:33 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-14-2013 11:55:46 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 13:48:45 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-15-2013 15:34:18 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:39:00 | More by superspak
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-05-2012 09:18:42 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-12-2013 02:56:00 | More by rab53
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:40:20 | More by mdaschaf
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.