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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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 Poured from a 750ml bottle into two Founders Brewing Company snifters Pours a darker brown with a two finger off-white head. The aroma is dominated by hazelnut and coffee. Opens with hazelnut transitions to coffee which continues until I pick up an artificial nutrasweet-like flavor that borders on unpalatable and finishes with more coffee and a bit of alcohol warmth. Adequate carbonation and silky and slick mouthfeel. This brew is probably the biggest disappointment from Founders, and I’m a big fan. Unfortunately, this beer is a perfect example of an added ingredient overpowering a beer rather than complementing and adding more complexity to it. Besides some alcohol warmth in the finish, I’m not sure I would have known this is an American brown ale rather than cool hazelnut coffee. The decision to use artificial flavored ingredients undoubtedly led to the unpleasant flavors I experienced. For the first time ever, it has led me to question whether a Founders brew is a quality product. Founders could have used real hazelnuts, however a conscious decision was made to use artificially flavored coffee, something I would never expect from a brewery of Founders ilk. Finally, the base beer contributes little to this brew except to provide a flavorless malty base for the hazelnut coffee. An appealing appearance and slightly above average mouthfeel are the only above average aspects of this brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (682) - USA - JUL 3, 2012
Coffee cream hazel nuts on nose. Black but see through with small white ring. Mocha, coffee, nuts, chocolate, cream. amazing beer from founders. imperial brown.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ddemmingjr (696) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle from LaCav du Vin: pours clear dark brown, reasonable tan head that recedes to a fine ring. Nose is distinct, tootsie role, coffee, caramel, hazelnut. It's rich with chocolate covered coffee bean notes. All the same on the palate with a pleasant richness on the body yet drinkable. Super long nutty coffee finish that lingers for eternity... Outstanding offering. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fxair (1) - a2, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2012 does not count
aroma of hazlenuts and roasted malt. overall its a good beer wish i had more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4900) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Hazy mid brown with a small beige head. Big hazelnut and coffee flavors. Some hop bitterness is intetesting. Gentle fruit. Truly distinct with all of the hazelnut. I like it. Gourmet coffee meets beer in a new direction.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (1480) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2012
tap at founders. pours brown with pillowy white head. aroma of hazlenuts and roasted malt. taste like a damn spoonfull of nutela.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bwa5879 (634) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Dark black pour with amber brown tint. White brown head disappeared after a minute or so. Coffee aroma. Hazelnut is evident with scent. Thick body. Sweet on the tounge with mild carbonation. Nutty coffee flavor, a bit acidic. Acidic coffee after taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Poured from bomber to dimple mug: Pours a clean coffee brown, topped with dense creamy mocha head. Great lacing, minimal beading. Doesn’t look as big as I thought it would. The smells explodes from the bottle, and exactly as advertised - big fat hazelnut, fresh gas station coffee, various dark malts, vanilla, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, the bitterness of coffee and hops keep a perfect balance. This is precisely what a coffee beer ought to be. Every quality of a great brown ale, smothered in hazelnut coffee and just a touch of boozy heat at the finish. Fuck Irish coffee, I’d way rather have one of these. This beer is damn near perfect.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eachnotesecure (66) - Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Shared a bomber with friends. This smells and tastes like rich hazelnut coffee. One of the best smelling beers I’ve had, and tastes great too. That being said, it’s no CBS or Better Half.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - JUN 25, 2012
Bomber. Pours brown with thick cream head with good retention. Aroma is dominated by hazelnut. Some coffee and brown sugar is detectable. Flavor has the same characteristics as the aroma. Solid, but way too much hazelnut IMO.


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