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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,060
Reviews: 1,320
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 140
Gots: 166 | 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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webmanspidey

Michigan

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

Light brown, with orange/tan head. Sweet smell. Maple syrup or molasses maybe. Taste is a bit of the same. Some sweetness and a little of the spices that I associate with fall (pumpkin pie, etc) Caramel as well. I bought this from a store whose stock I have found is usually a bit old. That might be the case here. It is still drinkable and smooth, but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 01:38:05 | More by webmanspidey
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TheTallOne

California

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

A: Dark brown with a faint tint of orange. Very thin head after a few minutes with spots of foam clinging to the glass. Minimal carbonation with very small bubbles.

S: Very sweet with a faint scent of nuts.

T: Sweet caramel start with a nutty finish.

M: Creamy with very little carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Great balance between carbonation and cream feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 03:37:37 | More by TheTallOne
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

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

Was surprised to find this at a local liquor store, it poured a deep brown, with a tan head that lingered for a while (I nursed this thing for about an hour and the head remained). Smell is malty, as is expected from a brown ale, with a definite hazelnut aroma present. This stuff tastes great, bold malty goodness with a hazelnut aroma, like a dessert in a glass. Goes down nice and smooth and certainly easy to drink, if not for the slightly higher than average ABV I would say this would be the perfect session beer.

A great beer, definitely a worthy addition in your beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 03:20:37 | More by funkengruven
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maddogruss

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from the local Bottle King.

A: pours a light amber/brown body with a small, tan head with some retention and ok lacing.

S: A caramel, hazelnut smell with slight, sweet, roasted hazelnut undertones.

T: A sweet, nutty taste with a nutty, caramel, roasted aftertaste with a subtle note of roasted malts and chocolate in the aftertaste.

M: A pretty good mouthfeel, but slightly overcarbonated. Still, a solid beer that is pretty nice.

D: A very drinkable beer. A great, smooth taste with a pretty complimenting mouthfeel. I would bet that this beer would be amazing on cask and hopefully I will get to experience it one day.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 03:34:57 | More by maddogruss
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear copper with a thick and dense foam.

S - Nutty with hazelnuts, bready and some fruit. Light toastedness.

T - Some hazelnut, but not as intense as expected. Bitterness is fairly hight and some fruitiness shows through. Strongly malty. Hints of coffee.

M - On the lighter side with a sharp carbonation.

D - Odd tasting combination. It's ok, but not something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 16:27:30 | More by allergictomacros
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kylephillips

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass

Pours dark reddish brown, kind of a caramel like color. Thick creamy head is tan in color. Head does not last long. Lacing on the glass is minimal.

The aroma is extremely malty and nutty. I can't really smell any hops over the breadiness of this one. It really makes me think of a can of nuts, which is not a bad thing.

Body is light and carbonation is medium. Initial taste is sweet, followed by breadiness. Aftertaste is a very nice malty flavor, which doesn't last long. Not much bitterness to this beer.

Drinkability is excellent! It goes down very easy, does not taste very alcoholic at all. The flavor is just complex enough to keep you interested, but easy enough to slam a pint at the same time. This is the third or fourth time I've had this beer, and it is quickly becoming one of my staples.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 00:38:26 | More by kylephillips
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riored4v

Colorado

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

Reviewed on 4/27/08

Poured into a pint glass. Thin head that dissapates int almost nothing. No real lacing to be seen. Body is clear brown w/ hints of ruby.

Smell of hazlenut, sweet malt and a very light hop presence. I love the smell on this stuff from hazlenut.

Hints of coffee, roasted malt and a mild hazlenut flavor come through on taste. Very mild hop aftertaste to help balance out the sweetness. Mildly sweet along w/ a slight nutty flavor along with a hint of chocolate.

Surprisingly pretty light in body. Medium carbonation.

Very good drinkability. Doesn't seem to get to be sweet and the hazlenut is a nice change of pace. My girl absolutely loves this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 22:27:40 | More by riored4v
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MBABJJ

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark and nutty. Red and brown with a big yellow rimmed head that sits for a bit.

S - Most nutty amazing smell thick aromas including some coffee and caramel

T - Clean and clear and then the nut follows. Expected it to be thicker and tastes a little watered down. With that said, I would drink this over a Newcastle anyday. Rogue is the go-to place right now for craft done mass.

M - Beer. Nothing more nothing less really.

D - All night and all day

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 22:01:54 | More by MBABJJ
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generallee

New York

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Its body has a deep dark reddish brown color with lighter reddish highlights. The head is big and foamy and has a nice light tan color. It also has very good retention and makes cool splotchy lace that is slick and slowly sides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is malty sweet, buttery and has an assertive nutty character.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a wonderful roasted and buttery smooth nutty character. It is mildly sweet and creamy with little to no hop influence. The finish is mildly sweet and creamy as well and it has a solid medium body. On the tongue it has a slick and silky smooth texture with soft carbonation.

Notes: This is a heavenly Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 22:14:02 | More by generallee
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

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

A nice dark brown colour with a thick tan head that hits the road quick.

Smells very nutty, malty and sweet.

I thought it tasted alright, nothing amazing, almost too sweet for my liking, lots of hazelnut and bready malts, with a subtle hint of hops.

Thin mouthfeel, an easy drinking beer, I don't know what all the fuss is with this beer, I thought it was an OK brown ale, that's it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 18:51:05 | More by GodOfBeer
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a rich tan color with ruby highlights and a two-finger head of light brown foam.

S: Smells quite sweet, with big doses of sticky, sweet caramel malt, a hint of cocoa and raisins, and a smack of sugary hazelnut.

T: Taste is sweet, liquid heaven. A delightful blend of roasted, nutty malts with a great big hazelnut flavor. This is complimented and balanced with a nice stride of spicy hop bitterness near the middle before finishing with a sweet, premium flavored coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and an excellent sipper.

D: The dessert beers of dessert beer. Great on it's own, and fantastic with the chocolate chip cookie I had with it. Very drinkable and quite a nice, lighter after-dinner beer.

With its liquor-like sweetness and great melding of hazelnut extract with a balanced blend of sweet-roasted malts and s bit of spicy bitterness, this is one world class brown ale. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 03:36:53 | More by Gambrinus1184
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bheilman

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is extremely cool to get a pronounced chocolate taste from a lighter beer like this. Extremely good, best on the menu in Philly. Matches very well with the middle and end of the meal, just enough flavors to be complex, but not enough totally dominate the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 04:21:21 | More by bheilman
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby color with a frothy everlasting head. The glass is almost entirely covered with patches of lace. Hazelnut, crystal malt and milk chocolate and black licorice fill the nose. The taste is complex and malty. Chocolate and hazelnut, reminiscent of Nutella spread, mixes with coffee and pacific NW hops. The finish is nutty and moderately bitter. The mouthfeel is creamy and very full bodied. Its like velvet on my tongue.

This is a fantastic beer. Sweet but not cloying at all, like a deliciously indulgent chocolate desert. Its packed with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 04:04:20 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
10/9/08, 1 pt 6oz bottle to a tapered bottom mug.
Reviewed as an "American Brown Ale - Dark Ale"
ABV=6.2%
A 4.0
Good Malty brown toasty color, mediocre 1 finger head, short head retention, mediocre lacing
S 4.5
Super nutty toasted malt smells, makes me feel like I am in a good bakery, hops are backseat but present
T 5.0
Roasted nutty/malt flavors, excellent smooth flavors but still complex, nutty sweetness well balanced with minor hop notes
MF 4.5 Medium+ on the body, semi slickness, malty on palate with nutty aftertaste
D 5.0
I tasted this with a buddy during a brew session and we both agreed on this as a 5.0. It's widely available always good and very unique. You have to try this one! A job well done by the folks @ Rogue! And thanks to CurtDoggYo! for the tasting sponsorship!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 20:44:22 | More by unclejimbay
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy god damn crap of the pope, who knew nuts could taste so good in a beer?

A- Semi-transparent dark brown with a bit of red and a 3-finger frothy Rogue head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S- Smells like toasty sweet malts and HAZLENUTS EVAPORAITNG ALL IN YOUR NOSE.

T- Taste is delightful in every aspect. Delivers everything I could have expected. Sweet, toasted sugary malts and hazlenut upfront and enough hops to tell you you're drinking a beer.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel that doesn't feel overly slick or sticky. Just chewy goodness and silky carbonation

D- Nectar, this is. And it drinks like a nectar. Quite refreshing

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:37:14 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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hegelec

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650 mL bomber into a nonic pint glass. Beautiful deep ruby/brown with a nice thick, offwhite head that isn't going anywhere. Great lacing. Gorgeous.

Aroma is deep and malty. Beautiful graininess, with obvious nutty accents from the "hazelnut nectar". Caramels and crusty bread. Subdued floral hops. Metallic notes. This promises to taste fantastic.

Beautiful balance between the bitter and the malty is obvious from beginning to end. Superlative. This beer is so nutty and roasty; hops are there but more for balance than for flavour. This is all about the grain and the nuts. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. Some alcohol spice is present, and the effect is pleasantly warming. The malt and hazelnut dominate the bittersweet finish. Awesome.

Medium bodied brew, with mild carbonation. This has a luxurious mouthfeel that is just sooo smooth. Drinkability is through the roof.

Great new take on the English brown ale style. Not the most complex brew, but really tasty. Try some now.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:19:38 | More by hegelec
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

A leather brown body with hints of ruby tints when held up to light. Good carbonation leads to a two-finger head that dies ever so slowly and leaves some sticky lace. Great malt smell, mostly sweet, with hints of toasted malts in the back. Medium-bodied and ever so creamy, this is one damn smooth and sweet tasting beer. It slides over the tongue and gives off all kinds of sweet malt flavors like hazle, chocolate, maybe something like caramel or honey, and it has a nice, dry roasted malt backbite that is subtle. Hops not really noticeable but it doesn't matter. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 01:52:46 | More by clayrock81
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface this by saying that nut ales, particularly the darker variety, are not my forte. However, with fall here and winter on its way it was time find out what all the fuss is about. So I picked up a decent sized bottle of Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar from the LCBO, waited for a nice cool fall day and sat outside on my deck under a patio heater - determined to find out why people love this stuff.

Wow does this beer ever look good. A deep and rich mahogany color - just beautiful! The head is an offwhite light brown made up of small bubbles.. but it fades quickly to a small blanket at the top of the drink. Smell-wise, there isn't as much there as I thought there might be.. however there is some nuttiness and roasted malts. The taste is a pleasant suprise though.. lots of rich and sweet roasted malt, nuttiness.. perhaps even a little bit of a coffee taste towards the end. It feels right on the tongue as well. Not watery.. not thick, but a well draped and lightly carbonated liquid. I have read reviews on other sites complaining that the drink is too sweet and I disagree. It's lightly sweet in the beginning but transitions well to a solidly complex and hoppy finish.

I think I could grow to like this. Not an every day beer but certainly fitting now that the cooler weather arrived. If you haven't tried Rogue yet - keep an eye out as this one won't let you down. I guarantee towards the end of your drink you'll be thinking only two words: yum, yum.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 19:10:17 | More by Ralphus
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's hard for me to rate this beer and not just praise everything about it. If you haven't had one, stop reading, get up and go get one. Its damn expensive and its worth the price

Pours a dark brown colour with no head

Smells like chocolate milk, expresso, peanut butter

Tastes like hazelnuts, malt, some hops in the background, creamy, finishes very smooth, very little bitterness

Palate is buttery, creamy, with a good fizzy carbonation. Good balance even in the mouthfeel

Very drinkable, even with all the flavour I can drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 04:03:24 | More by EatsTacos
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a reddish mahogany. Big tan, bubbly head.

Very nutty malt aroma with a molasses sweetness, sweet brown bread. Very nice.

Dark malt right up front with a real toasted brown bread character. Noticeable, but subdued, bittering hops kick in after a little bit, accentuated by a dry roastiness. Piece de resistance is the sweet hazelnut that dominates the finish. Not overly sweet, it comes across as a sort of hazelnut flavoured coffee.

Nothing bad to say about the mouth feel. Slightly creamy, great carbonation.

This is a fine, fine beer from one of my favourite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 23:15:10 | More by CanuckRover
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a nice surprise. Something different and enjoyable. This tastes a bit like hazelnut ice cream to me. It's sweet but not sickly I'm an instant fan. I wish I could find this on tap locally. A thick creamy head and a delicious flavour. I am in love with how smoothly this goes down. Sadly it will probably not come back to the LCBO once this shipment is gone.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 18:36:41 | More by shamus
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blakesell

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a beveled pint glass to accentuate aromas.

Appearance- Beer pours a reddish amber brown with a huge four finger high head of mocha froth on top that dies down fairly swiftly to a lovely murk across the top. Lacing is medium and lingers on the glass slightly.

Smell- This is the best smelling brown ale I have ever stuck my nose in. Hazelnuts, honey, and brown sugar leap at the nostrils firstly, then rich caramel malts, a slight hint of mango, there is a slight hint of noble hopping, but those hops are very hard to detect.

Taste- Creamy nutty sweetness with just enough hop biting bitterness to balance the beer beautifully. Good god this is a well made beer. Why the hell doesn't Rogue use this as their flagship beer and put this in six packs? It just doesn't make sense. That hazelnut, honey brown sugar taste is only amplified on the tongue and excellent noble hopping. Light diacetyl but it's definitely acceptable on this bottle.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, sweet, scrumptious, medium full bodied, highly carbonated.

Drinkability- This is excellent and drinkable and it is a pity that I never see this on tap anywhere with the amount of tap handles I find around here.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 00:10:13 | More by blakesell
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose on the beer is really sweat chocolate, like the taste of a chocolate wafer. There is also a small presence of the usualy maltiness from a brown ale. The beer is a very dark red/brown, with a good sized head and decent retention; a bit of lacing as well. The taste of this beer is like a beefed up version of the nose. It has the awesome chocolate wafer flavour mixed with a some more bitter chocolate flavours. The taste is quite sweet, but the bitterness balances it really well. The beer is middle of the road for mouthfeel, could be a bit thicker to go with the flavour. Somewhat drinkable because of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:33:19 | More by swizzlenuts
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glid02

Georgia

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

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh in Atlanta.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly nutty. There's also a sweet butterscotch aroma.

Tastes good. Sweet malts and nut up front ending with a mild bitterness. The butterscotch is also there, although not as intense as it is in the smell.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness isn't great, but it's by no means watery. Carbonation is just right, and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good, although the sweetness is a bit overpowering. The first glass went down easily, but I can't see myself having more than one of these at a time.

Overall it's another solid beer from Rogue. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 02:44:48 | More by glid02
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nicholasdes

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass from a 24 ounce bottle.

A: This beer has crazy head. It actually started bubbling out of the bottle when I opened it. The beer is burnt brown and very cloudy.

S: It smells like cold coffee with hazelnut which is refreshing for a beer.

T: It explodes with hazelnut flavor, very nutty underneath. Smooth finish but very sweet tasting with a long lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: A little creamy in your mouth, not as heavy as the cloudy color may make you think.

D: Not high on my drinkability list as the bitter after taste hangs long.

Very unique beer but not one I would drink much of. Great for tasting diversity in beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 19:25:07 | More by nicholasdes
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,060 ratings.