Samuel Adams Hazel Brown - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A - Pours a deep chestnut brown with red highlights and forms a very thick, three-finger head with very good retention. Medium to good lacing. Looks like a million bucks.
S - Powerful aroma of hazelnut, sweet malts, and bakers chocolate. A slight astrigent odor lurking underneath.
T - Hazelnut overload. Very similar inital taste to eating a Ferrero Rocher candy minus the chocolate sweetness, then some earthy hop bitterness comes out bringing at least some balance. Some bitter chocolate and toffee tones in the mid-palate, but doesnt lend much sweetness and the whole thing is rather bitter. The base beer underneath the hazelnut flavor seems to be very dull and boring.
M - Light to medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Could use more body and less bubbles.
O - I found this to be lacking in depth and overly simple with the hazelnut flavor seeming very artificial and added-in, versus something that was a product of the brewing process. Not quite as deep or sweet as it needs to be, and the hazelnut winds up being a little astringent. I wouldnt seek this out again. Weakest beer in the 2012 SA Autumn craft pack by far.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2012 03:01:17 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4.48/5 rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a clear, deep reddish brown color with a tan head that stays a while before leaving a fair amount of lacing.
Smell is heavy on hazelnut, sweet malt, toffee, and chocolate.
Taste is of hazelnuts and very well balanced sweet chocolate and toffee with some hop bitterness. In the mouth, smooth, creamy, and medium bodied.
Overall, an excellent brown ale that uses hazelnut as well as any beer I've had. Should be available year-round in six packs. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 00:12:58 | More by HuskerTornado
Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.