Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,372
Hads: 3,807
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 249
Gots: 582 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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: 1,372 | Hads: 3,807
Photo of StevenMilligan
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 355ml into a pint. Thanks to my brother for this bday brew!

L: Spot color for an American brown. Shoe leather that has a hint of translucent red.

S: Coffee grinds, sweet hazelnut, very sweet. It's almost got a yeasty banana smell to it, again very sweet

T: Sassafras accompanies the above flavors, save for the yeasty bit is gone. More earth tones, and there's some bitterness in the finish that makes this brew less sweet than it smells.

F: More carbonated than most Browns I've tried, but that's not a bad thing. Mouthfeel is that of that watered down soda you left in the car before you ran into the store.

O: The smell had me worried, but this beer wasn't too sweet. It's a very complex and drinkable brown that'd I'd get again. Reminiscent of a lighter Sam Smiths. (786 characters)

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber on a Sunday evening, after a long day. Poured into a English Tulip Pint style glass. Very Pleasing

Appearance: Poured an amber to ruby brown with an approximate SRM of 18-22. Great frothy off-white/light brown head. Excellent head retention which remained for the duration of the beer. Slight bit of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Definitely lots of caramel and toasted notes; certainly the most dominating aroma. Somewhat of a sweet malty/caramel smell to it. A definite, slight Hazlenut character on the nose. Certainly other nutty characters as well.

Taste: Much less sweet than the smell would indicate. Reminiscent of root beer when it comes to flavour and carbonation, just without the heavy sweetness. Analogous to the nose, it has plenty of caramel and toasted notes to it. Under no circumstances is this a hoppy beer, but the sweetness is absolutely balanced by the bitterness. A somewhat light Hazlenut/nut taste during the first half of the glass, that tends to intensity with drinking.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated. Not too flat like many English Browns can be. Has adequate carbonation to make it lively enough to make it interesting. A solid, moderate to high body for this almost-traditional Brown Ale.

Overall: A definitely respectable interpretation of the the English Brown Ale classic. The Hazelnut character is an excellent addition to this well-bodied beer. Nice caramel flavour with good malt complexity. Balanced nicely, but still being on the maltier side, just like the style. A contrasting aroma to the flavour profile. Very good beer. If you like English Browns, you'll love this beer. Certainly one of the better Brown Ales I've had. (1,689 characters)

Photo of krimsontide1
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking, hazy with a perfect smell. The hazelnut flavor is slightly there on the back end which makes this a bit unique. Not much for bitterness (which i love). A very easy drinking brown. I would drink it again. (217 characters)

Photo of mijreed
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good Brown Ale. Not the best I've had. Mad Monk (defunct) out of Ohio was the best Nut Brown I've ever had. But very good...great head, good aroma, very good flavor. Definitely top 3 brown ales I've had. (208 characters)

Photo of rjs246
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This tastes like the coffee-I-drank-as-a-teenager-before-I-knew-how-to-drink-coffee, but also somehow tastes like a delicious brown ale. I'm conflicted. I loved drinking one. I'm certain, though, that anything more than one would have me gagging. Still, totally delicious in small doses. (287 characters)

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

Rogue?! Again?! What is with all the Rogue reviews already Doc? You and Rogue should get a room. Why thank you yes, anonymous reader, Rogue and I already have a room - my bedroom (which also contains my PC and acts as my extant study). Today’s Rogue (the Hazelnut Brown Nectar) I’ve had before and liked so much that I knew I would review next time I saw it - that time is upon us. My nonic pint glass sits silently on my kitchen bench awaiting the delightful nectar within the Rogue 355ml bottle *tch-tsk!* that was the sound of me opening the capped vessel *glub-glub-glub-glub* and there’s the pour... I <3 beer.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint, as we all know having read the above.

A: Hazed copper-caramel body with a half centimetre tan lace that stands up reasonably well... spot on American Brown Ale appearance. 8/10.

S: The advertised hazelnuts are cheeky in their audaciousness providing the full/nutty/earthy, and more importantly - hazelnut - tone that drives this brew. Aside from this some sweet caramel malts and brown bread round out this tasty treat of an aroma. 8/10.

T: Yes! All of the above notes: hazelnut, earthy, caramel and brown bread tones mingle like a party of happy drunk teenagers. The fact that each of these characters hit the senses with their own unique charm (sweet/sour/bitter) only broadens the appeal of this (almost) decadent American Brown Ale. Finish is mildly bitter with a dry hazelnut aftertaste. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a thin carbonation. It goes down well, this brew doesn’t need a great deal of carbonation to work. 8/10.

D: It’s hard to pass up this brew if you like hazelnuts, or American Brown Ales in general. This easy drinking beer has a welcome synergy between the harmonious flavours of hazelnut and the typical nuttiness of a Brown Ale. The one thing I was thinking whilst drinking this was how awesome it would be if you concentrated the flavours more, perhaps using fractional freezing that BrewDog and Eisbock are synonymous for, creating a “Hazelnut Brown Ice Nectar” - food for thought Rogue. As for regular non-ice Hazelnut Brown Nectar - this is one brew I will be getting again. 8/10.

Food match: Chicken Frangelico (as in the liqueur) with a creamy mushroom sauce and fettuccine pasta. (2,290 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant brown under a ½” white foam collar that dissipates to a thick film.
S: Big nutrella nose at first but it slowly calms down.
T: Nutrella up front that fades to nuts in general by the aftertaste.
F: Creamy medium body and carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer but there was just a shade too much hazelnut that dominates the brown ale flavors. (366 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazelnut Brown Nectar brewed by Rogue Ales, with an ABV of 6.20% This ale pours out a light brown color with a nice off white head. The smell is rich with flavors, you pick up on sweetness of hazelnuts, grains , and malts. You also pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it rich , with flavor. There is a lot going on in this brew, you pick up on the malts and grains. The aftertaste is a smooth hazelnut flavor. Hazelnut Brown Nectar has a real nice balance to it , there is nothing overpowering about this brew. You really don't pick up on the 6.20% ABV of this brew. The mouthfeel is bold , rich, full bodied , and refreshing. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a smooth drinking brew, Rogue Ales did a nice job with one, I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving Hazelnut Brown Nectar a 4.5 out 5. (831 characters)

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

Hmmmmm. Every time I drink this beer I find myself wondering if it just might be the perfect beer. It's not my favorite beer, but it's essentially perfect in every way. It's not too sweet, it's not too bitter, it's not too light, it's not too dark, it's not too thin, it's not too thick, it's not too weak, and it's not too strong. I think anyone who likes beer would enjoy this one. It's not a stand out beer, but in almost every way, it's just right. Let's just call it the Goldilocks beer. A rock solid brown ale. (516 characters)

Photo of ELS
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I can't help but compare this ale to a hazlenut stout I recently had that was much better in all respects. This beer had a decent smell and taste of hazlenut but it soon becomes tedious to drink. The consistency just feels wrong since the thinness does little to back up the hazlenut flavor. I realize that a brown ale is supposed to be thinner than a stout but this beer just doesn't work with a thin body. Try J Wakefield Hazlenut Imperial Stout if you want a great beer with hazlenuts. (492 characters)

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

Outstanding. Pours a deep brown with light head. Smells a lovely malty with hazelnuts. Taste a perfect balance of mild bitter nuts and sweet brown sugar. An excellent beer. (177 characters)

Photo of cryptichead
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too hazelnut forward and watery on the down swing. Also a little too sweet as well. Just not to my liking as much as it is to the rest of the bell curve. (153 characters)

Photo of awilkie23
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More hazelnutty than expected. Not necessarily a bad thing, just unlike anything I've ever tried before! Light feeling and very drinkable. Definitely a dessert beer. (165 characters)

Photo of JessLehn
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable brown ale, achieves things in its class no other brown is trying...my all time favorite in the category. If you appreciate the flavor profile, it won't disappoint! (176 characters)

Photo of BeerConny
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Something tastes like vanilla extract towards the end. A tad too sweet and could use a little more carbonation. Now that I'm done nitpicking have to say this is a great beer. I think most beer lovers of any style could appreciate this one. You could drink this year round. At $14 for a six pack it's pretty steep but I'll definately be buying this again. Easily one of my favorite beers now. (391 characters)

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

Pours a deep brown/ruby with a slightly brown tinged head. Not the best retention.

Aroma is sweet, toasty, nutty with pronounced hazelnut.

The beer has a rich maltiness to it with that pronounced hazelnut addition which works well. Has a slight bitterness at the end.

Drinks smooth is lightly carbonated and has a medium body. (330 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of brown ale, so I approached this with a raised eyebrow. The pour was a good sign - nice tan head, not overly carbonated, so far so good. This is a great smelling beer, if you like hazelnut. The taste is very nice, reminiscent of hazelnut flavoured coffee, which so popular in the early 1990s. This is a good beer, for sure, but I'm not sure if it is any better than other traditional Browns like Moose Drool. (421 characters)

Photo of Antc2382
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- amber, typical for a brown ale, but nice hues. Smell- terrific, roasted hazelnut, such a warm aroma I love it. Taste- very good, light, not bitter, very malty, nice hazelnut flavor goes with aroma, real good stuff here. Feel- good, a tiny bit watery, some warmth, not extremely carbonated. Fairly refreshing for a brown ale. Try it for sure (346 characters)

Photo of Justintrades
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth delicious beer. I'm constantly surprised by the mellow aftertaste. Many beers of similar color have bitter finishes, this one is much more polished. (162 characters)

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

Sampling right now on 1/15/15. Comes in a single 22 ounce (650ml( bottle with a nice painted on label (not a decal sticker) for around $6.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 1L thumb-print handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy deep mahogany in color with a good 1-2 finger foamy head that finally settles down to a 2mm or so layer. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that leaves some small 'circle' spots that stick to the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, hazelnuts with some brown sugar. Bit more going on with the taste as the hazelnuts and malts are right up front with the sip followed by some light caramel malts. Lots of flavor and goes down easy.. A very tasty brew with lots of great flavor. medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Great job Rogue! (803 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: About two fingers of head, pours a light reddish brown.

Smell: Salted caramel, brown sugar and hazelnut.

Taste: Hazelnut and caramel are very upfront.

Feel: Medium bodied. Perfect for a brown ale.

Overall: Fantastic brew. Nice sweet flavors without being overpowering. (281 characters)

Photo of WNYbeerbro
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

one of my all time favorite brews. Have been to Portland twice for vacation and visited the brewery many, many times. Was lucky enough to catch a "garage sale" there where they were selling kegs and boxes of the 22oz bottles of various rogue ales for great discounts! I picked up 3 cases of the 22oz hazelnut brown nectar while there and was set for beer outside of bars all vacation. This is the beer that got me in to craft beer and my love for brown and nutty ales. (468 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this several times in mugs and pint glasses. Today's is in a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light trickling lacing stuck to the sides decently and slides after about a minute.
The smell had a cooked nutty caramel flavoring. Every time I've had it, I could never really tell if that was hazelnut specifically, but it has a definite nuttiness about it.
The taste was semi-roasty with a decent nutty and caramel flavoring running underneath. A light rolling nutty aftertaste starts and leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as it wasn't too sharp but mainly standard.
Overall, I say this was a decent American Brown Ale. I might have this again. (902 characters)

Photo of adamjhepler
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the biggest fan of brown ales, but this one is different. Very smooth taste, nice thick khaki head and feels great on the tongue. The hazelnut aroma is intoxicating but the overall taste and finish of this beer lacks. Like i said overall good just nothing amazing. (268 characters)

Photo of genesisgrunge
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: nice dark brown body, big head diminishes into a cm thick head after a minute
S: hazelnut, malt, brown sugar
T: if you like hazelnut, you're going to get a whole lot of hazelnut :) a sweet malt flavor follows, and it's topped off by a hop tang at the end
M: crisp and clear feel like a golden, wholesome hazelnut provides the smoothness and heaviness of a brown ale throughout
O: excellent beer. thoroughly infused in hazelnut but not too sugary or roasted. a robust and complex balance of flavors. (501 characters)

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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