Signature Series Double Hazelnut Brown Ale
Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Signature Series Double Hazelnut Brown AleSignature Series Double Hazelnut Brown Ale
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #68
Ranked #8,684
4.07 | pDev: 10.57%
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Signature Series Double Hazelnut Brown AleSignature Series Double Hazelnut Brown Ale
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Reviews by FarmerTed:
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

really tasty beer, but not nearly as good as my expectations were for it, and while i like it a little more than the base beer for this one, its not what i had hoped for. it seems a little thin for all the flavor, and i think the whiskey aspect is a bit too strong in all of these beers, but the hazelnut flavor is not too much, and even though its an extract syrup and not real nuts, it comes through rather authentic. the beer is a little sweet, and i can taste the grain base a lot less in this one than the base, but the whiskey is nice with the nut, a cool and uncommon flavor, especially in a beer. like the other one, i suspect a higher alcohol content that whats posted here, it drinks hot and definitely gets the buzz going. i imagined this being stellar, galactic good, but it ends up just being pretty good. i dont know how good it would be outside of the barrel, but not im real curious to know. i think there could stand to be a little more body here, a little thin for all the flavor, and carbonation is below average. the experience on the whole though is a good one. i am going to lay a bottle down for awhile and see how it evolves. glad to see dry dock releasing beers beyond the normal canned lineup, those were getting a bit tired.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Because imperial stout is too easy, the Dry Dock brewers refuse to take the beaten path and embark upon an imperial-strength brown ale to engage the uniqueness of bourbon barrels for a complex palate spread that allows the bourbon to shine greater because of its calmer base style.

Their Double Hazelnut Brown Ale pours coffee-brown showing tawny margins and a dainty creme-like froth which quickly devolves back into the otherwise still body. Its bourbon-laden scent is lavish with hazelnut, coffee, chocolate and toffee, but with a vinous barrel-aged twang. Flavors are smooth, silky and sweet with creamy chocolate and toasted barley.

As the beer coats the palate, its under carbonated sweetness clings to the tongue and saturates it fully with long-lasting caramel, toffee, hazelnut and milk chocolate. Buffered with the mild vinous tartness, the oak and somewhat stale flavors add as much challenge to the taste as it does charm. Finishing just bitter enough to offset the cloying nature of sweetness, its fleeting flavors are nutty, toasty and broadly woodsy.

Full, lush but slightly lifeless, the still beer resists any fade toward dryness, crispness or clean flavor. Instead, it favors a long and saturated sweetness that dissected by red wine tannin, bourbon warmth and a hint of apple cider.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2900th Review

22 oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped
2015 Vintage
10% ABV

Pours a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice small creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a pretty good dose of whiskey, sweet, nutty. The taste is malty, sweet, pretty big whiskey note, nutty like. Full body, ABV could be hidden better. Overall, a tasty brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of inpherno
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with gold foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local CO bottle shop and served cold into an Odell stem-tulip at high altitude in Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live as a "double brown" per the label. 2014 vintage.

Expectations are quite high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Beige-khaki colour. Nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness. Retention is subpar - about 1 minute. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark brown-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks nice for a brown but isn't unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it given the brewery, but the appearance isn't particularly intriguing.

AROMA: Obvious hazelnut lends it some nuance, with subsidiary caramel, faint vanilla, and brown malt filling it out. Also boasts some toffee and cream. Admittedly, the barrel character leans more towards bourbon than whiskey, bringing vanilla rather than whiskey's signature spiciness. I'm a bit surprised the hazelnut and brown malts aren't more prominent (if not dominant). It's closer to an imperial stout than a brown ale in my opinion.

Lacks a detectable hop profile or yeast character. No off-notes.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE/TEXTURE: I get plenty of vanilla and cream, notes which are accentuated by its soft creamy feel. Definitely evokes bourbon more than whiskey, lacking any spiciness or booziness but bringing ample vanilla to the table. Admittedly, the vanilla could be more evocative and genuine; while not artificial per se it's closer to vanillin than Madagascar vanilla bean. Any brown malts disappear beneath the vanilla, and the hazelnut is way too reticent to the detriment of the beer. It's well built, though; it just isn't much of a brown ale.

Nice depth and duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity. It's adequately complex and subtle, but not impressively so.

To style, there's no obvious yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or hop character.

Smooth, wet, creamy, full-bodied, soft, and approachable. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or harsh.

Texture complements the taste well, but doesn't elevate the beer, and doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it. It has a creme brulee-like crispness which I find intriguing and well-executed. Carbonation is slightly overdone.

OVERALL: A tasty offering from Dry Dock, Double Hazelnut Brown succeeds in spite of being neither much of a brown ale nor much of a hazelnut beer. It doesn't deliver on the promises of the label, bringing little hazelnut and no whiskey, but it does bring seeming bourbon and has a robust build which is a nice change in pace from the usual dark malt dominant imperial stouts currently on the market. This has obvious imperial stout leanings, but tries for something different, and the result is enjoyable. I'd recommend this to friends, but it's not worth going out of your way for, and Dry Dock does do better.

High B-

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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label data: none noted.

A thin, wispy head sits atop a deep mahogany colored body. Big, rich nose of caramel and toffee with a smokey, bourbon-like undertone infused with roasted nuts. The flavor is a molten version of the aroma -- deep, heavy, incredibly complex. The feel is heavy, syrupy with a fuzzy smoothness; residual sugar raspiness with a dry edge.

A gargantuan toffee, caramel, and nut concoction, just as stated on the label. Nope, no false or misleading marketing hype here! Massively rich and potent malt bomb with cut-throat alcohol shark lurking in the depths...

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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Very nutty on the nose (insert t-bag jokes here). Huge hazelnut presence on the palate. Definite bourbon presence in the fold, but not boozy at all. It's a nice balance of flavors mingling. Very amaretto-esque.

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Photo of Dan_Inreallife
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy, deep caramel brown with a thin tan collar that fades almost immediately.
S: Not much in the way of aroma, but some caramel malt, whiskey, and vanilla.
T: Whiskey forward with an underlying malt-prominence - nuttiness/biscuit. Hazelnut is very muted when first poured at fridge temp, but rises up the the forefront as it warms.
M: Pretty spot on for what I'd expect from an imperial brown - a bit more viscous than a standard brown, but still a tad thin with slightly muted carbonation.
O: Solid but nothing amazing. A bit whiskey heavy and lacking the kick of hazelnut that I was hoping for.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Signature Series Double Hazelnut Brown Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 49 ratings