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RATINGS: 379   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.


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   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 (5042) - 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 (1560) - 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 (697) - 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 (71) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2012
On tap at Founders Brewpub. Brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of the coffee aisle -right by all the good designer coffees, nuts, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol. Taste of coffee, nuts, vanilla, roasted malt and mild alcohol. Finishes up mildly acidic. I see this is the next beer in the Backstage series, nice choice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2012
Draft. Poured clear brown color with an average fizzy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, nuts with a sweet alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted coffee sweet flavor with a medium to heavy roasted sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.


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