ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
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 DIPA...no, 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 at Founders are indeed mortals capable of making mistakes.
GothGargoyle (896) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid brown with some ruby highlights, small off-white head. Aroma is hazelnut, coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, reasonable balance, smooth finish. Taste is coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, malt. Not bad but the taste doesn't quite deliver what the nose promises.
tectactoe (1053) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Mostly opaque, dark brown body with rusty copper overtones & mild ruby highlights. Appears to be under carbonated, as not much of a head appears at all, just a small, off-white collar. Aroma smells like hazelnut flavored ice coffee... Hints of cream, sugary lactose, & faint cocoa play under the strong hazelnut aroma. The taste is just the same - more of that iced coffee vibe loaded with hazelnut cream & lightly milky sweet undertones. Lingering cocoa powder finish with a coating hazelnut & bittersweet coffee bean essence. Body is a little thin & could use more carbonation, but it fits the flavors pretty well. I wasn’t nearly as disappointed as many others seemed to be... But I also wasn’t expecting so much. Plus, I love hazelnut, so I may be biased. Not worth the typical bomber price, but enjoyable for coffee/hazelnut lovers, no doubt.
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured into a teku glass. Pours a hazed brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has sweet nutty notes with weak coffee coming through behind them. The taste has chocolate and hazelnut influence with some vanilla attributes as well. Bigger bodied with a low carbonation.
Leafs93 (1575) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Chalsk! Pours brown with a small to medium brown head. Aroma is hazelnut coffee to a T with some roast and caramel for good measure. Taste is sweet with mild bitters. Medium bodied, silky texture and all around excellent.
Chalsk (1005) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 My One Thousandth Beer! In AC for a 435 gathering. Pours a clear brown with a caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, candi sugar. Robust, sweet caramel with coffee and hazelnut notes. Some vanilla for a nice creamy feel. Damn tasty.
alliance100 (327) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle - pours a medium brown . Malty , sweet hazelnut flavor. Finish is lingering sweetness. . Pretty good .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jsquire (3308) - 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 (417) - 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 (4066) - 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 (3060) - 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.