Hazel's Nuts
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #125
ABV:
11%
Score:
97
Ranked #479
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 6.83%
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
541
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Notes: Formerly known as Ahh Nuts! when released as a draft only offering.
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Saturday at 02:40 AM
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Friday at 10:03 PM
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of hazelnut, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla.. Tastes of hazelnut and vanilla, light caramel, and bourbon. Great mouth feel.

Nov 04, 2019
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The further I got through this bottle
The lower my rating became. It brings the hazelnut in a big way - massive even, but it’s all too much. In my perfect world the barrel character is turned up 25% and the sugars cut
By the same margin. Sickly sweet and eventually Difficult to drink, perfect for a four ounce portion as a novelty dessert stout but Quickly wears out its welcome.

Nov 01, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Craft beer is full of side shows. The inclusion of any ingredient imaginable has each of them trying to stand out among the crowded and freakish flavors. But Odd Side Ales is letting it all hang out with coffee, bourbon barrels and hazelnut.

Pouring a viscous black, like used motor oil, the rich Hazel's Nuts layers patiently into the glass, bringing a float of coffee creme to the surface. Hazelnut aromas are prominent with the very first pass of the nose. With a backdrop of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, caramel and vanilla, the overall scent of Nutella and Kahlua seem a fitting backup scent. Dessert-like sweetness wraps around the early palate with toffee, chocolate and a strong latte maltiness.

And as those sweetnesses spread onto the middle palate, the hazelnut flavors welcome the barrel nuances of vanilla, coconut and nougat for a soft but firm sweetness of condensed milk and chocolate. Its coffee spice brings a bold French roast character, allowing its heavy char to take an edge off of the sweetness. A shy bitterness also assists with balance before the simmering heat of bourbon continue to draw attention away from the sweetness. Nuances of marzipan and amaretto ebb and flow throughout the session.

Full bodied, creamy and lavish with a milkshake consistency, the stout extends long on the finish with those same Nutella and Kahlua flavors that were introduced early.

Oct 25, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black dark brown with a thick but short lived mocha cap. Nice lacing. Aroma is fresh roasted mocha coffee forward with obvious hazelnut highlights. Flavor follows the nose, sweet dark chocolate, hazelnuts, vanilla and joined with a touch of bourbon. Feel is creamy smooth, lightly carbonated. Overall a fabulous beer. Dangerous sipper as the high abv is totally hidden.

Oct 11, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on February 20, 2019. Coffee stout aged in bourbon barrels. Provides mouth watering vanilla, oak, whiskey, chocolate and espresso flavors along with toasted hazelnuts. Rich and pleasant on the tongue.

Mar 08, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Jan 06, 2019
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Dec 25, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Dec 01, 2018
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Nov 30, 2018
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Nov 12, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Nov 05, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Nov 02, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

3.82/5  rDev -13%
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

Oct 26, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

4.17/5  rDev -5%
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.

Oct 18, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Aug 17, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottled 10/11/17
Look - Black medium thick body, mocha-brown thib later of head, foam on surface.
Nose - Hazelnuts, milk chocolate, light-med roast coffee, nutty, roasty, hint of bourbon.
Taste - hazelnuts, milk chocolate, coffee and malt roastiness, trace of bourbon sweetness, coconut, more hazelnut, and small trace of heat for 11%. Finishes with a medium light sweetness for the style. More of a cola quality as it warms
Feel - Medium to thin, definitely surprised me. Higher than average carbonation and fairly active fizzing on the tongue.

An enjoyable nutty and not overly forward BBA stout that many can enjoy.

Jul 28, 2018
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty remarkable combination of roast, nuttiness, earthy wood, dark chocolate, dried fruit, figs, maple, and rye. Really amazing nuttiness (hazel and pecan, specifically) that makes it unique, but the dark fruits bring it home. Sweet but not cloyingly so. So dark and rich.

Apr 28, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 2/16/17, had 2/15/18.

Pours a very dark brown, opaque, with a half inch quickly dissipating head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of... wow, a ton of hazelnuts, coffee, malt, some cocoa and caramel, light dark chocolate. Really smells terrific. The taste is coffee, hazelnuts, malt, dark chocolate, caramel, light molasses, very light vanilla. A roasty bitterness. Smooth, somewhat creamy, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

The hazelnuts are the star, the coffee is excellent. Terrific aroma and flavor, very enjoyable. Run for this one and grab a few, if you can. One was not enough for me.

Apr 05, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fans of sweet, sweet, boozy stouts rejoice! This beer is for you! I was amazed by the intensity of this beer. The smell was simply fantastic, like freshly roasted german nuts with notes of bourbon goodness. I almost wanted to smell this beer more than I wanted to drink it... almost. Because the taste was also intense but in a more rewardingly complex way. Add to the nuts and bourbon flavors of toffee, caramel, vanilla, and plenty of dark fudge. A perfect dessert beer.

Feb 27, 2018
Hazel's Nuts from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 541 ratings