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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This flavorful dark brown ale has a distinct hazelnut aroma and taste. Slightly sweet caramel and toffee malt notes accentuate the pleasant roasted hazelnut character. This medium-bodied brew finishes smooth with an underlying spiciness from the hops.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3120) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
12 oz. bottle. It pours an orange/brown with a small off white head. The aroma is pleasantly toasty with notes of hazelnuts. Pretty dry. The flavor is a bit sweeter with stronger notes of hazelnut creamer and toasted malt. The body is medium. Pretty simple and straight forward. I appreciated that this wasn’t too cloying with the artificial hazelnut flavor you get with these kind of brews. The emphasis was more on the dry, toasty malt. Pretty enjoyable brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (844) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Dark brown, foamy offwhite head. Nutty caramel aroma. Very nice! Flavor is a bit bitter but nutty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2012
this beer emphasis the hazel nuts it is silky and smooth with more malt than hops. their is a bit of soapy flavor at the middle. still its taste reminds me of autumn.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Finger of head, clear amber color... not a hint of brown color. Rich smell. Nutty and roasted coffee beans. A good nutty taste; hints of chocolate, coffee and bitterness. Pretty good. Crisper body and moderate carbonation. A descent brown ale. An actual brown colored beer would help though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2585) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium well retained ivory head, with some lacing over a clear light brown(SRM 18) body.....nose is heavy roasted hazelnut, lighter toffee/caramel.....taste is strong hazelnut, slight toffee/caramel, finishing slightly dry....mouth feel light, carbonation low. The nutty aroma and flavor, while pleasant, dominate the malt and hop back bones too much. I would prefer more balance and complexity. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bugsizzy (53) - USA - SEP 22, 2012
I really enjoyed this. Deep brown full hazlenut flavor...where's the six pack? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frothmeister (546) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish/chestnut, with a tan head. Aroma has big straw, and dark malt notes, faint hazelnut, and some woodyness. As for taste, it’s surprisingly big on cocoa (Tootsie Rolls), caramel, dark malts, earthiness, faint hazelnut, with a light metallic hop finish. Easy drinking, and delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3174) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and hazelnuts. Flavor is nutty then some chocolate and a nice roasted mouthfeel. FInish leaves some of that roasted malt on the tounge. A pleasant suprise from Sam Adams.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear, medium reddish-brown with a tall, creamy off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet hazelnuts, bready notes, and toffee with light, fresh earth and vanilla around.. nice. The flavor found more hazelnuts plus caramel, vanilla, and biscuity malts at the core.. dry earthy bitterness and more vanilla around.. went back to the hazelnuts on the finish. Light-medium bodied and scratchy on the palate.. a bit watery on the middle.. overall a decent drinker, but not much more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1476) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Sam Adams nails the brown ale style delivering a sessionable balanced ale with a nutty malt backbone that is equally at home with food as it is alone. Pours a crystal clear dark brown with thick lacing dragged behind its light tan frothy head. Hazelnut is forward in the aroma and nuttiness plays amidst maple, brown sugar, and toffee notes throughout the swallow. Medium bodied with a soft finish. Beats a Newcastle every time.


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