presario (4690) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quality in every way, except for the clear bottle. Excellent mouth feel. Deep brown/red colour. Light head with good lacing. Good flavour of light nuts, malt and hops. The big bottle is empty way too fast as is the glass.
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper pour. Small head. very tight lacing fell fast. Nice light nutty aroma, caramel. Starts nutty and sweet, nice. Finishes smooth with a very slight bitter end. very slight. a pleasent drink.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The mix between the creaminess and nuts didn’t do it for me. Looks very nice—big, quickly dissipating white head. The hoppy smell in the glass wasn’t borne out by the taste. I felt the malt was overbalanced, and that it took away from the great astringent nut taste. It felt disjointed. Mouthfeel was nice and solid and the finish was clean but not bitter enough. Good but lacking in some areas.
VAYankee (332) - Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid nut brown ale. Good flavor; smooth and drinkable. I was hoping for a little more given the cost.
krdktq (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
THIS ALE HAD GOOD COLOR WITH A NICE FIRM HEAD. ONE OF THE BETTER IMPORTED ALES OUT THERE WITH NO RUFF EDGES. VERY DRINKABLE. A LITTLE EXPENSIVE
CapFlu (4586) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a huge, frothy beige head and a a dark brown body. Nose of roasted malt, nut and caramel. Sweet malt flavour with slight bitter finish. Good.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge, frothy beige head with beautiful lacing. Body is brown and transparent. Aroma combines nuts, caramel, licorice and roasted malts. The flavour starts sweet with a strong presence of nuts and finishes with a dryer and bitter note. Very smooth but not overly tasty. A nutlovers dream though.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, not good. A very ordinary beer. Metallic finish, fairly bland otherwise. Looks very nice in a pint glass. Stick with the Oatmeal Stout.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This just what a nut brown ale is supposed to taste like. Either you like it or you don't. Lots of tannin / chalky mouth feel, which in Rogue's version actually comes from hazelnuts. Taste of caramel, sweet malt, coffee, and hazelnuts, with a nice, sour and bitter brown ale finish. Low enough in alcohol that you can drink it as a session beer, if you can afford to keep buying them ... Like most British beers, and all of Smith's, it would be a mistake and a waste of money to drink the beer too cold! Would have rated it higher, and would drink more of them, if they were not so expensive. I think that the Brooklyn Brown, or the Rogue Hazelnut Brown, are better buys.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very weak tasting brown. Has no real punch to it. Rather, it just kind of sits there with no real flavoring. Everything else about the beer is mediocre. A disappointment.