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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
1,185
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
27.78%
 
 
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61
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282
For Trade:
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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a medium/dark amber color that is completely clear and has a very small amount of large carbonation bubbles working their way up to support the head, pours with three plus fingers of light mocha colored head that has very large creamy bubbles and lingers very nicely, leaves a ton of lacing
S: deep sugar notes and a very heavy hazelnut note that is very thick and almost syrupy
T: very nice taste, its deep on the hazelnut flavor, kind of has a chalky note to it, the beginning of the finish has a distinct sweetness to it like brown sugar, the rest of the finish has a nice alcohol note to it that is reminiscent of whiskey, leaves a lingering roasted hazelnut note in the back of the throat
M: gentle carbonation up front, drinks thinly but with a slightly chalky feel left on the palate
O: i find this one to very drinkable, perhaps to much on the hazelnut note but overall quite delicious and smooth drinking, everything ive come to expect from the founders big bottle series

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Photo of ehammond1
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MeisterSmudge!

Clear dark brown when held up to the light with a moderately sized light brown head that lasts for a short while before fading to a thin film on the top of the beer, eventually leaving the glass spotted with stick. Appropriate and pretty brown ale.

The aroma is the hallmark of this beer and easily the best aroma I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying in any brown ale. The base beer has nice components of brown bread malt and caramel, but the coffee and hazelnut character really shine through, especially at warmer temperatures. Incredibly nice.

The flavor follows the aroma, but isn't quite as spectacular. The base brown ale is complemented nicely by coffee and hazelnut flavors, though they do appear to become a little stale and artificial, respectively, as the beer comes fully to temperature. That being said, this is a really flavorful beer, highlighting the additional components nicely, while still remaining remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. One of the more full bodies I've experienced in a brown ale.

(Keeping in mind that this is a brown ale) I really, really enjoyed this. It lived up to and exceeded my high expectations.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8oz pour, on tap at Founders Fest. Fresh brewed. Served in a plastic Founders cup. High class!

Pours deep brown with 1.5 finger tan head. A sort of golden brown around the edges. Nice lacing- even on the plastic cup. 

Terrific hazelnut coffee nose! Just insane how freakin good it smells. I can't stop sniffing. 

Taste really delivers on that hazelnut coffee nose. Hazelnuts and coffee dominate with cocoa, caramel, mild charred malt and brown suger. No trace of alcohol, just coffee and hazelnut goodness. 

Medium light bodied with just enough carbonation to keep the flavors active for a long zesty aftertaste. 

Outstanding! I'm having trouble finding a store in Atlanta that will start any kind of waiting list for next month's bottle release so it was awesome to try this at the brewery. Definately worth a shot if you get the opportunity. 

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Photo of jaasen64
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased today! Poured into Jackie O's snifter

A- Pours a slightly translucent very dark slightly reddish brown, about a quarter finger of slightly yellowish beige colored head that dissipates rather quickly, about average carbonation. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- Smells like a very freshly brewed batch of sweet hazlenut coffee with hints of vanilla, caramel, and some malts. Definitely very aromatic and very pleasant smelling. If you love the smell of coffee you will absolutely love the smell of this beer. I'd have to say it's one of the better smelling beers I've encountered, especially when it comes to coffee flavored beers.

T- Hazlenut coffee, vanilla, caramel, not too sweet but just sweet enough. Not bitter at all, has a lightly sweet, creamy coffee aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, average carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This is without a doubt one of the best brown ales I've had, and definitely not a dissapointment to live up to the other Founder's Backstage beers. It had an absolutely amazing coffee aroma and a well balanced simple hazlenut coffee taste that had just the right sweetness and feel to it. If you like coffee there is no way you will not like this beer. I highly recommend trying it, wish they brewed this year round.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes.
A: Brilliant chestnut under a 2” persistent lightly tan tinted white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass.
S: this has a very rich Frangelico or hazelnut liquor nose with some coffee and chocolate.
T: Nutella in a glass.
F: Creamy medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: The concept sounds cloying but it surpisingly works quite well.

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Photo of nrs207
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice brown color with hints of dark red. Nice off white head, about a finger.

S - Smell has a hint of a brown ale, but if I close my eyes it's like I'm smelling hazelnut iced coffee with cream. And with this beer, that's what I want. Awesome smell.

T - Much along the lines of the smell. Not quite as awesome, but still basically a hazelnut coffee with cream. Nicely sweet with some toasted malt to remind you it's a beer. Really well done.

M - Pretty smooth, creamy. Not quite perfect so a 4.5. The drinkability is insane on this one. No hint whatsoever of 9%.

O - For a brown ale brewed with hazelnut coffee, I can't imagine it being much better. Maybe if they brewed it with hazelnuts and coffee it might taste even better and more natural, but I'm not going to nitpick too much. Gets a slight knock on the artificial flavors, but it's still the best brown ale I've had.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep tawny brown with a thinner but well sustained off whte head atop/Aromas are like being in a coffee house with dark roast coffee and toasted hazelnuts really jumping out at ya.If you are a fan of hazelenuts this beer is for you...I love them.Roasted hazeluts with a tinge of vanilla and dark roast,some buttery tones add to the richness.Hell yeah Founders, this beer is rich and kick ass,I'll be in GR. in the fall hopefully this will be on tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Very roasty with a huge blast of hazelnut and coffee. They ain't kidding around with the nut and coffee hints. Dark roasted malts with some hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, and vanilla. Also some big hints of brown sugar. Again the hazelnut is huge along with the coffee. Smells enticing.

Taste: Roasty and nutty like the smell indicates. Big taste of hazelnuts and coffee beans. Roasted malts with good notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cream, and vanilla. A good amount of brown sugar and molasses. The hop presence is light but there is a somewhat noticeable bitterness in the background. A pretty sweet taste but far from overly syrupy. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat sticky. Finishes somewhat dry. Feels like a brown ale and not something imperial despite the high ABV. The alcohol is hidden pretty well considering that.

Overall: This came out pretty good to me. Hazelnut flavor is big but not overwhelming. A very good and interesting take on the brown ale style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of khaki head. Stays effervescent with good head retention & lacing

S: Big time hazel nut & some coffee

T: Follows the nose, some nuttyness & a touch of mocha up front. More hazel nut & coffee as this warms, some woody hops as well. Finishes with sweetness, nuttyness & a solid coffee backbone

MF: Creamy with medium body, thins out a touch as it warms

Drinks super easy, not the best robust brown, I've ever had, but nipping at their heels! Very interesting & worth seeking out!

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog durin their wealth of riches event.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, as I pick up vanilla, light coffee and chocolate, and some frangelica liquer (which I guess is to be expected). The beer smells rich and sweet, but at least for me, I found that the combination of aromas really worked for me. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the beer also showcasing a roasty malt quality and light bitterness that I thought blended in well with the vanilla, mocha and frangelica. Mouthfeel was fairly full, with a long, roasty sweet finish. Alcohol was nicely integrated into the flavor profile, which I felt enhanced this beers drinkability.

Had this side by side with the Better Half, and found that I preferred this beer. It was bit less sweet and boozy than the BH, which probably explains why I preferred it. Clearly one of the best brown ales I've ever tasted.

Edit from 1/14. Sampled from bottle (alas, this beer is long since retired now), and this beer was every bit as good as I remembered at Blue Dog. The light bitterness is gone, but the beer remains a frangelica lover's dream. So rich and smooth, with a huge hazelnut presence. I guess it's not for everyone, but I really like this beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders love affair with coffee and nuts is on full display again. Call it their menage a trois. But with a lighter body and power than Cashew Mountain Brown, Frangelic pulls the flavors of hazelnut and coffee well within balance then allows the beer to become much more drinkable than it should.

Much like French pressed coffee, the bark-brown hue carries a muddled haze that repels light. Dainty head character slowly releases from the beer and caps the beer much like lightly tanned espresso creme.

The coffee theme continues in nose as nutty coffees rise first. Columbian bean aromatics seem oily and rich, and also carry a lot of chocolate, toast, and hazelnut character but not as roasty as espresso. Instead, the aromas are rich, delicate, buttery, and seductively sweet. Caramel, butterscotch, and maple syrup inform sweetness and makes the last sip as delightful as the first.

Lush flavors of Nutella, soft nutty and chocolaty coffees, medium toast, maple syrup, and butter waft the palate in sultry and savory succulence. Backed by the malty sweetness of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, almond, and maple, the early taste of barley is balanced by coffee oils, mild woody hops, and earthy beans and nuts. The dialogue of malt, coffee, and nuts is focused, not allowing any impact from fruit esters or yeast spices to make any headway. It's a delicious beer that captures the essence of medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and hazelnut in their very best light and balance.

Surprisingly, the rich taste is housed in a carriage of milder-than-expected weight. The malt, chocolate, and nut flavors never translate to heft or viscosity. Instead an light velvety texture coats the mouth with a thin veil of sweetness and oil and elevates the notion of smoothness, roundness, and savory taste. Sweetness turns ever so bitter late and allows the malt textures to waiver slightly and signals the finish of cocoa powder, bitter coffee oils, and evaporative alcohol cooling. The nine percent alcohol hardly makes an impact, making this beer dangerously drinkable.

Frangelic Brown definately provides more body, flavor, nutty definition, strength, and succulence than is normal for any English brown ale style which makes it "imperial" but it's way too effortless and drinkable to compare to heavier porters or stouts. Its non-definable comparisons causes inquisition and intrigue on all fronts. Well done again Founders- this brown ale is worthy of its Backstage status.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured dark brown in color with burgundy highlights and a good finger of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of hazelnut coffee character upfront in the aroma with sweet chocolate notes, a little lactic milk qualities, nuttiness, vanilla and brown sugar.

T: Huge coffee flavor upfront on the palate alongside very nice hazelnut character, sweet milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla accents and hints of toffee.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, coffee bean, slightly astringent and silky finish.

O: I thought it was a pretty interesting beer all around a bit sweet but with great coffee hazelnut character and makes a great dessert beer. Good looking out on the bottle Todd

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brown color with a bit of amber coming through around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some brown sugar, roasted coffee, hazelnuts, and some earthy hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some hazelnuts and other nuttiness. Through the middle, some roasted coffee comes through with some earthy hops and some brown sugar. The finish is mix of sweet caramel malts with roasted coffee, hazelnuts, and a bit of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good imperial brown ale with the hazelnut coffee coming through very nicely.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous reddish brown color with a one finger width tan head that dissipated shortly after. Some nice spotty lacing developed. The aroma is a 100% hazelnut coffee knockout! There is a good dosage of coffee flavor in the taste but the hazelnut is still pretty strong. Theres a nice milk chocolate hint. Sweet and woody with some vanilla. Hops are light. Nutella aftertaste. Medium feel that is smooth and slick but with a nice tickle of carbonation. Pricey but I am glad i got to try one! Tasty.

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Photo of Momar42
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into cigar city snifter, split with a few very happy friends.
Had this beer several times from bottle and tap, figured I would review since I've only one bottle left :(.

A - deep dark brown with minimal head and no lacing. Fairly typical for a brown ale but looks nice. And trust me, you can smell this thing immediately

S - hazelnuts, coffee, hazelnuts, coffee. Lather, rinse, repeat. If either of things is NOT your thing, move on. Just an amazing nose. Only slight detractor would be a wish for a stronger variety of coffee. But overall one of the best smelling NON-IPA beers I've smelt in a long time.

T - taste is equal to the nose. Coffee and hazelnuts abound. There is a very solid brown ale base that is elevated by the other favors. I never tried the cashew variety but now I am reallly sorry I never got a chance. Truly impressive brown ale.

M - very light on the tongue considering all the flavor going on. Carbonation is just right and the creaminess never becomes cloying. Great.

O - FMB is a fantastic beer, brown ale and liquid beverage in general. Yes the price is high (though I paid $12.50 for my first two bottles), but the flavor and aroma are worth the price of admission. The only thing bad is trying to drink it slow enough to savor it much less review it. If ou can find it, drink it. You will not be sorry. Another homerun for Founders.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this one.

Served cellar temp in a Duvel tulip, split three ways with my father and sister

A - Pour is a light brown with lots of carbonation, a little bit of white head which dissipates rather quickly.

S - Smell is fantastic - intense coffee dominates the nose, with a good amount of chocolate malt following

T - Again, strong coffee taste up front, which dominates the beginning of the palate, followed by pretty intense hazelnut, and a hint of bitterness at the end.

M - mouthfeel is actually fairly thin, not too much carbonation, and a bit of lingering alcohol.

O - This is the most intense coffee smell and taste I've had in a beer. Not a bad thing, just a fact. I really enjoyed this, but I'm glad I split the bottle as that would have been a tall order to finish myself. On the verge of a dessert beer

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Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, hazelnut, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, hazelnut, coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. Wow! I have a few beers every year that really surprise me and this one is one of them. I really went into this one expecting just a good brew and nothing special. However, this one definitely brought the goods! Very huge well balanced aroma and the flavor also followed along. The hazelnut coffee aspect going on here was nothing short of excellent and pleasant. I could have easily crushed a growler of this given the opportunity. If you have not tried this, what the Hell are you waiting for!?

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

Shared a bottle with a friend. This beer has strong hazelnut aroma and taste with a good mouth feel and great drinkability. Overall I must say that Founders hit the nail on the head. I could down an entire bottle of this stuff and reach for another. Just a quality offering from Founders.

Botom Line: See it? BUY IT!

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

Thanks so much to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer with me, purchased at the Fridge in Lancaster enjoyed from a Tulip & snifter chilled a little below cellar temp.

The color is deep walnut body with ruby hue and translucent clarity with thick cap of light tan cream with tiny bead, lace clings in a wavy pattern on the glass. The smell is intensely hazelnut coffee with some mild oak and light cocoa odors with mild alcohol augmenting the scent with nutty malt esters. The feel is great with strong roasted and sweet malty up front with sweetness and slight tannin appearing mid taste but somewhat sweeter than the smell lets on with moderate carbonation.

The taste strikes me as a brownie with nuts with an accent of coffee and slight vanilla-like floral quality. the yeast gives a stone fruit tinge to the hazelnut tropical nutty taste with some coffee and cocoa malt flavor with light tinge of caramel and ripe banana in the finish with subtle coconut and toffee. The overall impression is this is a great beer, world class and so packed full of flavor, just incredible, smooth and seems a little stronger than labeled but it may just be the concentrated malt sweetness -a must try.

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

A: Awesome deep ruby color. Big tan head that stays for some time.

S: Super earth on the smell. Definately some dirty woody piney oak. A good sweetness and nuttyness.

T: That nuttiness really comes through, alcohol seems a little too powerful. The synergy between the two makes a little funky like vegetable taste. Taste is good but not like... killer.

M: Super creamy. When this hit my lips I knew it was gonna sit well. A little tinge of alcohol is the only takes a little something away from the rich creamy texture.

Overall a solid beer. The execution of the beer is excellent but the taste gets a little funk going that takes something away. I would grab a bottle if you see one.

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish dark amber color. There is a half finger of off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting freshly ground coffee. There are some nutty notes along with sweet toffee and some dark fruit.

Taste: The taste of this beer was amazingly smooth. Very smooth coffee notes with some dark chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit notes. The finish is full of the smooth coffee flavor. There is no real bite to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is incredibly smooth. The sweet toffee notes complimented the beer very well. I feel very fortunate to have run into this one on-tap.

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

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - very dark brown with a beige head that thinned out leaving spotty lacing behind.

S - hazelnut coffee, they hit the nail pretty much on the head here.

T - rich, roasted hazelnut coffee flavor from the sweet start right up to the bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - very good beer provided you like the taste of hazelnut coffee which I do.

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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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