Hazel's Nuts | Odd Side Ales

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Hazel's NutsHazel's Nuts

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Ahh Nuts! when released as a draft only offering.

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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of tcbro023
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ian_graf
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger mocha head atop a pitch black body.

S - tons of hazelnut, peanut butter, coffee, chocolate. Wow.

T - coffee and hazelnut are at the forefront, followed by chocolate, vanilla, and just a little bourbon. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - the body isn’t quite there, but damn does this smell and taste good!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of ZAP
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-Pours thick...like motor oil almost...dark brown/black with some ruby highlights

S-Love the nice burst of hazelnuts on the aroma. A little chocolate, as well as coffee with creamer as well on the smell.

T-Rich hazelnut chocolate ice cream. A touch of the coffee and cream as well.

F-Full bodied...heavy...rich....decadent..

O-I love hazelnut beers and this is a dandy. Did not realize this was an Imperial stout until I poured it. It works great for this style as it combines perfectly with the rich, sweet chocolate ice cream like notes. Excellent dessert style imperial Stout. Definitely sweet and will be too sweet for some but it hits all the notes for me.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikexw
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jmar25
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersampler6
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice hazelnut-tasting stout, just a little disappointing based on the reviews here as it was just a little too sweet. Pours nice dark brown color, almost black, with some dark brown head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells amazing, loads of hazelnut with some weaker coffee and chocolate mocha. Tastes similarly, along with some oak, bourbon, creamy vanilla, malt and caramel. Smooth, thick, coats the palate, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Higher ABV is fairly well-hidden. It’s just a little too sweet and cloying, and tough to pair with a savory meal.

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Photo of soze47
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly spray beer. Hazel’s nuts are there and the malt lends a pleasant caramel tone rather than a more patent backing. Love the nuance between nose and taste. Leave an unctuous nut butter pleasantness on the finish.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Perfect color deep dark blackness with a 1/2 inch of super dark mocha head
S - Wow that stout smells sweet! Hazelnut creme coffee all the way very sugary and very chocolatey!
T - Glad the taste is sweet love sweet stouts it does have a good espresso bitterness to it but quickly revived by the heavy creme stout base. Very little if any bourbon but to me thats appreciated!
M - Smooth creamy sweet and balanced ABV drinks rather medium than heavy

Overall it's a pity I didn't grab another a very tasty sweet imperial stout I believe was only 4 bucks which to me is a steal for a Bourbon RIS. Fully recommended for those who likes sweet stouts!

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped bottling date is '09/05/18'.
Black colored body, with very thin dark brown edge when back lit. Thick, creamy cap stays around. Leaves behind an oily sheet of small lacing spots.
Lots of coffee and nuts in the aroma. Not sensing the barrel.
Taste does include the oak and barrel, along with the strong coffee and hazelnut. Dark roasted malts include some chocolate and a flavor that is close to coconut. This beer is sweet rather than expressing any bitterness.
Thick, creamy mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
Rather complex creamy stout that hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/5/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small dark khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and sticky. The aromas are loaded with hazelnuts. Some chocolate chips, vanilla and caramel. Sweet malts are there. The bourbon is pretty subtle and hard to pick up on, but it still smells awesome nonetheless. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. More hazelnut leading the way. Lots of dark chocolate along with some vanilla. It's on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying. The bourbon is present in the finish, but doesn't shine or dominate, which works in this case. Some warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and is ultimately dangerously drinkable.

This is a really great stout. The hazelnut shines. Great aromas and flavors. The bourbon takes a backseat, and probably for the better in this case. I love these kind of stouts. Well done. It's definitely my favorite beer that I've had from Odd Side Ales, to date.

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3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Raul is gonna be real, he’s gonna be blunt: this is the first time he wanted nuts in his mouth. Now, the question is: did they deliver? Kind of. Yeah, kind of.

Cool part for real, like a foot away you sniff this beer and you like, “Damn, shawty, I feelin’ those nutz.” But scent is one thing, she could smell like Beyoncé, but taste like Lindsay Lohan, ya feel me? And the taste? Aww shucks. 100% Lohan. Thing is, them nuts are strong. Real strong. But they are a bit too artificial for Raul’s liking. When Raul wants nutz, he wants REAL nutz. Not some chem lab, 2nd year student’s science project.

Now, I hate to do it dirty like that. Maybe I’m doin’ it too hard. But that’s only because the mouthfeel is light. Like Coca Cola light. Give me a lil bit here, a lil bit there, and I can understand that nothing is perfect. But weak taste and mouthfeel? Yeah, Raul been burned before (I’m talkin’ about you, boo 2) and he hates bein’ burned again.

Lasting note: flavor may not be artificial, or it could just be that Raul don’t like Hazel nutz

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Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to superspak! I really liked this one. Record in the NBS BIF #8
Pours a deep, dark brown. Mocha colored head pushes up just shy of 2 inches, drops back to about an inch, hangs out for a spell, leaves some nice patchy lacing, and after a few minutes leaves a thin ring. Quite pretty.
Nose is cocoa, gentle roast, and a really tempting hazelnut note that's slightly toasty, and a tad sweet.
Ah the taste follows beautifully. Full, round chocolate notes give way to a graceful melange of smooth coffee and lightly toasted hazelnut. Finally getting a nuanced bourbon sweetness, and a hint of subdued heat, more of a warmth. It really allows for all of these flavors to shine in a graceful melody. None are overshadowed, all are welcome.
Mouthfeel is medium plus, subtle carbonation.
Overall, this is one fine Impy Stout that features hazelnuts. I'd make this part of my regular rotation if I lived closer to MI.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rcjennings
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sauced4life
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gardner254
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Calraven
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours the color of Hazel's beard (check her out on the label) with a thick beige head that leaves some clumpy lace

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, vanilla and roasted hazelnut; just a kiss of Bourbon from bearded Hazel

Taste: Chocolate forward with caramel, roasted hazelnut, vanilla and just a hint of coffee; through the middle, the Bourbon builds, but the finish is sweet with some residual tones from the Bourbon barrel

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Almost two years old and some of the flavors (the coffee in particular) have faded and what remains is rather sweet

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Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 498 ratings