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RATINGS: 384   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4570) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Thanks to the kind soul who shared this at the last Tampa crew tasting. Pours a hazy, misty brown with an off-white head. Nose is hazelnuts, cocoa, chocolate, light coffee or cafe con leche, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor is similarly deep: nuts, light malt, cocoa, cafe con leche, vanilla, and more vanilla/ wood, with some maple. Lovable, relatively light-bodied brown with lots of sweetness. I could drink this all the time if it wasn’t 9%.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3681) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (4599) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Hazelnut, coffee, roasted aromas. Coffee, vanilla, hazelnut and sweet malt flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4185) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2015
Pours clear brown , no real head . Smell is coockies , ’speculaas’ . Taste is speculaas , coockies , very nice , bit sweet, malty .

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnokk (73) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2014
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...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1829) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - OCT 18, 2014
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"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."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4353) - 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.


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