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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,393
Hads: 3,951
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 275
Gots: 713 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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 Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of brurevu
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of Mikecap
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of dwren89
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of dowen17
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of json83
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.75/5  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!

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Photo of xk6m6m5x
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep reddish-brown with thick khaki head the slowly dissipates into a well retained lace

S-mild chocolate and an earthiness I can put my finger on what exactly

T- this was the disappointing part, I get no hazelnut at all, I get a very plain no frills brown ale, which is good but not what I was expecting.

M- thinner then expected and over carbonated for my taste

O- good beer but not what I was expecting

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.02/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a ever-so-slightly hazy coppery brown.The haziness is like the first bits of fog building up, enough to notice but not so much that it keeps the light from getting through. Beautiful, creamy tan head has great retention eventually dropping to a thick creamy film. Good lace.

Smell is ...weird and not in a good way. A combination of dry cardboard and nearly rancid nutmeats with some dirt mixed in. Not good. It's a pretty strong presence as well. I have 2 more bottles so here's hoping it just this one.

Taste is burnt malt, that funky nutmeat stank note and nothing else. Score is a little higher here than the smell received because it isn't so harsh and there is better balance (though not too much to actually balance with just two notes).

Medium bodied at best with a light, almost too light, effervescence. Smooth but nothing really appealing here. I won't drain pour it (it ain't warm Falstaff or Corona) but the thought is running around in my head like a 6 year old on Halloween.

I am really disappointed with this one. I love me some hazelnuts (aka filberts) and browns are a favorite style but I know Rogue is a crap shoot when I bought it. Been drinking their stuff for 10 years or more. I had Voodoo Maple Bacon again last week (SO GOOD!) and I've got a bomber of Voodoo Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana chilling for a couple of weeks from now. The Shakespeare, FestiveAle, Chocolate & Double Choc. stouts, Dead Guy and Glen were great, too. The American Amber, XS Imp. Porter were very far from. The rest are middling offerings. But with such high ratings from over 2000 people I expected better from this one. I've two more bottles sitting in the fridge. If they prove better I'll gladly amend this review (like always) but if your still looking at this in Sept. 2013 or beyond, they were just as bad.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep deep brown with a reddish tint. Beautiful brown/yellow tinted head, nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, mild chocolates, brown sugar and nuttyness. Slightly faint

T - sweet light caramel malts transition into even sweeter brown sugar and hazelnut flavors. Nice sweetness and the nuttyness really keeps up! Slight roasty with slightly grassy hops and smooth tame bitterness come through at the finish.

M - pretty well carbonated and fairly light. Very enjoyable to drink

O - nutty and sweet flavors are perfectly bold given the light body and drinkability. Fantastic balance of flavor and feel

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Photo of kots84
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Reddish brown creamy head.

Smell - Not a lot on the nose. Some haze nut but that pretty much it.

Taste - The first thing I taste is warm milk. After a second it roasted coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - A little thin but good carbonation.

Overall - A great beer. One of my go to.

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Photo of Aleks_P
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light reddish brown, translucent. Little lacing when poured, very little head.

Smell: Smell is not particularly noteworthy, can detect some light malt/caramel scents.

Taste: Very light and malty. A bit sweet, hazelnut is just noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Like the flavor the beer feels light and carbonation feels foamy. Not dry at all with the malt flavor.

Overall: Very good beer, light and sweet and something I'd enjoy having two or three of. I'd consider keeping this is the fridge for regular rotation.

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Photo of delta490
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- cloudy light brown with a long lasting creamy white head
S- sweet and nutty
T- a little sweet, with maybe some hazelnut but it lacks the richness and depth of hazelnut. Or any other nuttiness. No hops noted. Not much roasted malt flavor that I would also expect from a brown ale.
M- a little thinner than I wanted. No carbonation.
O- not bad but sort of a one note song. Lacks the depth a brown should have.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle out a 6-pack. review is from notes.

look is a hazy brown with a small mocha head. smell is sweet hazelnut, not unlike nutella. taste is better: crisp malt, roasted/woody. finishes nutty, hazelnut throughout. feel is medium, crisp and easily drinkable.

good brown with an odd, overpowering scent. easy to drink otherwise, with a nutty hazelnut sweetness throughout.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a tulip, deep brown beer body, dark orange/red highlights center-pour produced a thick finger of tan head - persisted nicely, left sparse lace arms

S: deep, earthy malt and hop smell accented by dry hazelnut aromas; soft, earthy aromas suggesting molasses' sweetness and herbal tart/bitter-ness

T: not too bitter, faint chewy dark sweetness; suggests a wet, brown, pastry; dusky hazelnut presence; a yeast presence that is reminscent of some dark Belgian ales; flavors clear nicely on the finish, drying the mouth just enough before the next sip. Sweetened as it warmed.

M: somewhat tacky, soft and almost fuzzy; smooth, faint coat, light tingle that grew softer as the beer warmed

O: a very nice brown ale - the hazelnut isn't overpowering, cloying, or sweet - it fits well with the style and is a seamless blend. I'm not a big brown ale person, and the feels and tastes of the style are not my typical preference. That said, this was a very enjoyable beer that appealed in all areas. A fan of the style would no doubt enjoy this beer tremendously.

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Photo of Olek4374
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue's beers are notoriously hard to get here in Alberta despite their reputation as being one of the better US craft breweries. This is one of, like, 3 kinds that my store offers. They're also expensive as fuck. This 650ml bottle cost me over 9 dollars! So it is my expectation that this is some very, very good beer. Let's see.

it pours very dark brown, basically the identical shade of brown that the bottle is (and not the picture, but rather the bottle itself. There is a very thick layer of beige head which takes a good long while to settle down. The name of the beer lives up in the smell - hazelnut is definitely the main smell I'm getting here - and that's about it. The taste is fantastic - you're getting a large hit of hazelnut flavour, but it's a lot deeper than that. it's more of a hazelnut latte flavour without the milk - just coffee and hazelnut. There's also a subtle cigar aftertaste going on here - and no, I'm not smoking while doing this review, nor have I smoked any time recently. it's a very complex flavour that just makes me keep coming back for another sip - it's hard for a heavy beer to accomplish this for me, but here we are.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with some subtle carbonation - not too shabby.

Overall, an excellent beer. Rich flavour, nice look, smell that lives up to its name. I may just have to buy another bottle despite the price. Well done Rogue, well done.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.