ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
I got this beer because some of my favorite have been of the nutty ale variety. i was kinda turned off by the boring and archaic label, but whatever. It was very dark in color. when i tasted it i immediately noticed how fizzy it was. very overly so. that and the taste itself made me think of the words "choco-skunk". no detection of the hazelnuts as was promised in the deScription...just Choco-Skunk. i guess that's what i get for buying a beer that's in a clear bottle.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown Color with a little head.Slight nutty malty flavor.Goes down rather smooth with that nice brown ale feel in the mouth.Nice balanced finish.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2003 Not bad but not great. Nice lace with a little head . Kind of watery with a little seetness and nutiness. Aftertaste is unexpectantly bitter. Gets better as I drink more, but am not sure if I would buy again. Rogue hazelnut brown is much better
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Why they insist on bottling this one in a clear bottle is beyond my imagination. Looks nice poured, brown/amber color with a decent frothy head. Aroma is overpowering skunk with a hint of more skunk. Flavor is malty and skunky. Thin on the palate with a watery feeling. I'm sure this was good before they ruined it putting it in a clear bottle but I have to give it an honest review. A dissapointment for me and hopefully one day I'll have the opportunity to re-rate a better sample.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an unbelievable beer that is made for everyday drinking. This beer has a beautiful muddy amber color, an enticing frothy head, and a bold caramel/malt aroma and taste. A fairly easy to find beer that merits an undertaking.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice nutty aroma, I can't say I know nuts, other than my own, well enough to pinpoint these as hazelnuts, walnuts, et cetera, though. Nice mahogoney color. Creamy head that quickly diminishes. A little bit of subtle hoppiness, with some malt. Has that mouthfeel of a good brown ale, where it feels woody/nutty in your mouth as an aftertaste.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I think of brown ales, this is what comes to mind. A standard bearer for the genre. Beautiful mahogany color and tan head, some lacing, and thin to medium-bodied. Nutty and smoky on the nose with a taste that is similiar. Sweet malt and bitter hop flavors balance well on the palate. Nutty aspects linger on the tongue. Only wish that they would get darker bottles that would have greater chance to resist going bad. Recommend find a good retailer who keep this beer away from sunlight.
Holdwine (1146) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ordered an oatmeal stout and the waitress brought me this. Just as well, I suppose, both are great examples of their style and I had never rated this before. Mahogany in color with a nice tan head. This brown ale goes down quite easily with a nice toasty quality. Great balance, etc... buy this beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Which way to go tonight? Pale Ale, Nut Brown Ale or perhaps that Barleywine that I've been saving? Looks like the Sam Smiths Nut Brown wins! As I decant most of the bottle into my pint glass, I'm amazed by the size of the head easing up. I let it sit on the counter for a moment, the deep brown color and rapturous, rocky head reminding me more than a bit of an old fashioned root beer. Ah, but the aroma, definitely beer of the malted barley and hop variety. Toasted grains, molasses, pine, and a smidge of soy. The first sip brings a complex blend of roasted malt with a nice balancing hop bitterness. The long hoppy finish includes a bit of coffee and spice. The malt flavors matured and deepened as the ale warmed. Not one that I'll go out of my way for in the future, but quite pleasant overall.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2003
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Whoa this bottle tastes awful. Tastes like window cleaner smells. Carbonated harshness and poor bitterness and mouthfeel. I really don't understand the point of bottling in clear glass when it is known that light affects beer quality.