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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,656 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,656
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 226
Gots: 482 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 3,656 | Reviews: 1,374
Photo of CharlatanSin
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. The beer poured a red-tinged brown. The color's very nice, but the patchy, wispy ghost of a head is kind of distracting.

The smell was weak and underwhelming. I'm picking up some concentrated hazelnut, like the stuff the barista squirts in your coffee. A little malt. That's about it. It's weak, if harmless.

But then the taste makes me forget all about the weak smell. This beer shines where it counts. Up front is a malty, nutty sweetness. The middle is a hint of herbal hoppiness to balance. The finish is all hazelnut, which tastes more natural than it smelled. There's biscuit throughout, and a little woodiness.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, and the carbonation is low. I paired it with food, but I think it would have been better on its own. Still, this is a unique, delicious brew. Nice job Rogue.

Photo of taxguyjase
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - An oddly semi-translucent brown with a fine tan head - 3.5/5.0
Smell - Very mild with nuttiness and malt. From what I understand, this is a fragrant beer, but that wasn't the case with the one I picked up. 2.5/5.0
Taste - A rich, bold flavor with some (obviously) hazelnut and chocolate. There's some smoky nutty malt as well. You can get some sweetness out of this, but just a hint. 4.5/5.0
Feel - Silky, with a little crispness at the end. Definitely lighter bodied than I expected. 3.5/5.0
Drinkability - Loved the beer, but would have loved to had more detectable aromas. I would wager a second go around would correct this (hopefully) exception to the rule. 4.0/5.0

Photo of Kromes
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber/dark brown color with a thin off white colored head.

S: A very strong nut and malt aroma. Very aromatic, which you typically don't get in a brown ale. There is also a slight hop aroma.

T: Sweet roasted malt and hazelnut with a touch of earthy hop. The hazelnut really comes out in the finish along with a little bit of an acidic feel. I keep thinking I also taste a touch of chocolate and caramel.

M: About right on the carbonation and a full mouthfeel. The finish is really smooth.

D: Definitely one of the best brown ales I have had. Very drinkable.

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

A: Honey, redish brown, mahogany. The color in this beer is so alive that it's like it's about to talk to you. This brew has the looks alright. Nice big, thick head and a wonderful lacing.

S: A lot of wood and hazelnut. You can really get the nutshell in the nose. Real strong and natural, the aroma is very complex but well defined at the same time.

T: You can feel in the mouth pretty much all that was perceived in the aroma. Nice balance between malt, hops, alcohol. Strong, pretty direct. Nice dry finish.

M: Nice body, medium carbonation.

D: Very, very high. I could not get tired of this magnificent brew.

Rogue is my favorite brewery from the USA, I think they do everything right and I think the don't follow trends, they just stick to doing what the do best. Make great beer with an awesome balance. And balance it´s really hard to get in this days, when brewers want to impact dramatically at all costs, sometimes.

Photo of kshankar
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown pour with a tan head, good retention.

Aroma is nutty, chocolatey, sweetish, and generally incredible

Okay, so this beer has the following profiles working for it, balancing out quite well: there is a chocolate profile, then some nutty flavors, and a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is great. A bit "buttery", if you can apply that to a beer. Its not got a huge body, but its a certainly a rich bodied beer. And because of all these, its very drinkable.

Highly recommended

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

A - Pours up a hazy brown with red highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Strong chocolate smell, some nut aroma. Very appetizing.

T - Sweet chocolate malts with a nutty mid note. Finishes with a hint on roast at the back of the throat.

M - Full bodied, and smooth

D - Very smooth and pleasant. Easy to go through several pints of this.

Photo of niangelo
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sleeve. A creamy, off-white head and fine carbonation. This beer seems to be slightly viscous, with a ruby brown tinge.

Nice caramel, roasted malt, toffee and nutty tones on the nose. My wife makes a whole-wheat sourdough, and this smells like that; it has a nice deep fresh bread crust smell to it.

Mouthfeel is pleasing, not too thick, good for the style. Carbonation is balanced and not overwhelming. Tastes of nutty and malty tones, nice buttery smoothness and hops at the end. Blooms as it warms, and an interesting slight sour finish at the end. Round, warm, toasty.

Nice and drinkable. I didn't find the sweetness excessive like some other reviewers, that's just me. A nice comfy brew from Rogue!

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear reddish brown with a white head.

S - Some nice aroma here. Sharp and nutty.

T - Flavorful yet subtle, nothing too aggressive here. Thats not too say it lacks complexity. Hazelnut blends nicely with toasty biscuity flavors. Sweetness is countered with some mild bitterness. Hazelnut flavor comes back in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth, perhaps due to the fairly low carbonation level. Like heaven in my mouth.

D - Excellent brew, very drinkable. A great example of a beer that is innovative yet true to the style.

Photo of inxy
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful huge fluffy 2 inch light tan head, dies down semi-quickly but leaves quite a bit of foam on the glass on it's way down. Lacing is really just foam so far, but lots of it. Amber resin colored, held up to light it's stop light red. Kinda hazy, but not much visable carbonation at all.

Guy on the bottle looks like Mike Mogis. Very cool.

S - Sweet and creamy. Hazelnut monin syrup. Malty malt.

T - Hazelnut for sure. I used to be a Barista at a coffee shop, and it tastes like the hazelnut syrup we used for lattes, only better. Milk Chocolate, roasty malt, subtle chickory undertones. Hoppy sourness in the background.

M - Super creamy. Super smooth. Barely any prickle, which suits it nicely.

D/Overall - It's a great beer for sure, but I couldn't do it too often. I'm a hazelnut freak, and I seek out hazelnut ingredients in everything I consume, but this is too sweet to drink all the time. Don't get me wrong, the sweetness is very well balanced and I enjoy it thoroughly, but I'm afraid it could get old over time. Still, this is a great beer for special occasions and entertaining.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a shaker, a ruby brown with burnt orange highlights, 2 fingers of head dropping to a thin but solid coating. Lots of fast bubbles.

Smell is a combination of sweet, toasted hazelnuts with pure, fres honey, like there's been honey drizzled on top. Brings to mind of the Southern Tier dessert beers with how clear & present the smell is. Burgeoning on too sweet, but wow! Some cinnamon. Like a Yankee Candle, my wife adds.

Taste not as impressive, but still admirable -- sweet malt with mild honey taste up front, moderate caramel, then make way for just enough hops to balance.

Medium-bodied, maybe a little on the sugary side but not sticky. A real treat, but one is plenty.

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

A- Bright medium/dark copper. Head quick to settle.

S- Aromas of coffee cake with walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla glaze. Fresh-cracked hazelnuts.

T- Rich malt with a touch of sweetness. Nice lingering finish, which is where a touch of hops take the stage. Great flavor.

M, D- I applaud the restraint of hop bitterness in this brew, which is a big factor in its pleasant drinkability.

I have experienced some variability in this offering; some are very hazel-nutty, others reveal only faint hints of hazelnut but are significantly more roasty. All were good in any case.

Photo of DoppleJock
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours deep red/amber. Head dissipated quickly even with an aggressive pour. Some lacing.

S: Lots of hazelnut, a little bit of hops. Love that hazelnut smell.

T: Tastes even better than it smells. I love the taste of hazelnut, and I like brown ales, so Rogue definitely delivers on this one. A brown ale seems to be the perfect "hazelnut delivery system."

M: A little thin, but the carbonation was good.

D: I usually like American Brown Ales, but there's something extra special about this one. The big hazelnut taste only adds to a beer that goes down really smooth. Buying another bottle of this on my next beer run.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz to an imperial pint

A: Pours a brilliant copper mahogany. Mostly clear. A vigorous pour produced a beautiful 2-finger tan head the reduced somewhat rapidly to a tan crown but did leave foamed laced initially. Truly a stunner.

S: Roasted nuts and malt dominate the aroma with light toast and undertones of dark fruit

T: Hazelnut and toffee upfront with a deep roasted malt and chocolate mix. Toast and charred wood give a bitterness along with citrus hop and fruit sweetness.

M: Creamy with good carb initially. Carbonation dissipated through the session. Slick on finish leaving a syrup texture on the back of the palate.

D: Light bodied and somewhat full flavored for a brown ale.

Overall, I was immensely looking forward to this beer and in some respects it disappointed. The charred flavor left an unpleasant bitterness on the tongue with the malt and nut character being overwhelmed. I'm usually impressed by John Maiers exploits but this one was a letdown.

Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle on 1-12-2009

awesome appearance with a toasted nut and woodsy character to the nose

similar taste with a slight malty characteristic, the hop notes don't come thru till the back of the mouth and follows through smoothly

me and my g/f are rogue nation members, we go there everytime we are in portland international airport, in downtown at the public house and cant wait to go to newport, OR to get it at the source!

rogue nation!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 22oz. bottle.

A - Pours a light brown bright color with some nice reddish hues very attractive. There is a nice .5 inch head that is off white and recedes pretty quickly.

S - Nutty and sweet malty goodness up front. Mild alcoholic esters and hints of nut-bread (Duh). Not too much hop character in the nose but the desert like quality and smell is so appetizing. Brown sugar and some chocolate come to mind as well.

T & M - Wow! Very nice mild roasted malt flavor with faint hints of coffee. HAzelnut everywhere. Otherwise it taste like chocolate cake with nuts sprinkled all over. So smooth, creamy and delicious. The creaminess is surprising since the beer itself is pretty light bodied. Refreshing even as it is sweet and desert like.

D - Very high with lower ABV and light body

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

This is simply a wonderful beer. I knew that when my conservative family failed to praise the beer that I had an obvious winner. They just don't know the difference between what is good and what is bad. I am generally not a nut brown fan, but this changed by mind about what could be done. Based on recollection, this one won an award. Deservedly so!

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

Another beer I've had many times but never written up a review for. It's a go to choice for some of my friends so a bottle was shared yesterday evening.

A: The pour is a perfectly clear light brown color with a nice off-white head.

S: Very, very nutty. Hazelnuts dominate the aroma and some nice notes of toffee, chocolate, and lightly roasted malt are present as well.

T: This beer is always such a good choice. A rich hazelnut flavor is the star of the show. There's also a wonderful creaminess to the beer which you would never expect. There is also some sweet malt and toffee flavor, but the beer doesn't get too sweet at any time.

M: A medium body with moderate carbonation. There's also that nice creaminess that I mentioned earlier.

D: Every time I drink this I remember why it's such a popular pick. A wonderfully easy drinking beer and great flavors that the beer geek or casual drinker can appreciate.

Photo of backfat
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excited to try this one. when i had the money to purchase a dessert like beer and i was in the rogue section, hands down im buying the epic chocolate stout, so i was happy when this was brought to our sunday beer taste. appearance was a cloudy dark brown, not too appealing. nose of sweet hazelnut and a grain cereal. taste is crowd pleasing, about what you think in a good way. sweet honey, malt, toffee, walnut. great balance and mouth-feel. can't wait until it's around again

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Dark in the room so I'm skipping right to the aroma and taste of this beer. The tastes and aromas are in tandem so I'm reviewing by simply by saying that the malts and hazelnut flavor of this beer are perfect. Not too over the top. Just perfect enough to satisfy and keep you yearning for more. The hazelnut flavor is beautiful. Simply beautiful. Makes me want to buy a bagel and load it with hazelnut cream cheese for a perfect pairing. Exceptionally tasty and easy to drink, sooo smooth, just a really amazing and delicious brown. Awesome.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep red brown. Aroma is of hops and bits of nutty and caramel notes. Flavor is of alcoholic hazelnut and caramel. These flavors come through other nutty undertones that are not consistent with hazelnut. Really good to drink. Nectar is a good word for it since it is rather godly.

Photo of TheHammer
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a nice deep, dark brown that boasts good carbonation. Produced a thumbs worth of head that did not lace or sustain though.

Smell: Unsurprisingly the strong smell of hazelnuts dominates the nose. A nice toffee and chocolate background also makes an appearance. A little more balance, could be present but it's a minor complaint. That and I'm catching a slight chemical whiff.

Taste: Starts with a light walnut and hazelnut taste that turns to a more toffee malt with even more hazelnuts that builds into a nutty bitterness. I honestly expected it to be a bit sweeter then it is, and a bit more diversity could be present but it's still solid.

Mouthfeel: Leaves an unsurprising hazelnut aftertaste with notes of chocolate. The carbonation is a bit oddball on this one, as it really makes it's presence known at the start of the beer.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink, but isn't quite sweet enough to be a desert beer, which is what I think they were going for on this one. I don't think I'd drink this on a daily basis but it's still good.

Final Thoughts: A good beer worth trying, despite it's flaws. Really, I think this would go good with sweeter foods as strange as that may sound.

Photo of BatsforBeer
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date, bottle had some dust on sides, but not an unusual amount. poured into english pint glass

Appearance: head-very little head, off white, leaves slick of residue on top of a deep brown mahogany body with hints of red. A slow stream of light bubbles rises with virtually no activity on top. A small ring of head is present throughout the beer, but leaving no lacing.

Smell: Aromas of watery scotch (whisky), flowers and peat upfront eventually overpowered by nutty hazelnut; overall aroma is sweet.

Taste: Sweet roasted bready malt with hints of honey and dark fruit fads into intense hazelnut coffee with caramel creamer. There is an off flavor that presents the beer to be artificial and a bit like cough medicine.

Mouth: Thin and watery, lacking carbonation sticky like cough syrup; lacking any sufficient body.

Drinkability: At first I thought this would be a drain pourer, however the second sip was better. I will not be buying this beer anymore, however I enjoyed the experience. I love hazelnut however I think it is a bit misrepresented in the beer, almost artificial.

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

The first thing you will notice, after taking your first sip, is the pleasant flavour of maple walnut ice-cream and hazelnut coffee. As a starting point, this is very agreeable.

Nice head, nice dark brown pour. Perhaps a tad bit thin on the palate.

Are nuts infused in the brew or is the nuttiness aresult of the malt?

At almost $7 or a 650ml bottle at the LCBO is a bit pricey, splurging at Christmas time is always justifiable.

Serve at cellar temperature in a pint glass.

Very nice stuff.

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

650ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy, brownish/mahogany-ish color with about a finger of relatively thick head.

Smells strongly of roasted malt and hazelnut. This brew is truly a delight to the nose.

Taste begins with tons of roasted malt & sweetness with a hint of chocolate halfway through the drink. Strong representation of hazelnuts throughout. Delicious!

This beer is on the lighter side of medium-bodied beers and boasts an exceptionally pleasant mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfectly balanced, I couldn't imagine any improvement here. And that makes for easy drinking. An easily sessionable brew.

All in all, this is my hands-down favorite brown ale. Surly's Coffee Bender is a solid second, but it's absolutely behind this Rogue. Cheers!

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

Appearance: Dark brownish color with a ¼" light tan head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass and a patch of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a sparse pattern of speckled lacing and by the mid point of the portion there is only a fine ring of bubbles leaving scattered bits of lacing to the end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is sweet malt and hazelnut with traces of cocoa floating around.

Taste: The flavor goes with the nose and there is both hazelnut and cocoa here. The sweetness is nicely controlled and does not over power. I don't' really taste any hops at all in this one

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy with the soft persistent carbonation, The finish is medium to long with the persistent hazelnut flavor slowly fading into some roasted malt and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer and easy to finish. Each sip leads easily to the next and I'll be happy to have more. This seems a well made brown ale that goes well with beef or on its own as a dessert. It is also a nice change of pace from run of the mill brown ales that don't have a little something extra to set them apart. I'll be having this one again.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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