jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during RBWG on the Booze Bus. Brownish pour with a small tan head. NOse of candied orange peel and light milk chocolate. Fairly sweet. Taste of toasted nuts. Plenty of coconut. Sweet, oily and rich. Good, but substantial. Pretty fat.
Theydon_Bois (12716) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle during RBWG Booze Buse 20/02/15 thanks to whomever for this juan.
Chestnut brown with a moderate beige covering.
Nose is nutty, caramel fudge, sweet notes.
Taste comprises toffee, sweet dark fruits, caramel fudge, malt base, biscuit.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid flavoursome brown, masks the ABV well.
adnielsen (10070) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home, thanks to jcnielsen for sending. Pours a bit hazy, reddish brown appearance with a brown head. Very aromatic- rich toffee coffee creamer, vanilla, buttered pecans, and ice cream. Carbonation is a bit dull. A little high in alcohol. Some notes of berries and prunes but at the forefront is coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar. Not bad.
GenDV138 (3359) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle on the Brew Bus during the RBWG 2015 bus tour. Hazy amber/brown with off-white head. Aromas of big caramel, toffee. Tastes of rich caramel and toffee. Medium body with a dry finish. Delicious.
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle during RBWG, pours a very dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong cocoa and hazelnuts. Thin mouthfeel with strong hazelnuts, cocoa puff, very sweet, nice.
48FanInCali (815) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - This is a like it or hate it beer. Dark brown pour with ample head but not much retention. Nose is heavy on the hazelnut and sweet malt. Taste is sweet with a big hit of hazelnuts. Much better than Frangelic Mountain Brown but you have to really enjoy sweet beers to enjoy this.
DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2015 12oz bottle from Dutch’s in Cincinnati. Blackish-brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of nutty, coffee, sweet dark fruit. Tastes are hazelnut, vanilla, sweet chocolate, caramel. Just a little bitter. Don’t get much of the alcohol at all. Thin but creamy palate. Not one of my favorite styles, but this is super interesting. 2/7/15: on tap at Daily Growler. big complex spiced aroma. tastes are big and sweet up front then balanced well with chalky bitter. lots of chocolaty goodness. not quite as enamored as first try, but really good. would love to get variants.
H_P_Lovecraft (26) - Arkham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chickow! was the proto-Algonquian war cry of the ancient Adena people who once populated the Ohio river valley, more than a thousand years before Christopher Columbus first left boot prints in the Americas. The Adena themselves did not know, save for their most elder of shaman, that Chickow was the name of a great interdimensional demon who fell from the stars in aeons past, its vast death throes carving the lands of Ohio into its modern form. The buried remains of the great Elder thing to this day influence the growth of a particularly dark and sinister strain of barley in southwestern Ohio, used as the basis for this bewitching brew. Although ostensibly sweet like candy, this murky brown brew with its lacey off-white foam masks a deceptively strong abv. Flavors of toasted nuts, chocolate, toffee, and a hit of something yet darker.
umich03jm (2764) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to DrSilverworm. Dark brown pour with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is like sweetened hazelnut coffee with some vanilla and a hint of cocoa. Tastes even sweeter than expected. Lactose, honey, hazelnut coffee, and light chocolate. Very enjoyable but a touch too sweet. But I can see why this works as a great base to so many variations. Would love to try some of those some day.
arminjewell (8617) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy dark brownish red with egg shell head, aroma brought notes of big hazelnut, coffee, roast, nuts, hints of cocoa, nice earthy tones into some vanilla, honey, nice. Taste is a mix of nutty, hazelnut, hints of cocoa powder, sweet vanilla, honey, some cracker, finishing with some coffee, earth. Nice.