southerntear (11) - - JUL 7, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
davey101 (747) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Poured at around cellar temperature.
A - Dark brown body almost bordering on black when the glass is full. When the level is lower it allows a lot of light to penetrate. Small one finger high head with great lacing. Alcoholic legs after a swirl.
S - Initially its roasty coffee beans then a fantastic hazelnut sweetness sweeps over. Really one dimensional but smells a lot like liquid Nutella, which is not a bad thing at all.
T - Roasted malts, coffee beans, sweet and nutty hazelnuts then...ugh. Some sort of artificial sweetener aftertaste is going on here. Its similar to that twangy off flavor you get in drinks sweetened with sucralose, only much more subtle. Surprisingly no bitterness from the roasted malts or the coffee. Mouth feel is light and highly carbonated, pretty average for a brown ale. Alcohol is really well hidden here, too bad the flavor hiding it’s presence is the fake sweetness.
O - I love Founders. I thought Blushing Monk and CBH were excellent beers for their respected styles and did well in the backstage series. This beer was a huge letdown for me though. Smells fantastic and the initial taste is actually really great, its just this lingering artificial aftertaste that is killing it for me. I’ll have no problem killing this bottle by myself, but its just a very average beer in my opinion.
sherm1016 (1255) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, purchased at Whole Foods, split with a few friends. Pours a light brown color with an off white head. Aroma is coffee, hazelnut, pretty one dimensional actually, but very good. Medium on the palate with soft creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, coffee, hazelnut, with a light, bitter, hazelnut coffee finish. Somewhat one dimensional in that it’s all hazelnut coffee, but very delicious.
Dogbrick (10019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This brew pours a mostly clear dark amber-brown color with a medium thick tan khaki head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, hazelnut and coffee. Medium to full body with a flavor exactly as billed: Hazelnut, toasted malt, coffee and chocolate all present and nicely balanced. The finish is sweet and roasty with a lingering hazelnut mocha aftertaste. Very good dessert beer all around.
aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Frangelic Mountain brown pours a medium bodied taupe brown in color with a really nice and creamy, one finger beige head. The nose isn’t as over the top as I expected. It smells a lot like An imperial Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but with coffee added. The coffee is light and the hazelnut is pretty dominant in the nose. It smells like iced coffee. It’s nice nonetheless. The flavors are really well integrated. It really does taste like an iced coffee. Dark malts, light chocolate, chilled coffee, and hazelnut creamer dominate. It is really smooth and the lighter body serves this one well. I like it a lot. It’s not the most complex beer in the world but t has really nice flavor, great drinkability and they accomplished what they were going for. This is a must try for coffee lovers. Founders just made a brown ale interesting *head explodes*
drfabulous (5232) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Aroma of burnt hazelnut and peanut butter. Coffee, but not a rich roasty coffee aroma. Taste is creamy and hazelnut. Very nutty. Some brown sugar. Very unique brown ale.
Nephilium (1572) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer starts off with an aroma reminiscent of a peanut butter cup. It pours a clear ruby-brown with a small off-white head. The flavor of this beer is complex, with hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla all coming together. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden, with no heat noticeable at all. The beer leaves a long lingering finish, although it is a bit light in body. This is really a fantastic beer.
bluejacket74 (1624) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There’s a good amount of lacing, too. I love the aroma of this brew, it smells like hazelnuts, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some brown sugar. I think the coffee flavor is dominant at first, with the hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla flavors becoming stronger as the brew warms up more. Very tasty brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, if I had another bottle I’d drink it right now! Definitely recommended.
Nickls (2076) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Light tan head, lightly murky rich dark wood brown. Very nutty and the hazelnuts shine, toffee, sweet coffee, and light toffee in the aroma. Flavor is savory hazelnuts, light coffee notes, slight bittersweet finish. Medium oily body with tiny carbonation.
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kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 Draft. Clear darker brown color with a light tan head. Lots of hazelnut coffee and toddy notes in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Some lacing. Sweet, coffee, and the hazelnut. Some booze as well. Overall, pretty decent if you are hazelnut coffee fan.