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.
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, hazelnuts and caramel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel and hazelnut coffee with a smooth lingering hazelnut coffee finish.
GRM (2913) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown bottle, from and with Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on March 14 2014; eye: cognac, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: peanuts in a shell, light hazel, light earthy, light peanut butter; mouth: peanuts in a shell, light hazel, light earthy, light peanut butter, light roasting, light hazel liqueur, finale in peanuts, medium body, average carbonation, lightly sweet oily texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, de et avec Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 14 mars 2014; œil : cognac, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas dentelle; nez : arachides à l’écale, léger noisette, léger terreux, léger beurre d’arachides; bouche : arachides à l’écale, léger noisette, léger terreux, léger beurre d’arachides, légère torréfaction, léger liqueur de noisettes, finale en arachides, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée, texture huileuse; en résumé : correct
fitwitchik (234) - USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber aged 2 years into a Founders pint glass brown with a touch of auburn hue. Plenty of tan head that laced down the glass nicely.
Aroma is incredible hazelnut sweetness some coffee
Flavor of hazelnut brownie comes first to mind. Nutty molasses are balanced here with the coffee. A seriously better than expected brew I happily returned to after 2 years.
pintbypint (2537) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml brown bottle - bottleshare at Ferris’. Brown pour, hazy. Tan ring of head. Aroma has lots of nuts, seemed more peanut than hazelnut ... peanut buttery. Taste has chocolate and nuts. Some bitterness in the end, choolate and nut finish. Really liked this.
Ferris (2889) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Lots of hazelnut and nuts. Cloudy brown with a thin brown head. Lots of nut and some nice malts. Light bitterness, really nice finish.
Jamesthebrit (231) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this when it first came out then bought another bottle to age. The first go was good. Let’s check this one out
Aroma is very nutty. Caramel. Light roast coffee. A little sweet chocolate note. Unique and complex.
Looks amazing for a brown ale. Definitely brown but darker. Hazy. Nice creama colored head.
Taste is like the smell. Very complex. Nutty. Chocolate. Not roasty like a stout or porter though. Yeah light roast coffee. Nutty. A little caramel.
Palate is smooth. Flavorful. Amazing. A little boozy on the finish.
Overall this is an amazing beer. And I hate brown ales. If you’re taking bets I think this will be the mystery special release that founders is announcing later this year.
beerbaaron (1126) - Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by a good friend. Hazy light brownish reddish amber. Fair off-white wispy creamy head. Bigger end of light body. Everything about this is Frangelico, the hazelnut liqueur; Both aroma and flavor; Strikingly so. Hazelnut. Coffee. Sweet caramel. Lighter roastiness. Pretty sweet but not overly. Mild bitterness. Alcohol perfectly hidden. Sticky. Some age has probably mellowed this in a beneficial way I think. Beers on this sort usually comes across sloppy or heavy handed or off or unpleasant in some way and this is handled perfectly.
ansermadide (1497) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. This beer. Dark, burnt orange in color with a halfly opaque body, this beer really drags you down into its power once it hits your nose. The aroma reminds me of something burned, a touch of peppers (which I’m sure isn’t actually there), light coffee, and a heavy, protein-thick nut sweetness. I’d drink this beer with my nose if there was no danger of drowning. The flavor is a replica of the aroma, but some of the roasted flavors come out more. It’s like a complex, peaty old ale with a touch of fruit, mixed with an English nut brown ale. I love the level of alcohol, in comparison, to the bold flavors in this. It’s unique, powerful, but sessionable enough that I could chug this beer.
malrubius (1639) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle gift from my cousin Joca bought in Brooklyn about three years ago. Dark brown with ring. Strong hazelnut aroma with coffee and chocolate. Nutty hazelnut chocolate nutella medium bitter coffee roasted finish with lingering hazelnut coffee . Medium full body.
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from long lost bottle shop. Pours brown with little carbonation but then about a half inch of khaki foam formed. Doesn’t leave much if any lacing. Once the beer warmed up it gives off a nice coffee vibe on the nose. I get some nuttiness along with the coffee. Finishes clean. Easy drinker hides its booze well. Fairly nice!