Hazelnut Brown Nectar (Rogue Brewery)

Shockingly I believe this is my first Rogue Ales review here on Ales in Comparison. I’ve had several of their beers over the years, but for some reason I usually overlook them when I’m searching for beers to review. And this case technically isn’t any different because I got this beer as a gift. Anyway, on to the review.

HAZELNUT BROWN NECTAR is an American Brown Ale with 33 IBUs and a 6.2% ABV.

A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish.

The beer was huge and bubbly. A latte-like head sits atop the cola-colored liquid. Brown is a really apt description of the color of this beer, but there are caramel highlights that appear in the light. Very delectable looking.

I expected a big nutty scent in the nose, but it’s also really sweet. Hazelnuts, vanilla, and wafer come through (similar to a Nilla Wafer). Roasted nuts and chocolate float around underneath the larger smells, giving it a sweeter base.

The taste is also nutty and sweet (déjà vu!). Hazelnut is very forward in the flavor. Notes of caramel extract and roasted almonds surround the hazelnut and both showcase the flavor and balance it out. There is a creaminess in the backend that reminds me of the melted/blended liquid at the bottom of a root beer float.

Mouthfeel is somewhere on the higher side of light. It’s very easy drinking with no major stickiness or drying.

This beer is on tap at my old watering hole, so I’ve enjoyed it on several different occasions. The hazelnut is a great addition to a style that is really overlooked in the modern beer world. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a great introductory beer for the style and one that I can drink glass after glass of.

Overall: 8 out of 10

As a BROWN ALE: 8.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Rogue Brewery JOHN JOHN HAZELNUT, Philips Brewing DIRTY SQUIRREL HAZELNUT BROWN, Bethlehem Beer Works HARDHAT HAZELNUT PORTER, 

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