Roachie (13) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours beautifullywith a deep reddish brown body and a beige head that tends to discipate rather quickly. The scent is subtler than is to be expected considering the powerful flavour. Strong hazelnut/chocolate/caramel flavour that goes down beautifully smooth and leaves a tart feeling on the sides of the tongue. My one critique is that this beer was a bit too carbonated for my liking, that was not enough, however, to ruin the truly awesome taste of this beer. THis beer tastes like it should be served as desert!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark mahogany color, small off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and some nuttyness. Flavor is nutty, almonds, caramel, very sweet, but not over the edge. Very nice!
dwyerpg (5428) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells if faintly alcoholic, faintly malty, but light overall. This is a quite refreshing beer, and really not that heavy. The hazelnut flavoring is light, but noticeable and the right amount. rogue is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice golden brown with a small tan head. Smell is overwhelmingly of hazelnut wth nutty malty overtones. Light sweetness in the nose, hints of vanilla or almond?
Taste is much like the smell. Roasted malt followed by overpowering taste of the hazelnut extract. Lightly sweet and lightly smoky. A surprising bitter hoppy finish with a lightly malty aftertaste on the tongue, then you are tasting the hazelnut again. Hints of nutty vanilla or almond too. For me, the strong hazelnut prevent it from being really drinkable but it is still very smooth. A complex and tasty brew. Definitely not my favorite from rogue but I would not hesitate to try it again.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown. Nice fluffy head. Moderate carbonation.
Robust chocolatey nutty aroma. Man this stuff really smells great.
I didn’t know what a hazelnut tasted like until I took a drink of this. I like hazelnuts. The choclateyness really works well with the nuttyness. This medium bodied beer seems to stick around in you mouth for a while. Man this is good. Probably the best Rogue ale I’ve tried so far.
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 650 ml obtenue par importation privée via Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café aux noisettes et de chocolat. Apparence: Couleur brune rougeâtre. Aucun col. Densité moyenne des bulles. Saveur: Goût facilement détectable de noisette. On y percois aussi un léger goût de sésame et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Corps moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût de noix. (Rating #133)
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Very sweet aroma with coffee and chocolate scents. Very smooth. Malty tases with a surprising amount of hops at the finish. Very nice brew.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color. Sweet and smooth with a hint of honey. It wasnt as nutty as I expected. It had a very interesting tang to it.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tastes like coffee mixed with swiss mix hot chocolate. you can definatly taste the hazelnut. creamy mouthfeel and a coffee chocolate aroma. very good. no head very dark brown body.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours transparent brown with ruby overtones. Tan head clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is hazelnut coffee and hops. The first sip made me say wow now there is something different. The flavor is amazing. The hazelnut flavor really comes through in the first sip. I let the glass warm a little while reading some of the reviews here and I think that was wise. This is bursting with goodness from a style that I usually find quite drab. There is also malt and some roasted flavor and even some vanilla. I think it is very balanced and while it isn’t too thick it feels good in the mouth almost buttery. This is my favorite nut brown ale now. My first rating of a Rogue beer as well and I must say I’m quite impressed with this one.