superspak (2217) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in June 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, coffee, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and hazelnut coffee notes; with big strength. Taste of hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of hazelnut, chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, light coffee, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes with the hazelnut coffee; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alchocol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial brown ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malts with the hazelnut coffee; and very smooth to sip on for 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.
Beerathon (960) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bell’s Best Brown was my favorite brown ale until I had this. Hot damn this is great. Coffee, cocoa, and hazelnut, but not overwhelming. Nice warming ABV. Lovely scent and beautiful to look at.
DSG (5052) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks ThreeCats. Brown color with reddish hues. Aroma of hazelnut (kinda artificial), coffee beans and chocolate. Pretty sweet flavor with artificial hazelnut, some coffee with milk and some chocolate. Medium-bodied.
ThreeCats (531) - ISRAEL - AUG 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dense head over clear Ruby body. Aroma of hazelnut and dolce de lache. Taste of hazelnut coffee, caramel, sweetness. Overall taste a little artificial and more like coffee than beer, but nice experience.
kramer (4700) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small tight bubbled beige head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is just absolutely wonderful. It really does smell like Frangelico liquor. The hazelnut and coffee notes mingle so well with the chocolate and caramel maltiness below. No real sign of alcohol on the nose at all. This smells so decadent that I might just want to smell this and not even drink it. The flavor is maybe a bit heavy on the hazelnut for me, reminds me a lot of Rogue Hazelnut Nectar. The flavors are really well integrated though, sweet but not overly so, nice caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of clinginess, soft fizzy carbonation. No alcohol heat at all. Really nice beer, but I think I might prefer this in a 12 oz bottle.
rxeight (1051) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown pour. Was really hoping for more from this, expexted a hazelnut breakfast stout. Instead got a think brown with a bit of hazelnut and less coffee than i hoped for.
1FastSTi (3285) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the MKE Firkin Fest 2013. This beer is an amazing brown ale. Deep brown body with pretty much no head. Aroma and flavor is very much like a Ferrero Rocher® candy. Rich mouthfeel, this beer was a highlight of the festival, and I drank many samples.
olr1984 (921) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours a deep red brown with small tan head. Big coffee aroma. Coffee taste upfront with a bit of vanilla hazelnut taste. Holds up well coffee taste with the age on it.
drsordr (899) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from alexsdad06. Pours hazy brown. Nose strong nutty and toffee. Taste lots of hazelnut, nutty, and malted milk ball. Very nice nutty flavors.
_angst_ (2377) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7! Pours hazy reddish brown with a creamy and frothy goldenish brown head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with lightly toasted malts, caramel, toffee, dark roast coffee, hazelnut paste, caramelized almonds, brazil nuts, nougat, grass, moist soil, charred wood, vanilla fudge and hints of milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with toasted malts, biscuits, toffee, caramel, dark roast coffee, hazelnut paste, heavily roasted nuts, burnt sugar, nougat, vanilla fudge, brown sugar, charred wood, moist soil and hints of milk chocolate, grass and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is round, tiny sticky sweet, tiny roasted astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, burnt cookiesbrown sugar and sweet dark bread. Tasty malty goodness!