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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by Keir- thanks again, Keir! Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small off-white head. Big hazelnut aroma, with notes of maple, brown sugar, toast, vanilla, caramel, and mild coffee. The flavor has more coffee, a lot of hazelnut and toast, leaves, oak, brown sugar, cream, vanilla, and dark fruits. Light-medium bodied, a little thin on the palate for the slate of flavors it’s delivering, with a toasty, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really nice offering from Founders here, and would be even better with more body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Draught pours brown with a light tan head. Aroma is hazelnut coffee. . Tastes are nutella and coffee. Not. Overly complex but if you like hazelnuts and coffee, this is for you. This is not too sweet and it is tasty. Not a beer that I would drink tons of, but interesting and enjoyable nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Draft at CK. Pours a rich walnut brown with a small head. Nose holds gigantic hazelnut, sweetened coffee, marzipan, almond, and cake batter. Flavor brings more stunning nutty sweetness and delicious dessert-type appeal, but so easy-drinking and delightful for a sweet, 9.5% beer; not cloying or aggressive in any way on the palate. A wonder of a beer to quaff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle shared by Dan, thanks man! Pour is clean brown with a small ring of beige foam. Aroma is loaded with hazelnut. More hazelnut with hints light coffee and light brown sugar. Flavor is loaded with hazelnut coffee. Also hints of raw sugar. Hides alcohol very well. Solid and distinct.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Coffee and hazelnut says it all and wow! Only complaint about this beer is little to no head. Can only do one of these in one sitting! All-around great beer!!!

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11078) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Draft at ChurchKey. Hazy brownish amber color, small beige head. Arona of nutella! with a bit of pepper. Taste is bitter nuts and toast. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Italian coffee syrup nose, tons of sugar. Taste is very sweet, bitter nut skin, molasses, and lots of coffee. Meh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Tap at CK. Pours a clear deep ruby amber to red. Small beige head with good retention. Mega hazelnut coffee nose. Huge aroma. Taste is tangy, quaffable, nutty, rich. No sweetness. No heavy sticky body. Very enjoyable. A new favorite beer of my fiancé’s. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1338) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Bottle pours a murky lighter brown with a small tan head. Aroma of strong hazelnut coffee, reminds me of changing the cappuccino machines when I worked at a gas station, some cocoa and vanilla, lovely. Taste is very smooth hazelnut and coffee, predominate but by no means overpowering, finish is slightly hoppy with a bitter earthiness and alcohol. Very enjoyable!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (2696) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours clear mahogany with a foamy tan head. Nose is nutty coffee, pungent and smooth. That’s pretty much it, but it’s awesome. Taste is pretty much the same, with big nutty notes and some butterscotch and heat in the finish. Thin body, but that’s fine. Fantastic.


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