Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I listened to Alain Planes play Chopin's "Preludes" while reviewing this beer the other night. I admire his playing of these 24 short pieces so much; his may be my favorite interpretation of all that are out there. For anyone who doesn't really understand what I mean, music is all interpretation. The music may be printed and the notes remain the same (usually) from performance to performance, but each musician will add his own feeling to the work. The same goes for brewing. Take Morimoto's Hazelnut Brown Ale from Rogue. There is a certain criteria for what it should be in order for it to fit into the brown ale category, but everything else is left up to the brewers. I was very pleased to drink this interpretation of an American Brown Ale. Poured into a large tulip glass. No freshness date.
A: It poured a deep, hazy red-brown color topped by a thick tan head with very tight bubbles which receded to a thick lace on top of the beer. When held up to the light, the color turned to a beautifully brilliant red-orange. There was minimal lacing.
S: The smell was disappointing. The odor was faint, and somewhat unpleasant. That may have been the hazelnut aroma that I didn't like, but I cannot be sure since I am not sure how hazelnut even smells. There was a nutty/chocolaty malt smell and barely any hop aroma.
T: I was astounded by the flavor of this beer! I totally didn't expect that, having just been let down by the smell. There was the nutty malt character with some hints of chocolate. Hazelnut flavor greets the tongue up front, and then resurfaces again in the aftertaste. There was low hop bitterness. This beer was full-flavored! One of the best brown ales I have ever had!
M: Medium-bodied with very smooth carbonation. It glided easily over the tongue and brought a slightly chewy sensation to the back of the mouth.
D: This is an AMAZING beer to go with food. The rich, big taste will hold up very nicely against many dishes. I am not sure that it would make for a good "session" beer, since I had a hard time finishing a 22 oz. bottle in one sitting. However, I will be drinking this in the near future, probably with a good roast chicken and mashed potatoes dinner.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2008 06:08:14 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Heard great things about this beer so decided to give it a shot. Here goes:
A: OK, not good or bad. Beer pours an opaque brown; no light gets through. Very little head and moderate lacing.
S: Wow, simply outstanding. Can detect nutmeg, nutella, hazelnut, peanut butter and chocolate. Very little hops, however; this is a pure malt brew.
T: Taste follows the nose. Again, it's outstanding. Lots of nutella, hazelnut, peanut butter, chocolate, etc. The beer is a pure malt brew; I can't really detect any hops.
M: Very good but nothing special. Somewhat creamy but not very much so.
O: An excellent brown ale. Lots of nuts and chocolate. Would highly recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 21:20:19 | More by leantom
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,112 ratings.