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Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Rating: 4.05

This year round offering from Rogue will be my sixth from the brewery and is a beer I picked up a couple of months ago on my first trip to the Whole Food Market in Giffnock having heard a lot about their fairly good craft beer selection. I’m not entirely sure why I opted for this particular beer but it must have had something to do with the breweries reputation, anyway pick it up I did and I’d been putting off trying it for a while until I realised the best before freshness date was only a couple of months away. The beer is apparently a good one having won gold medals at the 2011 and 2012 Great American Beer Festival as well as a bronze in 2010 and a silver in 2008, not to mention the excellent online reviews it usually gets. The beer itself was originally brewed back in 1993 by brewmaster John Maier for the American Homebrewers Association’s convention that year and has been a favourite ever since so hopefully it will be one that I enjoy despite not usually being a big fan of hazelnut.

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Appearance (4/5): Quite a deep, dark brown in colour with a thin, half centimetre tall head on top that sits as a foamy looking beige in colour before turning to a patchy surface lacing around thirty seconds later. The body is an opaque one and there is some signs of visible carbonation showing too.
Aroma (9/10): The smell opens up with a solid nutty aroma that naturally has some good hazelnut notes in there alongside some nice sweetness and a touch of butter; there is maybe even a little banana and faint vanilla in there too. The beer seems quite bitter towards the end with some nice coffee notes showing through with a few sweet malts and a bit caramel of caramel to see things out. It’s quite a sweet and unusual aroma but it’s definitely a good one and I can’t wait to try the beer now.
Taste (8/10): Following on well from the nose, this one again starts of quite sweet with some caramel and butterscotch alongside a good hazelnut base that has some fruits sneaking through as well. Some toasted and sweet malts come through around the middle with some nice bitterness and touches of banana from the nose; it’s not quite as sweet as the nose but it’s not a million miles away either.
Palate (4/5): Smooth bodied and falling somewhere around medium, the beer is almost creamy in places and goes down remarkably easily with no alcohol showing and a slight bit of bitterness in the finish. It’s quite a sweet beer on the palate and carbonation is around medium as well; an interestingly balanced beer from Rogue and one that I enjoyed.

Overall (15/20): This one was a real surprise to me, a really unusual but highly drinkable beer that came through with solid hazelnut base plus plenty of sweetness and touches of fruit on top. The balance was a good one with nothing overdone and it went down silky smooth, I wasn’t overly sure about it when I picked it up a couple of month ago but I’ve really been impressed with this one from Rogue.

Brewed In: Newport, Oregon, United States of America
Brewery: Rogue Ales
First Brewed: 1993
Type: American Brown Ale
Abv: 6.2%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Whole Foods Market (Giffnock)
Price: £3.00 (approx.)

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