AirForceHops (7546) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Fall 12 pack. Used a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Typical medium brown color with real thin head. Normal amount of carbonation. Light hazel nut and light chocolate. Taste is above average with lingering hints of Hazelnut coffee, vanilla and toffee. Not overly sweet and balanced nicely. Body is on the lighter side of medium. Nicely done and I wanted another so... it drinks pretty well for me. DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle from Harvest collection. Pours clear deep ruby brownish with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, vinous fruit, brown sugar. Tastes earthy malty, somewhat sweet and caramelly, with a big hazelnut flavor. Stays nutty and earthy/caramelly throughout, with finishing hops and fruit. Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Fresh bottle to a pint glass. Pours a clear ruby brown with a finger of off white head and little lacing. Aroma is hazelnuts, malt, brown sugar, and grassy hops. Taste is hazelnut, peanut, malts, caramel, and light grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium and easy drinking. Good brown ale. Pershing (568) - Garland, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small beige head. Not sure why the head disapeared so fast since I had a freshly cleaned glass. Aroma of toffee coffee and hazelnut hence the name. Sweet taste on the first drink with medium body. Filling finish. One of their better selections. MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Aroma: bakery, pancakes, chocolate scratch and sniff stickers; Appearance: balsa tan head upon pour that lingers around the edge of the glass, good bubble action, cola brown unless you let some light through the glass, in which case it takes on more of a deep reddish amber color; Taste: pie crust, hazelnut of course, slight caramel, not too much burnt flavor, which is a good thing; Palate: drink one outside in the autumn air so you can add that musty leaf smell to the palate for a truely memorable experience, its really good, but maybe just a little heavier than I would prefer, every so often, after a draught, something sour lingers, but aftertaste is mostly sweet, caramelized sugar; Overall: a good seasonal (autumn) beer, I plan to save one to go with my Thanksgiving leftovers, I probably should have rated this beer higher, but I stick with my original numbers, I’d recommend it.
stitchman (14) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Pours a nice dark brown with tan head. Nice lacing. Smells of sweet brown sugar. Tastes nutty and has hints of caramel. Very nice beer. badhack (564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Pours a a dark amber or brown. Smells and tastes strongly of hazelnut. There is some malt and bread and some sweetness. Some chocolate as well. Sweet and ticky on the tongue. Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle. Aroma and taste - first reaction is Halloween candy...zero bar, Charleston chew, 3 musketeers combo. Less hazelnut and more nougat in taste. Sugary with a weak underlying brown ale base, not sure what the "other natural flavors added" means on the label.... sseb69 (1928) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
Bouteille 12 oz. 5.2%. Couleur brune, mousse beige. Arôme de chocolat et vanille. En bouche, crémeuse, notes de café, noisette , caramel. Excellente brown ale. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Samuel Adams Hazel Brown is a very clear, deep reddish brown ale topped with a dense, off white foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. Caramel, toffee and hazelnut are in the first sniff. There is some roastiness and maybe some grass. Soft, dry and medium bodied, it leaves the tongue a little chalky. This is bursting with hazelnut. It’s not huge or overpowering. The flavors all melt very well. There’s just enough bitterness to avoid seeming sweet at all. This is so smooth and easy. It could be a session ale any time.