RATINGS: 397   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
750mL bottle poured into both a tumbler pint glass and a beer mug; split between two drinkers. A: Pours a dark burnt sienna color with some chill haze present. The head is a one finger cream color with okay retention. Nice streaks of lace are left on the glass. S: Smells like a DIPA...no, wait, I lied, it really smells like Frangelico. Milk chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee; it’s really Nutella-esque at times. Not very beer-y, but still very enticing. Given what Founders intended to accomplish with this, I’ll say they succeeded with flying colors. T: Sadly a far cry from the aroma. Initially, the flavor is surprisingly fruity, with some notes of darker fruit. The hazelnut coffee gradually builds to the finish; then the aftertaste takes over, which has a strange, chemical note to it. I was worried about the flavors being somewhat artificial, and indeed, the aspartame quality about it really ruins it. Take out the terrible aftertaste, and it’s actually pretty good - I like the milk chocolate this presents midpalate in particular. This is something I prefer to swirl around in my mouth, and swallow with hesitance, partly due to the great mouthfeel, but mostly due to the artificial aftertaste. To its credit, it improves as it warms somewhat. M: VERY creamy smooth, to the point of being delicate, with a moderate texture. The finish is rather wet, allowing the flavors to linger - which is bad news in this case. Still, I have no complaints at all in terms of the general feel. Carbonated decently. O: I’ll give it benefit of the doubt and say this would appeal very well to non beer drinkers, especially Frangelico lovers. For me, this is a tale of one bad note completely spoiling the beer, which is a shame because everything else about it is quite good, even excellent at times. But that damn aftertaste - yeesh. It’s not bad enough to drainpour by any stretch, but holy crap, what a disappointment at $14 a bottle. Along with Curmudgeon, this beer proves that the men at Founders are indeed mortals capable of making mistakes.

HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2017
November 20, 2015 - with blankboy, jercraigs and mabel - 750ml bottle. "and he doesn't like Jeff too????" - you had to be there. Clear ruby pour with a decent tan head (4-). Aroma is hazelnut and very light coffee, earthy spicy heat a bit too - almost like a pepper beer; not overly sweet (8-). Taste is sweeter - mostly hazelnut and mild acidic coffee - decent background earthy (not spicy) bitterness - a bit thin. Watery, lightly acidic, a bit stick, modest carbonation, medium coffee-bitter finish. Nice.

hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2017
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 (5639) - 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 (5306) - 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 (10810) - 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 (1998) - - AUG 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown. Aroma and taste are hazelnut, coffee, brown sugar, and some caramel.

koleminer20 (3840) - 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 (7788) - 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 (9245) - 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
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Churches: higher BPM ABBA."

jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
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.

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