“Dedicated to the homebrewer in each of us! The homebrewer who inspired this creation is Chris Studach, a friend of Rogue’s resident wizard John Maier, who added a Northwest twist to the classic style by adding hazelnuts for the host homebrew at the 1993 American Homebrewers Association convention. Chris put the nut in nut brown!”
Good old rogues brewery from the states. The man famous for his own “pacman” strain of yeast stretches the envelope of craft brewing once again. This brown ale we served in a shaker glass. The murky dark brown pour produces little head that instantly diminishes leaving very little lacing. Hazelnut perfumes are showcased really well in this gold medal winning ale. Undertones of caramel, grain, oats, chocolate and cocoa back up the gorgeous nut-forward aroma. Mouth feel is slightly watery with mild carbonation. Thin-moderate body. The flavour initially offers up rich hazelnuts as it’s the feature flavour of this beer, but backing it up are hints of cocoa and roasted malts that carry through to the mid-palate. The finish is slightly roasted with nuts, chocolate and cocoa coming forward to boast good length. The 6% ABV is spot on, boosting body to this ale. Overall it is a very sessional brown ale, the feature flavour is showcased well and the back up flavours balance out. A crafty, yet simple brown ale. Good beer.