RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
On tap: pour is slightly.murky dark.Brown/amber with a modest fine bubbled off white head in this glass. The nose is the highlight for me here, I think. Hazelnut coffee for sure, I would have said heavy on the nutty/coffee notes without reading hazelnut on the description. Some brown sugar and caramel comes through as well. The flavor profile has an initial coffee nutty note, with some more caramel, toffee, Brown sugar elements. It pours a little.thin, and.the mouthfeel has that feeling as well. There is a light bitterness near the finish as well. Nice brew, for sure, but not a mind.blower

jimgraz (11) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Not every beer is for every person and not every beer is for every situation. Luckily, this beer was for me and I drank it in the right situation. Split a 750 ml bottle with a friend served in goblets after dinner. That’s right, we used a beer as an after-dinner drink and boy was it a winner. It pours a deep brown with a thin (quarter inch or so) caramel-colored head that does not linger and leaves only moderate lacing. The first thing that hits you is the nose. Beautiful coffee and mocha . My friend and I spent a good couple of minutes just taking in the bouquet. One of the best I ever have experienced from a beer. The taste. A very nice marriage of hops and hazelnut coffee, giving a mellow bitterness that ends with a touch of sweetness. Very up-front with the coffee, fading into a mocha-sweet finish. Again, this is not for people who like heavy malt or heavy hop beers, but is wonderful for its intended purpose (a nice, sipping beer, not a beer you would drink 6-7 of in a night). It did have a bit of a thin body, which may be from adding the coffee, but that really did nothing to take away from my enjoyment. Overall, a great experience. There was no disappointment in this beer.

JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Aledude at his birthday. Clear brown color with a thin beige head. Malty and caramelly nose with plenty of hazelnut and coffee. Malty and hazelnutty flavor with caramel, vanilla and coffee accents. Pretty solid, but the brown ale aspect almost clashed with the hazelnut coffee. I prefer the Frangelic Stout.

Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Growler from the piggly wiggly, lol seriously, anyways it pours a deep ruby red, clear, off white head and nice lacing. Aroma is Pretty full and complex with coffee and chocolate hazelnut very roasty. Flavor is just like aroma would suggest very full body and mouthfeel it’s strong hazelnut coffee with good dark malt roastiness. gets sweet towards the end of the glass and has some alcohol warmth. Overall i like this beer and what they have done with chocolate and coffee with balance.

MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bomber bottle compliments of my neighbor Bob. Immediate and overpowering aromas of a coffee shop carry through to the bean like taste throughout. This is my new favorite for browns.

BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2012
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Dark brown in color, with a thin head. Nice Dark malt and light hops mix. Big alcohol aroma and finish. Very tasty Big beer.

BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2012
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, with hazelnut coffee, thx to Secret Santa!, complex brew, malty/roasted and slightly sweet, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew, yet expensive!

jtclockwork (16603) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown with light off white ring of a head. Nose/taste of hazelnut, coffee, toasted malt and light caramel toffee. Medium body. Finishes slightly roasted hazlenut coffee. smooth.

arkurzynski (2427) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a murky red-brown color with minimal off-white head. Amazing aroma of sweetened hazelnut coffee, vanilla cream wafer cookies, and brown sugar. Flavor starts with sweet hazelnut syrup, vanilla, and brown sugar and gives way to crisp, acidic coffee and toasted/mild roasted malt. Acidic finish with some sticky sweetness. Ultra smooth with no alcohol coming through. A little sweet, but a great dessert-like beer.

574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a sultry brown with a thinner khaki head that when swished produces a finger or so of larger bubbles. Nose is as advertised: plenty of hazelnut coffee notes, bringing back memories of an old downtown coffee shop that I used to sip on hazelnut coffees at in high school. The taste is somewhat sweet, quite bitter, and neither seems to compliment the other. Palate is slick, rather thin, with a lingering metallic nuttiness. I was really hoping for a richer body, maybe more sweetness. The aromatics are great, but as i continued to drink they started to grate on me. I was disappointed. My suggestion is to find plenty of people to share this one with, as in small doses it’s not so bad and kind of clever.

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