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RATINGS: 364   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2217) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (960) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (5052) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThreeCats (531) - ISRAEL - AUG 4, 2013
Nice dense head over clear Ruby body. Aroma of hazelnut and dolce de lache. Taste of hazelnut coffee, caramel, sweetness. Overall taste a little artificial and more like coffee than beer, but nice experience.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4700) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small tight bubbled beige head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is just absolutely wonderful. It really does smell like Frangelico liquor. The hazelnut and coffee notes mingle so well with the chocolate and caramel maltiness below. No real sign of alcohol on the nose at all. This smells so decadent that I might just want to smell this and not even drink it. The flavor is maybe a bit heavy on the hazelnut for me, reminds me a lot of Rogue Hazelnut Nectar. The flavors are really well integrated though, sweet but not overly so, nice caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of clinginess, soft fizzy carbonation. No alcohol heat at all. Really nice beer, but I think I might prefer this in a 12 oz bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1051) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Brown pour. Was really hoping for more from this, expexted a hazelnut breakfast stout. Instead got a think brown with a bit of hazelnut and less coffee than i hoped for.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3285) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Tap at the MKE Firkin Fest 2013. This beer is an amazing brown ale. Deep brown body with pretty much no head. Aroma and flavor is very much like a Ferrero Rocher® candy. Rich mouthfeel, this beer was a highlight of the festival, and I drank many samples.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (921) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2013
750ml bottle pours a deep red brown with small tan head. Big coffee aroma. Coffee taste upfront with a bit of vanilla hazelnut taste. Holds up well coffee taste with the age on it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsordr (899) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle from alexsdad06. Pours hazy brown. Nose strong nutty and toffee. Taste lots of hazelnut, nutty, and malted milk ball. Very nice nutty flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2377) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2013
750 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7! Pours hazy reddish brown with a creamy and frothy goldenish brown head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with lightly toasted malts, caramel, toffee, dark roast coffee, hazelnut paste, caramelized almonds, brazil nuts, nougat, grass, moist soil, charred wood, vanilla fudge and hints of milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with toasted malts, biscuits, toffee, caramel, dark roast coffee, hazelnut paste, heavily roasted nuts, burnt sugar, nougat, vanilla fudge, brown sugar, charred wood, moist soil and hints of milk chocolate, grass and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is round, tiny sticky sweet, tiny roasted astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, burnt cookiesbrown sugar and sweet dark bread. Tasty malty goodness!


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