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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,520 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,520
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 198
Gots: 368 | 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 keithmurray
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - chestnut brown with a frothy white head

smell - I just can't pick up much here, a bit of cocoa and malt

taste - this is much better than the nose, hazelnut, cocoa, malt are all bold

mouthfeel - light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, good flavors on this as the taste lingers really well on this, slightly sweet, but not overpowering, pretty smooth finish

overall - for the price, not the best value (~$6 for 22oz), but a good beverage worth trying

Photo of shand
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a fresh (has the Dare*Risk*Dream slogan around the neck) 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice red-brown color with two fingers of healthy head that retains well and leaves decent lacing. The smell is a serious hazelnut bomb. Hazelnut all over the place. There's a bit of chocolate and roasty malts too. The taste? Wow! This is absolutely astounding. The hazelnuts are so realistic, the slighly toasted nuttiness just comes through superbly, backed up by a bit of milk chocolate and some roasted malts. It all goes down amazingly smoothly, and leaves a wonderful nutty aftertaste on the tongue. This is a seriously superb tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is perfect, it's not too thick and has just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is top-notch as well, this is actually a beer that I'm glad is in large-format bottles, because drinking all of it isn't an issue at all. A seriously great brown ale that I highly recommend.

Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown, slightly reddish in highlights. Manila folder head on the beer is thick and creamy in texture. Just the slightest bit of lacing.
S- Well the hazelnut is definitely there, just a bit of a milk chocolate presence on the nose as well.
T- Good malt presence, slight roasted character, with milk chocolate being there. Hazelnut shows up strong, mostly in the finish. There is a slight mineral quality to it as well that I'm not particularly fond of, but this was really the only negative.
M- Nice rich smooth body to it. I would have liked to see just a bit more carbonation out of it, especially since it's a bomber, that by the end of the bottle it felt flat.
O- A good brown, with the hazelnut well added. Good to see a flavor addition contribute positively to the beer. A lot of people criticize PacMan yeast on these forums but I think it worked well here. Tasty throughout.

Photo of goldbot
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice medium brown color with ample tan head. Chocolate and hazelnut aroma with a touch of caramel and perhaps some roasted malt. The flavor is all hazelnut, with some chocolate and a touch of caramel. I didn't really get much hops in there other than a pleasant bitterness that helped to balance the intense hazelnut. Medium body but a bit thin mouthfeel. This was a good beer and I like hazelnut but I thought this had just a bit too much.

Photo of yesyouam
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a clear, red-brown ale with a yellowish white head that vanishes quickly. It has a nutty aroma that's a touch sweet. It's light and lively on the tongue. It leaves the mouth a little chalky and numb. It has lots of hazelnut flavor, not sweet nor dry. There is just enough bitterness to make it drinkable. There's a huge hazelnut aftertaste. It really delivers the hazelnut, but it's quite a stretch to call it a "nectar". This is OK, but mildly disappointing by Rogue standards.

Photo of kflack
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber.

A: Very deep honey color. 1 1/2 finger head that lingers. Nice and creamy.

S: Very nutty and sweet. Can't miss the "nectar"!

T: Slight hops in the finish. Not as sweet as expected, lots of roasted goodness! Strong hazelnut.

M: A little chewy.... but has an almost rootbeer feel to it. Very smooth.

O: A great brown, truly hard to match. I would love to try it on draft!

Photo of JayRey
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into Newcastle glass.

Appearance: copper/brownish color. Yields about 3/4 finger head the dissipates slowly. Frothy film sticks around throughout.

Smell: Very nutty and malty. Roasted nuts is the initial whiff and the most prevalent smell, with some slightly toasted malt in the background

Taste: Sweet upfront with a great hazelnut aftertaste. Many beers claim to be "chocolate" or "coffee" and such but fail to taste anything like their description. This beer genuinely tastes as advertised: hazelnut. A little bit of malt in the background with some chocolate undertones, but this is a true hazelnut beer all the way through.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth finish.

Overall: Definitely a solid brew. In terms of a" Hazelnut Brown Nectar", they definitely portrayed it nicely. Tons of nutty flavor and a solid finish. Would drink again for sure.

Photo of vandemonian
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar has an amber brown colour and a 3 mm head that fades quickly. The smell is all hazelnuts: sweet and earthy. The taste is slightly sour with earthy maltiness. The finish is a little sour too. This beer has a decent foamy texture. Overall, a very nice and interesting brew.

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

A: Opaque brown/black with a thick off-white head and some good linger.

S: Coffee, chocolate, nut, roasted malt

T: Semi-sweet roasted nuttiness up front, with some coffee and chocolate complementing it and it finishes with a little bit of dryness

M: Full body with good carbonation and a fairly smooth finish

Fantastic beer. Enjoyable breadth of flavors so everyone will find something they enjoy in there. I'll be back for more.

Photo of NYManc
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes from Jan 13, courtesy of infi
Dark copper that was opaque. Little to no lacing with little carbonation bubbles. Poured with a 2 finger head that retreated quite quickly. Looked like a tasty brew from my point of view. Smells of hazelnut like in my coffee. Subtle, but definitely there. Something that I took a liking to. Also there were a back hint of brown sugars and malts.
Upon drinking this, it was a blend of Hazelnut, brown sugar, malt and maybe a hint of spice thrown in. The aftertaste had a short stay. This was a very subtle kind of beer for me as I'm used to much more stronger flavors being in your face, but this is something I can really take a liking to. Light bodied and medium cabonation.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. No freshness dates or anything like that. Nice, painted label art.

Pours a very nice-looking, clear ruby-brown. Lace the color of the tan on the bottle art patches the glass sides un-sparingly. Smell is fresh, light roasted brown malts, with a bit of mineral and chocolate. Taste is clean and subdued. Hazelnut at the beginning, a bit of sweetness throughout. Finishes slightly bitter. Feels a bit tannic from the nuts and malts. Drinks good. A calm, easy-going brown ale.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy beer the color of brown shoe polish. The head is yellow and very bubbly like a fine sponge. I does rise a few fingers above the beer but faded to almost nothing.

A surprisingly nutty smelling beer, I know the label screened on the bottle says it's got a hazelnut aroma but this is way more pronounced then I ever expected. Think nuts slightly roasted in a pan with a touch of brown sugar and a slice of wheat toast crisping up. Very nice.

The taste is sweet and malt dominated with a heavy touch of that hazelnut extract flavor. It's a good combination that is a little on the sweet side but still very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation. Very good because more of that CO2 acidity would really distract from the flavors. The beer has a some weight to the body and is very satisfying to drink. A very fine beer from a brewery I've almost always been disappointed with. Tasty and worth keeping around.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,520 ratings.