Beer Review: Rogue Hazelnut Brown NectarJanuary 11, 2007
Rogue, as the name implies, is not your average brewery. Their beers, the ones I’ve tried at least, were as subtle as a brick upside the head. Their flavor attacks your taste buds and wrestles them to the ground until they scream like a girl. Depending on the beer, this can be a good or bad thing. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is no exception, but it’s a good thing.
On the pour, there was very little head and it did not last. It pours to a deep, rich chocolate color. The nose is slightly nutty with hints of sweetness and fruit.
I was a little hesitant to try this, because it came right on the heels of trying their chocolate stout, which I thought was way overdone. This was actually quite a tasty brew. The bulk of the flavor was the hazelnut, with the slightest bit of hoppiness, which almost emphasized the sweetness even more. This brew is so nutty you almost want to crunch as you drink it, probably because it was made with hazelnut extract. I think this is a beer best enjoyed once in a while, one 22 oz bottle only, sitting in front of a nice roaring, crackling fire and just enjoying a nice evening at home.
Now here is some info from their website (www.rogue.com):
Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale is a blend of Great Western 2-row Pale, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Crystal 80 and Crystal 135, Carastan, and Beeston Pale Chocolate malts; hazelnut extract; Perle and Saaz hops.
Also from their Web site, read the Hazelnut Brown Nectar brochure (pdf).
Price: I paid $4.29 for a 650ml bottle