Original notes 10/30/2005 (picture from 2022)
Light brownish, garnet color, that when held up to the light takes on some serious red highlights and looks a lot thinner than I was imagining it would look. Some bubbly, cream colored head form an aggressive pour. The head is not sustained though and there is little or no lacing. Pretty good looking brown ale, especially strong in the body color appearance.
Obviously from the name I was expecting some hazelnut in the aroma, but frankly I got very little if any nut smell in the nose.
Pretty malty, sweet drinking, with a smooth nutty “character” rather than a nutty taste. In classic Rogue fashion, the beer ends with a hop bite. Not the usual, massive over the top hop assault that has put me off so many Rogue products, but still noticeable and still enough to make me think that it slightly pushes it out of the style.
As it warms it smooths out a little, to give a very slightly nuttier feel, but with this comes a bit more acid in the finish.
A strange mishmash of flavors that, in the end, sort of work well together to produce a very drinkable, somewhat quirky version of the style.