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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
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3,619 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,619
Reviews: 1,365
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 221
Gots: 453 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of paulys55
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never one to believe the hype, I was more than ready to review this particular selection when I viewed with horror that there was only one sole HBN left. I sprung into action, and without a second thought I reached for the spot where the half-a-weisen was. Nowhere to be found. But in a simple twist of fate, the manager let me know that the Gumballhead was about to take its place. So one of those into the barrel as well.

One of the things that struck me about this beer and continues to do is its splendid appearance. It looked like something out of a beer-geek's cinematic dream. An ambient deep sepia with a black-and-tan effect in the glass. The yellow head was like whipped cream on a bed of cappucino. Upon pour and vigourous subsequent pour, I noticed the beer battling to stick to the glass as marbles down a slick slide. Nothing to cling to.

The nose is New England fudge and innocent waffs of alcohol amongst a sea of fluffy, emotive hop character.

Enough cannot be said for the delicate interplay between the so-close-to-adjuncty hazelnut flavoring, huge royal malt, and brilliantly intoxicating perle and saaz blend. I kept not being able to decide whether I hated the hazelnut essence or not; without it you've got a weirdly hopped unstriking brown ale. With it, the beer is sweet and walnutty. The yeast adds wisps of diacetyl but I never felt like I was drinking a liquid Werther's. The aftertaste is a bit on the diet-cola side. Any hop bitterness that surfaces is quickly subdued by the slightly swampy mouthfeel.

Wow. So much going on here ... i'll be back

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy medium-dark brown with nice bubbles. Two-finger off-white and creamy head that diminished slowly leaving very nice lacing.

S: Strong scent of toasted nuttiness. I can smell the hazelnut too. Very nice.

T: Just the right amount of sweetness and earthy hop bitterness to balance. No flaws that I can detect. An nice long finish that is very nutty and makes me want to drink more.

M: Light to medium body that is nice and creamy with soft carbonation. The body could be a bit fuller, but the feel is still very nice.

O: I really like this brown ale. The hazelnut is nice and subtle, not off-putting at all. It sets this one apart from other brown ales. One of my new favorites.

Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of dherling
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a chocolate brown, failry clear, with a thick creamy tan head. The nose was sweet, full of hazelnut, creamy, with some mild spicing. The taste was a little watered down for me, nice hazelnut flavor, kind of sweet, but not enough body or malt backing this guy up. Instead of being a nuance, the hazelnut was the main attraction here. A decent effort, but this needs to be bigger. The hazelnut is a bit too cloying for me.

Photo of TheHammer
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a nice deep, dark brown that boasts good carbonation. Produced a thumbs worth of head that did not lace or sustain though.

Smell: Unsurprisingly the strong smell of hazelnuts dominates the nose. A nice toffee and chocolate background also makes an appearance. A little more balance, could be present but it's a minor complaint. That and I'm catching a slight chemical whiff.

Taste: Starts with a light walnut and hazelnut taste that turns to a more toffee malt with even more hazelnuts that builds into a nutty bitterness. I honestly expected it to be a bit sweeter then it is, and a bit more diversity could be present but it's still solid.

Mouthfeel: Leaves an unsurprising hazelnut aftertaste with notes of chocolate. The carbonation is a bit oddball on this one, as it really makes it's presence known at the start of the beer.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink, but isn't quite sweet enough to be a desert beer, which is what I think they were going for on this one. I don't think I'd drink this on a daily basis but it's still good.

Final Thoughts: A good beer worth trying, despite it's flaws. Really, I think this would go good with sweeter foods as strange as that may sound.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Fish113d
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/chestnut color with a slight tan surface layer, that dissipates quickly to a slight edge layer.

Aroma is a lot of toffee malts with some slight brown roasty coffee and nut aromas (hazelnut?)...I also catch some slightly earthy bitter hops in there as well.

Sipping gives way to lots of sweet chocolate & some coffee tones; very sweet taste with some slight bitterness. Actually a bit of butter taste also. Huge choco aftertaste that reminds me of Tootsie Rolls.

A nice light body with some butteriness to it. Carbonation is overly sharp on my palate but not so overbearing that kills the flavors.

Overall, easy to drink, but could use a bit mroe bitterness to fill in for some sweetness.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,619 ratings.