Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear with a dark amber color, not exactly brown. Some head.

Toasted hazelnuts dominate the aroma, not much of a coffee presence here. Never thought I would say this but sweet and artificial flavors dominate this beer. Everything about the mouthfeel is balanced, medium whatever but the beer itself is pretty mediocre.

I think it is well made, but the recipe sucks ass IMO. The "backstage series" is an utter flop compared to the regular and seasonal lineup of Founders.

Avoid at the price.

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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with half inch beige head that leaves spotty lacing.

Coffee, mocha, and hazelnuts, and roast malt dominate the aroma. The longer I smell it, the more it reminds me of extract.

Flavor is very coffee forward, lots of hazelnut, almost tastes like frangelico...imagine that. Notes of chocolate and roast malt.

Body is fairly syrupy, with minimal carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, a bit too roasty and nutty for a brown. Overpriced for what it is. Tasty, but not spectacular.

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3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

FMB goes into a tulip. Split with the girlfriend.

A: Pours a pleasant mahogany with a nice dark beige head.

S: Thick hazelnut coffee and not much else.

T: Bitter hazelnut coffee, some dark fruits on the end.

M: Thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty thin-tasting and boring.

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4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A - Body is a slightly hazy almond skin brown color. Yields a finger of light tan head with decent retention. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Strong notes of rich, earthy coffee grounds and sweet caramel. Hazelnut has a strong presence as well. Lots of aromatic malt.

T - Malt and sweet hazelnut flavor from the get-go. A stronger, more bitter coffee flavor follows shortly thereafter. Just a touch of fruity acidity from the coffee. Hazelnuts, walnuts, chocolate. This is a rib-sticker of a beer. Very rich, sumptuous flavors all meld into a not-quite-overly-sweet hearty brown ale. Absolutely no hint of the 9% ABV. Drinks like a mild brown.

M - Medium to thick body. Fits with the big malt and hazelnut presence. This is an Autumn beer if I have ever had one. I think I'll be going back to buy at least 3 more to save up for the colder months ahead.

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3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into both a tumbler pint glass and a beer mug; split between two drinkers.

A: Pours a dark burnt sienna color with some chill haze present. The head is a one finger cream color with okay retention. Nice streaks of lace are left on the glass.

S: Smells like a, wait, I lied, it really smells like Frangelico. Milk chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee; it's really Nutella-esque at times. Not very beer-y, but still very enticing. Given what Founders intended to accomplish with this, I'll say they succeeded with flying colors.

T: Sadly a far cry from the aroma. Initially, the flavor is surprisingly fruity, with some notes of darker fruit. The hazelnut coffee gradually builds to the finish; then the aftertaste takes over, which has a strange, chemical note to it. I was worried about the flavors being somewhat artificial, and indeed, the aspartame quality about it really ruins it. Take out the terrible aftertaste, and it's actually pretty good - I like the milk chocolate this presents midpalate in particular. This is something I prefer to swirl around in my mouth, and swallow with hesitance, partly due to the great mouthfeel, but mostly due to the artificial aftertaste. To its credit, it improves as it warms somewhat.

M: VERY creamy smooth, to the point of being delicate, with a moderate texture. The finish is rather wet, allowing the flavors to linger - which is bad news in this case. Still, I have no complaints at all in terms of the general feel. Carbonated decently.

O: I'll give it benefit of the doubt and say this would appeal very well to non beer drinkers, especially Frangelico lovers. For me, this is a tale of one bad note completely spoiling the beer, which is a shame because everything else about it is quite good, even excellent at times. But that damn aftertaste - yeesh. It's not bad enough to drainpour by any stretch, but holy crap, what a disappointment at $14 a bottle. Along with Curmudgeon, this beer proves that the men and women at Founders are indeed mortals capable of making mistakes.

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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.

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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown color, nearly black in color. A small tan head builds pretty quickly but nothing too high. Pretty standard looking brown ale/stout brew.

S: Smell is very very coffee heavy, but I do enjoy the smell. The coffee aspect is very heavy but it is still very good. Get heavy hints of the roast but still very focused on the coffee flavors.

T: Very coffee heavy flavor as well. Has hints of the normal brown ale flavors, roasty, toast flavors, but that is well dominated by the coffee flavors and hazelnut that is put in this brew.

M: The mouthfeel is very full and well balanced in my opinion. Very smooth yet well rounded mouthfeel, wouldn't expect anything less from Founders.

O: Still really do enjoy this beer, despite all the negativity from the fact that the coffee is artificially flavored, but I honestly could care less if it was artificial or natural, if the beer is done well it works for me.

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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,190 ratings
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