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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,378
Hads: 3,840
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 256
Gots: 610 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001

13 Ingredients:
Malts: Harrington, Klages, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Carastan 13-17, Crystal 70-80, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate.
Hops: Perle and Sterling.
Specialty: Hazelnut Nectar.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

14 Plato
33 IBU
73.6 AA
36 L
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Photo of 303beer
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red brown. Clear. About a half inch of off white head. Man that's a good brown. You can taste the nuts in it. Smooth finish with a little lacing. (158 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper brown clouded. White head. Not much lacing.

S - Nutty malt. Caramel bread. Slight grass and grain.

T - Following the nose, but full and bright, with a strong brown bread quality. Nutty sweetness. And a slight bitter nip in the close.

M - Drying in the close, but crisp and moderate feel.

O - A rock solid brown. Brilliant balance. One of the true signs that Rogue truly deserves its place in the craft pantheon. A brown worthy of the highest praise. (473 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown pour with almost no head. For an extract-added concoction, the aroma is a little weird - hazelnut, yes, but also a strange chemically smell. Flavor is much better - lots of nut and some sweet malt. Pretty tasty stuff. Fairly smooth, and nice aftertaste. (265 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured room temperature (77°F)from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of a khaki foam head that subsides into a line within 30 seconds. Dark brown in color with a gorgeous ruby tint. Bubbles are subtle as they rise.
SMELL: Mild aromas of hazelnut combine with slightly less mild aromas of toffee, chocolate, and caramel along with a hints of coffee (roasted malts), spicy hops, and floral hops.
TASTE: Upon first sip, strong flavors of hazelnut are met with mild flavors of spicy hops. Mild choclate flavors and subtle floral hop flavors enter the palate right after. As all flavors equally and gradually fade from the aftertaste, my tongue is left searching for the coffee, toffee, and caramel flavors that my nose had smelled. That was quite disappointing.
FEEL: This is rather light-bodied (that sucks) with almost no carbonation (that doesn't suck). This goes down incredibly smooth and has the most thirst-quenching finish I have ever had in a beer.
NOTE: I chose to drink this at room temperature because at room temperature, whether American or English, Brown Ales taste better to me. I'll try it cold next time and see if those missing flavors pop up. (1,194 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in July 2015.

Appearance: Dark amber with tan head. Head is very thick and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Sweet with a little hopiness mixed in. Nice aroma of roasted malts.

Taste: Nice mix of flavors such as malt, nuts, and sweetness from honey or molasses. There is a little hops , and some roasted coffee flavors for a contrast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Nice Brown Ale. It had nice variety of flavors. Definitely one of the best brown ales I have tried. (499 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours a light brown with a nice tan head. Hazelnut and caramel malt on the nose. An excellent beer. Roasted hazelnut does not take away from the damn fine brown it’s built on. (190 characters)

Photo of mkh012
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark brown appearance. A little dull and metallic on the nose. Pick up on the hazlenut and an almost milky sweetness. Taste is a nice balance of caramel, hazelnut, and slight coffee. This beer was pretty good and definitely one of the better brown ales I've had. Creamy and easy drinking. Reminded me a bit of a milk stout in certain ways. Maybe a bit thin. Could've been bolder with the hazelnut. (402 characters)

Photo of GrinkoN
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy brown, light tan head, which fades quickly

S: Hazelnut of course, sweet

T/F: slightly bitter, yet sweet, hazelnut. Medium feel.

O: Liked it a lot (156 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5-17-15. Water goblet. No date on bottle?

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, medium brown with 1/2 finger light tan head, which fades quickly. Lots of sediment left in the bottle. Some minor visible carbonation, little retention, no lacing.

Aroma: Whoa! Hazelnuts, sweet, honey. This is over the top nutty. I don't really care for hazelnuts, so this is quite noticeable to me.

Taste: Clean, mild arrival, slightly sweet across mid-palate - that's where the hazelnut starts - hazelnut through the finish. Slight bitterness at the end. Markedly sweeter as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Middle-midweight. Solid but not excessive carbonation. Not very slick.

Overall: A really excellent American brown ale, but for its trademark characteristic of hazelnuts. I'll pass, thanks the last beer I had containing nuts didn't really taste like nuts). Maybe Rogue makes another brown without hazelnuts? (903 characters)

Photo of psm90
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not my favourite style, but a good version of it. Nice nuttiness and a smooth roasted profile. The malts have good depth but I always wish that beers like this had a slightly more hoppy finish to really exhibit and enhance the malts. (233 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Whole Food Market, Giffnock:
A real surprise to me, unusual but highly drinkable with a solid hazelnut & plenty of sweetness. The balance was good & the beer smooth,a really impressive offering from a beer I wasn't particularly looking forward to either. (272 characters)

Photo of milehighhop
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

dark brown, almost opaque in color, with a thin tan head. Smells sweet & nutty. As advertised, you can pick out the hazelnut very easily. Not my favorite Brown Ale - I'd rather drink an Ellie's Brown. Overall though, not a bad beer for something a little different. (269 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Clear amber brown with off-white head. Coffee and hazelnut, with a slightly bitter finish. Hazelnut becomes more apparent with each sip. Medium mouthfeel with a significant amount of carbonation. Probably the best of the limited number of brown ales I've tried. (298 characters)

Photo of JeremyZollman
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps I'm biased but unless you hate hazelnuts, this is among the best brown ales around. Great nut aroma and balanced palate make this an enjoyable experience for any brown lover. (183 characters)

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 355ml into a pint. Thanks to my brother for this bday brew!

L: Spot color for an American brown. Shoe leather that has a hint of translucent red.

S: Coffee grinds, sweet hazelnut, very sweet. It's almost got a yeasty banana smell to it, again very sweet

T: Sassafras accompanies the above flavors, save for the yeasty bit is gone. More earth tones, and there's some bitterness in the finish that makes this brew less sweet than it smells.

F: More carbonated than most Browns I've tried, but that's not a bad thing. Mouthfeel is that of that watered down soda you left in the car before you ran into the store.

O: The smell had me worried, but this beer wasn't too sweet. It's a very complex and drinkable brown that'd I'd get again. Reminiscent of a lighter Sam Smiths. (786 characters)

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber on a Sunday evening, after a long day. Poured into a English Tulip Pint style glass. Very Pleasing

Appearance: Poured an amber to ruby brown with an approximate SRM of 18-22. Great frothy off-white/light brown head. Excellent head retention which remained for the duration of the beer. Slight bit of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Definitely lots of caramel and toasted notes; certainly the most dominating aroma. Somewhat of a sweet malty/caramel smell to it. A definite, slight Hazlenut character on the nose. Certainly other nutty characters as well.

Taste: Much less sweet than the smell would indicate. Reminiscent of root beer when it comes to flavour and carbonation, just without the heavy sweetness. Analogous to the nose, it has plenty of caramel and toasted notes to it. Under no circumstances is this a hoppy beer, but the sweetness is absolutely balanced by the bitterness. A somewhat light Hazlenut/nut taste during the first half of the glass, that tends to intensity with drinking.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated. Not too flat like many English Browns can be. Has adequate carbonation to make it lively enough to make it interesting. A solid, moderate to high body for this almost-traditional Brown Ale.

Overall: A definitely respectable interpretation of the the English Brown Ale classic. The Hazelnut character is an excellent addition to this well-bodied beer. Nice caramel flavour with good malt complexity. Balanced nicely, but still being on the maltier side, just like the style. A contrasting aroma to the flavour profile. Very good beer. If you like English Browns, you'll love this beer. Certainly one of the better Brown Ales I've had. (1,689 characters)

Photo of krimsontide1
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking, hazy with a perfect smell. The hazelnut flavor is slightly there on the back end which makes this a bit unique. Not much for bitterness (which i love). A very easy drinking brown. I would drink it again. (217 characters)

Photo of mijreed
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good Brown Ale. Not the best I've had. Mad Monk (defunct) out of Ohio was the best Nut Brown I've ever had. But very good...great head, good aroma, very good flavor. Definitely top 3 brown ales I've had. (208 characters)

Photo of rjs246
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This tastes like the coffee-I-drank-as-a-teenager-before-I-knew-how-to-drink-coffee, but also somehow tastes like a delicious brown ale. I'm conflicted. I loved drinking one. I'm certain, though, that anything more than one would have me gagging. Still, totally delicious in small doses. (287 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue?! Again?! What is with all the Rogue reviews already Doc? You and Rogue should get a room. Why thank you yes, anonymous reader, Rogue and I already have a room - my bedroom (which also contains my PC and acts as my extant study). Today’s Rogue (the Hazelnut Brown Nectar) I’ve had before and liked so much that I knew I would review next time I saw it - that time is upon us. My nonic pint glass sits silently on my kitchen bench awaiting the delightful nectar within the Rogue 355ml bottle *tch-tsk!* that was the sound of me opening the capped vessel *glub-glub-glub-glub* and there’s the pour... I <3 beer.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint, as we all know having read the above.

A: Hazed copper-caramel body with a half centimetre tan lace that stands up reasonably well... spot on American Brown Ale appearance. 8/10.

S: The advertised hazelnuts are cheeky in their audaciousness providing the full/nutty/earthy, and more importantly - hazelnut - tone that drives this brew. Aside from this some sweet caramel malts and brown bread round out this tasty treat of an aroma. 8/10.

T: Yes! All of the above notes: hazelnut, earthy, caramel and brown bread tones mingle like a party of happy drunk teenagers. The fact that each of these characters hit the senses with their own unique charm (sweet/sour/bitter) only broadens the appeal of this (almost) decadent American Brown Ale. Finish is mildly bitter with a dry hazelnut aftertaste. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a thin carbonation. It goes down well, this brew doesn’t need a great deal of carbonation to work. 8/10.

D: It’s hard to pass up this brew if you like hazelnuts, or American Brown Ales in general. This easy drinking beer has a welcome synergy between the harmonious flavours of hazelnut and the typical nuttiness of a Brown Ale. The one thing I was thinking whilst drinking this was how awesome it would be if you concentrated the flavours more, perhaps using fractional freezing that BrewDog and Eisbock are synonymous for, creating a “Hazelnut Brown Ice Nectar” - food for thought Rogue. As for regular non-ice Hazelnut Brown Nectar - this is one brew I will be getting again. 8/10.

Food match: Chicken Frangelico (as in the liqueur) with a creamy mushroom sauce and fettuccine pasta. (2,290 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant brown under a ½” white foam collar that dissipates to a thick film.
S: Big nutrella nose at first but it slowly calms down.
T: Nutrella up front that fades to nuts in general by the aftertaste.
F: Creamy medium body and carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer but there was just a shade too much hazelnut that dominates the brown ale flavors. (366 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazelnut Brown Nectar brewed by Rogue Ales, with an ABV of 6.20% This ale pours out a light brown color with a nice off white head. The smell is rich with flavors, you pick up on sweetness of hazelnuts, grains , and malts. You also pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it rich , with flavor. There is a lot going on in this brew, you pick up on the malts and grains. The aftertaste is a smooth hazelnut flavor. Hazelnut Brown Nectar has a real nice balance to it , there is nothing overpowering about this brew. You really don't pick up on the 6.20% ABV of this brew. The mouthfeel is bold , rich, full bodied , and refreshing. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a smooth drinking brew, Rogue Ales did a nice job with one, I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving Hazelnut Brown Nectar a 4.5 out 5. (831 characters)

Photo of BroGL
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmmmm. Every time I drink this beer I find myself wondering if it just might be the perfect beer. It's not my favorite beer, but it's essentially perfect in every way. It's not too sweet, it's not too bitter, it's not too light, it's not too dark, it's not too thin, it's not too thick, it's not too weak, and it's not too strong. I think anyone who likes beer would enjoy this one. It's not a stand out beer, but in almost every way, it's just right. Let's just call it the Goldilocks beer. A rock solid brown ale. (516 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown, nice tan head with modest bubbly head, lace does not retain. Aroma and taste closely aligned; nutty, buttery, toffee, raw grain. Moderate leafy and tea like hops in the finish. Medium body. Soft but piercing carbonation. It becomes smoother as it warms. A solid brew. (290 characters)

Photo of ELS
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I can't help but compare this ale to a hazlenut stout I recently had that was much better in all respects. This beer had a decent smell and taste of hazlenut but it soon becomes tedious to drink. The consistency just feels wrong since the thinness does little to back up the hazlenut flavor. I realize that a brown ale is supposed to be thinner than a stout but this beer just doesn't work with a thin body. Try J Wakefield Hazlenut Imperial Stout if you want a great beer with hazlenuts. (492 characters)

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