Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,372
Hads: 3,806
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 249
Gots: 581 | 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 Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque chocolaty brown with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Strongly malty aroma has undertones of chocolate and molasses. Rich, thick flavor has a firm tone of molasses and hints of unsweetened chocolate and roast coffee. Texture is smooth and thick, almost like fizzy milk. Excellent! (301 characters)

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 22oz. bomber with the traditional rogue printed bottle. printing is brown and tan. with rogue big across the top, there is a bearded, brown shirt and glasses wearin' balding man holding a stein of hazelnut brown in one hand and his other hand in a fist in the air. "world champion brown ale" on a medal. ingredients are listed as usual on the right, above rogue's description of their brew, above graphic images of a cow and a pig (what to pair this with) above the brewing specifications. "oxygen fixing caps". with all this information, you'd think there would be an abv or freshness date posted, but you'd be wrong.

appearance: pours a nice rich dark brown with deep ruby highlights in a stein mug. head is a light tan 1 inch, tight but fluffy. drops to a patchy capper after a few minutes. good initial retention, but once it's gone, it's gone. no lacing.

smell: caramelly sweet bread and nutty. some lightly earthy and spicy hop aromas. there is a sweet hazelnut aroma that makes itself the centerpiece.

taste: toasty roasted malts with lightly spicy hop balance. not as strong a hop presence as dfh's india brown, but seemingly more balanced. some chocolate and dark fruits as well. maybe some currants. hazelnut flavor is obvious and brings about memories of the hazelnut syrup in a starbucks hazelnut latte with every sip. finishes a tad sweet with a light malt bitterness. aftertaste is a tad astringent and woody.

mouthfeel: nice creamy medium mouthfeel with great carbonation. rolls around prickling and has a little bite in the swallow, but swallows very smoothly.

drinkability: very drinkable. stein is gone, refilled and gone again. very tasty with a mild aftertaste that allows you to drink as fast or sip as slow as you want.

overall: excellent american brown. i didn't think i'd have much better than the india brown by dfh the other night, but i think i have. aroma is better here, and taste and balance is the slightest little bit better as well. two thumbs. (2,011 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife swears by this beer, and while I wouldn't kill for it the way she would, I would definitely injure for it. Huge hazelnut flavor announces itself through the nose. The strong flavor sticks with you via aftertaste, but in this case, that's a good thing. More of a desert beer than an everyday drink, but it's a damn good one. (331 characters)

Photo of Ave
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I picked up this 22oz bottle of happiness based on the high level of regard I have for the Rouge moniker, & it lived up to ever bit of that heritage in stellar fashion. When it poured out, it was only so-so in appearance. It could have had a bit more head to it, perhaps a more vigorous pour next time (& there WILL BE a next time). It did have a very nice dark brown color & a slightly cohesive velvet texture to it, but the fun really starts once you get your nose close to it. At first I thought it was just a rebottling of the standard Rouge Hazelnut, but no no, this beer is clearly a large step ahead of its older brother. The nose is full of sweet nutty caramels, with delicate roasted autumn spice. That velvety texture is seamlessly caried through to the tongue, & it has a luscious feel in the mouth. Not a lot of hopiness, that however seems to be consistent with the style, but the flavor is just out of sight. Lightly sweet, smooth caramel malts & a finish that leaves you fully satisfied, but still wanting more. I hope they keep this beer in circulation, because I’ll be looking to stock up.

Ave (1,119 characters)

Photo of pheggeseth
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Surly tulip glass

A: Deep reddish brown with a decent head that quickly dissipates, not much lacing

S: Sweet, sweet hazelnuts mixed with brown sugar and some caramel, from the smell of it, I'd expect it to taste too sweet

T: but it doesn't, there's a lot of hazelnut, yes, but it's more balanced with the malt, and generally combines to be quite pleasant

M: medium bodied, but with a thicker end, very smooth

D: This is my favorite nut brown ale, and a terrific "regular" beer to have around. I could be stuck on a desert island with only this and be content (590 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! very interesting smell!!!!
but let's start with the appearance- beautiful molasses color, minimum head.
now the smell- AWESOME!!! i love nuts and i am aware many brews dont 'project' what they call themselves. but i get the hazelnut aroma here and anxiously awaiting the first sip as i write this.
i wasnt expecting much (refer to the 'project' comment above) but this is a decent tasting brew. not sure i get the hazelnut flavor from the taste as much as i might the aroma (you realize 'flavored' coffee doesnt exist- it's an added AROMA they mix in with the beans to 'trick' your taste buds into believing it is tasting what it is smelling). but it's a decent tasting brew. i would take off major points if i found out they added the AROMA, but i think i can get the hazelnut flavor in there....
mouthfeel is always a difficult category for me, but it's a medium-bodied, minimally carbonated liquid.
overall, it's what i expected when i purchased it which is an accomplishment in that sense. it tastes good, has a decent abv, and can be had in more than one at a time. slight 'flavoring bitterness' in the end taste, but it is minimal. (1,142 characters)

Photo of WCBCFrank
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue's Hazelnut Brown is a perfect example of why Rogue is a great brewery. Hazelnut Brown pours a beautiful chocolate brown in a pint glass and fills with the aroma of toasted hazelnut and subtle notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Each sip is a dessert and begs you to have another. A champion beer. (302 characters)

Photo of baiser
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown colour, with a creamy brown head. Wonderful aroma of hazelnut, toasted notes, chocolate and grain. Smells like hazelnut chocolate. By far, the best brown ale I've had. The hazelnut flavour is insane. Shots of hazelnut flavouring, rich, nutty, balanced by a good bitterness. Wonderful, easy drinking brown ale. Enjoyed by all of my friends. (358 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had forgotten how much I enjoy this nectar since joining this site and reviewing beers I hadn't tried yet every night. This is THE beer that finally made me decide that I will never drink another of the big domestics ever again. After revisiting this for a proper review, I think I will once again have to start drinking the shit out of this brew.

The beer pours to a nutty brown color (imagine that?) with a slight red haze when held to the light. The head could have been better, but it was enough to keep my beer fresh from the stale air without being too much. The smell is also quite bland compared to the explosion of sweet caramelized malty goodness paired with hints of hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, and hops bitterness. I am hard pressed to think of a tastier brew, especially after having polished off a few bombers of this at my friend's house just a moment ago. I would recommend this to anybody, regardless of their preferred style. (949 characters)

Photo of Nesued
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered this at a local "flying saucer", my first taste of a "Rogue-based" brew. Being on-tap, I decided to give it a try.

Appearance: Very dark brown coloring, the draw I received had a lasting head that took at least five minutes to "calm down".

Smell: An overwhelming hazelnut extract aroma with an underlying malt addition.

Taste: Wonderfully smooth and well-bodied taste, the presence of hazelnut was one of the draws to trying this beer, and the strong presence was expected. The malt and chocolate taste was present and balanced out what would have been a very awkward "one-sided" extract beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was well-balanced and added to the "denseness" of the presentation. A more carbonated presence would have (obviously) given a weaker presentation.

Drinkability: The was a wonderfully drinkable beer. In fact I stopped by a local shop to pick up several of the "20-oz bottles" on my way home. A $5.30 price per bottle is a bit of a kick-back, but only slightly. Others have said this would be a good "dessert-beer" and I agree, however it worked well in a "chips and salsa sitting around a table talking" format as well. Was a good pairing with the queso dip actually. (1,214 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly powerful aroma of malt, that brown ale nuttiness, and some fruit.

T: Tasted mainly of the nutty quality (the hazelnut I assume), roasted malt, some dark fruits, and a light amount of hops. Easily the most complex, flavorful and enjoyable brown ale I've tasted.

M: A lot of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a brilliant example of an American Brown Ale. Sweet-tasting, lots of personality, well-balanced - everything you want. (647 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Lazy Dog Cafe in Valencia, CA.

A - Color is a strongly brewed iced tea tone that came with no head. Very little lacing on this one.

S - Sweet malts, chocolate, hazelnuts.

T - Bittersweet chocolate mixed with toasted hazelnuts. There is a slight bitterness to this beer that is fleeting.

M - Leaves a slight coating feeling in the mouth. Good carbonation.

D - This is a very good beer. I had it with a hickory smoked bacon and blue cheese butter burger and it was a fine meal indeed. I would definitely get this one again. (540 characters)

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Has a nice finger thick off-white head. This quickly dissipates to a semi-thick layer of patchy head that floats on the brew and remains for the duration of the drink. The color of the brew is a rich mahogany amber color, which is perfectly clear.

Smell - Sweetness (lots of brown sugar scent) and sourness from the hops right on the nose. Also a slight bitter character and some citrus accompany the former. Some fruit is noticeable, plum and fig, but this aroma is mild. A nice bready (almost toasted) malt smell comes through all of this as a foundation.

Taste - Sourness and a nice bitterness from the hops up front. A slight sweetness of caramel, dark chocolate, and some candied fruits. A strong nutty flavor, which is very defined in this brown ale. Earthiness and some tart but slight-toasted malt character are also present. The finish comes in with more earthy flavors, along with some mild bitterness from the hops. A very complex and pleasing taste.

Mouthfeel - Oh so smooth with a solid medium-body. The carbonation is just at the perfect level to keep this hearty beer lively and refreshing. Not so much a bite as a nice massaging of your mouth. Divine.

Drinkability - This is a rich brew, but oh so tasty. The carbonation level helps to keep this beer's drinkability higher than it would be with a lower level.

Definitely the best brown ale, from any country, that I've had to date. The flavors are very complex, with an excellent nutty character to the beer. A superbly smooth and wonderfully carbonated mouthfeel make this beer a definite repeat-pleaser. A must have once, or twice, or three times...you get the point. (1,712 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's hard not to be impressed with the Hazelnut Brown nectar from start to finish. The pour was well proportioned, with a finger and a half capping a dark nut-brown torso. Hazelnut accosts the nose through and through, but there is a nice hint of chocolate and caramel as well, quite good. The taste, not surprisingly, brings the smell forward, but with a prominent roasted background that is most delicious. I greatly enjoy the smooth texture and moderate carbonation, and wish I had a second to chase this big boy.

Really wonderful concoction from Rogue, not to be missed. (575 characters)

Photo of KALIKGOLD
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a caramel brown color and leaves a tan head that did not stick around for too long. Smells of nuts, caramel, and malt. Nice taste of hazelnut and brown sugar. Nice mouth feel with good carbonation. I love this beer. It puts Newcastle to shame. I recommend this beer to everyone, its delicious!!! (331 characters)

Photo of nickss
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby brown with a 1/8" cap of foam. Looks tasty (which it is if my memory serves me correctly).

mmm... smells like nutty brown malty goodness. Deep and full and luscious smelling... gorgeous... how a brown ale should smell. I wish the smell was just a bit more pungent, but my nose is stopped up, so I'll cut it some slack.

OMG DELICIOUS. Ahem... must... retain.. professionalism.
Seriously... amazing taste. Nutty and rich and mildly spicy... like cinnamon without the kick.... wondeful... absolutely incredible.

Mouthfeel is thick and luscious... imminently tongue coating. A perfect desert beverage.

The only reason I dont give the drinkability a 5.0 is because its a bit sweet, as a desert beer should be.... but really, I could drink a whole lot of this beer, and the abv isn't so high to make that a problem. A must try in my book. (863 characters)

Photo of joecalderoni
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice tanned brown color with a medium head on it that dissapeared rather quickly!

S: Amazing hazelnut aroma with a mild malty with nutty aroma on the back of the nose!

T: amazing hazelnut taste with a nice nutty taste on the back! very simillar to the nose! some caramell as well!

M: medium to full body on this one! very chewy! very nice!!

O: an amazing beer! very well balanced and very nice as a desset beer! (420 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a dark amber with red hues into a pint glass. Semi-thick tan head forms quickly and hangs on for a while. Inviting.

Aroma - generally malty at first, once the beer settles, a cool hazelnut and brown sugar aroma hits. Mmmm...

Taste - malty, nutty start. Hazelnut flavor develops quickly and some moderately, quite complementing sweetness. Some average carbonation leads to a hazelnut coffee finish. Light raisiny flavor comes across almost like honey. Aftertaste is a simple warm, roasty nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - creamy, buttery, and right where it should be. Ideal carbonation, long enduring hazelnut residue is great.

Drinkability - very nice session beer if you're into the hazelnut flavor and all, but the concept is kinda gimmicky to me, even though I like this a lot. Maybe it's my predisposition, close-mindedness, I dunno. Anyway, it disappeared from *my* glass in a hurry. Not an everyday beer, but an outstanding treat. (957 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Father's office in santa monica November 2005.

Rich brown color, solid head with sliding lacing and the occasional evidence. Smell is of nuts and smoked wood.

The taste is humongous compared to the smell....it is fairly modest in the nose and then a frickin explosion in the mouth. Nuts rule this brew and it is exceptionally smooth as well. Smoked presence doesn't come out much but its in the background. Just a hint of hop twang and its welcomed as this beer would be too sweet without it.

Notes: I feel like a broken record with Rogue. Mouthfeel is off the charts once again. I've yet to come across a beer that wasn't near perfect from this company. Good thing that samuel smith's nut brown is in a different category or they would have a run for their money. The two best brown's in my opinion. (819 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Rogue Hazelnut brown had very dark body and little to no head. The aroma was very impressive with chocolate, brown sugar and nutty hints. The mouthfeel was clean and very smooth, and it had a wonderful sweetness, characterized by chocolate, toffee, caramel and nuttiness. It finished excellently with a sweet smoothness I rarely find in browns. I highly recommend this to people like myself who are constantly unimpressed with browns. (438 characters)

Photo of m1ked
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from new beer distributors...got in before 5.... barely.

A- Pours a clear coppery red with an impressive off white head that is gone quickly but leaves sticky lacing everywhere. Thin hazey cap left behind.

S- Sweet caramel malts with unmistakeable nuttiness. I get a thin layer of milk chocolate in there too.

T- A sweet caramel base that is outshined by roasted hazelnut with a lingering nutty finish. Once again I get a touch of milk chocolate with light roast coffee creaminess.

M- Light bodied with a fine creamy carbonation.

D- I've had their hazelnut nectar which I remember loving. I am not sure if this is the same, but I love this Morimoto. Going to try pairing it with food. (696 characters)

Photo of mitchfor3
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beauty in the Rogue line. This is a brown ale I could drink morning, afternoon, and night. Thick, creamy, deliciously malty. Subtle carbonation is just right. Hazelnut perfectly executed. Bottle says to enjoy with meat, but try this one for desert!

Fantastic. (270 characters)

Photo of justincolts
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light but solid head, a dark brown, caramel coloring. The head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a think layer. Has the smell of caramel, malts, and maybe something like a raisin aroma. Upon tasting it has an excellent, light, solid, but not overbearing nutty brown, malty, caramel flavor. Very satisfying. Enough subtlety to not scare one off, but enough flavor to know its good. Very solid, yet not heavy mouthfeel. More of a sipping beer because of its complexity and quality, but go ahead and put a couple back. (524 characters)

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hollinshead.

Ap - this poured a deep pine-bark brown with mohogany hues and a solid cream colored lace.
Sm - scents of toffee and nuts hit your nose in a very pleasant bouquet... some sweetness that i cant peg.
Tst - Mmmmm, delicious caramel, toffee and nuts (hazelnuts i'll assume) grace your tongue with hints of a chololate and vanilla blend. This is really damn good stuff.

Very tasty and complex this one. I'm not a nut-brown fan, but maybe i am now. This had a good medium body and could possibly pass as a porter... subtley complex if that makes sense. I will definitely serve this on the holidays and keep a bottle in my refrig. (663 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a rich tan color with ruby highlights and a two-finger head of light brown foam.

S: Smells quite sweet, with big doses of sticky, sweet caramel malt, a hint of cocoa and raisins, and a smack of sugary hazelnut.

T: Taste is sweet, liquid heaven. A delightful blend of roasted, nutty malts with a great big hazelnut flavor. This is complimented and balanced with a nice stride of spicy hop bitterness near the middle before finishing with a sweet, premium flavored coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and an excellent sipper.

D: The dessert beers of dessert beer. Great on it's own, and fantastic with the chocolate chip cookie I had with it. Very drinkable and quite a nice, lighter after-dinner beer.

With its liquor-like sweetness and great melding of hazelnut extract with a balanced blend of sweet-roasted malts and s bit of spicy bitterness, this is one world class brown ale. Very nice. (983 characters)

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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