Frangelic Mountain Brown
Founders Brewing Company

Frangelic Mountain BrownFrangelic Mountain Brown
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #59
Ranked #9,282
4.03 | pDev: 13.15%
Feb 12, 2022
Mar 18, 2012
Frangelic Mountain BrownFrangelic Mountain Brown
Notes: We love a well-balanced brown ale. Especially a brown ale of the hazelnut coffee persuasion. Case in point: Frangelic Mountain Brown. Initially brewed and released in bottles in 2012, this deliciously sweet and nutty coffee brown ale quickly became a favorite amongst beer fans and inspired us to continue pushing the coffee and beer envelope. Turns out your new favorite coffee drink is a beer.
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4.8 by vheissu15 from North Dakota on Feb 12, 2022
3.75 by zbooks from Texas on Jan 26, 2022
4.19 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Oct 09, 2021
3.89 by odement from Michigan on Aug 07, 2021
4.33 by mothmanscott from Georgia on Jul 25, 2021
4.5 by meltroha from Ohio on Jun 13, 2021
4.25 by cd34 from Illinois on May 18, 2021
3.96 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Feb 15, 2021
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3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Rogerlb from California

Pours dark brown with a slight head that quickly thins. Aroma is slight sweet coffee, no malt. (And no hazelnut-iness.)

Taste is predominantly the hazelnut/ frangelico. Marshmellow, then yesterday's coffee, some plum, some anise and Valentine's chocolate. Coffee underneath is bitter, dark unsweet chocolate, and bitterness. 36 IBU seems unnatural, and emphasized by that sh**ty coffee. Boozy without being hot.

Feels like it's a all a little too much (hey we did an adjunct!) and much less balanced than the Sumatra Mountain Brown, a much better coffee brown. Body is all right, man the frangelico just overpowers the rest of it.

Feb 04, 2021
4.04 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 22, 2020
3.75 by parkwood from Pennsylvania on Dec 12, 2020
4.69 by Chemteach63 from Indiana on Nov 10, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a dark, dark brown. Completely opaque but still on the thin side in keeping with it being a brown ale. One to two finger head dissipates until just a thin layer of velvety foam covers the beer. That last thin layer lingers for a long time. The aroma is really where this one shines. The aroma is absolutely dominated by a bright hazelnut coffee aroma - wake up and smell the coffee indeed! I honestly don't get much else underneath that coffee aroma, even as it warms.

Taste follows the nose with a nice robust coffee note up front with notes of hazelnut coming through. This tastes like black coffee that was roasted with hazelnut rather than coffee with say hazelnut creamer in it - and for that reason I love it. It keeps it from getting overly sweet even though its got that hazelnut in it. Again, the flavor profile is really dominated by the coffee and hazelnut - with this being a brown ale, I suspect they were going for the dominant coffee flavor. That being said there are some more subtle notes of brown sugar, cinnamon and roasty notes (from the coffee not the malt) giving way to some mild bitterness on the back end. Feel is thin, even for a brown ale, but in that sense it just makes it even more coffee-like. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is one of those beers that if you love coffee - its great - especially if you like your coffee black. But, if you don't like coffee, well there isn't much in this beer that is going to do it for you.

Oct 04, 2020
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by bshefftz from California

Ick. I lke strong brown ales, but this was overburdened with face hazelnut coffee flavor. Didn't sit well as I drank it and didn't do much better with is the next morning. Founders is usually good with such things, but this didn't do it for me.

Sep 15, 2020
3.9 by arzt from Russian Federation on Sep 08, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 12/2/19

After being less than impressed with their underground mountain brown when I first had it, I’ve never really sought out anything else in this series. However, I am a sucker for hazelnut so I had to pick this up when I saw it

Pours a very dark brown with some particulate floating about and a small finger of off white head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

Wow, the hazelnut comes through hard in the aroma. Tons of rich hazelnut, vanilla, roasty coffee, chocolate malts, and a hint of dark dried fruits. I’m quite impressed so far

Up front on the sip, I get more of a roasted malt vibe than any adjuncts present, just solid brown ale with extra sweetness. These sweeter tendencies are dialed up on the swallow, with the hazelnut being dosed pretty hard along with coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of peanut butter

Full bodied but still light enough to pound, the gentle carbonation helps this one go down very smooth and leaves behind a mostly dry and sweet finish

I’ll be damned, this was actually really good! Founders very rarely disappoints, so I probably shouldn’t have been avoiding this series for just one bad experience. Oh well, you live and you learn. Now I’m off to find the others

Sep 01, 2020
4.5 by eldoctorador from Chile on Aug 28, 2020
4.29 by ahuey333 from Wisconsin on Aug 20, 2020
3.83 by StoutSnob40 from California on Aug 15, 2020
4.25 by Bruno74200 from France on Aug 13, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by CaptainHate from Ohio

12 ounce bottle dated 12/9/2019 (no idea why it took so long to get here) poured into a DFH tulip. Thick light tan head over a mahogany body which dissipated to a surface skim and ring. Definitely smell the hazelnuts and light coffee. Hazelnuts are muted in the initial taste which has the characteristic brown ale slight bitterness but the hazelnuts linger on the palate along with the coffee and a chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is slightly rich for a brown ale but not at all off putting. This was a pleasant experience.

Aug 09, 2020
4.25 by paulish from New York on Jul 25, 2020
4.73 by BlueJay2852 from Texas on Jul 01, 2020
4.5 by Cotton_27 from Michigan on Jun 30, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

Four pack copped from Route 22 in Union. Pours a deep, nougat, viscous hue with ample frothing, head, and lacing. Ardent aroma replete with hints of molasses and butterscotch. Similar overall flavor profile. Highly recommended. Good stuff.

Jun 28, 2020
3.83 by Lelampp from Ohio on Jun 14, 2020
4.48 by deg from New Hampshire on Jun 07, 2020
4.12 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Jun 02, 2020
4.75 by WarriorPrincess from North Carolina on May 29, 2020
4.25 by n2492004 from Michigan on May 23, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the back label. Served in a Teku..

Appearance: The one finger, tan colored head stays around for a while and leaves behind a lot of beautiful lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a deep, dark brown color.

Smell: It has a subtle, very aromatic hazelnut liqueur scent right away with some cocoa powder and a hint of light roasted coffee right after.

Taste: The hazelnut is not as pronounced on the palate like it is on the nose but it's definitely there and still beautiful. There's also some dark chocolate, brown sugar and an ever so slightly bitter light coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied, leaning towards robust but not quite there. Quite creamy and smooth with medium carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: Your enjoyment of this beer will hinge on your appreciation of the strong hazelnut presence. It's not offensive at all, on the contrary. But if you're not a fan, you won't like it as much. That said, this is just a fantastic beer that's surprisingly easy to drink.

May 21, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

From the bottle it pours a clear chestnut brown color. A moderate creamy head displays good retention throughout.

The nose opens with notes of coffee, milk and dark chocolate. Rich aromas of nutty and biscuity malts hint at the fullness of taste to come. In addition, the caramel and toffee sweetness smells very inviting.

The taste opens with a milk chocolate, brown sugar and caramel sweetness amidst a full bodied and chewy biscuity and nutty malt backbone. Coffee like notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate and earthy hops add a bittersweet balance that is just sublime. Very smooth and fluffy mouthfeel throughout, thick like a stout and gently carbonated. The finish has a long, dry and espresso like roasty kick to it. Overall, a full bodied and complexly flavored brown ale that feels like an imperial stout, yet easier to drink due to the amazing way it masks the ABV.

Delicious beer that can be drunk in any context. The sweetness goes good with dessert, yet it is balanced enough to drink alone or with a meal. I’ll be getting some more!

May 17, 2020
2.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on May 14, 2020
4.16 by gooddaydiablo from Texas on May 13, 2020
4.17 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on May 10, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; cola brown with mahogany highlights; 1 finger finely pored tan head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: quite aromatic; strong hazelnut coffee with roasted grain in the background;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at then end;

M; medium bodied ;moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth - hides the ABV well;

O: lost the base brown ale behind all the hazelnut coffee; having said that, I enjoyed this;

May 08, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mschrei from Illinois

12/2/19 bottle, so wondering if the coffee has faded. It’s still an interesting beer. Pours dark brown (but not black), slight amount of head and fizzy lacing. Smell of hazelnut overpowers the smell of coffee, which is minimal. Taste is much more balanced between those two flavors. On those three areas, this is more of a stout, but it definitely feels like an ale. Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and mouthwatering. Not the biggest fan of hazelnut or coffee ales, but this is enjoyable.

May 08, 2020
4.36 by dubnation from Kansas on May 07, 2020
4.35 by Shanex from France on May 03, 2020
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3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Purchased a four pack at Dominion Wine & Beer. Bottled on 12/02/19 07382. Cracked open the my first one the same day.

A beautiful pour but that is where the love ended for me. Close your eyes and you would believe you were smelling a cup of hazelnut coffee. I have never been a hazelnut coffee guy and I’m still not. I could not drink the entire 12oz bottle. I love most Founder’s beers but not this one. Don't believe the "well-balanced brown ale" advertising. 3.00

A – Pours a clear reddish brown, but black and opaque in the glass. A one-finger cream colored semi-rocky head. Not much lacing. 3.75

S – Overwhelming aromas of hazelnut and then coffee. Sweet. 3.0

T – A nice malty brown ale with heavy hazelnut and coffee flavors. Not as overwhelming on the palate as on the nose, but still too much for me. Sweet coffee and lasting hazelnut on the palate. 3.25

MF – Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish – that coffee bitterness layered with I put a bit too much sugar in my coffee. The carbonation helps but not enough. 3.25

May 01, 2020
Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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