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

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Samuel Adams Hazel BrownSamuel Adams Hazel Brown

Brewed by:
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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Photo of EigenBeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, approaching brown, about a finger of head that fades rather quickly, bubbles slightly larger than normal, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a huge aroma of toffee and nuttiness, the hazelnut does come through rather well to make the aroma more complex than your typical brown ale, hops are unsurprisingly lacking.

Taste is big on the roasted malt front, the hazelnut is still well represented yet not as big as it was on the nose, toffee, bit of a burnt malt bitterness in the aftertaste, body is thin but a fairly assertive carbonation distracts from it.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of JamesMN
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 5th Samuel Adams beer I've had/reviewed and so far they've all let me down. Could this be any different?...

Appearance: Almost picture perfect clear dark caramel brown with a very light brown head. Unfortunately, the head is disappearing quickly.

Aroma: Fantastic hazelnut coffee aroma. Like that first rush of fresh coffee beans when you open a new package or walk into a coffee shop. If I was blindfolded I would think this was a cold hazelnut latte.

Taste: A tad watery at first. The flavor really comes through in the second half and the finish. Wonderful hazelnut flavor at the end like a coffee creamer but not so sweet. Lots of caramel mixing in with the hazelnut. Wish that flavor was more prominent in the beginning. Leaves you with a nice hazelnut aftertaste. It almost takes on a dessert-like quality but it's missing the strength and true robustness of a real dessert beer. Does leave a nice lingering malty hazelnut taste on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: It's only true weakness is that it is a little weak. The thin mouthfeel holds this brew back from being truly great. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Finally a Samuel Adams beer I want to buy more of! Even through it's faults, this Brown Ale rings true to it's name and gives you huge hazelnut flavor. It'd probably even be sessionable under the right conditions. I went into drinking this with medium expectations but it flew right past those upon the first sip. If they started with a slightly higher O.G. then this might be a favorite. Forget everything you thought you knew about Nut Brown Ales.

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow its nice to be back in the united states from a beer standpoint after a couple months of drinking pale lagers and boring yellow water, finallz ive got a nice creative dark brew here. this baby pours maple syrup color equal parts brown and auburn red in the light, a one inch white head rests on top. the smell is fantastic, nutty and sweet. notes of vanilla and almond and hazelnut are all there. flavor features the hazelnut in a really nice way. there are some brown sugar sweetness notes, but they are complementary not overbearing. the vanilla is also there in the finish, which has a lovely roast malt flavor. feel is decent, could stand a little more body i think, but the carbonation is good. this might be a little too sweet to drink a lot of, but its a very flavorful brew that is perfect for the chilly nights that are on the way.

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3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a deep chestnut brown with red highlights and forms a very thick, three-finger head with very good retention. Medium to good lacing. Looks like a million bucks.

S - Powerful aroma of hazelnut, sweet malts, and bakers chocolate. A slight astrigent odor lurking underneath.

T - Hazelnut overload. Very similar inital taste to eating a Ferrero Rocher candy minus the chocolate sweetness, then some earthy hop bitterness comes out bringing at least some balance. Some bitter chocolate and toffee tones in the mid-palate, but doesnt lend much sweetness and the whole thing is rather bitter. The base beer underneath the hazelnut flavor seems to be very dull and boring.

M - Light to medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Could use more body and less bubbles.

O - I found this to be lacking in depth and overly simple with the hazelnut flavor seeming very artificial and added-in, versus something that was a product of the brewing process. Not quite as deep or sweet as it needs to be, and the hazelnut winds up being a little astringent. I wouldnt seek this out again. Weakest beer in the 2012 SA Autumn craft pack by far.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz poured into a pint glass

This beer pours as you would expect. Dark hazy brown with a slightly off white head and red around the edges. This beer is very earthy. There is a lot of nutty flavors and a slight spicyness from the hops. There is also a nice bit of chocolate and cocoa. Some coffee and toffee but a chocolate forward brown. This beer is appropriately sized and has a solid feel to it. Aftertaste is quite dry but still pleasant. A good brown.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BryanCarey
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Hazel Brown is a copper/brown colored beer with a roasted/toffee nose and a clear, well- filtered body. The nose on this beer is quite pronounced, and it certainly whets the appetite for the tasting experience ahead.

And the tasting experience is every bit as good as the nose leads you to believe. Flavors of caramel, a little bit of coffee, plenty of toffee, hazelnut, honey, and some pine- like and earthy hops keep your palate pleased with each passing sip. The body of the beer is medium and the flavor profile is well- balanced.

Hazel Brown is sold this year as part of the Harvest sampler pack. It is a good- tasting brown ale that will appeal most to those who like the taste of hazelnuts, but there is much about this beer to enjoy by everyone. The nutty flavor, pleasant finish, and good balance make it a good craft beer for most any occasion.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Suds
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is dark brown, but allows a reddish light through. The head is a dark tan, but it quickly fades. The aroma is very nice...intense chocolate, nut, toasted brown bread, and a little spice. Lots of roasted malt aromas...not much of a pale malt smell. Hops are present, but not dominant. The mouthfeel is richer than expected...full in body. Not quite mouthfilling. Very nice brown ale.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A brand new style from Samuel Adams out of their Fall Harvest mix pack.

A: This beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with a thin mocha colored head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: The aroma starts out with Caramel and coffee, quite strong. Finishes off with a deep roasted hazelnut and some malts.

T: Coffee and caramel right up front in the flavor, followed by that dark roasted hazelnut. This beer finishes with a smooth, underlying spice from the hops.

M: Very rich and creamy, has a lot of nut flavor with a nice blend between the coffee and caramel. Dark and thicker than a typical Sam Adams, very drinkable.

O: Not a lot of beers except for stouts and a good IPA make me say "wow", but this beer does. Amazing flavor, the dark roasted nut flavor is very well blended with the coffee and caramel notes. I always save the newest beers in the mixed pack for last because they usually turn out to be the best. This one was no different and I couldnt ask for a better replacement of the "Bonfire Rauchbier" From 2011.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-amber brown with a light tan head

S-caramel, toffee, dark roasted grains. Some cocoa. Good strength.

T-comes in with a decent taste of burnt roasted grains and a hint of cocoa, caramel, and toffee. The flavors are surprised bold and clean. There's not much in the after-taste except a faint match of the initial hit, but maybe with more cocoa. 

M-creamy medium to high carbonation with a dry finish.

O-hey for Sam Adams, this is quite an awesome beer. I'm pretty impressed with this one, and I think most people will be. It's got to be one of the better brown ales I've had.

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Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 916 ratings