Frangelic Mountain Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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Frangelic Mountain BrownFrangelic 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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Ratings: 1,191 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of Kmccabe33
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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Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Holland
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chcfan for the taste the other weekend and to Treebs for the bottle in a trade!

A: cloudy brown with a hint of orange and a thin off-white head.

S: coffee, caramel, malt, sweet hazelnut, and a slight astringent smell.

T: not as sweet as the smell. Starts bitter, then gives some malt and caramel, and finally the coffee with the last taste and the finish.

M: well carbonated with medium body. Lighter than expected.

O: not bad, but it's not something I'd buy. Brown ales aren't my style, and the complexity didn't add much for me.

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Photo of Psychmusic
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SirIPAalot
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Alrighty, here we go.

Brown with a solid slow transient tan foam sheet. Smells like strait up hazelnut flavoring syrup creamer - like I put in my cheap coffee at work when somebody else has brought it in. A little vanilla and graham cracker crust; expecting bottled beetus. Flavor is hazelnuts, some vanilla pudding a bit of coffee and bread. Pretty much exactly as described on the label - cool. Not liquid Beetus, as I feared. this is all readied on the carriage of medium body, low carb and an off dry finish. wish the dentists wife were here, she'd dig it. The 2.5 for overall is simply because it's not my cup of tea, but merit for such a strikingly precise attempt and execution for a beer.

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Photo of abeckta
1.72/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer made me feel like I was drinking a bad cup of gas station coffee with hazelnut creamer and a healthy dose of Allen's Coffee Brandy. The mouth feel is thin and oily. There was no head to speak of on the pour. The aroma- COFFEE. Shit, I should have saved this one for tomorrow morning. HAZELNUT. Well, not real hazelnuts. I bought this on the recommendation of the guy at the local home brew shop, and only after I sniffed it did I read on the label "Brown ale brewed with artificially flavored hazelnut coffee". They weren't kidding. The first sip was like killing a butterfly with a hammer, and I began to regret this purchase. I like the bitter finish, but I would like it a lot more if my tongue didn't feel like I licked a stick of butter.

Overall opinion- F+. Click.

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Photo of biga7346
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized CBS snifter.

A - Turbid brown, caramel, soapy lacing and a thin white head of foam.

N - Burnt toast, charcoal, cocoa nibs, chocolate covered coffee beans; overly cloying in the roasty, burnt, and hazelnut notes; dark roasted coffee, rum bread, booziness, vanilla bean and some bourbon, smells a little (or a lot) like hazelnut liqueur if there is such a thing.

T/M - Hazelnut iced coffee, some port or even cognac, more fudginess; the roastiness sticks firmly in the back of the palate, grainy texture, milky notes, candied peanuts, raisins.

D - Not Founders best, but probably the tastiest coffee-themed beer I've had.

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Photo of MaineMike
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/18/12

Appearance: Well, it's brown, perhaps even a mountain brown - mostly clear - somewhat average-sized, light tan head, leaves lots of spots of lacing

Smell: Hazelnuts! Plenty of hazelnuts - milk and dark chocolate, with some sweetness - the first thing that came to my mind is Ferrero Rocher (candy) - lightly toasted, lightly roasted, with some caramel - nutty and sweet

Taste: Roasty and sweet with hazelnuts everywhere - hazelnut coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate - some roasty bitterness, but mild overall - nutty and sweet, tasty overall but kind of reminds me of watered down hazelnut coffee

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly light, yet creamy - roasty and dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: Good, not fantastic

If you don't like hazelnuts, prepare to hate this beer. If you love hazelnut coffee, you might like this beer. It has a lot of good flavors, but it's not particularly powerful. Worth a try, if you can find it.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark brown. Deep red at edges. Relatively clear. Head is light tan, chunky, creamy. Wispy cap with a chunky collar.

Smell: Hazelnuts, hazelnut liqueur, hazelnut extract. Did I mention it smells like hazelnuts. Roasted malts, caramel malt sweetness, hazelnut candy. Cooked malts. Nutty. Mild touch of chocolate. Old coffee.

Taste: Sweet hazelnut candy. Wrapped in chocolate. Coffee beans. Sweet hazelnut syrup. Mild roasted edges. Sweet caramel malts. Dark brown bread crust. Blast of hazelnut followed by a solid malt backbone. Clean finish. Hazelnut iced coffee.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light, but doesn't quite fall that far. Carbonation is light. Smooth and clean.

Overall: If you like hazelnuts, this is the beer for you. Intense hazelnuts everywhere. It would be tough to finish a whole bottle. Aggressively over the top.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of vobr0002
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red brown pint glass pour with a light tan head. Head is about two fingers in size and retains decently. Nice bubbly ring and several lace spots but not many.

S- Hazlenut flavor BOOM. Hazlenut and coffee just fills the nostrils entirely without remorse. Smells tasty but it seems a bit over the top. Tiny bit of dark fruit with warming.

T- Coffee, grounds and Hazlenut machine. One could probably mistake this for a morning beverage. Brown Ale elements include slight nutty malts, caramel and dark fruits.

MF- Moderately thick body that is neither creamy or watery, right in the middle and somewhat silky. Carbonation is lower but adequate to support the flavors.

Not much to say about it besides the Hazlenut explosion. Coffee bomb to say the least.

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Photo of Yallnumbskulls
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of doucmehu
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BeerHunter76
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of diverite
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1455th Review on BA
Bottle to Founders Snifter

2012 Bottle
Thanks to Mrebeka for this one

App- A lighter brown with an even lighter center. A nice whipped egg white head with good cling. A good amount of clarity in the glass which I wasn't expecting. Looks very nice in the glass.

Smell- It's very one dimensional to me. I gave it a good minute and could really only come up with a few things in the nose. Of course the hazelnut, coffee and some creme. Not much else.

Taste- It's a good brown ale base on which to start and then you add the addition of the hazelnut and its a whole different beast. It's flavorful and layered but just misses the mark of being great. Needs more depth and balance to make it pop.

Mouth- A lighter body with a certain grainy nutty flavor that keeps this from higher marks. The carbonation is pretty spot on though.

Drink- I traded for this one for the wife and it just wasnt for her. Needed more behind it and was pretty tasty, but you could feel the grainyness.

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Photo of Kromes
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass. Hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, and toasted malt aromas. A strong hazelnut coffee flavor mixed with a little milk chocolate and a sweet toasted malt flavor. There is an additional sweetness to the beer...almost a pure simple syrup taste to it. Makes it very close to cloying as it is very sweet. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with a touch of bitter tang in the finish from the roasting. I don't detect any alcohol flavor which makes it dangerous at 9% ABV.

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Photo of IPAFrankieH
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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