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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom ďone-offĒ beer: Foundersí 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 alesóand it likely wonít 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 breweryís first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9% ABV.


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4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Frangelic pours a slightly off colored brown that becomes a deeply rich mahogany color when held to the light. A light beige one and a half finger head is comprised of large, soapy bubbles and take a small time disappearing. Itís a deep looking brown ale but itís nothing to write home about. Artificial hazelnut and malt are the first two things I get on the nose. Not too artificial smelling but definitely there. Thereís a slight alcohol on the background but itís very hidden. Hazelnut, coffee, malt, caramel and alcohol are about all I get from this beer. Itís smells very sweet and slightly one dimensional, but not in a bad way. The nut scent stands out here and Iím sure thatís what Founders was shooting for. Hazelnut flavored coffee up front. What can I say? The malt follows and is very nutty and sweet. Lots of caramel flavors under coffee. The malt backbone here really reminds me of Fat Tire for some reason... Very sweet and I see why some donít like it. I enjoy the sweetness though but I donít know about dropping $13 a bottle for this more than once. Overall a medium thickness in the mouth. Thinner than a stout but thicker than the usual brown ale. Overall, a great brown ale with an interesting showcase ingredient. I fail to find the "nasty" artificiality that some are getting and I find that the artificial hazelnut note works out well within the whole beer. The price and availability are the only limiting factors. While Iím delighted to have had a bottle, itís not something Iíll chase down.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2016
Rating #1,800. 750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. This is the second time Iíve had this beer. Finally rating. The pour is a darker brown color with a bit of garnet shining through. Itís not completely foggy, so there is a little clarity through it, which Iím not too fond of. There is an excellent thick khaki colored film all up and down the lace with a film of head. The aroma is all hazelnut. Damn did this hold up well. Itís got a nice coffee presence as well. There is a nice sweet malt and a light chocolate behind all of that that really bring it together. The flavor is really good. There is a huge nuttiness up front that makes its way through a sweet milk chocolate and light caramel malt before the coffee kicks in. Itís just layered, complex, and delicious! The coffee and hazelnut really take it through to the finish. Itís excellent. The mouth feel is thicker and heavy with a beautiful soft velvety carbonation and a lingeringly nutty, coffee and chocolate infused aftertaste. This is a fantastic beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7134) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
[My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a dark amber-brown with a small semi-lasting bubbly off-white head. Nice aroma with lots of hazelnuts, some coffee, caramel malt and some light hops. Nutty and malty flavour with a decent amount of hops. Medium bodied. I really liked this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
[7944-20151120] 500mL bottle. Sugary sweet coffee taffy caramel aroma. Hazy, dark mahogany red body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Coffee taffy sweet grains flavour. Medium-full body. Sweet and tasty. (8/3+/8/4/16) 3.9
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Churches: higher BPM ABBA."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
2015-11-20. Dark mahogany brown body, small beige head. 3+ Aroma is lovely up front, earthy nutty hazelnut, coffee roast follows, to its detriment for me. Flavour is similar, sweet nutty hazelnut, hints of caramel, roast follows, less prominently than in the aroma. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Decent. 7/4/7/3/14-15 Bottle shared by Blankboy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium to deep brown color with a light tan head. Aroma still has a massive hazelnut presence, despite its age. Toasted malts, light coffee, hazelnuts. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cosmo6644 (102) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle share, aroma of nuts and roasted malts, pretty good, but old bottle and flavors have aged well, a little thin now, hopefully they make some again like cbs ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Brown light pour with white head. 22oz pour at Lakehouse. Nutty. Cocoa and coffee notes but nuts control this puppy. Maple and honey notes. Yum

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (2112) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2015
MrOrla meets Shaun Hill. Pours Brown reddish. Aroma and taste of Hazelnuts, Hazelnuts, Coffe, nuetella is the word, very well hidden alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle @ Mr.Orla meets Shaun Hill, Odense. Pre C4 Pale Ale Festival, 2015. Pours Amber with a bubbly head. Nutella and toast. Hazels. Coffee for sure. Lovely. Smooth and sippable. Warming. Thanks to SfhOdense!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12619) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
C4PAF pre-tasting. Copper with a small off-white head. Sweet nutty flavour with caramel and hard roasted coffee. Sweet nutty flavour with caramel and coffee. Very unique. A dessert sipper...


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