DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22 oz bottle: $4.29 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) Brown ales arenít the most exciting of beers, but if youíre gonna brew one, and youíre the brewer for Rogue, you throw down the gauntlet and brew a kick ass brown. This is an absolutely delicious nut brown ale with a very potent and sweet caramel flavor that tastes just like candy caramels. And damn, it smells like caramel candies too! Plenty of hazelnut , chocolate and honey in the flavor, and bitterness is very mild from start to finish. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, but it becomes a bit cloying now that Iím polishing off the second half of this bomber. Dark ruddy brown in color, clear in appearance, but too dark to see through. Unfortunately, the dark tan head is bubbly and fizzy, so though it starts off at nearly an inch, it dissipates fairly rapidly down to a ring. Yeah sure, it might be too sweet for some people, and it does seem pretty sugary sweet to me, but itís just so damn tasty! Easily my favorite brown ale.
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer had an excellent appearance. It tasted a bit like coffee or carmel. A nice smooth beer.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2005 Had during a beer tasting party. Poured dark brown with smells of caramel, hazelnut coffee. Would have enjoyed more if the tastes was dialed down to just a hint, not something strong enough to drink all day at work and not have anyone know because it looked, smelled, and tasted so much like coffee.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep mahogany brown with thin lacing white head. Honey, nut, brown sugar aroma. Solid nutty, sweet sugar, light coffee flavor. Creamy smooth palate.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with a thin tan head. Short retention. Smell had caramel, hazelnut, honey and caramel. Taste is like hazelnut coffee plus caramel and chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice but a little thin for my personal taste. This was good. Iím glad I got this.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Fatty. Pours a reddish brown with a small tan spotty lacing head. Aroma of nuts, honey, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor of nuts (hazelnut), creamy, caramel and a general sweetness. If you like hazelnut coffee give this a try.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 Bottle rated November 19th, 2005 - Pours reddish brown with a fully receding. Aroma is toasted malts, plums, slightly vinous, with a nice toffee balance. Taste has lots of sweet toasted maltiness with a bit of the raisin/plum character. Faint notes of chocolate and vague hop bitterness linger barely under perception. One of the few beers deserving of the "Nut Brown Ale" title.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied but has a slight stickiness. Quite enjoyable.
Ar 8 Ap 4 Fl 7 Mf 5 Ov 16 = 4.0
Bottle Rated August 18th, 2006 - Pours dark amber with a thin foamy mocha head. Aroma of hazelnut and toffee. Taste is sweet and nutty, with an artificial tasting hazelnut extract flavor. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied and slightly sticky. Ratings averaged.
Ap 4 Ar 6 Ta 6 Mf 4 Ov 12 = 3.2
reedcd2 (47) - USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown ale with a golden tan head that dissolves quickly. Taste of dark chocolate, almond, and obviously hazelnut. This beer definitely reminds me of an iced hazelnut coffee, maybe even a little mocha. I like the uniqueness of the taste, but canít decide if Iím a fan or if it is just something different
artfink (28) - Iím everywhere Fokker!, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice take on the "nut brown ales" pours nice and reddish brown with a nice head that stays all the way till the last drop. nice smell. like iced hazelnut coffee. the taste is nutty with hints of chocolate covered cherries. quite pleasent. nice till the end. had another one as I type this right now!!!!
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown/auburn in color with a light tan dissipating head. Strong nutty aroma. Mouth fills with the hazlenut taste, and leaves a nice impression on the palate. Very malty. I wish there was a little bit more spice, that is the only thing I see keeping this fro mbeing exceptional.