Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Brown Ale
Newport, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Ale with natural Hazelnut flavor aged in Hazelnut Spice Rum Barrels

33 IBU, 73.6 AA, 14 Deg. Plato, 36 deg. L

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ChainGangGuy (4883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2010
16 ounce pint at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: The shifty bartender, unable to make eye-contact, nervously places before me a clearish, darkened brown-amber body with a scant, light beige head. Does he know something I dont?

Smell: Its just an odd aroma, really. Illgotten spices scattered over berries and grapes and thrown into a vat of raw alcohol, giving a scent akin to over-the-counter cough syrup. I know I dont waste my money on those flu shots, but, come on, Im not sick and dont need sixteen ounces of medicine. Unacceptable!

Taste: Slim maltiness, nil sweetness, and, actually, I find it a little hard to detect the hazelnut found in the standard Brown Nectar. That same medicine character carrying over from the aroma. Im not tasting anything Id feel confident labeling as tasting of rum (which I like, as Ive been known to take a long gluglug pull from the bottle). Its like the barrel just sucked the absolute life oughta this beer without putting anything (at least anything good) back. Heated, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Lightly carbonated. Its kind of dead in my mouth, just like my hope and interest in the continuation of the John John barrel-aging series.

Drinkability: A beer where everyone and everything you ever cared about is ripped from you and you are left spinning in a black, featureless void of nothingness, unable to feel anything but the slow, dull ache of remembrance as to how the world used to be. Rogue took a beer Ive always enjoyed and turned it into something horrific.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - NOV 7, 2010
Dark brown appearance with little to no head. Aroma is light, slightly nutty. Flavor is light, somewhat nutty as well. Honestly not tasting much hazelnut in this one. Light crisp carbonation is a bit much in finish, kind of distracts from taste. Overall, not bad, but I probably wouldnt seek it out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours the color of dark brown sugar. Aromas of roasted hazelnut, coffee and chocolate on the nose. Lots of roasted hazelnut on a smooth, viscous palate. Long finish continues the nut flavors with more coffee. This beer is perfect for football weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2828) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle. Light to moderate malt notes of roasted, nutty and caramel, light herbs and dough for the hops and yeast, with hints of brown sugar and maybe some rum. Head is small, fizzy, light brown with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is hazy mahogany. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly bittersweet and moderately acidic. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, watery with a lively carbonation. This is a very easy drinking Brown Ale. Its pretty simple in everything, but everything thats there is tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dchew (6) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2010 does not count
22 oz. bottle poured into a mug. Small tan head with good retention. Poured a dark copper that was rather hazy. Aroma was malty with a hint of nuttiness. Taste was that of spice, nut, and sweet malt. This is a good beer for this time of year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Bottle Lightly hazed, burnt orange ale with a small, foamy, off-white head. Great retention. Nutty, malty aroma hazelnut and butter-pecan ice cream. Medium-bodied with stinging carbonation. Well-balanced flavor with a modest lactic acid component that is not present in the un-treated base beer. Other than that, like the base beer, this one delivers big-time nuttiness. Minerally bitterness tempers big-time caramel and praline sweetness. Short, crisp, clean finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12410) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2010
22oz bottlepours no head and copper color. Aroma is mild sweet medium malt. Taste is mild sweet medium malt, some nut, slight wood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2010
On draught @ Smoky Oak in Charleston. Brown pour with no head into a pint glass. Aroma was big time rum and barrel. Flavors were similar yet a bit flat and unappealing. Lots of rum alongside a spice character I couldnt ID. Mouthfeel was super thin, almost watery, way off putting. Finish was sweet and spicy, not a fan of this one and I love the Hazelnut brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2383) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - OCT 30, 2010
Nice clear reddish brown with a thick light tan pour, slippery spotty lacing and good retention. Good return on a vigorous swirl as well. The aroma is quite complex: nutty hazelnuts, bit of wood, warmth, those strange brown wrapped chewy candies that you never ate from halloween, light rum notes, sweet raisins, borderline smoke, sweetness and richness. Very nice subtle aromas can be found. Has a spice similar to x-mas beers. The taste is also interesting: Rum and hazelnuts dominate, cinnamon, caramel. not my favorite but its enjoyable and fairly straight forward. Theres also a bit of wood, hints of something almost chocolatey. Zippy hints of rum, zero hops (its a Rogue first!). Nice carbonation. Finishes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
This beer pours a deep brown with a medium tan head. The aromas are nuts malt, vanilla. The mouthfeel is watery and lightly bitter end a little sweet. Not a great beer but not bad either.

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