Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales
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4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of glowing cherry wood into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It throws a two finger head of cake batter foam the color of eggnog, and this shows excellent retention. Chunky mountains of lacing are left around the glass as it slowly trails away. The chilliest haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. The bubbles of the carbonation are huge, and among the most active we have encountered to date. The aroma gives raw pretzels and sourdough right off the bat, with heavy and sticky baking yeast, Styrofoam, pound cake, hazelnut coffee extract, light coffee and sweet brown malts, tinny metallics, rich brown breadiness, stark cereal grain, dried straw, and honey. Our first impression is that there is a surprising grassy hop component through the center that we didn’t otherwise appreciate in the nose, with the rest of the beer being a touch sweeter than expected, but highly drinkable. As we sip, the taste opens up with coffee bean, hazelnut extract, vanilla wafer sugars, biscuity Milano cookies, roasty chocolate malt, musty cheddar cheese, raw almond and chestnut nuttiness, soured brown malts, spicy gingerbread warmth, and watery phenolic plastics. Moving through the middle are notes of honey sweetness, continued brown malts, hints of soured citrus in the form of lemon juiciness, mild grassy hops, earthen mineral, hazelnut spiked coffee, Baily’s Irish creamer, cherry fruitiness, black peppercorn, and rye breadiness to pull us to the finish. Here things get a bit more bitter, with the graininess really furrowing up its grit to balance the initial sweetness. This comes as chalky brown and chocolate malts, raw strawberry fruitiness, sourdough yeastiness, malted milk balls, white sugar, Ferraro Rocher chocolates, nectary florals, penicillin bite, warmed breakfast biscuits, soft syrupy milk chocolates, lactic acidity, and distant cloven phenols. The aftertaste breathes of maple sugars, chalky brown and chocolate malts, grassy and floral hops, gingerbread and cinnamon sugar spiciness, sour wheatiness, white sugar sweetness, light vanilla bean ice cream, stark cereal grain, and raw honeycomb dustiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium, offering a big foaminess on the swirl around the mouth. Each sip gives velvety soft slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with a full, covering cloak draped around the mouth. This eventually gives way to a chalky astringency, with light puck to the front of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks excellently.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its feel and drinkability. While the aroma and flavoring were both nicely inclusive, rich in depth, and agreeable, what really stood out was how quickly it disappeared from our glasses. All of the notes you would expect to be there are easily found, with sweet and sour brown malts, chocolate roast, and rich hazelnut extract. These are found repeatedly across the spectrums of both aroma and taste, and are consistent throughout the tasting. Then the slurp hits you. It is velour, popping like cotton, pulling each sip further down into bubbly ease and happiness. This helps to make up for slightly lesser explosiveness in the aforementioned arenas, keeping it flowing and extremely drinkable. This is a great, easy beer for the style, and one we’ve really enjoyed.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2013 22:20:41 | More by TheBrewo
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