VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2001
Well, Rogue left out the hops and bumped up the malt character on this one. It makes for an incredibly rich, nutty and sweet brown. Pleasant deep brown color with an eggshell head that didn't stick around. Plenty of vanilla, toffee, sweet chocolate and subdued nuttiness in both aroma and flavor. You could smell this one a mile away. Starts very sweet and finishes a bit more subdued and refined. There's alot going on in this one. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 The beer disembogues a transpicuous deep ruby color with a Bunyanesque sized head that is spumescent in texture and a beauteous tan color, as it ever so slowly transmogrifies the lace forms a thick and glutinous sheet to meld with the glass. A sweet nutlike malted aroma dominates hints of vanilla, quite fresh and clean, start quite sweet with the top a bit thin for my liking. Finish is moderate in carbonation with the hop personable in their spicy bite, quite dry with a lingering bittersweet flavor, drinkable as all Rogue beers are, but certainly not their best “Whatever” the name. fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2001
This is a very good specialty that's great for dessert...................... prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2001
beautiful creamy dark head, perfect carbonation, smooth taste, with a extra hoppy after taste to balance off the hazelnut/chocolate flavor.a really good brew! jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2003 Deep red/brown.Pretty nice head and lace. Nice dessert-like aroma of chocolate and sweet hazelnut . Palate is full of sweet and roasted nuts mingling with a smooth malt profile. Body is a little thin but the finish is rich,smooth hazelnut with a quick shot of hops at the end creating a little bit of dryness. Nice beer. Didnt think it was too sweet either. Kicks Newcastle's(had it earlier at dinner) ass like Rocky beating on Clubber.
Dragon99 (57) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - NOV 9, 2001
A great beer. Very nutty tasting. The hazelnuts stand out................. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2001
Well balanced and flavorful brown ale. The hazelnut flavor provides just enough kick to make this beer stand well by itself. delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2001
my expectations were too high!
i was so excited to find a big bottle of this to try. but as has been the case with the other 2 rogues that i've tried, the hoopla was bigger than the actual beer.
i didn't get any sense of 'robust' at all. it was sort of flat and thin, actually.
very sweet, and it seems like there should have been something else to balance this sweetness out that just wasn't there.
i love hazelnut coffee, and i liked the aroma of this beer, but dang, i was disappointed with a rogue choice again! and i even let it warm up a bit as another reviewer suggested.
i actually liked the other two styles better than this one (mocha porter and shakespeare stout) even though they were so very hoppy.
my husband tasted this and his exact words were 'this beer rots'.
i wouldn't go that far, but it certainly wasn't all that and a bag of chips as i was hoping it was going to be.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 17, 2001
pretty good, heavy on the hazelnut, but it does grow on you; not too hoppy, nice aftertaste brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2001
Nice color, toasty aroma, and decent body, but if I had to drink a full bottle of this I would probably puke up hazelnut for the rest of the night. Without the flavoring, this would probably be damn good beer.