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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,284
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 172
Gots: 259 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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Photo of Kinsman
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Dark brown body with coppery red highlights. Pillowly light tan head about 2 fingers thick but fades a bit too quickly.

Grainy/bready toasted malt aroma which seems to dominate. Not as nutty as I would have expected. I'm finding this aroma to be quite distinctive because I can't think of many malt forwards beers that have a unique malty aroma like this. The malts smell like fresh unmashed malts from the homebrew store, something I've noticed before in some beers but not as strong as this.

Similar toasted malt flavor with a stronger nut flavor than was in the aroma. Slightly sweeter caramel and chocolate malts mix in a bit of flavor too. Finishes with a light tough of grassy hops.

Lots of carbonation in this one, finding it to be a bit to fizzy but still retains a bit of a creamy texture. Overall not too bad but not quite as nutty as I would have liked it to be.

Kinsman, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Hazelnut brown body with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving light lacing.

S - Malty with obvious hazelnut aromas.

T - Hazelnut leads in the taste with some caramel and chocolate notes and a good balance.

M - Medium body, very light carbonation, very smooth.

D - Extremely drinkable beer, either as a session or on its own.

Wattsox, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier pint glass.

A - Pours a hazu brown colour with an off white head that retains well before reducing and lacing the glass.

S - Plenty of hazelnut here. Some malt also present particularly chocolate and caramel.

T - Hazelnut and caramel notes with a little chocolate. really nice

M - Medium bodied and minimal carbonation that makes for a smooth drop.

D - A nice ABA and recommended

eric5bellies, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of paulginva
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured this beer from the tap into a pint glass. When it got to my table, there was virtually no head, just a creamy medium tan swirl of foam with fair head lacing. There was little carbonation in the unfiltered hazy dark brown body.

AROMA: This beer's appeal lies in its decadent hazelnut character and it didn't disappoint here. There was a moderately heavy malt taste of roasted hazelnut with notes of caramel and chocolate. There was just a suggestion of hops as well as notes of brown sugar and spices. Can't wait to taste it.

TASTE: Taste was great -- pretty much the same as aroma. Moderate roasted, maybe toasted, hazelnut with caramel and chocolate notes, a suggestion of hops and overtones of brown sugar and spices. Very nice balance between malt and hops.

MOUTHFEEL: A really good mouthfeel! Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation. A moderately sweet initial flavor that slides nicely into a slightly bitter dryness at the finish, which lasted for a moderate amount of time. Body lacing was fair and persisted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: This is a good beer to start the night with and is mild enough to have more than one if you wish. It's not easily forgotten and I'd definitely buy it again, and again. The aroma of this beer is one that kept me going back to sniff because the scent was so good. Highly recommended.

paulginva, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of TheMadChef10
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love hazelnuts so when I saw this on my bars MBA beer list I figured why not. The beer did not fail to deliver, it was a nice dark brown. The smell was amazing to me there is no better smell than roasted hazelnuts. The nuts weren't very forward, to me i got a bit of maltiness first then came the hazelnuts. The beer was quite smooth not overly carbonated. I could easily drink this everyday possibly with chocolate as a dessert beer?

TheMadChef10, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark brown w/ a very thin caramel colored head that quickly disappears. Looks good- wish the head was a little better. Smell is that of Hazelnut, chocolate, malt. Taste is good, but it feels a little thin to me taste-wise, I'd like the body to be thicker. Not much aftertaste, it kind of just evaporates into nothingness. Drinkability is decent. Maybe I've been drinking too many big high ABV beers lately, but this one is just above average in my book. A good session beer. This is a good beer, and I'm glad I tried it.

jayhawk73, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of glassjaw25
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I am giving this beer too much credit but I think it is delicious. I think the look of the beer is fantastic in color, nice dark brown in color and a tan creamy head during pour. The mouthfeel of this beer is great extremely smooth which makes it very drinkable. You can smell the strong hazlenut aroma with each sip. I happen to enjoy the smell of hazlenut which makes this beer that much better to me.

The only negative I can see others having about this beer would be the strong scent of hazlenut. I believe one bottle of this or a couple of pints is just perfect. I'm very happy with this beer.

glassjaw25, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with medium off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very malty with some almond aromas...very nutty. Taste is TONS of hazelnut. I also get almond flavors with vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel. The hazelnut profile in the flavor is so unique and delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, and somewhat thick. Drinkability is very high.

DovaliHops, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of light beige head forms and fades fairly quickly. The beer is a straight brown/amber color with a deep color and decent clarity. There is a small amount of visible carbonation. Some lacing remains.

Sweet, toffee, and yes, nutty. But I would never pick out hazelnut specifically.

OK, truth be told, I really don't like hazelnut, so I was a bit worried here. This is fantastic. While it's very nutty with a roasted edge to it, it really doesn't taste like the hazelnut flavor I don't like. I suppose there is a little Nutella flavor to it.. Smooth front to back and very balanced. The slight sweetness works very well with the roasted nut flavor. I get moments of coffee now and again.

So smooth and consistent from front to back. As mild as carbonation can get.

I just love drinking this beer. And I'm not even a huge Nut Brown Fan. Great beer.

Reagan1984, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown with 2 finger head

Smell: roasted malts, slight smoke

Taste: sweet, big roasted flavor, nutty

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, very smooth

drinkability: easy to drink one of better beers from this company.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of chilly460
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a dark mahogany color with a very thick head that stuck around quite well.

S- Definitely hits hard with the hazelnut, I'm guessing it's some type of extract. Plenty of sweet cake batter and pound cake in there.

T- Plenty of that hazelnut again as you'd guess plus a toffee flavor up front. From there I get some malted milk which is different, but not overpowering. Finishes up surprisingly dry with some basic herbal hops, didn't catch them in the aroma but they balance it out pretty well.

M- Thin to medium bodied, but plenty smooth.

D- It drinks as advertised, a nice nutty brown ale with plenty of sweetness. It's as easy to drink as you'll get, but one pint was enough due to the extreme aroma and sweet taste of the hazelnut.

chilly460, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin off-white head and dark ruby brown body that disappeared quickly.

Definite hazelnut and chocolate smell. Perhaps even some caramel.

Definite coffee taste. Tastes like a dark coffee with a very modest amount of creamer.

Mouthfeel is a bit too watery for the amount of hoppiness, I was hoping for a bit of creaminess.

Interesting beer with plenty of character, but not my preference.

ZenAgnostic, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear mahogany in color, the beer has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of hazelnut prominently stand out in the nose.
T: Like the smell, hazelnuts stand out in the nutty taste; however they aren't quite as strong and allow for flavors of caramel and buttery malts to shine through. The malts contribute a slight amount of sweetness to the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily; the hazelnut flavors are well incorporated into the overall taste.

metter98, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown in color with ruby and orange tinges.

S: Lots of hazelnut and some sweet malts.

T: Sweet flavor with a lot of hazelnut, milk chocolate and brown sugar flavor without being too sweet. This is probably my favorite brown ale and a go to on tap.

notchucknorris, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark amber/light brown, clear. 2 finger foamy mocha head that slowly dissipates. Didn't leave much lacing.

S: Tons of lightly toasted malts, hazelnut, chocolate, slight floral hops, very nutty.

T: Just a ton of malt here; hazelnut, nuts, and pine/earth flavors running deep, almost has a wood quality. Nutty Plenty of milk chocolate. The background malt character is definitely toasty, but there's plenty of roasted qualities as well up front. There is a good bit of sweetness, mostly brown sugar with a little caramel quality. Everything is light (nothing punching you in the face), but it's damned flavorful and complex. Finish is milk chocolate hazelnut.

M: Moderate to somewhat high carbonation, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost velvety. Body has a good viscosity, it's certainly not what I call thick, but it does have some legs to it. Could ask for anything better.

D: Delicious and somewhat mellow flavor compared to other "robust" brews. Only thing that would slow me down is how filling it is. A top notch brown ale.

Satchboogie, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty much straight brown with thick tan head from the nitro.

The smell was of very sweet hazelnut.

In the taste I could pretty much only get hazelnut with a little bready malt as the beer warmed up a bit.

Overall it was good tasting but the hazelnut was just a little over powering for me.

Eriktheipaman, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of eatsleeprepeat
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A personal favorite, this beer gets me excited. It's beautiful brown color will entice you to try it. As brown ales are, it's malty and sweet. A beautiful blend of hazelnut overtones with sweet complexities at the finish. This is one to keep.
A - The clear brown coloration is exquisite.
S - Like an inviting aroma? Yeah, I thought so. This one's got what you need.
T - A beer doesn't win this many awards for tasting bad.
M - Once you try it, your mouth will feel incomplete without it.
D - Very easy to drink - but it's not a Guinness.

eatsleeprepeat, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of fdw3
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head with little retention and moderate lacing. Smell is filled with delicious hazelnut and sweet, grainy malts without many hop notes. Taste is a little underwhelming after the promising aroma, but bready dark malts mix with a creamy nuttiness in a subdued manner that could use a little enhancement. Slight hop notes and a mild lasting bitterness complete each sip. Feels a little thin in the mouth and displays moderate carbonation.

I really enjoy Rogue, but I wish the flavor was a little more intense as the thin mouthfeel kind of diminishes the overall impact. Buff up the body and taste and you'd have something great -- but still, without a doubt a very good beer.

fdw3, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very, very nice amber/brown color with an off white head that was creamy and full. More than adequate retention with some very nice lacing to follow. The beer is somewhat hazy with some orange highlights around the bottom and sides of the glass.

Smell - Very nice roasted hazelnut smell. Deep and toasty. A tremendous fragrance of a woody almond and walnut. Traces of caramel add a touch of sweetness to the aroma. This brew smells incredible. I almost detect a brown sugar and hints of butter. This is beautifully put together.

Taste - Full flavors of the roasted, toasted hazelnut and walnut. Some suggestions of bitterness, but not intimidating. Some slight warmth, but no real traces of alcohol. Some touches of butter and caramel. Properly balanced. I even got some very faint chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, slick and crisp. Left proper amounts on the palate. Not an over abundance on the palate, but nicely comfortable and mostly dry.

Drinkability - This is a pleasing and proper brown ale. Wonderful aroma and flavor. Very easy to drink. It could be drunk year round. The fragrance of this beer is the star of the show. I kept sniffing it because it smelled so, so good. In my opinion, this is how a Brown Ale should smell and be compared to. More than adequate in other categories also. Most definitely one that I will pick up again.

Shrews629, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with two fingers of off-white fluffy head.

The scent is nutty, roasted malts are present, some brown sugar also.

The taste is of roasted malt, a little bit of sweet brown sugar, pronounced nuttiness, notes of chocolate and spice.

Medium body, smooth and creamy, a little chewy, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty decent brown ale, lots of good flavor and very drinkable.

BeerCon5, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle, this is a fuller-bodied, darker, more fulfilling beast. The times I've had it on tap, and now, growler, it was still quite alright, just noticeably lighter-bodied and fizzier. Is this the fault of those who set up the CO2? I've had similar experiences with other Rogue ales on tap. I should put an end to this nonsense the only way I know how: blind rage and merciless violence. OR! I'll just get what I can out of it and move on. Kinda like broads.

I do love the head from a growler pour and this may be the first to fail to wow me. The very last couple of pours gave me sweet head, but it sadly didn't last long or leave much of a cap. The liquid itself had a, what I like to call, suede appearance to it brownness. Rusty brown. Unfiltered lovely haze.

The main draw for this beer is its busting nut character. Hazelnut decadence. That didn't fail to disappoint here, both in fragrance and flavor. But that was about it, even after a good 45 minutes with the growler sitting out. The malts were at a significantly, albeit likely only marginally, reduced level compared to the bottle. Reduced enough that, while there was decent balance between the nut and malt, some of the body, depth, and chocolate tones were markedly toned down. No significant bitter to note - balanced nicely. Good flavor by the last of it, but yes lighter overall.

This really ended up drinking more like an English Brown - medium-light body and clean. Still, certainly not as weak as say a Newcastle. Take away the nut and you have something like a slightly chewier Sam Smith Nut Brown. Nut bad (okay, I meant to write "not", but I'll leave it, a-ha!), definitely sessionable.

Bouleboubier, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a pint of nearly dead still brew. Murky brown, no clarity, no head.

Caramel and nuts dominate in the aroma.

Sweetness of the malt, combined with caramel, some brown bread, light bitterness, and a strong finish of hazelnut. Nothing cloying, very tasty. Finish isn't long, which i good, and palate clears to the nutty side.

Mushy brew. Soft. Needs more carbonation.

Easy to go down, tasty, and a good one to start the night with. Not sure about food pairings, but this was a good first pint.

OtherShoe2, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of SQUIDPORT
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, creamy foam with a good nutty aroma.
Smells like hazel nut coffee.

Makes me crave coffee, even though I rarely drink coffee.
That says a lot coming from a non coffee drinker. Beer is taking me to the dark side.

My new mouth rinse.
The sweetness of it covers the alcohol level. You would not think it is 6.2
Recommended to all coffee lovers, it is very easy to drink.

SQUIDPORT, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours clear dark brown with little head

S- nutty and sweet, hazelnuts light coffee and even coconut?

T- sweet and hafruits, light fruits and some cocoa in there. Lots of flavors but nicely balanced.

M-tiny tiny carbonation that sits well on the tongue. Smooth and feels good

D- awesome. A little sweet for my palate but definately drinkable. Tasty well balanced and nothing too bold.

Gushue3, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very deep brown in color with dark red hues. Phenomenal rocky brown head. Excellent retention. Sticks around for a long time. Good amount of lacing as well. Not too much but a noticeable amount. Very aromatic nose. Extremely nutty and toasty. Sweet caramel and natural grains notes make an appearance. Brown sugar also comes to mind. Taste is caramel coffee like with some nutty undertones. There is a slight bitterness in the middle but sweetens up a bit with and almond like alcohol taste in the finish. Very good. Mouth feel medium bodied with a smooth velvet finish. Hell. This is one awesome brown ale. Drinkability is 10 out of 10. Very aromatic and tasty.

depechemode1983, Feb 03, 2011
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,284 ratings.