Rogue Fuses a Chocolate Stout with a Hazelnut Brown Ale and Yields Fascinating Tastein Products
Looking to get some brown, nutty and chocolatey flavors in your beer?
Rogue Brewing’s got a new beer out this year that brings those flavors in an unmistakable way. Their new Hazelutely Choctabulous (5.7% ABV) is actually fusion of two of its beloved beers, Chocolate Stout and Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
“For over a decade, our hardest-core fans and loyal pub patrons have been drinking this blend, which they say tastes like a nutty chocolate candy bar,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce. “We’re thrilled to share this secret menu item with the world.”
Hazelutely Choctabulous is composed of 60% hazelnut brown nectar ale brewed with natural flavor and 40% chocolate stout brewed with chocolate. One is welcomed by a lovely chocolatey nose with sweet caramel, which was a very enjoyable aroma. On the palate, though, it is very different, as there is quite a significant amount of bitterness, accompanied by some hazelnutty chocolateyness. The finish is bitter with chocolate - a lingering bitterness that ultimately drops off with hazelnut.
It was certainly quite the brown beer, with a lot of brown-ish flavors. Also, this beer may be too bitter for some people - my drinking compadre did not like how bitter it was, but it was fine for me. One thing I do have to point out is that while it is advertised as a "candy bar in a bottle", it does not taste like a candy bar. Perhaps if there was less bitterness, it might taste more candy bar-like, as one would expect more sweetness to come from candy.
Nevertheless, Hazelutely Choctabulous is an interesting beer with lots of fascinating flavors.
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