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Hazel's Nuts | Odd Side Ales

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BA SCORE
4.37/5
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444 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
oddsideales.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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

Added by clager on 07-21-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#431
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
444
pDev:
7.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
133
Trade:
21
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Ratings: 444 |  Reviews: 98
Reviews by Knapp85:
Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a dense looking black color with little to no head on top. The smell of the beer has a massive roasted nut and coffee aroma. The taste is rich with chocolate and hazelnut. The feel is medium to full bodied. Overall it’s very good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to @Zaphog for this bottle.

A - Dark brown colored pour with toffee colored lacing, very viscous on the sides of the glass, nice legs.

S - Hazelnut, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla.

T - Hazelnut, delicate vanilla, light caramel, and bourbon from start to finish.

M - Big and full bodied, slick, and very sticky on the lips.

O - This is an impressive beer!!

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Photo of Snoopy488
3.51/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where do I begin? If you like hazel nuts this is for you because that's all you taste! There is zero barrel flavor and zero coffee flavor. The color looks great, nice and dark and looks like motor oil. The hazel nut flavor is overpowering and really artificial. I had to pour half the bottle down the drain it was that bad and to force myself to finish half the bottle. Just poorly done in my opinion. If you want to try this beer buy a cheap cup of cold hazelnut flavored coffee and there you have it. One of the worst beers I've tried this year.

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Photo of bgold86
2.76/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The definition of a failure beer.

Pours a decent looking black, big hazelnut nose, not much else. Smells like a cheap cup of hazelnut coffee. The hazelnut is so artificial it's almost revolting.

Not much going on regarding the taste, no bourbon or coffee, just big bold fake hazelnut with a smidge of stout.

Retire this one and don't look back Odd Side....

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 10/11/17 poured into a pint glass in a thick slow viscous stream of deep dark brown elixer topped with a 1/4in light brown head that levels to a thin cap and ring but easily reforms with agitation, and leaves a sheet of spotted lacing.

Aroma includes hazelnut, cocoa, booze, and coffee.

Flavors match with a little booze heat as it warms.

Mouthfeel is an oily medium-full with a sticky, dry finish.

Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Z_ro
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite beer from Odd Side. The name explains it all. Hazelnut taste through and through so if you like hazelnut don't ever miss this one. Absolutely perfect. One a side note, I aged a couple bottles from 2015 and overtime the coffee flavor becomes much stronger and the hazelnut gets covered up. I still enjoyed it at one year but I think I most liked inside 3 months.

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

Poured a viscous black color with a beige head. Then wow, the aromas! Picked up a ton of hazelnut followed by mocha with added chocolate. Put them together and it was like a peanut butter cup. Did not pick any bourbon though. Upon tasting, I took in hazelnut, sweetened coffee, and chocolate or better described as brownie batter. It's very sweet throughout with no trace of bitterness. At the finish,the beer lended a smooth transition to flavors of bourbon that was not the least bit overwhelming. The mouthfeel was heavy and rich, yet not so sticky. Overall a solid beer. Flavors were not artificial-like and the barrels added a trace of bourbon without being overwhelming.

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Photo of strohme2
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep, dark almost black with a tan, long lasting head. Good lacing present. The nose is amazing. Strong amounts of hazelnuts, sweet coffee, vanilla and chocolate, I feel like there is cinnamon dolce and caramel.
Yes! Hazelnut syrup, it doesn't overpower and balances well, non bitter coffee, chocolate and vanilla, some spice. The bourbon barrel seems overpowered but I don't care, give me that hazelnut! So big and chewy, mouthfeel is where I want a big stout to be. It lives up to my personal hype. Love it.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tan head. Dark brown color.

The hazelnuts show a lot, but they are artificial and overly nutty. Bourbon and oak, but sourness in the finish. Just not a well made beer.

Medium bodied. Too much carbonation.

Not for me. No idea where the 4.4 comes from.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Formerly known as Ahh Nuts. This beer was a barrel aged coffee hazelnut chocolate stout, and it lived up to all of my expectations. The smell was all chocolate and hazelnut. The mouth feel was slick, and thick. The taste was very little coffee, less barrel, but was a sweet chocolate hazelnut bomb with hints of cherry and banana. Outstanding beer. I love Odd Side stouts!

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Photo of DanGeo
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakeEngland
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing

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

Pours deep, dark brown with a little head. Good lacing as you drink with slight head retention.
Aroma is really strong hazelnut coffee with some vanilla and toffee. I’m not a hazelnut fan so this isn’t a great thing but i’ll try to review as if I like hazelnut. That said, a powerful aroma that is impressive.
Taste is like the aroma. This is a cup, or glass, of hazelnut coffee with slight vanilla, toffee, bourbon tones. Slightly more bitter than I would like but enjoyable, recognizing my hazelnut issue.
Mouthfeel is mixed. Medium carbonation is slightly more than it needs and taste is a bit watery relative to the color and bold smell and flavor. Good but not great.
Overall, this is a really good beer as long as you like hazelnut coffee. I don’t so my score is split between what I think it would be if I liked hazelnut and what o know it is drinking he beer. If that makes any sense...

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

Photo of warmbier804
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Zonian1
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ski3PO
3.05/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm a bit surprised this has the following it does. I had high hopes. I love everything hazelnuts from Grey Monday to Nutella. But, as I've seen others note, the hazelnut in this is so artificial and cheap, it's just not very good. That, on top of a thin, sweet beer, and it's just... not good. It really does taste like some cheap artificial hazelnut flavor syrup was poured in a mediocre, thin beer.

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Photo of Rob825
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 444 ratings
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