Monday, October 6, 2008

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Rogue Brewery, Newport, OR

I am a sucker for Brown Ales, I'll admit it, so when I saw the Hazelnut Brown Nectar on tap, I thought I'd give it a whirl. I was quite suspicious of the Hazelnut piece, but after all Pumpkin beers don't taste like pumpkins, right? Right? Wrong. This beer is like a giant hazelnut syrup, which on the good side means it was smooth, but on the bad side, it means the beer is very sweet. There is a nice chocolate maltiness to the beer, but the Hazelnut is very overpowering in the aftertaste. This is a novelty beer, where you should only really have one and move on. The 6.2% ABV is surprising since the beer comes off so smooth and the sweetness makes it more like a Bacardi Breezer. The overwhelming hazelnut flavor really knocks this one down a lot, coming in at a 2.5

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