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RATINGS: 371   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonhall (57) - - JUL 13, 2012
Oh my. Deep brown pour. Foamy head Instant aroma of hazelnut coffee. Tastes like some kind of hazelnut chocolate liquor. Different combination of flavors than breakfast stout. I like this slightly better but the two feel like cousins to me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Smells of roasted coffee, touches of vanilla, some chocolatey elements, some hints of earthiness. Tastes sweet with pronounced coffee notes, roasty, some bitter elements and a moderate earthy finish. Interesting, but this is more like a beer blended with actual coffee than a beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2012
thanks Matt .. . pours a deep brown .. medium foam .. . pure hazelnut, hazelnut coffee, and light caramel .. . clean full mouthfeel .. . a great brew! .. . . how do blind people know when to stop wiping their ass?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionBeerCzar (79) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
I should begin this review by saying I am not a huge brown ale lover, but I am a Founders slappy and I love coffee. Pours a very, very deep ruby brown with 2 fingers of tannish head that dissapated quickly. Immediate smells of hazelnut coffee beans, some maltiness dancing in the background but well overpowered by sweet frangelic coffee-ness. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with medium carbonation but the alcohol is certainly present and perhaps detracts a little bit from the experience. The finish is the wonderful caramel nutty sweetness hanging around on the back of your palate. Overall another great Founders offering just not in my style wheelhouse.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2012
No bottling date.

A: Hazy dark brown/mahogany body with a thin light tan head on top. Solid looking beer.

S: A very strong aroma of sweet and mildly roasty hazelnut coffee and slight cocoa. This smells exactly like an iced hazelnut coffee, which is fantastic.

T: A slightly sweet and mildly roasted hazelnut makes up the flavor here, there are hints of caramel and cocoa, but man this is hazelnut and it’s wonderful.

M: Medium bodied with good amounts of mildly fizzy carbonation. A bit bready.

O: If you love hazelnut coffee then this is the beer for you. This is fantastic and everything I dreamed it would be. This would be the perfect morning beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Pours dark brown amber color with a quick sudsy off white head that fades to a wispy film and tiny collar. Aroma is strong coffee and hazelnut with a malt background. Taste is more hazelnut coffee and some vanilla and nutty with a slight bitterness and malty backbone. Palate is medium with a little creaminess and finishes dry. I really enjoyed this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
magicalpoet (23) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle. The aroma and taste are hazelnut and vanilla-flavored coffee grounds. The taste is quite good, though a bit thin for a brown in my book. Like Better Half in terms of balance and sweetness, with burnt coffee taste from KBS (tho no bourbon). Worthy effort, but looking forward to the next Backstage. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ICEatALAMO (908) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle and Draft. Pours a nice roasted brown color. Aroma is overpowering with hazelnut and super inviting and warm. The taste is flat out awesome. Great mix of coffee, hazelnut, and malt. The body is nice and light like a brown ale should be, but at the same time fills your mouth with flavor so it seems very full bodied. One of the best brown ales out there hands down.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
thorine (37) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Seriously disappointed with this release. Aroma overpowered by artificial (why?!?) hazelnut. Taste dominated similarly, all over a thin body that had no chance to hold it. If you love hazelnut creamer, go for it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (2284) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Shared bomber at Lunar Brewing Co.. Thanks, M.J.! Poured to snifters, and presented an orangy, walnut brown color, with light, off white head foam that reduced quickly to a ring & film, and left some dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was a pleasant aroma of smooth roastiness, sweet chocolate scent, coffee, and hazelnuttiness. Ditto on the flavor, with a medium hop bitterness, smooth maltiness, sweetness, and a body that was medium, but wished that it was a bit fuller, and maybe even a touch syrupy to make it an ultimate liqueur brew. Well hidden abv!


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