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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,626
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 222
Gots: 460 | FT: 3
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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 RyanLigeia
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice clean brownish/ruby see through color but the head was lacking and vanishes quick, to nothing.

Smell- Very unique. Hazelnut shines through as expected with hints of vanilla. Doesnt smell like any other beer Ive had but that isnt necessarily a bad thing.

Taste- Similar to the smell but I taste some maple in there as well. Its flavorful but still easy to drink. Strong enough flavors to enjoy but not overpowering to the point that you couldn't drink a couple.

Mouthfeel- I really wish it was smoother and less crisp. The smoothness would definitely work better with the flavors.

Overall- An awesome beer but with a better texture could be an AMAZING beer.

Photo of cloakNdaggar
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of nutela, treacle, caramel, and chocolate.

Pours ,more of a red colour than a brown. Beige head. Medium head retention. Some lace.

Tastes Like Ferero rocher chocolates. Caramel, hazelnuts, burnt sugar, chocolate.

Mouthfeel was ok, if a bit thin. Carbonation was ok.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A blood-red ale with a sweet plummy fragrance, the hazelnut flavor is there, but wears a disguise akin to exotic pipe tobacco – spicy and cured, with a deft, smoky finish that leaves and returns with a boomerang effect. There is also a pronounced brown sugar sweetness hardly impeded by any appreciable hopping making this somewhat suggestive of good Scottish ale.

Brewed with hazelnut extract, this deep ruddy ale is a welcome diversion from straightforward malt’n’hops beers. Trivia fact: Oregon grows 98% of America’s hazelnuts.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a thin brown head. Smells of caramel malt and hazelnut.

Tastes of rich caramel malt. Nutty. Lots of hazelnut, almost overwhelming at times. Milk chocolate sweetness. Velvet smooth but just a touch thin. Take the hazelnut out and it's a top notch brown ale. With the hazelnut in, it can be a bit too much and offputting. Not bad but not a favorite.

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of BigPapaLager
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very easy to drink beer, I often buy at my local. For some reason its the only Rogue they sell. Pours a deep amber, the nose is very fruity. This beer tells me to relax. Nice and malty, I have tis beer close to me when I need it. Good brew.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The trademark Rogue head action is definetly there in this one. A thick head formed immediatly and subsided to a 1\4 inch head that is thick and sticks to the glass leaving a little lace. Nice red color that is so dark as to appear brown. Aroma is of a coffeeness blended with sweet dark carmel and a distinct nutty aroma. Flavor is smooth and thick with very little malt bitterness and more of a sweet coffee flavor with a very obvious nuttiness that could never have come from malt. Hops are present but are here just to balance the malt character. Body is very heavy and goes well with this beer as there is little bitterness from hops or malt so it dosen't linger too much. Smooth flavor is very refreshing and is a nice break from the usual Brown ales I have tried. The only thing i have to say after drinking this beer is that if you want to try it be prepared for an unnaturally strong nut flavor. This beer is very very close to the Original Hazelnut Brown Ale Rogue does and i would like to know how Morimoto gets credit for this recipe.

Photo of Thrasher
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this on tap and greatly enjoyed it; the bottled version less exciting. Soda pop-like effervescence, head fizzed, then fizzled like most sodas. Reminiscent of root beer or cream soda, especially in mouthfeel. Some nice caramel malt flavors accented by the hazelnut, with hints of coffee, cream, and chocolate -- but in all honesty, that's about it. Little in the way of hops which is good for this brew... but there's just not a lot going on here. Still pretty tasty, but sadly flat in my glass. Like a soda that sat out too long. I bet you could use this beer in some interesting recipes.

Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazelnut brown.... with tannish foam..

S: Slightly sour, little nutty. And a lovely toasted scent..

T: Very odd indeed. Slightly bitter and sweet, but with a kick of hazel nutty goodness. I wish there was a little more hazelnut, and less of a sour sweet kick...

M: Lots of carbonation..

D: I think this bomber will do me, but not bad...

Photo of angrybabboon
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/24/12

Appearance: Clear, light brown - more of a dark amber with a lot of ruby when held up to the light - off-white head, fades to a creamy ring, leaves some lacing

Smell: Brown ale malts, caramel toffee, and some lightly toasted malts - a light sweetness throughout - sweet hazelnut coffee - overall, kind of smells like hazelnut coffee with lots of sugar and Pacman yeast

Taste: As the name would imply, this is basically a brown ale with hazelnut flavor - caramel, lightly cooked, lightly toasted, with some toffee - mildly bitter - light hazelnut coffee and some dark bread - sweet, but not too much - very mild and mellow, almost to the point of being watery

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly light, but nicely smooth, creamy, well-carbonated

Overall: Good if you love hazelnuts, otherwise "meh"

This is a decent brown ale, but it is only memorable because of the hazelnut flavor. And the hazelnuts are not even very aggressive. I would be happy to drink this again, but I certainly do not feel an urge to go out and buy bombers.

Photo of WaltTrombone
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a 22 oz. bomber, with the signature Rogue painted label, very classy!

It poured a dark brown, almost black, with red notes when held to the light. The creamy tan head went away almost immediately. The aroma was faint, an undefined sweetness, with nut and chocolate notes. (Served at cellar temps, BTW, around 50-55F)

The taste is not complex, mostly a malty sweetness, with just enough hop bitterness to remind you that it's a beer, not a hazelnut frappacino. Transient notes of hazelnut, chocolate, and figs.

Smooth, almost thin mouthfeel, with light carbonation. The finish is where I really noticed the hazelnut, along with the light bitterness from the hops.

So far, I've found Rogue beers to be good, not great, and surprised by the hype and aura attributed to this brewery by other BAs. They ARE, however of good quality, and very drinkable. If you've been curious about the fuss, you shouldn't be wary, as they are deserving of at least some of the accolades. Worth seeking out, at least to see and taste for yourself!

Photo of rugger
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a not too dark ruby red with a big head that disipates quickly. Smells of fruit, peach/plum and very seet malty aroma. The taste is complex with a nutty/plum taste mixed in with chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel is thick and and almost reminds me of taddy porter, but I may be halucinating. This beer is very drinkable, however I couldn't do more than two bombers in a session. Good job Rogue, however I did expect more seeing as how Morimoto is endorsing this beer. I am a big fan of Iron Chef.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a reddish brown. fairly clear. a finger of a tan head that fades away to a nice lacing

Smell: very nutty. some hazelnut.

Taste: tastes almost like creamy hazelnut coffee. nuts, hazelnut, cream, not enough of the brown ale characteristics

Mouthfeel: creamy, with slight sweetness

Overall: I didn't really know what to expect from this one. it had a good idea, but i am not the biggest rogue fan. turns out its pretty decent. wish there was more roasty malts and less coffee

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very smoothly into a standard pint glass. The head is about a finger and a half in width and is just barely off white in color. There about a fair amount of small bubbles in this beer, but also some big ones, somewhat pillowy, it looks a lot like what the top of a cappuccino would look like. The head is dissipating fairly quickly but it's leaving good lacing throughout the glass. The body is a very dark brown color, with hints of red in there as well. It doesn't really look like your standard brown, most browns are pretty boring looking, but with the red, and the dark shade, it's for sure different. Somewhat see through, but for the most part it's too dark to see much on the other side. The carbonation is a little on the high side, but I'm sure it will be fine on the taste. Overall this beer is strange looking, because part of the head was crappy, it just petered out really quickly, but other parts were good, it was pillowy and left good lacing. Same with the body, it looks unique, but at the same time it also kinda looks like cranberry juice. I'm struggling on deciding whether it should get a 3.5 on looks or a 4, but I think it deserves a 4. I was really expecting this beer to smell like really light hazelnut, kinda like in ice cream or something, crisp and tasty, but it kinda just smells malty and really heavy on the hazelnut. The malt is there for sure, it greatly resembles the malt smell you get in a scotch ale, very sweet, hints of molasses, caramel and syrup. The hazelnut also is heavier than I would like, I would have liked this beer to be light and crisp, but I can tell that this is going to be somewhat heavy, the hazelnut isn't going to be that refreshing, it's going to be heavy like peanut butter. I mean the smell isn't bad, in fact it smells really good and unique, it's just not really what I was looking for at all. That isn't the brewers fault of anything, just my own preference I guess. Maybe some vanilla in here as well. I don't want to grade this beer solely on how I thought it was going to be, and now it's not, because it is a good smelling beer. I guess what it comes down to is that it is really complex and good smelling, so 4. The taste isn't what I was expecting at all, I had this beer a long time ago and I don't remember is tasting anything like this, it tasted like this beer smelled. On top of that, the smell on this beer completely throws you off on the taste, it doesn't tastes like it smells. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I doubt it, because if what I'm smelling is the same, I'm sure the taste is the same too, and my memory is just failing me. There are small hints of hazelnut on the taste, but for the most part it just tastes like a not very well done scotch ale. It's just very watery and not very much flavor, there is a point when you first take a sip of just nothingness. The carbonation distracts you from any flavors that might be there for the first second. The carbonation usually has no affect on the taste for me, but this time it's for sure coming into play. On the taste as a whole, these are the things I get - hazelnut, malts, maybe some syrup or molasses, maaaaybe some vanilla in the aftertaste, but barely any, and just a carbonated, sour, "interruption" in the beginning of the taste. Overall it's not a bad beer at all, it's a fine taste, and it's above average (just barely) because it's still a decently done craft brew. The tastes are all there for sure, that's not the problem, it's that it's so watery and carbonated at the beginning that it steals the flavors that are there, and then when the flavors do kick in, they aren't big enough to make an impact on your taste buds. It's a strange carbonation too, it's not super bubbly of fizzy, it just kinda hangs out in the back of your throat and disrupts your taste buds, it's hard to explain, but it is annoying. Not how I remember this beer at all either, frankly I would have preferred the big taste I was detecting on the smell (and how I remember it to taste the first time) instead of this watery taste. Like I said though, overall not a bad taste, just not that great. Mouthfeel is the strangest part of this beer, is it bad? No, it's just...very inconvenient and not that impressive. Carbonation is the right level, it's carbonated weird, body is big enough I suppose, brown ales aren't supposed to be too thick. Drinkability is pretty good because there really isn't anything wrong with this beer at all, it's just not as fantastic as I was hoping. Overall what more can I say, I've written a freaking novel on this beer, disappointed with the beer, but it's not a bad beer, still a decent craft brew.

After this beer warmed more it got smoother to drink and the carbonation was much less offensive. The flavors also came out more, but only by a little bit. The taste got better, but now it's just closer to a 4 than to a 3, but still a solid 3.5.

Photo of John
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, moderate head. Hazelnut, vanilla and caramel aroma. Taste is a blend of the hazelnut that greets at the onset, caramel and a grainy, malty, body verifying character swirls around in the middle, vanilla finishes it off. Malted milk balls come to mind. A gentle swirl regenerates the head and releases a fresh waft of the unique bouquet. Body light-medium, carbonation level is smooth and unobtrusive. Best consumed at cellar temperature. Rogue gets thumbs up on this brew and deserves credit for their creativity.

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic. Pour was a translucent mid-colored brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Quarter-inch head settled into a thin skim of foam almost immediately; zero lacing present during the tasting. Strong scents of hazelnuts and brown sugar out of the bottle, but mellowed considerably in the glass. Flavors similar to nose, but much less intense. Hazelnut flavor detectable at finish as well as a hint of wheat. Well-balanced mouthfeel with a touch of carbonation and a smooth finish; alcohol was well-hidden. A solid session brown, but there are better examples out there.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into Rogue (So you want a revolution) Pint Glass

1 finger head turns quickly into bubbles hugging the rim of the glass.
Smell is one of the best parts, hazelnut, sugar, coffee, and the smell of faint hops.

After a few sips of this cold, straight out of the fridge, it tasted expired, like the hazelnut had fused with the metal in the cap. After letting it warm for 15 minutes, it was a whole new beer. The hazelnut and coffee/hop taste overwhelmed my taste buds as it went down smooth. Not the best from Rogue, but heads and tails above other brown ales.

Drink at cellar temperature for best flavor.

Photo of marvmoreno
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPERANCE:
Dark, almost black color with some ruby highlights. Tight off white head that lingers down to about half an inch

SMELL:
Fragrant roasted nut aroma, which pretty much dominates the aroma profile. Smell reminds me of a milk tea place I frequent. Very unique and "homey" smell, and makes you feel the same way a whiff of coffee in a cafe does

TASTE:
The roasted nutty nose carries through the palate and is the first thing you taste, lasting all throughout until the finish. Some dark bread and caramel sweetness pops out in the background, a hint of pepper spice, warming alcohol. It has an earthy tone to it. Herbal hoppiness is only apparent in the aftertaste. Finish is not as dry, with a herbal, earthy, nuttiness lingering in your tongue afterwards

MOUTHFEEL:
Heavy mouthfeel with a syrupy feel to it, which accentuates the earthiness even more. Carbonation is subdued but can be felt

OVERALL:
A very predominantly nutty brown ale. The unique roasted nut note is pretty much the star here, reducing everything else to faint hints. The flavor is to my liking but I found it just a tad too dominant. I would've love some more balance here. Nevertheless, a good solid brew. It's a good substitute for coffee beers, sipping one away amongst intelligent conversation

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice rich brown color. The head was a light tan color with some light lacing. The smell of the beer was big with hazelnut, kind of impressed actually. I didn't expect it's aroma to be so prominent. The taste of the beer was sweet at first and then finished with a nice bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel wasn't bad really it was decent for the style. Overall it's an interesting brew and worth trying for sure.

Photo of atsprings
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a dark brown with absolutely no head. The aroma was of dark malt and strong roasted nuts. The taste was a great balance of dark malts and a variety of hops doing their jobs in the background. There was also a very smooth hazelnut flavor. The beer was light and smooth and very enjoyable. A great brown ale.

Photo of letsgopens
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bomber pours a deep brown amber with a tan head that recedes to a decent lace.

Malty and sweet to the nose, with some roasty chocolate.

The flavor is initially pleasant with a nutty roastiness. I suppose hazelnut. Besides that it is ridiculously sweet. Now I'm a sucker for a decadent, dessert-like brew; but this is not so much decadent sweet but rather sickeningly Hershey's syrup sweet. Don't get me wrong, it's got a decent taste but far too syrupy sweet.

The texture it much the same. Very syrupy and thick (especially when let to sit and warm up a bit). Worth a try, but certainly not Rogue’s best effort.

Photo of arboristfish
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an aber color with an off white head, like a light tan color. The aroma of this beer smells of rich in malt, there is also a hint of nutty aroma. The taste is strong with nutty sweetness to it. Classic brown ale taste to it. There is a hazlenut sweetness to it, although you can tell its extract. The mouthfeel is medium, and is a drinkable beer.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark, ruby red with a big, quick, foamy head that leaves some beige lacing.

Hazelnut! That’s about all I get, hazelnut.

The flavor is sharp with fruitiness. It is overly sweet with some hazelnut oil that does not add to the experience. This one is woodsy with a brief, pungent, acrid finish and light tartness.

The body is light to medium with a hint of alcohol.

A fine occasional beer and one I am glad to have tried, though not what I seek in a brown ale.

Photo of cookin420
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into pub glass.
Pours a dark brown with a red tint. Translucent. A big, creamy head forms but dissipates quickly.
Huge caramel aroma with a faint underlying smell of the perles.
This tastes unbelievable. Wicked malty. An amazing balancing act between bitter malty and sweet malty. This is like drinking a big piece of some sort of autumn dessert cake, all the while never letting you forget that your drinking beer. Very little hop aroma or flavor but just the right amount of citric bittering hop.
Mouthfeel rocks, real creamy for a brown.
Here is my gripe about this beer.; It's drinkable for the first 12 oz.'s but it loses carbonation fast after that. ( and I'm not a slow drinker)
I feel like the carbonation is necessary to balance all the strong flavors in this ale (as noted at the top) and they become muddled and overpowering.
Also the brew seemed to turn a bit murky coinciding with the loss of carb. Now thats not something I mind at all but I couldn't help thinking that it looked like it tasted toward the end; garbled and sludgy.
I will absolutely buy this many more times but I'll either look for smaller bottles or share it with someone.
O.K. or I'll just slam the thing.

Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not that impressive in the glass, just a clear brown ale with a reddish tinge and a skimpy brown head that mostly disappears.

Smells much better than it looks. Sweet smelling with a lot of chocolate and nutty scent. I can smell nuts but not ID the scent as hazelnut, just nut.

The taste begins very mildly sweet with lots of chocolate and nut flavor. This has a noticeable high tannin level to the taste that at first I though was a trace of metallic flavor. This very quickly tastes like Frangelico liqueur with no sugar in it. Rather a very dry brown ale that tastes simply of cocoa powder and tannic nuts.

Mouthfeel is light for the style.

Drinkability is only so so. I can only see drinking this again when I want a VERY dry beer with food. Probably the best beer in the world for eating with Nutella on bread.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,626 ratings.