blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a new "castle brown ale" color with a nose of fresh honey, hazelnut, white chocolate and caramel, and even vanilla ice cream. The taste is superb, the color is nice, but the smell is a bit odd. This is something worth trying at least once, if not more. I could see this becoming a monthly purchase. This is among the better brown ales I have had. I guess the only thing I would change if I could is the use of less chocolate malt and more focus on the hazelnut extract. Then again, this is a fine beer.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber. Aroma: Bready, caramel, slight spiciness, and hazelnuts. Appearance: Clear and a dark reddish brown in color. Small light tan head disappeared immediately. Lacing was negligeable. Flavor: Maltiness, caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, and a hint of chocolate. I like the hopping on this one. Enough to do the job and bring some pleasant flavors and bitterness, not to much that it overwhelms the hazelnut and malt flavors. Palate: Medium bodied. Carbonation seemed a little high. Finish was a bit watery. Overall: A pleasant beer, and very drinkable, but mouthfeel and flavors seemed a bit flat to me.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Thoroughly enjoyed this as it paired with a delicious Teriyaki steak off the grill. Very sweet, yet nice and full bodied on the palate. Flavors were of vanilla and hazelnut, primarily, with malty undertones. Aroma was similar to the taste and simply mouthwatering. This beer can be the perfect pairing with dinner or the perfect desert.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the yardhouse (san diego) Nice aroma of nuts and pecans with brown sugar. Pours a nut brown color with minimal head. Flavors of hazelnut, honey and hops. A tad sweet but not overlydone. Nicely balanced flavors and a smooth aftertaste of toffe candy.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve been looking forward to trying this for a good bit now. Lovely espresso colour with ruby glints, just the way I like it. Poured a medium-large light brown head that smelt like sour milk. After I let it warm in my hand a bit, and the head died off, the nuttiness made itself clear. Sweet malt aroma with plenty of hazelnut. Great mouthfeel, thick in the right places. Fabulous hazelnut chocolate flavour with plenty of toasted toffee, malt and hops. Really is balanced quite nicely.
mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent nutty/malty flavor. Weak aroma does not translate to the flavor that this beer has. Going on my favorites list.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brown, with a tan head. Aroma is a bit off, somewhat sweet smelling. Might be the extract. Body is heavy, with a sweet fizzy taste and feel. Almost soft drink in character. The alcohol is well hidden with all of the malt action going on. Quite drinkable.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW soild beer. Poured a nice brown color with small head and not much lacing. Aroma was of strong strong hazelnuts, with some chocolate. Flavor was of hazelnuts nice malty base to it. By far the best nutty beer i have had.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as good as I had hoped this beer would be. I have waited a long time to drink this, and had really high expectations. I wanted to like this beer--because I’m a big fan of Rogue--but I just couldn’t do it. The pour is brown with a good head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of weak malt and that’s about it--just not much to speak of really. The taste is the same, just underwhelming me with blandness. Mouthfeel is alright, but I just kept wanting more. "
Damage (77) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this while visiting Grand Rapids MI. Pours a beautiful brown with a rich, nutty bouquet. Nicely hopped with malty burnt chocolate hazelnut flavours... Sort of like Nutella! Loved it. (650ml bottle)