Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Christopher Willey

This weekend I found myself at the liquor store looking at an overwhelming assortment of beer to choose from. As much as I enjoy my local brews, I decided to venture out west a little and try an Oregon beer. I picked up a bomber of Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar. The Rogue label has always intrigued me, but for some reason I have never tried it and I love dark ale so I guess it was time.

The appearance of the bottle is what first grabbed my eye. There are quite a few breweries out there with some intriguing labels, but this one had the picture of a bearded man with glasses and a giant forehead raising his glass to the consumers. I found this to be inviting. After I poured the glass I noticed that this brown ale had an amber hue to it when held up against the light. The aroma was definitely sweet and rich like a mix of hazelnut, chocolate and coffee. The label boasts having a “nutty twist”, but I found the nutty flavor to be very small, which pleasantly relieved me. I am not a big fan of overly nutty flavored beer, but this had just the right amount. It was very smooth going down, and had a hint of hops, but mostly a sweet malty finish. If you like a more traditional European style brown ale, then
give this one a try. I would pair it with something rich and hearty like pot roast or perhaps a chocolate dessert.

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