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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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1,385 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,385
Hads: 3,898
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 267
Gots: 667 | 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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Reviews: 1,385 | Hads: 3,898
Photo of NYManc
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes from Jan 13, courtesy of infi
Dark copper that was opaque. Little to no lacing with little carbonation bubbles. Poured with a 2 finger head that retreated quite quickly. Looked like a tasty brew from my point of view. Smells of hazelnut like in my coffee. Subtle, but definitely there. Something that I took a liking to. Also there were a back hint of brown sugars and malts.
Upon drinking this, it was a blend of Hazelnut, brown sugar, malt and maybe a hint of spice thrown in. The aftertaste had a short stay. This was a very subtle kind of beer for me as I'm used to much more stronger flavors being in your face, but this is something I can really take a liking to. Light bodied and medium cabonation.

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was poured from a 22 oz bottle into a glass mug; it gave a deep copper color and displayed a deep burgundy through the glass. Its head was large and lingering, but the lacing left only traces.
The smell was pleasant but understated, mostly malt with some nutty tinges and mild oak.
The taste is delicious – creamy malt and nut.
A mouthful is light and unobtrusive, a little thin and easy to drink.
Overall this is a gem, moving up my list of favorites. It is a tad thin and unassuming, but is so damn flavorful and satisfying that it is a pleasure to drink. Give me another barkeep.

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Photo of enzocc
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I was impressed when i poured the beer. nice brown dense color, almost going to dark red. Light head, didnt last to long.

S - not impressed at all. i was hoping a better kick of nutty essence. normal brown ale.

T - Roasted malt, with caramel. A light essence of nuts,(hazelnut? ). very simple flavor.

M - Clear, watery, light. very thin beer. light carbonation. easy to swallow and savory.

O - Good brown ale, but i was expecting more thanks the advertising behind the beer. I would try it again, but its not my favorite.

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Photo of NickHalden
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Smells of Hazelnut, malt, hop, and light cocoa. tasting the beer the first thing that strikes me is the hazelnut and malt. It finishes with a hop and malt taste with a good mouth feel. A really good brown ale and I would buy again.

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Photo of queenboadicea
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***A quick sidenote before the review....As has been noted, this beer reminds me a lot of the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. And for good reason...the Morimoto Hazelnut is replacing the HBN. If you check out either Rogue's website or compare bottles of the two, you'll notice that the ingredient list is almost identical. At the same time, the Moriomoto Sobe is replacing the Buckwheat Ale.***

The beer pours a nice reddish brown with only a small head. The flavor is a combination of hazelnut and coffee, with mildy pronounced malt and a slightly hoppy finish. I found this beer to become far more pleasant and drinkable as it warmed up and was ideal at approx. 60 deg. Any cooler and much of the flavor and character is lost.

Another fine offering from Rogue, although I fear for nostalgic reasons that I will miss the Hazelnut Brown!

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Photo of McClungbrew2
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown, with tan head. The head fell to a quarter inch bead.

The aroma was mostly malty, with slight roasty undertones. Not much hop aroma.

Tasted very well balanced sweet malt to roast malt. Vanilla and hazelnut notes with slight coffee aftertaste. No hop flavor, but enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Medium body, with a slight chewiness. Well balanced, very drinkable.

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Photo of hegelec
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650 mL bomber into a nonic pint glass. Beautiful deep ruby/brown with a nice thick, offwhite head that isn't going anywhere. Great lacing. Gorgeous.

Aroma is deep and malty. Beautiful graininess, with obvious nutty accents from the "hazelnut nectar". Caramels and crusty bread. Subdued floral hops. Metallic notes. This promises to taste fantastic.

Beautiful balance between the bitter and the malty is obvious from beginning to end. Superlative. This beer is so nutty and roasty; hops are there but more for balance than for flavour. This is all about the grain and the nuts. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. Some alcohol spice is present, and the effect is pleasantly warming. The malt and hazelnut dominate the bittersweet finish. Awesome.

Medium bodied brew, with mild carbonation. This has a luxurious mouthfeel that is just sooo smooth. Drinkability is through the roof.

Great new take on the English brown ale style. Not the most complex brew, but really tasty. Try some now.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: very dark brown, with a nice tan head. almost stout like, but w/o the lacing.

smell: sugary with hints of chocolate, and obviously hazlenut. hints of malts as well. smells reminicent of a wacky designer coffee.

taste: wow. huge rush of hazlenuts and malts. so sweet and full. slight hint of hops bitterness that you'd miss if you blinked. not a trace of booze, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your preference

mouthfeel: smooth and slick. not quite full, but definitely not lacking.

drinnkability: not sure that i could do more than a bomber of this. leaves you feeling kinda full somehow. like a piece of cheesecake.

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Photo of hawksfan82
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber pulled into a tumbler pint.

A little darker than your usual brown ale, and especially most of your nut browns. Has a pretty good 2-3 finger head with a mildly aggressive pour, and settles down quickly to a nice soapy head that stays with it the whole time. Little lacing.

Smell is just like you would think. The normal maltiness you get in a brown, and the hazelnut really comes through right beneath it. It's a pretty good indication of how it tastes.

The taste starts right out like a brown. It's malt right away, but the hazelnut nectar and a small hint of chocolate come come in after the malt very quickly. What's really cool is that if you let it sit on your tongue you can really feel the nutty finish. It lingers really well on the tongue, very good aftertaste. This isn't the most complex beer you'll ever drink by a long shot, but maybe the most complex brown ale I've yet to come across. Very cool.

The mouthfeel is meh, as it's a little thin. I've been on a kick of trappist ales and imperial stouts lately, so that may be why I feel this.

That being said, this beer is extremely drinkable for a rather complex brew. I wish this would come in a six pack, I'd have no problem paying 13-14 bucks for it.

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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!

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Photo of shwhat
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look - big, fluffy, tan head. deep reddish brown, with a little carbonation lazily making it's way to the top of the glass.

smell - big malty character. a lot of caramel. very nutty. a bit of dark fruit.

taste - super nutty. like. incredibly nutty. smooth, almost buttery flavor. the faintest hint of toastiness/roastiness. sweet, sweet malt.

mouthfeel - medium body, silky smooth. light carbonation. tongue-coating richness. maybe a little oily.

overall - i just keep liking this more and more with every sip. sooo good.

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

dark brown, almost opaque in color, with a thin tan head. Smells sweet & nutty. As advertised, you can pick out the hazelnut very easily. Not my favorite Brown Ale - I'd rather drink an Ellie's Brown. Overall though, not a bad beer for something a little different.

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Photo of warrenc
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. picked this one up on my last visit to the brewery, a love of 'filberts' inspired me to try this brown.

pours deep amber with tall, soft tan head. the aroma is nutty-chocolate and coffee, very nice. taste at first is chocolate,smoke, coffee and toasted malt, balanced with light hops, almost no bitterness. a lingering coffee-hazelnut on the tongue.

i am not a big fan of browns, but this one is beyond any usual brown ale. for anyone who knows 'filberts' and enjoys a nice glass of beer, this is a must try.

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

Out of a 22 oz. bomb, I got a very dark, amber color with a tan head that recedes rather quickly but laces well. I'm picking up malts and some nutty earthy tones in the smell. It tastes of nuts, caramel, toasty malts and there is a small bitter hop flavor at the end. Mouthfeel is decent, it is quite thick, about what I expected for the brown ale. Rogue has some better ones out there, but this isn't one to write off either.

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

Served in pint glass.

Rich mahogany color, with a tan, moderately retentive head. Looks delicious.

Sweet, roasted hazelnut aroma very prominent. Caramel also detected. No hop presence.

Roasted malt sweetness with hints of vanilla and butterscotch. Gives way to a subtle, smoky taste of some sort. Aftertaste of hazelnut and coffee beans.

Light and very pleasant carbonation. Flavorful yet easy on the palate. Mouthfeel was a smidgen too thin for my preference.

Another great beer from Rogue.

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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 swhitt
1.93/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this beer reading the reviews thinking it would be absolutely fantastic. I like other brown ales. Wayyyy weird aftertaste. Tasted like fake syrup had been poured into a decent beer. I opened my 22oz bomber and poured my first glass full of expectations. By the time I had finished half of my first glass, I felt sick to my stomach.

I threw the rest of this bomber down the drain. This is the first time I have ever done this before.

I feel dirty.

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Photo of martymoat
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a large red wine glass. Pours a dark brown with head that disappears to just about nothing except for the ring of the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles on sides of glass.

S: roasted malt smell and some sweetness and a hint of the hazelnut hits the nose

T: first taste was of hazelnut followed by a roasted malt taste and some chocolate notes and a dash of the hops come to you. All the while the hazelnut flavor stays and lingers in the mouth.

M: medium body and lots of carbonation, and of course the hazelnut.

D: refreshing

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Photo of rrg1gb
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large, glass mug.

A - Murky dark brown, tan foamy head - very thick - lots of carbonation.

S - It had a nice, dark roasting aroma to it; almost smelled like it was burnt.

T - Thick (expected), very dominant roast nut flavor, a bit chewy very dark malty aftertaste.

M - Highly carbonated flavor, a bit sweet. The flavor got more complex the further I got into the glass. I thought it tasted a little like peanut butter on burnt toast.

D - Umm, wow?! This is fantastic - the flavor is very complex. Each sip brings out a different aspect (nutty, roasty, sweet, bitter). This is the first brown ale I've had that brought all my tastebuds to life! Just looking at the beer makes it looklike it'll be too heavy to drink (damn those TV commercials), but my God did Rogue surprise me! I HAVE to get another one of these beers! It's just a shame the smallest packaging for HazelNut is 22oz and not 6packs. Anyway, way to go Rogue - sensational brew!

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Photo of mkh012
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark brown appearance. A little dull and metallic on the nose. Pick up on the hazlenut and an almost milky sweetness. Taste is a nice balance of caramel, hazelnut, and slight coffee. This beer was pretty good and definitely one of the better brown ales I've had. Creamy and easy drinking. Reminded me a bit of a milk stout in certain ways. Maybe a bit thin. Could've been bolder with the hazelnut.

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Photo of CSquared
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

Appearance: beautiful translucent medium brown beer with a small light brown head and light lacing

Aroma: the aroma was my favorite part of this beer. Lots of nuttines, sweet malts and chocolate notes

Taste: sweet malts and the hazelnut prevail, light caramel notes. the beer got too be a bit too sweet by the end of the bomber though

Mouthfeel: medium body and very smooth, light aftertaste

Drinkability: Moderately drinkable beer, nice and smooth but the sweetness would have me looking for something else after two

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Photo of dragonglen
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this into a pint glass.

A - Dark and slightly cloudy with a head about a finger thick. There was a lot of sediment in the bottle which I attempted to swirl out and pour into the glass. I got 2 small chunks of sediment which I removed, and there was still a decent amount of sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

S - Malt was the immediate smell with some nutty aromas in the background.

T - Tasted as malty as it smelled. A nice, smooth nutty taste. The hops were present more in the aftertaste than while drinking.

M - Nothing too spectacular here, just nice and smooth mostly.

D - I could drink one or two. I really liked the taste but would prefer switching to another beer after a short while. I've had this from a keg before and 2 was my limit.

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

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours a clear dark copper color with an average creamy tan colored head with some lacing.

S- hazelnuts covered in molasses along with a sweet malt character.

T- well balanced roasted grains, nutty, sweet malts, and mild bitter from the hops.

M- creamy medium body that is moderately carbonated.

D- a good tasting American Brown Ale and well worth a try.

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Photo of langm12
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

A - Dark Brown with reddish hues. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Thin tan head that recedes quickly.

S - Very malty. Hazelnut and Caramel. Tinge of fruits. Very appetizing.

T - Roasted malts up front. Very sweet. Hazelnut and Caramel. Hops add a good bit of zest to the end.

M - Light to medium with a bit of carbonation.

This is a very exceptional brown ale. Very well done.

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Photo of RealityDeviant
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 22 oz. bomber from River City Cellars.

Appearance: Looks an appetizing, ruddy brown under the light. It has a cream-colored head that it retains partially after first being poured.

Smell: There are strong chocolate malt and hazelnut aromas in the nose. I also detect a note of caramel. Altogether, the beer has a creamy and slightly fruity smell to it that reminds me of the prune aroma of Russian kvas.

Taste: I seems to me that Rogue must use some of the same malts in its Shakespeare and Chocolate Stouts, because the chocolate and caramel flavors are familiar, if more subdued. Still, the balance is somewhat pleasant, although the chocolate wins out over the caramel. The chocolate gives way to a sweetness that hints at plums or prunes. The hops are noticeable, but not at all obtrusive. Finally, there’s the bit of hazelnut in the flavor that tops it all off.

Mouthfeel: With medium to low carbonation and little hops, this goes down quite smoothly. Still, it seems that it has a much thicker body than some of the other brown ales I’ve had. I feel a bit like I just drank a stout.

Drinkability: I could drink this with some nice, Texas barbecue or chocolate cake. I’m almost ashamed that I didn’t have any of either on hand when I had this. It turned out to be rather drinkable, though. I didn’t have any problem getting through the bomber.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.