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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (3763) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
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 FRANÇAIS 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jamesthebrit (416) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1974) - Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle shared by a good friend. Hazy light brownish reddish amber. Fair off-white wispy creamy head. Bigger end of light body. Everything about this is Frangelico, the hazelnut liqueur; Both aroma and flavor; Strikingly so. Hazelnut. Coffee. Sweet caramel. Lighter roastiness. Pretty sweet but not overly. Mild bitterness. Alcohol perfectly hidden. Sticky. Some age has probably mellowed this in a beneficial way I think. Beers on this sort usually comes across sloppy or heavy handed or off or unpleasant in some way and this is handled perfectly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
Wow. This beer. Dark, burnt orange in color with a halfly opaque body, this beer really drags you down into its power once it hits your nose. The aroma reminds me of something burned, a touch of peppers (which I’m sure isn’t actually there), light coffee, and a heavy, protein-thick nut sweetness. I’d drink this beer with my nose if there was no danger of drowning. The flavor is a replica of the aroma, but some of the roasted flavors come out more. It’s like a complex, peaty old ale with a touch of fruit, mixed with an English nut brown ale. I love the level of alcohol, in comparison, to the bold flavors in this. It’s unique, powerful, but sessionable enough that I could chug this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2608) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle gift from my cousin Joca bought in Brooklyn about three years ago. Dark brown with ring. Strong hazelnut aroma with coffee and chocolate. Nutty hazelnut chocolate nutella medium bitter coffee roasted finish with lingering hazelnut coffee . Medium full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (4232) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle from long lost bottle shop. Pours brown with little carbonation but then about a half inch of khaki foam formed. Doesn’t leave much if any lacing. Once the beer warmed up it gives off a nice coffee vibe on the nose. I get some nuttiness along with the coffee. Finishes clean. Easy drinker hides its booze well. Fairly nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2813) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2014
thin tan head wit fair retention and a nice little lace. Fairly clear, amber/brown hued brew. Nose of light hazel nut but some interesting peanut/peanut butter aromas also, bit musty but neat. Body is middlin, bit chewy and creamy too. Soft carbonation, coating on the tongue. Chocolate and roast flavors, nutty notes, some cocoa and faint hazel nut and coffee notes. Lightly sweet finish, lil chalky, roasty and malty. Bottle from trycyclist in a trade a ways back. Thanks Matthew!

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