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Alternative Brews Hazelnut Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 2.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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The hazelnut flavor in this beer adds just the right amount of nuttiness to this unique English Brown Ale. Crystal malt is used to give this beer its slightly sweet finish, while dark roasted malts add both color and flavor. Mellow English hops are used to enhance the flavor while being careful not to add a bitterness to compete with the wonderful character of the hazelnut. An ale as unique as the tavern for which its brewed. Brewed for Alternative Brews (Amherst).


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlord (215) - tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Nice dark ale with a thick tan head, Malty aroma with some bittersweet chocolate mixed in. Nutty, bittersweet chocolate flavor and a touch of rum balanced by some hop bitterness, medium mouth feel. You seem to either really like this brew a lot or not at all, happen to like it a lot, perfect company to a fine hand made cigar.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuffaloBrewed (42) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 22, 2007
On tap at Alternative Brews. Light brown color with a small tan head. The aroma and taste remind me of nutella spread. The body is a little thin and very carbonated. Not too bad but nothing to go out of your way for.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
bellbell (4) - USA - MAR 7, 2007 does not count
Tap at Amherst Pizza/Ale house. Tastes like someone dumped a bottle of hazelnut extract into the glass. Absolutely overwhelming nutty, hard to finish. At least there are no other vile overtones present.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours a clear brown color with a thin offwhite head. Very strong and disgusting aroma of nutella. The flavor has the same nutella thing going on with some malt. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Yuck.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shadey (1881) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 I will admit that the hazelnut is huge and over the top. It tastes good, but the obvious use of the hazelnut to hide everything else is detracting.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
Clear brown w/ light tan foam. Aroma of hazelnut extract & not much else. Medium, syrupy feel. Artificial, sweet & cloying hazelnut flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [draft - 2004 Autumn Festival of Ales - Honeoye Falls, NY] Clear brown color with a thin tan head. Intense and rich aroma of hazelnuts and coffee. Very thin flavor however. Very watery and with a hint of the big hazelnut aroma. A little too sweet. I loved the way it smelled, but it wasn’t balanced properly.

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Gorbalev (2912) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
Buffalo Brewfest 04. A great looking and smelling beer, but downhill from there. Huge hazelnut aroma, and I even got some cream soda out of it as well. Nice murky brown appearance. Syrupy like nut taste though - I often complain nut browns have little nutty taste but this is at the other end - overwhelming and unbalanced. Pretty interesting though!

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Huge nut aroma. Like they dumped a bottle of Hazelnut syrup in the vat. Thin bodied, somewhat astringent. Nut flavor tends to overwhelm.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 Had this beer at Shea’s. The aroma was of great hazelnut and chocolate. Pour was dark brown with tan head. I dont know, this beer was just awesome. Great sweet taste throughout which tasted like a chocolate milkshake. The best beer at this place. My initial rating was from 10/30/03. I was evaluating this rating, and I stand firm after having this beer a couple times. It may be 1 dimensional and fake tasting, but I thoroughly enjoy drinking this beer. I still believe it is worthy of my top 10 and I will not change the rating any.


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