jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Deep amber/brown body. Fizzy beige head, rapidly diminishing. Big aroma of hazelnut, toasted grain, raisin and coffee. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Strong hazelnut taste with notes of cream soda, vanilla, coffee. Interesting how much like hazelnut java this tastes. Enjoyable, but you’ve got to really like hazelnut to enjoy this beer.
3sheets2wind (77) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer stunned me. Sat on this for a year after I traded for it. Kind of forgot I had it as it was in the back of my beer cabinet. I didn’t have high hopes going in but I was floored by how good this was. Nutella caramel brownie with a drying bitter cocoa finish. It is 100° in San Antonio right now but this beer makes it feel like it’s 65 in the smoky mountains. Best brown ale I have ever had.
Ratman197 (9652) - 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 (2959) - 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 (283) - 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 (2582) - 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 (3790) - 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 (248) - Atlanta, Georgia, 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 (1193) - 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 (1518) - 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 (1675) - Springfield, Vermont, 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.