mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Frangelic pours a slightly off colored brown that becomes a deeply rich mahogany color when held to the light. A light beige one and a half finger head is comprised of large, soapy bubbles and take a small time disappearing. It’s a deep looking brown ale but it’s nothing to write home about.
Artificial hazelnut and malt are the first two things I get on the nose. Not too artificial smelling but definitely there. There’s a slight alcohol on the background but it’s very hidden. Hazelnut, coffee, malt, caramel and alcohol are about all I get from this beer. It’s smells very sweet and slightly one dimensional, but not in a bad way. The nut scent stands out here and I’m sure that’s what Founders was shooting for.
Hazelnut flavored coffee up front. What can I say? The malt follows and is very nutty and sweet. Lots of caramel flavors under coffee. The malt backbone here really reminds me of Fat Tire for some reason...
Very sweet and I see why some don’t like it. I enjoy the sweetness though but I don’t know about dropping $13 a bottle for this more than once.
Overall a medium thickness in the mouth. Thinner than a stout but thicker than the usual brown ale.
Overall, a great brown ale with an interesting showcase ingredient. I fail to find the "nasty" artificiality that some are getting and I find that the artificial hazelnut note works out well within the whole beer. The price and availability are the only limiting factors. While I’m delighted to have had a bottle, it’s not something I’ll chase down.
bnokk (72) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
APPEARANCE – nice brown color with limited head.
NOSE - Strong hazelnut.
FLAVOR – malt backbone with fairly strong hazelnut flavors.
NOTES – interesting combination of flavors. Only second hazelnut flavored beer I’ve tried, and it’s pretty solid.
shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loads of hazelnut and vanilla in the aroma. Brown color. Good balanced flavor of hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla. Very nutty in finish. Alcohol starts to catch up with you quickly. Good overall, but not my thing anymore...
Bacterial (1725) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown pour with a slight off white head. Really nice nose, coffee and hazelnut. Nice taste but some chemical astringency along with the coffee finish.
Darkmagus82 (1828) - - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-8-14-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours murky brown color with a one finger head of cream foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel and coffee smell with some hints of a chocolate mixed within. Along with these aromas are some smells of hazelnut as well as a little bit of a more earthy hop aroma. A little bit of toffee and a touch of breadiness are there as well, with the overall aroma, being a somewhat weak, oddly mixed, and not quite balanced smell.
Taste – A rather strong hazelnut coffee flavor is present right from the start, remaining constant throughout the taste and creating a base for the flavors of the brew. There is also a very sweet caramel and chocolate flavor at the start. As the taste advances the sweetness persists, only with it transitioning, as a bit of the caramel moves toward a more a toffee and molasses like flavor and with the chocolate gaining some flavors of vanilla enhancing the sweetness. Toward the very end some light earthy and floral hop flavors, as well as a light level of booziness comes to the tongue leaving a sweet, lightly boozy, hazelnut coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are quite nice for the style as they really meld well the hazelnut coffee and sweeter flavors of the brew nicer and make for a decently easy drinker.
Overall – A nice imperial porter that isn’t trying to mimic a stout and take tons of roast, but instead melds well chocolate flavors with a nice hazelnut coffee flavor to create a very pleasant smooth sipper with a good level of coffee, chocolate, and sweet.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Trade from grummet - this strong brown manages a thick but drinkable 9% while still giving off the appearance of a nice normal but brown, with mahogany highlights. The aroma is killer - complex & enjoyable...subtle roasted malts, coffee, and a fresh hazelnut smell that I absolutely loved. The feel was almost equally as awesome, full and thick, though covering the abv expertly while also being sweet but not cloying. If there is a fault in this beer, it’s that the flavor falls short of the aroma. While nothing was subtle in the nose, it was balanced and natural. The flavor, while delicious, was in your face hazelnut flavored coffee... Still a beer I’d return to often if it were more easily available. Thanks for the trade Greg."
hotstuff (4283) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
John25 (694) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
demmbonz (591) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 750ml. Aroma of hazelnut coffee. Sweet artificial hazelnut flavor. A bit of coffee.
3sheets2wind (78) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.