BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate nutty aroma with a hoppy background. Dark brown pour with nice tan head. Flavor is very complex for a brown ale, almost like a porter with it's amount of chocolate malt. It's malty and acidic on the palate and one of the best brown ales ever, hazelnut is the way to go with these all the way.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Nice solid hazelnut dark brown in color, how fitting, thin but firm creamy dark ivory head, faded fast to leave a skim always present and lace in thin sheets. Aroma is a light roasty chocolate and hazelnuts, with a hint of coffee, quite appetizing.
Taste is rockin' smooth of chocolate tones and hazelnuts, slightly roasty and a touch of quick sweetness. Nice airy nut-like dryness in the finish. Nice creamy medium body, way smooth, quite nice and easy, makes for excellent drinkin'. The only thing is that its over to fast, but man its good! Another top notcher by Rogue.
I couldn't tell much difference between this and the other hazelnut brew Rogue makes except it seems to have more extractness to it. Nice solid dark brown color with some dark orangey glowing edges, thin but firm creamy dark ivory head, faded off slowly, lace in small spots. Smell is light roasty chocolate and a big time hazelnut extractness to it, some wiffs have more hazelnut then others where others were nearly empty. Taste is about as smooth as the other hazelnut beer with some lightly favorable chocolate tones and hazelnuts, slightly roasty and a touch of quick sweetness. Nice airy nut-like dryness in the finish, yet stays sweet. Perhaps a bit too much in that regards. Again with some sips the extract is more evident then others. Seemingly off a bit comparingly to the original. Still, a nice creamy medium body encompasses it while it maintains an overall smoothness and drinkability. Good, but the extract stood out a bit too much then what the original portrays. However, it is quite nice and wouldn't turn it down for nothing and; albiet it's a bit one dimensional.
MaBeer1972 (1438) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer lives up to the hype! Deep reddish brown color, nutty aroma. Flavors are nutty with also coffee and caramel. No harsh aftertaste. Impressive.
fiulijn (16427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Bottle, 2006-01-27, 6-3-7-3-14=33
Brown color. Aroma of mature malt. Bitter taste, very original and well conceived, malt, hazelnuts, vanilla, roasted malt… Like a brunch at Coffee House…
Bottle, 2003-07-10, 6-4-6-3-12=31
Brown color. Aroma of fresh backed cake, malt, light hop. Quite good body, stout-like, roasty, nutty. Maybe too weak in the end. Too much monotonous finish: caramel.
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. One of my favorites. A deep, melancholy red color, with a smooth aroma and taste.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazelnut colour alright, deep bone colour. Wonderfully different aroma, and the taste. Tastes like a malted milkshake. Wonderfully creamy, sweat and malty. Did feel a bit like 6% but there you go.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 Dark brown body with a diminishing head. Nutty malt aroma, light hops (herbs?), and moderate yeastiness (dough). Sweetness throughout with a moderately bitter finish. Oily to creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. A little unbalanced to the sweet side. Peppery saaz hops are detectable and do a good job of keeping the hazelnut sweetness under control.
Rerate 8/14/03. Better than I originally gave it credit for (4.1). Starting a little warmer (50 degrees F)than I’m sure I had it last time, I noticed just how svelt this brew is. Smooth, nutty, lightly tingling carbonation (maybe a little too much so), a good creamy mouthfeel, delicious chocolate malt, nice spicey Saaz kick without being overly hoppy. The list goes on and on. Using Saaz and Perle hops in this brew was absolutely genious, IMHO.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 A strange one. Tastes like a Vanilla Coke/Newcastle Brown shandy with some hazelnut syrup and a touch more malt. Very odd, and unevenly balanced. The flavours don't blend well at all, really bad, especially when i had such high hopes. Another good reason for me not to like brown ales. Odd. Re-rate: Having this about a year after my firts sample, my views have still not changed.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. Good dark amber appearance and creamy head. Body is very weak and taste lacks the fullness of Bells' Best. The hazelnut would have been good if it was bolstered by some roasted maltiness. I was disappointed but will allow for the fact that this may have been a bad bottle/too late in the season or it is just better on tap.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Have had both in the bottle and out of a keg. Definitely the quintessential Brown Ale. Lovely nose of sweet malt and hazelnuts, with a deep, brown color and a full, light brown head. The mouth begins with rich maltiness which is suddenly chased by a mouth-filling nuttiness that coats the tongue and throat. The aftertaste lingers and seems to change as it lies in the back of the throat. One of the best beers made.