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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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A big Hazelnut Brown Ale with a warm, nutty, toffee-like flavor. A wonderful winter warmer to enjoy with friends during the holiday seasons. A wildly big strong ale we call the Big Shot.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2008
I really wanted to like this one. With every sip I expected it to get better but I couldn’t get past the dirty spices or just dirt. Like rotten wood with a hint of pine and cloves. Aroma better than taste and mouthfeel is odd. Wierd flavor lingers way too long.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bomber: This pours a light, clear orange tinted brown body with a decent beige head that, alas, disappears too quickly, leaving some bits of spotted lace in its wake. It’s got an aroma of toffee, hard nuts, and a mild earthy bitterness. You can distinguish the hazelnuts in the flavor, but the malts and hops take on a bit of a dirty, dusty feel. Odd choice for a Winter special.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours a brownish amber with a medium light tan head. Aroma of nuts, toasted malt and some sweet malts. Flavor was a malty mix of nuts and toasted malts.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours copper / brown with a medium density tan head. The aroma is nutty with cane sugar, toasty malt, a hint of licorice and is a bit medicinal. Medium body that glides its way down and has semi-soft carbonation. The flavor has hazelnut, coffee and a bitterness that seems to come from roasted malt, not hops. The finish has more coffee tones and dry nuttiness. An okay beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours a copperish brown with a tan head. Aroma is malty with hints of biscuit, toast, caramel, and a bit or roastedness. Flavor has a slight spiceness with some earthiness and malt flavor. There is a slight touch of hops and a moderate finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Darker amber, moderate head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is much more like an ESA than a brown. Caramel, wood, darker fruits, light hops. Medium bodied, fairly sweet. Overall bland.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Poured a dark brown amber color with a small, off white head that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, wet cardboard, faint nuts, and maybe a bit of DMS? Taste was better, with nuts, more caramel, light spices, and a touch of roast, with some cocoa in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3588) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2007
650 ml. Darkish brown-copper and clear with a small, lasting head. Musty, malted grain and slight cocoa aroma. Flavor is toasted nut, earthy grains, spiced wood, slight yeast, and some sour-tart notes. Smooth, medium body has some nice tingle, and a dry finish. Nice fall-winter brown.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2007
bottle. dark copper/brown pour with thin head. clarity. funky roasted malt aroma, nutty, caramel and toffee, mild spice aroma. medium body. spice up front and solid throughout aftertaste. roasted nuts. tastes of a heavy amber with winter spicing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
22-oz bottle purchased at Coaltrain in Colorado Springs, CO. Pours clear brown with a small, rocky, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (nutty, chocolate, caramel), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather, must) with notes of toffee and dates. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish, slightly dry. Long duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness; heavy roasted nuts and grain flavor, slightly charred.


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