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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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BA SCORE
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2,895 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2895
Reviews: 1312
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.27%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001)
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DJQ

Manitoba (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 650ml bottle, shared between two.

A: A nice, clear copper. Very little head, and that disappeared quickly.

S: Quite nutty. Hints of chocolate. There's a breadiness to the aroma as well.

T: Nuts and malts are in your face! As it warmed up the subtler brown sugar and vanilla were noticeable.

M: Medium-high carbonation on this one, which settled down given some time. Medium bodied

O: At first sip this one was surprisingly plain, but as it warmed up the flavour came out and I quite enjoyed it. I don't know that I will pick another up in a bottle, but I would like to give it a try on tap one day.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 17:09:08 | More by DJQ
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- copper color that is halfway between clear and opaque. A gorgeous white chocolate like color head that is about a finger and half. Straight edge circle lacing around the pint glass as well.

S- hazelnut cream coffee. yum. light roasted malts as well. nutty as well

F- flavor mimicks the nose. It is always good when that happens.

M- a somewhat carbonated medium bodied brew. It goes down smooth as well.

O-a great brew from Oregon. It is simple yet tasty and goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 20:37:21 | More by Dodo2step
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark copper; small off-white head dissipates quickly

Smell: Sweet malts and hazelnut aromas dominate, but it's reminiscent of Reese's Pieces; very interesting

Taste: Hazelnut taste and bitterness are at the forefront; slight hops throughout, but the dry nutty aftertaste kind of overwhelm it.

Mouthfeel: a little thin

Remarks: Not bad, but not that impressive either

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 01:16:27 | More by IchLiebeBier
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IGOTASIXPACK

California

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best finish, best brown ale. I have had it on tap and bottle. Rogue just makes great beers. The finish on this beer and aroma stick with you. Some brown ales can be quite bland. Not the case here. Smooth beer I could buy a keg of this daily drinker. The nut flavor is just right.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 17:46:12 | More by IGOTASIXPACK
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snaotheus

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 209 A-1 0831 is the bottle code.

Pours brown with very little head. Not cloudy, some visible carbonation. Smell is nutty, rich, a little chocolatey.

Taste is nutty, slight lemon peel flavor, slight fruity flavor. Bitterness without seeming terribly hoppy.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly gritty. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:05:32 | More by snaotheus
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laglocal

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, aggressively. About 1-1.5" head that didn't especially retain. Lacing there but on the minimal side. That might just be my opinion based on how hoppy the beers I have been drinking recently are. Dark brown, this ale is not translucent in the slightest. Didn't get much on the smell. However, the taste I remembered being not quite as delicious as this the last time I tried it. The hazelnut is coming through really nicely, and for not having enjoyed a beer this dark in a while, I am pretty happy with this one. Malty sweetness with the hazelnut flavor is just divine, and its backed by a nice hop presence. Carbonation was meh, no freshness date on this bottle, probably the only drawback to Rogue. A great ale. Can see why it is so popular

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:42:36 | More by laglocal
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FLima

Brazil

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany reddish color with a beige head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Malty aroma with notes of caramel, hay, hazelnut and lots of chocolate.
Taste follows nose, nutty malt flavor balanced with mild earthy hops. Notes of hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Lovely Brown Ale with a malty and nutty profile and not shy in flavors. Hazelnut notes are light and it does not seem artificial. I had preferred the John John version, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:51:20 | More by FLima
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Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Copper Reddish color with a one finger head and moderate lacing. bubbles shooting up from bottom, very carbonated.

S - Smells of hazelnuts and chocolate big time. getting a little bit of coffee too. Kind of bready as well.

T - Whoa, this beer is amazing. Malt bomb. not really getting any hops at all. just getting a nice blend of sweet malt and mild chocolate coffee like taste....big lingering nutty finish. A very rich yet not too heavy brown ale. awesome. It reminds me of yards brawler, but on steroids.

M - really carbonated and a moderate mouth feel, and dangerously smooth with no bite at all on the end.

overall this is a great beer. i definitely recommend trying it if you havent.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 02:18:19 | More by Glennlawless
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Furlinator

California

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent reddish-brown with very little head and very little lacing.

Smell is hazlenut, molasses and biscuit breadiness. Very impressive.

Taste follows smell with hazlenut, molasses and brown sugar. Malty breadiness prevents it from being too sweet. Very faint citrus tart on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Smell is incredible. Like Honey Nut Cheerios on steroids. Tastes almost as good as the smell. An impressive brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:40:18 | More by Furlinator
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WheelsPSU

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a single 12 ounce bottle from City Swiggers as part of a six pack mix.

It poured a deep ruby red when held up to the light. The head was average and a touch soapy on the edge.
The smell produced coffee and a strong hazelnut aroma.
The taste was extremely pleasant. A later of sweet coffee/hazelnut/vanilla with a touch of caramel. None of which were overpowering. However, for a brown ale the body was a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 14:05:56 | More by WheelsPSU
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of glowing cherry wood into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It throws a two finger head of cake batter foam the color of eggnog, and this shows excellent retention. Chunky mountains of lacing are left around the glass as it slowly trails away. The chilliest haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. The bubbles of the carbonation are huge, and among the most active we have encountered to date. The aroma gives raw pretzels and sourdough right off the bat, with heavy and sticky baking yeast, Styrofoam, pound cake, hazelnut coffee extract, light coffee and sweet brown malts, tinny metallics, rich brown breadiness, stark cereal grain, dried straw, and honey. Our first impression is that there is a surprising grassy hop component through the center that we didn’t otherwise appreciate in the nose, with the rest of the beer being a touch sweeter than expected, but highly drinkable. As we sip, the taste opens up with coffee bean, hazelnut extract, vanilla wafer sugars, biscuity Milano cookies, roasty chocolate malt, musty cheddar cheese, raw almond and chestnut nuttiness, soured brown malts, spicy gingerbread warmth, and watery phenolic plastics. Moving through the middle are notes of honey sweetness, continued brown malts, hints of soured citrus in the form of lemon juiciness, mild grassy hops, earthen mineral, hazelnut spiked coffee, Baily’s Irish creamer, cherry fruitiness, black peppercorn, and rye breadiness to pull us to the finish. Here things get a bit more bitter, with the graininess really furrowing up its grit to balance the initial sweetness. This comes as chalky brown and chocolate malts, raw strawberry fruitiness, sourdough yeastiness, malted milk balls, white sugar, Ferraro Rocher chocolates, nectary florals, penicillin bite, warmed breakfast biscuits, soft syrupy milk chocolates, lactic acidity, and distant cloven phenols. The aftertaste breathes of maple sugars, chalky brown and chocolate malts, grassy and floral hops, gingerbread and cinnamon sugar spiciness, sour wheatiness, white sugar sweetness, light vanilla bean ice cream, stark cereal grain, and raw honeycomb dustiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium, offering a big foaminess on the swirl around the mouth. Each sip gives velvety soft slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with a full, covering cloak draped around the mouth. This eventually gives way to a chalky astringency, with light puck to the front of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks excellently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its feel and drinkability. While the aroma and flavoring were both nicely inclusive, rich in depth, and agreeable, what really stood out was how quickly it disappeared from our glasses. All of the notes you would expect to be there are easily found, with sweet and sour brown malts, chocolate roast, and rich hazelnut extract. These are found repeatedly across the spectrums of both aroma and taste, and are consistent throughout the tasting. Then the slurp hits you. It is velour, popping like cotton, pulling each sip further down into bubbly ease and happiness. This helps to make up for slightly lesser explosiveness in the aforementioned arenas, keeping it flowing and extremely drinkable. This is a great, easy beer for the style, and one we’ve really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 22:20:41 | More by TheBrewo
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pilsener sampler. I poured a bit for my girlfriend, who likes beer only a little and is very picky. She says its OK.

A moderate pour produces an off-white head of about an inch. The beer is a little hazy and a fairly pale reddish-brown with low carbonation.

You can definitely smell and taste the hazelnuts, along with a bit of fruitiness. The bitterness is low, and seems to come almost entirely from the malt. Hardly any hops are noticeable. In addition to the nuttiness are some buttery flavors, such that this beer reminds me alot of pancakes with butter pecan syrup. The hazelnut flavor doesn't seem too artificial, seems to mesh well with the malt flavors, and isn't too tiring on the palate.

This is a very distinctive brown ale and will appeal to anyone who likes sweeter beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 23:59:27 | More by archyquaffer
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brurevu

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The deep ruby brown brew carried hints of a buttery nuttiness on the nose that followed into the flavor. This was a simple full flavored beer that melted on the palate rather than attack it. Rogue created a rich and rewarding Brown Ale that mixed perfectly with the toasted buttery Hazelnut flavors. There is nothing huge or complicated about it, but it is a smooth and wonderful concoction that earns the right to be call itself a Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 18:10:41 | More by brurevu
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:38:01 | More by tectactoe
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:22:00 | More by SportsandJorts
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium brown from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Two fingers of whitish head fade fairly quickly leaving some solid chunky lacing on the glass.

Smell: HInts of sweet malt, a bit of coffee and definitely some nutty characteristics. Very inviting aroma for a brown and I do sense the hazelnut.

Taste: Nuttiness up front with some toffee and caramel and a bit of roastiness. Not too much bitterness and more malt forward but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low bitterness and low to moderate carbonation. Nice texture and easy drinking.

Overall: A very tasty and drinkable brown ale here from Rogue. A lot of their stuff seems to be hit or miss, but this is one worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 17:58:19 | More by Mikecap
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dwren89

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: decent clarity, murky brown with red hues, very little head, tan head

Aroma: slight hazelnut aroma that is subtle and not overwhelming with some bready notes and sweet molasses like aroma

Taste: a nice brown ale with bready and molasses notes, and a nice hazelnut flavor that lasts through the finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very drinkable, not thick or chewy, low carbonation, medium body

Overall: A nice quaff that utilizes molasses, bready, and hazelnut flavors to deliver a very drinkable and delicious drink. An interesting beer to pair with food because of nutty/sweet/bready flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:41:50 | More by dwren89
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer was just not up my alley. The appearance was a amber brown clear with some head, little retention and not much lacing. It smells quite good, malty caramel, nutty, little orange blossom maybe.

Taste wise, though, it starts out sweet, nutty, with a taste of honey, but turns bitter more like an ESB than I would care to have with such a malty start. There is a little puckering of the tongue at this for mouthfeel, but overall it doesn't suit my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 01:35:10 | More by cjgiant
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dowen17

Alabama

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark brown with a bubbly two finger tan head on top. Beautiful beer. Head leaves some nice lacing down the glass and dissipates into a thin layer over the beer.

At first sniff I pick up some malt sweetness. Maybe roasted. Hazelnut comes through on the end. Some slight earthy tones from the hops. But it's very sweet smelling. Nice.

Tastes like hazelnut. Really sweet as soon as it hits your tongue. As the flavor progresses you pick up some malt flavors and some earth tones from the hops. Maybe some burnt caramel. Very good beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Coats your mouth with some earth notes from the hops.

Overall this is a great beer. Love the look, smell, and taste. Would definitely buy/drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 19:46:30 | More by dowen17
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json83

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A winter seasonal with 180 calories per bottle and 6% ABV. 2011 & 2012 Gold Metal Winner at the Americas Beer Festival under the Specialty Beer Category. I really enjoyed the color, the brown ale style, and the compliment of the hazelnut flavor. This would be the first I tried with the hazelnut flavor and had mixed opinion at first, but after trying I would highly recommend and definitely keep my eye-out to try again. This is a great beer to keep an eye out for as a winter seasonal. I would highly recommend and buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:29:28 | More by json83
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Leftover bottle from NHC award banquet. Pours clear brownish amber with nice head & foam that clings to glass. Smells & tastes of hazelnut. That much is nailed. Tastes has add'l sweet malt character. Very nutty with even bitterness. Feels about light to medium. Overall, an excellent spice, or whatever, kind of beer you classify this. Great tasting and well balanced all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:28:54 | More by jwhancher
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a partially hazy brown/coppery color and doesn't appear to have a whole ton of bubbly carbonation rising to the top. The head is somewhat disappointing though, as it is rather shallow to begin with and the tan colored foam disappears rather quickly into a skirmish of bubbly patchwork. The lacing is also not as good as I thought it would be, as some patchy clumps of head do cling to the side of my pint glass but slide right back into the brew.

S- The aromas are quite nice, there being a noticeable rich malty scent with sweet cooked brown sugar mixed into the background. The hazelnut is there too, but it isn't the overpowering aroma that I thought there might be....just subtle essence! I also notice a slightly yeasty aroma the really helps smooth out any bitter notes that there are on the finish.

T- The flavors follow the aroma closely and very well! Again, rich caramel sweet malt is the dominant flavor with a hint of milk chocolate and toasted brown sugar. There is an Earthy nuttiness that compliments the sweetness overall on the palate and helps to add a mellow dryness to the beer. The finish is a blend of lingering hazelnut and bitter hops. Very nice indeed!

M- This has a very smooth character, with very creamy carbonation hitting the palate. This is a medium-full bodied beer and is probably one of the most well rounded beers a person will come across I believe! This really is a brown nectar and is like velvet desert on the palate!

D- Outside of the initial appearance, this beer has it all! It is full flavored and very well balanced with the hazelnut flavor at just the right amount, the alcohol is essentially non-existent, and is so sleek on the palate. I will most definitely purchase this again and highly recommend this beer! Rouge has put their spin on the brown ale style and more than hit a home run with this!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:38:27 | More by ChrisCage
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Solid brown, small head that dissipates to paper thin quickly

S - some hints of coffee surprisingly.

T - green. too green. like a sugar water with a little tartness. No nutty taste, but again hints of coffee.

M - very nice, but takes a back seat to the disappointing taste.

Overall, I'm starting to think i must not like Brown Ales in general. I tasted the same gross "green" taste in BBC Nut Brown Ale, Newcastle is very average, and I can't remember having any others.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 21:52:46 | More by TastyAdventure
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ToriBug13

California

3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Brewing Hazelnut Brown Ale

T- ¾ inch thick foam, nice rich brown color.

S- Nice malty, sweet caramel smell.

T- First strikes me with balanced malt and the sweetness of the caramel, with just a hint of earth. Nice woody after taste. Mid palate there is nice dark fruit, fig or plum? After my first couple of sips I thought it might be too much for a bomber, but it surprisingly drinks very smoothly. This was a fun beer to run into, so earthy and malty. I keep looking for hazelnut, however even without it this is a killer beer. Very impressive!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 15:05:47 | More by ToriBug13
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Vestlake

Alabama

3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is mostly hazelnut. Taste is a strong hazelnut with a bit of a chocolaty aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer though I think the hazelnut comes on a little too strong. Will definitely finish the six pack though. Overall, a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 20:34:31 | More by Vestlake
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