mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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. It’s a deep looking brown ale but it’s 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. There’s a slight alcohol on the background but it’s very hidden. Hazelnut, coffee, malt, caramel and alcohol are about all I get from this beer. It’s smells very sweet and slightly one dimensional, but not in a bad way. The nut scent stands out here and I’m sure that’s 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 don’t like it. I enjoy the sweetness though but I don’t 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 I’m delighted to have had a bottle, it’s not something I’ll chase down.
trapped (1139) - New York City, TURKEY - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ The Ginger Man. Dark opaque brown with small foamy tan head, hazelnut coffee aroma, medium carbonation, amazing hazelnut coffee taste, alcohol undertones, medium bitter finish. This is a great brew!
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at James’ for a tasting with Ferris and Kraddel. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Nutty with a bit of black pepper, a touch of wood. Musk and nuts. Lingering toast and hazelnuts. Tasty enough, but a bit sweet.
Cybercat (3800) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque mahogany with a thin light tan head. Roast malt aroma has a peppery overtone. Flavor has malty, caramel, nutty and spicy notes, the latter mostly cinnamon and pepper; thankfully, the pepper is not as strong as in the aroma. Where’s the coffee? Texture is firm and smooth, if not too fizzy.
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with small beige head. The aroma is chocolate and graham cracker. Thin mouth with light chocolate, hazelnuts, light dry finish, very good.
vtafro (4424) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Hazelnut, coffee, roasted aromas. Coffee, vanilla, hazelnut and sweet malt flavors.
kraddel (4464) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear brown , no real head . Smell is coockies , ’speculaas’ . Taste is speculaas , coockies , very nice , bit sweet, malty .
bnokk (73) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
APPEARANCE – nice brown color with limited head.
NOSE - Strong hazelnut.
FLAVOR – malt backbone with fairly strong hazelnut flavors.
NOTES – interesting combination of flavors. Only second hazelnut flavored beer I’ve tried, and it’s pretty solid.
shigadeyo (3148) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loads of hazelnut and vanilla in the aroma. Brown color. Good balanced flavor of hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla. Very nutty in finish. Alcohol starts to catch up with you quickly. Good overall, but not my thing anymore...
Bacterial (1981) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown pour with a slight off white head. Really nice nose, coffee and hazelnut. Nice taste but some chemical astringency along with the coffee finish.
Darkmagus82 (1940) - - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-8-14-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours murky brown color with a one finger head of cream foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel and coffee smell with some hints of a chocolate mixed within. Along with these aromas are some smells of hazelnut as well as a little bit of a more earthy hop aroma. A little bit of toffee and a touch of breadiness are there as well, with the overall aroma, being a somewhat weak, oddly mixed, and not quite balanced smell.
Taste – A rather strong hazelnut coffee flavor is present right from the start, remaining constant throughout the taste and creating a base for the flavors of the brew. There is also a very sweet caramel and chocolate flavor at the start. As the taste advances the sweetness persists, only with it transitioning, as a bit of the caramel moves toward a more a toffee and molasses like flavor and with the chocolate gaining some flavors of vanilla enhancing the sweetness. Toward the very end some light earthy and floral hop flavors, as well as a light level of booziness comes to the tongue leaving a sweet, lightly boozy, hazelnut coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are quite nice for the style as they really meld well the hazelnut coffee and sweeter flavors of the brew nicer and make for a decently easy drinker.
Overall – A nice imperial porter that isn’t trying to mimic a stout and take tons of roast, but instead melds well chocolate flavors with a nice hazelnut coffee flavor to create a very pleasant smooth sipper with a good level of coffee, chocolate, and sweet.