matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Morimoto!!! -I love Iron Chef's!
Rating # 465
Baby pours me a deep brown, but mahogany body… the head is kaki, tall and thick. I take a sniff…. It smells like homemade waffles covered in maple syrup. The flavor is freaking identical!!! Damn, brings a rich Nutty Sweetness, a long sense of hazelnut… hence the name of the beer, butter, oats and sweet but lightly smoky molasses. The body is a bit thinner than I would have liked.. it’s almost cola like, but the aroma and flavor are tremendous! One will find Toffee to Know End in this Brown Ale!
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...a real treat and wonderful beer! Pours dark with a medium tan head, good lacing. Not much to the aroma, earthy-sweet. Chocolate and toffee in the nose, malty sweet through and through with just the right balance of hops. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel with an unforgettable sweet nutty finish. I'll be enjoying this one to the end!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not an ale, or even a beer, but "nectar", eh? Only Rogue has the moxie to pull that off, and pull it off, they do!
Color is a perfect brown, reddish at the sides. Solid, thick, bubbly tannish head. Aroma is swimming in nuts, completely nutty, call the boys in white coats with the butterfly nets..this ale is totally nuts!! A touch of cocoa in the nose, also, but the hazelnut is king of the castle here.
On the palate: buzzing with hops, lush, full maltiness, medium to full body. This one rare brown ale that is brimming over with character! Persistently smooth and satisfying, with a late fruitiness that shows up in the finish.
Another winner from the reliable Rogue stable!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Brown color with a smallish thin tan head. Aroma was light and sweet with hints of maple. Taste is a sweet hazelnut nectar with a mellow hop bite. Although sweet, it’s very good. Tastes a bit like a flat cola and anise.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with no head. Lots of hazelnut on the nose. Smells like something I'd get at Starbucks, but better! Mildly sweet and hoppy as well. Creamy mouthfeel. Caramel, coffee, and hazelnut on the tongue. Nice dry hop finish, with a aftertaste of coffee and hazelnut. This is an awesome beer! I tend to not like brown ales but this one is amazing!
collegebeerguy (9) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Smooth. True, genuine palate with rich flavor. Real ingredients in this baby. Not only my favorite brown ale, but my favorite of all beers. TOP NOTCH!!
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap @ hopyard:Aroma of chocolate and Hazelnuts. Thick round mouthfeel. slightly watery at first, but ends with a very nutty and rich taste. Slight bitterness and caramel.
auto (163) - California, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap. brownish head, dark colour. smell of coffee beans. smoothe creamy aftertaste.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Andy’s. Real nice clear brownish red color with a tan head. Nutty, malty aroma. Flavor of hazelnut carmel and rich malt. A little to the sweet side.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, flavor is lots of malts and of course, sweet hazelnut. Too sweet for me to drink more than the bomber, and not my thing, but a really solid beer.