johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
First taste of this beer is all hazelnut and sugar. After a few sips you can appreciate this taste and recognize the smooth brown ale beneath it. Chocolate, honey, and maple syrup flavors. Smooth, light-to-medium mouthfeel. Sweetness overwhelms any hops or bitterness that might be hidden in the brew. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Nectar is right -- this beer is exceptionally sweet. The malty flavor (because there’s negligible hop to it, and only enough yeast to give it the characteristic Rogue-ness) is very sweet, and dominated by the nutty flavor that is its namesake, rather than the roastiness that helps out in the color. Could have stood to be drier and roastier. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Cloudy, reddish brown. Tart, malty and grainy aroma with some vanilla and toffee. Somewhat thin in body but with a slight nutty finish that asks for more. Vanilla and hazelnut are prominent in the flavor, as is caramel and vanilla. First had on draught in 1995. Still a contender for the best American Brown. Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2005
Gorgeous, dark brown color, light brown head, with fine bubbles. Aroma is slighly sweet and of toasted nuts. And the initial flavor is a caramelly-chocolatey version of the same nutty aroma. Lightly bitter finish. My new favorite beer. bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 pours a dark brown. the flavor is strong and especially nutty. also stong on toasted malt flavor. slight hint of chocolate as well. a very good beer.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
On tap at Cole’s in Buffalo. I love browns, so I was waiting to have this for a while. Pours a dark amber brown color with a thick light tan head that thinned out quickly. Good roasted chocolate, slightly hopped, nutty aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet, nutty, caramel flavor. Smooth. Slightly bitter. Nice bittery finish. Very good brown. I think I need to try this out of a bottle. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Pours brown with a small head. Aroma is of biscuit, toasty malt, a slight chocolate and hazelnut. Flavor is hazelnut with a thin grainy biscuit. A slight hoppy bitterness merges in during the finish. Light bodied and slightly thin in the malt backing but the hazelnut flavors are outstanding. spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Nectar is a most apt name for this lovely winter concoction. Nose is sweet, with incredible honey and caramel notes. Pours a syrupy amber with thin, white head. Flavors of caramel, milk chocolate, maple, honey, and (obviously) hazelnut. Light to medium bodied. Quick, oily finish with a touch of fizz and a last-minute caramel/hazelnut smoothness at the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed this one - would definitely buy again. (Bottled as Morimoto Signature Hazelnut Ale) eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Smooth, nutty, chocolately (nutella?), with a dark chocolately body and shallow beige head. Vague suggestion of caramel, lighter body than I expected but easy to drink in a pleasant way. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2005
On draught at Barleys in Knoxville, Feb 2005. Thick looking, transluscent brown body, but a very rapidly disappearing beige head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, pac-men and honey. Flavor has a big dose of chocolate and hazelnut up front. While I can’t say the hazelnut is wonderfully authentic (I’d rather it was fresh ground hazelnut then the syrupy sweet tasting extract) tasting, it is at least, not overdone. Honey, maple and light caramel round out the flavor, with a finish of maple-cream butter and more chocolate malts. Little hops apparency, just some earthiness. Body, was sadly quite light and watery. Perhaps the kegs having traveled so far hurt the beer, so I will have to try this one again. It didnt taste old though, so I’m not sure. Low carbonation.