bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Bomber. Pours a clear brown with a rocky tan head. Aroma of hazelnuts and vanilla. Medium body an carbonation. The taste is lightly sweet with hazelnuts, toffee, hazelnuts, vanilla, hazelnuts, chocolate and maybe a dash of smoke. The finish hazel-nutty, malty and lightly spicy. Is it one dimensional? Kinda, but the nuttiness though pervasive really isn’t overbearing. A nice change of pace beer. MPA (999) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 12, 2006
Brownish red with big beige head (sounds a bit like an s.t.d.). Chocolate, raisins, figs in aroma. Chocolate and roasted nuts (again: s.t.d.) with a lot of malt flavour. Nice one (not an s.t.d.-remark you hear very often). PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Pours dark brown, light brown head. It has a decent scent of nutty and chocolatey malts. Head dicepates to a film. This beer is all malt. A nutty bite, with slight cocoa aspects and a long lasting flavor. This beer is pleasant and smooth, but it’s thin and one-dimensional. It’s missing something that I can’t quite figure out, however, it’s close to being a good one. blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Pours a new "castle brown ale" color with a nose of fresh honey, hazelnut, white chocolate and caramel, and even vanilla ice cream. The taste is superb, the color is nice, but the smell is a bit odd. This is something worth trying at least once, if not more. I could see this becoming a monthly purchase. This is among the better brown ales I have had. I guess the only thing I would change if I could is the use of less chocolate malt and more focus on the hazelnut extract. Then again, this is a fine beer. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Bready, caramel, slight spiciness, and hazelnuts. Appearance: Clear and a dark reddish brown in color. Small light tan head disappeared immediately. Lacing was negligeable. Flavor: Maltiness, caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, and a hint of chocolate. I like the hopping on this one. Enough to do the job and bring some pleasant flavors and bitterness, not to much that it overwhelms the hazelnut and malt flavors. Palate: Medium bodied. Carbonation seemed a little high. Finish was a bit watery. Overall: A pleasant beer, and very drinkable, but mouthfeel and flavors seemed a bit flat to me.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Thoroughly enjoyed this as it paired with a delicious Teriyaki steak off the grill. Very sweet, yet nice and full bodied on the palate. Flavors were of vanilla and hazelnut, primarily, with malty undertones. Aroma was similar to the taste and simply mouthwatering. This beer can be the perfect pairing with dinner or the perfect desert. alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 1, 2006
On tap at the yardhouse (san diego) Nice aroma of nuts and pecans with brown sugar. Pours a nut brown color with minimal head. Flavors of hazelnut, honey and hops. A tad sweet but not overlydone. Nicely balanced flavors and a smooth aftertaste of toffe candy. starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2006
I’ve been looking forward to trying this for a good bit now. Lovely espresso colour with ruby glints, just the way I like it. Poured a medium-large light brown head that smelt like sour milk. After I let it warm in my hand a bit, and the head died off, the nuttiness made itself clear. Sweet malt aroma with plenty of hazelnut. Great mouthfeel, thick in the right places. Fabulous hazelnut chocolate flavour with plenty of toasted toffee, malt and hops. Really is balanced quite nicely. mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Excellent nutty/malty flavor. Weak aroma does not translate to the flavor that this beer has. Going on my favorites list. dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Bottle. Deep brown, with a tan head. Aroma is a bit off, somewhat sweet smelling. Might be the extract. Body is heavy, with a sweet fizzy taste and feel. Almost soft drink in character. The alcohol is well hidden with all of the malt action going on. Quite drinkable.