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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
halfonit (1368) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pours a dark brown, near black color. Aroma is of big time sweeter hazelnuts, some malts and anise, and finally a nice roastiness. Full bodied. Flavor has a little less hazelnut and more of a roasty toasty front. There’s some malts, chocolate, and molasses. Leaves a roasted hazelnut finish.

3.5
blackflag321 (689) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bomber pour into snifter. Really pungent roast coffee aroma. Hazelnut dominant in the taste. The brown ale taste comes on like an afterthought. I expected more from this pricey, limited availability brew.

3
tom10101 (6133) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
On tap at Rattle N’ Hum. Brown with a medium brown head and some lacing. Aroma is heavy coffee and hazelnut with slight notes of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste if heavy coffee and hazelnut... and that’s it. Mouthfeel is oily. Body is thin. This beer isn’t balanced at all. Overwhelming coffee and hazelnut and nothing else.

3.6
mcmisko (358) - New York, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours cloudy brown with almost no head. Smell like hazelnut coffee. Taste is balanced and smooth with coffee, roasted malts, and hazelnut that is not over done (thank goodness). Med bodied. Smooth med roasted after taste. Good stuff, must try if you can.

3.6
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into FFF tulip Appearance: Poured a dark brown with mahogony red along the edges when held up to the light with a one finger size head that is an off white. Head does not stay around long. Leaves a collar along the edge. Smell: Up first is the hazelnut with some coffee and molasses. Lots of cream notes like in a coffee creamer. Taste: All hazelnut up front with not a ton else going on. I do get a backbone of sweetness throughout. Hazelnut sticks around in the mouth from sip to sip. Mouthfeel: This brown ale is on the thin side but creamy at the same time. Do not detect any carbonation at all. Overall: This is a solid brown ale but very straight forward and one dimensional. As I continue to sip the hazelnut really becomes too much. Good thing I’m sharing this with a couple friends.

4.3
RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours not black, but a deep, dark brown with a very small off-white head that dissipated to a halo. Big, BIG hazelnut aromas that even overwhelm any coffee notes. But taste is all fresh roasted hazelnut coffee. Not too sweet (As the coffee itself often is) but it’s definitely there and in your face in the best way possible. Super smooth, creamy mouthfeel that leaves me feeling like I’ve just sipped a hazelnut latte. Dangerously drinkable for the elevated ABV, but I could drink this every morning with breakfast...you know, if i was into that sort of thing.

3.9
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Aroma- hazelnut, dark sugar, lactose, coffee beans Appearance- dank brown with a thin white head Taste- sweet cream, sugar, hazelnut coffee, roasted notes Palate- ok mouthfeel, slightly thin consistency Overall- Man this beer would have been fantastic with a slightly thicker consistency and mouthfeel. Very nice brew nevertheless.

4
jredmond (8325) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Draft at rattle with Brendan. Pours a hazy mahogany body with light brown lacing. Aroma is full, rich nuts, light earthiness, acorn - insane bouquet of nut. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with light carbonation and notes of nuts, hazelnut, light butter and a touch of vanilla spice. Awesome brown ale!

4.2
hivemind (916) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Tap @ RnH with James. Pours a dark brown with wishy-washy lacing. Aroma is insanely nutty and graham cracker-ish. Tons of the same on the palate with some chocolate milk powder notes. Very nutty, very cocoa, and a lot of cracker and sugar cane/molasses. Somehow slightly less than the sum of its parts, though.

4
johnnnniee (4343) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Pours a deep medium brown color with a smallish khaki head that doesn’t survive very long. Smells of hazelnuts in spades. Chocolate coffee and caramel round out the aroma quite nicely. the flavor is a solid chocolatey brown ale with a heavy dose of hazelnuts and a hint of coffee. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a silky velvety mouthfeel. Very nice brown ale with a ton of hazelnut flavor. Never seems like its 9% very simple but very tasty.


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