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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (3488) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 Bottle poured in snifter. Nice dark brown pour with a light frothy head that fades quickly. Lots of lacing on the glass. Huge hazelnut coffee aroma but not much else. Taste is slightly sweet, lots of nutty and coffee character. Very little bitterness or hops. Very smooth finish with no alcohol burn. The hazelnut coffee taste lingers awhile. Fairly thin body makes it very easy to drink. Slightly disappointed by this beer considering the price and the hype. It’s still a very good beer and its exactly what it says it is. But I would take any of the Founder’s stouts before this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (638) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2012
A bit of a fake Hazelnut flavor, but otherwise this a a very tasty coffee stout combined with a strong ale. Creamy, yet fizzy. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RamyG4 (324) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2012 Bottle. Dark brown with a medium cream-colored head. Aroma is sweet and dominated by coffee and hazelnuts, with some caramel. It’s like walking into a coffee shop, I can smell this for hours. Taste is more of the same, with a little chocolate as well. Finish is sweet with some roasted bitterness. Full bodied, very creamy. Great great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bottle pouts slightly cloudy dark brown with thin off-white head. Aroma hazelnut. Taste caramel malts with strong hazelnut, slight coffee. Finish with a nutty dryness and a little bitter. Palate thick for a brown ale, slightly powdery with a little alcohol burn.

Odd but good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours out dark brown with a small white head, light lacing. Aroma is of crazy, intense hazelnut coffee, vanilla, light nuttiness, earth and some lingering alcohol. Taste is intense hazelnut much like the flavor, notes of some earthy soil, nuts, vanilla, caramel, light lingering sweetness, and maybe a light touch of alcohol, but overall it is rather well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with a thin off white head. Strong vegetal coffee and hazelnut aroma. Tastes of hazelnut iced coffee toffee and caramel. Fairly thick creamy slightly oily palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kimjongill (207) - - JUL 18, 2012
Appearance seems light for a brown ale. I took some points off for that. Otherwise...wow! Never would have thought I?d enjoy a brown ale this much. This one?s a real keeper. Fantastic aroma, the flavors compliment each other perfectly, and everything is defined and clear. Definitely in my top 50 beers. I sure hope founders decides to make this backstage series annual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Tasted on tap at the Royale gathering last night. It poured an opaque, dark orangish-brown color with a thin but lasting beige head and lace. Aromas of freshly baked brown bread and hazelnut coffee. Flavor was dominated by hazelnut coffee too, but was nonetheless malty sweet with balanced bitterness from dark grains and hops, tart, dry, toasty, roasty. It was interesting to me how like real hazelnuts it tasted, as opposed to artificial Carnation sweetener or something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2890) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Clear chestnut pour thin off white soapy head and light lacing ... aroma is very fresh and like opening a bag of fresh grounded hazelnut coffee and a nice roasted feel .... taste is roasted and caramel malts with fresh hazelnut coffee and mild bitterness ... abv is 9 and hidden very well considering the body is medium ... nice roasted flavors continue in the finish along with some bitterness ... if the taste was on par with the aroma wow this would be off the hook ... still a great beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matthewjk (1069) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2012
750ml bottle ----> glass - Damn I love every aspect of this beer! The coffee acidity, the smoothness, the texture, the aroma! Excellent stuff. This is not a beer for non-java drinkers.

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