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RATINGS: 380   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3429) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 Bottle, pours a dark amber plum shade, small to medium head, didn’t last that long, light sporadic lacing. Aromas of milk chocolate, hazelnut coffee, vanilla, and coconut. Taste is much of the same with cinnamon, roasted grain and a nice vanilla malt finish. A little hoppy with bitter coffee, but still refreshinroag for 9%. Light to medium bodied. Tasty but slightly too sweet. Rating score increased after having on tap at teresas. Fuller bodied, richer cocoa and coffee flavors. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle... Poured hazy brown with a thin head. Nose of hazelnut and simple syrup. This was super sweet. Reminded me of Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut coffee light and sweet. Pretty much one-dimensional in the hazelnut realm. A great dessert beer and for anyone who enjoys sweets. Roasted grains and coffee tone and hazelnut all the way to the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Murky brown pour with a tight off white head. Huge, booming aroma full of sweet cream and hazelnut coffee, light vanilla and cocoa. Loved it so far. Flavors were similar, lots of sweet hazelnut, coffee, light bitterness throughout and a caramel/vanilla presence. The mouthfeel and texture were overall thin and unimpressive. Given the ABV I expected more in this area. I’m guessing they dried it out due to the sweetness of the hazelnut coffee, makes sense. This finished bittersweet and dry with a decent boozy presence. Nailed the aroma, lacked somewhat thereafter. Very drinkable nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
The pour is a hazy dark amber color with a khaki head. Nose is full of toasted nuts, sweet hazelnut, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Sweet but still plenty of coffee to balance it out. Sweet on the palate as well. Hazelnuts, chocolate, and coffee dominate, but there is a nice caramel sweetness, some toasted malt, and a touch of vanilla. Nice and creamy on the palate as well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1272) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 Bottle, this ale had a clear (it got a little hazy as poured towards the bottom of the bottle) ruby pour with dark brown at the top and sides of the glass, there was a one finger head of off-white bubbles that receded to a sparse cover and ring, the effervescence was mild in the glass, this beer left small spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, I found a wide ring of light colored brown sediment on the bottom of the bottle, this ale had big aromas of sweet chocolate and hazelnut, roasted malt, and faint caramel with generous sweetness on the nose, it had flavors of hazelnut, roasted malt, and hints of caramel and chocolate, the finish had a syrup like sweetness to it with roasted malt folowing, the mouth feel was medium and felt creamy with a touch of a syrupy feel on the palate, and average carbonation, it had a good nose, the flavors were ok, a nice blend of beer and hazelnut coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patrickctenchi (4070) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Pours cloudy, tea brown with a tall tan head. Scent is clean wood, dry nuts, coffee. Taste is immensely hazelnut....it generates a sweetness on top of the coffee. Exceptionally creamy. I’d like to have one of these in front of the fireplace this winter....in fact, I’m going to reserve a few bottles at the Cork, right now. A truly excellent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy -amber brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, coconut, rum, and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, coconut, nuts, and coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
750Ml botle. Med brown pour into a tulip. Usually a style I shy away from, but this one is really good. Very flavorful, strong coffee without much bitterness and a ton of sweetness from the hazelnuts. If you don’t mind sweetness you should enjoy this. Quite refershing and very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle from Rick’s. Served in a Founders tulip. Nose is incredible. Hazelnut and a bit of coffee. Very smooth. Flavor scales it back a bit, but could use more body. Quite tasty

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2012
(750ml bottle) clear medium brown, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of absolutely rich hazelnut coffee, cream, bits of cream, macadamia nuts. Taste of hazelnut, rich cream, fairly fresh coffee,mild acidity, liking it.


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