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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,629
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 223
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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 xnicknj
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A - Deep mahogany and woody brown with minimal head and almost no lacing.

S - Tons of hazelnut, coffee, and toasted grains. Highly inviting.

T - Begins with plenty of nuttiness and roasted malts. An avalanche of crunchy hazelnut envelops the palate, followed by chocolate and some more coffee. Finishes smooth and clean, without much lingering flavor.

M - This is super smooth, with little to no aftertaste.

D - Goes down really easy, and before you know it, the bomber is gone.

This might be one of my favorite accessible brown ales of all time. With each and every sip, I just crave more until the bottle is finished. Great value and great taste for sure.

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

Interesting! I like hazelnut, and this was a hazelnut flavored brown ale!

Appearance: brown, cloudy, with amber highlights. Small light brown head, some lacing.

Smell: extremely mild. At first i got some hops, but as it warmed the hazelnut was the dominant smell.

Taste: sweet. Malty, nutty, and yes, hazelnut. The hazelnut was the strongest flavor but in my opinion did not dominate it. It blended together to be a tasty, unique-flavored brown ale.

MF/D: medium to full-bodied. A good tasty drink, but 1 glass was enough. A little too sweet to have a ton of, but a good brown ale. I might like this better in colder weather or with dessert.

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light brown color with a beige head.
Initial hazelnut in the nose with a light brewing spice throughout the aroma.
Starts off malty through the majority of the flavor with a spiced ending.
Solid hazel aftertaste, with malt, very short
Very easy drinker, maybe a little heavy for warm weather

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours dark brown with a creamy white head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin creamy ring and thick lacing.

S_Mostly hazelnut with notes of brown sugar and malt.Not a very strong nose.

T_Very clean hazelnut flavor.Carmel and brown sugar. Very nutty and cream. Solid brown.

M_Medium/full bodied. Creamy.

D_Perfect brown ale. Could drink well into the night.

Photo of StephenRich
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion the Rogue Brewery is one of the staple American craft breweries who have helped bring real flavor into this world of bland commercial beer, and pushed the boundaries of what is possible. Since 1989, or really 1988 (in a basement) Rogue has been crafting honorable beers and creating new and exciting examples in Newport Oregon. Rogue's beers are responsible for over 300 awards since opening, and with good reason.

I reviewed their XS Imperial IPA, which is one of their more limited and special edition brews, and also one of my favorites. But Rogue brews more than 25 regularly available beers! Thats incredible! One that we often have at the LCBO, and was one of the first to grace my lips is the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. And to tell you the truth, its been a while since I've had one, so I took advantage of the sunny day and walked to the LCBO Queens Quay to grab one.

One of my favorite things about Rogue is the way they label their bottles. Each bottle clearly indicates the ingredients used, brief tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, some of the brewing specifications, and also who the beer has been dedicated to. For the Hazelnut Brown Nectar:

Ingredients: Malts; Harrington, Klages, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Carastan 13-17, Crystal 70-80, Crystal 135-165 and Beeston Chocolate. Hops; Perle and Sterling. Specialty; Hazelnut Nectar. Yeast and Water; Rogue's Pacman Ale Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

Tasting Notes: A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Pork or Beef.

Brewing Specifications: Brown Ale, 12 degrees PLATO, 28 IBU, 75 AA, 9.8 degrees Lovibond, 6.2% abv.

Dedication: Dedicated to the homebrewer in each of us! The homebrewer who inspired this creation is Chris Studach, a friend of Rogue's resident wizard John Maier, who added a Northwest twist to the classic style by adding hazelnuts for the host homebrew at the 1993 American Homebrewers Association convention. Chris put the nut in nut brown!

Serve the Hazelnut Brown Nectar cool around 8C (45F). It is only 6.2%, so not rich enough to warrant cellar temperature, and the initial cold helps create a quenching and refreshing beer. It smoothly pours a rich amber brown beer with chestnut and almond browns shimmering in it. It is deep and wide showing a glimmer of dark gold, or even copper. A nice fluffy one and a half inch tan to cream colored head rises easily from the beer and holds its own very well.

The aroma is soft and soothing with light creamy nuts, cereal grains, and a complexity of many sweet malts which comes through as silky sweet and gently aromatic. The lightest touch of hops exist here also to give some balance to a malty sweet but creamy nose. Hazelnut cream is lightly noted also.

Gentle sweet malts open your palate easily with warm toasty and roasted malts and the mellow sweet sensation of nuts. The nuts come in gently bringing a smooth creamy mouthfeel, but moderate carbonation makes it very quick. I do wish this beer was less carbonated to let its natural smooth texture become more profound. Mild bitterness comes in the sides from both chocolate malts and hops - the malt lends some smooth bitter chocolate notes and the hops bring a clean and fresh aromatic palate-cleansing feel.

The beer is very clean and fresh and obviously brewed with expertise; the finish is exceptionally quenching with soft nuts again and chewy malts. There are no traces of alcohol or off flavors here, and overall you are left with a satisfying nut brown which is excellent on its own or with meaty dinner dishes. I actually love this beer in the summer in the sun. It is great with a picnic filled with hearty sandwiches, dark breads, cheeses and fruit.

Photo of Transatlantic
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice hazy brown color with a creamy inch head that dissipates with time. Lacing is pretty good as well.

S - Nutty, caramel, burnt sugar...can't say i'm smelling the hazelnut though.
Edit - But after first taste, the hazelnut shoots all through your nasal passages.

T - Very nutty, very caramel like, very sweet. There is a slight hop bitterness towards the back of the mouth, but it isn't very powerful. The hazelnut smell really kicks in through the nose.

M - Medium bodied, tastes stick to you very well.

D - This is overwhelmingly drinkable. If they weren't as costly as they are, i'd be downing these more often.

Photo of bogus564
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a large bottle at a local watering hole...

As I progress in my beer journey, I tend to learn a lot of things. A new thing I've learned is that where you are and who you're drinking with can have an effect on your enjoyment of a particular beer. It may taste better or worse based on your drinking buddy's opinion. Stay true to what you're thinking and feeling.

As you'd expect from a brown ale, it's delightfully dark brown in color. Surprisingly, it produced almost no head. Just because one characteristic doesn't meet your expections, it doesn't mean that the others won't. On to the smell test.

See? It smells great. The caramel scent comes in first, followed by hops, coffee and a nutty smell (I'd guess hazelnut). Oh, what a grand and glorious reviewer I've become...

On the bottle, fourteen different ingredients are claimed. Based on what I tasted, I certainly believe it. The combination of Pacman yeast and Perle, Sterling & Rogue Hopyard Williamette hops alone produce a terrific team of flavors that hit the tongue and palate nicely. There's your caramel flavor at first, then there's the hoppiness, then coffee and nuttiness. Very nice beer.

Mouthfeel is good - it's medium-bodied, with light carbonation and a reasonable finish. There's also a caramel aftertaste, which I rather enjoyed.

Go easy on this one - it's 6.2% ABV in a very big bottle. Good for a dinner party, especially if your dinner consists of beef.

Photo of hughesm4
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rogues Brewery.
a-poured at dark amber in color with a slight head that laced along the side of the glass.
s-holy cow! how many hazelnuts are in this beer? You now exactly what you are about to get into and your nose is just teasing your mouth.
t-initially tastes of nuts, switching to a sweet taste as the beer hits the back of your throat.
m/d-leaves a full feeling sweetness in your mouth that just leaves you wanting more. thoroughly enjoyed this beer, unfortunately so did my wife and she drank the majority of it. I recommend this beer to anyone.

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

A-dark brownish reddish with a khaki head
S-smells like whole wheat bread straight out of the toaster with brown sugar and nuts sprinkled on top
T- this is a malt explosion, oatmeal nuts vanilla ice cream and milk chocolate all meld together to create a tasty desert beer
M- thick smooth brew rolls over the tongue a wonderful feeling
D- i went through a bomber in 20 min wish i bought another one im certain ill be picking this up again. Go out and buy this one!
A great brew which people should be paying more attention to.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Deep medium brown with some nice ruby red highlights. One finger beige head with some decent retention.

Aroma: Hazelnut and roasted malt. There's some sweetness that balance the nuttiness and the slight smoky char really well.

Taste: Hazelnuts (obviously) and some nice light some notes. As in the aroma, nice balance of sweetness and nuttiness. Some astrigent flavors near the end, but a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with medium body, but the bottle I'm drinking is a little flat.

Drinkability: With the moderate ABV and nice clean flavors, I find this to be really enjoyable to have a couple of. Definitely does not meet the definition for sessionable, but I think I could have a lot of these in one sitting.

Overall, I find Rogue can be a little hit or miss, but I really like this beer. Definitely one of my new favorite brown ales. Definitely glad I picked one up.

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

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: dark brown in color, and nice lacing
Smell: loads of sweet bread aromas,
Taste: smooth medium body with loads of sweet nutty flavors.

Photo of Soonami
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given a bottle of Morimoto Hazelnut Signature Ale at a dinner club, but we didn't get to it so I ended up having it myself. This brown ale has a luscious brown color and fine carbonation. The smell is toasty like a freshly baked loaf of dark rustic bread. The roast malt flavor melded well with caramel and biscuity malt in providing a full flavored and bodied beer. Hazelnut was apparent in the aftertaste and helped to make a well rounded beer.

Photo of Landfill21
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nice dark red/amber color. Has a nice creamy head that leaves a lace down the glass. You can definitely smell the hazelnut when you pour it into a glass. Smells of vanilla are also present.

Taste is full bodied and has strong nutty taste with vanilla overtones. Very nice taste. Is kind of a heavier beer so may be tough to drink more than a pint or so.

I would recommend this beer. I can envision myself drinking these during the cold winters I am snowed in.

Photo of wcintula
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I saw this bottle with Chef Morimoto on it, and knowing my wife loves hazelnut, I figured I'd pick it up to try. Poured from a 22oz into three glasses that are probably better suited for pilsners, a nice one and a half finger foamy head erupted on top of a nice burnt amber, red highlighted body. My nhose picked up vanilla, oak and malt. There was very little hazel-nuttiness about this beer until I tasted it. Strong hazelnut in the back with not much else going on. I feel the smell was more complex than the actual taste of the beer. It was medium-bodied with medium carbonation and that warming alcohol sensation in the back. It's a kind of nice beer, but not my thing, not something I'd get hooked on.

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

A: poured a dark brown with maroon highlights with a half finger of head that left nice rings of sticky lacing down the glass after every sip.

S: there was definitely a nice creamy vanilla hazenut dominate aroma with hints of chocolate and oatmeal. It had a little brown sugar and maple syrup as well with faint sweet malt notes.

T: the. Vanilla and hazelnut also dominated the taste that also had maple syrup, brown sugar, and chocolate accents; very tasty brown ale.

M: the brew was light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a sweet and creamy finish.

D: very drinakble beer evn though it was a little on the sweet side but went really well pair with some crumb cake.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=22 oz bomber poured dark ruby red. opaque. tan, creamy head, no lacing

S=lots of malts. nutty. chocolate milk shake

T=sweet toasty malty. honey. touch of hops keeps the drink balanced. I was expecting it to be very sweet and sticky by the appearance and smell, but it really is subdued. Hazelnut really comes through at the finish and lingers on the palate. Very tasty nectar I must say.

M=very smooth, tantalizing carbonation. though a bit thinner that expected.

D=this is very drinkable. goes down easy. very refreshing for a nutty brown ale. Impressive

Photo of Offa
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rogue in Portland, this is good but not great. It has a strong hazelnut character and not much else, so it's great if you're into beer that tastes like hazelnut candy but not if you're not. As for me, I'm not a big hazelnut-beer person, but that said, it has a firm, clean hazelnut quality. The biggest problem is that I think the hazelnut should be one element adding to a complex whole, yet here it is pretty much hazelnut with the other elements just barely able to show themselves.

Dark brown with some red hint, it has a thin tan ring.

Aroma is hazelnut with a toasty hint.

Taste is hazelnut up front, then joined by some sweetish toasty maltiness and light earthy bitterness to balance. It's balanced, neither too bitter nor too sweet, pretty drinkable, and the character is, as said, clean and firm. However, the hazelnut definitely dominates, and too much in my opinion, rendering it rather one-dimensional, so I doubt I'll actually buy it again. Hazelnut to me can be good in beer if it is a slight additional element adding to complexity of a beer that does not overall taste like hazelnut.

Photo of Anthony1
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive dark ruby brown with a creamy beige head.
Roasted aroma with hints of vanilla.
Nicely nutty and toasty for a brown ale, but the seemingly artifical (and overpowering) hazelnut extract really impedes this brew. More fake vanilla than anything. It does not taste bad, it just tastes forced. A subtler approach may yeild better results.
Smooth and creamy in the mouth. But I can't get over the cream soda comparisons.
This is alright as a change of pace, but the bomber was too much for me. It just got too sweet and fake tasting.

Photo of jmich24
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

A: One finger light brown head. Rich brown color with red hues. Lacing and head retention is almost nonexistent.
S: Super malty. Nice sweet nuttiness. Hazelnuts smell great.
T: Again nice maltiness. Roasted, almost buttery nuttiness. Nice sweetness that isn't too overpowering with just a bit of bitterness at the end
M: Very low carbonation and medium to light mouth feel. Bit disappointing
D: Very drinkable @ 6.2 % abv. Great dessert beer after a nice meal.

Would absolutly love to try on draft.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint. 33 IBUs. This brew pours a deep and definite brown with a small layer of head. The aroma is magnificent: dark malts, caramel, brown sugar, and roasted nuts. The taste is even better: loads of brown sugar, toffee, maltiness, caramel, and yes, delicious hazelnut. What a delicious dessert!

Photo of drabmuh
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Beer is brown and mostly clear. Forms a decent sized head of small off white bubbles that leaves very little lacing on the glass. Looks OK.

Aroma is simple and has this roastiness to it.

Beer is medium to light in body and has an almost ash like backward flavor it. Carbonation in the mouth is minimal but the beer is quite drinkable. No aftertaste. All and all its an average uninteresting beer.

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Do your like hazelnut iced coffee? You will like this beer then. Had it on tap at the B. Brown smooth rich and creamy. These unique beers really blow my mind. Its really showing off in a good way and I love it. To brew a beer that tastes like an iced coffee is pretty cool. Skillz... so bold and tasty. For what the brewer is trying to accomplish, I really can't imagine better results. I still have yet to have a Rogue beer I did not enjoy.

Photo of charlesbyrd
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a glass mug.

A: Poured vigorously, the bottle gives up a mahogany-hued liquid with a short beige head. Lacing is minimal, and the color is quite beautiful. Sparse carbonation shows itself on the edges of the glass.

S: Malts are all over the nose of this one, along with an obvious sweetness. The hazelnut is not as apparent as I would've expected, although it lends a certain roasted aroma along with the darker malt.

T: Pleasantly sweet, with caramel and roasted malt being immediately noticeable. The hazelnut is much more available in the taste than the smell. Bitterness is at a minimum, but some hop bite is able to cut through the creamy sweetness.

M: Solid creamy texture on the palate, almost syrupy. It's a little thicker than other beers of it's style (Southern Pecan immediately comes to mind), which is a good thing. The beer is quite filling, but refreshing and enjoyable at the same time.

D: At first I thought, "I don't really think I like this one." The aroma was far to sweet, and it didn't bring enough nutty flavor to cut through the malt. The longer it sat, though, the more I was able to discern the rest of the flavors this beer has to offer. I would love to see this in stout form with darker malts. It would be like Ferrero Rocher in a glass.

Photo of LewisMartin
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Brown with just a hint of red. Monsterous 3 finger tan head which left plenty of foamy lacing.

S - Like a creme brule or a hazelnut toffee. Deep but not powerful.

T - Covered in hazelnut and coffee. A hint of chocolate but not overbearing. Almost buttery in its sweetness but not sweet.

M - Very very balanced. Just a hint of carbonation and not too heavy while still being bold.

D - Its medium sweet and not over carbonated. I would call this a great evening beer but not quite a session beer unless you are really into browns. A little sweet for that perhaps.

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

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - medium brown, slightly reddish tint. Thought it would be darker. Nice tan head, no lacing on mine once it dissipated.

S - smell is great on this one. Hazelnut dominates this one (I admit, it's my favorite creamer in my coffee, plus I've always got Frangelico on hand), but you also get maple syrup, molasses, toffee, even buttery aromas...I feel like I'm about to have a creme brulee or something, smell is totally dessert and in my opinion, the best part of this beer.

T - wonderful. Got this because I'm normally into heavier beers but wasn't feeling it today, and this was great. Not too sweet at all--smells like dessert but this isn't a dessert beer. You can definitely taste the hazelnut, but it's not too over-the-top. There's a bit of coffee in there as well, but it's not overly bitter. Deliciously malty.

M - delicious, very smooth. Carbonation is just right.

D - great. I won't have any problem putting away this bomber. Best brown I've had, I think. Not my favorite style at all (though now I want to try more), but I'd definitely drink this again when the mood strikes.

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