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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,378
Hads: 3,839
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 256
Gots: 610 | FT: 3
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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: 1,378 | Hads: 3,839
Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a a brown amber color with a thin lacing of head. Smells is malty with a great deal of hazelnut coming through. Taste is sweet, malty, nutty; roasted and caramel malts with a great amount of hazelnut. So well balanced. Very low carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Overall, this was a great beer. The hazelnut was definitely the main focus in nose and taste, but did not overwhelm the senses. What a great change of pace from the typical brown ale. I would be willing to trade my next cup of specialty coffee for this any time. (581 characters)

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

Brown in color with a 1" head. The aroma is full of hazelnuts and malt. The flavor has several components that were nicely balanced: malt, hazelnut, caramel, lite bitterness, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Medium bodied.

The mouthfeel was smooth. Dry finish and the nutty flavor lingers on the tongue. Nicely drinkable and quite enjoyable. (344 characters)

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

Brown beer, very clear. Thin Tan head that does not last long. Not over the top Hazelnut flavor, but it does kick in in the finish, a nice subtle note. A bit of the Hazelnut note in the nose as well. I like that the sweetness in this beer is very subtle, I hate when these beers are over-sweetened. The front taste is malty, and I can't pull out any taste of the hops, which I was not really expecting to. (405 characters)

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

Wonder if I paid more to get this "Signature ale" anyway, this good looking bomber releases its contents smoothly into my tasting glass, seems prety highly carbonated with alot of bubles rising and sticking tot he side of the glass. Floats a LONG lasting medium tan, tiny bubble head, that eventually leaves a sh%t load of tiny bubble sticky sheeting. Nose of sweet malt, some slight soapyness and perhaps a metallic note..hmmmm, any way this one is smooth enough, notes of some caramel and nutyness in the finish, but I do pick up some funky off notes, more soap? Slightly off and a rip at $7.49...oh well, Rogue used to be one of my favs... (642 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Big four finger brown/yellow head that is foamy forms out of the bottle. Really looks foamy but never stops and sort turns into styrofoam. Body is a very nice dark red and somewhat clear but the color turns dark making it look opaque. VERY nice looking drink here, even without any sticky lacing.

Bouquet is a great mix of nutty cream sensations. Husky nut shell and hints of chocolate creamyness. Smells like chocolate nuts but more not than sweetness. Really impressive! Small hint of heat strangely and some roast character.

Cream feel, and smell sensation all comes together in the palate wondefully. It's there in taste and in feel. Light nut tannic qualities on the finish, milk cream coffee sensations and flavor, silky texture in the swallow, with a simple solid malty finish. Faint hint of tobacco on the finish as well, but very small and only after some repeated sips.

Wow I was not expecting this beer to be this good this is fantastic, this is almost like drinking dairy creamer it's so good. (1,057 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a fizzy off-white head, poor retention, no lacing.

S: Very nutty, sugary malts.

T: Light toffee maltiness, runs the show, not a hard caramel as brown ales can often have. The sweet hazelnut is there as well, as a light complement to the malt. All and all, a tasty, sugary brown ale.

M: Light on the palate, crisp, and smooth.

D: One of the better bottled ales from Rogue, in my opinion, definitely one I'll have again at some point. (480 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Yard House in Costa Mesa, on to the beer:

From the tap, it's dark brown in color with some red hues mixed in that's crowned by a nice head. Lots of toffee and other sweet stuff in the smell, but that's just a sneak peak at the taste. Wow! Does this count as dessert? I first noticed some espresso-fumes and cream, then hazelnut, then butterscoth, then toffee. A splash of hops come in to keep this from being too sweet. A very well-made brown ale with plenty of flavors to choose from. (502 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 22oz bomber.
Poured a nice shiny brown, with good 1 1/2 finger head. But the head was gone before I sat down, no lacing, no nothing. I was confused.
Smell of sweet malt, some caramel, maple and brown sugar.
Taste was sweet. Mostly maple and some hazelnut; tones of walnut and caramel. No hops to speak of.
An oily feeling. Thin. Smooth, yet sweet.
Can't drink this again. Nothing there to hang my hat on. From Rogue? Hmm...maybe this was a bad bottle. (463 characters)

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

On-tap at Which Brew in Easton, PA.

Came with low carbonation, but that made for a super smooth experience. There was big hazelnut in the aroma. If I closed my eyes, I would have sworn the nuts were floating in my glass. The flavor was a little more mellow and didn't rank as rich as some of my favorite browns. This there was a nice, sweet cocoa, maple syrup and nutty mix to the taste. Worth trying on tap, typically a better deal than buying a bomber. (457 characters)

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

Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Rogue Ales
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 6.20 %

LOOK: Deep brown in color, excellent clarity. Soapy white foam forms leaving some lace behind.

SMELL: Vanilla, brown sugar, hazelnut coffee, espresso.

TASTE: Malt sweetness, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla upfront. In the aftertaste there is a nutty vanilla note that can be attributed to the hazelnuts used in brewing. There is little bitterness or alcohol flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Vanilla and hazelnut flavors linger on the palette.

OVERALL: As solid as a brown ale that you can find. A bit sweet, but also very tasty. Would pair nicely with most desserts. (676 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice chestnut brown with an almond colored head. Aroma is dominated by the hazelnut but also has a nice amount of maltiness and other nuts. This is one of the smoothest drinking beers that i've ever had. The sweetness of the hazelnut made me want to guzzle this beer down but I took my time as best as I could. There is a nice amount of maltiness and a slight hoppiness added to th wonderfull sweet hazelnut flavor. A slight watering down makes this beer not quite perfect. Otherwise, absoluelty delicious. (514 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not that impressive in the glass, just a clear brown ale with a reddish tinge and a skimpy brown head that mostly disappears.

Smells much better than it looks. Sweet smelling with a lot of chocolate and nutty scent. I can smell nuts but not ID the scent as hazelnut, just nut.

The taste begins very mildly sweet with lots of chocolate and nut flavor. This has a noticeable high tannin level to the taste that at first I though was a trace of metallic flavor. This very quickly tastes like Frangelico liqueur with no sugar in it. Rather a very dry brown ale that tastes simply of cocoa powder and tannic nuts.

Mouthfeel is light for the style.

Drinkability is only so so. I can only see drinking this again when I want a VERY dry beer with food. Probably the best beer in the world for eating with Nutella on bread. (826 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised when I first had this brew from a bottle, so I jumped at the chance to try it on tap. Served in a tumbler pint, the beer pours an amber-caramel coloring with a low profile, filmy, small bubbled head that clings to the edge of the surface. The nose is just as amazing as I remember it being in the bottle, with a creamy, buttery blend of rich hazelnut, caramel, and an overall roasted quality. Flavors are a light, smooth blend of Nutella and a biscuity backbone. It almost tastes like caramel popcorn soaked in a hazelnut blended coffee. Super smooth flavors that remain light, and the crisp body make this a ridiculously easy drinker. The aftertaste is nutty and sweet, with a sugary kiss at the very end. The finish is subtly sweet, with a sugary and rich hazelnut linger that entices the palate to continue drinking. This is a tremendous beer, and one of the better Browns I've ever had. (922 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely reddish brown colour with a filmy but sticky head of off-white. Excellent lacing. Clarity is great - a great looking beer all up.

Wow, a phenomenal sweet and rich nose of butterscotch, toffee and roasted sugar coated almonds. Deeper notes of milk chocolate and rye bread. Really good. Not the nasty diacetyl butterscotch you get in pale ales sometimes. This is all intentional and all phenomenal. What a nose!

Buttery sweet and smooth, just phenomenally delicious and tasty. Creamy mouthfeel, light, but with a wonderful slickness. Starts with a light roasted grain note, which just starts layering with sweetness after sweetenss until you have a wonderful sweet anarchy of Wonkaesque proportions. Rambunctious and happy - delicious.

A truly excellent, delicious and uniquely fun beer. Drinkable as long as you can cope with the insane sweetness. (864 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I forgot how good this brew was on draft until today..
Poured a dark, rich brown with a very thin off white head. Nose is malty, nutty nose with hints of chocolate. Hazelnut upfront and then some maple notes. Mouthfeel was very thick. Excellent brew and so smooth. I love it. (275 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brimming chestnut colour with a shot of clamato to muck things up. Despite its clarity being obliterated Hazelnut Brown Nectar manages to shine with lustrous highlights even when sitting stationary. Of all the many times I've had this beer I don't remember ever seeing a head on it. I suspect the oils in the nut extract are responsible for the diminished retention.

The aroma should be considered, by anyone who even remotely likes hazelnuts, to be quite good. Depending on how much you like them, it may be great. The smell is - as advertised - that of hazelnuts along with sweet, toasty caramel-laden malts. I'm not huge on hazelnuts but I'm having a heck of a time getting my nose out from this glass.

And I love the taste every bit as much. I understand the title is straightforward enough but for anyone still ensure as to what to expect: liquid Nutella, praline ice cream, chocolate-hazelnut truffles, hazelnut butter, and Frangelico. It may be via the use of an extract but Rogue has certainly captured the flavour of hazelnut.

I don't find it overly artificial tasting either. (OK, maybe just a little.) But I'm more than happy to overlook it because I've also been provided a nice maltiness to go along with it. A variety of malts were used to ensure all the flavour and texture needed. Indeed, this malt bill would have been 'nutty' enough without the extract.

Besides the obvious hazelnut (which I can almost sense crunching down on) the beer also draws to mind other wonderfully delicious treats - pecan pie, maple syrup, caramel custard, chocolate brownies and sugary sweet confections such as brittles. I wouldn't think you have to be a huge fan of nuts to agree this is one tasty, flavoursome beverage.

For some unexplainable reason this triggers in me thoughts of autumn. I'm not promising it will do the same for you but with every sniff and every sip comes to mind the harvest, colourful foliage, cooling winds, shortening days and all the comforts of going back inside again. Any beer capable of conjuring this kind of sentimentality certainly impresses me. (2,086 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep brown body that is crystal clear but doesn't let a good deal of light through. The light tan head is a thin film that quickly turns to a ring around the rim. The carbonation is a gentle one of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt has a chocolate note with a nice little nutty quality. There is a faint cream smell that give nice depth to the malt. There is a light note of coffee roasted malt in the background that give a bit of earthiness to the malt.

T- This beer has a smooth rich dry malt flavor of dark malt, but not black malt. The notes of milk chocolate, red rope licorice, cream and lightly toasted nuts come through very nicely.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the beginning and a creamy texture in the finish.

D- Most beers that try to have a nutty flavor just never pull it off. This is one of the few that does. It has a nice complex malty flavor that is still a full-bodied session beer. It is almost a desert with the slight sweetness, big creaminess and nice nuttiness all it is missing is a big alcohol taste and you have desert in a glass. (1,172 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a one-finger head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Deep, clear amber color. Low carbonation. Nose is a light malt. Light bodied which is surprising for a brown. Starts malty and then the hazelnut kicks in - very nice. The ABV is 8.8%. $4.60 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (315 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice brown color, some carbonation, tiny head though, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, hicory/hazelnut, and toffee.

T - The taste is malty sweet with a roasted flavor, with an undertone of toffee. The finish is dry.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an awesome brew from Rogue, highly recommended. (358 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and grain. Fits the style of American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and grain. Overall, a rich and complex beer. Cloying aroma but a nice addition of hops cuts that affect in the taste. I didn't get a lot of nut, but still very good. (500 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-2010 bottle tasted on Jan 1st 2011- (rating based on later review)
A - Deep cherry amber. Light head with low retention.

S - Sweet brown sugar, and Nutella.

T - Nutella mirrored from the nose. Lighter breads. Touch of caramel and fresh apricots.

M - Light body with a smooth sweet finish. Nice carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Great flavor and a smooth character.

-2011 bottle labled as Morimoto Hazelnut tasted May 2011- (rating based on this review)
A – Ruby maple. Lightly off-white head sits low with poor lace.

S – Great toasted pecan and hazelnut nose.

T – Huge roasted hazelnut flavor dominates the profile. Soft malt mid. Sweet pecan finish. Fantastic.

M – Light body but not watery. Lightly sweet finish with a lingering toasted hazelnut flavor.

O – The hazelnut in this beer is incredible. The toasted character is warm and soothing, with soft edges that are noticeably absent of burnt notes. (922 characters)

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

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an interesting dark red-orange amber with a moderate head and lacing. Strong hazelnut and malt start and middle with some astringent hopping and dry finish. A bit more sweetness wouldn't hurt, but still a pleasant nutty brown ale. Nice. (302 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light bodied chestnut brown in color with a one finger creamy off white head. The nose is somewhat sweet and malt with a touch of nuttiness, almost in a syrup type of manner. The flavors are a big improvement. It's malty with hints of caramel, toffee, and light butterscotch with a lot of hazelnut. The hazelnut even flows into the after taste and doesn't leave for a couple minutes. It has great, great flavor for the style. It drinks light and sweet with a subtly dry finish. This is one of the best brown ales you can find in my opinion. This beer may be an acquired taste but if you like coffee or nutty flavors this beer is for you. (655 characters)

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy dark reddish brown brew. Frothy head lasts well, and laces well. Aroma is creamy, malty, and a bit nutty. Taste is sweet, husky brown malts with a hazelnut finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Enjoyable brew. (376 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appeared a deep tomato red against natural lighting, with a frothy, whipped sandy-beige colored head, that despite its small statue, stuck around for the long run. The lacing was clean while the visible carbonation was strong.

S: Hazelnut coffee appears in moderate strength on the initial impression. Milky whipped chocolate, sweet, with some fresh powdery cocoa lacing appearing on the end. A desert like nuttiness.

T: The flavor seemed a bit thin at the start, not as rich or nutty as the nose led me to believe. Things quickly change with a dry hazelnut powdery presence that moves in along with some milky chocolate on the finish that was sweet and desert like. A malty residual finish, loaded with hazelnut gives this some substance as well a touch of cocoa powder adding a new dimension and complexity to the brown style.

M: Medium feel and malty lush character. A light sense of carbonation despite its strong visual appeal. A powdery fell of hazelnut closes things out quite nicely upon the swallow.

D: Good drinkability, perhaps best as a desert style beer. As a brown the hazelnut offers extra layering and complexity delivering a sweet extra something that works perfectly with the malting. Very worthy try. (1,228 characters)

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.