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RATINGS: 397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Draft at Binny’s South Loop. Pours a translucent deep brown with red. Thin offwhite head that fades. The nose is a big blast of cocoa and coffee, hazlenut and vanilla. Yep, frangelico. The beer is kind of lost overall. On tasting, it really hides the abv well. Seems missing the base beer again in taste. Somewhat thin on the palate. Reminiscent of irish coffee. Sweet to start but it does dry out. An interesting go but not really a great beer. Would probably work better with they porter, actually. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
moefriedman (34) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Not sure where RB gets off calling this a Strong Ale. It’s obviously a brown ale brewed with coffee and artificial hazelnut flavoring. There is no beer like quality to this. It tastes like the $2 Iced Hazelniut Coffee I purchase at Dunkin Donuts except it costs $15. Drain pour

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (3094) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Pours brown with no head. Aroma of hazelnuts, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Taste follows, really nice hides alcohol well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Bottle shared by bobbysolo. Pours a deep brown with a small off white head, Aroma is really rich coffee and hazelnut notes, touches of nuttiness, maple, and a bit of a dessert cake glaziness. Flavor follows suit with some very rich and sweet hazelnut and notes of roasty coffee. Both are aggressive throughout with some caramel and toffee notes that are background. Finishes a bit bitter and biting from the coffee. Medium to medium full body and soft carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 Holy shit this is hazelnutty. Frangelico beer. Wow. Nice finish. Tastes like the nuts and not very cheap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle poured a light brown in color with a thin coating of off white foam that fell right away. Aroma has hazelnut coffee right away, sweetness, big nuttiness, and some brown malt at the back. Really centered on the hazelnut coffee . Mouth feel is on the lighter side for such a high alcohol beer and there is low carbonation poking around. Flavor does have some bitterness, flavored hazelnut coffee, brown malt, sweetness without the texture, light roast, and a tang on the finish. For me the thing founders nails with coffee in there beer is the texture and this one has fantastic flavors but the mouth feel is missing for me however i still like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1479) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
On tap: pour is slightly.murky dark.Brown/amber with a modest fine bubbled off white head in this glass. The nose is the highlight for me here, I think. Hazelnut coffee for sure, I would have said heavy on the nutty/coffee notes without reading hazelnut on the description. Some brown sugar and caramel comes through as well. The flavor profile has an initial coffee nutty note, with some more caramel, toffee, Brown sugar elements. It pours a little.thin, and.the mouthfeel has that feeling as well. There is a light bitterness near the finish as well. Nice brew, for sure, but not a mind.blower

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimgraz (11) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Not every beer is for every person and not every beer is for every situation. Luckily, this beer was for me and I drank it in the right situation. Split a 750 ml bottle with a friend served in goblets after dinner. That’s right, we used a beer as an after-dinner drink and boy was it a winner. It pours a deep brown with a thin (quarter inch or so) caramel-colored head that does not linger and leaves only moderate lacing. The first thing that hits you is the nose. Beautiful coffee and mocha . My friend and I spent a good couple of minutes just taking in the bouquet. One of the best I ever have experienced from a beer. The taste. A very nice marriage of hops and hazelnut coffee, giving a mellow bitterness that ends with a touch of sweetness. Very up-front with the coffee, fading into a mocha-sweet finish. Again, this is not for people who like heavy malt or heavy hop beers, but is wonderful for its intended purpose (a nice, sipping beer, not a beer you would drink 6-7 of in a night). It did have a bit of a thin body, which may be from adding the coffee, but that really did nothing to take away from my enjoyment. Overall, a great experience. There was no disappointment in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Aledude at his birthday. Clear brown color with a thin beige head. Malty and caramelly nose with plenty of hazelnut and coffee. Malty and hazelnutty flavor with caramel, vanilla and coffee accents. Pretty solid, but the brown ale aspect almost clashed with the hazelnut coffee. I prefer the Frangelic Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Growler from the piggly wiggly, lol seriously, anyways it pours a deep ruby red, clear, off white head and nice lacing. Aroma is Pretty full and complex with coffee and chocolate hazelnut very roasty. Flavor is just like aroma would suggest very full body and mouthfeel it’s strong hazelnut coffee with good dark malt roastiness. gets sweet towards the end of the glass and has some alcohol warmth. Overall i like this beer and what they have done with chocolate and coffee with balance.

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