Samuel Adams Hazel Brown - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Dark brown beer. Rocky white head. Nice lacing.
I'm getting a lot of chocolate in the aroma. Very sweet. Some malt. Very chocolately.
The hazelnut must be what I'm describing as "chocolate" because the flavor is reminiscent of Nutella, which is very chocolatey.
A medium bodied dry, grainy mouthfeel. A momentary sweet finish.
This beer is really sweet. And even though it hits the spot right now, I don't think I would want to drink more than one or two of these. With that being said, I really enjoyed it.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2013 14:00:19 | More by UnderPressure
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle -> Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
This beer is beautiful. It pours a clear deep mahogany with a one finger tan head. A thick retention ring remains with a little bit of lacing. Smell is nuts and biscuit. Taste is very malt forward with some toffee and caramel. Finish is slightly coffee, but is overpowered by the malt. Mouthfeel is okay, but unremarkable. Pretty nice beer. Not great, but not bad either.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2013 04:04:31 | More by Mojo
3.79/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
"This flavorful dark brown ale has a distinct hazelnut aroma and taste. Slightly sweet caramel and toffee malt notes accentuate the pleasant roasted hazelnut character. This medium-bodied brew finishes smooth with an underlying spiciness from the hops. Cheers!" Hazel Brown is brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale. Available as part of the Harvest Collection fall seasonal pack. Date on the bottle is early January 2013.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served at 52º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) A vigorous pour yields a crisp, frothy head of a tannish complexion. Body color is a deep mahogany brown with ample carbonation, high clarity and faint traces of sediment.Lacing is thin and clingy, surface cover is solid. Head quality isn't superb but the coloration and lacing is suggestive that there is some potential to this beer. 3.5
(Smell) The aroma is certainly suggestive of nutty hazelnuts, quite potent, followed by notes of toffee and vanilla cream. Very faint earthy bitterness from low alpha hops paired with the nutty bitterness of the hazelnuts round out the caramel malt character and sweet toffee to balance out the aroma. Clean, aroma overall. Despite being hazelnut-forward, the balance is a bit better off in this brown ale than I anticipated based off of other brown ales with hazelnut flavors. Potency is medium overall, most components aside from the hazelnut and cream are dramatically less intense. 3.75
(Taste) Caramel-forward clean front with a sweet toffee and hazelnut cream finish. The hazelnut fits in better here, leveling out with the toffee, caramel and vanilla bean. Bitterness is shallower than expected, however. Overall, it's a pretty sweet concoction, unbalanced in places and thus harder on the palate than it needs to be. Much better presentation of hazelnut flavor than in any other beer that sports it. Despite being a touch overly sweet, the large part of this beer is in balance and enjoyable. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Slick and a touch resiny with a faint thickness. Low carbonation presence. Body is medium-heavy for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low. I greatly enjoyed the texture in this beer as it wasn't distracting to the flavors, complimenting them well. 4.25
(Overall) A much better balanced hazelnut-infused brown ale than I had expected, I was a bit frightened of trying this out after a recently poor-received beer under a similar style (stay tuned) but I found the balance of the hazelnuts to be ideal, allowing for lots of the subtler flavors to be perceived and achieve a better balance. Despite being a touch sweet, this is actually quite a drinkable beer, perfectly fitting for fall harvests. It's a shame they only come in twos. 3.75
Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Hazel Brown Ale
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2013 21:16:06 | More by Jadjunk
Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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