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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 237
Gots: 533 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 3,739 | Reviews: 1,394
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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of APetitfils
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost more of a deep ruby red than brown. Head reduced pretty quickly, but is lingering on the edges, with a nice skim.

Definitely smells of the hazelnut. Almost overwhelmingly so. Faint chocolate notes, roasty, almost burnt. I'm not really excited about drinking it at this point.

Hmmm. It is tasty, but almost tastes like frangelico light. If you like hazelnut, you'll love it.

Feels a bit syrupy, taste definitely stays with you.

Fo me, this would work as a dessert beer or night cap, but otherwise the flavor is a bit too much.

Photo of SamuraiJack
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe that we got this beer here in Bishop! As noted by others, this seems very similar to the Hazelnut Brown.

First pour shows a darker than expected amber tinted brown ale with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty with a noticable nuttiness and the tiniest hints of citrus/spice and coffee.

Initial taste is sweet, soft and malty. The sweetness quickly resolves into noticable hazelnut flavours while the softness gives way to chocolate covered fruit notes. While the beer is undeniably sweet, there is a nice bite that builds throughout the flavour to eventually dominate the finish. Even there, however, the flavours are balanced - with some toasted oak and fruit to liven the palette.

It's no shock that a speciality beer branded for a Sushi chef would taste good with fish - but I have to admit I was surprised at how well a Hazelnut beer worked with fish. This is a good example of the style and a pleasant while perhaps not extraordinary in any way beer.

Photo of generallee
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Its body has a deep dark reddish brown color with lighter reddish highlights. The head is big and foamy and has a nice light tan color. It also has very good retention and makes cool splotchy lace that is slick and slowly sides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is malty sweet, buttery and has an assertive nutty character.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a wonderful roasted and buttery smooth nutty character. It is mildly sweet and creamy with little to no hop influence. The finish is mildly sweet and creamy as well and it has a solid medium body. On the tongue it has a slick and silky smooth texture with soft carbonation.

Notes: This is a heavenly Brown Ale.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

second beer of my beer trade, got this real nice big bottle for trading some local brews to my area...

poured with a nice big beige head that slowly lingered down the glass, looked real nice a deep brown color with just a little bit of red in it too

definitely the best thing about it was the aroma it smelled like figs and roasted malts and of course it smelled like hazelnut

the taste was good but almost too hazelnut in the taste not saying i didn't like it, but i felt it was a hazelnut was not quite fused totally inside, but after drinking it some more realized it was really a standout beer no doubt

amazing mouthfeel, creamy without being too thick or soup like

really this is a great craft product

Photo of bishopdc0
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautiful brown nice light tan head and good lacing

Beautiful hazelnut and crystal malts. The hazelnut is subtle but accompanies the malt to be very smooth wonderful

The malt and hazelnut appears and finish together. It is smooth throughout very well put together. The crystal malts and the hazelnut are lite but are wonderful. This is perhaps the best example of how use of ingredients outside the 4 can make a wonderful beer.

Photo of niangelo
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sleeve. A creamy, off-white head and fine carbonation. This beer seems to be slightly viscous, with a ruby brown tinge.

Nice caramel, roasted malt, toffee and nutty tones on the nose. My wife makes a whole-wheat sourdough, and this smells like that; it has a nice deep fresh bread crust smell to it.

Mouthfeel is pleasing, not too thick, good for the style. Carbonation is balanced and not overwhelming. Tastes of nutty and malty tones, nice buttery smoothness and hops at the end. Blooms as it warms, and an interesting slight sour finish at the end. Round, warm, toasty.

Nice and drinkable. I didn't find the sweetness excessive like some other reviewers, that's just me. A nice comfy brew from Rogue!

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with no freshness date, full list of ingredients and specs on the bottle.

Appearance: Very creamy looking light tan lace, very dark mahogany with reddish hues. Quite a treat to look at.

Smell: So damn malty in the nose with obvious nutty and hazelnut aromas. Toasted and roasted malts in the nose with a light and ripe dark fruitiness.

Taste: Soft mix of toasted and roasted malts up front with a big handful of sweetness. Flexed medium body with a rolling smooth carbonation. Quick flash of spicy hop throws in its bitterness to keep the brew in balance. Roasted malts seem to prevail over the toasted, but not by much. Hints of chocolate and charred wood follow. Suggestions of black currants and prune fruitiness. Mild nuttiness from the hazelnut extract as well as the malts.

Notes: A full flavoured brown ale with the nice addition of hazelnut extract. This is my kind of dessert beer, give me a square of tiramisu or molten chocolate cake and I’d be in beer heaven.

Photo of tjthresh
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice beer.

Dark brown. Nice fluffy head. Moderate carbonation.
Robust chocolatey nutty aroma. Man this stuff really smells great.
I didn't know what a hazelnut tasted like until I took a drink of this. I like hazelnuts. The choclateyness really works well with the nuttyness. This medium bodied beer seems to stick around in you mouth for a while. Man this is good. Probably the best Rogue ale I've tried so far.

Photo of merlin48
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American brown ales are my least favorite of styles, but I can tell by this Rogue's aroma that I will like this one.
22 oz bottle pours an opaque, deep brown body with a one finger, tan head that is shortlived. Creamy, patch lacing survives about five minutes before vanishing.
Ah, what a wonderful aroma. Citrusy hops hit the nose first, eclipsed immediately by chocolate and hazelnut. Several malt varieties are suggested in the nose, but a hops note of grapefruit, and occasional pine cone, lends a welcome balance. Hazelnut takes over, and provides a lasting nutty essence.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a balancing hops bite, and soft, medium body.
The taste is, essentially, a hazelnut chocolate bar, in liquid form. Sweetish, malt presence is powerful, but the hops presence stands up well against it, with a grapefruit bitterness. This Rogue would be a malt bomber, if not for the outstanding, hops balance. Very complex, and cleverly crafted.
Extraordinary drinkability for a brown ale. I can't recall rating an American brown ale higher than this one. Rogue has served up a full plate with this one. Loaded with quality malts, strong essence of nutty hazelnut, and a hops character to balance it all into a supremely drinkable brown ale. Well done!

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wonder if I paid more to get this "Signature ale" anyway, this good looking bomber releases its contents smoothly into my tasting glass, seems prety highly carbonated with alot of bubles rising and sticking tot he side of the glass. Floats a LONG lasting medium tan, tiny bubble head, that eventually leaves a sh%t load of tiny bubble sticky sheeting. Nose of sweet malt, some slight soapyness and perhaps a metallic note..hmmmm, any way this one is smooth enough, notes of some caramel and nutyness in the finish, but I do pick up some funky off notes, more soap? Slightly off and a rip at $7.49...oh well, Rogue used to be one of my favs...

Photo of nem2006
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a amber brown. A little hazy with a nice off-white head.

Smells of nuts. Real shocking. Good malts. A little bready. Not overpowering. Pretty balanced.

Smooth, nutty. Malt start, then the nuts followed by a short hop finish. A very well-rounded nut ale. Medium-bodied.

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, rich brown, 1/4 inch head,

Smell: toasted malt, hazelnut, caramel

Taste: hazelnut, caramel, toasted malt and some hops in the middle

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, sweet start-bitter middle and sweet end. I can feel the carbonation and it is really distracting.

Drinkability: I could have this again and may. The hazelnut is very prominent and I love the gentle bitterness. The biggest problem I have with this beer is the high carbonation which distracts from a spot on taste. If they mellowed the carbonation some, the drinkability would be higher.

Photo of badbeer
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a red hue to it, has a almost tan colored head that leaves no lacing. Smell, as expected is very nutty, hazelnut and I thought maybe even a cocoa smell to it. Taste is definately full of hazelnut and I notice the cocoa more in the taste than the smell, with a hint of coffee in the finish. Light in body and highly carbonated, this is a good beer that I can see myself having again.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%

Had this beer on tap at the Yardhouse last night.Very light and easy to drink with a strong nutty taste to it.It had a fruit taste to it although it`s hard to identify what it is.I have to say I like it very much.I have had a couple of Rogue beers with mixed luck but I would say this is Second best to the Chocolate Stout.At 6.2ABV I would say its a Semi-functional beer.Give it a try.

Photo of badmoon
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip from a bomber.

A: Body is a deep, dark orange...almost brown. Limited head that disappeared quickly. Light lacing left behind.

S: Very malty with serious hints of hazelnut. Awesome nose on this brew. The smell actually makes me feel warm.

T: Malt, hazelnut, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with a light, clean bite from the hops.

M: Light carbonation. Slightly syrupy. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate.

D: Overall, this is a fantastic beer! It is the complete sensory experience. This is definitely a libation I will keep on hand in the fridge. Highly recommended!

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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