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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,287
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 173
Gots: 260 | 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:
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 hoplover82
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brownish deep orange color with a thin bubbly fleeting head with no lacing and little retention.

The aroma is full of nutty notes. I don't know if hazelnut would be my guess. It seems like toasted pecan or something to me. That's what it smells like to me.

And the flavor is the same. Very nutty and sweet. But with just barely enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet.

Full bodied and sweet but not cloying, with a ingering interesting light hop finish.

And this beer goes down so smooth and sweet, it makes me want another. Very nice offering indeed.

hoplover82, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, creamy and frothy off-white head that lasted for a good amount of time during drinking. Body is a brown color with ruby coming through when held to the light; mostly clear with just a slight amount of haze.

S: Very nice aroma of sweet melt, some nuttiness, and slight hints of milk chocolate.

T: Even better than the aroma. Sweet from start to finish, with bits of chocolate and hazelnuts coming through. Not sickening, overpowering... just nicely balanced and really enjoyable. Awesome.

M: Medium-to-full bodied and really creamy, with soft carbonation. Perfect on the palate.

D: Hell, yes, this is drinkable. Probably the best American Brown I've had, and you can bet I will have this beer again.

berley31, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of justincolts
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light but solid head, a dark brown, caramel coloring. The head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a think layer. Has the smell of caramel, malts, and maybe something like a raisin aroma. Upon tasting it has an excellent, light, solid, but not overbearing nutty brown, malty, caramel flavor. Very satisfying. Enough subtlety to not scare one off, but enough flavor to know its good. Very solid, yet not heavy mouthfeel. More of a sipping beer because of its complexity and quality, but go ahead and put a couple back.

justincolts, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown color with a tan head. The aroma is toffee and hazelnuts. The flavor is caramel with hazelnuts. There is also some chocolate in the flavor as well as some light hop bitterness at the very end. The aftertaste is nutty. Medium, semi-creamy mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at Fatheads recently was poured from a 22oz bottle ordered from the upstairs.

A - Poured a clear brown color with slight head.
S - I asked my friend what it smelled like and he said "mopwater" but I could smell the grain and malt but not too much nut.
T - Pretty ok Nut brown ale. Really wanted more nut with a title like "Hazelnut" but it was pretty good.
M - Went great with my "headwitch" very light and refreshing.
D - I may not have it again since I can think of a couple of nut browns that taste better but this one crosses the 6 percent ABV so that might have affected the flavor

DrDemento456, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and grain. Fits the style of American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and grain. Overall, a rich and complex beer. Cloying aroma but a nice addition of hops cuts that affect in the taste. I didn't get a lot of nut, but still very good.

Tone, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. The beer poured a red-tinged brown. The color's very nice, but the patchy, wispy ghost of a head is kind of distracting.

The smell was weak and underwhelming. I'm picking up some concentrated hazelnut, like the stuff the barista squirts in your coffee. A little malt. That's about it. It's weak, if harmless.

But then the taste makes me forget all about the weak smell. This beer shines where it counts. Up front is a malty, nutty sweetness. The middle is a hint of herbal hoppiness to balance. The finish is all hazelnut, which tastes more natural than it smelled. There's biscuit throughout, and a little woodiness.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, and the carbonation is low. I paired it with food, but I think it would have been better on its own. Still, this is a unique, delicious brew. Nice job Rogue.

CharlatanSin, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of taxguyjase
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - An oddly semi-translucent brown with a fine tan head - 3.5/5.0
Smell - Very mild with nuttiness and malt. From what I understand, this is a fragrant beer, but that wasn't the case with the one I picked up. 2.5/5.0
Taste - A rich, bold flavor with some (obviously) hazelnut and chocolate. There's some smoky nutty malt as well. You can get some sweetness out of this, but just a hint. 4.5/5.0
Feel - Silky, with a little crispness at the end. Definitely lighter bodied than I expected. 3.5/5.0
Drinkability - Loved the beer, but would have loved to had more detectable aromas. I would wager a second go around would correct this (hopefully) exception to the rule. 4.0/5.0

taxguyjase, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Kromes
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber/dark brown color with a thin off white colored head.

S: A very strong nut and malt aroma. Very aromatic, which you typically don't get in a brown ale. There is also a slight hop aroma.

T: Sweet roasted malt and hazelnut with a touch of earthy hop. The hazelnut really comes out in the finish along with a little bit of an acidic feel. I keep thinking I also taste a touch of chocolate and caramel.

M: About right on the carbonation and a full mouthfeel. The finish is really smooth.

D: Definitely one of the best brown ales I have had. Very drinkable.

Kromes, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of jazztoloc
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Honey, redish brown, mahogany. The color in this beer is so alive that it's like it's about to talk to you. This brew has the looks alright. Nice big, thick head and a wonderful lacing.

S: A lot of wood and hazelnut. You can really get the nutshell in the nose. Real strong and natural, the aroma is very complex but well defined at the same time.

T: You can feel in the mouth pretty much all that was perceived in the aroma. Nice balance between malt, hops, alcohol. Strong, pretty direct. Nice dry finish.

M: Nice body, medium carbonation.

D: Very, very high. I could not get tired of this magnificent brew.

Rogue is my favorite brewery from the USA, I think they do everything right and I think the don't follow trends, they just stick to doing what the do best. Make great beer with an awesome balance. And balance it´s really hard to get in this days, when brewers want to impact dramatically at all costs, sometimes.

jazztoloc, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of kshankar
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown pour with a tan head, good retention.

Aroma is nutty, chocolatey, sweetish, and generally incredible

Okay, so this beer has the following profiles working for it, balancing out quite well: there is a chocolate profile, then some nutty flavors, and a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is great. A bit "buttery", if you can apply that to a beer. Its not got a huge body, but its a certainly a rich bodied beer. And because of all these, its very drinkable.

Highly recommended

kshankar, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of hiikeeba
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a hazy brown with red highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Strong chocolate smell, some nut aroma. Very appetizing.

T - Sweet chocolate malts with a nutty mid note. Finishes with a hint on roast at the back of the throat.

M - Full bodied, and smooth

D - Very smooth and pleasant. Easy to go through several pints of this.

hiikeeba, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of niangelo
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sleeve. A creamy, off-white head and fine carbonation. This beer seems to be slightly viscous, with a ruby brown tinge.

Nice caramel, roasted malt, toffee and nutty tones on the nose. My wife makes a whole-wheat sourdough, and this smells like that; it has a nice deep fresh bread crust smell to it.

Mouthfeel is pleasing, not too thick, good for the style. Carbonation is balanced and not overwhelming. Tastes of nutty and malty tones, nice buttery smoothness and hops at the end. Blooms as it warms, and an interesting slight sour finish at the end. Round, warm, toasty.

Nice and drinkable. I didn't find the sweetness excessive like some other reviewers, that's just me. A nice comfy brew from Rogue!

niangelo, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of BostonBrewins
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear reddish brown with a white head.

S - Some nice aroma here. Sharp and nutty.

T - Flavorful yet subtle, nothing too aggressive here. Thats not too say it lacks complexity. Hazelnut blends nicely with toasty biscuity flavors. Sweetness is countered with some mild bitterness. Hazelnut flavor comes back in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth, perhaps due to the fairly low carbonation level. Like heaven in my mouth.

D - Excellent brew, very drinkable. A great example of a beer that is innovative yet true to the style.

BostonBrewins, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of inxy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful huge fluffy 2 inch light tan head, dies down semi-quickly but leaves quite a bit of foam on the glass on it's way down. Lacing is really just foam so far, but lots of it. Amber resin colored, held up to light it's stop light red. Kinda hazy, but not much visable carbonation at all.

Guy on the bottle looks like Mike Mogis. Very cool.

S - Sweet and creamy. Hazelnut monin syrup. Malty malt.

T - Hazelnut for sure. I used to be a Barista at a coffee shop, and it tastes like the hazelnut syrup we used for lattes, only better. Milk Chocolate, roasty malt, subtle chickory undertones. Hoppy sourness in the background.

M - Super creamy. Super smooth. Barely any prickle, which suits it nicely.

D/Overall - It's a great beer for sure, but I couldn't do it too often. I'm a hazelnut freak, and I seek out hazelnut ingredients in everything I consume, but this is too sweet to drink all the time. Don't get me wrong, the sweetness is very well balanced and I enjoy it thoroughly, but I'm afraid it could get old over time. Still, this is a great beer for special occasions and entertaining.

inxy, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a shaker, a ruby brown with burnt orange highlights, 2 fingers of head dropping to a thin but solid coating. Lots of fast bubbles.

Smell is a combination of sweet, toasted hazelnuts with pure, fres honey, like there's been honey drizzled on top. Brings to mind of the Southern Tier dessert beers with how clear & present the smell is. Burgeoning on too sweet, but wow! Some cinnamon. Like a Yankee Candle, my wife adds.

Taste not as impressive, but still admirable -- sweet malt with mild honey taste up front, moderate caramel, then make way for just enough hops to balance.

Medium-bodied, maybe a little on the sugary side but not sticky. A real treat, but one is plenty.

OneDropSoup, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright medium/dark copper. Head quick to settle.

S- Aromas of coffee cake with walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla glaze. Fresh-cracked hazelnuts.

T- Rich malt with a touch of sweetness. Nice lingering finish, which is where a touch of hops take the stage. Great flavor.

M, D- I applaud the restraint of hop bitterness in this brew, which is a big factor in its pleasant drinkability.

I have experienced some variability in this offering; some are very hazel-nutty, others reveal only faint hints of hazelnut but are significantly more roasty. All were good in any case.

WhiteOak, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours deep red/amber. Head dissipated quickly even with an aggressive pour. Some lacing.

S: Lots of hazelnut, a little bit of hops. Love that hazelnut smell.

T: Tastes even better than it smells. I love the taste of hazelnut, and I like brown ales, so Rogue definitely delivers on this one. A brown ale seems to be the perfect "hazelnut delivery system."

M: A little thin, but the carbonation was good.

D: I usually like American Brown Ales, but there's something extra special about this one. The big hazelnut taste only adds to a beer that goes down really smooth. Buying another bottle of this on my next beer run.

DoppleJock, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz to an imperial pint

A: Pours a brilliant copper mahogany. Mostly clear. A vigorous pour produced a beautiful 2-finger tan head the reduced somewhat rapidly to a tan crown but did leave foamed laced initially. Truly a stunner.

S: Roasted nuts and malt dominate the aroma with light toast and undertones of dark fruit

T: Hazelnut and toffee upfront with a deep roasted malt and chocolate mix. Toast and charred wood give a bitterness along with citrus hop and fruit sweetness.

M: Creamy with good carb initially. Carbonation dissipated through the session. Slick on finish leaving a syrup texture on the back of the palate.

D: Light bodied and somewhat full flavored for a brown ale.

Overall, I was immensely looking forward to this beer and in some respects it disappointed. The charred flavor left an unpleasant bitterness on the tongue with the malt and nut character being overwhelmed. I'm usually impressed by John Maiers exploits but this one was a letdown.

BehindtheFinBrew, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle on 1-12-2009

awesome appearance with a toasted nut and woodsy character to the nose

similar taste with a slight malty characteristic, the hop notes don't come thru till the back of the mouth and follows through smoothly

me and my g/f are rogue nation members, we go there everytime we are in portland international airport, in downtown at the public house and cant wait to go to newport, OR to get it at the source!

rogue nation!

PhiGDeltaBrewman, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 22oz. bottle.

A - Pours a light brown bright color with some nice reddish hues very attractive. There is a nice .5 inch head that is off white and recedes pretty quickly.

S - Nutty and sweet malty goodness up front. Mild alcoholic esters and hints of nut-bread (Duh). Not too much hop character in the nose but the desert like quality and smell is so appetizing. Brown sugar and some chocolate come to mind as well.

T & M - Wow! Very nice mild roasted malt flavor with faint hints of coffee. HAzelnut everywhere. Otherwise it taste like chocolate cake with nuts sprinkled all over. So smooth, creamy and delicious. The creaminess is surprising since the beer itself is pretty light bodied. Refreshing even as it is sweet and desert like.

D - Very high with lower ABV and light body

JoEBoBpr, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of kansasjohn
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is simply a wonderful beer. I knew that when my conservative family failed to praise the beer that I had an obvious winner. They just don't know the difference between what is good and what is bad. I am generally not a nut brown fan, but this changed by mind about what could be done. Based on recollection, this one won an award. Deservedly so!

kansasjohn, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I've had many times but never written up a review for. It's a go to choice for some of my friends so a bottle was shared yesterday evening.

A: The pour is a perfectly clear light brown color with a nice off-white head.

S: Very, very nutty. Hazelnuts dominate the aroma and some nice notes of toffee, chocolate, and lightly roasted malt are present as well.

T: This beer is always such a good choice. A rich hazelnut flavor is the star of the show. There's also a wonderful creaminess to the beer which you would never expect. There is also some sweet malt and toffee flavor, but the beer doesn't get too sweet at any time.

M: A medium body with moderate carbonation. There's also that nice creaminess that I mentioned earlier.

D: Every time I drink this I remember why it's such a popular pick. A wonderfully easy drinking beer and great flavors that the beer geek or casual drinker can appreciate.

womencantsail, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of backfat
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excited to try this one. when i had the money to purchase a dessert like beer and i was in the rogue section, hands down im buying the epic chocolate stout, so i was happy when this was brought to our sunday beer taste. appearance was a cloudy dark brown, not too appealing. nose of sweet hazelnut and a grain cereal. taste is crowd pleasing, about what you think in a good way. sweet honey, malt, toffee, walnut. great balance and mouth-feel. can't wait until it's around again

backfat, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Dark in the room so I'm skipping right to the aroma and taste of this beer. The tastes and aromas are in tandem so I'm reviewing by simply by saying that the malts and hazelnut flavor of this beer are perfect. Not too over the top. Just perfect enough to satisfy and keep you yearning for more. The hazelnut flavor is beautiful. Simply beautiful. Makes me want to buy a bagel and load it with hazelnut cream cheese for a perfect pairing. Exceptionally tasty and easy to drink, sooo smooth, just a really amazing and delicious brown. Awesome.

KickbacksSteve, Dec 28, 2009
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,287 ratings.