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RATINGS: 372   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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1102) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2012
750 mL bottle. Pours a hazy orange red with a light tan head. Rich, delicious hazelnut roast coffee aroma, chocolate chip. Smooth hazelnut coffee flavors, brown sugar, cocoa, earthiness. Can’t live up to the awesome aroma, but still very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5451) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - at drowland’s 7/7/12 going away tasting party - thanks daknole. Dark brown pour, off-white head. Aroma of hazelnuts. Flavor has the same hazelnut essence to it, some potting soil, a touch of coffee and a back end of pepper. Nice thick mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Color: brown/red hue. Aroma: strong hazelnut coffee. Smells fresh. Taste: sweet coffee at first then becomes a nice coffee balanced drink similar to Dunkin Donuts Ice Coffee (don't hate me). hazelnut adds to the style of brown ale flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4742) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2012
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Bottle: The aroma consists of coffee, roasted nuts, hazelnuts, and a hint of vanilla. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a small beige head that fades to a soapy film. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate hazelnut, roasted nuts, vanilla, and light coffee. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, more hazelnut than coffee. My rating is based on a quarter bottle...and probably half a bottle. I think a whole bottle would probably wear on me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlruthven (542) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2012
I picked this up on the release date, and figured it was best to drink fresh. Pours dark ruby with rust-colored highlights, half-finger khaki head. Nose is big hazelnut coffee, pecan pie, bit of toffee and chocolate on the back end. More hazelnut coffee, warm, earthy tones, a little more chocolate. Amazingly smooth, clean finish. Soft carbonation. Pretty straightforward, but damn.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbruner (2285) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Shared a bottle with daknole and drowland. Pours a clear, dark brown with small tan head and little lacing. Aroma is strong hazelnut up front with a coffee and roasted malt back. Taste is similar, with heavy hazelnut and coffee, and a nice clean, lingering coffee finish. Wow, I want more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by daknole. Huge coffee and hazelnut aroma. Very nice but I get the pepper and veggie aspect. Really nice coffee hazelnut aspects with delicious brown ale aspects. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1620) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Thanks daknole! Clear brown pour with a white head. Aroma reminds me exactly of Breakfast Stout spiked with hazelnut creamer. Fantastic balance of coffee, hazelnuts, light roast and nutty bitterness. Fucking great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5314) - Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; dark brown with low carbonation and thin lacing. Smells solid. Sweet and coffee. I moved this score from a 7 to an 8 as it opened up. Tastes good, but not amazing. Mikem409 called it: Nutella. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little thinner than I’d prefer for a beer like this. A very good beer, but I expected a little more on the heels of CBS. But that’s a tough act to follow...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
southerntear (11) - - JUL 7, 2012
Poured into a tulip glass at a little under cellar temperature. A nice one finger light tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly, no huge shock for a 9% abv brew. The aroma is a very pleasant hazelnut with a little bit of coffee beans on the backburner. On the first sip I get some of that great hazelnut coffee flavor, with surprisingly little bitterness, at which I was a bit disappointed. No alcohol burn at all which seems like a good thing, but the catch is the artificial sweetener aftertaste, which in my opinion kills this beer. Everything about this brew is great right up until that aftertaste, and what I thought at first might be one of my new favorite browns went on to become the somewhat of a Derek Rose in the finals; could have been great.


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