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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,629
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 223
Gots: 462 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001

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
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Photo of tvv375ia
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice auburn with 2 finger head that faded away to a small cap with a little lacing

S-lots of hazelnut and carmel

T-much the same as the smell with some more toffee falvors added

M-a little on the light side for the flavors

O-really nice beer for dessert

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

A - Pretty clear, light brown color. Small to medium sized, foamy, tan head. Disappears fairly fast leaving just a little lacing.

S - Plenty of hazelnut aroma along with caramel. Some vanilla and hints of coffee/latte along with some cream. Fairly sweet with just a hint of nutty earthiness.

T - A lot like the nose. Really sweet tasting. Reminds me of a hazelnut latte. Sweet hazelnut and vanilla provide a flavor similar to the hazelnut syrup at coffee places. Hints of cream, coffee, and a touch of cocoa. There is a subtle earthiness but not enough to balance it out.

M - Medium body, low to average carbonation. Pretty creamy.

D - Good dessert beer that goes down easy. A little too sweet to want another right away. Not overly cloying but quite sweet.

Notes: On-tap at Sanctuary. Quite sweet and lots of hazelnut. I enjoyed it for what it was and it makes for a nice dessert or just kind of a sweet nightcap.

Photo of ely2000k
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Nice head, that dissipates after a moment, but a very nice pour. I didn't have much lacing, but otherwise, the beer is really nice to look at.

S- Nutty, coffee kind of smell. Smells like toasted malts, and reminds me of sitting by a warm fire.

T- Sweet, but not too much so, smooth, so smooth... mellow taste that manages to incorporate a little bit of slight hops, and give it a slight kick. Really complex and beautiful taste.

F- So smooth. Perfect carbonation. This beer is so smooth I could picture having one, and wondering where it went.

O- Love it. I think it's seriously a great beer.

Photo of Eramen
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful brown-mahogany colour with a one finger tan head which retains fairly well.

S - Very nutty, most notably hazelnuts, almonds, yoghurt and fudge.

T - The same nuts coming through, add vanilla, yoghurt, toffee, rounded out with some very distinct bready malts. The admixture of the said flavours make this a bit different and appealing.

MF - A little watery, but this only takes away from this beer a little, it's quite minor. Carbonation is light-medium.

O - I'm surprised I liked this one so much, but then again the Rogue brewery do conjure up such magnificent brews! Love it.

Photo of dbtoe
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is one great beer. I was a little surprised at how much I liked this.
22 OZ bottle poured into a pint
Look creamy dark brown not much of a head.
Smell pretty mild a little sweetness.
Taste really a great balance of malts and the hazelnut. What a tasty combo.
Feel is right on, not thick and not too thin.
Overall a great brown that I wish I had tried sooner. Even though I can get a local six pack for almost the same price as a 22 oz bottle of this, I’ll surely pick it up again.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bottle with my brother; poured into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a dark brown; a bit darker than hazelnut.

S: Roast Coffee flavours, no hazelnut here, but it definitely smells sweet.

T: Typical brown ale flavours. Hazelnut comes through in the middle. With the sweetness, you get a dash of Nutella, then the aftertaste sets in.

D: Good, easy drinking for the ABV; interesting concept and delivery.

Overall: Not a bad Brown, but much more potential. I feel like hazelnut is the perfect nut for this style, and it wasn't showcased enough. Still, I won't turn this down if offered, and I might buy it again.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep brown / mahogany tone while yielding a 1" frothy, beige head. moderate to below average retention; decent lacing.

nose is very nutty - one of the nuttier smelling beers in recent memory. secondary notes of caramel and maybe a hint of vanilla. very nice aroma.

flavor delivers hazelnut, caramel, vanilla, and a touch of coffee. very nicely done. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i like this beer a lot, great rendition of a brown ale. not my favorite, but tasty and not too filling.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue has done it again. What a unique fantastic brew and extra points for adding an ingredients list. Why don't all beers do this? The look is pretty basic brown and decent head. Where this beer shines is in the excellent malt base and perfect pairing of hazelnut. Nothing extremely complex and brilliant because it lets the balanced hazelnut taste be the star. Beer candy.

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

A - An amber-hued chocolate pour, vague translucence, with a sturdy two finger head that holds loosely together before falling back into the beer with no retention.

S - Tantalizingly sweet, rather than sickeningly. The hazelnut extract rides in with a touch of vanilla and baking spices. The chocolate malt is very prominent, as are toffee notes and toasty breads.

T - An astounding brown. Light toast, light spice, nutty with a hint of honey and vanilla. The chocolate notes are both prevalent and complex, riding with the bitterness. The hazelnut extract is just right, being a star player without overpowering a thing. This one finishes dry, with an aftertaste that makes you just want to keep the stuff on constant drip.

M - On the thinner side. Leaves the tongue dry.

Overall - It’s easy to agree with all of the awards and accolades this beer has earned. It’s an extremely well-crafted beer that hits the promised mark - hazelnut “nectar” - and avoids all pitfalls, such as being overly sweet, overpoweringly nutty, and so on. It’s a pleasantly complex beer with all the comforting qualities of a brown, as well as being unique (without being strange) and refreshing, in its way.

Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 21/9/11

A hazy reddish brown with a thumbs width of foam that quickly falls to a thin film that leaves a few random patches of lace

S some nuttella spread and faint milk chocolate, a little earthy, smells like a chocolate bar I want too eat

T as it smells but with a faint fruity aspect but its a little sour, very nutty for sure with a slight chocolate flavor too back it up

M somewhat thin but just enough bubbles too give it some life, flavors linger faintly for some time

O decent but I'm surprised its on the beers of fame list, tastes a little fake and I guess its from extract

not blown away by this one but still very easy too drink, if you like hazelnut this ones for you

Photo of zeledonia
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on the bottle, but I know it's at least 6 months old.

Pours a deep chocolate brown; light behind it brings out a reddish hue. One-finger light tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is, as billed, nutty and malty, with a shot of butterscotch. I like brown ales with a nutty presence, and I'm really happy with this one. Hazelnut smell is quite potent, and mostly the odor of shells. It's sweet and woody, and blends really well with the sweetness and dark fruits of the malts.

Taste is quite good, but it's a little less integrated than the smell. There are two flavor peaks, one from the hazelnut, and one from the malts. The hazelnut comes through a little funny, more like the flavored syrup than the nut itself. Maybe that's the sweetness talking.

Mouthfeel is excellent - medium-bodied, smooth and slick, carbonation is spot-on. Finish is long, sweet, and delicious.

This beer is really good, and one of the better brown ales I've had. Great malt base, sweet and with nice dark fruit presence. The hazelnut works really well with the rest of the beer. Delicious.

Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presently #9 in the American Brown Ale category here on BA.

Poured into my Cigar City snifter (one of my many).

A: Reddish-brown, with a slight amber hue when held up to the light, which gave it a luscious milk chocolate appearance.

S: As the name of the beer suggests, this smelled like hazelnuts.... along with a great undertow of Graham Cracker that was divine.

T: This is one of those rare treats that is easier to describe in term of food rather than beer: Hazelnut candy, toffee, and a caramel offering that was reminiscent of flan and/or creme brulee.

M: No booze detected whatsoever, the carbonation was rather high, but worked pretty well considering the rather light, fluffy feel of the beer overall. No lacing whatsoever.

O: This has always been one of my favorite brown ales and is definitely my go to when I'm in the mood for this style. Only ranked #9? WTF?

Photo of corylew
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one solid beer. Even without the hazelnut, the mouthfeel, density, taste and smell are all spot on with what you expect from an American brown ale. Then the twinge of hazelnut mixes with the toasted malts giving a medley of balance and flavor. Upon hearing the term nectar one would think this would be a sweet or heavy beer. It's not.

Photo of cooler4life
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful. Chestnut autumn brown. Slightly cloudy. 1/4 finger head.

S: Harmonious. Nutty, maple, sweet. The smell teases me with just enough to make me want to pursue.

T: Strong hazelnut influence initially, a tart twinge, then as it courses down the palate, caramel, toffee, and coffee.

M: This is a tightrope walk. On one side, the flavor encourages me to speak fondly, but on the other, the lack of overall mouth presence and carbonation sends a warning flag.

O: What better to accompany a Sunday brunch than some Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Pancakes + Breakfast Scrambler + Hazelnut Brown Nectar = Win

Photo of gojo1970
2.84/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After trying this beer, I realized that I actually had tasted some good beer in my life and this wasn't it. The pour was flat with the head disappearing in seconds and a disappointed few bubbles rising to the top from the center of the bottom of the glass. The beer in appearance was cloudy almost murky. Meanwhile, after tasting it the taste was as flat as its pour.

Ok, maybe I'm not being fair. The first actual drink or the beer was delicious but every one after that was "thin" referring to the consistency. I did get a slight note of hazelnut and what seemed to be maybe nutmeg.

The cost was really fair (6 bucks), you can tell they put know what their doing the beer was just a miss for me.

So with everything I've babbled on about, go out and try it for yourself and write your own review.

Photo of JayQue
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still enjoying my trip through the last 20 or so Beer of Fame Beers. This one pours a clear reddish amber with a medium size antique white head. The head fades to a covering of the glass. Some lacing.

Aroma is the strong point of this beer. Potent, sweet malts, vanilla and hazelnut extract. Very nice

Taste is not quite up the the smell in impressiveness but has all the same elements. Tasty, the hazelnut really perks up the Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Nicely carbonated, flavors blended very well.

I drank the whole bomber watching football. Great sipping beer with junk food.

Photo of cmq103
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour resulted in a nice 1/4" beige head that retired to a thin foamy ring. Decent lacing when I tilt my glass. A darker brown glow was present when held up to the light.

Smell: A relatively light aroma of roasted hazelnuts, a little bit of toffee, vanilla and hint of malt. I was expecting a lot more going on with the nose but I found it too light for my liking.

Taste: Malty vanilla sweetness, definitive hazelnut & toffee middle with an ever so slight bitterness on the finish. Wow, the taste was much better than the smell. I can see why this beer does so well in the ratings with taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy on the tongue with the perfect level of carbonation.

Overall: A very easy drinking brown ale with a lot of flavor. Rogue surely nailed the style with this beer. If I'm going to drink a Rogue beer over 6% ABV my preference would still be Dead Guy Ale.

Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a medium light brown with amber and reddish tones around the edges. Good carbonation, nice head with large bubbles that quickly dissipates. Average lacing that recedes fairly quickly.

S: Very strong smell of hazelnut, wood, vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. One of the most unique and appealing noses I've ever experienced in a beer, particularly in a nut brown ale.

T: Sweet hazelnut with a nicely balanced mixture of the aforementioned flavors and mild hoppy bitterness toward the end. The taste isn't quite as remarkable as the nose, but is still good.

M: medium bodied and smooth. Very drinkable. I could drink about as much of this as guy on the label. (A lot)

O: very unique within the style. Sweeter and more distinguished than any other nut brown ale I've had, which admittedly isn't all that many. I'll be buying this one again and I'd recommend you give it a try.

Photo of EricMichael
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Recieved from draft in a pint glass at a resaurant that opened less than a week ago.

Appearance - Clear brown in color with reddish hues and no head, possibly as a result of the bartender's pour technique - pun not intended. Carbonation fizzing up through the center. Light lacing that briefly clung to the sides.

Smell - Sweet nutty malts followed by hazelnut-coffee. Hint of floral hops. Earthiness of dark fruit. Smells more complex than it looks. Oh, and more malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Immediate hazelnut malt-goodness. Very sweet. At first sip, it seemed kind of ordinary, but upon taking in more and allowing it to roll on the tongue a lot of further depth of flavor emerges. Light carbonation that went well with the hops to balance the sweetness perfectly. Very smooth. Initially felt light, but has a medium weight to it.

Overall: This is a something I'd want as a session beer and openly proclaimed such, but it needs to be about 2% lower in ABV for that to happen. I wonder how much was missed out on from the draft pour. It was excellent in flavor and feel. Definitely a beer I'd go back for - probably the best American Brown Ale I've had.

Photo of adam42381
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours a very dark caramel brown with yellow-orange highlights and a 2 finger creamy light tan head which dissipates into fairly large bubbles. Nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted hazelnuts and and caramel with a touch of vanilla and butter layered on top of the mild mustiness I usually get from a brown ale.

Taste: Vanilla up front followed by hazelnut and sweet malt before ending with mildly bitter hops. Aftertaste is a mix of nuttiness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Finishing a bomber by yourself will be no problem.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. The hazelnut really adds a nice character to the brown ale style. I'd recommend giving this one a try.

Photo of pBRale
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown body, very little head (just a ring around the outside where the beer borders the glass).

Smell: Very inviting smells of creamy coffee, caramel, and soft nuts (almonds, hazelnut).

Taste: The taste is of nutty sweet malts, toffee, and more toasty nuts. The beer has a very smooth finish and a nutty aftertaste lingers well after the last sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, low-moderate carbonation, good feel, and VERY drinkable. Could easily drink several of these as they go down smooth and delicious.

Overall: Great beer to start my night; well-pleased with an outstanding beer from Rogue. Can't speak for the bottle, but if you get the chance to try on tap, it's a must-do!

Photo of Jimmys
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle.

A: a hazy, murky slightly reddish-brown. reddish creamy head doesnt exactly billow. reasonable retention. definitely not the best looking beer ive poured.

S: rich, creamy, hazelnut aroma. im kind of struggling to find anything else. not that it is a bad aroma, but rather one-note.

T: the nuttyness in this thing is awesome. not to be completely outdone there is a milk chocolate flavor as well. it really gives the impression of chewing on a decadent dessert chocolate with hazelnut filling. very unique and delicious.

M: moderate to full carbonation on a lighter-side medium body.

D: different for a brown considering the lack of roasted malt, but still very delicious brew. it's light drinking body makes it very quaffable.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany brown with a 1 finger butter colored head. Head reduces quickly with little to no lace to speak of.

Nuts and brown sugar/molasses nose.

Very toasted flavor with a prominent nuttiness from the hazelnut infused malt. Brown sugar sweetness and a crazy buttery/butterscotch thing going on. Nuttiness lingers in the finish. Lightly sweet overall, but maintains a fair balance.

Smooth, even mouthfeel.

Unique and enjoyable overall.

Photo of enzocc
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I was impressed when i poured the beer. nice brown dense color, almost going to dark red. Light head, didnt last to long.

S - not impressed at all. i was hoping a better kick of nutty essence. normal brown ale.

T - Roasted malt, with caramel. A light essence of nuts,(hazelnut? ). very simple flavor.

M - Clear, watery, light. very thin beer. light carbonation. easy to swallow and savory.

O - Good brown ale, but i was expecting more thanks the advertising behind the beer. I would try it again, but its not my favorite.

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

Tan-tinged garnet with off white film. Red liquorice and faint nut on the nose.
Raspberry jam and some brown toast and a sweet hazelnut finish and no hops that I notice. Medium, some chew, round.

Perfectly medium body and flavor. A substantial presence but still very drinkable. Just a bit too fizzy to be great. I could drink this all November.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,629 ratings.