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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 18/20
beerbaaron (1844) - Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle shared by a good friend. Hazy light brownish reddish amber. Fair off-white wispy creamy head. Bigger end of light body. Everything about this is Frangelico, the hazelnut liqueur; Both aroma and flavor; Strikingly so. Hazelnut. Coffee. Sweet caramel. Lighter roastiness. Pretty sweet but not overly. Mild bitterness. Alcohol perfectly hidden. Sticky. Some age has probably mellowed this in a beneficial way I think. Beers on this sort usually comes across sloppy or heavy handed or off or unpleasant in some way and this is handled perfectly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
Wow. This beer. Dark, burnt orange in color with a halfly opaque body, this beer really drags you down into its power once it hits your nose. The aroma reminds me of something burned, a touch of peppers (which I’m sure isn’t actually there), light coffee, and a heavy, protein-thick nut sweetness. I’d drink this beer with my nose if there was no danger of drowning. The flavor is a replica of the aroma, but some of the roasted flavors come out more. It’s like a complex, peaty old ale with a touch of fruit, mixed with an English nut brown ale. I love the level of alcohol, in comparison, to the bold flavors in this. It’s unique, powerful, but sessionable enough that I could chug this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2322) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle gift from my cousin Joca bought in Brooklyn about three years ago. Dark brown with ring. Strong hazelnut aroma with coffee and chocolate. Nutty hazelnut chocolate nutella medium bitter coffee roasted finish with lingering hazelnut coffee . Medium full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3951) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle from long lost bottle shop. Pours brown with little carbonation but then about a half inch of khaki foam formed. Doesn’t leave much if any lacing. Once the beer warmed up it gives off a nice coffee vibe on the nose. I get some nuttiness along with the coffee. Finishes clean. Easy drinker hides its booze well. Fairly nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2719) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2014
thin tan head wit fair retention and a nice little lace. Fairly clear, amber/brown hued brew. Nose of light hazel nut but some interesting peanut/peanut butter aromas also, bit musty but neat. Body is middlin, bit chewy and creamy too. Soft carbonation, coating on the tongue. Chocolate and roast flavors, nutty notes, some cocoa and faint hazel nut and coffee notes. Lightly sweet finish, lil chalky, roasty and malty. Bottle from trycyclist in a trade a ways back. Thanks Matthew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5468) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a medium size light brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of nutty liquor is quiet dominant with some overly sweet notes also identifiable. Tasted is dominated by the sweet fake nutty flavours with some overly sweet notes. Body is light with good carbonation. I didn’t appreciate the nutty liquor flavours and thought the beer was too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Pours a nice nut brown ale color with a medium white head that lasts. Aroma is coffee, brown sugar, and malts. Taste is much the same. Roasted malts, followed by coffee and a nice brown sugar finish. Palate is much the same.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2865) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is intense earthy, nutty malts with some mild hop bitterness. Taste is intense nutty, malty base with some minor hop bitterness and coffee notes. Solid brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11932) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
A clear brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a sweet nut extract, hazelnuts, coffee oily, OK. In mouth, a sweet fruity malt with butterscotch, hazelnuts, oily mouth feel, mocha chocolate, not bad. Bottle from Boutip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1952) - 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.

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