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 don’t enjoy hazelnut, might not be your cup of "tea". A bit thin, but relatively smooth finish. brokensail (16678) - Dublin, 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. wisdomsolo (472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Clear brown with thin lacy head. Very hazelnutty aroma. Caramel and hazelnut flavor. Bubbly on the tongue. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. mintzmeet (458) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2013
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 isn’t great, though there is some lacing on the glass.
S: Hazelnuts are pretty much the primary note here, perhaps as expected. It isn’t quite coffee-esque, but it’s close. Caramel, toffee, and a touch of chocolate back up the primarily nutty aroma. Not quite as sweet as other hazelnut browns, and that’s a good thing.
T: At first, there’s a touch of toffee flavor from the malts - and then a strong hazelnut quality takes over. Caramel returns in the dry finish. Not as ’chemical’ tasting as I expected.
M: I like how (relatively) dry this is, because it helps cut down the sweetness. It’s not so dry as to kill the aftertaste, either. On the other hand, it’s rather thin and over-carbonated in feel.
O: I don’t think I’ll ever really love a hazelnut beer. This one, though, is decent. It’s 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.
Out of bottle. Very light but good flavorful. Roasty oaken brown like it from a barrel.
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. Beerandhockey8 (435) - 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. Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Doesn’t 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. shigadeyo (3797) - 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. ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours a very clear red/brown with a bit of tan head on the top, clean like other Sams. Wow this smells good, lots of sweet notes, some nut and a surprising undercurrent of warming alcohol. Flavors becomes sweeter, mainly from the caramel malts. Definitely taste the hazelnut, just the right amount. Carbonation seems pretty harsh, but the aftertaste is a nice bittersweetness. All around good beer and one of my favorites in the style.