hopdog (12544) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2017 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.
750ml bottle. Poured a cloudy deep amber near brown and a small sized off white head. Hazelnuts dominate the aromas. Caramel, some vanilla, lighter coffee, and lighter hazelnuts (compared to the aromas) in the tastes. Alengrin (5369) - BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2016 At B.U.M.B. in Antwerp, shared with 77ships, MarcoDL and Craftmember. Strong ’brown’ ale with hazelnut coffee added, which seems about just the right ingredient to complement the natural flavors of the style. Snow white, moussy head lacing in little dots, slowly dissolving; warm amber colour with orangey hue, notably lighter than ordinary brown ale - more a (very strong) amber ale, in fact. Intense, sweetly perfumed bouquet of biscuit, candied orange, ’stroopwafel’, amaretto, hazelnut oil, honey, white chocolate, pancakes, cinnamon, vanilla, rum. Sweet, candied onset, marmelade and candied banana, some redcurrant sourishness for balance underneath, not cloying, medium carbo, the striking ’stroopwafel’ effect returning in the mouth over a caramelly, honeyish, biscuity malt middle, retronasal impressions of coffee with cinnamon, a beautiful sweet spiciness, paired with a spicy hop touch; the sugary sweetness sticks a bit in the end along with a warming alcohol note. Absolutely delicious, decadent yet refined dessert beer. MarcoDL (4936) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2016
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of hazelnut, mocha and cream. Rich taste of hazelnut, creamy mocha, malt and caramel. Delicious beer. 77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2016
Bomber sampled @ HopisHop B.U.M.B. 2016. Dark amber, little tanned head. Nose is out of this world, amazing hazelnut to the max & stroopwafels, sugar, hazelnut, brown sugar, pancakes, so good. Taste is very nice, not as spectacular as the smell, still caramel malt, sugar, warming, lower hazelnut, some pancakes. Caramel, sugar & toffee body, bit thin, very nice brew. Fresh this must have been out of this world. Mark_Eck (1949) - - AUG 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown. Aroma and taste are hazelnut, coffee, brown sugar, and some caramel.
koleminer20 (3597) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2016
Rating #1,800. 750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. This is the second time I’ve had this beer. Finally rating. The pour is a darker brown color with a bit of garnet shining through. It’s not completely foggy, so there is a little clarity through it, which I’m not too fond of. There is an excellent thick khaki colored film all up and down the lace with a film of head. The aroma is all hazelnut. Damn did this hold up well. It’s got a nice coffee presence as well. There is a nice sweet malt and a light chocolate behind all of that that really bring it together. The flavor is really good. There is a huge nuttiness up front that makes its way through a sweet milk chocolate and light caramel malt before the coffee kicks in. It’s just layered, complex, and delicious! The coffee and hazelnut really take it through to the finish. It’s excellent. The mouth feel is thicker and heavy with a beautiful soft velvety carbonation and a lingeringly nutty, coffee and chocolate infused aftertaste. This is a fantastic beer. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
[My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a dark amber-brown with a small semi-lasting bubbly off-white head. Nice aroma with lots of hazelnuts, some coffee, caramel malt and some light hops. Nutty and malty flavour with a decent amount of hops. Medium bodied. I really liked this. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
[7944-20151120] 500mL bottle. Sugary sweet coffee taffy caramel aroma. Hazy, dark mahogany red body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Coffee taffy sweet grains flavour. Medium-full body. Sweet and tasty. (8/3+/8/4/16) 3.9
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
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2015-11-20. Dark mahogany brown body, small beige head. 3+ Aroma is lovely up front, earthy nutty hazelnut, coffee roast follows, to its detriment for me. Flavour is similar, sweet nutty hazelnut, hints of caramel, roast follows, less prominently than in the aroma. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Decent. 7/4/7/3/14-15 Bottle shared by Blankboy. Dr_Fellini (1020) - 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.