Creamy Nutty Goodness (ooo, Scandalous)
A Review of Hazelnut Brown Nectar by Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/8/2011 by Chops
                   
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It's Friday, so that means I'm down at my favorite local pub for lunch and some brews. I always start off with something I know I like, then follow it up with something new. My friend had ordered this beer looking for a tasty brown and he poured me a small sample. I sipped the sample, my pupils dilated, I gulped the rest and ordered one for myself.

Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar is an incredibly tasty brew. When you get to know a particular brewery, you come to expect a certain level of quality. Rogue is great quality, but I'm never expecting to be dazzled. This one caught me completely off guard. The immediate image that popped into my head was that of an old IBC Cream Soda root beer. Think of a full bodied brown with a hint of sassafras root. The hazelnut is definitely there, but it's the cream flavor that stood out for me.

The aroma is very sweet, but not unexpected from a rich brown. The appearance is also common, a nice deep brown hue with a hint of red that lightens around the edges. The mouthfeel is wonderful, the kind of beer you can let sit in your mouth for a while without getting overburdened by hops. The flavor is rich and delightful, lots of creamy nutty goodness (that sounded dirty). Both the front and back ends are smooth and savory, which means it drinks really fast. You'll blow right through those 22oz bottles, so be careful.

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