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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,238
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 163
Gots: 241 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of whtguitarguy


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours to a deep red brown. Aroma is of hops and bits of nutty and caramel notes. Flavor is of alcoholic hazelnut and caramel. These flavors come through other nutty undertones that are not consistent with hazelnut. Really good to drink. Nectar is a good word for it since it is rather godly.

12-25-2009 22:29:27 | More by whtguitarguy
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: Pours with a nice deep, dark brown that boasts good carbonation. Produced a thumbs worth of head that did not lace or sustain though.

Smell: Unsurprisingly the strong smell of hazelnuts dominates the nose. A nice toffee and chocolate background also makes an appearance. A little more balance, could be present but it's a minor complaint. That and I'm catching a slight chemical whiff.

Taste: Starts with a light walnut and hazelnut taste that turns to a more toffee malt with even more hazelnuts that builds into a nutty bitterness. I honestly expected it to be a bit sweeter then it is, and a bit more diversity could be present but it's still solid.

Mouthfeel: Leaves an unsurprising hazelnut aftertaste with notes of chocolate. The carbonation is a bit oddball on this one, as it really makes it's presence known at the start of the beer.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink, but isn't quite sweet enough to be a desert beer, which is what I think they were going for on this one. I don't think I'd drink this on a daily basis but it's still good.

Final Thoughts: A good beer worth trying, despite it's flaws. Really, I think this would go good with sweeter foods as strange as that may sound.

12-25-2009 17:01:35 | More by TheHammer
Photo of BatsforBeer


3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

No freshness date, bottle had some dust on sides, but not an unusual amount. poured into english pint glass

Appearance: head-very little head, off white, leaves slick of residue on top of a deep brown mahogany body with hints of red. A slow stream of light bubbles rises with virtually no activity on top. A small ring of head is present throughout the beer, but leaving no lacing.

Smell: Aromas of watery scotch (whisky), flowers and peat upfront eventually overpowered by nutty hazelnut; overall aroma is sweet.

Taste: Sweet roasted bready malt with hints of honey and dark fruit fads into intense hazelnut coffee with caramel creamer. There is an off flavor that presents the beer to be artificial and a bit like cough medicine.

Mouth: Thin and watery, lacking carbonation sticky like cough syrup; lacking any sufficient body.

Drinkability: At first I thought this would be a drain pourer, however the second sip was better. I will not be buying this beer anymore, however I enjoyed the experience. I love hazelnut however I think it is a bit misrepresented in the beer, almost artificial.

12-22-2009 03:51:57 | More by BatsforBeer
Photo of mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

The first thing you will notice, after taking your first sip, is the pleasant flavour of maple walnut ice-cream and hazelnut coffee. As a starting point, this is very agreeable.

Nice head, nice dark brown pour. Perhaps a tad bit thin on the palate.

Are nuts infused in the brew or is the nuttiness aresult of the malt?

At almost $7 or a 650ml bottle at the LCBO is a bit pricey, splurging at Christmas time is always justifiable.

Serve at cellar temperature in a pint glass.

Very nice stuff.

12-21-2009 17:22:50 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of brystmar


4.15/5  rDev +2%

650ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy, brownish/mahogany-ish color with about a finger of relatively thick head.

Smells strongly of roasted malt and hazelnut. This brew is truly a delight to the nose.

Taste begins with tons of roasted malt & sweetness with a hint of chocolate halfway through the drink. Strong representation of hazelnuts throughout. Delicious!

This beer is on the lighter side of medium-bodied beers and boasts an exceptionally pleasant mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfectly balanced, I couldn't imagine any improvement here. And that makes for easy drinking. An easily sessionable brew.

All in all, this is my hands-down favorite brown ale. Surly's Coffee Bender is a solid second, but it's absolutely behind this Rogue. Cheers!

12-18-2009 04:34:26 | More by brystmar
Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Dark brownish color with a ¼" light tan head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass and a patch of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a sparse pattern of speckled lacing and by the mid point of the portion there is only a fine ring of bubbles leaving scattered bits of lacing to the end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is sweet malt and hazelnut with traces of cocoa floating around.

Taste: The flavor goes with the nose and there is both hazelnut and cocoa here. The sweetness is nicely controlled and does not over power. I don't' really taste any hops at all in this one

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy with the soft persistent carbonation, The finish is medium to long with the persistent hazelnut flavor slowly fading into some roasted malt and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer and easy to finish. Each sip leads easily to the next and I'll be happy to have more. This seems a well made brown ale that goes well with beef or on its own as a dessert. It is also a nice change of pace from run of the mill brown ales that don't have a little something extra to set them apart. I'll be having this one again.

12-17-2009 03:02:04 | More by drtth
Photo of cloakNdaggar

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

Aroma of nutela, treacle, caramel, and chocolate.

Pours ,more of a red colour than a brown. Beige head. Medium head retention. Some lace.

Tastes Like Ferero rocher chocolates. Caramel, hazelnuts, burnt sugar, chocolate.

Mouthfeel was ok, if a bit thin. Carbonation was ok.

12-13-2009 19:14:11 | More by cloakNdaggar
Photo of association330


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

22 oz. bomber purchased just up the street from my local beer vendor.

A - Pours a rich, dark brown. Reddish/deep caramel hue appears when the light peeks through the glass. Big pillow of light tan head that lasts well and leaves pretty good lacing.

S - Nutty milk chocolate tones with a pleasant hint of coffee and a touch of raisins or other dark fruit.

T - Delicious roasted malt flavor dominates - sweet milk chocolate and hazelnuts. There is a nice kiss of hops for balance. A slightly charred, chocolatey aftertaste remains.

M - Rolling carbonation makes the brew pleasantly refreshing and very quaffable, though perhaps a little too effervescent. Body is lighter than I would like.

D - It would be a good fall brew, but it's a little too light for fireside sipping during the winter months.

12-06-2009 21:19:06 | More by association330
Photo of GRG1313


2.3/5  rDev -43.5%

Pours brown/black with a nice firm medium thick tan head that quickly fades.

Sweet black chocolate, maraschino cherry, hazelnut nose. Quite pleasant and smells like fresh baked goods.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery and without character. A huge let down from the wonderful nose.

Flavors are simple, weak, watery and unappealing. Only hints of flavor, if any, beer has no character, no identity, no flavor and with not much of a finish other than simple yeast.

Yet another flop from what has to be the most overrated brewery in the country. I suspect that Rogue would be out of business if it didn't have such cool bottles! Just my opinion.

11-28-2009 00:57:15 | More by GRG1313
Photo of mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.9%

a five star beer

Rogue hazelnut brown nectar

A/P= pours a brown huge wit a off white head.

S= smells of hazelnuts, chocolate, maybe coffee.

T= hazelnuts, chocolate, malt.

MF= perfect carbonation

A good ass beer too bad it only comes in bombers and on tap,
i had the of these bombers this week simply delicious.

11-25-2009 23:11:06 | More by mrcarterxxl
Photo of Shumista


4.03/5  rDev -1%

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, served in a standard pint glass.

A- Hazelnut Brown Nectar pours a dark reddish brown, it was brought to the table with very little head. Looks delicious.
A- Sweet, malty, nutty aroma. Hazelnut is obviously the most prevalent.
T- Sweet and nutty with a caramel malts. Somewhat bready finish. Overall the taste is very sweet, definitely a dessert beer. Seems just right for this time of year though.
M- Medium to thick bodied, kind of chewy.
D- It's certainly a dessert beer. Still though I found the last bit of the pint a little tough to get through. I think the sweetness started to get to me.

11-25-2009 19:42:03 | More by Shumista
Photo of n00tz


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Deep amber, almost reddish body. Plentiful carbonation, yet no head to speak of

S - Roasted nutty malts, just as expected. Slight molasses sweetness as well.

T - Delicious nutty malt, chocolates and light spiciness that I'll attribute to the Sterling hops. A dry alcohol flavor is present, but hides behind the forefront of flavors.

M - Medium body, carbonation tickles the tongue.. and leave a very roasted feel on the palate.

D - I'm actually in the mood for seasonal pies now. Pecan, Pumpkin, Walnut-chipped cheesecake. A delicious complement to the holiday food and cheer.

I had been holding of on getting this at the store until it was closer to the holiday season. I just wish this looked better, it wasn't unappealing, but it certainly didn't look like something I'd dive after.

11-24-2009 23:38:07 | More by n00tz
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

Beer received from bobsy during autumn 2009.

A: Brown color almost caramel looking. Clear. The head is practically non-existent.
S: Roasted malts with some hazelnut in there.
T: Same as smell, however I did get some touch of honey.
M: Medium/Thin bodied beer. The taste disappear quickly in the mouth.
D: The drinkability is good for this one. Nice taste and well balanced.

Btw, it is very good with roasted meet...

11-24-2009 02:19:32 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of biophiliadude


3.18/5  rDev -21.9%

22oz bomber into Pilsner Glass

Let it warm up and breathe a little bit.

A: Cloudy brown, red-orange hues in the light. 1/8 inch head that quickly dissolves into rivers of tan foam.

S: Waffle, caramel, honey, apple

T: Syrup, much more bready than I expected, slight caramel, slight hazelnut, and slight overall nutty malt.

F: Bubbles, abrasive

D: Too much bread for me, but an interesting take on the American Brown Ale.

11-23-2009 03:29:31 | More by biophiliadude
Photo of July2Nov


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Poured a nice reddish amber tone with a sliver of a head that soon dissipated, but left a nice lace around the rim.

S: Sure enough that's hazelnut in there. like opening up a can of nuts and getting a whiff of that nuttiness. Blends well with the sweetness hints of honey and caramel. Can't wait to taste this one, if the smell is any indication!

T&M: Smooth and mellow with that roasted, slight nutty taste. The combination of that nuttiness, along with the slightly sweet "honeysuckle" mellowness really brings this beer to the forefront. A great combination and one that i wasn't expecting to be this good. The mouthfeel on this one is so mellow, that it surprises you . Very easy on the palate!

D: I could drink this one all throughout the day and night. I can see sharing this one with people who don't normally venture much out of the beer aisle of your local grocery store. A nice gateway beer into more greatness out there. Rogue shines again.

11-22-2009 05:26:47 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

G: Pint Glass

A: Reddish brown hazy body. Half an inch of head with poor retention leaving moderate lacing.

S: Roasted hazelnut, some sweet malts and biscuits.

T: Hazelnut taste is very prominent, with hints of milk chocolate.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Smooth sticky finish.

D: Interesting concoction here. It could use some strong flavours besides hazelnut though. The hazelnut flavour does come off as if it was just a flavour shot which is a little off puting.

11-21-2009 21:49:28 | More by Long813
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from 22oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark caramel color with a medium brown head that dissipates quickly and minimal lace left behind.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and caramel malt with hazelnut in the background.

Taste: Sweet and buttery throughout with a nutty background. Sweet and nutty hazelnut finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a higher carbonation. Refreshing, sticky finish.

Drinkability: A malty beer with an interesting twist that compliments the beer very well; the hazelnut could have been overdone or underdone, but it is well balanced with the brew. I could drink this all day and highly recommend it.

11-17-2009 03:51:44 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of wahhmaster


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Has a strong roasted hazelnut aroma (I compare it to hazelnut coffee creamer). Besides that, a little bit of roasted maltiness and a little breadiness.

Taste: Strong hazelnut flavors come out at the start. It finishes with a kinda chocolatey malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full-bodied with a kind of chewiness to it.

Drinkability: A really nice brown ale. Pleasingly complex. Another win for Rogue.

11-16-2009 22:31:31 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of xfactor9600


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

A - a nice light brown color with minimal head

S - you can definitely smell the hazelnuts in this one

T - Hazelnuts and some roasted oats perhaps

M - surprisingly smooth. almost not enough there.

D - i'm not a huge fan of hazelnuts. but this one was better than i expected.

11-15-2009 16:00:29 | More by xfactor9600
Photo of cbarrett4


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Clear, bock like appearance
S - Very prominent hazelnut nose with some roasted notes
T - Hazelnuts, oats, toast, spice
M - Good texture, medium+ body, low tannins
D - Surprisingly smooth and balanced finish


If you like hazelnuts, then this is a winner. It is a very nutty brown ale, sweet and rich with a good, long finish. Rather one dimensional though. =)

11-14-2009 21:35:37 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of m1ked


4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

Bottle from new beer distributors...got in before 5.... barely.

A- Pours a clear coppery red with an impressive off white head that is gone quickly but leaves sticky lacing everywhere. Thin hazey cap left behind.

S- Sweet caramel malts with unmistakeable nuttiness. I get a thin layer of milk chocolate in there too.

T- A sweet caramel base that is outshined by roasted hazelnut with a lingering nutty finish. Once again I get a touch of milk chocolate with light roast coffee creaminess.

M- Light bodied with a fine creamy carbonation.

D- I've had their hazelnut nectar which I remember loving. I am not sure if this is the same, but I love this Morimoto. Going to try pairing it with food.

11-08-2009 02:01:35 | More by m1ked
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Pours a deep saddle brown with a frothy head that does not stick around. There is visible carbonation and a good amount of sediment floating around, awesome! Caramelized malt is the first aromatic with softer tones of nuts, honey, and alcohol. A very diverse boquet. Creamy goodness across the pallet. Nice and quiet bitter finish to a nutty and sweet sip. The nectar and the nuttiness are all pleasantly present in this aptly marketed brew. The understated flavors in this brew from the coffee to the nuts to the sugars are all in perfect blend and lead to a very modest yet over achieving effort. Great wintertime brew to be eaten with my steak and squash.

11-07-2009 00:14:36 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of WCBCFrank


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Rogue's Hazelnut Brown is a perfect example of why Rogue is a great brewery. Hazelnut Brown pours a beautiful chocolate brown in a pint glass and fills with the aroma of toasted hazelnut and subtle notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Each sip is a dessert and begs you to have another. A champion beer.

11-05-2009 17:33:38 | More by WCBCFrank
Photo of bark


3.38/5  rDev -17%

The gigantic (no, really) head is pale brown. The clear liquid is dark brown.

The mild smell got notes of nut crème, a touch of wet dog, roasted nuts and a mild bitter flavour.

The first taste is bitter. Notes of nut crème, but much more dry than the "real thing". Some sweetness and a fine bitterness. Hints of wood. The aftertaste is dry with notes of hops, crushed hazelnuts and a touch of phenols/soap.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is a little sticky.

Not the explosion of sweet nuts that I had hoped for. Still a good brown ale.

11-05-2009 13:30:26 | More by bark
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

650ml bottle. I very much like hazelnuts, especially when paired with chocolate, which seems to be the promise here.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, creamy pale beige head, which leaves a thin, low-lying wall of lace around the glass as it kind of hastily recedes.

It smells of lightly toasted hazelnut, bready caramel malt, milk chocolate, mild cafe au lait, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, slightly oily roasted hazelnut, caramel cream, dry coffee, mildly bitter cocoa, and an indeterminate, but likely hop-borne dryness.

The carbonation is fairly soft, and generally innocuous, the body just a bit south of medium weight, and dime-store smooth. It finishes off-dry, the nutty character persisting well, and integrating more or less fully with the lingering malt and bittersweet chocolate notes.

Nutella, this ain't, however, the hazelnut extract offers a nice uptick to the decent base brown ale, in proportions that make it actually quite drinkable, as evidenced by my rapidly emptying glass. Oh, and good thing that I prefaced this all with that disclaimer: I do indeed freaking love hazelnuts, so it's a tad unfortunate that this offering is pushing 10 bucks a bottle 'round these parts.

10-31-2009 04:17:07 | More by biboergosum
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