Nut Bandit | Odd Side Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 05-13-2017

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#10,343
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
40
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cola brown with ruby brown highlights. Tan, half finger width head that dissipates quickly, leaving a near barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Not much to speak of on lacing.

Smell - The aroma is nutty and chocolatey with a hint of earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots of hazelnut and chocolate dance on the tongue. Boozy undertone. Light earthiness emerges toward the backend. Finishes on the sweeter side, but not cloyingly so. Nuttiness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with slightly bitey carbonation. Sticky texture with a dry finish.

Overall - Pretty tasty hazelnut infused Imperial brown. A bit boozier than I would have liked but as it clocks in at 9.25% it wasn't unexpected.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tourdot
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeLev
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grupatre
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

I don't smell much other than hazelnut. I do get more roastiness as it warms. It smells really sweet when I poured it cold.

The hazelnut flavor is strong. I get some black coffee in the finish to help counteract the sweetness of the hazelnut.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

It is a little on the sweet side for me. I do like it though. It is more of a dessert beer.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Oddside Ale's Nut Bandit for $2.49 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Oddside's and this one sounds interesting, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a darker brown and almost black color that took on a little bit of ruby of ruby edges when held to the light and it had a fingers worth of slightly creamy and slightly bubbly light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patch lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hazelnuts being the first to show up and they impart a pretty strong hazelnut extract like aroma with lots of sweet nutty aromas and it goes into just a little bit of doughy yeast and a slight alcohol like aroma. Towards the end comes the malts which impart some creamy, dark malt, caramel malt, light roasted malt, light coffee and lots of sweet malt like aroma. The aroma is pretty nice, but it's very sweet and very extract like.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and just a little lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hazelnuts still being the first to show up and they impart that same extract like flavor that's a little too artificial tasting. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast with the alcohol which shows up just a little more than it did in the aroma. Towards the end comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts still sticking out the most and there's a little bit of fruity flavor right at the end. On the finish there's a lower amount of bitterness with some more sweetness coming to take it's place and it had a sweet and hazel nut extract like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but it's a little too heavy on the sweetness and extract flavors for me.

M- Not the smoothest, slightly boozy, a little creamy, a little crisp, cloying, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smoother and not so cloying, plus the alcohol could have been hidden a little better.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and it's a solid example of the style, it was going in the right direction, but in the end it was the hazelnut extract and sweetness that made this beer rough around the edges and it held it back from being as good as it could be. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is a little more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and drinkability, they both need some work and they need to be smoothed out. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend it unless you don't mind extra sweetness and extract flavors. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think it needs a little more works to get to the level it needs to be on. It's not a favorite Oddsides beer and it's a solid example of the style. Solid job guys, but with some more work on the taste and drinkability and this could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Calraven
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz serving tasted from draft at The Craft Beer Store on June 28, 2017.

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Photo of Benish
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a beige head. The aroma was instantly hazelnut with strong notes of coffee and some brown sugar. As it warmed up, the hazelnut seemed a bit more artificial but still up front. Upon sipping, picked up flavors of hazelnut, brown sugar with a rich sweet malt. It proves that paring a sweet and nutty brown ale with a nut is a brilliant concept. The flavors were heavy and bold, just not a lot of depth. It is kind of like a hazelnut coffee with a sweetener. Nuts have been adjuncts of many beer styles; a brown ale is definitely one that makes a perfect pairing. It would be nice to see an alternate version of the exact same beer, but with pecans.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a thin tan head.

S - Aroma is strong hazelnut, banana and brown sugar.

T - The taste is hazelnut, banana, chocolate, brown sugar and light roasted malts.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Solid imperial brown ale with the hazelnut dominating the flavor.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice nutty dark brown color with a thin ring of beige head.

Aroma of nutty hazelnut, some peanut butter, slight coffee, slight dark fruit.

Flavor focuses on the jammy dark fruit, and clashes a little bit when it brings in the hazelnut and nut butter flavors. Slight paint/antiseptic, and some metallic notes as well.

Feel is crisp and carbonated, with a slight starchiness and syrup feel.

Overall, a pretty tasty brown ale. Not mind blowing, but I like it for a one time deal.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/13/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge hazelnut, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, milk chocolate, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of cocoa, coffee, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, hazelnut, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge hazelnut, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, milk chocolate, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of cocoa, coffee, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of hazelnut, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, milk chocolate, toasted biscuit, cocoa, coffee, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, hazelnut, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.25%. Overall this is an awesome flavored imperial brown ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, hazelnut, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV with the mildly bitter finish. Very rich and complex with perfectly balanced hazelnut and brown ale flavors. Spot on for the style, just the right amount of roast malt presence. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours almost black with thin tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma - Lots of cocoa, vanilla, hazelnut, banana and brown sugar.

Taste - Strong hazelnut and cocoa flavors along with roasted malts, banana and almost a nut shell bitterness.

Feel - medium bodied higher carbonation than I would have thought. No sign of the alcohol and a pretty dry finish.

Overall - Pretty tasty beer the hazelnut is there for sure.

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Nut Bandit from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 40 ratings