They've Been Nutty and Been Nice
A Review of Hazelnut Brown Nectar by Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Co.
Posted on 10/13/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
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During my visit to the World Beer Fest in Durham, NC I found myself facing a problem that I'm sure many fellow ''visitors'' had as well. Where in the world do I start? Then it becomes more of a where to go to next situation. When there are literally hundreds of beers to choose from, the decision can be a bit daunting. You know you want to try as many as you can within reason, but just deciding which to turn to next is head spinning. Do you go with a brewery you've never heard of and something they brought? Do you go to an old faithful? Do you go to a brewery that you have heard of, but choose an offering that you've yet to try? That was my ultimate decision on one of my turns when I ended up at the Rogue Ales tent. I've had several of their offerings before, but never their Hazelnut Brown Nectar. I've yet to be turned off by them, so it was time that this one was given a spin.

In the glass, as the name suggests, it is a clear but dark brown. It carries a small tan head with some decent retention qualities. There was nothing surprising nor disappointing as far as appearance goes. When your nose gets close to the glass is where this one really starts to impress. There is a nice, light but rich hazelnut aroma that spills out of the glass in all directions. It's not overpowering, but still very strong. Once you move past the hazelnut a decent layer of malt is found that has no problem reassuring you that you are holding a very bold brown ale in your hands.

The first sip does nothing but reassure you that the Hazelnut Brown Nectar was named properly. The hazelnut is very forward and gives off a bit of a roasted feel. Again, it's not to the point of overpowering or anything, but there is no way you can miss it. Then, it does a very good job of blending or easing its way into being just a very good brown ale. The malt backbone comes through in a very smooth sense. It's not overly rich, but very tasty. Actually, there is an overall creamy feel to this beer that only helps aid in making it a very enjoyable offering. The mouthfeel is smooth and not aggressive at all. And in the end, all you are left with is a nice hazelnut finish that will keep you wanting to go back for more.

I know that I had more impressive beers at the World Beer Fest, but that doesn't mean that the Hazelnut Brown Nectar was not a really strong beer. A few of the beers I had really ''wowed'' me, but not many of them left me with the impression that I would love to have them sitting in my fridge for a good session when the notion struck me. However this one easily falls into that category. I could see most any beer lover enjoying this one. It would make for a good conversation beer at minimum for the seasoned drinkers. And the newcomers would really enjoy the added flavor to a quality brown offering. It isn't all the time that a beer for everyone comes along, but Rogue Ales can rest assured that they have one. I really think that all of you should have one too.

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