jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a minimal head. Interesting aroma of hazelnut, brown sugar, and malts. Nutty flavor with slight roasted notes and some brown sugar sweetness. Long-lasting aftertaste. Very smooth.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One the best I’ve had and a new favorite! Light brown head with good lacing. Deep brown color. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Nice malty flavor’s, moderate chocolate. Medium, creamy body. Nice to have around!
can8ianben (1484) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice, creamy and dark with a nice smoky flavour. There is a definite nuttiness to this one that is often lacking in other nut brown beers. Its really very well done. I actually had some packaged incorrectly in the wrong bottle.
twindadplus2 (668) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown with a small tan head that vanishes quickly. Aroma is mild nutty, roasted malts. Flavors are what really make this one though; Hazelnut, roasted malt, toffee, caramel. Heavy and creamy with just enough hoppy bitterness to keep the finish dry, crisp and smooth. Outstanding!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour with a thin creamy head. Hazelnut powered the aroma, followed by some vanilla, sweet malts, and toffee. Hazelnut, brown sugar, and vanilla provided much of the flavor. There was a hint of chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel and long hazelnut finish... almost like I had just finished a cold cappuccino (but in a good way).
fordest (2421) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Windy City El Cajon. I am not a big brown ale fan. But I may have found one I can stand. Aromas were not much to speak of, caramel and some toffee, but the flavors really kicked in. I first tasted the head and the hazelnut actually surprised me. Then in the beer, hazelnut and vanilla and cream. Very creamy and very smooth. But then that familiar Brown Ale taste to finish it off.... I liked it, but it’s still a Brown Ale.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 wow. way impressed with this one. had it on tap at summits in cumming. this was so creamy and nutty. i can still remember every hint of flavor in this one. almond and honey roasted peanuts. vanilla and heavy creams are makin this shit work for me yo. perfectg brown with the creamiest tan head ever. this was really frickin amazing. two thumbs up.
beerguzzler (31) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark brown with slight toffee aroma. taste is of a mix of a maple chocolate merge with lots of nut flavor throughout . very malty from beginning to end on this one... another good one from rogue
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate brown color with a medium head. Sweet aroma of nuts. There’s definitely a hazelnut blast in the taste. Sweet maple syrup and brown sugar round it out. Malty base; the hops never really show up.
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 I too was expecting some cheap coffee flavoring of hazel nut. I should of given Rogue the benefit of the doubt, for this is the real deal. Brownish red in appearance with tan head that dissipates quickly. Slight lace remains. Not much in the nose, but tons in the taste. Sweet nuttiness with a malty brown sugar evident through my entire gulp. Absolutely delicious. Imagine if you took all the subtle flavors of New Castle and exaggerated them. Best brown ale I ever have had.
Rerate: Alchohol is almost impossible to detect. Although this does taste a little sour to me this time. lowering score accordingly.
Yet another rerate: This beer keeps getting worse in my book. Artificial tootsie roll flavor..slightly sour....