shigadeyo (3136) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
<b>11/05/2008</b>: I expected Leinenkugel’s Fireside Nut Brown to be brown in color, but it is acutally more like a really pale amber and even that is stretching it. The thin off-white head does still around and there is mild to moderate level of carbonation. The aroma is also quite unexpecged, but in a good way. Roasted coffee beans and nuts just right out of it along with a touch of cream/vanilla. The flavor is a bit similar in the front with what tastes like coffee with cream which then softens a bit in the dry finish that seems to fall off a bit. I like the pronounced flavor, but unfortunately it seems a bit artificial. I am debating the authenticity of the flavor as it doesn’t really seem like the natural malt file could deliver the flavor and aroma based on the appearance. The mouthfeel is medium-light and unexciting with nothing to note really except that it is a bit overcarbonated for my tastes. Overall this was a decent attempt, but probably overdone and over-commercialized. I fear that Leinenkugel’s is straying from their craft heritage. I am disappointed to say the least.
<i>12 fl. oz. twist-off bottle via trade from buckybeer shared at the weekly Party Source gathering. Thanks again Mark! Rating #42 for this beer...</i>
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Brown pour, white head that went away pretty quickly. Dark smokey, malty aroma, almost smells like coffee thats across the room, really faint. Slightly sweet and a little roasty, not a whole lot of flavor.
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured deep ruby/brown with a thin, light brown head that diminished immediately. Aroma of brown sugar and was over bearing with malt. Very off balanced brew that was very sweet and sugary like baked goods but needed some more bitterness to remain interesting.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Nice solid brown color. Sweet aroma of hazelnut. Flavor was definitely sweet malts, hazlenut, a nice roasted flavor, and vanilla. This was very tasty I thought.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours solid brown with a thick, foam, tan head. Smells carmely, toffee, maple, nutty. Tastes sweet, with a carnival of flavors. Maple is the primaryflavor with some toffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, butter, and carmel. Tastes like dessert from the state fair, or butter pecan waffles. One of the most unusual beers I ever had, but definately an excellent brew.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Tap & Bottle) I have tried this on tap and in the bottle, and I find that the draft is so much better than the bottle. Pours a even brown color with a small beige head. Aroma was very similar to hot chocolate. Dry cocoa and vanilla nut in the aroma as well. Taste is slightly more muted than the aroma, and consists of caramel malts, molasses and lingering sweet vanilla. Palate could be a bit better. All in all, I think a lot of people will enjoy this new offering from Leinies.
Tmoney99 (11590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from shigadeyo.
Poured a clear brown color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.
Moderate caramel nutty malt aroma.
Medium body with a smooth texture.
Medium sweet malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
Nice soft beer.
vikingguy (885) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an amber-brown color with an off-white quick diminishing head. Aroma is toffe coated almonds and maple syrup. Flavor is slightly disappointing. Thin mouthfeel and artificial maple syrup taste. I was really looking forward to this one as I really love most Leinie’s beer, but this was sub-par.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, clear brown body with a fairly thick white head. Powdered chocolate and nutty aroma, very nice. Medium mouthfeel. Silky, soft, and smooth on the palate. The flavor, much like the aroma, is quite good. Sweet chocolate malt up front leads to just a touch of nutty hops at the end. Well balanced. Quite possibly Leinie’s best.
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown color with an amber hue and a very thin white head. Nutty, maple aroma with a strong maple taste and a caramel malt presence. Kind of unique but a little too much maple.