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RATINGS: 375   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
750mL bottle poured into both a tumbler pint glass and a beer mug; split between two drinkers. A: Pours a dark burnt sienna color with some chill haze present. The head is a one finger cream color with okay retention. Nice streaks of lace are left on the glass. S: Smells like a DIPA...no, wait, I lied, it really smells like Frangelico. Milk chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee; it’s really Nutella-esque at times. Not very beer-y, but still very enticing. Given what Founders intended to accomplish with this, I’ll say they succeeded with flying colors. T: Sadly a far cry from the aroma. Initially, the flavor is surprisingly fruity, with some notes of darker fruit. The hazelnut coffee gradually builds to the finish; then the aftertaste takes over, which has a strange, chemical note to it. I was worried about the flavors being somewhat artificial, and indeed, the aspartame quality about it really ruins it. Take out the terrible aftertaste, and it’s actually pretty good - I like the milk chocolate this presents midpalate in particular. This is something I prefer to swirl around in my mouth, and swallow with hesitance, partly due to the great mouthfeel, but mostly due to the artificial aftertaste. To its credit, it improves as it warms somewhat. M: VERY creamy smooth, to the point of being delicate, with a moderate texture. The finish is rather wet, allowing the flavors to linger - which is bad news in this case. Still, I have no complaints at all in terms of the general feel. Carbonated decently. O: I’ll give it benefit of the doubt and say this would appeal very well to non beer drinkers, especially Frangelico lovers. For me, this is a tale of one bad note completely spoiling the beer, which is a shame because everything else about it is quite good, even excellent at times. But that damn aftertaste - yeesh. It’s not bad enough to drainpour by any stretch, but holy crap, what a disappointment at $14 a bottle. Along with Curmudgeon, this beer proves that the men at Founders are indeed mortals capable of making mistakes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (494) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2014
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demmbonz (528) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Shared 750ml. Aroma of hazelnut coffee. Sweet artificial hazelnut flavor. A bit of coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3sheets2wind (77) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (2985) - 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 (310) - 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 (2602) - 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 (4128) - 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 (264) - 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.

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