GenDV138 (5503) - 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 (8791) - 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 (848) - 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 (4123) - 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 (3381) - 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 (9237) - 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.
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This rating is for people who enjoy sweet dessert beers - if you’re not looking for that in a brown ale, disregard!
On tap in a small snifter, at Tap House Grill in Kenwood.
A: Arrived in the snifter as a deep brown with cherry wood highlights. The head was thin and pale, with bubbles on the larger side. Lacing on the snifter was minimal during consumption.
S: The nose opens with heavy, heady sweetness, wreathed around nuttiness, cocoa, and warm toasty malt. There’s a faint coppery tang to it as well. The scent doesn’t bother hiding that this is a dessert beer.
T: The sweetness from the nose is even more pronounced in the first moments of tasting this beer, which opens with a rush of lactose mixed with dark chocolate, marshmallow, and a serious dose of hazelnut. As the middle hits, there is a detectable tinge of coppery metal, which remains through the finish. The malt presence is never what one would call pronounced, but it makes a nice counterpoint to the barrage of sweetness, and lingers a bit after the finish. It was not unlike drinking a s’more dunked in hazelnut syrup, between the chocolate, marshmallow, and toasty malt.
M: As close to perfect as a beer can feel, full and rich and creamy, all the way through. It was smooth, just carbonated enough.
O: A delightful dessert beer, sweet without being overly cloying, and rich in flavor. The lack of hop presence is a plus for this beer. Will repeat.
brock1984 (29) - Troy, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle into snifter. Excellent brew, dark heavy, a touch of sweetness, very very good beer!
gizmo_ber (190) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - JUL 30, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This may be my favorite beer ever. Great body, high on alcohol content, but doesn’t taste like alcohol. The hazelnut shines without overpowering and it’s got a great malt to hop ratio for just the right bitterness to complement the complexity.