ThisWangsChung (836) - 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; itís really Nutella-esque at times. Not very beer-y, but still very enticing. Given what Founders intended to accomplish with this, Iíll 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 itís 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: Iíll 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. Itís 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.
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown. Aroma and taste are hazelnut, coffee, brown sugar, and some caramel.
koleminer20 (2414) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1,800. 750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. This is the second time Iíve had this beer. Finally rating. The pour is a darker brown color with a bit of garnet shining through. Itís not completely foggy, so there is a little clarity through it, which Iím not too fond of. There is an excellent thick khaki colored film all up and down the lace with a film of head. The aroma is all hazelnut. Damn did this hold up well. Itís got a nice coffee presence as well. There is a nice sweet malt and a light chocolate behind all of that that really bring it together. The flavor is really good. There is a huge nuttiness up front that makes its way through a sweet milk chocolate and light caramel malt before the coffee kicks in. Itís just layered, complex, and delicious! The coffee and hazelnut really take it through to the finish. Itís excellent. The mouth feel is thicker and heavy with a beautiful soft velvety carbonation and a lingeringly nutty, coffee and chocolate infused aftertaste. This is a fantastic beer.
blankboy (7180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a dark amber-brown with a small semi-lasting bubbly off-white head. Nice aroma with lots of hazelnuts, some coffee, caramel malt and some light hops. Nutty and malty flavour with a decent amount of hops. Medium bodied. I really liked this.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[7944-20151120] 500mL bottle. Sugary sweet coffee taffy caramel aroma. Hazy, dark mahogany red body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Coffee taffy sweet grains flavour. Medium-full body. Sweet and tasty. (8/3+/8/4/16) 3.9
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Churches: higher BPM ABBA."
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015-11-20. Dark mahogany brown body, small beige head. 3+ Aroma is lovely up front, earthy nutty hazelnut, coffee roast follows, to its detriment for me. Flavour is similar, sweet nutty hazelnut, hints of caramel, roast follows, less prominently than in the aroma. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Decent. 7/4/7/3/14-15 Bottle shared by Blankboy.
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium to deep brown color with a light tan head. Aroma still has a massive hazelnut presence, despite its age. Toasted malts, light coffee, hazelnuts. Very nice.
Cosmo6644 (102) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share, aroma of nuts and roasted malts, pretty good, but old bottle and flavors have aged well, a little thin now, hopefully they make some again like cbs
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kaser (5567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown light pour with white head. 22oz pour at Lakehouse. Nutty. Cocoa and coffee notes but nuts control this puppy. Maple and honey notes. Yum
MrOrla (2186) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla meets Shaun Hill. Pours Brown reddish. Aroma and taste of Hazelnuts, Hazelnuts, Coffe, nuetella is the word, very well hidden alcohol.
Dedollewaitor (15491) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Mr.Orla meets Shaun Hill, Odense. Pre C4 Pale Ale Festival, 2015. Pours Amber with a bubbly head. Nutella and toast. Hazels. Coffee for sure. Lovely. Smooth and sippable. Warming. Thanks to SfhOdense!