Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by kbub6f on 08-27-2001

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Reviews: 1,410 | Ratings: 4,017
Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A fair tan head forms and leaves some good lace down the glass.
S: Dark malt that has a great nutty aroma. Some chocolate and brown surger as well
T: Buttery and nutty. Lots of hazelnut up front and finishes nice with plenty of chocolate towards the end.
M/D: Rich and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all night (and almost did).

I really like this beer. A smooth and great tasting beer. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter brown color with a billowy tan head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within. These pop slowly overtime and leave a very nice level of lacing.

Smell – Sweet aromas of brown sugar and molasses are quite strong. These are mixed with a malty breadlines and a hazelnut aroma. They all were in some ways not too complementary and instead seemed to be somewhat stale and artificial in nature.

Taste – A sweet brown sugar and roasted maltiness start the taste quite strong. These are soon meet with some of the hazelnut flavor and a sweeter molasses flavor that develop more toward the middle of the taste. The nuttiness intensifies as the taste advances more and is mixed with a lighter coffee flavor which dry the sweet flavor a bit at the end and leave a bitter sweet taste on the tongue which lingers a bit too long.

Mouthfeel –Creamier then the average brew with a very medium level of carbonation. The creaminess suits the malty flavors well, but the carbonation sort of takes away from the flavors.

Overall – It was an alright brew. The flavors weren’t the greatest as some seemed a little bit artificial and the bitter and the sweet did not seem to meld very well.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A - Deep mahogany and woody brown with minimal head and almost no lacing.

S - Tons of hazelnut, coffee, and toasted grains. Highly inviting.

T - Begins with plenty of nuttiness and roasted malts. An avalanche of crunchy hazelnut envelops the palate, followed by chocolate and some more coffee. Finishes smooth and clean, without much lingering flavor.

M - This is super smooth, with little to no aftertaste.

D - Goes down really easy, and before you know it, the bomber is gone.

This might be one of my favorite accessible brown ales of all time. With each and every sip, I just crave more until the bottle is finished. Great value and great taste for sure.

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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!

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark copper brown color brew with a full tan head and thick lacing. The smell is unbeilevable. A deep sweet peanut brittle just billows out of the glass with buttery highlights and a touch of chocolate detected. A beautiful smell that is good enough to eat. There is a touch of malt hidden in there too but it doesn't present itself much like beer. It just smells good enough to skip the drinking part! The hazelnut influence seems more apparent in the flavor of this brew but there is still plenty of that peanut brittle phenomenon. Sweet butterscotch and malt come through and there is a slight charcoal finish. Although there is a slick feel to this stuff it kept bugging me that it was pretty watery. These kinds of flavors demand more creaminess and body, and more carbonation would have helped as well. You could drink this pretty easily because it is fairly thin stuff but it is probably too sweet to get carried away with. It is a unique and tastey beer but I almost feel like it was a shame to drink away that great aroma, sort of how I feel about pipes/cigars. Anyone who is tolerant of, or enjoys sweet brews should try this. I would like to have it again sometime for sure.

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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 ZAP
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-rate--12/27/02..Pretty much the same experience..I bumped the taste and nose up slightly..still a little syrupy and artificial but pretty good...I don't think this deserves a spot in the top 50 beers list but I do think it is a good beer (maybe top 200)..


Nice toasty notes on the nose...pours dark brown with minimal head..a bit of a syrupy texture, but definitely one of the richest browns I've had..Hazelnut is very very subtle compared to Longshot Brown of about five years ago..You get the hazelnut on the long finish more than anything..nice smooth rich brown ale but I wish I could smell and taste the hazelnut more..

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

Pours brown with ruby highlights and a thick, quickly fading light tan head.
Nose shows rich toasty and nutty malt with unmistakeable sweet hazelnut also quite prominent.
Similar flavours, very soft and easy-going with little bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation is a little high.

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Photo of Brenden
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep brown with red highlights and a nice tan fluffy head retains well, leaving moderate to heavy lacing on the glass. It looks inviting.
Heavy malt up front with obvious toasty and nutty aromas with a light candied sugar/fruit hint as well.
That the malt is heavy in this should be no surprise. The flavors the malt brings out are pure and bold: molasses, chocolate, and brown sugar are complimented by a nutty flavor and balanced by very gentle and submissive hops bitterness. There's a nice toasted complexity and a smoky undertone as well.
This one is smooth and creamy . The body is medium and carbonation is optimal.
This is a great brown ale and makes a fantastic dessert beer as well as being quite drinkable.

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Photo of mynie
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not a big fan of American brown ales, they're usually kind of dull.

And then there's Rogue.

Pours very dark, intense ruby brown, nearly opaque. Very nice, tight two-finger head.

Smells like brown sugar and hops. A roasted hazlenut sweetness mingles with chocolate malt. Very nice.

Complex and delicious! Robust coffee beans upfront make way for a split second of Rogue hops, falling into an incredible bittersweet hazlenut aftertaste. This is better than coffee mate. Lingering aftertaste of sweetness and coffee. Wonderful.

It's got one of the nicest bodies I've ever felt on a beer, too. Creamy and smooth, much like a coffee with a helluva lot of creamer in it. Only tastier.

Such complexity. Such balance. This beer is truly one of the kings of its style.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan-tinged garnet with off white film. Red liquorice and faint nut on the nose.
Raspberry jam and some brown toast and a sweet hazelnut finish and no hops that I notice. Medium, some chew, round.

Perfectly medium body and flavor. A substantial presence but still very drinkable. Just a bit too fizzy to be great. I could drink this all November.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same beer as the regular HazelNut, so I am providing the same score. Kudos to Rogue for not making a run-of-the-mill Brown Ale. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light tan head. Nice spidery lacing. Huge caramel aroma along with the telltale hazelnut. Somewhat rich with a nice mixture of malt, nuts, caramel and hops in the flavor. The finish is rich and nutty. I like this one.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark hazy brown with almost no head. It had a unique scent of malt and hazelnut, with a flavor to match. It had a little hops bitterness and tasted a bit dry in the aftertaste from the hazelnut. It had a decent texture with no carbonation, but nothing else to it. This was an interesting and unique beer, and overall pretty good.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber to brown in color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, sweet to dry nuttiness and a sweet malt. In the taste, sticky-sweet nuttiness and a sweet malt. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, sweet nuttiness in the aftertaste. Sticky sweet that can be a bit much when it gets warmer, but mostly enjoyable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small with head that recedes within seconds. The aroma huge. Chocolate, nuts, more chocolate. The taste is chocolaty too, with roasted flavors as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this beer seems like a cross between a brown ale and a porter. Whatever it may be, it is damn good.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the shop poured at home. Pours medium brown color, slightly clear, with a small white head. Smell is nutty hazelnuts, hint of chocolate. Dryer than expected, but very good hazelnut notes pairing well with the very light chocolate. Not particularly bold in the flavor, but not completely watered down. Finish lingers in a way that I don't like. A bit of a stale aftertaste. Overall a decent brown.

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Photo of FLima
4.05/5  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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't tell much difference between this and the other hazelnut brew Rogue makes except it seems to have more extractness to it. Nice solid dark brown color with some dark orangey glowing edges, thin but firm creamy dark ivory head, faded off slowly, lace in small spots. Smell is light roasty chocolate and a big time hazelnut extractness to it, some wiffs have more hazelnut then others where others were nearly empty. Taste is about as smooth as the other hazelnut beer with some lightly favorable chocolate tones and hazelnuts, slightly roasty and a touch of quick sweetness. Nice airy nut-like dryness in the finish, yet stays sweet. Perhaps a bit too much in that regards. Again with some sips the extract is more evident then others. Seemingly off a bit comparingly to the original. Still, a nice creamy medium body encompasses it while it maintains an overall smoothness and drinkability. Good, but the extract stood out a bit too much then what the original portrays. However, it is quite nice and wouldn't turn it down for nothing and; albiet it's a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice finger of head on a reddish/brown colored body.
The aroma is burnt coffee, caramel candy and a little milk chocolate. Pretty good.
The taste is smooth with coffee and milk, burnt malt and nuts,
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Get some, it's good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger light mocha shade featuring a good texture, but not much retention.

S: Strongly nutty - not just in terms of hazelnut, but other variants like almonds, walnuts, and pecans come through. Aromatically, it's pretty much just peanut butter-esque with not much else to give any other depth. But that one note? It's extremely inviting and enjoyable.

T: Much sweeter than the aroma, and veering dangerously to artificial in terms of how it comes off. The flavor profile is hazelnut...and that's about it. Decidedly one note, and that solitary note has flaws to it. I don't hate it by any stretch, though.

M: The general texture is kind of thin and even insubstantial. Despite that, there's a lot of coarse finishing astringency that comes off slightly clashing with the sweetness and limp body. Hell, it even manages to be both watery AND sugary in its finish. Only thing it does right here is ease of drinkability.

O: Not particularly likable aside from the aroma; I'm glad I only bought a single of these and wouldn't buy it again. Having said that, it's a good choice for hazelnut lovers - because let's face it, the flavor is nothing BUT that. If this and Frangelic Mountain Brown have taught me anything, it's that hazelnut beers give off great aromatic qualities...and not so great flavor profiles.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark ruby brown in color with a nice tan head.

Smell – The sharp hazelnuts lead the way along with a hint of chocolate and some solid, toasted malt.

Taste – The nut flavor comes out big in the tongue. The malt base is there as well along with some stiff, balancing hops (was there any doubt?). I was barely able to taste the chocolate cocoa powder that I picked up at the nose.

Mouthfeel – Flat and medium-bodied without a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability – This is a fair rendition of the style, although I thought the hazelnut could have been a little more subdued and the ale better balanced.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, root beer colour, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Very nutty on the nose, touch of carmael and milk chocolate.

T - The nutty notes dominate, the caramel and cocoa come through on the finish with toasted almonds that linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes wet.

O - There's a reason this is top rated. If you have access to it, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not grabbing several bottles.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a dark cranberry red with a finger of oily light brown head that faded into a thin collar leaving little lace.
S: Surprisingly enough this brew smells strongly of hazelnuts. There is definitely a roasted nut quality to it. It’s full smelling, in a hard to explain way. It’s like the fat content and oil from the nut is translating to the nose. There is also a touch of sweet caramel malt behind it. Very interesting smelling.
T: Follows the nose with a full, roasted, nutty flavor. The sweet malt pokes through a bit more than in the smell though, and reminds me that this is an amber ale and not a porter. I get hints of red grapes, raisins, nutmeg and maybe cocoa as well.
M: Medium-full bodied with soft yet frothy carbonation. The mouthfeel is a tad thin however, and falls off a bit in the finish. It’s not really distracting though.
O: Thoroughly enjoyable albeit not fantastic. Glad I tried it once, and I would go back to again if I needed something nutty.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a 22oz. bottle. Poured a very deep ruby reddish brown color when held up to the light. About one finger of tan colored head formed in the glass and dissapeared quickly into nothing. Very sweet raisin, brown sugar, along with a little nuttiness and molasses in the nose. Plenty of flavor here. Brown sugar, hints of hazelnut, sweet fruity flavors with a nice malty finish. Very drinkable. Some carbonation, and no noticeable alcohol present. Pretty solid brew and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cherry red colour with lotza bubbles around the edge, head is deliciously foamy but sinks to settle down as a thinly-pocked rim. Lacing is delicious beige foam. Clarity is delicious, looks like a nice claret. (that's an attempted pun)

Intense sugary sweetness on the nose. Intense molasses, hints of espresso, mint, nutty chocolate, wow that's insane. One of the most extreme noses, I can't believe "sweet" can be so strong. It's so intense and so sweet. But fuck it's nice. That's like a strong ice wine, with chocolate. Insane I tells ye.

Wow, chocolate icecream. It's like bloody eating chocolate icecream, only with a burnt toffee, brand snap sweetness after the mid as well. Finish has a bit of a hop driness on it, slightly herbal, hint of mint again, or maybe anise. Does have a slight nutty edge to it as well, like hazelnut.

Mouthfeel is nicely full, very slick. Holds the flavour well. That is an intense beer, so sweet and toasty, so many nice, insane and non-beer-like flavours. Great taste but I certainly couldn't drink that every day. I'm already diabetic but a daily dose of this would make me double-diabetic. Wow.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.