Gnarly Oak Hazelnut Dark | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Gnarly Oak Hazelnut DarkGnarly Oak Hazelnut Dark

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Guitars_and_beer on 12-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Hazelnut dark is a reddish amber ale that has an impeccable balance between its Carapils and Caramel roasted malts and Centennial hops. We add just a touch of hazelnut to give a rich nutty flavor and aroma." Brewed in the style of an American Amber ale, available as a pack in with 2 other beers brewed under the Gnarly Oak label, found at Walgreens in a variety gift pack. Available in 22 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Gnarly Oak tulip glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a caramel white color over a moderately hazy maple amber body with sparse lively carbonation. Retention is good, and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Toasted caramel bread with a mild graininess and a modest dose of toasted hazelnut character. Aroma is slightly sweet, somewhat buttery. Potency is high. 3.5

(Taste) Grainy caramel with a light syrup sweetness, moderately dry on the finish. A bit more shallow on flavor than the aroma and more notably astringent. The toasted hazelnut is far more reserved in the flavor than in the aroma, merely lurking in the background throughout the flavor. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is clean, mildly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, with a full frothiness and medium crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly equal sweet to grainy bitter. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) While this isn't a promising first experience with a new brewery label, I could see Hazelnut dark coming off far less enjoyable. Decent balance, limited flavor profile including, surprisingly, limited flavor emphasis on the hazelnut, which I usually find over-the-top in hazelnut beers, yet I felt let down by the lack of hazelnut in this beer. At times, the graininess of the caramel slows down the drinkability of this beer and the simple flavors don't distinguish it apart from other amber ales. This may satisfy the cravings of a budding craft beer connoisseur, but outside of a fantastic bargain buy (it was for me), I don't recommend this beer as a reputable or enjoyable amber ale. I'd prefer both Fat Tire and Laughing Skull as superior. 3.25

Minhas Craft Brewery's
Gnarly Oak Hazelnut Dark

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Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Hoganlaw
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rustyeaton
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%

Photo of DFlynn
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

I got this beer in a pack with their Winter Bock, Chocolate Stout, and some glassware for $5 on markdown at Walgreens. So the value is great.

Poured a nice 1 inch head into the provided Gnarley Oak Goblet. I really enjoy this beer. Right off the bat I'm picking up roasted malt, caramel, and hazlenut. The first sip is very malty, no complexity really. Very minimal lacing.

Overall this beer lacks in complexity, but I wasn't really expecting much. It surprised me with it's drinkability. Guess I shouldn't be surprised, it is an amber ale. But I enjoyed it. Probably won't be drinking again, but I'm curious what the stout and bock have to offer.

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Akrueg7272
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of anvilx
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found these 50% off at Walgreens after the holidays, had me curious. At a little over $2, what could go wrong? 22 oz bomber pours a clear copper color with a decent coating of fine-bubbled white head. Nice retention, not much lace.

Nose is stale grains with a Nutella-esque aroma.

Taste is quite borish after the first couple sips. The hazelnut aspect is ok at first, but gets a little astringent after a bit. Basic amber ale, really...I'll be able to finish this bottle off, but wouldnt buy another - even at just $2.

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Photo of wilfonzo
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of chris1919
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of JohnBender
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Agnarr
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of nickfl
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A clear, amber body with minimal head. The aroma is... Interesting. Lots of burnt hazelnuts and burnt butter/popcorn. The flavor is somewhat less upsetting with notes of toasted grain and lightly burnt hazelnut. Medium body, average carbonation. Not good, the nut character is catastrophic, it turns an otherwise average beer into a distinctly unpleasant burnt popcorn mess.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ronniebruner
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Second Gnarly Oak product I've had this week, gotta say I'm not overly impressed, but on the other hand, I am not disappointed either as I didn't expect too much out of this brew. Bought a 3 pack gift set from Walgreens on Clearance with a glass for $5.99, so I really can't complain. The beer pours an ember to deep brown color, while the aroma of nutmeg and sweet spices hit the nose immediately. The beer is mildly sweet, but with a chemical sweetness, not a natural sweetness. The beer has a great deal of foam, lace and head and easily froths up when you set your glass or bottle down smoothly. The mouth feel is the best part as the lingering taste does not stay too long and goes down relatively smooth.

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Photo of vcoggins
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a perfect amber color. Clear. No cloudiness. Head is superb. 1.5 fingers thick. Good retention in the swirl

Smell is caramel and toffee. Hazelnut comes through. Some hops pull through and seem a bit earthy. Great balance

Taste is of caramel and toasty malts. A hazelnut flavor is very apparent. Hops are there to balance. Some earthy hops with a touch of citrus on the finish. The flaw with this beer is that is lacks a bit if residual sweetness that I think should come for the style and this depth of flavor. It really teeters between a brown ale and amber ale

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Carbonation is a bit too high.

Overall this a good beer. Complex unflavored and a great example of the style. It needs a bit more mouthfeel and residual sweetness and it could be great. Right now it's just good

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Gnarly Oak Hazelnut Dark from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 34 ratings