Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales
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4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Chestnut brown, with a beautiful but not-long-lasting head.
Smell: Obviously "Hazelnut" is in the beer's name, so there's certainly a substantial amount of that in the bouquet. However, it's a really clean smell -- more like hazelnut coffee than the nut itself.
Taste: Super-malty, especially if you let it linger in your mouth a bit. Unlike many brown ales, this is a little light on the dryness -- in that way, it's certainly different than its British brothers. Unlike many beers that advertise a certain flavor, you can totally taste hazelnut here, especially after you swallow it.
Mouthfeel: Swish it around a bit in your mouth and feel how incredibly creamy it becomes.
Drinkability: It's a little high in alcohol for a brown ale, and conversely a little sweet. A wonderful desert drink, but could it work as a session beer? I have doubts.
Anyone who wants to understand how American microbreweries reinvent styles should look at this as Exhibit A. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown (which is basically the standard-bearer for the style) is clean, crisp, and balanced in every way. Conversely, Rogue's interpretation of the Brown Ale is sweet and unrefined. If it's slightly less successful, it certainly gets points for being much riskier.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2008 03:03:37 | More by beabear
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