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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3663) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2008
22oz bomber(courtesy of RSRIZZO)-A medium to dark amber body with a huge off white/tan head and an aroma of hazelnut, roasted malt, toffee, and a little coffee. Taste of hazelnut and more hazelnut with some malt mixed in. I think a nice tasting brew. If you donít like hazelnut you probably will not care for this. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
valpoaj (673) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Delayed entry from Tasting at Holiday Beerfest in Omaha: Mahogany pour, not much head, but that might have been due to the pour. Aroma is a combination of sweet and roasted malts and toasted nuts. Flavor is sweet up front, then turns bitter, and this bitterness holds in the aftertaste. Very nutty with some bread/yeast accents. Not bad, but not great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Pours a clear, reddish brown with a lot of small rising bubbles and a three finger, creamy, beige head that gradually diminishes, leaving behind patchy lace. The nose is of nutty, toasted malt and faint earthy hops. Light to medium-bodied and creamy with a toasty, dry finish. The flavor is a nutty malted front with a mild, spicy/earthy hopped finish. This is a decent brown, but itís not anything Iím likely to buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2008
I thought this brown ale was pretty good. It had a caramel maltiness to it that was slightly sweet but not overly (or sourly or malted milk-ball like) sweet. I thought it to be pretty good. This beer pours a hazy red with medium head which quickly fades. Aroma is a lot of slightly sweet caramel maltiness and some nutmeg spiciness and coffee notes. Flavor is more roasty than I wouldíve expected...like coffee with some caramel syrup. Pretty good. Definitely not boring like many brown ales Iíve had. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and pleasant, but unremarkable. Iíd recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at Brew & Brew in North Ridgeville, OH.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a medium amber / brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel, nutty, and some graininess. Tastes of caramel, toasted malts, and nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Muddy, ruby color. Light tan head, smallish. Aroma of roasted nuts. Beer is a little thin on the palate. Flavor was a bit plain, with hints of roasted malt. Finish is moderately bitter. I was expecting a bit more from this "big" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1914) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Aroma is a nice roasted almost nutty scent. Color is a dark amber with good carbonation and a thin tight tan head. Taste is roasted and clean. It has a medium body that goes down crisp bring on a dry nutty roasted taste then a bitterness comes up and ends with a smooth feel. In the after taste the bitterness builds a bit before fading. Its a nice and very drinkable Brown although I was expecting it to be a bigger bolder brew being a Winter and they say it has a toffee-like flavor and I donít find it here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours a brownish ruby with almost no head. The aroma smelled funny like a strange mix of spices. Sweet and sour taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2008
22 oz. brown bottle, no freshness date, sampled in a pint glass. Clear reddish brown appearance with a frothy beige head of creamy foam. The bubbly topped head slowly settles into a thin sudsy skim, light amount of sticking lace rings the glass. A scattering of micro bubbles flow from the bottom to the top for the whole duration. Nice light roasted malty nose, caramelized sweet and toffee, and of course, nutty. The nuttiness reminds of me hazelnuts with their husks and shells. Framing the edges of the aroma is a mild fruitiness. The body has a full feeling from the firm creamy crispness provide by the steady carbonation. The roasted malts have an amiable balance between the sweet and the nutty. Touches of caramelized sugar compliment the toffee flavors before finishing with a roasted earthy nut bitterness that is aided by a soft hop spiciness. In the middle is a subtle fruitiness, a combination of citric acidity and apricots. I thought this was an enjoyable American Brown Ale, smooth and easy drinkability, glad I have a few more bottles for some quiet winter quaffing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2008
22oz bomber. faint hazy nut brown hue with a quickly receding ESB-style head. aromas of buttered pecans, almond toffee, and freshly chopped wood. the taste screams the aromas, but without the creamy taste (though indeed present in texture). hazelnut coffee accompanies the flavor and lingers to the finish. the finish is adequately long, but has a touch of minerality that iím not too big on. itís well crafted.

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