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Samuel Adams Hazel Brown - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-24-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Suds
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is dark brown, but allows a reddish light through. The head is a dark tan, but it quickly fades. The aroma is very nice...intense chocolate, nut, toasted brown bread, and a little spice. Lots of roasted malt aromas...not much of a pale malt smell. Hops are present, but not dominant. The mouthfeel is richer than expected...full in body. Not quite mouthfilling. Very nice brown ale.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A brand new style from Samuel Adams out of their Fall Harvest mix pack.

A: This beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with a thin mocha colored head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: The aroma starts out with Caramel and coffee, quite strong. Finishes off with a deep roasted hazelnut and some malts.

T: Coffee and caramel right up front in the flavor, followed by that dark roasted hazelnut. This beer finishes with a smooth, underlying spice from the hops.

M: Very rich and creamy, has a lot of nut flavor with a nice blend between the coffee and caramel. Dark and thicker than a typical Sam Adams, very drinkable.

O: Not a lot of beers except for stouts and a good IPA make me say "wow", but this beer does. Amazing flavor, the dark roasted nut flavor is very well blended with the coffee and caramel notes. I always save the newest beers in the mixed pack for last because they usually turn out to be the best. This one was no different and I couldnt ask for a better replacement of the "Bonfire Rauchbier" From 2011.

Photo of KingD
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-amber brown with a light tan head

S-caramel, toffee, dark roasted grains. Some cocoa. Good strength.

T-comes in with a decent taste of burnt roasted grains and a hint of cocoa, caramel, and toffee. The flavors are surprised bold and clean. There's not much in the after-taste except a faint match of the initial hit, but maybe with more cocoa. 

M-creamy medium to high carbonation with a dry finish.

O-hey for Sam Adams, this is quite an awesome beer. I'm pretty impressed with this one, and I think most people will be. It's got to be one of the better brown ales I've had.

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - brown with a bit of ruby; short-lived off white head

S - nutty, caramel, butterscotch

T - caramel, toffee, woody, earthy, nutty, light bitterness

M - medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation, smooth

This is a decent brown ale. It has a really good malt character and a nutty, sweet flavor that is highly drinkable. If this came in a regular six pack I would probably buy it.

Photo of RickS95
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown pour, cola-like, with a bit of burgundy to soften the darkness. The cascading head is thick with large, off-white bubbles. Serious retention and a good lace left.

A lot of caramel and toffee in the nose, you can almost smell the sweet. Just enough nut scent to give it an earthy smell.

Hop forward taste, the malts playing only a supporting role. The nut taste is faint and only shows up in the finish.

I don't care for it much. Not the style and not really this beer. A bit too much bitter for what I was looking for. Normally the brown ales I've had are malty, but this was more bitter than I can recall other beers having. Very earthy feel. No carbonation. Despite the bitter, very wet finish. Medium bodied.

An ok beer, pretty typical of Sam Adams. Might pair well with some beefy dishes, but on it's over, it's very average to me.

Photo of gbrill
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MAJ3
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of UncleAddie
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Chuck_25
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Danno48
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Really nice brown that isn't too dark. Caramel color that is nice and clear. Head only lasts for a minute or so.
S- Really sweet smell. You immediately pick up the hazelnuts, toffee, caramel, and nuts.
T- Pick up lots of hazelnuts. Not as malty as the Rogue version of this beer but the hazelnut brown style is really good regardless. Very low bitterness, they must have added the bare minimum hop quantity. It seems like all the hazelnut flavor hits you right at the end.
M- Really smooth and light... I have had a bunch of heavier brown ales.
O- I love the Hazelnut Brown style but I only like this version. I like the flavors but not quite as good as the Rogue version.

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a half fingers worth of cola colored head that quickly fizzles away

S: Nutty, with some sweet caramel notes. Fairly one-dimensional

T: Follows the nose with roasted nuts, sweet caramel and toffee, and a very light floral/spicy hop note

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Standard for Samuel Adams, for the most part

O: While it's not bad in any sense, this beer is extremely one-dimensional and really focuses on the hazelnut aspect while leaning on the malts for some sweetness and body. That said, it does fit the season well and is enjoyable in small quantities. It's certainly not a beer you sit down and have a sixer of with some friends, though (regardless of the fact that it comes with only 2 bottles at a time in the 12-pack)

Photo of tobelerone
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer for hazelnut coffee lovers. Pours a clear caramel color with a finger of white head; decent retention and lace. Lots of hazelnut in the aroma; smells like a Dunkin Donuts hazelnut coffee with some generic malt character underneath; caramel and toffee sweetness in the nose also emerge in the flavor. Not over-the-top syrupy sweet or cloying but still has a lot of caramel presence. Hazelnut is the lead flavor note; coffee and toasted malts follow. Body is on the thinnish side, medium carbonation; not particularly smooth or creamy in feel.

I can get into those artificial hazelnut coffee drinks at times and this one initially impressed me with its ability to emulate them. But the novelty quickly grows tiresome, the flavor gets lets appealing as you continue to drink it, and in the end a 12oz bottle was more than enough.

Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of robthepenguin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of caseyhoward
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of CM31
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey brown color with a short airy head.

The aroma is of chocolate and hazelnuts. Nice nutty aroma with some wood notes. Some tea like notes from the base malt. Overall, smells like nutella.

The taste is of smooth chocolate and a nutty hazelnut flavor. Some tea notes and light toast from the malt. A bit of an earthy bitterness, bark flavor. More of a natural hazelnut flavor than the founders version.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Starts sweet on the palate but has some bitter offsets. A bit drying in the finish.

A decent brew, the hazelnut is not cloying but I don't think I would want more than one bottle of this. Not a huge hazelnut fan.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's "Harvest Collection" 12 pack. Pours a crystal-clear dark copper to brown body with rather persistent khaki-colored head. Smells sweet and nutty, with caramel, toffee, roast, and a touch of butter. Sweet and roasty with caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, and nutty notes. Other than being the slightest bit astringent, it's pretty drinkable. Not too bad example of the style overall. A bit more robust and interesting than Samuel Adams Brown in my opinion.

Photo of mzeld
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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