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RATINGS: 363   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arkurzynski (1396) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a murky red-brown color with minimal off-white head. Amazing aroma of sweetened hazelnut coffee, vanilla cream wafer cookies, and brown sugar. Flavor starts with sweet hazelnut syrup, vanilla, and brown sugar and gives way to crisp, acidic coffee and toasted/mild roasted malt. Acidic finish with some sticky sweetness. Ultra smooth with no alcohol coming through. A little sweet, but a great dessert-like beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
574deadzone (885) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a sultry brown with a thinner khaki head that when swished produces a finger or so of larger bubbles. Nose is as advertised: plenty of hazelnut coffee notes, bringing back memories of an old downtown coffee shop that I used to sip on hazelnut coffees at in high school. The taste is somewhat sweet, quite bitter, and neither seems to compliment the other. Palate is slick, rather thin, with a lingering metallic nuttiness. I was really hoping for a richer body, maybe more sweetness. The aromatics are great, but as i continued to drink they started to grate on me. I was disappointed. My suggestion is to find plenty of people to share this one with, as in small doses it’s not so bad and kind of clever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phillies08Champs (661) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle from CAH. Pours a dark brown with nice head. nose is ground hazelnut coffe e from Wawa. First sip is huge brown malt wih nuuty irishman flavor including cream, finish is nice witn xweet creamy vlavors followed by slight hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Looked like a 25.4 oz Bottle. A tasty brown if you like Nutella. Hazelnut, sweet chocolate, nutella scent. Dark brown, almost black, pour with a light tan fluffy head to ring. Medium bodied, creamy texture. Hazelnut up front, coffee, dark chocolate, slight bitter burn finish, overall tastes like Nutella. Kind of singular in make up.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoostIPA (1103) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2012
HUGE thanks to the man, the legend, the one and only PEPSIEDCAN. Mad props, yo. This beer pours a clear brown with a 2 finger slightly off white head. A quick whiff of the beer and immediately you are whisked away to Tibs’ coffee shop... Sweet artificial hazelnut coffee, coffee and more coffee. I am starting to get afraid that this beer is going to be super cloying before even tasting it... As I take my first sip, I breath a slight sigh of relief finding comfort in the fact that it really isn’t cloying at all. Yes, it’s sweet. Yes, it lacks a certain depth. It’s not very roasty, despite all it’s coffee undertones. No alcohol is apparent at all, which could be dangerous. All in all, this beer is a winner. Like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2012
22oz bottle. Brown / red color, little off-white head, leaving good dots of lace. Lighter body for the ABV, and easy to drink for 9%. Definitely lacks any kind of bite or alcohol taste. Nice (artificial) hazelnut coffee taste. It’s not too sweet, like the hazelnut is in Rogue’s brown. Sort of sweet, but a little bitter in there, too, and a bit of noticeable hop. Light chocolate. Had the bomber all to myself while playing Settlers of Catan with friends, and it held my interest all the way through. Nice to sip on during the long-term. My friend Greg tasted a bit, he had this to say: "I mean, it’s good beer. It’s enjoyable, but all I really taste is that roast. And maybe a little bitter after it. I do like the hazelnut, though. It’s refreshing"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle from Craft Ale House. Pours hazy medium brown with off-khaki head. Nose is heavy coffee, hazelnut, hops, malt. Tasted complex, dense on the palate, with big coffee, hazelnut, malt, and hops. This beer was very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2051) - Petaluma, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle on the RBSG 2012 bus. Pours hazy mahogany with a small tan head. I didn’t know that this was made with hazelnut coffee but the first thing I noticed was how hazelnutty it was. Combine that with fresh-tasting coffee notes, caramel and sweet peanut butter, and you’ve got a pretty solid brown ale. Could be cloying if you wanted to down the whole bottle, but in tasting size it works very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle thanks to my mom! Pours a clear amber with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a strong earthy coffee note with a nice note of hazelnut with a bit of dark sweet grains. Flavor has a strong coffee note up front with a nice note of hazelnut and a hint of sweet dark grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (2586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2012
deep brown with one finger head. lots going on -- coffee and lots of malt and of course hazelnut. everything meshes extremely well. alcohol masked very well.

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