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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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1,387 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,387
Hads: 3,903
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 269
Gots: 666 | 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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Reviews: 1,387 | Hads: 3,903
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you notice whether you're getting this on tap or pouring your own from a bomber is that huge smell. I grew up in a town with a lot of filbert (hazelnut) farms and this thing takes me back to my childhood with that aroma, nothing else permeates the smell. The mouthfeel is sticky and creamy and very sweet but not annoyingly so. This is the best brown ale I've ever had, and I am super craving one at this very second.

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Photo of isualum12
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me say from the beginning I LOVE THIS BEER...

I have had this beer from the bottle and tap. Currently my local neighborhood bar has it tap and I love them for it.

Pours dark brown in color. The color almost says flavor. The head is white creamy and heavy. The smell is chocolate with a little toasted almonds.

Flavor hits the toung like a rocket ship but with pure smoothness. The Hazlenut flavor rolls around hitting you with a little chocolate and suger and cinnamon covered nuts.

The best part about this beer is when you add other food flavors. I have always enjoyed this beer on it's own but then I addes some buffalo wings for dinner and this beer jumped to an increadiable level. I have now done that with a french dip sandwich as well. Try it you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazlenut Brown Nectar - 22oz. bomber poured into Duvel Tulip.

A - Dark brown, the epitomy of a brown ale color. Just perfection in the shade of brown. Creamy off white head, with excellent carbonation streams raising to the top of the glass. Retention is great, and small lacing clings hang on for dear life.

S - Light eathy/nutty/grainy tones, touch of malt sweetness. (Malted milk balls come to mind) Balanced, sweet, and inviting.

T - Taste is incredibly complex for a Brown Ale, pure exuberance. Strong malty notes arrive upfront, and caress the palate. So many different types of sweet tones, but nothing over the top. Chocolate, toffee, and raw molasses. Hazlenut and lots of it. Sweet, yet delicate. Fresh hop notes balance the complexitys in heavenly fashion. Reducing the sweetness level, but not neutralizing it. Fades to a bitter/sweet with small notes of honey and vanilla. Divine.

M - 100% creamy on the palate. Wonderful.

Best Brown Ale thus far, definitely a divine nectar.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came to the table as a black beer with no head. The smell was nutty with a strong hazelnut scent. The taste was similar with a good malt backbone. The mouthfeel was pretty moderate and smooth. Of the nut brown beers, this is probably the best I've had. I've never been a fan of the style, but this beer may change my mind. Now if they could just sell this stuff in 12 oz. at cheaper prices.

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Photo of Steaks
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

God this guy is delicous. I used to drink the hell out of some newcastle but once i discovered this kid i haven't had one since. Definitely my favorite brown ale i have ever had. It goes down smooth and fast. The only real problem is that they only sell 22-ounce bottles and not six-packs. Hopefully this will change in the future.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
10/9/08, 1 pt 6oz bottle to a tapered bottom mug.
Reviewed as an "American Brown Ale - Dark Ale"
A 4.0
Good Malty brown toasty color, mediocre 1 finger head, short head retention, mediocre lacing
S 4.5
Super nutty toasted malt smells, makes me feel like I am in a good bakery, hops are backseat but present
T 5.0
Roasted nutty/malt flavors, excellent smooth flavors but still complex, nutty sweetness well balanced with minor hop notes
MF 4.5 Medium+ on the body, semi slickness, malty on palate with nutty aftertaste
D 5.0
I tasted this with a buddy during a brew session and we both agreed on this as a 5.0. It's widely available always good and very unique. You have to try this one! A job well done by the folks @ Rogue! And thanks to CurtDoggYo! for the tasting sponsorship!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a hazy, muddy light brown. A frothy espresso head recedes to an uneven film while huge, sheets of lacing coat the glass.

The beer smells amazing. Stick your head in a pile of toffee, chocolate, and hazelnuts, and you might be close.

The beer tastes equally impressive: burnt toffee, caramel, chocolate covered pretzel, and the obvious hazelnut taste explosion. Really good, without being cloying or over the top.

A medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice clean finish, but it could be a dessert beer for sure.

Overall, I don't get all of the hatred for Rogue. Too pricey, yes. But this is just another awesome selection, and it held up to my expectations. I'm glad I didn't buy a sixer for $12 but the single for $2.79 was exceptional.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy medium-dark brown with nice bubbles. Two-finger off-white and creamy head that diminished slowly leaving very nice lacing.

S: Strong scent of toasted nuttiness. I can smell the hazelnut too. Very nice.

T: Just the right amount of sweetness and earthy hop bitterness to balance. No flaws that I can detect. An nice long finish that is very nutty and makes me want to drink more.

M: Light to medium body that is nice and creamy with soft carbonation. The body could be a bit fuller, but the feel is still very nice.

O: I really like this brown ale. The hazelnut is nice and subtle, not off-putting at all. It sets this one apart from other brown ales. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of Domingo
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...just wow.
I thought I had tried this at some point, but I would've remembered how wonderful it is.
Pours a milk chocolate color that's a bit lighter than most, but still appetizing. A little bit of a white head forms with a normal pour to cap everything off.
The flavor and smells remind me a little of Nutella! Hazelnut and cocoa blend together with a strong malt base. Oh man that's good. Rogue sometimes hops things pretty heavily, but with this one they used the hops just enough to keep the flavor from being too sweet. The finish is clean, but not too dry. More please! The nice thing about the hazelnut flavor is that it tastes very real and it isn't overbearing.
I really wish this was in 6-packs because I just want more.
This is one of the best beers I've had in years and it might even be in my top 10 of all time.
This is a must have if you like brown ale and/or hazelnuts.

EDIT: On tap this is even better because of the silky texture. Not sure how common it is on draft, but the Yardhouse in Scottsdale, AZ had it.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When Rogue nails it, they really nail it. This is a totally unique, totally fantastic beer. The hazelnut smell is strong, but the flavor is well-balanced and light (in a good way). As such, it's an all weather beer that stands alone. One of our local pubs has a constantly rotating tap, but this one has stayed on as long as I've been going there. It's a flavorful beer but because it's not overwhelmingly bold, it's a great beer to pass off to your friends, especially those who often reach for a Newcastle.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A thick light-tan head rests on a glowing reddish brown body. Good head retention and thick lace. Smells of light malts and toffee-like hazelnut. Taste is an interesting and well-executed variation on standard brown ales: sweet and savory combination of chocolate, malt and hazelnut. Mild hop-bitterness. The hazelnut seems to dominate but is not overwhelming. Body is light to medium. Mouthfeel is smooth with an extremely clean finish, making this a very drinkable beer.

This is a very complex, yet well-balanced American take on the brown ale. I wasn’t sure what I would think about the hazelnut character, as I’m not a fan of hazelnut coffees, but it complements the other flavors well and does not seem out of place here. Serious props to the fellas at Rogue for this one.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks real brown semi cloudy with good lacing
A little toasty but definitely hints of hazelnut, something else I can't place...it could be pint glass is not up to par being are Carnivores enjoying this with lunch.
T/m one of most impressive I ever had...delicious hazelnut and malt finish with hops pleasing you right away...smooth and tasty just how a brown ale should be!
Just hit the top of my brown ales list!

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Photo of emanon
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


This Beer pours a dark brownish Red tinted dark color. Very clear no haze, with a light brown head, almost no lace. Very wood like chocolate tastes hit me right away with a wood/coffee finish. Delicious and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer. I am fairly new at this but so far hands down my favorite Brown Ale so far. Medium Body & feels pretty light. The sophisticated flavors make this more of a beer to savor but still very drinkable. Maybe Not a session beer. But what Great beer is?

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Photo of beltyrion
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown with tan head. Excellent lacing

S: Hazelnut and vanilla and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with some hoppy character.

Tasting Notes: Some light hop character, hazelnut tones, as well as some light hints of chocolate. Maybe a dash of maple. Came highly recommended by a colleague of mine. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle on 1-12-2009

awesome appearance with a toasted nut and woodsy character to the nose

similar taste with a slight malty characteristic, the hop notes don't come thru till the back of the mouth and follows through smoothly

me and my g/f are rogue nation members, we go there everytime we are in portland international airport, in downtown at the public house and cant wait to go to newport, OR to get it at the source!

rogue nation!

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Photo of langm12
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

A - Dark Brown with reddish hues. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Thin tan head that recedes quickly.

S - Very malty. Hazelnut and Caramel. Tinge of fruits. Very appetizing.

T - Roasted malts up front. Very sweet. Hazelnut and Caramel. Hops add a good bit of zest to the end.

M - Light to medium with a bit of carbonation.

This is a very exceptional brown ale. Very well done.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cool in an imperial pint. Has a big brown head to begin with that fades quickly, kind of expected from a brown ale. Very deep brown in color with very little lacing. hazelnut is the overwhelming aroma here. The flavor is absolutley amazing. chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts are all present to begin with, and then you are hit with an amazing wave of hazelnut. very thick and rich in the mouth. Incredibly drinkable. This is a great dessert beer, although you could drink this all night. This beer definitely deserves the number one spot for brown ales. Definitely a must have brown ale for anyone.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish/orange hues when held to light and a nice head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing.

The smell is very sweet. Nice smell of carmel, hazelnut, and maple syrup as well as some toasted malts.

Taste is very sweet initially. Nice carmel and nutty flavors to go along with the toasted malts. The beer finishes with a hops spiciness.

Mouthfeel is very good and the drinkability is pretty good considering how sweet this brew is.

A great beer that I will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of Scoats
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As you place the glass up to your mouth, even before your real first taste, the scent gets you and want to drink deeply and greedily. You do, but you stop yourself to enjoy the full taste of this beer. Wonderfully smooth and seductive, nutty, balanced, perfectly hopped.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that quickly disappears, with not much retention, and not much lacing. Body is a clear dark garnet.

Smell - rich, strong aroma of malt bread, and stong aromas of chocolate and caramel. Mouthwatering.

Taste - very hearty taste of malt bread, chocolate, caramel, and hazelnuts. This is malty, chocolatey, caramelly, and nutty, and very rich and hearty. The hazelnuts are wonderful on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and rather dry.

Drinkability - this is rich, hearty, and excellent, and it's very sessionable.

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Photo of shand
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a fresh (has the Dare*Risk*Dream slogan around the neck) 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice red-brown color with two fingers of healthy head that retains well and leaves decent lacing. The smell is a serious hazelnut bomb. Hazelnut all over the place. There's a bit of chocolate and roasty malts too. The taste? Wow! This is absolutely astounding. The hazelnuts are so realistic, the slighly toasted nuttiness just comes through superbly, backed up by a bit of milk chocolate and some roasted malts. It all goes down amazingly smoothly, and leaves a wonderful nutty aftertaste on the tongue. This is a seriously superb tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is perfect, it's not too thick and has just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is top-notch as well, this is actually a beer that I'm glad is in large-format bottles, because drinking all of it isn't an issue at all. A seriously great brown ale that I highly recommend.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

A- Dark brown caramel color with a finger's worth of tan fizzy head that settles quickly to a ring.

S- Bold, smooth, nutty and sticky sweet. MMMmmm.

T- A-mazing. This is so great tasting. Full, rich, caramel, chocolate, hazelnut, malts. Starts out thick and sweet and ends malty. Well-balanced.

M- Thick, creamy, and great.

D- Awesome. Drink it as much as you can.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark copper brown, bubbly tan head, retention is medium, leaves a nice lacing over the top of the beer.

Smell: Hazelnut sweetness very clear, some toasty maltiness, hops are not present, or alcohol, just light and toasty and hazelnut sweet.

Taste: Caramel malt upfront, a little espresso acidity and lemon citrus, then it opens up into a big hazenut extract sweetness, a very light peppery hoppiness quickly fades.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is light and fizzy throughout giving the beer a crispness, but the rest is creamy, very smooth.

Drinkability: Awesome brown ale, it's a top notch ABA with a hazelnut sweetness that is just delicious. After work, with a sugar cookie, it was amazing.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a deep, dark leathery brown with sligh riddish hues. The pour produced a thick head of tannish foam that quickly subsided into a thin bubbly foam.

S - Smelled sweet and malty. definite nutty aroma with hints of graham cracker and almond chocolate biscotti.

T - Malty and buttery upfront followed by a big helping of delicious hazlenut with slight hints of chocolate. Like drinking a glass of nutella.

MF&D - Smooth and creamy. Easy drinking for such a medium/full bodied ale. I admit, I'm a huge brown ale fan, and this one is top notch. Due to the sweetness of this ale, I'm not sure it would make a good session drink, but then again I only had 1 bottle and it went down with great ease. I definitly need to get some more, much more of this stuff.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,387 ratings.