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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (976) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium to deep brown color with a light tan head. Aroma still has a massive hazelnut presence, despite its age. Toasted malts, light coffee, hazelnuts. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cosmo6644 (101) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle share, aroma of nuts and roasted malts, pretty good, but old bottle and flavors have aged well, a little thin now, hopefully they make some again like cbs ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (4569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Brown light pour with white head. 22oz pour at Lakehouse. Nutty. Cocoa and coffee notes but nuts control this puppy. Maple and honey notes. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (1156) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2015
MrOrla meets Shaun Hill. Pours Brown reddish. Aroma and taste of Hazelnuts, Hazelnuts, Coffe, nuetella is the word, very well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle @ Mr.Orla meets Shaun Hill, Odense. Pre C4 Pale Ale Festival, 2015. Pours Amber with a bubbly head. Nutella and toast. Hazels. Coffee for sure. Lovely. Smooth and sippable. Warming. Thanks to SfhOdense!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
C4PAF pre-tasting. Copper with a small off-white head. Sweet nutty flavour with caramel and hard roasted coffee. Sweet nutty flavour with caramel and coffee. Very unique. A dessert sipper...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (1652) - New York, TURKEY - APR 21, 2015
Draught @ The Ginger Man. Dark opaque brown with small foamy tan head, hazelnut coffee aroma, medium carbonation, amazing hazelnut coffee taste, alcohol undertones, medium bitter finish. This is a great brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle at James’ for a tasting with Ferris and Kraddel. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Nutty with a bit of black pepper, a touch of wood. Musk and nuts. Lingering toast and hazelnuts. Tasty enough, but a bit sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4269) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours opaque mahogany with a thin light tan head. Roast malt aroma has a peppery overtone. Flavor has malty, caramel, nutty and spicy notes, the latter mostly cinnamon and pepper; thankfully, the pepper is not as strong as in the aroma. Where’s the coffee? Texture is firm and smooth, if not too fizzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6600) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with small beige head. The aroma is chocolate and graham cracker. Thin mouth with light chocolate, hazelnuts, light dry finish, very good.

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