Panzuriel (1223) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sam Hazel Brown pours a rich red brown with a head of white bubbles that dissapates rapidly. Nose is a sweet rich nutty caramel blend of deliciousness. Body is lightly fizzy. Taste is nutty and not at all sweet. Very good beer that is not too dry and not as syrupy sweet as the nose. Finishes cleanly with just a hint of nuttiness.
bconch (249) - - OCT 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice aroma of sweet hazelnuts and roasted malts. Taste isn’t quite as nice as the nose. Mouthfeel is creamy. Hops on the finish.
Metalchopz (2011) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of their 12-pack Harvest Collection for 2012. Pours a clean copper colour with an off-white fizzy head that has better retention than I expected (from all the fizziness - like pop). Not much lace. Typical nut brown ale scent at first, but then, the hazelnut aromas come out a little. Nice mix of caramel and roasted malts, all well-blended with the hop for flavours. Oh wow... loads of hazelnut in the finish. Was not expecting this, as most brown ales with the word "nut" in them, do not really taste like nuts, but more like hints of them. This one is really hazel-nutty. Not usually a fan of nut brown ales, but because of this, I am a fan of this one. Yes, I am a sucker for flavoured beers.
thornecb (3968) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours mahogany into a Sam glass. Tan head with excellent retention recedes leaving scant spiders. Sweet hazelnut aromas. Sweet hazelnut and caramel upfront turning dry in the lasting toast, roasted nut and earthy hop finish.
KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear medium brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced down to a medium film and large collar with fair runny lacing.
The aroma was most definitely loaded with Hazelnut and also had a toasted caramel malt and a sweet earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee and a slight coffee roastiness.
The taste was malty, nutty and lightly sweet with a hint of caramel early on, with the finish possessing a mild toffee presence and a roasty coffee ending. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with the roasty sweet nutty taste fading ever so slowly into the back ground.
Mouthfeel was a step or two below medium in body and quite creamy in texture with a good solid medium carbonation.
Overall a fantastic, unique tasting Brown Ale that had all the flavors blending so well that it made this drinking experience simply wonderful. Only thing I wish is that they sold it in six packs year round...
TizzleJizzle (451) - Garland, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a reddish brown color with a light tan top that lasted throughout. Taste was extremely complex: nutty, caramel, vanilla, toffee, roasty, and delicious. Medium to low carbonation. Smooth finish. Damn good brown!
Jesterdeal (1466) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of nuts, malt and sweet chocolate. Pours brown with a light head. Taste is sweet but not thick. Great malty chocolate and nut tastes. Great nut brown.
HighlanderOne (930) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of coffee and brown sugar. Great lookin mahogany with lacing tan head. Coffee, toffee, hazelnut flavors with caramel, butter and brown sugar as well. My only gripe is that it has a bit watery feel. Otherwise, great stuff.
Popvar (3) - - SEP 29, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Almost like drinking a piece of candy. The hazel nut, toffee, and caramel really complement each other well.
improvjock (312) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of hazelnut coffee, roasted malts, and spices. Flavor is complex, creamy, rich, and malty, with hazelnuts, toffee, coffee, and spices. Pretty good, but maybe a bit too sweet.