Samuel Adams Hazel Brown - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours clear chestnut brown color with a thick 2 finger foamy light tan head that faded extremely slowly, leaving great foamy lacing sticking to the sides; the head had a ton of bubbles in it and was impressive to watch as it collapsed.
Smells of roasted hazel nuts, toffee, brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt malt, coffee beans, cocoa powder, light herbs and more nuts like roasted peanuts; a real nice nose that was full of roasted nuts and very enjoyable to inhale and fairly complex.
Tastes like it smells, with roasted hazel nuts, toffee, brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt malt, coffee beans, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, vanilla extract, light herbs or flowers, faint floral hops, roasted peanuts, charcoal or burnt wood and wheat bread; the nuts and roasted notes are the dominant flavor, with the cocoa and brownie batter taste coming through and then mixing with either hops or coffee bitterness that leads to a sweet cocoa finish that's nutty and on the dry side. This was much tastier than I expected, hats off to Sam Adams for delivering on a good new beer.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with sweet cocoa notes trailing off slightly bitter, a light to medium body and light to average carbonation; what this lacks in mouthfeel it makes up for with its flavor. Overall I thought this was very good, real nutty and easy to drink. A fine example of this style that was very smooth and hopefully not a onetime brew.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2012 03:40:49 | More by CHickman
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Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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