BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice creamy, nutty flavor with hints of coffee, caramel and hops. This one was a real treat that I want more of.
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Really good. Great ale taste- not too strong- with a nice hazelnut finish. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Morimoto HazelNut Ale. Pours a deep walnut/reddish brown/dark amber as the glass empties; there is an ample head that is nice and creamy. Aroma is definitely as subtle as you might expect from an actual hazelnut, coffee, slight alcohol presence in nose seems appropriate for a brown ale. Taste is mildly roasty malt, coffee for sure...hazelnut coffee. Some ripe fruit in the taste, but that's also very subtle. Do I taste raw cookie dough and Bailey's? This beer may be more complex than I can handle rating. Wonderful!! The finish is dry with only a slight back-of-the-tongue bitter. Actually, the finish reminds me of room temperature coffee, too. Great beer. So much better than other brown ales I've had like Moose Drool and Newcastle (opposite ends of the brown ale spectrum). The body is insanely creamy in the beginning, but as it warms it becomes slightly more watery or thinner feeling, but the increased alcohol presence is great. Excellent beer!
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled as Morimoto HazelNut Ale. Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty and caramel. Little nut aroma. Flavor is verysweet malt. Coffee, caramel and a little fruit. Balanced not by bitter hops, but by an extreme dry nut finish and aftertaste. Alcohol is not noticeable. Good carbonation. Nice body. Very drinkable. Maybe better without the nut, but very good.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good brew. Tastes like coffee. If you like Hazelnut coffee, you would like this. Really enjoyable. Malty, and roasty. Some caramel notes to it. Very drinakable. A gooddessert beer. A good session beer.. Had it on tap at Andy's Corner bar in bogota, nj.
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paid $3.99 for a 650ml bottle.
Slightly hazy dark brown... small, but frothy head.
Sweet hazelnut scent... smells like a hazelnut coffee candle. Very nice!!
A very nice hazelnut flavor as well. Slightly coffee, slightly caramel, lots of hazelnut, especially in the aftertaste. This one's tasty.
Very drinkable, but might get to be too much to be a session beer. However, if you have one of these a night as a starter, you're in a good spot!
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitley one of the better brown ales I've tried. Nice sweet brown ale taste. Subtle notes of hazelnut, I'm glad hey didn't go too overboard on the flavoring.
Brownbeard (1) - Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2004 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Everything was greatuntil the aftertaste, which was all hazelnut. It was way too much. I would not purchase this again, which is a disapointment, because I am a big fan of other rogue beers.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, quite nummy. I have no idea what to use as a benchmark since I've never had a hazelenut brown before, let alone ever had hazelnuts. I'm just calling it by what I think of the taste and not by any style.
Pours a dark redish-brown, like a dark-stained mahogany color witha nice head, but not much lace.
Smells quite nutty and malty.
The taste is very good. Nutty, duh, and also malty and sweet, but without going overboard. It has a nice coffee aftertaste with some fruits in there as well. I'm detecting prunes almost.
Mouthfeel is thicker than I was expecting and rather good with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good. This would be a perfect dessert beer.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 A dark brown with a frothy head that reduces to a nice lacing. A sweet hazelnut aroma and a complex nutty flavour dominate this wonderfully full bodied beer. A very sweet hazelnut aftertaste. Smooth and delicious.