Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Ralphus:
4.15/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Let me preface this by saying that nut ales, particularly the darker variety, are not my forte. However, with fall here and winter on its way it was time find out what all the fuss is about. So I picked up a decent sized bottle of Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar from the LCBO, waited for a nice cool fall day and sat outside on my deck under a patio heater - determined to find out why people love this stuff.
Wow does this beer ever look good. A deep and rich mahogany color - just beautiful! The head is an offwhite light brown made up of small bubbles.. but it fades quickly to a small blanket at the top of the drink. Smell-wise, there isn't as much there as I thought there might be.. however there is some nuttiness and roasted malts. The taste is a pleasant suprise though.. lots of rich and sweet roasted malt, nuttiness.. perhaps even a little bit of a coffee taste towards the end. It feels right on the tongue as well. Not watery.. not thick, but a well draped and lightly carbonated liquid. I have read reviews on other sites complaining that the drink is too sweet and I disagree. It's lightly sweet in the beginning but transitions well to a solidly complex and hoppy finish.
I think I could grow to like this. Not an every day beer but certainly fitting now that the cooler weather arrived. If you haven't tried Rogue yet - keep an eye out as this one won't let you down. I guarantee towards the end of your drink you'll be thinking only two words: yum, yum.
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2008 19:10:17 | More by Ralphus
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3.79/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into my FW Imperial Nonic
Notes from 03/06/14
A: Dark chestnut brown body with some garnet tones and a nicely conditioned look. Condensed whip of oatmeal colored cream on top with ample stay power. A few slippery dots and ribbons of lace left clinging to the glass.
S: Scented toasted biscuit with hazelnut and cocoa notes. There is some brown sugar sweetness to the aroma and a bit of honey coated cereals mixed in. Smells nice and inviting. Not artificial like or too overpowered by the hazelnut additions.
T: Melba toast, brown sugar, and a mild hazelnut flavoring. I get toasted grains and some nice nutty nuances of chocolate and coffee. There is a moderately low bitterness to the beer and a touch of earthiness coming through. Well balanced with a light dry crisp nature. Alcohol is completely masked making for a nice session. A tasty little brown ale.
M: Body is moderate full and mostly creamy with a light drying at the finish. A touch watered down in the end but with a clean very retreat.
D: A nice and toasty brown with good balance and some subtle flavor additions. I particularly appreciate the restrained approach here. This may in fact be one of Rogue’s better offerings.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 17:00:56 | More by Nugganooch
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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