Hazel's Nuts
Odd Side Ales

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From:
Odd Side Ales
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #315
ABV:
11%
Score:
97
Ranked #792
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 7.11%
Ratings:
558
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 17, 2022
Added:
Jul 21, 2015
Wants:
  86
Gots:
  133
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: Formerly known as Ahh Nuts! when released as a draft only offering.
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4 by archero from Texas on Mar 17, 2022
 
3.37 by stephenlee93 from England on Feb 20, 2022
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4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Tilley4 from Tennessee

This is a banger of a beer...am an absolute banger...

Loaded with hazelnuts and dark roasted malts, this is like drinking a melted Nutella milkshake...with a dose of booze...

Terrific flavors and such a rich creamy palate to the beer... nothing fake or phony here...it feels and tastes authentic from the start...

I don't get any of the 12% here...or at least not much...maybe a mere hint... its smooth and delicious...

New to my area and I'm going to be grabbing more of this for sure...

Jan 17, 2022
 
4.3 by Giggy from Michigan on Jan 14, 2022
 
4 by BigIronH from Michigan on Jan 12, 2022
 
4.5 by foundersasap from Michigan on Dec 31, 2021
 
4.53 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Nov 06, 2021
 
3.56 by mcbraxt from Michigan on Oct 29, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by NCSapiens from Indiana

First pint out of a new keg poured into a snifter.

Look: Near black color with ample mocha foam with excellent retention.

Aroma: Powerful aroma of hazelnut portends good things to come—probably the strongest hazelnut aroma I have encountered in a beer.

Taste: The hazelnut hits the tastebuds up front, and is followed by maple, coffee, a hint of roasted chocolate malt, and a noticeable but somewhat subdued bourbon barrel. Exquisite, long lasting finish combines all the elements together.

Feel: Soft and pillowy, light and creamy mouthfeel for a stout.

Overall: Very well-crafted, as usual, for an Odd Side Ale product. Unlike some of their other offerings that are too cerebral, on this one the elements come together in harmony to create a great tasting beer that is addictive and good for drinking over and over.

Sep 05, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a quarter inch of densely packed brown on top. Moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is of hazelnut, coffee, and dark chocolate. I’m tasting hazelnut, coffee, and dark chocolate. The mouth is thick and yet silky smooth.

Sep 04, 2021
 
5 by mjvlasic from Michigan on Jun 30, 2021
 
4.4 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on May 11, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

L- Black, with a thin, tan head.
S- Caramel, roasty nuts, chocolate malts, warm pancakes. Slight barrel notes in the nose.
T- Sweet caramel, hazel nuts, maple, coffee, baker's chocolate, maple pancakes and slight barrel notes and maple on the back side.
M- slick and oily and easy to drink.
O- A wonderful, sweeter BBA Stout that can be dangerous.

Apr 25, 2021
 
4.12 by goleeoh from Michigan on Mar 08, 2021
 
4.09 by EdFed from Illinois on Jan 11, 2021
 
4.63 by dielzubro from Texas on Dec 22, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a 12 oz can at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
The beer is part of the swap with @Whyteboar. Thanks!
The beer pours a dark coffee brown color with a creamy tan head of about 1.5 cm. The foam is dense and fades slowly to a clingy edge layer and one large island in the center of my glass. Some scattered lacing shows on the side of the glass after each sip that I take.
The aroma is rich and malty with dark chocolate and hints of coffee, but peanut husk and peanut butter are dominant. Not really hazelnutty, which I perceive to be sweeter than peanuts. I dont get any hop character on the nose and the booze is well hidden as well.
First sip reveals a medium body with fine and gentle carbonation and a very smooth texture, making the beer very easy to drink per the physical traits. Slightly dangerous for a 12% imperial stout
Flavor is what I expect after the nose on this brew. Some sweet caramel and dark chocolate and then some peanut and here I do get the sweeter hazelnut flavor. I enjoy hazelnut in my beer, and am glad it shows here and isnt as peanuty as the nose is.
No hint of hops here and the ABV is again pretty well hidden with only a little warmth on the swallow. The flavors and physical traits make me drink this beer faster than I should and I really enjoy this beer. Im glad to have had a chance to try it and would recommend it to folks that like big malty stouts and any sort of nut adjunct in their beer.

Dec 06, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Pour is black with a nice thick, lingering cinnamon head.
Nose is a huge wave of hazelnut, peanut butter, coffee, light bourbon
Taste follows. Chocolate, coffee, a hint of peanut butter, hazelnut coffee, vanilla, subtle bourbon. Would like a bit more bourbon to come through.
Thick, creamy body. Low/medium carbonation.

Nov 21, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by andrewjraab from Michigan

A - pours a deep dark brown with a volcano like rise of head after aggressive pour. Leopard print spotty lace after each sip and even an hour+ after I poured this a quick swirl produces another thick layer of head.

S - Peanut Butter, peanuts, hazelnut, roasted coffee, cracker jacks, caramel, bourbon, vanilla.

T - Chocolate, fudge, caramel, malts, coffee, hazelnut creamer, bourbon, some smoke, oaky, vanilla, cocoa nibs....just layers and layers of complexity to this. Finishes silky smooth on the palate.

O - Another world Class BBA Imperial Stout from Odd Side. Well done.

Nov 20, 2020
 
4.64 by nmann08 from Virginia on Nov 15, 2020
 
4.75 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania on Nov 14, 2020
 
4.21 by charrel from Texas on Oct 10, 2020
 
4.49 by hopley from Massachusetts on Aug 14, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by SHDoyle from Ohio

Description: Smooth, glassy appearance. Color is dark brown to black with no discernible head or lacing. Aroma is overwhelmingly sweet and creamy, with the hazelnut making a pronounced appearance. Chocolate and coffee notes are also abundant, but there's little bourbon or oak on the nose. Taste displays more coffee than the aroma, but as with the smell sweetness and hazelnut dominate. Not much booze or bourbon in the taste and the alcohol is hidden dangerously well. Mouthfeel is excellent: thick, creamy and low carbonation. Absolutely coats the mouth and feels like a beer to chew on.

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) While this beer may not have the notoriety of Odd Side's other stouts, it's just as good and exceeded my expectations. The lack of bourbon flavor wasn't a problem for me as all of the other flavors more than compensated. It's a bit of a dessert beer given the sweetness and I probably couldn't drink more than one at a time. However, at this ABV it's probably not wise to drink several whatever the case may be. Enough said: if you can try this one, do so.

Jul 29, 2020
 
4.31 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on May 18, 2020
 
4.35 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 19, 2020
 
4.37 by tyjohnson55 from California on Mar 12, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I am clearing out my backlog & the most pesky aspect is/are the bottles! I buy increasingly fewer of them, but they still seem to bob up out of the morass at odd (side) intervals. 8=(

From the Bottle: "Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels with Coffee and Natural Hazelnut Flavoring"; "Traveling Freakshow".

Having Pop!ped the cap, I started with a slow, gentle C-Line pour, but when I noticed that there was not much head in evidence, I stepped up the pace. This ultimately resulted in the formation of just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head that showed absolutely NO interest in hanging around. 8=( Color was Very Deep Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights at the edges. Nose smelled like a liquefied Cadbury Hazelnut Milk Chocolate bar! 8=O Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & creamy, as though a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. It started as an Arby's Jamocha milk shake & then seemed as though a shot of bourbon had been depth charged into the center of it. 8=O I was really digging the taste of chocolate, mocha, coffee, hazelnut & bourbon, so much so that I was drinking it with little regard as to its ABV. This was a dangerous sucker, sucker punching me with a dirty trick - "Hey, look at that!" Oof. I was really beginning to lose track for a while, coming back to my senses long enough to recognize it as semi-dry on the finish. This seemed to be my finish. YMMV.

Mar 08, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DEZ01301960 from Illinois

The ultimate BBA hazelnut stout. Have purchased for past 5 years and it is always solid. So much Hazelnut flavor, just amazing. Thank You Odd Side!

Feb 06, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

Hazelnut taste is very forward. Has a slightly odd aftertaste but still excellent.

Jan 14, 2020
 
4.5 by kkarimi from Texas on Jan 10, 2020
 
4.16 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Jan 07, 2020
 
4.33 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Jan 05, 2020
 
4.35 by sd123 from Georgia on Jan 04, 2020
 
4.31 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Dec 31, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Slight medium brown head with respectable retention... The color is a deep dark brooding brown... The nose is bursting at the seems with rich sweet hazelnut... Some faint whiffs of chocolate, coffee and brown sugar as well... The hazelnut is dialed down on the palate and creates a complex array of flavors along with chocolate, licorice, burnt sugar and some molasses... Strong roasted malts on the finish... Mouthfeel is smooth, sleek and velvety... A very enjoyable and slightly unique beer... Highly recommended...

Dec 15, 2019
 
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jzlyo from Iowa

Aroma is malts, hazelnuts and big brown bread/mild banana bread. The flavor is hazelnuts, dark malts, mild fruit and a big caramel/warming alcoholic finish.

Nov 29, 2019
 
4.48 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Nov 23, 2019
Hazel's Nuts from Odd Side Ales
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