PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft chocolate and caramel malt sweetness up front, followed by a dry, non-bitter finish, with nutty overtones. Aroma is light with chocolate and hazelnuts. Easy drinking, and not as sweet as you might expect from something called ínectarí - but the nut flavors make it something not to do too much of.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Beautiful cloudy brown color with a decent tan head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Chocolate and hazelnut aromas, chocolate and nutty flavors as well with a nice nutty sweetness, medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering sweetness.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 This beer poured out a nice very dark amber color with a tan head, that did subside with some lace. Nice faint malt smell to it. Slight hazelnut smell to it, some coffee aroma to it. The flavor is what hits you. Because of the hazelnut, you would have to put this not only as a brown ale, but a spice beer. The hazelnut taste was very good and quite pronounced. It was so heavy with that taste, you wonder if that adds to the body to it as well as the mouthfeel. Good flavor, but the strong hazelnut and carmel aspects to this might throw some. Worth checking out.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfection on draft. I would not make this my everyday brown ale -- thatís Newcastle -- because I want the act of drinking it to retain a special aura. They are not kidding when they call Rogue Hazelnut a nectar (of the gods, as the rest of the phrase goes). 6/7/2002 update: Slightly less of a knock-out bottled (although still very impressive). Iím taking the íOverall Impressioní down a couple of notches because of that. But what beer isnít better on draft?
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle brown with garnet highlights, dense tan head that would be at home atop any stout. typical of a rogue, the aroma is almost visibly radiating with itís masterful melange of malts. just to hazard an offbeat impression, iíd suggest it has a resemblance in bouquet to hot fudge on coffee ice cream. once on the tongue that flavoring additive asserts itself, and while it does harmonize with the malt choir, it might be a shade too loud for people like me in the front row. as iíve remarked about other skillfully orchestrated flavored beers, iíd love to taste this identical product without an ingredient which is probably more of a marketing device than a brewing refinement. that said, it works, itís sweet and full bodied amid a creamy maple, desert beverage flavor. i concur that it warms charmingly, and the big bottle allows us that leisure. plenty of hop in the finish. could be the perfect beer to accompany a fine cigar. maestro maier makes my life better.
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comment added yet again, 5/31: All that said, Iíve got to downgrade it back to 4.2. Love it, but isnít exactly quite as rich as Iíd really love it to be.
Comment added 5/16/02: This stuff has grown on me. Love the stuff, and can hardly stop drinking it. It kicks butt. Makes me look forward with great anticipation putting it up against Boyne River Brown in a taste test. Only question: will I possibly be sober by the end?
Orignal 1/25/02 comments, giving the beer a 4.2 rating:
I havenít been a big fan of brown ales, but I bought this on the strength of Rogueís reputation (with me, most importantly) for making quality brews, and as usual, Rogue doesnít disappoint. I do like this one better than Newcastle and Sam Smithís. Pretty mild taste- and aroma-wise, and tastes just how I think a brown ale should taste. More richness comes out in the taste and aroma when it warms up, so for maximum effect and enjoyment, you should let this warm up from refrigerator temperature before you drink it. (Myself, I enjoyed it more and more as it got warmer, so itís a good lesson for next time I have one.) Just a pleasant drink that goes down nice and smooth. And quite nice was the fact that Rogue put this in a brown bottle rather than the clear ones. No skunking much less any suspicious traces of it. Newcastle and Sam Smith should take a hint.
aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
rerate 5/28/02: had to knock this a few points after experiencing the subtlety of Boyne River Brown. Oh. My. Deity. This beer just took Shakespeare off the top of my list. Nice hazelnut capuccino flavor. Definitely verges on being a porter. This is an excellent beer.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color, nutty aroma. Flavor of nuts and vanilla. Pretty smooth and drinkable
Amber1 (32) - USA - MAY 23, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
to be fair i should mention i donít care for hazelnuts. not a beer for me.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well I love Brown Ales, but the Hazlenut flavor seems to cheapen the overall taste of ths beer. Its kind of the same as flavored cigars and flavored coffee. But I did find that the beer is quite refreshing and pairs really well with spicy mexican food!