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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom ďone-offĒ beer: Foundersí 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 alesóand it likely wonít 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 breweryís first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9% ABV.


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4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
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. Itís a deep looking brown ale but itís 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. Thereís a slight alcohol on the background but itís very hidden. Hazelnut, coffee, malt, caramel and alcohol are about all I get from this beer. Itís smells very sweet and slightly one dimensional, but not in a bad way. The nut scent stands out here and Iím sure thatís 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 donít like it. I enjoy the sweetness though but I donít 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 Iím delighted to have had a bottle, itís not something Iíll chase down.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (1578) - Willowick, Ohio, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3161) - 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. Doesnít 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!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2400) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a medium size light brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of nutty liquor is quiet dominant with some overly sweet notes also identifiable. Tasted is dominated by the sweet fake nutty flavours with some overly sweet notes. Body is light with good carbonation. I didnít appreciate the nutty liquor flavours and thought the beer was too sweet for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdoyledesign (155) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Pours a nice nut brown ale color with a medium white head that lasts. Aroma is coffee, brown sugar, and malts. Taste is much the same. Roasted malts, followed by coffee and a nice brown sugar finish. Palate is much the same.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2154) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is intense earthy, nutty malts with some mild hop bitterness. Taste is intense nutty, malty base with some minor hop bitterness and coffee notes. Solid brown.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
A clear brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a sweet nut extract, hazelnuts, coffee oily, OK. In mouth, a sweet fruity malt with butterscotch, hazelnuts, oily mouth feel, mocha chocolate, not bad. Bottle from Boutip.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (938) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Solid brown with some ruby highlights, small off-white head. Aroma is hazelnut, coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, reasonable balance, smooth finish. Taste is coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, malt. Not bad but the taste doesn't quite deliver what the nose promises.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1167) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle: Mostly opaque, dark brown body with rusty copper overtones & mild ruby highlights. Appears to be under carbonated, as not much of a head appears at all, just a small, off-white collar. Aroma smells like hazelnut flavored ice coffee... Hints of cream, sugary lactose, & faint cocoa play under the strong hazelnut aroma. The taste is just the same - more of that iced coffee vibe loaded with hazelnut cream & lightly milky sweet undertones. Lingering cocoa powder finish with a coating hazelnut & bittersweet coffee bean essence. Body is a little thin & could use more carbonation, but it fits the flavors pretty well. I wasnít nearly as disappointed as many others seemed to be... But I also wasnít expecting so much. Plus, I love hazelnut, so I may be biased. Not worth the typical bomber price, but enjoyable for coffee/hazelnut lovers, no doubt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
750 ml bottle poured into a teku glass. Pours a hazed brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has sweet nutty notes with weak coffee coming through behind them. The taste has chocolate and hazelnut influence with some vanilla attributes as well. Bigger bodied with a low carbonation.


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