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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Great lacing.

S: A very strong coffee aroma with a nutty quality as well.

T: Tasted of hazelnuts, coffee, a bit of malt and a light amount of hops. Incredibly smooth and sweet tastin beer that's surprisingly balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of of the better, more complex brown ales. Very drinkable.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.

reviewed from notes taken 10/6/12.

brown bodied beer with 2 fingers of light to medium brown head. Lacing is a little thicker than spotty.

Smell: This beer smells just like nutella, peanut butter and coffee. It really smells great!

Taste: This is a moderately sweet and nutty imperial brown ale. Peanut butter, fresh roasty coffee, brown sugar, and heavy cream. Finishes with a little more coffee notes and kind of a lactose note.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth beer. ABV is well hidden.

Overall: have heard alot of people say that this beer tastes artifical, but i did not get that at all. I think that is a really tasty beer and Founders has done another great job with this backstage beer. Yeah it does not stack up to CBS, but its still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with copper highlights, moderate tan lacing, decent retention. Hazelnut right upfront on the nose, notes of clean, french pressed medium roast coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and cream round out the nose. Hazelnut hits the tongue first, big and strong but milds out until the medium roast coffee with light cocoa notes hits, some mor enutty qualities, vanilla and brown sugar join the mix. Full side of medium, creamy and smooth. Fantastic nose and flavor, maybe a bit too much for some to enjoy as I did.

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Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been sitting in the fridge for a while and what with Sandy fever nearly in full force, might as well crack it open before the power goes out.

Pours a dark brown with a small head into my glass. How else could one describe it? It's brewed with hazelnut coffee so you could also note a coffee hue. 9%? Sounds like an absolute monster.

Smells like one too. Hazelnut, roasted coffee, brown sugar, molasses. All combine with a touch of alcohol warmth in the nose to form the perfect beer for a cold winter day. It's fall and not that cold out but you get the drift?

The flavors are amazing with a strong dose of hazelnut upfront that slams into the taste buds, followed by chocolate, molasses and strong coffee. Ironically, it's mellow enough to where I forget about the alcohol for a minute or two.

Of course, the alcohol creeps up at the back of the mouth, nearly stinging my throat in the process. It must have been a lot more hot when I first bought it a month or three back. Just a touch of hazelnut coffee remains.

Again, this would make the perfect sipper for a cold winter day. With Sandy nearly in our throes, I wonder if she'll bring some snow? I'll certainly regret not saving this beer for such an occasion. Well worth what I paid for it.

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Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red brown pint glass pour with a light tan head. Head is about two fingers in size and retains decently. Nice bubbly ring and several lace spots but not many.

S- Hazlenut flavor BOOM. Hazlenut and coffee just fills the nostrils entirely without remorse. Smells tasty but it seems a bit over the top. Tiny bit of dark fruit with warming.

T- Coffee, grounds and Hazlenut machine. One could probably mistake this for a morning beverage. Brown Ale elements include slight nutty malts, caramel and dark fruits.

MF- Moderately thick body that is neither creamy or watery, right in the middle and somewhat silky. Carbonation is lower but adequate to support the flavors.

Not much to say about it besides the Hazlenut explosion. Coffee bomb to say the least.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared by jdiddy. Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a loose head that dissipates into a soapy skim with clustered dollops. Nose expresses a huge hazelnut and coffee presence. Taste follows nose; however, there is a distinct artificial sweetener character with a slightly bitter and lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a crisp, even carbonation. I can honestly say that 3-4 oz. was more than a sufficient pour. The artificial sweetener is just a bit too much in my opinion. If you plan on opening this, make sure you have some help.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.31.12.

A - Pours a light carmel brown with a fluffy tan head. Large bubbles with good retention.

S - Strong coffee and roasted malts.

T - Milk chocolate, strong coffee, cream, and hazelnuts.

D - Good carbonation with slightly heavier finish from a medium body.

O - Creamy, coffee, and smooth.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Duckworths. Surprisingly light hazy reddish brown pour. Frothy Off white head, laces the glass pretty nicely.

Aroma, toasted malt, molasses and mostly hazelnut.

Taste, a little more balanced, but mostly works around the hazelnut creamer. Lighter toasted malt, vanilla, some chocolates. Coffee faintly present in the finish.

Solidly medium body. Carbonation is just a bit too active for this to be creamy. Still coats pretty well though.

Say what you want about this, you aren't going to do that much better for a dessert brown ale. Went great after some Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my lovely & talented wife for driving out to pick up a bottle of this brew while I was slaving away in the salt mines of Minneapolis. All she had to hear was "hazelnut-coffee" & I believe she was in her car moments later. Speeding. Well, she always speeds, so...the beer. 750 ML bottle split with my wife.

Pours brown with reddishness. Nose is pulsing with hazelnut - nadda else. Smells exactly like my wife's morning cofee. You know, 70% hazelnut creamer, 30% coffee. It's actually more white than anything else.

Frangelic Mountain Brown cloys up my cloy senses. The hazelnut has a fake accent that I can't get past; it doesn't quite hit medicinal or cough syrup, but it tastes like it was conceived by two machines with no regard for nature. And it seems to clash with the coffee, I just don't like the tastes together. The end result, with the big malts, is sickly sweeet. And I love sweet.

The result is a big beer that's a jumble of clashing flavors, none of which are terribly appealing. I could drink this, but it's mediocre by a very long short cut.

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Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, brown color with a inch of tan head/foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

Aromas are crazy intense and strong of hazelnut, coffee, caramel and toffee. Smells super sweet, no hops, no alcohol, little malt just super hazelnut flavoring and lesser coffee.

The tastes follow the nose but are much less intense and actually kind of a letdown. The hazelnut flavor is once again the dominant flavor with complementary sweet caramel notes. Mild coffee-like bitterness into the finish emerge more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish was mostly sweet on the sweet side; a little lackluster here.

Overall it was a nice beer but a bit too sweet and one-noted flavor wise. Glad I split it with a friend because it would have been a bit cloying to attempt to finish the whole bottle solo. After a while all that hazelnut sweetness was simply too much. Not bad just a bit sweet and needs a bit ot tweaking if it is ever going to be re-brewed.

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Photo of champ103
2.41/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brown color. At first a two finger bubbly beige head forms, but recedes in a second to a thin ring. Not much lace to speak of either.
S: Harsh and abrasive in the nose. Every time I take a whiff, I have to pull back. That fake hazelnut coffee creamer is just so ridiculously apparent, and nothing else really come through. Not very enjoyable.
T: Initially some sweet toasted and caramel malts, though that fades in a second to that fake/artificial hazelnut creamer. One of the most artificial tasting beers I have had. Solvent like alcohol in the back end of the throat as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Surprisingly high carbonation. Almost prickly on the tongue. Solvent like alcohol and very artificial tasting. I am probably not finishing this.

What a disappointment. There is no way to get past the coffee mate/artificial creamer taste. Not something I care to have again.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear ruby brown, two finger head, not much carbonation.

S-Lots of coffee (almost overbearing, but not there) some caramel as well.

T-Smooth coffee flavor, well balanced with nuts and caramel rounding out, great balance with good bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, creamy with some carbonation.

O-A wonderful beer, first of the Founders Backstage series I've tried, Founders know what they are doing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CaptCleveland for this one...

A: Pours a deep brown that shows red hues when held up to the light. There is about one full finger of frothy khaki colored head. The foam fades fairly quickly, and there is almost no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet and stinging. It smells like jalapenos, caramel, coffee, toffee, and milk sugar. It's all over the place.

T: This beer is sweet to start with a nice caramel note. There is a bit of brown sugar as well. The beer gets hot and a bit bitter in the middle, with a mix of jalapenos and espresso. The finish is back to sweet with what I pick up as milk sugar.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet to start, hot and bitter in the middle, and finishes sweet and coating.

O: Decent beer, but it's not at all what I expected. I get almost no hazelnut, and a bunch of jalapenos even though this beer isn't brewed with them. I don't know. It's not bad, but it's not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of hazelnut, but like Founders, so I thought I'd give this a try. In a pint glass the beer was a medium brown color with a tan head. There was a little bit of lace

Hazelnut aroma. Coffee with cream. A little bit of caramel.

The hazelnut was even more on display in the taste. Still there was the coffee with cream and the caramel.

I thought the flavors worked well together, and actually enjoyed the beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Firestone Walker tasting glass.

A: Clear chestnut. Light head. Gorgeous.

S: Oh my goodness, it smells amazing. Rich coffee, hint of nuttiness, but so much coffee. Hint of dry bitterness. (Reminiscent of Wild Heaven Ode To Mercy.)

T/M/O: Rich, sweet, and Frangelico-y. Hazelnut liquer. Strong and chocolatey. The coffee is still present. This is incredible. It may be slightly faded, but still hugely flavorful. The finish is dry and nutty and lingering and reminiscent of almonds and coffee grounds. Hint of watery softness belied by the surprising 9% ABV. Drinkable and pleasant. Highly recommended. I'm really happy to have had an opportunity to sample this.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/2, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally earlier today. enjoyed from my cbs snifter.

a - brew poured a crimson brown that when held to the light really ignited with the reddish highlights. A generous pour yielded two fingers plus of frothy cream colored head. as the foamy creamy head vanished, big bold streaks of lacing were left in the wake staining the glass with foam. rather attractive for a brown

s - WOW! that smells AWESOME! fresh hazelnut coffee. if you ever wondered what was missing from your brown ale, it is fresh hazelnut coffee. some of the brown ale malts are hiding in the background, but this is a beer you'd get at a gourmet coffee shop. smells divine!!!

t - taste is HUGE. this is hazelnuts baby! once i get over the coffee shock, i can pick out the brown ale flavors which are nice, but kind of typical. this one is all about the hazelnut coffee mix. it is a rather tasty beer...but if you aren't a fan of hazelnut coffee, head for zee hills as this will be a nightmare for you.

m - mouth is big and bold in rich flavors, but at the same time a bit watery in feel. i'd expect (and hopef for) a bit more creaminess to the body, but still good. the booziness is well hidden and only shows itself in the tingle in my mouth.

o - overall, in a word...INTENSE. in another word...HAZELNUT. sort of a one-trick pony, but VERY unique and different. the meld works, but perhaps i'm drinking this a bit too fresh if possible. i imagine that this will really come into it's own when the coffee dies down a bit, that being said, it is pretty bada$$ fresh, just intense.


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Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours a deep brown color with a one finger off white head, looks pretty creamy. Aroma is a massive punch of hazelnut coffee, sweet, with some earthiness. Flavor follows suit, with a lightly creamy mouthfeel, big hazelnuts, and lots of easy drinking coffee. If I closed my eyes and sipped this I would think you gave me some iced coffee from Panera or something. Body is medium, with plenty of carbonation. Beautiful lingering hazelnut on the palate. I thought this was excellent.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter.
9% ABV, no date.

A - Light mocha colored specks dot the snifter above the thin skim of foam which used to tower over the beer. It's hard to see, but Frangelic Mountain Brown is actually clear through it's deep brown mahogany color. Very appealing!

S - As aromatic as a barrista-poured specialty drink, this beer must partially derive it's name from Frangelico, the original hazelnut liqueur because it's pungent with it's scent! Mildly roasted coffee beans follow through with a nice, freshly ground character that gives the brown ale a sense of sincerity. The toasted malt opens more with a nice swirl - forget about picking up hops here - beer or liqueur-like, Frangelic Mountain Brown smells damn good.

T - Frangelico continues in from the nose to really add quite a bit in flavor but, unlike the liqueur, this beer isn't loaded with sugary, creamer-like sweetness. Frangelic's coffee additions make sure of that and while they might not be of the richly roasted varieties, but there's certainly plenty to go around. The combination works wonders overlapping the toasted malt brown ale base where, once again, there are no hops to be found.

M - Frangelic Mountain Brown is an amalgam, coyly offering sweet hazelnut without coming across as creamer-like while balancing it, and the bold 9% alcohol level, with roasted coffee. It doesn't exactly reach a bitter level, but the beer is dry and finishes borderline cloying. Fall or winter would certainly be a good time to enjoy this medium-full bodied brown ale.

O - Pop some ice in a to-go coffee mug and pour this over the top - you might genuinely surprise someone! Seriously though, Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown is really one of the most unique beers I've ever experienced. Not only have I never had something with plenty of hazelnut, but I've never enjoyed a rich and full-flavor coffee experience in a beer such as this. It encompasses much while remaining rather straight forward; this isn't a deep beer - and for the alcohol level, it's damn drinkable too.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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, 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 and women at Founders are indeed mortals capable of making mistakes.

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Photo of jera1350
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi transparent amber brown color with a thick and sticky cap of tan foam. Lots of sticky lace.

Very aromatic. Coffee dominates followed by the hazelnut. Some cream and vanilla to go with the roastiness.

Lots of roasted coffee beans with hazelnut, fresh cream and vanilla bean. Nice moderate malt sweetness with a long roasted coffee bean flavor. Very tasty.

The feel is fine. Very smooth and creamy, but the body may be a tad light for a beer of it's size. Doesn't detract from the overall beer though in my opinion.

Awesome coffee centered beer here. Nice flavor depth in a non-Imperial Stout beer. Allows the coffee to come through more. Really thing this is a great fourth beer in this series. Like always, Founders lives up to their quality brews.

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Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours brown with a finger of off-white head that fades into a soapy layer with a little lacing:

S: lots of creamy chocolate and coffee up front with smooth vanilla and some nutty notes. The hazlenut is fairly subtle. Smells very good.

T: similar to the aroma, creamy chocolate, sweet hazlenut coffee, and vanilla are prominent. There are also some roasted nut flavors.

M: medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer could be a little creamier.

O: a surprisingly good beer overall. I didn't expect much, but thankfully the hazlenut wasn't too strong and the coffee flavors were quite good.

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Photo of papat444
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Body looks brown but has a dark red tint when held up. Good-sized head, bit of lacing and good retention.

Smell: Holy smokes this smells good! Like a fresh brewed hazelnut coffee, not too sweet, creamy, kind of dessert-like yet has a good coffee aroma. Some vanilla as well.

Taste: The first 5 seconds have a great hazelnut flavor but then it morphs into an artificial flavor, like a hazelnut coffee left out too long. Gleams of it are nice but overall it leaves a lot to be desired.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, easy to drink but the body is sometimes good and sometimes thin. Has a chewy feel to it.

Overall: I love hazelnut coffee, i'm one of the rare BAs that loves brown ales and i really wanted to enjoy it but it was less than tolerable. At the price i paid, i expect more than tolerable. A good idea that didn't translate well.

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Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear mahogany with one and a half fingers of creamy, persistent tan head. Leaves small spots of lacing throughout.

S - Huge hazelnut coffee nose. Really don't get much else, but it smells delicious. Maybe just a hint of alcohol and brown sugar.

T - Taste has more elements than the smell, and is more clearly a brown ale, though hazelnut coffee still dominates. More roasted malt with a bit of char, some slightly sweet and bready malts. More complex, but not quite as enjoyable as the smell.

M - After it warms up a bit, the mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it, along with some bitter roastiness.

O - This is a very tasty imperial brown ale. Being part of the Founders Backstage series may raise some expectations that this doesn't quite live up to, but still a good and interesting beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Cuzco pours a nice, clear red color with a sticky beige head. Very nice retention.

Tons of hazelnuts on the aroma with assertive coffee and some dark malts give it a magnificent sweet smell.

Crazy to have a brown ale with this much coffee flavor. Awesome flavor; really smooth and tastes like it has cream of hazelnuts in it (if there were such a thing). Lots going on in here and it all flows together very well. Coffee is smooth and never gets tannic. I love this beer! Thanks a ton, Nate

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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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