Hazel’s Nuts Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout with Hazelnut Flavoring by Oddside Ales Don't get run over by a two-foot tall woman.

Hazel's Nuts by Oddside Ales

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Tasting: January 20, 2017
Style: Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels
Beer #: 1,030
ABV: 10%

Hazel’s Nuts

First of all, forget any clown phobia. I love clowns. Rather the side-show acts are my undoing. Not so much that the oddities cause me fear but rather the sense of exploitation and pity are so depressing. I had hoped that a lot of it was fake yet I came face to face with reality a few years ago. It was almost closing time at the Meadowland’s Fair and a fast charging electric wheelchair was barreling down right at me. As it got closer, I realized that the driver was probably less than two feet tall. She almost ran me over. She was real and she nearly killed me.

As far as bearded women, they are real. While I let you conjure up a Walmart image in your head, I’ll offer an interesting story of one of the first side-show bearded women. Oh, the things we learn from beer. P.T. Barnum and Annie Jones

So, let’s get onto the beer. Love the label since it has that authentic carny sideshow poster feel. Like the tag line, “life is sweeter when it’s covered in debauchery.” I’ll also note that Hazel’s Nuts is formerly known as Ahh Nuts! when it was released as a draft only offering. This bottle was a bonus beer in a trade for some Trillium bottles last summer. This trader sent me some excellent bonus bottles.

Holy hazelnut aroma! Wow! Smooth mouthfeel. Dominant hazel nut and bakers chocolate flavor. Nuttiness seems genuine and yet very complimentary. Seems like no barrel influence at all. Also, a tad hot on the finish yet it doesn’t hinder the experience. In conclusion, 93 points. Have one for dessert. What a fun beer.

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O Canada

I may be slowing down with my posts – but that’s not to say that I haven’t been drinking beer. I’ve decided to throttle back on the experimentation and risk involved with trying new beer and to focus in on the best beers I’ve experienced during my march to five-hundred different beers. Of late, I’ve made a dent in my stock pile of Hoppin’ Frog’s Barrel-Aged Boris (94 points), Firestone Walker’s Parabola (96 points) and Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (96 points). I have a few odds and ends in my fridge and it’s probably time to give each their turn in the spotlight.

Head Stock IPA Nickel Brook

Tasting: August 31, 2013
Style: IPA
Beer #: 487

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This one is part of my souvenirs from Niagara Falls. Actually, this is the one I had in my hands as the Canadian beer geek dissed me as a “pot head” instead of a “hop head”. It really was a surprise to find a 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) IPA on the shelves. It seems the Canadian sweet spot for ABV “strong” beers is about 5% – a far cry from the 8% – 12% found on American shelves.

The landmark 1967 concert, Woodstock, gave us the image of the dove perched on the headstock of a guitar. This can’s label one offers what appears to be a psychedelic twist on the iconic logo. I think it’s a pretty cool can that’ll be added to my collection.

Overly bitter – like orange rind, not much in the way of sweetness to balance it out. I’d put it at an “eh” 82 points.

Dead Elephant Railway City Brewing Company

Tasting: September 2, 2013
Style: IPA
Beer #: 488

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Dead Elephant – An interesting name that should have an interesting story. According to the label, the beer is a tribute to P.T. Barnum’s famous circus elephant – Jumbo. In a tragic railway crash in 1885, Jumbo was struck by a locomotive in an Ontario rail yard. According P.T. Barnum, Jumbo was struck trying to save a baby elephant but in true form – no one else could support Barnum’s claim. The site of the accident is now the home of Railway Brewing and it’s apropos that the infamous link to the city be the source of the tribute. Jumbo’s hide was displayed at Tufts University’s P.T. Barnum Hall for many years until it was destroyed. Jumbo remains the school’s mascot.

Dead Elephant isn’t as enormous as Jumbo. It checks in at a moderate 6.5 % ABV (again – I guess big by Canadian standards). The ruby-orange beer yields some surprisingly sweet malt right out of the gate. Think malt extract or syrupy caramel. Some mellow citrus follow and there is only a wisp of bitterness. Dead Elephant is definitely a front-loaded beer. Very drinkable at first, but wears out it’s welcome about halfway through the can. Not bad though – 83 points.

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