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Gnarly Oak Hazelnut Dark - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Guitars_and_beer on 12-30-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

I got this beer in a pack with their Winter Bock, Chocolate Stout, and some glassware for $5 on markdown at Walgreens. So the value is great.

Poured a nice 1 inch head into the provided Gnarley Oak Goblet. I really enjoy this beer. Right off the bat I'm picking up roasted malt, caramel, and hazlenut. The first sip is very malty, no complexity really. Very minimal lacing.

Overall this beer lacks in complexity, but I wasn't really expecting much. It surprised me with it's drinkability. Guess I shouldn't be surprised, it is an amber ale. But I enjoyed it. Probably won't be drinking again, but I'm curious what the stout and bock have to offer.

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2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found these 50% off at Walgreens after the holidays, had me curious. At a little over $2, what could go wrong? 22 oz bomber pours a clear copper color with a decent coating of fine-bubbled white head. Nice retention, not much lace.

Nose is stale grains with a Nutella-esque aroma.

Taste is quite borish after the first couple sips. The hazelnut aspect is ok at first, but gets a little astringent after a bit. Basic amber ale, really...I'll be able to finish this bottle off, but wouldnt buy another - even at just $2.

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2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A clear, amber body with minimal head. The aroma is... Interesting. Lots of burnt hazelnuts and burnt butter/popcorn. The flavor is somewhat less upsetting with notes of toasted grain and lightly burnt hazelnut. Medium body, average carbonation. Not good, the nut character is catastrophic, it turns an otherwise average beer into a distinctly unpleasant burnt popcorn mess.

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3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Second Gnarly Oak product I've had this week, gotta say I'm not overly impressed, but on the other hand, I am not disappointed either as I didn't expect too much out of this brew. Bought a 3 pack gift set from Walgreens on Clearance with a glass for $5.99, so I really can't complain. The beer pours an ember to deep brown color, while the aroma of nutmeg and sweet spices hit the nose immediately. The beer is mildly sweet, but with a chemical sweetness, not a natural sweetness. The beer has a great deal of foam, lace and head and easily froths up when you set your glass or bottle down smoothly. The mouth feel is the best part as the lingering taste does not stay too long and goes down relatively smooth.

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3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a perfect amber color. Clear. No cloudiness. Head is superb. 1.5 fingers thick. Good retention in the swirl

Smell is caramel and toffee. Hazelnut comes through. Some hops pull through and seem a bit earthy. Great balance

Taste is of caramel and toasty malts. A hazelnut flavor is very apparent. Hops are there to balance. Some earthy hops with a touch of citrus on the finish. The flaw with this beer is that is lacks a bit if residual sweetness that I think should come for the style and this depth of flavor. It really teeters between a brown ale and amber ale

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Carbonation is a bit too high.

Overall this a good beer. Complex unflavored and a great example of the style. It needs a bit more mouthfeel and residual sweetness and it could be great. Right now it's just good

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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive deep amber, with a big, frothy head. Minimal lacing, though.

Nose is strong on the nutty hazelnut aromas -- roasty, savory goodness. Very impressive on this front, and I'm optimistic on the followthrough.

Taste is also strong on the roasted nut front. Not sure if this is a real hazelnut infusion or artificial flavorings, but it's faithful and convincing enough. A solid nut ale and worth a try for fans of hazelnuts or nut brown ales.

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Gnarly Oak Hazelnut Dark from Minhas Craft Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.