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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
91
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3,358 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 179
Gots: 288 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,358 | Reviews: 1,334 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Eramen:
Photo of Eramen
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful brown-mahogany colour with a one finger tan head which retains fairly well.

S - Very nutty, most notably hazelnuts, almonds, yoghurt and fudge.

T - The same nuts coming through, add vanilla, yoghurt, toffee, rounded out with some very distinct bready malts. The admixture of the said flavours make this a bit different and appealing.

MF - A little watery, but this only takes away from this beer a little, it's quite minor. Carbonation is light-medium.

O - I'm surprised I liked this one so much, but then again the Rogue brewery do conjure up such magnificent brews! Love it.

Eramen, Oct 11, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another of the dark rich beers had during the day,pours a deep brown with some amber highlights thr out a nice creamy looking head that leaves a light amount of lace,big rich aromas some sweet cream and vanilla with only a light hazelnut note.Taste up is of dark roast coffee going into a light mocha flavor with that hazelnut flavor coming thry late and even more as it warmed.A rich flavorful brown ale somewhat sweet but not cloying a good dessert beer I would think.

oberon, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown pour with a huge tan head. Semi sweet nose. A little nuttiness and some chocolatey notes. The taste was of dry cocoa, light chocolate and a semi-bitter and hazelnut finish. A mostly light bodied beer with a smooth creaminess in the mouthfeel. The finish lingered nice and long and had a good combo of malty, hop and nut. A very good brown ale.

Popsinc, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mojohawk21, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark ruby brown in color with a nice tan head.

Smell – The sharp hazelnuts lead the way along with a hint of chocolate and some solid, toasted malt.

Taste – The nut flavor comes out big in the tongue. The malt base is there as well along with some stiff, balancing hops (was there any doubt?). I was barely able to taste the chocolate cocoa powder that I picked up at the nose.

Mouthfeel – Flat and medium-bodied without a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability – This is a fair rendition of the style, although I thought the hazelnut could have been a little more subdued and the ale better balanced.

RoyalT, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

cam477, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I haven't typically been a huge fan of Rogue's beers, and their questionable business practices make me hesitant to buy their brews, but the ratings of this one were such that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy a single 12 oz bottle for less than 2$. Swampy brown with some very light copper - some clarity, some haze. Soapy, beige head tames itself to a stretch-out film rather quickly... this one certainly isn't much to look at.

Lots and lots of sticky toffee on the nose... even more so than hazelnut, I think. In fact, there's really only a light hint of hazelnut that I'm getting in the back, and it's a bit artificial and not quite so "nutty", if that makes sense. Think Frangelic Mountain Brown, only far less potent. Seems like a bit of oxidation has plagued this bottle as well, as I'm getting some unwanted hints of wet, boxed cardboard. Not enough to ruin things completely, but not a good sign.

Hazelnut is a bit stronger on the palate, thankfully. I also get nice hints of cola, toffee, dry cocoa powder, and a stronger nutty character in the finish. It's kind of woodsy and earthy, too, and unfortunately, that oxidized cardboard is present in the finish. Again, not so much as to make this beer undrinkable, but enough to be a slight hinderance. Not as sweet as I was expecting, rather dry and nutty with only a mild malty sweetness throughout.

Hops are relatively low... well, basically nonexistent, actually. That's fine, though, as I don't think they'd add much here. The body doesn't quite match the flavors - I'd like things to be a bit thicker, but maybe I'm asking for too much from a 6.2% ABV brown ale. Not a bad beer, but not a very good one, either. Even minus the oxidation, the flavors weren't working for me the way they seem to be for others. Would've liked a touch more hazelnut and a bit more sweetness. I'd like to try it again, unoxidized, but I won't be rushing to get another.

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this pint with a thin but healthy head that had gone by the time i drank a third. Color impossible to comment on due to extreme darkness of bar. I didn't really smell anything either.

This beer tastes amazing. It starts off with a very light roasted bitterness that splashes right into a deep nutty flavor before going to molasses flavors that can even have some chocolate tones. Creamy-ass mouthfeel. Nectar indeed.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of APetitfils
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It has a dark red and brown when in direct light, which deepens in color when not in direct light resembling an almost red wine-like appearance. Has a clear consistency with a beige head that retains well.

S: A definite nutty smell that is blended with malt. There is a slight sweet smell that I couldn't wrangle though..

T: A nice roasted malt flavors that make me have to give praise to the name. The hazelnut plays through pretty plainly and you don't have to stress yourself to taste it. There are other components such as coffee, chocolate (lighter than dark), some hops, alcohol, and a slight sweet and acidic signature.

M: Much lighter than I expected. Smooth, somewhat oily, with light hints of carbonation. Nice crispness and bitterness at the end.

D: This is definitely a nut brown and has qualities that make it unique and worth trying. The flavors really open up, and I would recommend allowing them to do so because the get much better.

APetitfils, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep saddle brown with a frothy head that does not stick around. There is visible carbonation and a good amount of sediment floating around, awesome! Caramelized malt is the first aromatic with softer tones of nuts, honey, and alcohol. A very diverse boquet. Creamy goodness across the pallet. Nice and quiet bitter finish to a nutty and sweet sip. The nectar and the nuttiness are all pleasantly present in this aptly marketed brew. The understated flavors in this brew from the coffee to the nuts to the sugars are all in perfect blend and lead to a very modest yet over achieving effort. Great wintertime brew to be eaten with my steak and squash.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

tbryan5, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Shakerman, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of BrohamidAli
5/5  rDev +22.9%

BrohamidAli, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of surfwahine
4/5  rDev -1.7%

surfwahine, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice style glass.

A: Pours clear, dark brown in color. Light lumpy off-white head that dissipates very quickly. No real lacing.

S: Very pleasant nut smell mingles with a nice malt complexity. No real hops detected.

T&M: A pleasing wave of nutty maltiness is foremost on the palate with a nice texture of fine carbonation. The flavors are smooth and clean, mostly malty but a nice balance of bittering leaving just the slightest edge of sweetness with the malt. Finish is a smooth easy nutty maltiness with a fading light malt in the linger. Very nice.

D: Incredibly enjoyable and very pleasant to drink. A fantastic example of what a brown ale should be. Highly recommended.

SIRIUS2, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

sabitu, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of supa0525
4/5  rDev -1.7%

supa0525, May 19, 2013
Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -26.3%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours dark brown with a creamy white head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin creamy ring and thick lacing.

S_Mostly hazelnut with notes of brown sugar and malt.Not a very strong nose.

T_Very clean hazelnut flavor.Carmel and brown sugar. Very nutty and cream. Solid brown.

M_Medium/full bodied. Creamy.

D_Perfect brown ale. Could drink well into the night.

nickadams2, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine quality product from Rogue.

Purchased in a 22 oz bomber. My 2 cents about Rogue's "expensive" bomber controversy is that I'd really rather purchase it this way than in a six-pack. If I'm not blown away by a beer, I'd much rather only drink 22 ounces of it than 72.

And with that being said, this beer is worth the $5 bottle.

The scent gets your taste buds thumping in anticipation. Pleasantly sweet with maple-syrup tones, but not sicky-sweet or overpowering.

This beer fills your mouth full-up with its complexity. There's so much going on... It's hard to describe it all. I will leave some things to you to find out for yourself. I will say the hazelnut flavor is fully present & very well balanced in the mix.

Definitely a highly drinkable beer worth your $$$. This is easily the best brown ale i've ever had.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of RoninBirdman
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

RoninBirdman, Aug 19, 2013
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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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