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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,381
Hads: 3,864
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.18%
Wants: 259
Gots: 638 | 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: 1,381 | Hads: 3,864
Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly reddish-tinged brown in color. An off-white three-finger, rocky head shows good retention and leaves some scattered streaks of lacing. Hazelnut is prominent on the nose. Slightly sweet, buttery, and nutty aroma. Slight floral hop note.

Nice interplay of hazelnut, caramel malt, and bitterness. The hazelnut flavor is out front without being overly dominant. The bitterness could be toned down a bit as it slightly overshadows the malt body. Mouthfeel is quite nice with a soft, sudsy carbonation.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar nicely melds hazelnut and brown ale flavors. It's a bit pricey for a bomber, but once you crack it open, it's hard to stop drinking until the bottle's empty.

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Photo of Thurgoft
2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a clear amber brown with a fluffy cream head.

S: Digging the extremely(!) nutty nose but a little nervous how it will taste in the context of a beer. It's nutty, like REALLY nutty.

T: Really, really strong hazelnut "nectar" taste. Like drinking pressed hazelnut juice with a bit of malt backbone and a slightly bitter hop finish. Really not sitting well on the palate.

M: Mouthfeel is a somewhat thin, thinner than I;d expect for a beer like this.

O: Overall the beer smelled good before tasting but after tasting the cloying hazelnut flavor became overbearing about four sips in. By 1/3 of the way through I found the unrelenting concentrated nut flavor to be somewhat nauseating. Sink poured the rest. Was expecting a lot more given the hype. Really seemed to lack subtlety in favor of "HEY WE PUT NUTS IN THIS BEER!" Would consider giving it another go but not anytime soon and not over $7 a bomber...

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with amber highlights and a foamy one inch beige head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Deeply caramelized malt, molasses, toasted nuts, toasted bread, and a hint of chocolate form the rich, sweet aroma.

Flavor is fairly sweet, with brown sugar, slightly burnt caramel, and light molasses opening the profile, which is quickly engulfed by lightly toasted hazelnuts, leading to notes of toasted bread, with slightly roast malt drying out the finish. Toffee and a touch of fruity character from the roast malt add complexity.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation.

Great beer, for what it is. Fruity character and over the top diacetyl are a little overwhelming, but well represented malt and nut character. Not cloying. A guilty pleasure brew.

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Photo of JDerner88
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'll go ahead and say that first and foremost, I am a huge fan of Rogue Ales. Myself, and the bar I am employed at are members of Rogue Nation; not to mention I have Dead Guy tattooed on my leg.

That aside I have had the hazelnut brown nectar both in a bottle and on tap.

A- The ale pours out a deep transparent brown with a yellow cream head.

S- anyone without a cold can place their sniffer up to the bottle or the glass and get the pleasant aroma of hazelnut from this well crafted brew.

T- Easy drinking brown ale. This can be a one and done or an all night feast. Light in taste with a pleasing zing of hazelnut on the back end and smooth roast all the way through.

M- coats but doesn't linger on the pallet and is an easy transition either way.

Overall- This brew gets a majority of my recommendations for the in between drinkers.

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

A- pours clear brown with a fuzzy white head that quickly reduces to a small ring around the glass, no lace

S- sweet and nutty, almonds, hazelnuts. Caramel malt, like the hazelnut syrup used in coffee

T- nutty hazelnut dominates, very sweet with some toffee and caramel malt, just a touch of coffee on the end.

M- medium body and carbonation, fizzy mouthfeel, slightly slick finish

O- a slow sipper due to the sweetness, would make a good dessert beer but definitely couldn't do more than 12ounces. Solid hazelnut brown ale overall.

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Photo of wac9
2.2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i dont know what the fuss is about this beer this does a major nothing for me i like brown ale but even the crappy browm ales has more taste then this and it sticks in the back of your thoart so i dont see why this isa good beer what a disappiont here

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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 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 CFHMagnet
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this one into my DFH pint glass. I was a little over eager and almost lost some. Got two full fingers of almost tan head. Body color is somewhere in the mahogany realm. Head is nice and frothy, not light and watery. It sticks around for a bit too.

Roasted hazelnut and caramel comes first to the nose. The caramel really ramps up but there is a whiff of alcohol as well, also light coffee-like notes.

The flavor is very light and malty on the beginning of the sip. Hazelnut comes in as a backbone, and the caramelized malts take over. Ends up mildly bitter.

This beer is medium bodied. Seems to lightly coat the back half of the tongue, and makes you salivate waiting for the next sip.

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Photo of LuDookie
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from the bottle into a mug.

It looked to be a dark amber...the mug is tinted.

It smelled great. You could definitely pick out the hazelnut and it had a caramel fragrance.

The hazelnut flavor is definitely prevalent. The beer has a sweet caramel flavor with moderate carbonation for a darker beer.

Mouthfeel....eh, whatever.

Being a hazelnut lover, I tried to ignore all the reviews slamming this beer's "artificial" hazelnut flavoring. I really wanted to enjoy it. I did anyway. I thought it was a good beer....a nice dark amber with the slight feel of a porter and a hefty hint of hazelnut. Artificial or not....I will drink it again.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
2.06/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

This beer has a really big rateing ... That is not good, the reviews have to be coming from people that loved Boones Farms back in the seventies, or some of these cherry flavored Vodkas. There are great beers on here that have low rateings and novalty brews with high scores.

I enjoy bold experiments with craft brewing, ...but extracts make me want to gag. I do not believe the beer was brewed with any actual "Hazlenuts" at all!

So.... it was brewed in a way that put the hazlenut taste in the back of the throat, and it did have a bold malted honey taste, but I found myself just trying to get through it and find something else to wash that taste out of my mouth.

Rogue is one of my favorite breweries, this selection was not for me.

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

Poured into a tumbler glass

A- Pours a clear reddish-brown, with a thick head and good lacing

S- Smells like hazelnut and caramel.

T- Has flavors of hazelnut and caramel, with maybe some chocolate or even coffee notes on the finish.

M- Goes down easy, but not a light-weight either.

O- A good beer to have on hand, especially if you love the taste of hazelnut. A solid brew.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield RI.

A- pours a deep amber clear body with a 2" white head that reduces slowly and leaves little lacing

S - huge nutty , butterscotch, caramel, toffee notes

T- Hazelnuts and vanilla with a butterscotch, smokey toffee aftertaste. Just enough hazelnut without having that flavor take over the beer

M - medium body and carbonation

A very solidly crafted hazelnut brew. Pick one up of you like nutty beers, if not you probably won't enjoy this one

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. My New Year's Beer Selection. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Thick light tannish creamy head with average retention. Medium brown body color. Decent appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Musty hazelnut toffee aroma smells a little like wet dog. Hazelnut is a little artificial and dominates the nose. It doesn't allow for any balance and makes for a particuoarly unpleasant aroma. 2.5

(Taste) Cloying nutty flavor up front with a bitter roasted malt finish. A bit heavy on the hazelnut throughout and not in a pleasing way either. Not for everybody, even if you like hazelnut, this may not be an enjoyable beer. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Creamy flavor with faint crispness throughout. Medium body for the style, medium body overall. Alcohol presence is light. 3.5

(Overall) I didn't fine the hazelnut to be a pleasing additive in this beer, and it really dominated the flavor and aroma throughout. Probably worth a try one but it is likely to offend more than the few it may please. 2.75

Rogue Ales'
Hazelnut Brown Nectar

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Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank on-tap at The Gaff, Waltham, MA
Served in a stemmed glass

The beer poured a near crystal clear mahogany color and was topped by a frothy, bubbly, one-plus finger tall crop of khaki colored foam. The head slowly dropped, leaving behind spotty drips of lacing.

The aroma was mild initially. Dry and powdery. Later, toasted malts came out. As the beer warmed, the nose really opened open. Sweet hazelnut notes were apparent. Lots of freshly brewed coffee as well. The coffee smell reminded me a lot of Dunkin' Donuts.

The same notes that appeared later in the aroma also dominated the flavor profile. Lots of sweet caramel and toasted malts on the front end. Hazelnut notes then took over. Good amount of sweetned and creamed coffee as well. Touch of cocoa. A hint of dry roastiness appeared on the finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Smooth, slick and creamy with a fine and moderate carbonation.

Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar Ale is immensely flavorful and highly drinkable. I forgot how good this beer is.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ooured from bottle into pint glass. Very nice amber/copper pour with a generous 2 finger off white head. Great lacing and retention throughout. Smell is a blend of carmel, brown sugar, roasted malts and nuts. Very inviting. Taste follows the nose and adds a level of complexity that makes this beer special. The carmel notes on the front give way to a nutty, coffee, roasted malts flavor that is spot on. A nice hop finish and this one is tough to set down. Feel is spot on as well. Creamy, silky on the tongue and the perfect level of carbonation. Overall- One of the best, if not the best brown I have had. Great combination of malts, nuts, carmel, sugar and hops. So easy to drink, very sessionable and a great effort from Rogue. A must have-

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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 NilocRellim
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured out from a bottle. Was clear and copper in colour. Had a sweet molasses nose to it and tasted like a nice red ale. Sweet, malty molasses finish. There were some notes of hazelnut detected in the flavour, but they were not overwhelming.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glass used: Guinness pint glass

Dark brown color with a light fluffy head.

Nose is mostly dominated by hazelnut.

This beer has an amazing hazelnut flavor with caramel notes through out and a really satisfying chocolate finish. My favorite brown ale.

Nice medium mouth feel with a smooth soft carbonation.

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

A- Pours brown, slight ability to see through. half inch head.

S- Hazelnut

T- Made interesting from hazelnut flavor. lots of roast malt and just the right amount of hops.
Nutty and chocolate. A hint of sweetness, some honey.

M-fairly light nutty flavor lingers.

O- The natural hazelnut is really what makes this beer great. well rounded brew.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Copper in color with reddish hues. Small creamy half finger head which fades quickly.

S- Malty, Malty, Malty. Nutty, hazelnut aromas and toasted malts

M- A great blend of toasted flavor and malty sweetness. Some subtle bitterness to keep things in check. Ends with smoky chocolate notes and finishes with a nice nuttiness. As the taste lingers on the tongue, some honey flavors creep in and add to the sweetness.

M- Nice medium body with smooth as silk carbonation.

O- An extremely balanced and complex beer. A great blend of malt sweetness and nuttiness. A delicious dessert beer! One of my favorite takes on an American Brown Ale.

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

12oz Bottle from the Wegman's Syracuse NY for 3$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hazelnuts, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some caramel. There is also a lot of hazelnuts.. can't say I've ever had beer that tasted quite like this. It ends with a malty sweet and nutty aftertaste.

Overall - I really good beer that I would like to have on hand for whenever the mood strikes. It's not something that I'd want to drink all night long, but a it's a nice tasty change of pace beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat dark brown with hints of red, with a thin white head and minimal visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, honey, some spices, some roasted malts, and an underlying dry fruity aroma that I can't quite place.

T: Brown malts, hints of cardboard, some nuttiness, and a general sweet character. Roasted honey flavors at the end.

M: Thin body but acceptable for style. Medium carbonation sensation, and a mild alcohol presence.

O: This is an OK beer, but nothing I'd seek out. I'm not a huge hazelnut fan in general though - I got this beer in a raffle - probably wouldn't have picked it out from a store.

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Photo of darksilklips
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue hazelnut brown nectar is one of my favorite beers to date. I have tried this one twice, both times in bombers. Would love to see it on tap somewhere but haven't yet. I live in St. Louis, MO and have tried this beer both times as a store bought purchase.

I am a fan of dark beer, primarily stouts, but I love a good brown and this one is tasty and complex. The interesting thing is that the hazelnut flavor creeps up on you almost as an aftertaste, and lingers, becoming sweeter on the palate.

I taste a good deal of honey by the end. I assume this is where the word "nectar" makes its debut, as the beer finishes with a honeyed sweetness. It's not like mead, which is sharp and almost too sweet at times. The hazelnut tempers the nectar flavor, making it warm and cozy. It's a perfect beer for autumn or winter, at a nice old tavern with wood floors and a fire. If it were a color, it would be the color of teak beams lit up a sweet tan in the glinting rays of the setting sun.

It's a lovely experience, and one of which I think I would never tire.

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Photo of marvmoreno
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, almost black color with some ruby highlights. Tight off white head that lingers down to about half an inch

Fragrant roasted nut aroma, which pretty much dominates the aroma profile. Smell reminds me of a milk tea place I frequent. Very unique and "homey" smell, and makes you feel the same way a whiff of coffee in a cafe does

The roasted nutty nose carries through the palate and is the first thing you taste, lasting all throughout until the finish. Some dark bread and caramel sweetness pops out in the background, a hint of pepper spice, warming alcohol. It has an earthy tone to it. Herbal hoppiness is only apparent in the aftertaste. Finish is not as dry, with a herbal, earthy, nuttiness lingering in your tongue afterwards

Heavy mouthfeel with a syrupy feel to it, which accentuates the earthiness even more. Carbonation is subdued but can be felt

A very predominantly nutty brown ale. The unique roasted nut note is pretty much the star here, reducing everything else to faint hints. The flavor is to my liking but I found it just a tad too dominant. I would've love some more balance here. Nevertheless, a good solid brew. It's a good substitute for coffee beers, sipping one away amongst intelligent conversation

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