jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am a bit diappointed with this one. The beer looks good, brownish-red in color, slightly hazy, Quickly diminishing light brown head. Nutty malt aromas with subtle hazelnut. The taste and mouth-feel were the big letdown for me. Very lively carbonation, a little too much so for me. Medium bodied. Hazelnut flavors are there but they are not too big. Nutty roasted malt flavors are predominate. The hops don't really kick in until the swallow, when you get a definite bitterness. Sort of like drinking cold carbonated hazelnut coffee.
bierkoning (11528) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown color with a hint of orange. Hazelnut aroma, indeed, with caramel. Good lacing. Flavor has hazelnuts, oakleaves, glue and salt. In fact the smell of a fisherman's boat in Scheveningen harbor. Fairly thin, even a bit watery texture. Fishy, caramelly aftertaste. Good, but not entirely convincing.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark raspberry color with a fine cream head. A decent nutty smell with some malt goodness also. Flavor is nice and smooth, not too strong at all. A definate drinking beer. The mouthfeel is mildly oily so it goes down very easily, much like SJP's last prom date...but thats a whole different story.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown hue with good tan head and some lacing. Yep, there is hazelnut here but also detected coffee, chocolate, cherry, and cookie dough. Nice sweet and tart balance, some fresh hops show in the finish. Most of the aroma showed up on the palate, nice. A bit thin mouthfeel. A very nice brew indeed, shows all the characteristics I look for in a brown ale, plus a little bit more. The best brown I have ever tasted, edgeing out Samuel Smith and Bells. Highly recommended.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent taste, but just a little watery. I guess browns are like that. I think this the best brown I've ever had. The taste is hazelnut and chocolate. My favorite from Rogue is the chocolate stout. This one gives me teasingly memories of that. Very drinkable. I'm practically guzzling it. It's that good.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good dark brown color,small foamy tan head with a good amount of staying power.Malty aroma,mild bitterness as well as a very light hazelnut aroma.Malty taste at the beginning that later turns to a very nicely done hazelnut flavor,mild cocoa or chocolate in between the top two flavors with a nice bitter taste following up them all.The after taste was mostly chocolate with a hice hoppy presence and posiibly just a hint of hazelnut.The brew has a decent feel to it and also a slight gritty side as well.I'd have to say a very nice brew,and it's to bad this was the last bottle they had but the price was nice .99/bottle out of the clearance basket.
uvajed (178) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma is not amazingly strong, though it definitely has the hazelnut character the brewer claims. The flavor is equally nutty, and quite complex and malty. Very smooth and drinkable, with a chocolatey aftertaste that fades quickly.
From the nice, tan head and dark, rich color of the beer, to the emptying of the glass, the appearance is excellent, whatever that's worth. I personally give far less thought to appearance than to taste, and this brown ale is a winner by every measure. One of my all-time favorites. I only wish I'd tried it sooner.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2005 Smells like the hazelnut coffee they make at Dunkin’ Donuts that fills the whole store. Notes of berries and alcohol in the nose as well. Smells remarkably like a fine Belgian. Beautiful dark brown body with a brown head that lasts with beautiful lacing all around the glass. Rich flavor with plenty of nuttiness, glorious malts and a nice, hoppy finish. Aftertaste of fine dark chocolate. This is quite simply the best beer I have ever had.
Being a brown ale nut, I bumped this one up to a perfect score after its initial rating. Corrected.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This seemed so promising. The bottle even had a picture that looked remarkably like my friend John. However, the flavor was dispersed and watery, with only a vague hazelnut aftertaste that I didn't notice until I was halfway through the 22oz bottle.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
quite sweet, and what a list of ingredients! actually when it warmed up a bit was very very elegant, and complex. wish they came in smaller bottles. recommended