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.
AndyW68 (1272) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can’t drink more than a little of this, but it is great. Deep copper pour. Aroma reminds me of bread pudding. Vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate. Taste follows nose with a little alcohol. Great stuff.
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!
IPAddict (1) - Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich chocolate and hazelnut flavor, great color and chewiness. You have a hard time telling it’s a big beer.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… RBSG 2014… This beer rocks!… Pours new-penny copper with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma is a luxuriant intermingling of vanilla, hazelnut and chocolate crème. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is a mélange of hazelnut, chocolate crème and cream soda. Heaps of vanilla and a healthy measure of alcohol in here as well. The alcohol is smooth and warming, not annoying. World class beer here!
JStax (4292) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Lours a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet and nutty and has lots of vanilla. Taste is awesome. Nearly peanut butteryawesme beer!
Caterwaul (51) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"It’s Reese’s for breakfast!"
That’s it. That’s all I have written down here.
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.
GenDV138 (4565) - 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.
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multple pours at GABF. Nice brown color, tan head. Flavors is sweet and rich with great nutty notes, some brown sugar, fruitcake, raisins. Really enjoyed this!