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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 222
Gots: 462 | 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 mrcarterxxl
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a five star beer

Rogue hazelnut brown nectar

A/P= pours a brown huge wit a off white head.

S= smells of hazelnuts, chocolate, maybe coffee.

T= hazelnuts, chocolate, malt.

MF= perfect carbonation

A good ass beer too bad it only comes in bombers and on tap,
i had the of these bombers this week simply delicious.

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

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, served in a standard pint glass.

A- Hazelnut Brown Nectar pours a dark reddish brown, it was brought to the table with very little head. Looks delicious.
A- Sweet, malty, nutty aroma. Hazelnut is obviously the most prevalent.
T- Sweet and nutty with a caramel malts. Somewhat bready finish. Overall the taste is very sweet, definitely a dessert beer. Seems just right for this time of year though.
M- Medium to thick bodied, kind of chewy.
D- It's certainly a dessert beer. Still though I found the last bit of the pint a little tough to get through. I think the sweetness started to get to me.

Photo of n00tz
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, almost reddish body. Plentiful carbonation, yet no head to speak of

S - Roasted nutty malts, just as expected. Slight molasses sweetness as well.

T - Delicious nutty malt, chocolates and light spiciness that I'll attribute to the Sterling hops. A dry alcohol flavor is present, but hides behind the forefront of flavors.

M - Medium body, carbonation tickles the tongue.. and leave a very roasted feel on the palate.

D - I'm actually in the mood for seasonal pies now. Pecan, Pumpkin, Walnut-chipped cheesecake. A delicious complement to the holiday food and cheer.

I had been holding of on getting this at the store until it was closer to the holiday season. I just wish this looked better, it wasn't unappealing, but it certainly didn't look like something I'd dive after.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer received from bobsy during autumn 2009.

A: Brown color almost caramel looking. Clear. The head is practically non-existent.
S: Roasted malts with some hazelnut in there.
T: Same as smell, however I did get some touch of honey.
M: Medium/Thin bodied beer. The taste disappear quickly in the mouth.
D: The drinkability is good for this one. Nice taste and well balanced.

Btw, it is very good with roasted meet...

Photo of biophiliadude
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into Pilsner Glass

Let it warm up and breathe a little bit.

A: Cloudy brown, red-orange hues in the light. 1/8 inch head that quickly dissolves into rivers of tan foam.

S: Waffle, caramel, honey, apple

T: Syrup, much more bready than I expected, slight caramel, slight hazelnut, and slight overall nutty malt.

F: Bubbles, abrasive

D: Too much bread for me, but an interesting take on the American Brown Ale.

Photo of July2Nov
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice reddish amber tone with a sliver of a head that soon dissipated, but left a nice lace around the rim.

S: Sure enough that's hazelnut in there. like opening up a can of nuts and getting a whiff of that nuttiness. Blends well with the sweetness hints of honey and caramel. Can't wait to taste this one, if the smell is any indication!

T&M: Smooth and mellow with that roasted, slight nutty taste. The combination of that nuttiness, along with the slightly sweet "honeysuckle" mellowness really brings this beer to the forefront. A great combination and one that i wasn't expecting to be this good. The mouthfeel on this one is so mellow, that it surprises you . Very easy on the palate!

D: I could drink this one all throughout the day and night. I can see sharing this one with people who don't normally venture much out of the beer aisle of your local grocery store. A nice gateway beer into more greatness out there. Rogue shines again.

Photo of Long813
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

G: Pint Glass

A: Reddish brown hazy body. Half an inch of head with poor retention leaving moderate lacing.

S: Roasted hazelnut, some sweet malts and biscuits.

T: Hazelnut taste is very prominent, with hints of milk chocolate.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Smooth sticky finish.

D: Interesting concoction here. It could use some strong flavours besides hazelnut though. The hazelnut flavour does come off as if it was just a flavour shot which is a little off puting.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark caramel color with a medium brown head that dissipates quickly and minimal lace left behind.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and caramel malt with hazelnut in the background.

Taste: Sweet and buttery throughout with a nutty background. Sweet and nutty hazelnut finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a higher carbonation. Refreshing, sticky finish.

Drinkability: A malty beer with an interesting twist that compliments the beer very well; the hazelnut could have been overdone or underdone, but it is well balanced with the brew. I could drink this all day and highly recommend it.

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

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Has a strong roasted hazelnut aroma (I compare it to hazelnut coffee creamer). Besides that, a little bit of roasted maltiness and a little breadiness.

Taste: Strong hazelnut flavors come out at the start. It finishes with a kinda chocolatey malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full-bodied with a kind of chewiness to it.

Drinkability: A really nice brown ale. Pleasingly complex. Another win for Rogue.

Photo of xfactor9600
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a nice light brown color with minimal head

S - you can definitely smell the hazelnuts in this one

T - Hazelnuts and some roasted oats perhaps

M - surprisingly smooth. almost not enough there.

D - i'm not a huge fan of hazelnuts. but this one was better than i expected.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, bock like appearance
S - Very prominent hazelnut nose with some roasted notes
T - Hazelnuts, oats, toast, spice
M - Good texture, medium+ body, low tannins
D - Surprisingly smooth and balanced finish

Verdict:

If you like hazelnuts, then this is a winner. It is a very nutty brown ale, sweet and rich with a good, long finish. Rather one dimensional though. =)

Photo of m1ked
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from new beer distributors...got in before 5.... barely.

A- Pours a clear coppery red with an impressive off white head that is gone quickly but leaves sticky lacing everywhere. Thin hazey cap left behind.

S- Sweet caramel malts with unmistakeable nuttiness. I get a thin layer of milk chocolate in there too.

T- A sweet caramel base that is outshined by roasted hazelnut with a lingering nutty finish. Once again I get a touch of milk chocolate with light roast coffee creaminess.

M- Light bodied with a fine creamy carbonation.

D- I've had their hazelnut nectar which I remember loving. I am not sure if this is the same, but I love this Morimoto. Going to try pairing it with food.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep saddle brown with a frothy head that does not stick around. There is visible carbonation and a good amount of sediment floating around, awesome! Caramelized malt is the first aromatic with softer tones of nuts, honey, and alcohol. A very diverse boquet. Creamy goodness across the pallet. Nice and quiet bitter finish to a nutty and sweet sip. The nectar and the nuttiness are all pleasantly present in this aptly marketed brew. The understated flavors in this brew from the coffee to the nuts to the sugars are all in perfect blend and lead to a very modest yet over achieving effort. Great wintertime brew to be eaten with my steak and squash.

Photo of WCBCFrank
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue's Hazelnut Brown is a perfect example of why Rogue is a great brewery. Hazelnut Brown pours a beautiful chocolate brown in a pint glass and fills with the aroma of toasted hazelnut and subtle notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Each sip is a dessert and begs you to have another. A champion beer.

Photo of bark
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The gigantic (no, really) head is pale brown. The clear liquid is dark brown.

The mild smell got notes of nut crème, a touch of wet dog, roasted nuts and a mild bitter flavour.

The first taste is bitter. Notes of nut crème, but much more dry than the "real thing". Some sweetness and a fine bitterness. Hints of wood. The aftertaste is dry with notes of hops, crushed hazelnuts and a touch of phenols/soap.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is a little sticky.

Not the explosion of sweet nuts that I had hoped for. Still a good brown ale.

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

650ml bottle. I very much like hazelnuts, especially when paired with chocolate, which seems to be the promise here.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, creamy pale beige head, which leaves a thin, low-lying wall of lace around the glass as it kind of hastily recedes.

It smells of lightly toasted hazelnut, bready caramel malt, milk chocolate, mild cafe au lait, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, slightly oily roasted hazelnut, caramel cream, dry coffee, mildly bitter cocoa, and an indeterminate, but likely hop-borne dryness.

The carbonation is fairly soft, and generally innocuous, the body just a bit south of medium weight, and dime-store smooth. It finishes off-dry, the nutty character persisting well, and integrating more or less fully with the lingering malt and bittersweet chocolate notes.

Nutella, this ain't, however, the hazelnut extract offers a nice uptick to the decent base brown ale, in proportions that make it actually quite drinkable, as evidenced by my rapidly emptying glass. Oh, and good thing that I prefaced this all with that disclaimer: I do indeed freaking love hazelnuts, so it's a tad unfortunate that this offering is pushing 10 bucks a bottle 'round these parts.

Photo of nickmv
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Has a dark appearance, not unlike a dark wheat ale or doppelbock. Smells definitely of hazelnut.

Taste: this is where I have to disagree with some other reviewers. Most noted an overbearing hazelnut taste, with a lack of coffee/caramel/chocolate taste. Mine tastes strongly of a porter or chocolate stout. Absolutely delicious. The hazelnut isn't too strong or weak; just perfect.

Other notes: not much head develops, but what little does, stays for a nice lacing

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Rogue Ales Public House on Union Street in San Francisco.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown. Two fingers of tan, coffee-like head dissipated to a thin lacing.

Smell: Cocoa, mocha, and cappuccino. Very enticing. It also has a nutty quality, which I can't put down but am guessing is probably hazelnut.

Taste: The bartender said it was sweet, and, yes, it is very sweet after the initial flavor hits. The hazelnut is much more prevalent, and the cocoa/mocha/cappuccino from the aroma is nowhere to be found. There is a touch a caramel hidden deep underneath.

Drinkability: This is a good, complex brew. It's too sweet for my tastes, but a great beer to try on a nice day in San Francisco. I asked the bartender if it was a brown ale, and he said it was. However, this is a style all it's own; a subgenre of brown ale.

Photo of clockwerk
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from that stylish brown bottle into a 22oz wine glass.

A - Nice dark mahogany colour. The kind of colour I'd like my floors to be. Good head formation with nice tight bubbles that sticks around for awhile until receding into a cap any sailor could be proud of. This is pretty beer.

S - Oh look Hazelnuts! But unfortunately it doesn't smell like hazelnuts it smells like hazelnut syrup. As in artificial. I picked up some other notes in there, but it was mainly hazelnut syrup.

T - Damn, there's a really good beer in there somewhere. It's hard for me to get past the hazelnut. Contrary to what Beers like Peche Mortel and Young's Double Chocolate stout have achieved by blending the flavours, however bold, to create a clearly defined palate, this beer seem dichotomous. There's a really nice Brown Ale I taste, and then there's a Hazelnut syrup. The flavours to be seem to be competitive rather than cooperative. It's hard to decide whether thats good or not because it's a tasty beer. I found it distracting.

M - Medium bodied and solid. Good level of carbonation for me. I found it very smooth and a little creamy.

D - The hazelnut was cloying by the end of the bottle for me. I usually don't think much of this category, but in this case there was something that really detracted towards the end. Not enough to bring down the flavour score, but enough to prevent a second bottle.

Notes: I think my review might come off harsher than intended. It just felt to me like the Hazelnut flavour was not well integrated into the profile, but the Brown Ale was solid, and the Hazelnut does taste nice for 7/8ths of it.

The only other issue I have with this beer is it's price. If it was something truly special, sure, I can see $6.15 for 650ml. When I can get La Fin Du Monde or Maudite for $5.40 for 750ml, I'm having a hard time making that choice.

Photo of SteveToronto
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

they say this beer is made with malt, hops, barley, water, and flavour?

Anybody know what 'flavour' means? I am guessing some sort of syrup or something they've added but I have no idea.

other that that it is a very drinkable beer. I've never had a beer like this before, and would probably have it no more than a couple times per year.

Photo of GitcheGumee
2.71/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. This is the first time I have tried this beer.

Appearance: It has a a very deep amber color to it. It looks quite nice in the glass. The beer has minimal head. A small amount gathered at the top of the glass, and settled quickly. This isn't what I picture a brown ale to look like, but it does have a nice appearance.

Smell: The beer has strong roasted malt scent. I did detect the hazelnut, but not overwhelming.

Taste: The first sip caught me a little off guard. This beer is much sweeter than I expectedl. It finishes with a nice roasted taste, which I liked. The sweetness negatively affected this beer for me. The hazelnut was very prominent, which was expected, but I guess I just don't like hazelnut in my beer. The 6.2% ABV is very well hidden...little to no alcohol taste whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: This beer felt very thin and watery. This is not what I expect in a brown ale. There wasn't very much carbonation, which accentuated the watery feel. Not much good going on in this department.

Drinkability: I could see myself buying a bomber of this once (maximum) per year. I can't say the beer is bad, but the sweetness, thin, watery aspects leave a little to be desired. One bomber was enough.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle. Pours a very dark red amber. Smells and tastes of hazelnut. Not bad, not great though. Easy to drink, but nothing special once again. After finishing the last of my bomber bottles of this, I grew more and more disappointed. Won't be buying this again.

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

Rogue hazelnut brown is wonderful from the start. I got a pint of this at the Yard house in Waikiki. It has a beautiful deep brown caramel color and a dark red color when held to indirect light. Nice frothy mellow head.

Smells very strongly of malt and nuts. Nice and roasty!

Taste is exceptional as well. It has a warming dark roasty and nutty taste that gets better as you drink.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and mellow. Just letting is wander on your tongue for a few seconds is blissful.

Drinkability is just right. Just the right mix of ingredients allows you to sip on it for hours.

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

Just finished my first round of midterms, so I decided to reward myself with this bad boy.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with really nice ruby red highlights. Just over a finger of light khaki head top this beer, leaving minimal lace.

I think I drooled a little when I first took a whiff of this beer. Smoooth, creamy hazelnut, caramel, toasted bready malts and a sweet hint of dark fruits.

Smooth, chewy hazelnut and bready malts up front followed by some roasted malts, dry chocolate hint and a subtle, crisp hoppy finish.

Perfectly balanced but a tad bit watery. An easy quaffer.

Overall, an excellent brew from Rogue. They never seem to let me down. Salivating inducing smell coupled with great taste and excellent balance. Despite its higher price, I would definitely buy this one again.. and again.

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

pours a hazy brown with a thin khaki head, and some lacing.

smells of malt, caramel, nuts, some spice, chocolate, a bit of coffee, and a roastiness.

taste is creamy and smooth, burnt toffee, brown sugar, nuts, some cocoa, and a little spice, ends tangy, and slightly bitter.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,628 ratings.