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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (3078) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
The aroma is pure hazelnut, some cocoa powder. The appearance is clear ruby/brown,off white head. The flavor is hazelnut, toasted malt, cocoa. The finish is nutty, cocoa, light roast. Medium in body. Not bad, a straight up representation of the style, not as good as some other examples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle. Poured a mild brown with off white head. Aroma was clearly hazel nut with roast malt as well. Taste had a combo of hazelnut and toffe, malt as well. They nailed the taste, but if you donít enjoy hazelnut, might not be your cup of "tea". A bit thin, but relatively smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle @ home. Light brown pour with a finger of khaki head. Nice nutty, sweet nose. Hazelnut, light vanilla, toast, and a touch of chocolate. Caramel sweetness. Flavor is quite sweet. Hazelnut, vanilla, and caramel. A touch of fruit, some chocolate, and toast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Clear brown with thin lacy head. Very hazelnutty aroma. Caramel and hazelnut flavor. Bubbly on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. A: Pours a clear chestnut color with surprising carbonation. The head is typical of the style - about one finger high, creamy, and off-white in shading. Retention isnít great, though there is some lacing on the glass. S: Hazelnuts are pretty much the primary note here, perhaps as expected. It isnít quite coffee-esque, but itís close. Caramel, toffee, and a touch of chocolate back up the primarily nutty aroma. Not quite as sweet as other hazelnut browns, and thatís a good thing. T: At first, thereís a touch of toffee flavor from the malts - and then a strong hazelnut quality takes over. Caramel returns in the dry finish. Not as íchemicalí tasting as I expected. M: I like how (relatively) dry this is, because it helps cut down the sweetness. Itís not so dry as to kill the aftertaste, either. On the other hand, itís rather thin and over-carbonated in feel. O: I donít think Iíll ever really love a hazelnut beer. This one, though, is decent. Itís mild and simplistic, but also easy to drink and not annoyingly artificial. I think this one is just right being only 2 beers in a fall 12 pack.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mintzmeet (423) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Out of bottle. Very light but good flavorful. Roasty oaken brown like it from a barrel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
12 oz bottle. Cola colored pour with a thin tan ring. Aroma of roasted malts and toffee. Thin body. Taste of roasted nuts, toffee, and a bit of hazelnut. Definitely forgettable. Unimpressed with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerandhockey8 (324) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - SEP 15, 2013
From 12oz bottle to lager glass. Pour is a deep copper, thick white head with active carbonation. Nose is caramel, malt, bread, toffee, slight chocolate. Taste is a mixture of bitter and sweet, light body with a thick creamy feel. Just right amount of carbonation, finishes very sharply. Great beer, Sam Adams kills this Harvest Sampler pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Doesnít dissapoint with the hazelnut flavors. Tastes like nutela spread with maybe some cocoa. Seasonal and limited time sam adams brews all seem to hav a weak palate...other than that not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (3590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 9/14/2013: Samuel Adams Hazel Brown... Aroma: Toasted nuts, vanilla, Tootsie Roll. Appearance: Brown-topaz (or golden-hazelhut) color; shiny with clean complexion and a dull light tan-colored head. Flavor: Vanilla hazelnut, caramel-Tootsie Roll malt; nutty finish with some light hoppiness (spicy and herbal). Palate: Medium-light; soft and smooth mouthfeel; a bit too much carbonation. Overall: Uber-artifical taste (seems to become less harsh as the beer has a chance to breathe); okay, but not great, so why is this so highly rated? 12 fl. oz. bottle. Rating #265 for this beer.

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