Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,778
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 245
Gots: 567 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Converge
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours a deep and hazy amber-brown color with a frothy tan head. The head thins out, but retains quite well, and stays as a thick cap throughout. Minimal lacing.

S - The nutty aroma here is incredible. Delicious hazelnut presence is dominant with traces or toasty caramel malt, cocoa powder, and sweet brown sugar. The nutty aroma here does not disappoint; really fantastic.

T - And it continues. Piles of nutty goodness, but the hazelnut is the most dominant. Really toasty caramel malt, maybe even slightly roasted. Cocoa presence is big as well, and gives it an excellent chocolatey feel. This is just a delicious malty treat filled with tons of sweet nutty flavors.

M - Medium bodied, but impossibly smooth. The carbonation is incredibly fine. This stuff just glides over the palate. Just a remarkably smooth feel overall.

D - My first Rogue beer, and this thing did NOT disappoint. It was just an assault of unrelenting malty goodness. I'll admit, brown ales are far from my preferred style, but this exceeded all expectations and then some. A truly great beer from Rogue, and one I'll be having many more times.

Photo of bobsy
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a deep ruby with decent off-white head which laced well. The aroma is dry, and somewhat spicy beneath the delectable layers of hazelnut.

Flavour has a nice nutty bite, with a pleasant alcoholic oakiness and a lashing of milk chocolate. Realistically, though, its all about the hazelnut. It dominates the roof of the mouth like a coating of nutella, and lingers pleasantly in the dry nutty finish. The mouthfeel is well-suited, staying reasonably light to avoid any nasty sweet stickiness, and holding off the carbonation to produce a lovely smooth feel.

Hazelnut has always been one of my favourite sweeter flavours, so there was never any doubt that this would be a winner for me. Rogue do carry it off with aplomb though. They have made sure that this is not simply a one-dimensional beer, and they have crafted a mouthfeel that is excellently suited to the flavours that they're serving up. This is perhaps an ideal follow-up to a savoury dinner, although it is good enough to stand on its own. Another winner.

Photo of Trappissed
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Triple Crown:

Served to me with zero head. First time trying this delicious beer. Perfect sweet hazelnut flavor that worked very well. Have never tasted a beer like this before. Very malty, with hints of chocolate and molasses. A little roasted. Very nutty...and nectarry, if that's possible. Maybe it was the suggestion of the word in the name.

I could have downed this beer if I wanted to and it wouldn't have been a problem. However, I think more than one pint of this might be too much, just because the flavor is kind of in-your-face and might get a little tiring after a while. I'm sure I would pick up a bomber or two for my next haul.

Bottle on 7/25/09:

Tasted very consistent with when I had it on-tap. It impresses me when this occurs. Especially because the on-tap version(of any beer) usually tastes better to me. I would say pretty much all the same things I said before in my review.

Photo of Skidz
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out orange-brown and sits a bright crimson brown in the glass with a large, creamy tan head. Leaves a good skim and little lacings here and there.

Smells full and toasty with plenty of nutty aromas around every corner. Light hints of toffee blend with dry, rusty hazelnut and brazil nut aromas. Flat, balanced malty background paired with a complimenting herbal hop aroma.

Tastes nice and malty up front, filled with soft, porous nutty flavors. Fleshy flavors of hazelnuts, almonds and brazil nuts. Light caramel flavor with hints of vanilla. Soothing herbal hop spiciness balances out the grab bag of malty flavors. Finishes bitter with plenty of lingering nutty, toasted flavor.

Dream-like, pillowy softness with matching carbonation. Litterally floats in the mouth. If clouds could make beer, they would feel like this.

Totally refreshing and full flavored. Can't think of many things that I would like to relax with more than this. Bring on the next one!

Photo of TPoling
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this Nectar following a rather mediocre nut brown ale from another well-known craft brewery in the Northwest. Even so, the Rogue offering would have stood on its own even after another top-notch beer. The mahogany color and deep tan were enticing enough even before the nose absorbed the nutty maltiness of this brew.

I feared that the hazelnut extract would be overpowering. Instead, it complemented the nuttiness of the malts. All around excellent, but the bitterness from Cascade and Saaz, two favorites of mine, clashed slightly from what should have been a very smooth and rich ale of the dessert kind.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby color with a frothy everlasting head. The glass is almost entirely covered with patches of lace. Hazelnut, crystal malt and milk chocolate and black licorice fill the nose. The taste is complex and malty. Chocolate and hazelnut, reminiscent of Nutella spread, mixes with coffee and pacific NW hops. The finish is nutty and moderately bitter. The mouthfeel is creamy and very full bodied. Its like velvet on my tongue.

This is a fantastic beer. Sweet but not cloying at all, like a deliciously indulgent chocolate desert. Its packed with flavor.

Photo of bierguru
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow this beer is really good
the version i tried has Morimoto on the front label

the beer pours with a nice thick head that is very foamy

the smell of this beer is like a hazelnut chocolate
and because of this smell you really expect the beer to have a really sweet taste but it doesnt however it does have a slight sweet taste

Photo of sommersb
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-26-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from World Market

Pours a cloudy medium brown color with orange/red highlights. I got a finger's worth of creamy tan head with an excellent showing of lace and a good amount of retention.

Aromas are fantastic -- rich and sweet malts are dominant and remind me of brew day for my homebrews. Smells of caramel and molasses combine with nutty and earthy notes. I could smell this beer all day long...

The taste features dark malts and chocolate, with some earthy, maple character. Other flavors are nuts, oak/wood, and roasted malts. A big and malty beer, but the sweetness doesn't overpower at all.

Medium-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is of nuttiness and sweetness, but is also balanced by the earthy hops.

Overall, this was a wonderful beer -- one I'd recommend and would seek out again.

Photo of Jared3118
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 22-onuce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Neat bottle with your average, blue-collar worker on the front. His expression was very similar to mine after the first time I tried this beer. Put one fist in the air and say, "Wow, that is dang good!" The beer itself is a dark, reddish-brown.

Smell - Has a wonderful, hazelnut smell that gives a small hint on the great taste to come.

Taste - Goes down nice and smooth, especially for a darker beer. Has a very pleasant hazelhunt finish.

Mouthfeel - Like others have mentioned, this beer is not heavy and syrupy as you may expect. The beer goes down nice and easy.

Drinkability - A truly wonderful beer! I would probably not drink this with a meal, but it is a wonderful in-between meal beer/late night beer. I look forward to having this beer again.

I've only been trying "microbrewery" beers for about a year. However, this is one of the best I've had so far. A definite must try!

Photo of warrenc
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. picked this one up on my last visit to the brewery, a love of 'filberts' inspired me to try this brown.

pours deep amber with tall, soft tan head. the aroma is nutty-chocolate and coffee, very nice. taste at first is chocolate,smoke, coffee and toasted malt, balanced with light hops, almost no bitterness. a lingering coffee-hazelnut on the tongue.

i am not a big fan of browns, but this one is beyond any usual brown ale. for anyone who knows 'filberts' and enjoys a nice glass of beer, this is a must try.

Photo of Shrews629
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very, very nice amber/brown color with an off white head that was creamy and full. More than adequate retention with some very nice lacing to follow. The beer is somewhat hazy with some orange highlights around the bottom and sides of the glass.

Smell - Very nice roasted hazelnut smell. Deep and toasty. A tremendous fragrance of a woody almond and walnut. Traces of caramel add a touch of sweetness to the aroma. This brew smells incredible. I almost detect a brown sugar and hints of butter. This is beautifully put together.

Taste - Full flavors of the roasted, toasted hazelnut and walnut. Some suggestions of bitterness, but not intimidating. Some slight warmth, but no real traces of alcohol. Some touches of butter and caramel. Properly balanced. I even got some very faint chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, slick and crisp. Left proper amounts on the palate. Not an over abundance on the palate, but nicely comfortable and mostly dry.

Drinkability - This is a pleasing and proper brown ale. Wonderful aroma and flavor. Very easy to drink. It could be drunk year round. The fragrance of this beer is the star of the show. I kept sniffing it because it smelled so, so good. In my opinion, this is how a Brown Ale should smell and be compared to. More than adequate in other categories also. Most definitely one that I will pick up again.

Photo of WNYbeerbro
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

one of my all time favorite brews. Have been to Portland twice for vacation and visited the brewery many, many times. Was lucky enough to catch a "garage sale" there where they were selling kegs and boxes of the 22oz bottles of various rogue ales for great discounts! I picked up 3 cases of the 22oz hazelnut brown nectar while there and was set for beer outside of bars all vacation. This is the beer that got me in to craft beer and my love for brown and nutty ales.

Photo of kflorence
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - MAY 28, 2008

On tap at the Yardhouse in downtown San Diego.

This one was a treat. Poured darkish brown with a fair bit of tan head. Smelled nutty with malts and caramel in there as well. The taste is much of the same, the caramel, hazelnuts and malts definitely shine but there is some hop character present, although very subtle. The flavor is very complex, but not overtly so, a delight to enjoy! I was very pleased with this beer and it is now one of my favorite brown ales.

Photo of techdiver
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours adeep mahogany with ruby notes and a modest head that dissipates slowly.

Nose of malt and hazelnut.

Taste of caramel malt and hazelnut with a mild hoppy background.

Great carbonation, medium bodied and refreshing.

No problem putting this away, regret waiting so long to try it.

Photo of KoG
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came out of the bomber a dark brown with a "hazelnut" colored head. Stuck around for a while and left generous lacing on the glass.

Smell was flowery hops, rich malt, and... hazelnut! Very pleasing for the senses.

Taste was very good. Has just enough hazelnut flavor to be dominate but not overtake the hops and malt. Starts out a bit nutty, fades to malt and hops, and finishes with a sweet hazelnut flavor. Very tasty indeed.

Mouth was very nice with a good amount of active carbonation. Smooth with a nice carbonic twinge.

One of my favorites from Rogue and definately drinkable, now to only find it on tap somewhere...

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On tap the beaker pint glass was used and the beer was served with a one finger, light tan head and the color was light brown with good clarity. The head stuck around for a good while which was nice to see.

S: Sweet roasted malt goodness with a hit of toffee and roasted hazelnuts. Light dried plum and raisin aroma and very little perceived hop aroma

T: Super flavor of honey roasted hazelnuts and delicious roasted malt and fresh brown bread with maybe even a touch of molasses. Noticeable nut, grain, and hop bitterness balances out the sweetness.

M: So smooth with a medium to full body and low carbonation.

D: Always enjoyed this beer from the moment I first tried it years ago and it really was the first beer that really drew me into Rogue Ales. Ohh so smooth this brown ale ranks up with the best brown ales out there and can be easily consumed with a desire for more.
A world class nut brown ale!

Photo of samie85
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone pint glass...

A- Pours a dark, opaque brown with a nice tan head.

S- Chocolate, nut and biscuit malt flavors are very present.

T- Nut and chocolate upfront and then a slightly bitter, biscuit flavor near the end.

M- Really smooth and creamy. Very nice but still well carbonated.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. A little different than most of my brown ale experiences but in a very good way

Photo of Brewnami
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- At first glance, it appeared to pour a dark brown color, but hold it up the light and it is a nice deep red tint. Also, if poured correctly, it leaves a nice head that leaves an even lace around the glass.

S- Really nice hazelnut, chocolate, caramel, and perhaps some coffee hints. Sweet, one of the better smelling beers for sure.

T- Tastes very similar to the smell. Nutty with roasted malts. Sweet with some coffee hints.

M- Medium body, perfect for the type of ale. Some people say it feels watery, but I don't think so all. Some moderate carbonation. Not very hoppy, but excellent balance. Strong roasted malts.

D- Very good, however I had a 22 ounce bottle and I think that may be enough. Not a beer I would ever want to session with, but definitely a great dessert beer

Photo of nlmartin
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $3.99. The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a chestnut brown coloration. The head was a creamy toffee coloration. The head was two fingers high with ok retention.

Smell: The beer is loaded with roasted and toasted choco-caramel maltyness. The beer has a very nutty smell. There is a pleasing spicyness that helps to break up the sweetness.

Taste: The beer has a very nice roasted and toasted nutty caramel nugget taste. There is a bit of chocolate lurking around the taste. The hops peek up and bring a spicy bitterness to break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer is nicely carbonated with a creamy touch. This is a nearing perfect balance between sweet and spicy bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer treat. Sadly the beer was departing my glass to fast. I wish I had purchased a few more of these goodies.

Photo of oelergud
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good looking beer, dark ruby and tan head, good lace from this brew.
scents of chocolate and nuts, very much the same can be said for the taste, very complex and smooth. I didn't really read much of the label but judging from the taste and smell there got to be lots of different ingredients in this great beer.
The mouthfeel is excellent, really creamy and round, full body, perfectly balanced, hops and malts in perfect unison.
This is a great beer, good thing it's sold in 22 oz. bottles as anything less would be too little.

-Oelergud

Photo of gkunkle
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown color with a cream head that stands 2 fingers tall in my duvel tulip. Head recedes to a film with a ring around the edge of my glass. As I drink it leaves some rings of lacing in my glass. Smell is of bread, toffee, hazlenut; not particularly roasty smelling, but smooth and malty without being too sweet. In the taste I get the hazlenut flavors and then a clean pop of caramel. The end of the taste has a slightly deeper, darker malt profile, maybe a tough of chocolate in there. Only a touch of roasted flavor comes out. Body is on the thicker side, just right for a brown ale, and the carbonation is not too agressive; making this a very smooth beer. I really loved this, I think it has become my favorite brown ale.

Photo of zerk
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown... almost opaque, with a thin tan lace. Aroma of coffee, bread and hazelnut. Flavor begins with bread and coffee, ends with hazelnut and a some hop bitterness. Crisp, with a medium body and medium to high carbonation. Rogue does it again... very tasty!

Photo of shigg85
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this from M & R Liquors in Manchester, CT. Poured into a Baird pint glass. Mysterious cloudy brown hue. A playful hazelnut and maple syrup nose hints at the powerful hazelnut and hop flavor in the brew. Silky smooth caramel aftertaste with a bit of bitter toffee as well. This is an amazing fall/winter brew that matches with the changing leaves outside, making me reminisce on the whole experience. As far as brown ales go, this is one of the best i've ever had, not being overly hazelnut-driven and definitely sticking to its category. Definitely a recommendation!

Photo of Biff9
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this in a pub glass. The color was a copper brown with about a tree finger head. What stood out for me was the taste, it had a very clean taste to it. I don't know if it was the water or the way it was brewed but there was no bitterness to it and the aftertaste didn't linger.

I will be having this one again.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. This was the first time that I had it on tap. It was a very dark brown color and almost seemed a little hazy to me. The scent is delicious with a mildly sweet and flavorful burst of hazelnut. The taste is superb with a hazelnut; it doesn't have the artificial flavor that accompanies too many brews with added flavorings. My only complaint is that as you drink more and more the velvety hazelnut loses some of its sweetness.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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