puboflyons (3401) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an April expiration date (no year associated with that month). Handsome looking medium mahogany pour with a lingering off-white head. The aroma is malty and full of toffee and hazelnuts as promised. Spicy and toasty to say the least. Inviting. The body is medium to full. The taste has a subtle bitterness but a downplayed hop character. It’s all about the hazelnuts, which was nice. Jay_Dubbz (103) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Poured from 12oz bottle. Flavors of hazelnut are overpowering here. Really not much else comes through.
--you've been Dubbed. kevinator (2176) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2013
The aroma was sweet and nutty. Brown color that was like wood with an typical head. Average weight and carbonation. Was also relatively smooth. Flavors were of hazelnut and a little sweet and woodsy. This did not have a strong roasted malt character that I typically prefer for this style but it worked nonetheless. A decent seasonal. ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a beige head. Smells of hazelnut coffee and tastes of creamy buttery chocolate roasted coffee.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone onceblind (9424) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Clear amberish copper with a thin sticky white head. Nose is full of hazelnut tones and biscuity cocoa-ness. Flavor is rich with hazelnut and light milk chocolate tones. Basically tastes like the beer form of a ferot rochert. Lots of hazelnut, a bit of chocolate, on a medium body. Lovely!
snoworsummer (5624) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2013
From a bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head and some lacing. Tastes like chocolate, creamy, buttery, hazelnut, with hints of coffee. Low/medium body and carbonation. Smells like sweet, nutty, creamy chocolate. jake65 (3626) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle: Pours a light chestnut color with a mountain of fluffy beige head. Good retention and thick lacing. Nose is exactly what you’d expect from fresh hazelnut coffee… good roast, lightly, nutty, and some milk chocolate. Flavor is roast forward with the coffee trailing slightly. Gets a little metallic in the end. A little floral component keeps away that soapy/bitter finish that detracts from the style. I think I’d enjoy this more without the hazelnut, but pretty good stuff nonetheless.
sonnycheeba (5970) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear brown with thick, creamy beige head. Aroma is cereal and cookie malts, light toffee, hazelnut, floral notes, and some fig. Flavor is dry, toasted malts, light caramel, dark fruit esters, and toasted nuts; dry finish. Light/medium body and medium carbonation. toml219 (285) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Poured into a shaker. Brown pour smell of nuts. Hazelnut taste just an okay brown ale. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle. I bought this variety pack and I'll be damned if I don't rate all six of these. Pours clear, chestnut brown with 1 finger of frothy khaki head that lasts forever. Aroma of grass, biscuit, a little bit nutty. Not the beer's fault, but doesn't smell like anything that's going to excite me. A little more toffee and lightly sweetened roasted nuts as it warms - okay, I'll be an adult and reserve judgment. Tastes somewhat sweet, light bitter finish, some more roasted, almost chocolatey notes. Short, pleasant finish. Light-medium body, average carbonation, creamy, almost milky texture. Overall: I was ready to dismiss this one almost before I started, but it's been my favorite of the set - enjoyable. Still, based on this I'm not going to be seeking out Sam Adams variety packs again.
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