jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich deep amber color out of the bottle with a foamy beige head. The nose is only hazelnut. The flavor is dominated by the hazelnut too, with a natural nutty flavor. This is a sweet, milky beer. It is not very well balanced, but if you like hazelnuts, this beer is great.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Part of a sampler at Founders.
Appearance: A dark brown color. Holy hell! NOT expected. Nice head and great lacing. Very nice looking brown ale.
Smell: A bit sweet. Slight roast? Quite a big amount of nuttiness. Reeks of quality before even taking a sip.
Taste: Best brown ale I’ve had. I’ve generally not been all that impressed with the style in the past, but this worked for me. Quite well, in fact. A nice sweetness with the nutty character in this beer really impressed me. Not your boring, ordinary brown ale -- this one’s crafted about as well as a brown ale could be, as far as I’m concerned. For that reason, my overall rating is higher than any other rating (aside from appearance).
Sledutah (5100) - Utah, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle thanks to drfabulous (SSS 2012)
Pours clear brown with a medium sized beige head and some lacing. Aroma is strong hazelnut, coffee, chocolate and nutty. Flavors of hazelnut, chocolate, coffee and sweet caramel
Decent. If you like hazelnut and coffee you will love this beer. I held this for a year hoping the hazelnut would get toned down some (don’t like hazelnut), I should have aged it a few more years, very strong hazelnut.
HonkeyBra (3523) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Rating from notes. Pours a nice brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma of hazelnuts, coffee, creamer. Sweet and nutty, mild brown sugar and cake malts. Flavor of rich hazel nut and coffee. Fairly sweet, mild roasty bitterness, some coffee and nut notes. Full bodied, above average carbonation. Finishes with hazelnut notes. This is pretty much dominated by hazelnuts, and therefore your enjoyment of this beer depends on whether you like hazelnuts.
MadIndian (2434) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gift from SJ. I like American strongs and this brew does nothing to taint that. Well balance of, bread, coffee, chocolate, nut and sugar. Body was nice and full. I liked it.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alrighty, here we go.
Brown with a solid slow transient tan foam sheet. Smells like strait up hazelnut flavoring syrup creamer - like I put in my cheap coffee at work when somebody else has brought it in. A little vanilla and graham cracker crust; expecting bottled beetus. Flavor is hazelnuts, some vanilla pudding a bit of coffee and bread. Pretty much exactly as described on the label - cool. Not liquid Beetus, as I feared. this is all readied on the carriage of medium body, low carb and an off dry finish. wish the dentists wife were here, she’d dig it. The 2.5 for overall is simply because it’s not my cup of tea, but merit for such a strikingly precise attempt and execution for a beer.
Serving type: bottle
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
In doing a cellar cleaning I came across this and decided with an upcoming trip to Grand Rapids planned that I would reacquaint myself with Founders. This is a home run that has held up well so far. If you are still sitting on any and have yet to try it then wait no longer.
Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated chestnut body is bubbly and lively. Ivory head survives the percolation. Chocolate pudding, tea, and the feel of a dense brown ale give this a strong bite that is atypical of your usual session ale (as to be expected given the high gravity).
Flavor / Palate - The malty mouthfeel is big and chewy. Like iced pudding pops the flavors melt on the tongue. The coffee undertones give it the body to survive and stand out. An "imperial brown" has me looking forward to the next opportunity I get to sample Founders’ great line up.
mansquito (3555) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barcade, Brooklyn tap ($8): Pours murky brown with a tan head. Aroma is a whole lot of hazelnut coffee, vanilla, sugar, and cookies... Taste is straight coffee grounds. Tastes like burnt coffee ice cream. That is not a bad thing. This might be too sweet to have more than a little glass of, like I did.
jhgrantjr (417) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Poured from bottle acquired at Beverage World. Pours a dark brown/cola color with a small white head, almost creamy looking. The aroma is immediately hazelnut, one of the clearest smells of it I have had with a beer. Taste is sweet, light bitter finish, a little hint of coffee at the end. I am not a hazelnut fan, so this is too much and too sweet for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
merc7186 (2241) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep Brown/Amber Hue, Passes Minimal Light, Thin White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Hazelnut, Mild Coffee, Mild Nutty
T: Sweet Hazelnut, Coffee, Mild Nutty
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Mildly Bitter
Overall, its a nice brown ale but the hazelnut seems a little artificial and too sweet.