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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,572
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 214
Gots: 415 | FT: 3
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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 gameface23
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish mahogany with a loosely formed light tan/off-white head.

S: Nutty hazelnut, roasted and toasted malt.

T: Warm nuttiness, a good blast of hop bitterness transitioning into a mild honey-like sweetness. It's earthy and warm, nicely balanced.

M: Medium bodied, but with a loose, spritzy carbonation.

D: A very nice offering from Rogue. Not really suitable for the humid and sweltering day that I drank it on, but it would be a great fall beer.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very rich dark red color. Head is 2 fingers thick and dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing. Doesn't seem to be very carbonated.

S - The smell is full of hazelnuts with a nutty molasses smell in the background.

T - Immediately when it hits the tongue, a strong sweet hazelnut flavor dominates. It's followed but a nutty malt aftertaste. The hazelnut flavor lingers forever.

M - Low carbonation and medium body, coupled with the sweetness of the hazelnut make this a relatively sticky mouthfeel, but nothing over the top for a brown.

D - Very smooth beer, because of the low carbonation is is easily drinkable, the only problem is how sweet it is making it slightly less drinkable, but that isn't too much of a detriment. Could still easily have a few bottles in a sitting.

Photo of TStron
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy medium brown with a ruby tint when held to the light. Has a strong fluffy head that has a light tan/off white head.

S - Sweet and nutty. Prominent hazelnut smell with a faint hoppiness.

T - Smooth and creamy with malt upfront followed by a strong hazelnut flavor and mild in hops. Light to medium body. A fairly sweet beer with versatility that could be enjoyed either with a hearty meal or as a dessert beer. Contains a bit of sourness that I didn't appreciate too much.

M - A little on the thin side. Smooth and well carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable. I could enjoy a few bottles. Very nice take on the nut brown ale with the inclusion of hazelnut extract.

Photo of Hoppensniffer
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one awesome beer. Very drinkable. Similar to Newcastle Brown and Robert the Bruce. I love this beer. Very good Hazel Nut taste and very smoooth! One of my favorites. Don't let the funky label keep you from buying this beer, it is awesome. Label does say it won an award for best Brown Ale World Champion, and I believe it. A+ rating.

Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had just heard about this on a podcast and I was curious. The hazelnut is really present but definitely not overwhelming. Perfect in the aroma and in the flavor. Not too sweet or nutty and not too subtle.

Medium brown color. Good carbonation. Biscuitty flavor. Nice hop and yeast flavor.

I'll have it again.

Photo of joesc230
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed drinking this beer. It's a dark redish color with tan lace. Very creamy. While drinking I notice a nutty, particular hazelnut taste with a very malty smell. Not too much carbonation. Very sweet, perfect compliment for a dessert. Would definitely drink it again...and again!

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Nice medium brown color with two fingers of off-white head that dissipated somewhat quickly into a small ring and left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet/malty with hazelnut undertones, and a little bit of earthy hops.

Taste: Pretty light. Some malts up front, and the middle and back of the palate are dominated by the hazelnut flavor, sort of like coffee with a bunch of hazelnut coffee creamer. Finishes up with not much hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thinner than I was expecting given the ABV, though there is a certain creaminess to it.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty smooth and is refreshing.

Final Notes: This beer just isn't really doing it for me, for some reason. I probably won't be buying it again, but it's not a bad beer either. If you're into hazelnut flavored stuff, you'll probably like this beer.

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

Stole this from the lady friend. Got tired of waiting for her to drink it.

Appearance- A nice chestnut color. Off-white half inch of head. Lingers impressively. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Some nice hazelnut. A little milk chocolate with just a hint of roast. Nice and malty. A little sweet smelling.

Taste- Follows the nose nicely. The nice roast notes from the malt are balanced by the sweet. Nutty. The hazelnut is nice but not overpowering. Just a touch too sweet,

Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Too sweet. It goes down easy, and is pleasant, so no big complaints.

If not my favorite style, a very nice example. I like what the hazelnut brings to the table.

Photo of roar1345
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer looks a little darker than your average brown ale mildly foggy. the head is an off white and has a decent retention
has a dark nutty smell with the hazelnut being prominent with a mild caramel scent
the taste is more complex than just hazelnut there is a blast of flavors the instant it hits my tongue and the hazelnut is brought out when it gets towards the back of my throat. it has a perfectly mild bitter finish
a medium to heavy mouthfeel which is what i prefer. this is probably one of my top beers and i could drink this stuff all night every night great job rogue brewery

Photo of bierguru
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow this beer is really good
the version i tried has Morimoto on the front label

the beer pours with a nice thick head that is very foamy

the smell of this beer is like a hazelnut chocolate
and because of this smell you really expect the beer to have a really sweet taste but it doesnt however it does have a slight sweet taste

Photo of NA1NSXR
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Looks brown and lazy.

Smell - Sweet, malty, and other brown ale smells.

Taste - Its nice. The hazelnut flavor is well mixed with other typical malty brown ale flavors. There is a very slight hop presence at the end. I didn't really get the overwhelming hazelnut other reviews talk about.

Mouthfeel - A bit fizzy on the tongue. Overall ok.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. on the underside of the bottle, printed in hard-to-see black ink: 011 D-1 1306 ? (hard to say for sure)

tasted in early june 2009

dark brownish amber. clear gemstone quality. 2-finger light tan head, fades to thin but constant layer. great lacing, especially further down the glass.

aroma: malty and... NUTTY! quite a blast of hazelnut. hints of roast, almost chocolate, but mostly that lovely blend of caramelized maltiness and hazelnut fragrance. touch of fruity apple esters, whiff of english hop. trace of phenols in back.

taste; woohoo! malty caramel and lots of hazelnut! like the syrup you add to your coffee. a creamy, nutty character. lovely. just touches of esters and phenols, with mild to moderate english hop bitterness to balance. elegant.

medium body but very smooth, w/ just a touch of astringency in finish. mild to moderate carbonation gives tingle, lift and creaminess.

Photo of Kala1073
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To tell you the truth, I was a little skeptical about this beer. Firstly, I am not a huge fan of hazelnut, and secondly, I thought the beer was going to be to sweet. Since a friend of mine offered it to me, how could I refuse free beer:) Pouring it into a tulip glass, a reddish brown color appearance to fill the glass. Putting the glass to my nose, the aroma was very nutty. I took my first sip and before I knew it, it was also my last sip, because I drank it all in one swig:) It was that good! I was pleasantly surprised because of my previous misconceptions about this brew! This beer will be a mainstay in my frig for a while!

Photo of andyfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost more of a deep ruby red than brown. Head reduced pretty quickly, but is lingering on the edges, with a nice skim.

Definitely smells of the hazelnut. Almost overwhelmingly so. Faint chocolate notes, roasty, almost burnt. I'm not really excited about drinking it at this point.

Hmmm. It is tasty, but almost tastes like frangelico light. If you like hazelnut, you'll love it.

Feels a bit syrupy, taste definitely stays with you.

Fo me, this would work as a dessert beer or night cap, but otherwise the flavor is a bit too much.

Photo of punkrkr27
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a foamy, 2-finger, off-white head. Lots of toast and nuttiness in the aroma. There is definitely a distinct note of hazelnuts and some floral clover and honey sweetness along with a bit of caramel and hay. The hops add just a touch of spice and pepper to the nose. The flavor again has lots of hazelnut character with hints of toast, cocoa, straw, clover honey, wild flowers, and caramel. The body is a bit thinnish with a little too much carbonation but drinks very nicely.

Photo of grittybrews
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a toffee brown into a Chimay chalice. Around a finger of tan head that receded to almost nothing.

Really excellent aroma of brown sugar, butter, and nuttiness. Moderate carbonation and a nice crisp mouthfeel (if a little thin). Initially sweet with malts, chocolate, and buttered caramel. A long finish of roasted nuts and very slight bitterness.

This is a great offering -- one of my favorites from Rogue. Nicely complex, it keeps you coming back for more without growing too sweet or heavy. The hazelnut flavor can sometimes tread close to "artificial", which keeps this one from earning a perfect score on taste.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice, medium slightly-hazed brown with a fairly-nice off-white head.

S: Definite nuttiness comes through along with some sweet malt; not terribly complex, but a really nice balance. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background.

T: Again, loads of nuts coming here. A bit distracting and not quite as clean as the nose was. This is definitely a bit one-dimensional, but not bad by any means.

M: Very nice and creamy. The nut flavors work well with the sweetness.

D: All a bit too much hazelnut, detracting a bit from the ultimate drinkability of this one, along the same lines as their Chocolate Stout.

Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber bottle. Rerating ;

Pours a dark clear shimmering chestnut brown ale in the mug with a puffy tan colored sticky cap which lasts and laces well.

Aroma as advertized : copious amounts of specialty malt and nuts with a wisp of sweetness and grassy hop notes.

Front side of this ale is a chew on big malts then a blast of roasted hazel nut and black malt roastiness is off set by a judicious amount of woody hopping...finishes lightly drying slightly bitter in a nutty-malty ambience.that lingers into the after taste. This is a nut brown with nuts...or at least nut extract!

Photo of losdizzel
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hey there everybody

This is an exceptional beer .
Cant go wrong with thiis one .
I suggest serve about 50ish degrees .
From start to finish very good taste , mouthfeel ,smell .

Smooth malty finish ,creamy head that stays with it .
Rogue nailed this one .

Cant wait to try it on tap somewhere .
Thats it for me have fun with this one

Carlos Davila

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

Pours a lovely, creamy head. Not super long-lasting, but nice.

Aroma reminds me of a bowl of cereal. Something like Barbara's Shredded Spoonfuls which we often have in our house. Not a super-aromatic beer.

Dark brown in the glass, had up the light lets a rich red color show through.

Cereal-reminiscent flavor (probably the hazelnut) definitely there in the initial taste that hits your mouth. Followed by carbonation, and a very pleasant toasted flavor.
A pretty clean finish after that.

One of the first brown ales I had was Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. Probably Newcastle around the same time. Have recently had Bell's Best Brown on tap and thought it was good. Smith's has remained my favorite. This might be at #2 now. Would like to do a side-by-side with this and Smith's.

This is complex enough to be interesting, and yet very drinkable.
I think I was put off by the inclusion of "nectar" in the name.

Worth a try if you're on a brown ale quest as I have been.

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

Dark amber with an eighth-inch, off-white head that thins out a bit but remains full.
Smell is toasty, bready malts, with some nutty caramel. Faint toffee and cocoa as well.
Taste is again toasty, bready malts. Hops come in nicely after, with some slightly buttery, nutty tones and faint caramel on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly clean, with a dry finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is very good. Great beer that goes down easily.

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

ST: Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Beautiful cloudy brown, a nice white head that dissipates pretty quickly, not much lacing.

S: A slightly sour smell, nutty, sweet, smells great.

T: Nutty explosion! Slightly sweet with a slight bitter finish.

M: Thicker feeling than it would seem, quite crisp, leaves you anticipating the next swig!

D: Very appealing, not too filling, i could drink quite a few of these.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Lazy Dog Cafe in Valencia, CA.

A - Color is a strongly brewed iced tea tone that came with no head. Very little lacing on this one.

S - Sweet malts, chocolate, hazelnuts.

T - Bittersweet chocolate mixed with toasted hazelnuts. There is a slight bitterness to this beer that is fleeting.

M - Leaves a slight coating feeling in the mouth. Good carbonation.

D - This is a very good beer. I had it with a hickory smoked bacon and blue cheese butter burger and it was a fine meal indeed. I would definitely get this one again.

Photo of meowmix
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a deep auburn color with a thick, lingering, cream colored head.
(A beautiful looking beer- 4.0)
It has a strong, yet deliciously pleasant, hazelnut aroma. This mouth watering aroma adds heavily to the overall flavor complexity of this beer.
(A delightfully aromatic beer- 4.5)
The taste is rich with hazelnut and a hint of bitter sweet chocolate. It has a slightly hoppy, but mostly nutty finish.
(A rich nutty flavored beer- 4.5)
Its a medium bodied beer with a mild amount of carbonation.
(Less carbonation would be more preferred- 3.5)
It has a fairly high drinkability that will most likely keep you craving for more.
(High drinkability- 4.0)

Overall, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a very rich and complexly flavored brown ale that is definitely worth trying.

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

650ml/22 US fl. oz bomber poured into a tulip pint glass...

A - Slightly hazy ruby red, brownish colour to the body. The caramel head is quite rich and frothy, leaving some pleasant lacing on the glass.

S - Hazelnuts is what I smelled right from the start. Some caramel, brown sugar, a faint hint of dark fruit, and some floral notes in the background. Quite a mild aroma, even for a brown ale, but it's pretty good still.

T - This beer has got a VERY pronounced hazelnut flavour, which is excellent and makes it stand out. Not very sweet, with some bitter-sweet chocolate and toffee notes. Very subtle dark fruit notes, and a touch of oatmeal (not sure why, but I could definitely taste it). Some bitter notes in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied. The carbonation was kind of crisp at first, but then it mellows down. Quite smooth, even creamy. No trace of alcohol (not surprisingly).

D - Good. This is a good American Brown ale. Certainly not the greatest, but the "hazelnut" component definitely did not disappoint and met all of my expectations.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,572 ratings.