Some days, you’re just lucky. Saturday, was one of those days for me. I headed to the liquor store looking for a bottle of Red Tail Ale and right inside the door, in a cart marked “Clearance” are two bottles of Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar, each with an unbelievable sticker, $1.99.
I have no idea why the beer was on clearance, but it didn’t really matter. Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar is one of my all time favorite beers. I was first introduced to this beer when it bore the Morimoto name. I’m not sure why they changed the name and labeling, but the beer remained the same. After I moved back to California, my beer geekiness began to wane, and it was on a return trip to Eugene, at the Rogue Alehouse, that a pint of Nectar and Chocolate Stout brought back the passion.
The Hazelnut in this brew is the star of the show. It can be found in the aroma, flavor and finish. Very rich and malty throughout, there’s not a lot of hops to be found in this beer, but enough to keep it balanced. Even when served ice cold, there’s a warmness, a heartiness to this beer that is extremely comforting. This beer fills the cliché of the warm familiar blanket. I love it.
I mentioned drinking this and a Chocolate Stout at the alehouse in Eugene. That day I had the pints separately, but my friends and I had been known to order Choco-Nuts, a blend of the Hazelnut Nectar and Chocolate Stout. if you get a chance to find these two brews on tap, give it a shot. As good as these are by themselves, the combination is really something.