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RATINGS: 371   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
A: Deep Brown/Amber Hue, Passes Minimal Light, Thin White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Hazelnut, Mild Coffee, Mild Nutty T: Sweet Hazelnut, Coffee, Mild Nutty M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Mildly Bitter Overall, its a nice brown ale but the hazelnut seems a little artificial and too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnemonic21 (20) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2013
I had this back in March on my bachelor party and was a bottle share from my buddy - distinct hazelnut and cocoa comes through on the nose with a wee amount of coffee, too. Strong lasting nuttiness and caramel on the body and the back of the palate. There’s an odd mouthfeel that I couldn’t place but for what I got, it was unique and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
75cl bottle, DSG and jsquire tasting. Many thanks to jsquire! It pours a dark brown colour with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet with nuts and coffee mostly. Taste is all about the hazelnuts, quite sweet. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very good for what it is, but a sugar bomb nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks ThreeCats. Pours orange to brown tan and clear with a beige head, aroma is smoked with chocolate liquor, hazelnut, nutella, flavor of nutella, caramel, malt, coffee, pretty chemical, medium bodied

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (2393) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
Dsg tasting at Chris’s. Aroma is intense biscotti hazelnut slightly stale musty. Clear red colour with an off white head. Flavour is huge vanilla biscuit some vodka. Reminds me of a southern tier beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bryang002 (4) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2013 does not count
Notes from March: Pours a dark brown, 1/4" head leaving some lace on the glass. Nice aroma, nutty flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Pours brown color with thin white head. Aroma of sweet hazelnuts are very present. This beer just smells sweet to me. I was right. Flavors of sweet hazelnuts is almost to much for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in June 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, coffee, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and hazelnut coffee notes; with big strength. Taste of hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of hazelnut, chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, light coffee, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes with the hazelnut coffee; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alchocol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial brown ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malts with the hazelnut coffee; and very smooth to sip on for 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1071) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bell’s Best Brown was my favorite brown ale until I had this. Hot damn this is great. Coffee, cocoa, and hazelnut, but not overwhelming. Nice warming ABV. Lovely scent and beautiful to look at.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (5615) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks ThreeCats. Brown color with reddish hues. Aroma of hazelnut (kinda artificial), coffee beans and chocolate. Pretty sweet flavor with artificial hazelnut, some coffee with milk and some chocolate. Medium-bodied.

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