Samuel Adams Hazel Brown

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Let me start by saying (or reminding you) that nut brown ales generally do nothing for me.  That being said, this is my attempt at a fair and impartial review of Samuel Adams Hazel Brown, a nut brown ale with hazelnut as the nut.  It pours brown with a wispy head and average carbonation.  The bouquet has caramel/butterscotch notes, hazelnut, roasted nuts, they’re all there.  5.2% ABV, and you can kind of feel it if you are used to Miller Lite.  Not that I am.  Oh no, I’m too cool.  I have an issue with the label saying “ale with natural flavors added”.  What?  The beer tasted of hazelnuts and yeast.  Something tells me that if I added some spice I’d have a Christmas beer.  It’s not awful, in fact it’s not bad, it’s just not my cup of…beer.

60/100 Brown Ale

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Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale

beersamuelsmithnutbrownaleClear and brown with hints of garnet, the brew is vigorously carbonated and retains a good, lacey head.  The bouquet is a bit tart and ends a bit sweet.  The texture is smooth full and rich with an initial note of coffee followed by a buttery sweetness.  Hoppy dryness is noticeable on the tongue and when all is said and done, this old classic is one of the best nut browns available.  Dig it.