SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Wow is that hazelnut. Very strong in the nose and taste, lots of malts. Overall quite good, check this out if you can. Had it on tap at the blind pig in champaign illinois. My wife liked this a lot more than I did. larsniclas (7040) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Nutty and fruity aroma and fruity and sweet flavour. regal (23) - Ringgold,Ga., USA - DEC 27, 2004
Poured a dark copper brown with highlights of dark ruby when held up to light.Decent tight bubbly head.Got to the bottom of the glass with no signs of lace.The smell had a malt dominant nose,with caramel,celery?,and some roastedness.
The taste starts out with caramel, malty tones in the center,and a slight roastedness in the finish.This beer seems well balanced, and has a good clean finish.Medium body and amply carbonated.Will buy again. Discofish (152) - USA - DEC 26, 2004
Take this review with a grain of salt because I do not care for overpowering hazel nut flavor (which I find this beer has) The first few sips of this are great, and then I just find I want to flush the rest.
The nose on this beer is of hazelnutt. It tastes first of hazelnut then of coffe. thegreenrooster (4373) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Pour is a deep brown with a tan head. Aroma is wonderful...nuts and hops with a roastey goodness. Flavor is nuts, rasions with some roasted malts in there, in the end you get some hop bitternes. Another good one from Rogue!
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Chestnut brown pour with lively beading supporting a medium khaki head and good lacing. Very pleasant nutty aroma with roasted malts and a touch of toffee. Smooth and silky mouthfeel and a well balanced flavor of hazelnuts, vanilla and spice. Admittadly, the hazelnut tones occasionaly felt "forced" but I kept coming back the fact that this beer just tasted great. Complimentory and long lasting nutty finish. Heading out today to pick up a few more bottles to share with friends over the holidays. omhper (24973) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2004
Bottled. Dark ruby, average head. Nutty aroma -very aromatic. Sweet and roasty with lots of vanilla and hazelnut as well as chocolate. Clean, somewhat hard mouthfeel. Pleasant, but one-dimensional, and suffering from the same syndrome that keeps many US microbrews to enter my list of top beers: simplistic, hard, clean malt character. RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Draft at the Rogue Public House in Portland. First off, the color is stunning: a cloudy red-amber (almost cider-colored) with a nice beige-ish head. The flavor is truly like nectar, starting malty-sweet and rounding out into a symphony of spice, nuttiness, some fruit and something else I couldn’t quite figure out. The palate isn’t distinct, but is pleasant and delicious as it lingers. One of my new favorite beers. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle. Pours garnet brown with a moderate beige-tan head. Aroma is sweet and biscuity - kind of like sugar cookies and spice. Sweet malty flavor, molasses, maple syrup, nuttiness and light spice. Medium body and nice creamy carbonation. Nice holiday ale - flavorful and delicious. chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
This pours a dark red color, clear, with an off-white head. Aroma is hazelnut, brown sugar, vanilla, very sweet. Flavor starts sweet with chocolate and caramel, a hint of vanilla, tons of hazelnut and a touch of hops on the finish. I was afraid of a very chemical nutty taste, and was very happy to discover that wasn’t the case. Nevertheless, the whole thing didn’t really work for me: it doesn’t mix very well and I feel like I had a simple, not very interesting beer with a strong unnatural nutty aftertaste.