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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bound4er
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Dark amber with crimson highlights and a light tan head of three fingers. Laces like the dickens.

S. Hazelnut, hints of hazelnut coffee creamer and not not much else w/o making stuff up.

T. Wow. Nothing special here. Hazelnut to start things off followed by some coffee-like bitterness that lingers and has a spritz-like quality to it.

M. Thin, almost watery with below average carbonation.

O. Glad I only purchased one bottle.

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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 Gosox8787
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle chilled and poured into a Kate the Great tulip. Picked this up and chilled since purchase.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown with a slight beige head that recedes into nothing rather quickly.

Aroma: Big hazelnut flavored coffee notes upfront. Rather sweet with low bitterness considering the high amount of coffee. Pretty one dimensional.

Taste: Lots of the hazlenut coffee is coming through strong. Definitely on the sweeter end with just a touch of bitterness at the end. Not quite cloying but close and still one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

Overall, an interesting brown ale with big hazlnet coffee flavors. The real downside of this beer is that it is one dimensional and borders on being cloyingly sweet. Not bad, but I doubt I would revisit for the price.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a medium size light brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of nutty liquor is quiet dominant with some overly sweet notes also identifiable. Tasted is dominated by the sweet fake nutty flavours with some overly sweet notes. Body is light with good carbonation. I didn’t appreciate the nutty liquor flavours and thought the beer was too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a clear chestnut-colored body capped with an off-white head. Bubbles are small and fine, and they vanish quickly into a thick collar around the edges.

S: Yeah, hazelnut coffee for sure -- it has that artificial flavoring sting that I don't really care for, but I knew going in that this would be a flavored coffee based beer, so I am not surprised. Mild caramel and some other nutty notes, likely from the base beer.

T: This has a pronounced maple-like sweetness, a modest presence of caramel, and toasted nuts. Hazelnut is noticeable but it somehow doesn't dominate; I'm wondering if that's because the beer is fading or because it was brewed in balance. But I like the interplay. Too bad it's fairly sweet, an effect enhanced by the artificial hazelnut flavor.

M: Great carbonation; this is soft and velvety on the palate. It works very well for the body, which is on the lighter side of medium. It hides the ABV pretty well except for a light burn in the finish.

O: Good, but not great. It's interesting as a novelty, but I definitely won't seek this out again.

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Photo of davey101
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Poured at around cellar temperature.

A - Dark brown body almost bordering on black when the glass is full. When the level is lower it allows a lot of light to penetrate. Small one finger high head with great lacing. Alcoholic legs after a swirl.

S - Initially its roasty coffee beans then a fantastic hazelnut sweetness sweeps over. Really one dimensional but smells a lot like liquid Nutella, which is not a bad thing at all.

T - Roasted malts, coffee beans, sweet and nutty hazelnuts then...ugh. Some sort of artificial sweetener aftertaste is going on here. Its similar to that twangy off flavor you get in drinks sweetened with sucralose, only much more subtle. Surprisingly no bitterness from the roasted malts or the coffee. Mouth feel is light and highly carbonated, pretty average for a brown ale. Alcohol is really well hidden here, too bad the flavor hiding it's presence is the fake sweetness.

O - I love Founders. I thought Blushing Monk and CBH were excellent beers for their respected styles and did well in the backstage series. This beer was a huge letdown for me though. Smells fantastic and the initial taste is actually really great, its just this lingering artificial aftertaste that is killing it for me. I'll have no problem killing this bottle by myself, but its just a very average beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Etan
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

FMB goes into a tulip. Split with the girlfriend.

A: Pours a pleasant mahogany with a nice dark beige head.

S: Thick hazelnut coffee and not much else.

T: Bitter hazelnut coffee, some dark fruits on the end.

M: Thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty thin-tasting and boring.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a relatively clear chestnut brown, large white bubbles at the edge and tiny white dusting in the middle of the glass.

S: Aroma of hazelnut coffee, a light malt presence and some sweetness. Not much else going on in here.

T: Well to say the least, it is a brown ale with hazelnut coffee. To dig deeper into that , it is an underwhelming brown ale, slightly watery, not much body with nearly no hop presence. Compared to some of my favorite brown ales, this is way short. There is minimal hopping, no body at all, and a coffee presence, making this more porter like than American brown ale. The hazelnut coffee is slightly overpowering, and reminds me specifically of New England Coffee Roasters Hazelnut coffee. In that coffee too, I am inundated with artificial hazelnut sweetener. This beer is no exception and I have minimal respect for artificial sweeteners in beer regardless if they came from a roasted coffee or were dumped into the wort in liquid form.

M: Watered down , no body and highly carbonated.

O: Underwhelmed. I presume this one will sit on the shelves and collect some dust were it not for the speculating crowd. I would much rather have Really Old Brown Dog from Smutty or some straight up Brooklyn Brown Ale.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark brown. Deep red at edges. Relatively clear. Head is light tan, chunky, creamy. Wispy cap with a chunky collar.

Smell: Hazelnuts, hazelnut liqueur, hazelnut extract. Did I mention it smells like hazelnuts. Roasted malts, caramel malt sweetness, hazelnut candy. Cooked malts. Nutty. Mild touch of chocolate. Old coffee.

Taste: Sweet hazelnut candy. Wrapped in chocolate. Coffee beans. Sweet hazelnut syrup. Mild roasted edges. Sweet caramel malts. Dark brown bread crust. Blast of hazelnut followed by a solid malt backbone. Clean finish. Hazelnut iced coffee.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light, but doesn't quite fall that far. Carbonation is light. Smooth and clean.

Overall: If you like hazelnuts, this is the beer for you. Intense hazelnuts everywhere. It would be tough to finish a whole bottle. Aggressively over the top.

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Photo of paytonpowell
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Absolutely gorgeous appearance, truly wondrous clear brown with a light head in a wine stem.

S: Pure pure pure hazelnut, so much so it literally blankets every other aspect of the beer which wants to peek through but just can't quite make it. This aspect was a bit of a detractor for me, granted I like and appreciate subtlety more in my beers but this was like being a baby seal clubbed in the head by a hazelnut coffee tin.

T: For me, the taste offered a bit more than the the nose, still incredibly nutty but it had hints of mahogany and pipe tobacco in the distance. The linger aftertaste of hazelnut to me was far more pleasant than the smooth but every present taste on the front of the palate.

M: Incredibly smooth and velvety with a supremely pleasant warm alcohol sensation that will make this great in about six months or so. As has been said earlier this is not nearly as light on the palate as the clarity would lead you to believe and there is a healthy resinous feel to the brew, noticeable but not detracting.

O: I am not overly impressed by this beer on the whole, the clarity and mouthfeel to me definitely caught my attention but the nose was just too much. I definitely agree with previous posts in thinking it may have been smarter for a 12oz release but that is just a thought. I can see the more subtle qualities of this beer really shining through with aging but I am not sure if I would put more than 6-12 months on it personally. I definitely look forward to enjoying mine on a very cold MN winters eve later this year.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A 750 ML bottle with no bottled on date. I think I have had this one for 9 or 10 months.

A - Rich mahogany, with a touch of clarity, small head and no lace. Looks thin

S - Hazelnut to the face! Really...that all I can smell!

T - Sweet, and hazelnut coffee. They must have dumped pounds of the hazelnut into this one.

M - Thin and light bodied

O - Interesting, but not that good. Too heavy on the hazelnut. Too thin and light bodied

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Photo of Florida9
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark reddish brown in color. Dark, but still rather translucent. Clear. Forms a moderate sized head that reduces fairly quickly to a bunch of big bubbles. Eventually reduces down to a patchy surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Sweet aroma chock full of hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur with a blend of lightly roasted coffee. Unsurprisingly, this one smells much the way Frangelico does.

T: Taste is rather sweet with notes of hazelnut, marzipan, coffee, and some light vanilla. Coffee flavor is pretty strong on the first half of the bottle, but seems to subside and give way to the strong hazelnut flavor. Unfortunately, the hazelnut is so strong it comes off as being artificial with a bit of a chemical aftertaste to it.

M: Medium bodied, but rather thin for the style. There is an artificial, chemically mouthfeel to this beer and it finishes with the astringency of cheap coffee.

O: This beer is a bit of a dichotomy. On the one hand, it is novel and the flavors seem to work. On the other, it is sweet, not at all subtle, and simply tastes artificial. As I was drinking it (and I should mention I was incapable of finishing the bottle), I felt as this was some sort of new Starbucks Frapucinno flavor that I should be serving it over ice with a straw instead of in a glass. But, in all honesty, if Starbucks sold this stuff, I couldn't see ever buying it from them either.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown body. The edges are amber when light passes through. Average off white head.

The smell is pretty on dimensional and all hazelnut flavored coffee.

Same with the taste, but with a spoonful if sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweet.

I just wasn't feeling this one. The hazelnut overwhelms any other qualities that may be hiding in there.

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Photo of Holland
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chcfan for the taste the other weekend and to Treebs for the bottle in a trade!

A: cloudy brown with a hint of orange and a thin off-white head.

S: coffee, caramel, malt, sweet hazelnut, and a slight astringent smell.

T: not as sweet as the smell. Starts bitter, then gives some malt and caramel, and finally the coffee with the last taste and the finish.

M: well carbonated with medium body. Lighter than expected.

O: not bad, but it's not something I'd buy. Brown ales aren't my style, and the complexity didn't add much for me.

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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 elgiacomo
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, served at around 45F and allowed to warm in the glass.

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a one finger light brown head that recedes to a wispy cap and ring leaving some spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet hazelnut coffee, some caramel, toffee, nutty malty notes. Hazelnut dominates. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is like the aroma, primarily sweet hazelnuts, some coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted malt notes, a touch of fruit underneath. Some alcohol on the finish, minimal hop bitterness. Pretty darned sweet overall. Sometimes artificial as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, oily, low to moderate carbonation.

Pretty one-dimensional as the hazelnut coffee totally dominates. Too sweet for me though, it may be a struggle to finish this bottle.

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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 cfrances33
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought two weeks after the release on 7/3/12 and enjoyed the same night.

Pour: Deep brown with two fingers of foamy biscuit colored head. Dissipates to a ring and a light foam on top.

Smell: Hazelnuts with a little bit of booze.

Taste: Hazelnut coffee with an unmistakeable twinge of artificial sweetener. The abv of this one might help bring forth this unfavorable flavors. Coffee flavors are really nice, rest of the profile is mediocre at best. Blends much better as it warms, but still meh

Mouthfeel: Too light to support the flavors in the beer. If this were a stout, even not an imperial stout, it would be MUCH better suited to handle the flavors it boasts.

Overall: Really disappointing given the hype leading up to the release.

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Photo of julian89
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at work, looking forward to the next back stage series from Founders.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hue. A 1+inch off white cream head with excellent retention. A little lacing.

Smell: Strong sweet earthy hazelnut smell. Light tone of dark creamed coffee. Caramel and chocolate. No abrupt hop smell at all. Basically a smooth sweet brown ale.

Taste: Immediate nutty flavor. Lighter with other flavors. A little grain bitterness. Caramel as well. I was expecting more from a back stage series. The coffee taste seems like coffee that has been twice brewed.

Mouthfeel: Very light for a beer of this nature. Carbonation is there though. A thicker viscosity with medium carbonation would assist in balancing the grain and coffee bitterness.

Drinkability: Overall it's an excellent looking and smelling beer. It lacks a little character from what is expected of the usual Founders backstage series. Not up there with the greats... CBS, Blushing Monk, etc...

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Photo of axeman9182
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of mtrutlin. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Frangelic Mountain Brown pours a deep, dark brown, with some nice auburn highlights. Just over two fingers of off white foam cap the beer, and there's a little bit of head retention and lacing. The nose is a hazelnut bomb at first, with a bit of coffee to it as well. The base brown ale only begins to shine through later on as the beer warms. The flavor profile is similar in its initial one dimension-ness. At first it tastes like cold, carbonated hazelnut coffee. It's not exactly bad, but it doesn't make for a great beer either. Gradually though, some caramel and light chocolate notes emerge and give the beer a bit of depth. The hazelnut coffee is still firmly in charge, but it's not all that's there anymore. The body is surprisingly (and disappointingly) light for a big brown ale. The carbonation is nicely in tune with this though, and still doesn't overpower the beer. Frangelic Mountain Brown, despite going a little overboard on the flavor additives, was a nice was to spend my evening. It just has a lot to live up to given the quality of some of the other Backstage Series beers.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a semi dark brown. Definitely some lighter tan tones in the light. About a 1 finger head that laces and retains well.

S- Strong, sweet coffee scent all the way. Pretty one-dimensional in the scent category.

T- Similar to the scent, but a little more complex. Starts with heavier malts, but the sweetness quickly kicks in. Definite nutty flavors from the hazlenuts. Somewhat artificial sweet flavors. Finishes very sweet.

M- Very light for the style. Not especially carbonated for the style. Hides the 9% ABV very well.

Overall I think this was very over-hyped. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very good either. I'm hoping the next Backstage (Bolt-Cutter) is much better.

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Photo of chardlogic
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Straight hazelnuts! Vanilla extract, coffee roast, caramel, more hazelnut, slight chocolate

Taste: Hazelnut extract, light coffee but not much else going on in terms of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, medium carbonation, light body.

Overall: Not a bad entry for the Backstage Series, albeit a weaker candidate than Better Half.

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Photo of biga7346
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized CBS snifter.

A - Turbid brown, caramel, soapy lacing and a thin white head of foam.

N - Burnt toast, charcoal, cocoa nibs, chocolate covered coffee beans; overly cloying in the roasty, burnt, and hazelnut notes; dark roasted coffee, rum bread, booziness, vanilla bean and some bourbon, smells a little (or a lot) like hazelnut liqueur if there is such a thing.

T/M - Hazelnut iced coffee, some port or even cognac, more fudginess; the roastiness sticks firmly in the back of the palate, grainy texture, milky notes, candied peanuts, raisins.

D - Not Founders best, but probably the tastiest coffee-themed beer I've had.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends.
Thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle!

Pours a clear brown with a short bubbly mocha head with a bit of lace. The nose is of nutty malts and alcohol. On the palate, the beer is again dominated by sweet nutty flavors from malts or extract syrups(?); as loads of sweet caramel malt, butterscotch, milk chocolate. Medium-light body and nice carbonation leaves it a bit thin. Overall, it tasted a bit thin, sweet and a little out of balance.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 750 bottle
Glass: snifter
From: Tippins Market in Ann Arbor
Price: $15

Appearance: a slightly reddish brown. almost opaque. a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to a slight side lacing

smell: nutty, coffee, some creaminess

Taste: hazelnut coffee, milk sugar, not much else as i have trouble picking subtleties with coffee. a pretty sweet taste overall

Mouthfeel: light, which is weird for something that tastes a little like coffee. creamy as well. feels very pleasant

overall: it looks and feels good but not my type of beer. i must say it is the best coffee tasting beer i have had.

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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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