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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - 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 (1387) - 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 (15858) - 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 (9307) - 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 (1773) - 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 (3095) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2010) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Bottle. Clear, but very dark brown pour; a nice sweet hazelnut aroma and a little carbonation. Flavor is very sweet hazelnut forward, very nutty and a slight bit of vanilla and roasty malt on the finish. Solid and enjoyable, would probably spend another $15 for a bottle.

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.


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