Mora2000 (5132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the spices (mainly nutmeg but also some cinnamon) as well as some brown sugar and some toffee from the malt. The flavor is very dry. I get some toasted malt notes with some cinnamon and nutmeg, some nuttyness and some alcohol. I also get some nice rum notes in the flavor, which add to the base beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good, but not as good as the unaged Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a medium sized head. Aromas of sticky caramel, hazelnut and bakery malts. Taste at first is sweet caramel with a nutty aftertaste. As it warms it becomes a sticky sweet mess.
mikesaum (522) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours opaque brown with small head, aroma is sweet, malty and nutty , a bit of wood. flavor starts sweet malty and nutty also with a bit of wood, not finding the vanilla notes i was expecting, this is a good beer but, i dont think its very good for something that is "barrel aged".
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that leans towards a dark brown; when held up to the light it shows a not quite clear, bright amber color. The aroma smells nutty, somewhat fruity and of a deeply toasted caramel like character. It reminds me a lot of backed brown sugar on some sort of pastry, and also of amaretto (that same sweet, fruity, nutty character). Any alcohol and heat from the barrel is completely non-existent here. The more I smell this the more I get a nutty aroma from it; it is more than just simplistic hazelnut though as the malt also contributes to this and so does a light barrel woodiness.
Slightly sweet tasting, with a definite full body, this beer drinks like a chewy brown ale, despite its relatively low alcohol content. There is lots of caramelized and toasted malt flavors in this beer and it finishes with a hint of roast as well as a rich nutty flavor; this last really lingers on the palate along with a touch of bitterness. This leaves a tingling character on my tongue after each sip, I am really not sure what is contributing this, but perhaps it is from the Spice Rum Barrels that are for the most part non-existent in this beer.
Not a bad beer, but I would have never guessed this was aged in Spice Rum Barrels. It tastes too much like a Hazelnut Brown ale; if that was all this was then this is certainly a decent beer, I was just expecting a bit more. If I forget about any expectations this beer is actually quite drinkable and tasty; sure it is a bit simplistic, but it hits the spot if you are in the mood for a nutty brown ale.
iabeerguy (390) - Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice deep brown pour with a nice off white head. Lots of lacing around my glass that sticks. Aroma was caramel and nutty. Flavor was spicy with the nuttiness in the background. A decent beer.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking muddy brown with a small beige head. The aroma is malty sweet with caramel and vanilla, some bread. The flavor is sweet with vanilla, prunes, a bit of rum, some caramel. The finish is long lasting.
nuplastikk (3824) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Dexters. Thick brown-burgundy color. Thin, soapy head. Nutty and sweet, with some pungent herbal dark fruit tones. A touch of cinnamon perhaps..lots of oaky caramel. Mellow carbonation. OK, reminiscent of a Belgian Xmas Ale.
MadIndian (2218) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with a mild hint of wood, a bigger nose of nuts and toffee.
Taste was a bit of bread, spice, nuts and very buttery. Not bad.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Brown appearance with a foamy tan head. Slightly spicy Rum, hazelnut, brown malty nose. A touch alcoholic, spiced, hazelnut, brown malty, mild Rum flavor. Hazelnut, brown malty finish.
AirForceHops (2367) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22 oz. Amber brown with a ¼ inch off-white head with light lacing. Aroma is of apple & spice. Taste is similar to the aroma with a hint of hazelnut in the finish. It would be a good fall beer. It’s yummy. The beer is well balanced since it was aged in the rum barrels, unlike other browns’ I’ve had. High drinkability. I will buy again! Overall excellent brew.