Total Score: 8/10
Rogue?! Again?! What is with all the Rogue reviews already Doc? You and Rogue should get a room. Why thank you yes, anonymous reader, Rogue and I already have a room – my bedroom (which also contains my PC and acts as my extant study). Today’s Rogue (the Hazelnut Brown Nectar) I’ve had before and liked so much that I knew I would review next time I saw it – that time is upon us. My nonic pint glass sits silently on my kitchen bench awaiting the delightful nectar within the Rogue 355ml bottle *tch-tsk!* that was the sound of me opening the capped vessel *glub-glub-glub-glub* and there’s the pour… I ❤ beer.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint, as we all know having read the above.
A: Hazed copper-caramel body with a half centimetre tan lace that stands up reasonably well… spot on American Brown Ale appearance. 8/10.
S: The advertised hazelnuts are cheeky in their audaciousness providing the full/nutty/earthy, and more importantly – hazelnut – tone that drives this brew. Aside from this some sweet caramel malts and brown bread round out this tasty treat of an aroma. 8/10.
T: Yes! All of the above notes: hazelnut, earthy, caramel and brown bread tones mingle like a party of happy drunk teenagers. The fact that each of these characters hit the senses with their own unique charm (sweet/sour/bitter) only broadens the appeal of this (almost) decadent American Brown Ale. Finish is mildly bitter with a dry hazelnut aftertaste. 8/10.
M: Medium bodied with a thin carbonation. It goes down well, this brew doesn’t need a great deal of carbonation to work. 8/10.
D: It’s hard to pass up this brew if you like hazelnuts, or American Brown Ales in general. This easy drinking beer has a welcome synergy between the harmonious flavours of hazelnut and the typical nuttiness of a Brown Ale. The one thing I was thinking whilst drinking this was how awesome it would be if you concentrated the flavours more, perhaps using fractional freezing that BrewDog and Eisbock are synonymous for, creating a “Hazelnut Brown Ice Nectar” – food for thought Rogue. As for regular non-ice Hazelnut Brown Nectar – this is one brew I will be getting again. 8/10.
Food match: Chicken Frangelico (as in the liqueur) with a creamy mushroom sauce and fettuccine pasta.