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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,125
Reviews: 1,321
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 146
Gots: 187 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001)
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2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. Head quickly turns into a layer of bubbles, has good retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smells very sweet. Bready, caramel and toffee malts with a very strong hazelnut smell.

T- Taste is very sweet, toasted nutty and bread malts. Hazelnut taste comes through here. Overall, just too sweet for my liking.

M- Medium in body and a bit on the lower side of carbonation.

D- Just too sweet for me. I don't think I'll have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 21:50:08 | More by nrbw23
Photo of jporf911


3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall mug from a 22oz bomber with no freshness date provided.

Appearance- 3.5 out of 5. Two fingers of extremely creamy tan lace top a dark ruddy-brown beer. It's enthralling to watch the remarkably active carbonation tear through the brew. There is no hint of any discoloration from the extract. It is clear in the light but otherwise opaque, making it more umbral than a normal brown ale.

Smell- 4.5 out of 5. There's nothing standard about the nose. Rogue was clever to take a typical Brown Ale note and amplify it with actual extract; this stuff smells like hazelnut mocha mixed with beer. It's unusual but interesting. Hints of caramel and bread crust linger beneath the nuttiness. Regardless of how it tastes, I'd be tempted to leave a few glasses of this lying around the house just to make the place smell nice.

Taste- 3 out of 5. Toasty, roasty malt backs up a huge wave of hazelnut. It's intense but still a hair away from being overpowering. Caramel, cherries, and plums mingle in the mouth along with a strange smokey-sweet combination. Whatever hops Rogue used are utterly lost in the hazelnut wave, as is any taste of alcohol. A smokey, nutty aftertaste sticks around for a while. The taste is pleasant, but I'm not inclined to drink great quantities. This seems like more of a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel- 3 out of 5. Creamy but still manages to stay moderate in body. Because of the strong hazelnut flavor, it's easier to sip than quaff. A bit of stickiness lasts on the lips.

Drinkability- 3 out of 5. With some smoked barbeque or some German chocolate cake, this would be awesome. In the absence of complimentary cuisine, however, it's a bit too strong to drink more than one 22oz bottle-- even I had a hard time finishing it. It was a good experience and not a bad drink by any means, but barring a drastic influx of pork and cake into my diet, I won't be picking up another. It would be great to split with a friend or two after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 15:17:08 | More by jporf911
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: creamy, dark brown, hint of burnt sienna color, great lacing.

S: nutty, toffee, hint of roast notes.

T: hint of sweet in the front, mild nutty/toffee character.

M: smooth, creamy, good carbonation.

D: Amazing brown ale! This is my one of my favorite brown ales and I could definitely have more than a few of these delightful brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 15:36:26 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark brown with hints of red. Leaves some nice lacing

S: Malty with a nutty character, definitely some hazelnut

T: Matches the smell, with a nice sweetness that isn't overbearing

M: Creamy with a good amount of carbonation

D: Great drinkability, I'd definitely have a bomber along with desert any day

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:25:05 | More by BEERMILER12
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured a dark clear copper with a short off white diminishing head good lacing on the glass.

S. Hazelnut, malt, leaves, maple

T. The hazlenut is the star of the flavor, nutty, and earthy, maple and sweet but then the bitterness hits, and lasts. Really a great balanced brew.

M. Medium bodied lots of carbonation sweet and sticky on the tongue, great duration.

D. A really good brew I expected the sweetness however I wasn't ready for the bitter finish. Great balance and a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 04:00:36 | More by smibroncos
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3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1000+ reviews?! Crap. You guys are gaga over this stuff. I must be missing something.

Anyways, I received my 22 oz. bottle as a gift. I usually don't buy Rogue's beers cuz I honestly think they are overpriced. Yup, I said it!

The Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale (a name I don't really understand--nectar? really?) looks like the way a brown ale should: light brownish red/copper. It has a light, thin, clear body. There was a quickly receding light khaki head with nice lacing. This is an appetizing and attractive looking beer.

The smell is mocha, lager, sweet and nutty. It smells like a good cigar--which is the hazelnut, I guess. Coffee and mocha are the most dominant aromas. The smell is better and more interesting than the taste.

The first taste was nutty and sweet. The hazelnut is very apparent and there is definitely a cigar-like quality, which seems out of place for this style. As I continued drinking, the flavors progressed to a standard, nutty lager-crispness of a brown ale. This beer has a very light caramel and fruit quality to it which was interesting. Midway through, there was a firm chocolatey and smokey quality that rose up and never went away.

CONCLUSION: Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar is very light and drinkable and an interesting representation of a brown ale with a twist. However, I think it's maybe a bit too stout-like for a brown. Regardless, it still tastes pretty good to me even though I'm not a big fan of this style.

This would probably be a must-try if you're crazy for brown ales. Otherwise, you're not missing much if you pass.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 03:07:26 | More by MadeInOregon
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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an aber color with an off white head, like a light tan color. The aroma of this beer smells of rich in malt, there is also a hint of nutty aroma. The taste is strong with nutty sweetness to it. Classic brown ale taste to it. There is a hazlenut sweetness to it, although you can tell its extract. The mouthfeel is medium, and is a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 19:32:09 | More by arboristfish
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2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up very exciting to try another rogue beer. It pours a very nice dark reddish color with a slightly off white head that was very creamy. about 2 fingers. The nose is very very nutty with some malt. The only thing I get in the taste is a bunch of nuttieness. Maybe a slight bit of malt. The nuts overpowers the taste way too much. It is also way too sweet. It has a decent mouthfeel but not a great bit of drinability just because its way too sweet. Im a big fan of rogue, but this is the only beer by them Ive had that I would not recommend drinking. Way too sweet, not very complex. I was disappointed to be honest,

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 05:35:22 | More by mjw2808
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Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy amber brown with a short tan head leaving a thin lace ring
S - hazelnut, light syrupy, cherry, and bready malt
T - super sweet with hazelnut, sweet molasses, caramel & bready malts
M - silky smooth syrupy texture that coats the mouth
D - very sweet and different, reminded me of a port in terms of its syrupy sweetness and feel, a delicious desert that is very drinkable
As a side note, i tried mixing this with the chocolate stout on the advice of a local Rogue rep and it was awesome!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 04:51:28 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of bellafromsocal


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

Has a amber-brown appearance with a decent tan head. You can definitely smell the hazelnut and it carries through into the taste. Smooth and malty with little bitterness. It was easy going down and not overly carbonated. Altough not one of my favorites, I definitely enjoyed it and would order again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 15:25:04 | More by bellafromsocal
Photo of thekoz


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice reddish brown color with a tan head.

Woody, sweet aroma.

Taste is good. Malty with some hazelnut. Very mild bitterness. I also detect a little something spicy, not sure what that's from.

Has a good level of carbonation, but overall seems a little thin to me. Could use a little more residual sugar I think.

Not sure I would have again on it's own, but perhaps paired with the appropriate cheese or something it would be worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 06:35:43 | More by thekoz
Photo of Phelps


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks: like toasted nuts. Deep amber-orange, fairly hazy, with a fuzzy one-finger head of medium tan that quickly fades to a substantial sticky ring.

Smells: like caramel popcorn. Both nicely sweet and intensely nutty, I get notes of caramel, crackers, toasted corn, hazelnut, marzipan and a bit of earthy hops.

Tastes: like a tiny bit of bitter coffee flavored with a big squirt of hazelnut syrup. Lightly toasted crackers and earthy hops come out at the swallow, and the finish is nice and crisp. I the balance here; it's just slightly more bitter than sweet, with just enough toastiness to match.

Feels: brisk. Light, tingly carbonation, only lightly fizzy and medium in body.

Drinks: like one of the better browns out there. It's smooth, balanced, and dammit, I loves me some hazelnuts.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 06:17:52 | More by Phelps
Photo of Franz4


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark walnut color with an extreme head and very good retention.

S- the bottle says hazelnut and it doesn't disappoint with scents of honey and buttercreme mixed in as well.

T- very nutty with a toffee flavor up front. This is followed by a flavor of malted milk that rounds out the taste nicely. Actually quite sweet, very unique flavor.

M- very smooth from start to finish

D- Very unique flavor, I think Rogue probably accomplished what they wanted to do with this beer, but I found it to be a little too sweet, and while the flavor was good, I can't see myself drinking multiples or going back for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 02:41:11 | More by Franz4
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4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep amber-brownish color, hazy. Very creamy head. Lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Very malty in the nose.... Toffee, honey, tons of sweet hazelnut and toasted malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Very rich maltiness up front, hazelnut, toffee, honey, toasted malts. Very mild bitterness from the hops in the middle, a little earthy/tea-like. Slight roasted coffee at the end. Mouthfeel is awesome, very silk and creamy.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Very smooth, slight roasted aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Very complex for a brown ale, yet very drinkable. Truly one of my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 02:22:08 | More by mjurney
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4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Turbinator glass.

A - Pours a nice deep brown with some slight reddish highlights. Nice head that sticks around for a bit with excellent retention.

S - Rich roasted malts and lots of nutty hazelnut. Smell is really enticing and impressive.

T - Smooth sweet malt hits first, followed by the nutty notes with a bit of hop bitterness. A bit earthy and oak-ey. Really well balanced.

M - Smooth and creamy. Carbonation is perfect.

D - Excellent. It's a delicious beer at a sessionable abv with an overall smooth taste and character.

Notes: I love a good brown ale and this one just shot toward the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 02:06:13 | More by BatDaddy
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautiful brown nice light tan head and good lacing

Beautiful hazelnut and crystal malts. The hazelnut is subtle but accompanies the malt to be very smooth wonderful

The malt and hazelnut appears and finish together. It is smooth throughout very well put together. The crystal malts and the hazelnut are lite but are wonderful. This is perhaps the best example of how use of ingredients outside the 4 can make a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 20:15:43 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown w reddish highlights. Perfectly clear. Nice tan head and lacing.
S: toffee/dark caramel, nuts, cocoa.
T: lightly sweet nutty malts overtaken by a nutty sourish twang. Somewhat astringent dry finish. Sourness faded some as it warmed.
M: nicely carbonated. A bit puckering. Light to medium body.
D: a little more sweet and a little less sour woulda done it for me. Lacked the malty richness I expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:11:12 | More by MrMcGibblets
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4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesomeness, DRINK IT NOW!
Beer tasting is not serious anyway, but this is good stuff. If you dont know what a brown ale is...SHAME ON YOU!
It looked brown, tasted like nectar would to bees (consider we are human) very smooth. I could drink this for a substitute of juice for breakfast any day. The only complaint is the bottle should be bigger or come in six pack of cans, cause I could shotgun about 6 of these bastards.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 06:29:10 | More by ZumbieBeerBear
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a SA Perfect Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice brown/amber color. Small head that quickly dissipates with a very small amount of lacing.

S - Holy hazelnut. First thing I get is a strong aroma of hazelnut along with a malty scent in the background.

T - First thing I get is the roasted hazelnut. Good balance between sweet and bitter. More nuts as well as a slight caramel flavor.

M - Light to medium body with minimal carbonation.

D - Very smooth and drinkable brown ale. I love hazelnuts so this beer really hit the spot for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:56:19 | More by BennyL1
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3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split this with a couple of friends today.

Pouring dark brown with a thin, brown head that recedes to a ring rather quick. This is decent. The nose is just a little disappointing. Caramel and some brown sugar are noticeable, but what jumps right out are soggy corn flakes (unsweetened). Initially, the hazelnut is REALLY strong, but it gently fades, bringing a some of balance. The palate opens lightly sweet, with caramel, brown sugar and quite a bit of hazelnut flavor. Again, I get a strange soggy cereal flavor, rather off-putting. Mildly sweet on the finish, this is medium-light in body and has moderate carbonation. I don't know if this bottle is off, but this isn't all that enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:57:44 | More by DefenCorps
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North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to like this one more than I did. I don't think bitter is the right word, but it was just too bitter for my palate.

A: A nice amber color with a good brownish head the went away fairly quickly. A quality product.

S: I don't get any hazelnut notes, but there is definitely sweetness. Maybe Carmel?

T: Helps if this one warms a bit. This is a beer that is meant to be sipped and examined, instead of downed.

M: I like brown ales, but there is something about this one that just didn't do it for me on the palate. Had a weird taste that I can't describe. I've never had a hazelnut flavored beer and that could be my problem.

D: Again, since this didn't do it for me, the drinkability wasn't there for me. I had a hard time wanting to go back for more sips.

I can see why some would really enjoy this, but it just isn't my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:13:15 | More by mbrown26
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

second brew of the night. Rogue makes some great brews with wicked distribution

A- pours a light brown appearance. Not completely opaque and not much for a head. Unfortunately, it's not that inviting

S- a dry and nutty sweet scent is present. There are some earthy scents and a slight dark hazelnut malt scent. Even a little bit of subtle sugar is there

T- delicious taste of the hazelnut theme with sweet and dry earthy tones. There are some bitter tones that mingle with the expect coffee taste. A little thin but good

M- medium bodied but creamy. Very tasty

D- ok the good part... I can slam this! Very drinkable and tasty at the same time. Not the best depiction of the style but still very good

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 00:10:34 | More by lovindahops
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was a birthday gift from my amazing wife, Krista. Thank you.

A - Minimal carbonation in a pale mahogany, transparent body. The head is rather frothy and starts out at a couple inches. It fades to an eighth of an inch where it maintains itself well in a light tan cloak.

S - The aromas are subtle indeed. The scent of earth and wood are most prevalent along side a hint of molasses. Based on the aroma I expect a rather aggressive taste.

T - Woody and slightly sweet before finishing with a trace coffee flavor. This is a very good tasting Brown Ale.

M - Smooth, it goes down very well. The lack of visual carbonation in the appearance is supported here with nearly no coarse texture to note.

~ I'm not a huge brown ale fan. However, this beer is very drinkable and offers a unique complexity not often found in the style. I was not a huge fan of the style because I had not tried this beer before today. The character of this beer is for what other Brown Ale brewers should strive to meet.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 23:01:10 | More by cdkrenz
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off I would like to note that I'm a little pissed off at Rogue for tricking me. I bought this beer under the name Rogue Morimoto Hazelnut Signature Ale, only to come home to review it and learn that it is really just Hazelnut Brown Nectar (which I have already had) and the whole morimoto signature ale name is just an alias. Not cool in my book. but anyways...

A - Dark brown with a reddish tint. Small head that barely clung to the glass.

S - Can definetly smell the hazelnuts and chocolate.

T - I can really taste the hazelnuts in this which I really like. It starts out sweet then ends with a bitter finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation I'd say. Bitterness sticks to the back of your tongue at the end.

D - Goes down very smooth, I could easily put down a few of these without much effort.

So overall I really like this beer. It's great, and its different. I really think they pulled off the whole hazelnut thing, which I was very skeptical about at first since I don't really like hazelnut coffee or anything like that. This beer is an exception though, it is just delicious. Good job rogue, just don't trick me again!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 03:59:57 | More by JizackFH
Photo of katybee


3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is not really a sessions beer; it wants to be more of a long-lasting sipping beer. However I found it a little lacking in overall body and the nutty flavor left a slight aftertaste that became a little intolerable deep into the drink--almost wanted something else to wash it down with. But a fine different flavor while fresh and cold.

color: deep golden brown amber
light quickly dissipating head

smell: lightly of true hazelnut, not hoppy

taste: first off, very light hops and more malted warmth, with hazel nuttiness on the tongue; the hazel becomes more predominant on exhale and is a slight residual flavor in the back of mouth, a bit dry and bitter but true hazelnut flavored if you like that.

mouthfeel: a bit thin, though uncarbonated and drinkable

drinkability: I gave lowmarks for the residual slight aftertaste; a quaffer, not a sipper!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 20:39:02 | More by katybee
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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