FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown beer, very clear. Thin Tan head that does not last long. Not over the top Hazelnut flavor, but it does kick in in the finish, a nice subtle note. A bit of the Hazelnut note in the nose as well. I like that the sweetness in this beer is very subtle, I hate when these beers are over-sweetened. The front taste is malty, and I can't pull out any taste of the hops, which I was not really expecting to.
CapFlu (4322) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(65o ml bottle) This is truly a nice brown ale. Pale yellow, medium sized head and a deep red body. Nose and flavour of caramel, malt, oak and whiskey. Very delicious. Many thanks to MartinT for graciously picking this up for me on one of his roadtrips to the southland...
jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now this is a good brown ale, a style that is usually not my favorite. Loved the way it looked in a plain pint glass with a dark nut brown and light brown head. The hazelut added an interesting angle, as that flavor seems implied in most of the browns anyway, but it actually seemed to give more malt flavor than the cider-type finish I seem to get with most browns. Liked it and will be getting more soon.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a quite dark slightly reddish brown, small head, good lacing. Sweet malt aroma, definitely some chocolate in the flavor.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Saw the Morimotos thinking they were different from the normal Rogues, but they aren't. Regardless, I've not had the normal Hazelnut. Pours a dark amber color with a small, thick head that sticks around for quite some time. I could not find the hazelnut in the aroma, but I did find some chocolate hints along with some sweet malts. The flavor really showed the hazelnut much better than the aroma. Other flavors were chocolate and roasted malt. The mouthfeel was a little thin and bitter, but a fairly decent beer overall. There are other offerings from Rogue that I will probably try again before this one.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pleasant drinking experience. This nice brown ale smells of sweet roasted malt. Appearance is reddish brown with big off white head that is fully retained. There is moderate lacing. The drinking is where things get good. This is a malty beer that is nice and smooth. A very nice break from the BIG ABV beers I usually consume.
Dogbrick (7145) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Kudos to Rogue for not making a run-of-the-mill Brown Ale. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light tan head. Nice spidery lacing. Huge caramel aroma along with the telltale hazelnut. Somewhat rich with a nice mixture of malt, nuts, caramel and hops in the flavor. The finish is rich and nutty. I like this one.
DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ths brew pours a deep, mahogony brown with a tan head of good retention. The aroma is a combo of malted milk and caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, all malt up front. Sweet, hazelnut flavor is subtle but definitely present. Finish is a balance of sweet malt and light hops. Delightful brew.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2003 Very deep brown body with a perfect 2 inch tan head, rocky, with small and regular bubbles, fine lacing and lasting. Sweet nose, chocolate mainly with hints of maple and coffee. The taste is pretty malty, sweet, surprisingly very fresh with loads of nice flavors among which none really stood out, but honey, chocolate, milk, nuts, toffee, caramel, coffee, maple, rich cookies. Soft, creamy and chewy palate. Tremendous malt/hops balance, more on the malt size, but hops is noticeable, especially toward the finish where I noticed a woody/herbal hops flavor and a roastiness that added to the complexity. Great bursting vanilla aftertaste. Lovely beer which I'm frightened I won't be able to get a crack at near often enough living up here:(
Two thumbs up to JoeT for this great desert.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark brown with a slight reddish tint. Light tan, creamy head. Nutty malty aroma. Sweet nutty, roasted malt taste, slightly chocolate taste. A very good friend to me once described this as tasting like a "chocolate stick". I don't quite know what was meant by that, but it works for me.