Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales
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Ratings: 3,212 | Reviews: 1,323 | Display Reviews Only:
3.58/5 rDev -12%
Pours a deep brown with a hint of amber. Thick tan head and lots of lacing.
This beer smells like the name, Hazelnut. Some malt there, but pungently hazelnut.
The taste is like the smell with nothing standing up with the hazelnut flavor. Syrupy sweetness with some tannins in the finish reminding me of nut shells. The label says 33 IBUs, but I can't find it.
Thick and chewy beer, some decent carbonation.
Not too excited, but a good beer. Not my style, so this will probubly be my only one.
06-18-2008 23:18:17 | More by AlesALot
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
22 oz bomber. Really great amber-brown pour settles into a dark brown, slightly amber drink. Patchy lacing on the sides and overall creamy head. Aromas had a sharp, icy hints of chocolate, hazelnuts, cinnamon, toffee. Really rich and enjoyable to sniff. Taste is as good as it smells with a sharp aftertaste of the above ingredients. Good carbonation gives it a dry finish mixed in a creamy, milky-like texture. Overall, really, really good.
06-18-2008 00:30:28 | More by fitzy84
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
This offering pours a deep reddish brown leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is nutty, chocolate, toffee, fresh earthy hop aroma with a sweet overlay of more chocolate, nuts, and toffee. Nice nose.
The taste is very balanced on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, elegant chocolate, sweet sugary nuts, with a crisp carbonation that leaves you wanting more. This is a great session beer solid and very balanced.
06-16-2008 17:37:56 | More by Franchise
4.03/5 rDev -1%
A- Excellent color, but not much else going on to stimulate... A dark brown mahogany... Dark, but not quite opaque... Foamy head quickly disappears, leaving no lace...
S - Hazelnut is noticeable of course, but also toffee and a hint of coffee... Very malty... Buttery notes exist as well... Great smell, but wish it were a tad stronger...
T - Malt... Chocolate... Smokey flavor... Mild hops... Burnt popcorn... Nut flavor is subtle and doesn't dominate... Complexity comes in layer...
M - Rich and smooth... Medium bodied...
D - Excellent brew... Rich & complex, but not overpowering...
Looking at some of the other rankings, I feel like I'm doing this brew a disservice... I truly enjoyed it and thought the scent and taste were excellent, but a little subdued... I wish the scent and taste would have had a little more punch to it... That would have put it over the top...
06-15-2008 20:27:48 | More by philbe311
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured from a 220z. bottle
A - Pours a rich brown with a red hue, sort of mahogany color. It poured with very small tan head and little lacing, and not much carbonation.
S - Aroma of sweet malts and nuts, really nice.
T - Up front roasted nuts dominates the palate with some mild sweetness and malt flavor. There's also hints of coffee or toffee in there as well with little to no bitterness. This beer goes down really smooth and is well balanced.
D - It's a medium bodied beer that goes down smooth and it's very enjoyable. I imagine that I could probably drink a couple of the 22ozs. with no problem.
06-10-2008 23:40:41 | More by slatetupelo
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
Bomber poured into an oversized dogfish wine glass.
A: Very dark thick crimson build with a thin tan head that held on a bit. Little to no lacing.
N: Peeled nutshells, I guess hazelnuts but Im not too familiar with the aroma of that nut. Much more malts than hops. Distinctive good flavor of honey teddy grahams.
T: Not all that much in terms of nuts but much more unique coffee that I dont recognize in other beers. It was as if others had taste of roasted black coffee where this was more of the taste of coffee with a ton of cream added.
Unlike any other.
M: Grainy from the malt fibers that left it smooth and thick in the mouth.
D: A fun and tasty beer to drink. Easily drank this bomber and looking forward to more. Nice flavors.
06-10-2008 23:14:37 | More by marcpal
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
Opened a 22oz. tonight into a pint glass.
A...Deep brown in color with reddish hue when held to light. Very clear and with barely no head and no lacing
S...Immense smell of roasted malt with minor caramel malts filtering in as well. I can tell this is doing to be a flavorful one.
T...Can you say coffee? Initial caramel malt taste followed by tons of roasted malts that linger into a large sweet coffee flavor.
M,D...Perfectly carbonated and rather light. Exceptional dessert beer.
06-03-2008 02:13:42 | More by treyrab
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a bomber into a chalice style glass.
A: Pours clear, dark brown in color. Light lumpy off-white head that dissipates very quickly. No real lacing.
S: Very pleasant nut smell mingles with a nice malt complexity. No real hops detected.
T&M: A pleasing wave of nutty maltiness is foremost on the palate with a nice texture of fine carbonation. The flavors are smooth and clean, mostly malty but a nice balance of bittering leaving just the slightest edge of sweetness with the malt. Finish is a smooth easy nutty maltiness with a fading light malt in the linger. Very nice.
D: Incredibly enjoyable and very pleasant to drink. A fantastic example of what a brown ale should be. Highly recommended.
06-03-2008 00:38:44 | More by SIRIUS2
4.68/5 rDev +15%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
A - Poured a deep, dark leathery brown with sligh riddish hues. The pour produced a thick head of tannish foam that quickly subsided into a thin bubbly foam.
S - Smelled sweet and malty. definite nutty aroma with hints of graham cracker and almond chocolate biscotti.
T - Malty and buttery upfront followed by a big helping of delicious hazlenut with slight hints of chocolate. Like drinking a glass of nutella.
MF&D - Smooth and creamy. Easy drinking for such a medium/full bodied ale. I admit, I'm a huge brown ale fan, and this one is top notch. Due to the sweetness of this ale, I'm not sure it would make a good session drink, but then again I only had 1 bottle and it went down with great ease. I definitly need to get some more, much more of this stuff.
06-02-2008 01:28:17 | More by nasty15108
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
At judging for WCBF
A - Dark brown pour, with medium, mocha colored head.
S - Did somebody say hazelnuts? And medium-roast coffee malts.
T - Hazelnut, hints of milk chocolate, and medium roast coffee malts.
M - Gritty (but in a good way), smooth, and balanced quite well.
D - Wish I got to drink more. Too bad though...
05-30-2008 20:28:28 | More by MisterClean
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
I listened to Alain Planes play Chopin's "Preludes" while reviewing this beer the other night. I admire his playing of these 24 short pieces so much; his may be my favorite interpretation of all that are out there. For anyone who doesn't really understand what I mean, music is all interpretation. The music may be printed and the notes remain the same (usually) from performance to performance, but each musician will add his own feeling to the work. The same goes for brewing. Take Morimoto's Hazelnut Brown Ale from Rogue. There is a certain criteria for what it should be in order for it to fit into the brown ale category, but everything else is left up to the brewers. I was very pleased to drink this interpretation of an American Brown Ale. Poured into a large tulip glass. No freshness date.
A: It poured a deep, hazy red-brown color topped by a thick tan head with very tight bubbles which receded to a thick lace on top of the beer. When held up to the light, the color turned to a beautifully brilliant red-orange. There was minimal lacing.
S: The smell was disappointing. The odor was faint, and somewhat unpleasant. That may have been the hazelnut aroma that I didn't like, but I cannot be sure since I am not sure how hazelnut even smells. There was a nutty/chocolaty malt smell and barely any hop aroma.
T: I was astounded by the flavor of this beer! I totally didn't expect that, having just been let down by the smell. There was the nutty malt character with some hints of chocolate. Hazelnut flavor greets the tongue up front, and then resurfaces again in the aftertaste. There was low hop bitterness. This beer was full-flavored! One of the best brown ales I have ever had!
M: Medium-bodied with very smooth carbonation. It glided easily over the tongue and brought a slightly chewy sensation to the back of the mouth.
D: This is an AMAZING beer to go with food. The rich, big taste will hold up very nicely against many dishes. I am not sure that it would make for a good "session" beer, since I had a hard time finishing a 22 oz. bottle in one sitting. However, I will be drinking this in the near future, probably with a good roast chicken and mashed potatoes dinner.
05-29-2008 06:08:14 | More by MusicaleMike
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Not as impressed as I was with the bottled version.
Average brown ale appearance, slightly soapy head with not much volume. Not unattractive color, very rich. Good lacing definitely knocks the score up a notch.
The aroma seems very muted and a little weak. Mostly sweet, biscuity malt, with no sign of the hops or the hazelnut.
The flavor is just so good. A bit like a nicely flavored coffee in that it doesn't let the flavor overtake the drink. Toasted malt up front, slightly sweet, with a pleasantly full mouthfeel for style. Carbonation is excellent, and allows the hazelnut on the finish to expand on the palate and stick around, maximizing its usefulness.
Very impressive hazelnut character, mild and unobtrusive but inarguably present, it's a very nice piece of balancing work done by Rogue.
05-28-2008 05:07:44 | More by BretSikkink
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance was an nice thick brown look that made me anticipate it to be more flavorful than a comparable style like Newcastle.
Smelled very sweet and nutty. Smelled very good but not too beery (not a word but makes sense to me).
Excellent and surprising taste of almond nut and something quite sweet I ended up placing as being like brown sugar
Felt good on the tongue, a medium body that lingered a bit and left a roasted malt and nutty aftertaste.
Really enjoyed the beer and it made an impression on me. Normally stick with darker beers but this went well with food and alone as a desert beer. Recommend.
05-28-2008 04:48:20 | More by JordanC
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
A - nice dark brown with a hint of ruby, thin head with no lacing
S - nutty --not unlike a typical brown
T - really, really unique. Strong hazelnut taste... almost too much. .. but then again, it's so damn good. Some subtle chocolate as well.
M - buttery, buttery, buttery. Perfect carbonation. Goes down like a glass of milk.
D - very good. This is one dessert beer I could drink all day. It's truly unique.
05-24-2008 02:18:57 | More by apratsunrthd
4.55/5 rDev +11.8%
Nice nut brown color with a tan head. You can definitely smell the hazelnuts in it. I was floored by the hazelnut and roasted malty combination. Slight maple syrup flavor as well. all of this is ballanced with some nice noble hops. I had given up on brown ales as being to boring, but now I an prompted to go out an brew one for myself.
05-22-2008 21:21:51 | More by mhaugan
British Columbia (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
This beer smells like liquid nutella when it warms up. The nuttiness also comes through in the finish which has a hoppy dryish finish. This is a solid brown ale that has some real nuances in its flavours. Would love to have this with some BBQ or some baked beans.
05-21-2008 01:29:44 | More by canucklehead
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
Hazelnut Brown Nectar pours a deep nutty brown with a reddish hue to it, and a very nicely sized light light brown lid.
The smell is very nice. Sweet chocolate malts with light maple syrup and darkish fruits, and some significant hazelnut.
The body is medium with a good amount of loosely soft carbonation. Nice flavor, but not quite as good as the nose. A moderate amount bitter and sweet chocolate maltiness with a light darkish fruit sweetness up front, and a larger amount of roasted malts coming in next. Very pleasant amount of hazel-nuttiness and earthy hops.
Really a nice brown ale from Rogue. A unique version of the style well done.
05-18-2008 04:37:37 | More by Slynger
4.55/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance: Poured from the 650mL bomber into an imperial pint glass. The beer is, at first glance, brown, but when held to light it is brilliantly red and clear. The color is strangely appealing. The head is tan, and had somewhat poor retention.
Smell: Lovely malty aroma of toffee and roasted malt. caramel backbone holds up the beer while an oh-so-subtle balancing hop slightly rounds things out. Great aroma.
Taste: Chocolatey at first, and then fading into a beautiful array of assorted malts including a caramel note and cafe de leche, along with a very nice roasted not with a somewhat smoky character. Hazelnut is also evident in the finish with just a slight kiss to the tastebuds to let you know it's there. the hazelnut is not a big, in your face flavor, but just enough to add a nice unique character to this already satisfying beer.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A bit more watery than I was expecting, and not a strong point of this beer. Drinkability is very high - not overpowering, but at the same time very complex and flavorful.
05-15-2008 22:42:42 | More by BucBasil
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Rogue Ales Brewery
Transparent brown with reddish hues make up the color. There is a fast falling white head leaving no lace, but a thin foam ring forms around the outside.
Very nutty indeed, there is a trace of dark chocolate. Overall, the scent is an excellent roasted nut aroma.
Toasted nuts and malt fill the flavor up front. The flavor is consistent, then adding a slight suggestion of alcohol. This is followed by a sweet nutty finish balanced with a miniscule hint of hops makes for a very clean finish.
Light body with small amounts of carbonation. It is not watered down. However, it is not thick or chewy. I find it appropriate for the style.
One of the most nutty nut browns I have tasted. Can't chug it, but wouldn't want to. The bomber is enough to share, but, again, wouldn't want to. This beer is deliciously nutty and I will gladly polish it off.
05-13-2008 04:40:52 | More by Ben4881
4.83/5 rDev +18.7%
A: Pours a semi-opaque dark chestnut brown with a massive foamy, frothy head that falls to a thin blanket relatively quickly. Leaves patches of lacing on the glass.
S: Awesome aroma of fresh chopped hazelnuts and mild coffee with some faint hops in the background. Overall, a creamy hazelnut aroma. This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had the pleasure sinking my nose into. I could just sit and smell this brew forever.
T: Taste is very much like the nose, but not as pronounced. Smooth, creamy and full hazelnut. Sweet up front, with just a slight zing of bittersweet hazelnut sugars on the semi-dry finish that explodes with even more hazelnut.
M: Smooth as a babies bottom. Medium bodied, but slightly creamy with mild carbonation. Tingling carbonation on the tip of the tongue with each swallow.
D: Sorry to harp on the word 'smooth, 'but this is one easy drinking, tasty brew. I could easily take down a bomber or two of these puppies. Among the best brews from Rogue, hands down. Right up their with the three stouts and double IPA (which freaking rocks on tap, btw).
05-11-2008 00:39:07 | More by kasper
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
22oz. brown bomber with no dates poured into a pint glass.
A: Deep mahogany with a ruddy tint that allows a little bit of light to pass through. A nice 2 finger head forms on pour then recedes back to a constant lace layer.
S: The nose is loaded with malt, first and foremost. Hazelnut pulls a close second with a following of some other nuts, particularly pistachio, later.
T: Loaded with nuts again, hazelnut dominating with pistachio accents. The malts add and a nice complexity in the forms of coffee and bitter chocolate. Hops are in there, but in the background helping make this an extremely well balanced beer, but you have to like the nutty backdrop.
M: Perfectly choreographed, with its delicate carbonation balancing act with just enough body to justify it's 6.20% ABV.
D: Good end of meal beer. It's like that amaretto aperitif. I think the hazelnut would wear me down if I had more than one bomber in a seating.
05-04-2008 23:28:04 | More by FleeVT
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
From a big boy, 22 oz bottle:
App - Rich deep amber color, great clarity. Moderate sized white head with good retention.
Aroma - malty and lots of chocolate - very prominent. Some hop to balance the chocolate, but otherwise clean.
Flav - Chocolate malt at the start, like chocolate milk, without much of a hop kick in the transition to the finish. Surprisingly sweet, without much hop character. Close to a robust porter, but doesn't have the dark malt character. Could use a bit more hop flavor and character to round out slightly.
MF - medium body and carbonation. No astringency or other MF problems - quite smooth.
D'ability - Might be a bit too sweet, but an extremely smooth, pleasant beverage.
05-03-2008 23:48:59 | More by mpyle
4.03/5 rDev -1%
A Creamy light brown head, bright brown red body. very pleasing
S Hazlenut and very pleasing...really could not be better.
T Roasting Nuts. I did not say "roasted" nuts. There is a burning or recent burnt taste in there but not as much of the hazlenut that is obvious to the smell.
M full but not as full as I thought that it might be. Malty.
D good. I will buy this again if I see it. I would love to taste it on tap.
notes: good brown ale with pleasant hazlenut smell and an excellent appearance.
05-02-2008 02:52:43 | More by adamette
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a dark brown, with a fizzy off-white head, poor retention, no lacing.
S: Very nutty, sugary malts.
T: Light toffee maltiness, runs the show, not a hard caramel as brown ales can often have. The sweet hazelnut is there as well, as a light complement to the malt. All and all, a tasty, sugary brown ale.
M: Light on the palate, crisp, and smooth.
D: One of the better bottled ales from Rogue, in my opinion, definitely one I'll have again at some point.
04-30-2008 15:26:31 | More by Halcyondays
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Get this on-tap at The J. Clyde in Birmingham, Alabama. Presented in a pint tumbler.
A: A nice copper to dark brown with a great head that lasts long into the beer.
S: You get a little bit of roasted malt and coffee,but a lot of hazelnut. Smells amazing.
T: You guessed it, hazelnut. You get a bit of coffee, chocolate, and grains, but plenty of nuttiness. If you love hazelnut, as most Germans like myself do, you will love this beer.
M: Good carbonation with a little bit of a syrupy effect, but nothing to turn you off the beer.
D: It is mighty tasty. You can get in over your head like my buddy did during last years Magic City Brewfest. He never left the Rogue vendor and almost got sick off the combination of sweetness and the heat. Still a great beer, but not meant for heavy drinking. Savor this one, people.
04-28-2008 23:53:31 | More by everetends
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,212 ratings.