ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 2/20/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger light mocha shade featuring a good texture, but not much retention.
S: Strongly nutty - not just in terms of hazelnut, but other variants like almonds, walnuts, and pecans come through. Aromatically, it’s pretty much just peanut butter-esque with not much else to give any other depth. But that one note? It’s extremely inviting and enjoyable.
T: Much sweeter than the aroma, and veering dangerously to artificial in terms of how it comes off. The flavor profile is hazelnut...and that’s about it. Decidedly one note, and that solitary note has flaws to it. I don’t hate it by any stretch, though.
M: The general texture is kind of thin and even insubstantial. Despite that, there’s a lot of coarse finishing astringency that comes off slightly clashing with the sweetness and limp body. Hell, it even manages to be both watery AND sugary in its finish. Only thing it does right here is ease of drinkability.
O: Not particularly likable aside from the aroma; I’m glad I only bought a single of these and wouldn’t buy it again. Having said that, it’s a good choice for hazelnut lovers - because let’s face it, the flavor is nothing BUT that. If this and Frangelic Mountain Brown have taught me anything, it’s that hazelnut beers give off great aromatic qualities...and not so great flavor profiles.
tectactoe (1058) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Swampy brown with a copper edge tint, light clarity & light haze throughout; a soapy, beige head stretched out thinly on top. Aroma is full force sticky toffee, more so than hazelnut even. Actually only a very mild hazelnut tone in the aroma. Slightly artificial, like concentrate with an undertone of residual sweetness. Off-notes of wet cardboard & dry rot... What? Is this oxidized already? Hazelnut is more relevant on the palate... Hazelnut, cola, toffee, dry cocoa powder, & nuts, leading into a lasting woodsy & earthy finish. I’m getting that weird, wet cardboard flavor & it’s really turning me off. Not as sweet as I was expecting... Rather dry, nutty aftertaste. Wasn’t a huge fan of this one... Not sure what that cardboard was all about. I’d like to try another bottle to see if things are different, but I won’t be rushing to do so.
Danev76 (113) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nutty choc aroma. Clear amber colour with nice rocky head. Nice nutty flavour with delicious caramel malt. Med body and carbonation
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jbrana (334) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Strong flavors of artificial hazelcut, but very watery, and overly nutty. Not something I’d buy again.
Garrold (601) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Clear, dark ruby red. Halo of off white head. Looks the bee’s. Fruity, nutty, gianduja aroma. For me though, the taste is too overpoweringly sweet. It verges on artificial. Quite unpleasant, by the end of the glass.
GreatDane1632 (131) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Catching up on some old ratings from Untappd -- First rated on 28 May 2011.
Mark_Eck (185) - - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown. Strong smell of hazelnuts with some brown sugar. Taste follows the nose.
Habanero (2008) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Deep brown body with an average, lacing beige head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with a bitter touch. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carb. A very nice brown indeed.
DearBeer2013 (15) - - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasant taste and smell of nuts. Reminds me of a light belgian. I guess thats why its a brown ale.
Sebilinz (329) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark Brown Body with tan fast disappearing head. Aroma is nutty, malty. Taste is also hazelnuts malts with moderate sweetness. Aftertaste is moderate bitter also with hazelnuts and malts.
Very nice one.
jstonerock24 (80) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a deep brown. Aroma is nutty, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is dry with a nice nut backbone with little hazelnut character. Finishes with a sweet caramel finish.