Samuel Adams Hazel Brown | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Hazel BrownSamuel Adams Hazel Brown

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TMoney2591 on 07-24-2012

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 9/23/12 Tasting Notes...

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served fairly chilled...

A) Burnt brandy brown with 2 fingers of a very nice looking khaki colored head. This had very nice retention, eventually settling to a dusting. There were layers and layers of lacing.

S) This had some roast to it, along with a little toffee and caramelized brown sugar. It was nutty, but not really hazelnut.

T) The flavor is definitely hazelnuts, and it is quite pleasant. The rest of the taste is near the nose, although there is some nice earthy hops here too, mainly noted on the backend.

M) A lighter medium body, felt fine, not too thin. Moderately carbonated... This was actually pretty smooth. The earthy aftertaste is good.

O) Not quite in Hazelnut Nectar's neighborhood, but really pretty tasty stuff. I could see myself buying a sixer of this. Glad to recommend...

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JMad
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, sporting a solid filmy off white head. The aroma is strong with butter, toffee and milk chocolate, lots of caramel as well. Taste is spicy and slightly bitter, earthy hops and more butter and toffee, some chocolate in the background. It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish. This is a nice beer from samuel adams, i'd drink it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a deep amber/brown pour with a finger of tan head, nice lacing.
smells of buttery toffee, nuts, hazelnut, chocolate, coffee.
the taste seems very artificial.. extracts i'm guessing. anyway, it's a nice sweet brown ale, with a nice nutty flavor of hazelnut. very tasty offering from sam adams.
medium body, moderate carbonation.. feels watered down towards the throat, slightly creamy on the lips.

not a bad beer, but just seems so fake it's hard to get past it.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Domingo
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A welcome new item in the Sam Adams Autumn multi-pack.
Pours a chestnut brown color. Like many other beers (mainly their darker ales) from Sam Adams, it's foamy at first, but it calms down quickly. It's pretty slick after a couple minutes.
It's hard not to compare this with Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, and that's not a bad beer to be compared with. Hazelnut hits right away. It’s a little more extract-heavy/artificial than I’d like, but it’s not overly so. From there, a normal malty brown ale comes out. It’s a little on the sweet side, which is okay with me. The finish brings the hazelnut back with a hint of earthy bitterness, but it’s more natural.
Good stuff, and other than the texture it isn't as unmistakably “Sam Adams” as most of their other beers.
I've found that many nut-based browns end up tasting like a paper bag after a pretty short time, so making this seasonal-only bypasses that problem.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Amber-brown color with a 2-finger bubbly tan head. Nice retention and a little bit of lacing. Clear with a decent amount of bubbles.

S – Bready, toasty, and nutty malt with some toffee and lots of hazelnut. This smells really good.

T – Unfortunately, not all of the aromas come through in the taste. It’s sweet all the way through with bready and nutty malts with some dry toasted malts and a little bit of hazelnut shining through at the finish. Not nearly as much hazelnut in the taste as the nose suggested.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet and dry finish. Hazelnut and toasted malt dryness lingers for a while at the back of the tongue.

O – Even though it didn’t have as much hazelnut as I was expecting after the aroma, this is still a really good brown ale. It smells fantastic and is very tasty and drinkable. I’m glad Sam Adams added this one to the fall lineup.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice deep amber color with an off white head with good retention
S-caramel, low hop aroma
T-great caramel flavor that leads into roasted toffee
M-medium bodied
O-great tasting beer, one of the better beers I have had from Sam Adams. Look forward to having this beer again

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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