Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales
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4.03/5 rDev -1%
A- Pretty much what a brown ale should look like. Slightly translucent medium brown colored body that pours with 1/2 finger creamy tan head. Head retention is near perfect and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Hazelnut overpowers the smell. Mild hints of caramel and chocolate malt hide in the background.
T- Flavor is much milder than the scent. Hazelnut is still upfront but smooth chocolate and caramel malts balance in the background. Finish is consistent with the initial flavor with everything becoming more subtle for the swallow.
M- Medium-low carbonation and medium weight body. Goes down like a nice English brown.
D- This is a nice offering from Rogue. A great twist on an English Brown Ale-the hazelnut character matches the mildness of the style to take it one step farther. One I will definitely have again.
10-08-2007 00:51:36 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a beautiful brown color with a generous off-white head that lasted a while. Smell is both nutty and chocolatey. Taste is fabulous. Nutty and tastes of chocolate. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is great. Drinkabilty is good. This is one fine beer.
10-05-2007 22:03:09 | More by biggmike
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
Had this on tap in Rogue in SF, after a recommendation by the barmaid, and was pretty pleased.
The 'nectar' had a lovely warm brown colour to it, similar to weak coffee. The carbonation looked so-so, and the head was really nonexsistant, but I'm okay with that on a brown. The aroma was really nice:infused with a sweet caramel nose. I loved the taste because it was more complex than the average nut brown ale. The beer was sweet to start but then very malty with characteristic roasted, nutty flavor, and also it was slightly resiny. The finish ,which was a bit roasty, was mellow. The mouthfeel was light, and pleasantly seltzery-just enough, and also characteristic of most browns.
As far as drinkability goes, its a very very good brown, in my opinion and I'd definitely recommend it to people who enjoy this type of beer.
10-05-2007 03:15:40 | More by 1759Girl
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Got this on tap at the Yardhouse in San Diego, CA. Was served with a thin white head, that last about a minute. Cherry wood color in the body. Mild woody smells. i couldn't pick much else apart because i think i may have had a cold. Creamy frothy feeling going down with the post mouthfeel being dry. I would say the drinkability on this one is pretty high. They didn't go overboard with this one. Perfect for a brown!! Too many beer companies just go to the extreme just for the sake of being extreme. It was nice to have a regular great tasting beer for once. Was sweet till the last drop.
10-02-2007 02:40:13 | More by CU570M
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a dark brown with ruby hue. Foamy off-white head with average lacing. You can just barely see through to the other side of the glass.
Clean nutty scent with a very faint floral undertone. Quite nice and appealing.
Nice carbonation and medium body. Juicy malts, earthy, nutty, slight chocolate and a hint of lively saaz hops.
This is a good brown ale with some nice character. Well rounded and not overpowering. Rather, soft and malty and very quaffable. I don't think I could get tired of this, it's a solid brew.
09-28-2007 00:08:47 | More by ablaze
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
This is a great beer. Poured a rich head, about an inch, good retention. The beer is a dark amber or brown. Smells and tastes exactly as advertised. Hazel nut is clearly evident, and well done I will add. Sort of sweet, maybe a hint of caramel.
Its a pretty crisp mouth feel. Such a good beer, I would easily buy more of this if it were not so expensive. I have to say I have yet to be disappointed by a Rogue made beer.
This is well worth picking up.
09-21-2007 04:16:50 | More by andrewm190
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
Bought a 22 oz. bottle from the store. It poured a nice rich brown with a creamy head that did not last long. The nutty smell hit me right away. This beer had rich nutty tasty that was also slightly creamy. I could easily drink a few more of these and am now wishing I bought atleast one more bottle.
I highly recommend this to those who haven't tried it. It's become one of my favorites.
09-19-2007 02:09:45 | More by UFGUY2122
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev -1%
Nice deep, almost purple brown, a finger of smooth bubbles. Nose is crazy spicy, caramel malt. Taste is lots of toasted malt, bitter. Sweet, spicy malt, a touch of very light hops. Light dried fruit, prunes. Light sourness. A tasty beer, with toffee and roasted hints, with fruitiness as well. As you can see, this one's got tons of different tastes swimming around in there. Smooth body, full and creamy with fairly low carbonation. I really liked this one. One of my preferred beers from Rogue.
09-17-2007 17:53:12 | More by soupyman10
4.8/5 rDev +17.9%
Enjoyed this as my 2nd pint at the Issiquah Brewery outside of Seattle, Rogue bought out a few years back.
A - Dirt style brown with handsome head, courtesy of bartender "Beer Ninja" pouring it for me.
S - sublte armoa of hazelnut which i prefer rather than being over powered before I taste.
T - complexity at it's finest. While I'm a bigfan of New Castle, this showed me how great a Brown Ale can be with addtions.
M - Slippery and succulent.
D - As easy as breathing in air.
09-13-2007 17:53:53 | More by Brianmerrilyn
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach
One of Rogue's best in my opinion
Nice nutty dark brown ale
Thick off white head on this one
Great beer for the winter time I am sure
Strong smell with nice long-lasting taste
I am gonna buy some bombers of this in December
Worth checking out, maybe wait another month or two
09-10-2007 04:37:21 | More by Floydster
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured a dark, dark brown, with a tan head that quickly faded, leaving the beer looking rather dull and flat. But it smelled rich and nutty, and the taste is rich, creamy, almost like molasses. Very good. Too rich to have much in the summer, but probably great on winter nights.
09-10-2007 00:26:03 | More by porntipsguzzardo
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
A- Reddish Brown and kinda clear
S- Sweet roasted nuts with a little malty and hint of chocolate
T- Sweet hazelnut with a hint of nuttiness
M- Very smooth and little carbonation
D- I could drink a few of these. Very easy going down and very tasty
09-09-2007 18:10:25 | More by Bloop
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
A - Good deep brown color with a nice light tan to off white head that left a good sticky lace around the glass
S - Smells of the faint roasted malts and a nutty smell that is inviting
T - Very balanced and refreshing with a good malty taste with a hint of the hazelnut taste
M - I found it to be a little under carbonated and watery but overall very good
D - This is certainly a beer that I could have more than one of and enjoyed each sip
09-09-2007 02:28:14 | More by meechum
3.38/5 rDev -17%
Pours a medium brown color that is transparent most of the way. A bubbly tan head forms at the top of the glass. Smell is a nutty presence but mostly seems a bit off with some grain and corn type aroma. Taste does remind me a little bit of peanut butter. Mouth feeling is strange since this one is kind of watery and little carbonation.
08-30-2007 00:03:10 | More by genog
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
A- medium to dark brown color with a tan head and slight lacing S- nutty , nutty , nutty , definite peanutbrittle ( no, I didn't steal that from Durge ) , a little chocolate and toffee , toasted malts T- refer to smell M- watery yet a consistency that was smooth and oily but light? D- would love to try this with some Chocolate peanutbutter pie- very drinkable . Be sure to savor the smell , it is quite striking.
08-28-2007 23:38:33 | More by ohoove
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
A dark copper brown color brew with a full tan head and thick lacing. The smell is unbeilevable. A deep sweet peanut brittle just billows out of the glass with buttery highlights and a touch of chocolate detected. A beautiful smell that is good enough to eat. There is a touch of malt hidden in there too but it doesn't present itself much like beer. It just smells good enough to skip the drinking part! The hazelnut influence seems more apparent in the flavor of this brew but there is still plenty of that peanut brittle phenomenon. Sweet butterscotch and malt come through and there is a slight charcoal finish. Although there is a slick feel to this stuff it kept bugging me that it was pretty watery. These kinds of flavors demand more creaminess and body, and more carbonation would have helped as well. You could drink this pretty easily because it is fairly thin stuff but it is probably too sweet to get carried away with. It is a unique and tastey beer but I almost feel like it was a shame to drink away that great aroma, sort of how I feel about pipes/cigars. Anyone who is tolerant of, or enjoys sweet brews should try this. I would like to have it again sometime for sure.
08-28-2007 06:31:23 | More by Durge
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
I poured this into a pint glass.
A - Dark and slightly cloudy with a head about a finger thick. There was a lot of sediment in the bottle which I attempted to swirl out and pour into the glass. I got 2 small chunks of sediment which I removed, and there was still a decent amount of sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle.
S - Malt was the immediate smell with some nutty aromas in the background.
T - Tasted as malty as it smelled. A nice, smooth nutty taste. The hops were present more in the aftertaste than while drinking.
M - Nothing too spectacular here, just nice and smooth mostly.
D - I could drink one or two. I really liked the taste but would prefer switching to another beer after a short while. I've had this from a keg before and 2 was my limit.
08-15-2007 22:31:37 | More by dragonglen
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
A- A reddish brown color and clear w/ slight head
S- Kind of lacking in smell but hints of hazelnuts
T- Medium hazelnut taste throughout (starts and finishes the same)
M- Nice smooth consistency, medium weight
D- Fairly drinkable
Decently smooth beer. Not too strong w/ the hazelnut taste or smell but nice even hints of hazelnut throught the beer.
08-15-2007 03:49:24 | More by iceball585
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
Had this many times but never got around to reviewing it. It used to be one of my favorites when I first got into the micro scene and the cap was popped in NC.
Pour produces a medium brown body and a big, fluffy head that was gone somewhat quickly, leaving some lacing.
Smell is of sweet caramel, toffee, light roasted malts. Also somewhat nutty.
Taste is very interesting. Again, sweet, sugary caramel and toffee are present. The hazelnut if very present as well as candy corn, which I've always picked up in this beer.
Mouthfeel is somewhat light. Smooth though interrupted at times but a little much carbonation.
Drinkability is good. A unique take on a brown ale. Not necessarily the best out there but Rogue did a good job with this one.
08-11-2007 17:51:20 | More by ncvbc
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
On-tap at Which Brew in Easton, PA.
Came with low carbonation, but that made for a super smooth experience. There was big hazelnut in the aroma. If I closed my eyes, I would have sworn the nuts were floating in my glass. The flavor was a little more mellow and didn't rank as rich as some of my favorite browns. This there was a nice, sweet cocoa, maple syrup and nutty mix to the taste. Worth trying on tap, typically a better deal than buying a bomber.
08-05-2007 02:22:29 | More by tempest
3.58/5 rDev -12%
Pours clear reddish brown with thick head that dissipates quickly to 1/8" thick and eventually to a thin film. The smell is strong malt with a definite nutty overtone that comes across as an extract - so much so that I looked on the bottle ingredients and noted that they use almond extract. I feel that this is a little overwhelming both in smell and especially in flavor. The initial flavor is strong malt with notable hazelnut oil flavor. The malt is complex enough, but the nut flavor is a little over the top, in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with active carbonation. This is an interesting beer, but I prefer browns that are a little mellower and smoother. Rogue's is worth trying, but if I wanted a beer with this much flavor I would crack a different style altogether.
07-31-2007 23:33:26 | More by walshclimb
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
Finally got around to purchasing a bottle of this. Dont know why it took me so long, its like everywhere, I guess my priorities were on others..Anyway..
A - Poured a deep hazelnut brown with a small, maybe one inch tan head, Faded quickly and did not leave much behind. Some small residual glass lace, but nothing remarkable. Decent visible carbonation..
S - Roasted nuts and caramel, pretty straightforward but down very very nicely. A touch of roasted coffee as well. Maybe a hint of chocolate.
T - Very nice brown ale. Nice nuttiness and mix of caramel. Some light hop in the back. Good all around flavor, nothing really dominating. Some small coffee flavor again as I think about it.
M - A little slick, but nothing drastic. Decent feel though. Needed a bit more carbonation I think.
D - Totally sessionable in a big way. This was soo smooth you could drink it all night with no issues.
Overall this was a pretty damn fine brown ale. I have had better, but this is pretty damn good. Definatly worth checking out if you havent already.
07-31-2007 00:37:00 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass pours a dark brown color with a with a very small brown head. smells very nutty, malty and slightly sweet. upfront tastes of hazlenut and roasted malts then has a nice balance of spicy hop bitterness, a very tasty brew. mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very smooth. this is a very drinkable beer, definitley pick one of these up if you havent tried it yet.
07-27-2007 07:51:38 | More by jayfarley3
3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours dark brown with shades of amber, brilliantly clear with a thin head that lingers. The aroma is very nice malty, sweet, nutty with very little hop aroma coming out very characteristic of a nut brown ale. The aroma is complex but melds very well together no one element overpowers another. The flavor is very sweet up front, almost a little cloying which is why i docked it a little in the taste category. A lot of malty, bready, toasty notes in the flavor, also some roasty flavors come out in the back of the mouth. Medium bodied with some good carbonation to scrub the palate with the low level of bitterness. With all that said a very nice brown ale probably one of the best I've had, very complex only complaint is that it's a little sweet.
07-25-2007 21:55:42 | More by tigerdoc
3.53/5 rDev -13.3%
Out of a 22 oz. bomb, I got a very dark, amber color with a tan head that recedes rather quickly but laces well. I'm picking up malts and some nutty earthy tones in the smell. It tastes of nuts, caramel, toasty malts and there is a small bitter hop flavor at the end. Mouthfeel is decent, it is quite thick, about what I expected for the brown ale. Rogue has some better ones out there, but this isn't one to write off either.
07-13-2007 00:28:22 | More by chrhowe
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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