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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3480) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2422) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Gift from SJ. I like American strongs and this brew does nothing to taint that. Well balance of, bread, coffee, chocolate, nut and sugar. Body was nice and full. I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Alrighty, here we go. Brown with a solid slow transient tan foam sheet. Smells like strait up hazelnut flavoring syrup creamer - like I put in my cheap coffee at work when somebody else has brought it in. A little vanilla and graham cracker crust; expecting bottled beetus. Flavor is hazelnuts, some vanilla pudding a bit of coffee and bread. Pretty much exactly as described on the label - cool. Not liquid Beetus, as I feared. this is all readied on the carriage of medium body, low carb and an off dry finish. wish the dentists wife were here, she’d dig it. The 2.5 for overall is simply because it’s not my cup of tea, but merit for such a strikingly precise attempt and execution for a beer. Serving type: bottle 08-19-2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
750 ml bottle
In doing a cellar cleaning I came across this and decided with an upcoming trip to Grand Rapids planned that I would reacquaint myself with Founders. This is a home run that has held up well so far. If you are still sitting on any and have yet to try it then wait no longer.

Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated chestnut body is bubbly and lively. Ivory head survives the percolation. Chocolate pudding, tea, and the feel of a dense brown ale give this a strong bite that is atypical of your usual session ale (as to be expected given the high gravity).

Flavor / Palate - The malty mouthfeel is big and chewy. Like iced pudding pops the flavors melt on the tongue. The coffee undertones give it the body to survive and stand out. An "imperial brown" has me looking forward to the next opportunity I get to sample Founders’ great line up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3509) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Barcade, Brooklyn tap ($8): Pours murky brown with a tan head. Aroma is a whole lot of hazelnut coffee, vanilla, sugar, and cookies... Taste is straight coffee grounds. Tastes like burnt coffee ice cream. That is not a bad thing. This might be too sweet to have more than a little glass of, like I did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhgrantjr (417) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Poured from bottle acquired at Beverage World. Pours a dark brown/cola color with a small white head, almost creamy looking. The aroma is immediately hazelnut, one of the clearest smells of it I have had with a beer. Taste is sweet, light bitter finish, a little hint of coffee at the end. I am not a hazelnut fan, so this is too much and too sweet for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2199) - 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 (2382) - 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 (3546) - 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

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