Hazelnut Brown Nectar (Rogue Ales)
6.2% ABV, 33 IBUs
Purchased at Davis Bottle Shoppe ($6.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into pint glasses.
This popular beer from Rogue pours walnut brown with a thin, desert sand-colored head, and gives off the subtle and smoky smell of ripe nuts, tobacco smoke, and dried leaves. With the deep and rich flavor of brown nuts, cigar ash, and a soothing dollop of honey, Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a great fall beer that could also be a great winter beer. Hazelnut extract has been added to the brew, but it doesn’t taste gimmicky or fake, and doesn’t overwhelm your palette like Sierra Nevada’s similar autumnal offering Tumbler (it should pair well with hearty meat dishes and stews). It finishes beautifully, with the smoke and leaf flavors rounding out into a smoky and smooth retreat.