Beer 367/365 – Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased at: Giant Eagle Market District – Robinson, PA

What makes this beer different: Tons of nutty flavor.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! Very unique.

Grade: B+

11/29/2010: I’ve seen this beer on the shelves for years, but never got around to trying it. To be honest Rogue overall seems to be a bit overrated to me, although I will say their regular chocolate stout is a pretty damn good beer. Other than that I won’t go out of my way for much of their beer.

The nose is without a doubt very nutty, possibly the nuttiest of any brown ale I have ever smelled. Surprisingly the dominant flavor is a nice roasted malt, followed by a good nutty flavor. To be honest I would not have guess it to be hazelnut if I hadn’t known that was the secret ingredient. Also a bit of chocolate and tobacco like flavors in the mix. Hazelnut nectar actually ends up being a bit on the bitter end of the brown ale scale. Medium mouthfeel but a bit syrupy. Overall a pretty decent beer, a bit better than I expected.

Picture of the day: This kid is handicapable.

Published in: on November 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm  Comments (4)  
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Beer 110/365 – Rogue Chocolate Stout

Style: American Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Perfect balance of hops and chocolate

Will I be drinking this again: Without a Doubt

Grade: A

2/26/2010: Last night I took a beer inventory to see which beers I had that could be aged, and which could not. Well this bad boy fell under the not category so I decided to throw it into the fridge to share with Cara. Sidenote: I plan on popping open my first ever Abyss sometime soon.

Damnit why did it take me so long to try Rogue Chocolate stout, this stuff is awesome. Smell is a lot of sweet chocolate, and some hop presence. Taste is a perfect balance of chocolate and hops. What really makes this chocolate stout different from others, is that the chocolate is more on the sweet side than bitter. There is a nice dose of hops that balance the chocolate. I have been looking for a lighter bodied stout that had a lot of chocolate flavor, and this fits the bill. Awesome beer.

Picture of the day: I knew the japanese were weird, but not this weird. Whats up with this Dan? haha

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 27 – Rogue Mocha Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Good bit of hops for a porter

Will I be drinking this again: Only if I have a mug handy

Grade: A-

12/5/2009: Rogue always has some of the coolest graphics for their beer. I figured I had to drink this one out of a mug, because the guy with the fu-manchu on the label told me to.

If you have read some of my prior posts you may be catching onto the fact that I really like stouts/porters, and am not a huge fan of overly hoppy beers. Well this one is a porter, but also is pretty hoppy. Oddly enough its kind of refreshing to have a dark beer that has that kind of “bite” to it. Really gives the beer a bit more oomph than your average dark beer.

Published in: on December 5, 2009 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 12 – Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Style: Red Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Santa peed in this one

Will I be drinking this again: No way

Grade: C+

11/20/09: This might be someones cup of tea, but not mine. This was REALLY bitter and hoppy. I can deal with some hops, but for a winter beer this one was just too intense. There was nothing about this beer than screamed Christmas or Winter to me. Maybe I just need to learn to appreciate bitter/hoppy beers more but I will not be drinking this one again.

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 9:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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