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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,345
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 178
Gots: 284 | FT: 3
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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 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
Photo of whtguitarguy
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

whtguitarguy, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheHammer, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of BatsforBeer
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BatsforBeer, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of mwrseeley
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mwrseeley, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of brystmar
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

brystmar, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

drtth, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of cloakNdaggar
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

cloakNdaggar, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of association330
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

association330, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
2.3/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

GRG1313, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of mrcarterxxl
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

mrcarterxxl, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Shumista
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Shumista, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of n00tz
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

n00tz, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

ZorPrime, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of biophiliadude
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

biophiliadude, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of July2Nov
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

July2Nov, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Long813, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mosstrooper, Nov 17, 2009
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,345 ratings.