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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1574) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Solid brown with some ruby highlights, small off-white head. Aroma is hazelnut, coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, reasonable balance, smooth finish. Taste is coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, malt. Not bad but the taste doesn't quite deliver what the nose promises.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2978) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 Bottle: Mostly opaque, dark brown body with rusty copper overtones & mild ruby highlights. Appears to be under carbonated, as not much of a head appears at all, just a small, off-white collar. Aroma smells like hazelnut flavored ice coffee... Hints of cream, sugary lactose, & faint cocoa play under the strong hazelnut aroma. The taste is just the same - more of that iced coffee vibe loaded with hazelnut cream & lightly milky sweet undertones. Lingering cocoa powder finish with a coating hazelnut & bittersweet coffee bean essence. Body is a little thin & could use more carbonation, but it fits the flavors pretty well. I wasn’t nearly as disappointed as many others seemed to be... But I also wasn’t expecting so much. Plus, I love hazelnut, so I may be biased. Not worth the typical bomber price, but enjoyable for coffee/hazelnut lovers, no doubt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3444) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
750 ml bottle poured into a teku glass. Pours a hazed brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has sweet nutty notes with weak coffee coming through behind them. The taste has chocolate and hazelnut influence with some vanilla attributes as well. Bigger bodied with a low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1823) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Thanks to Chalsk! Pours brown with a small to medium brown head. Aroma is hazelnut coffee to a T with some roast and caramel for good measure. Taste is sweet with mild bitters. Medium bodied, silky texture and all around excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1090) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 My One Thousandth Beer! In AC for a 435 gathering. Pours a clear brown with a caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, candi sugar. Robust, sweet caramel with coffee and hazelnut notes. Some vanilla for a nice creamy feel. Damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (912) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
750ml bottle - pours a medium brown . Malty , sweet hazelnut flavor. Finish is lingering sweetness. . Pretty good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3678) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Rich deep amber color out of the bottle with a foamy beige head. The nose is only hazelnut. The flavor is dominated by the hazelnut too, with a natural nutty flavor. This is a sweet, milky beer. It is not very well balanced, but if you like hazelnuts, this beer is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Part of a sampler at Founders. Appearance: A dark brown color. Holy hell! NOT expected. Nice head and great lacing. Very nice looking brown ale. Smell: A bit sweet. Slight roast? Quite a big amount of nuttiness. Reeks of quality before even taking a sip. Taste: Best brown ale I’ve had. I’ve generally not been all that impressed with the style in the past, but this worked for me. Quite well, in fact. A nice sweetness with the nutty character in this beer really impressed me. Not your boring, ordinary brown ale -- this one’s crafted about as well as a brown ale could be, as far as I’m concerned. For that reason, my overall rating is higher than any other rating (aside from appearance).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (5660) - Utah, USA - DEC 25, 2013
750ml bottle thanks to drfabulous (SSS 2012)
Pours clear brown with a medium sized beige head and some lacing. Aroma is strong hazelnut, coffee, chocolate and nutty. Flavors of hazelnut, chocolate, coffee and sweet caramel
Decent. If you like hazelnut and coffee you will love this beer. I held this for a year hoping the hazelnut would get toned down some (don’t like hazelnut), I should have aged it a few more years, very strong hazelnut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3653) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
750 ml bottle. Rating from notes. Pours a nice brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma of hazelnuts, coffee, creamer. Sweet and nutty, mild brown sugar and cake malts. Flavor of rich hazel nut and coffee. Fairly sweet, mild roasty bitterness, some coffee and nut notes. Full bodied, above average carbonation. Finishes with hazelnut notes. This is pretty much dominated by hazelnuts, and therefore your enjoyment of this beer depends on whether you like hazelnuts.

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