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. 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.
Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 Foundersí great line up.
mansquito (2877) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jhgrantjr (392) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mnemonic21 (20) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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. Thereís an odd mouthfeel that I couldnít place but for what I got, it was unique and tasty.
teorn88 (1603) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
zvikar (2517) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Arielís 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
mR_fr0g (1363) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dsg tasting at Chrisís. Aroma is intense biscotti hazelnut slightly stale musty. Clear red colour with an off white head. Flavour is huge vanilla biscuit some vodka. Reminds me of a southern tier beer.
bryang002 (4) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes from March: Pours a dark brown, 1/4" head leaving some lace on the glass. Nice aroma, nutty flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kcorum10 (265) - Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown color with thin white head. Aroma of sweet hazelnuts are very present. This beer just smells sweet to me. I was right. Flavors of sweet hazelnuts is almost to much for me.