MaBeer1972 (1218) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer lives up to the hype! Deep reddish brown color, nutty aroma. Flavors are nutty with also coffee and caramel. No harsh aftertaste. Impressive.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JUL 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Bottle, 2006-01-27, 6-3-7-3-14=33
Brown color. Aroma of mature malt. Bitter taste, very original and well conceived, malt, hazelnuts, vanilla, roasted malt… Like a brunch at Coffee House…
Bottle, 2003-07-10, 6-4-6-3-12=31
Brown color. Aroma of fresh backed cake, malt, light hop. Quite good body, stout-like, roasty, nutty. Maybe too weak in the end. Too much monotonous finish: caramel.
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. One of my favorites. A deep, melancholy red color, with a smooth aroma and taste.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazelnut colour alright, deep bone colour. Wonderfully different aroma, and the taste. Tastes like a malted milkshake. Wonderfully creamy, sweat and malty. Did feel a bit like 6% but there you go.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 Dark brown body with a diminishing head. Nutty malt aroma, light hops (herbs?), and moderate yeastiness (dough). Sweetness throughout with a moderately bitter finish. Oily to creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. A little unbalanced to the sweet side. Peppery saaz hops are detectable and do a good job of keeping the hazelnut sweetness under control.
Rerate 8/14/03. Better than I originally gave it credit for (4.1). Starting a little warmer (50 degrees F)than I’m sure I had it last time, I noticed just how svelt this brew is. Smooth, nutty, lightly tingling carbonation (maybe a little too much so), a good creamy mouthfeel, delicious chocolate malt, nice spicey Saaz kick without being overly hoppy. The list goes on and on. Using Saaz and Perle hops in this brew was absolutely genious, IMHO.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 A strange one. Tastes like a Vanilla Coke/Newcastle Brown shandy with some hazelnut syrup and a touch more malt. Very odd, and unevenly balanced. The flavours don't blend well at all, really bad, especially when i had such high hopes. Another good reason for me not to like brown ales. Odd. Re-rate: Having this about a year after my firts sample, my views have still not changed.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. Good dark amber appearance and creamy head. Body is very weak and taste lacks the fullness of Bells' Best. The hazelnut would have been good if it was bolstered by some roasted maltiness. I was disappointed but will allow for the fact that this may have been a bad bottle/too late in the season or it is just better on tap.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Have had both in the bottle and out of a keg. Definitely the quintessential Brown Ale. Lovely nose of sweet malt and hazelnuts, with a deep, brown color and a full, light brown head. The mouth begins with rich maltiness which is suddenly chased by a mouth-filling nuttiness that coats the tongue and throat. The aftertaste lingers and seems to change as it lies in the back of the throat. One of the best beers made.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Deep red brown, thin creamy beige head and good condition. Low chocolate and nut aromas, decidedly hazelnutty in the mouth, like liquid nutella, with a faintly tart edge and a dry bitterness developing in the aftertaste
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown color, with a creamy white head, and a mildly nutty aroma. I thought this tasted very nice, the hazelnut flavor well balanced with the malt and hops. Smooth from front to back, definately worth a try.