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.
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog rating on 8-04-2012 at Brew Haven (New Haven, IN) This draft beer has a small tan head with a lengthy retention, transparent amber body, very little carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is roasted coffee and nutty. The flavor is sweet, roasted coffee and nutty. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer is very quaffable given the ABV and is a beer worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
John25 (494) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Norey’s Newport, RI. Dark brown. Caramel and nutty aromas. The taste follows with intense hazelnut, peanuts, and some very light coffee notes. Not exactly chocolate but, more of a brownie thing going on too. Silky mouthfeel, hidden alcohol. Perfectly balanced, excellent brown ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
demmbonz (528) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 750ml. Aroma of hazelnut coffee. Sweet artificial hazelnut flavor. A bit of coffee.
3sheets2wind (77) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer stunned me. Sat on this for a year after I traded for it. Kind of forgot I had it as it was in the back of my beer cabinet. I didn’t have high hopes going in but I was floored by how good this was. Nutella caramel brownie with a drying bitter cocoa finish. It is 100° in San Antonio right now but this beer makes it feel like it’s 65 in the smoky mountains. Best brown ale I have ever had.
Ratman197 (9800) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, hazelnuts and caramel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel and hazelnut coffee with a smooth lingering hazelnut coffee finish.
GRM (2986) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown bottle, from and with Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on March 14 2014; eye: cognac, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: peanuts in a shell, light hazel, light earthy, light peanut butter; mouth: peanuts in a shell, light hazel, light earthy, light peanut butter, light roasting, light hazel liqueur, finale in peanuts, medium body, average carbonation, lightly sweet oily texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, de et avec Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 14 mars 2014; œil : cognac, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas dentelle; nez : arachides à l’écale, léger noisette, léger terreux, léger beurre d’arachides; bouche : arachides à l’écale, léger noisette, léger terreux, léger beurre d’arachides, légère torréfaction, léger liqueur de noisettes, finale en arachides, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée, texture huileuse; en résumé : correct
fitwitchik (310) - USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber aged 2 years into a Founders pint glass brown with a touch of auburn hue. Plenty of tan head that laced down the glass nicely.
Aroma is incredible hazelnut sweetness some coffee
Flavor of hazelnut brownie comes first to mind. Nutty molasses are balanced here with the coffee. A seriously better than expected brew I happily returned to after 2 years.
pintbypint (2602) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml brown bottle - bottleshare at Ferris’. Brown pour, hazy. Tan ring of head. Aroma has lots of nuts, seemed more peanut than hazelnut ... peanut buttery. Taste has chocolate and nuts. Some bitterness in the end, choolate and nut finish. Really liked this.
Ferris (4137) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Lots of hazelnut and nuts. Cloudy brown with a thin brown head. Lots of nut and some nice malts. Light bitterness, really nice finish.
Jamesthebrit (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this when it first came out then bought another bottle to age. The first go was good. Let’s check this one out
Aroma is very nutty. Caramel. Light roast coffee. A little sweet chocolate note. Unique and complex.
Looks amazing for a brown ale. Definitely brown but darker. Hazy. Nice creama colored head.
Taste is like the smell. Very complex. Nutty. Chocolate. Not roasty like a stout or porter though. Yeah light roast coffee. Nutty. A little caramel.
Palate is smooth. Flavorful. Amazing. A little boozy on the finish.
Overall this is an amazing beer. And I hate brown ales. If you’re taking bets I think this will be the mystery special release that founders is announcing later this year.