badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a thin off white head. Strong vegetal coffee and hazelnut aroma. Tastes of hazelnut iced coffee toffee and caramel. Fairly thick creamy slightly oily palate.
kimjongill (207) - - JUL 18, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance seems light for a brown ale. I took some points off for that. Otherwise...wow! Never would have thought I?d enjoy a brown ale this much. This one?s a real keeper. Fantastic aroma, the flavors compliment each other perfectly, and everything is defined and clear. Definitely in my top 50 beers. I sure hope founders decides to make this backstage series annual.
seymour (1406) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap at the Royale gathering last night. It poured an opaque, dark orangish-brown color with a thin but lasting beige head and lace. Aromas of freshly baked brown bread and hazelnut coffee. Flavor was dominated by hazelnut coffee too, but was nonetheless malty sweet with balanced bitterness from dark grains and hops, tart, dry, toasty, roasty. It was interesting to me how like real hazelnuts it tasted, as opposed to artificial Carnation sweetener or something.
italianjohn (2289) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear chestnut pour thin off white soapy head and light lacing ... aroma is very fresh and like opening a bag of fresh grounded hazelnut coffee and a nice roasted feel .... taste is roasted and caramel malts with fresh hazelnut coffee and mild bitterness ... abv is 9 and hidden very well considering the body is medium ... nice roasted flavors continue in the finish along with some bitterness ... if the taste was on par with the aroma wow this would be off the hook ... still a great beer
matthewjk (890) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle ----> glass - Damn I love every aspect of this beer! The coffee acidity, the smoothness, the texture, the aroma! Excellent stuff. This is not a beer for non-java drinkers.
SSSteve (3740) - - JUL 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. clear light brown with a small beige head. nose of robust hazelnut with black coffee beans. light and airy finish from the high abv. the flavor has strong hazelnut notes, but also fusely with not enough sweetness. the light dryness and the quick airy finish leave something to be desired. not what i was expecting from the first whiff of the aroma.
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a decent khaki head that fades quickly. Aroma is straight hazelnut coffee, very sweet and nutty smelling, smooth coffee scents, like sticking your face right in a can of fresh ground hazelnut coffee. Flavor is the same, nutty and slight roasty coffee flavors, good and sweet, not cloying, a faint bitterness at the end to cleanse the palate, body is a bit thin but I think it fits the brew. This beer is fantastic and a must try.
Drake (8029) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of hazelnuts, coffee, cocoa, honey. The taste is coffee, honey, nuts, caramel. A little harsh and the hazelnut coffee flavors are overwhelming. Medium bodied, slight bitterness. I especially don’t like the use of artificial flavors. I’m not sure what you were thinking here, Founders, but even just using real ingredients would have made a much better beer. Proof that even the best breweries fail from time to time.
dmac (3924) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared by pineypower, thanks Dean. Poured a hazy dark brown with choclate brown edges and an average sized frothy super light beige head. Aroma is pretty much amazing, iced hazelnut coffee some toast and lemon zest on the end. The body is thinner with average carbonation, slight bitter finish that is a touch dry. Flavor is good but not as good as the aroma, notes of very bitter cold weak coffee, hazelnutts, cream, old cold coffee, some earth notes. The aroma is absolutely amazing and the flavor is solid but no where near the aroma.
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour, light brown head. Aroma is all coffee and hazelnuts. Man this smells good. Sweet and rich. Flavor follows suit. If you don’t like coffee and/or hazelnuts then don’t expect to like this. But I love both and thought that his was really delicious.