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RATINGS: 397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom “one-off” beer: Founders’ brewers created the Mountain Brown series for their taproom in Grand Rapids in 2007. Frangelic Mountain Brown is the 16th iteration in the series of popular brown ales—and it likely won’t be the last. The singular characteristic of this beer comes from the use of hazelnut coffees in the brewing process. The beer has distinct aromatics with sweet and nutty flavors beautifully balanced. Founders is known for its beers made with coffee (i.e., the Breakfast Stout series), but this is both the brewery’s first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9% ABV.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into FFF tulip Appearance: Poured a dark brown with mahogony red along the edges when held up to the light with a one finger size head that is an off white. Head does not stay around long. Leaves a collar along the edge. Smell: Up first is the hazelnut with some coffee and molasses. Lots of cream notes like in a coffee creamer. Taste: All hazelnut up front with not a ton else going on. I do get a backbone of sweetness throughout. Hazelnut sticks around in the mouth from sip to sip. Mouthfeel: This brown ale is on the thin side but creamy at the same time. Do not detect any carbonation at all. Overall: This is a solid brown ale but very straight forward and one dimensional. As I continue to sip the hazelnut really becomes too much. Good thing I’m sharing this with a couple friends.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours not black, but a deep, dark brown with a very small off-white head that dissipated to a halo. Big, BIG hazelnut aromas that even overwhelm any coffee notes. But taste is all fresh roasted hazelnut coffee. Not too sweet (As the coffee itself often is) but it’s definitely there and in your face in the best way possible. Super smooth, creamy mouthfeel that leaves me feeling like I’ve just sipped a hazelnut latte. Dangerously drinkable for the elevated ABV, but I could drink this every morning with breakfast...you know, if i was into that sort of thing.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Aroma- hazelnut, dark sugar, lactose, coffee beans Appearance- dank brown with a thin white head Taste- sweet cream, sugar, hazelnut coffee, roasted notes Palate- ok mouthfeel, slightly thin consistency Overall- Man this beer would have been fantastic with a slightly thicker consistency and mouthfeel. Very nice brew nevertheless.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Draft at rattle with Brendan. Pours a hazy mahogany body with light brown lacing. Aroma is full, rich nuts, light earthiness, acorn - insane bouquet of nut. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with light carbonation and notes of nuts, hazelnut, light butter and a touch of vanilla spice. Awesome brown ale!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (890) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Tap @ RnH with James. Pours a dark brown with wishy-washy lacing. Aroma is insanely nutty and graham cracker-ish. Tons of the same on the palate with some chocolate milk powder notes. Very nutty, very cocoa, and a lot of cracker and sugar cane/molasses. Somehow slightly less than the sum of its parts, though.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3789) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Pours a deep medium brown color with a smallish khaki head that doesn’t survive very long. Smells of hazelnuts in spades. Chocolate coffee and caramel round out the aroma quite nicely. the flavor is a solid chocolatey brown ale with a heavy dose of hazelnuts and a hint of coffee. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a silky velvety mouthfeel. Very nice brown ale with a ton of hazelnut flavor. Never seems like its 9% very simple but very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drjohnrock (690) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Poured from bottle at Natifest 12. STRONG sweet malty aroma, medium coffee hue, strong yet smooth matly flavor with definite chocolate notes--can really taste the alcohol as well. Quite nice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2012
From the 8/2012 3R6P tasting +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured an orange-brown color with a medium sized creamy orange-beige head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet toffee, nut and coffee. The flavor was sweet hazelnut, toffee, coffee, vanilla cream and touches of smoke and wood. Very long finish of hazelnut, toffee, vanilla cream and coffee. Thick and creamy body. Amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Thanks to the kind soul who shared this at the last Tampa crew tasting. Pours a hazy, misty brown with an off-white head. Nose is hazelnuts, cocoa, chocolate, light coffee or cafe con leche, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor is similarly deep: nuts, light malt, cocoa, cafe con leche, vanilla, and more vanilla/ wood, with some maple. Lovable, relatively light-bodied brown with lots of sweetness. I could drink this all the time if it wasn’t 9%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23039) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours an amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty nutty caramel and chocolate aroma. Slightly roasted malty sweetish chocolate nutty flavor. Has a sweetish malty chocolate and coffee finish.


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