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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1671) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Thanks to Chalsk! Pours brown with a small to medium brown head. Aroma is hazelnut coffee to a T with some roast and caramel for good measure. Taste is sweet with mild bitters. Medium bodied, silky texture and all around excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1064) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 My One Thousandth Beer! In AC for a 435 gathering. Pours a clear brown with a caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, candi sugar. Robust, sweet caramel with coffee and hazelnut notes. Some vanilla for a nice creamy feel. Damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (642) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
750ml bottle - pours a medium brown . Malty , sweet hazelnut flavor. Finish is lingering sweetness. . Pretty good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3441) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Rich deep amber color out of the bottle with a foamy beige head. The nose is only hazelnut. The flavor is dominated by the hazelnut too, with a natural nutty flavor. This is a sweet, milky beer. It is not very well balanced, but if you like hazelnuts, this beer is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Part of a sampler at Founders. Appearance: A dark brown color. Holy hell! NOT expected. Nice head and great lacing. Very nice looking brown ale. Smell: A bit sweet. Slight roast? Quite a big amount of nuttiness. Reeks of quality before even taking a sip. Taste: Best brown ale I’ve had. I’ve generally not been all that impressed with the style in the past, but this worked for me. Quite well, in fact. A nice sweetness with the nutty character in this beer really impressed me. Not your boring, ordinary brown ale -- this one’s crafted about as well as a brown ale could be, as far as I’m concerned. For that reason, my overall rating is higher than any other rating (aside from appearance).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4666) - Utah, USA - DEC 25, 2013
750ml bottle thanks to drfabulous (SSS 2012)
Pours clear brown with a medium sized beige head and some lacing. Aroma is strong hazelnut, coffee, chocolate and nutty. Flavors of hazelnut, chocolate, coffee and sweet caramel
Decent. If you like hazelnut and coffee you will love this beer. I held this for a year hoping the hazelnut would get toned down some (don’t like hazelnut), I should have aged it a few more years, very strong hazelnut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3353) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
750 ml bottle. Rating from notes. Pours a nice brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma of hazelnuts, coffee, creamer. Sweet and nutty, mild brown sugar and cake malts. Flavor of rich hazel nut and coffee. Fairly sweet, mild roasty bitterness, some coffee and nut notes. Full bodied, above average carbonation. Finishes with hazelnut notes. This is pretty much dominated by hazelnuts, and therefore your enjoyment of this beer depends on whether you like hazelnuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2373) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Gift from SJ. I like American strongs and this brew does nothing to taint that. Well balance of, bread, coffee, chocolate, nut and sugar. Body was nice and full. I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1499) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
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. Serving type: bottle 08-19-2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2945) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
750 ml bottle
In doing a cellar cleaning I came across this and decided with an upcoming trip to Grand Rapids planned that I would reacquaint myself with Founders. This is a home run that has held up well so far. If you are still sitting on any and have yet to try it then wait no longer.

Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated chestnut body is bubbly and lively. Ivory head survives the percolation. Chocolate pudding, tea, and the feel of a dense brown ale give this a strong bite that is atypical of your usual session ale (as to be expected given the high gravity).

Flavor / Palate - The malty mouthfeel is big and chewy. Like iced pudding pops the flavors melt on the tongue. The coffee undertones give it the body to survive and stand out. An "imperial brown" has me looking forward to the next opportunity I get to sample Founders’ great line up.

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