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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,288 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,288
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 173
Gots: 259 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001)
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Photo of jkaufman
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Session notes from March 13, 2007:

Poured a 22oz. bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours dark red-brown with a thick tan head that soon thins out to almost nothing, then disappears altogether.

S: Nutty and sweet.

T and M: Goes down quick and smooth, but there’s not much here to speak of flavor-wise. Has minimal complexity and is moderately carbonated with a little syrupy finish. This ale just doesn't seem to live up to its name. Maybe I got a bottle that had bathed in the store's fluorescent light for too long.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not all that enjoyable.

Will try again based on the overwhelming majority of positive reviews, but I've got to call it like I taste it for now.

jkaufman, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head and retention and nice brown color. Smell and taste compliment each other nicely. The nose is brought out so much with each sip. There is a nice caramel malting and a little bit of chocolate malting as well. A nice hazelnut flavor as well. Hops are in the backseat as they should be, just there to provide some balance.

The mouthfeel was fairly thick, but not too thick and clung fairly well.

I could have a few of these and be a happy camper. Definetely a nice brew.

jasonjlewis, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of McClungbrew2
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown, with tan head. The head fell to a quarter inch bead.

The aroma was mostly malty, with slight roasty undertones. Not much hop aroma.

Tasted very well balanced sweet malt to roast malt. Vanilla and hazelnut notes with slight coffee aftertaste. No hop flavor, but enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Medium body, with a slight chewiness. Well balanced, very drinkable.

McClungbrew2, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of crwills
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, oily brown into a pint glass. Small, thick head that sticks around for the entire time!

Milk chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and malty bread aroma -- sounds like a candy bar!

Caramel malt flavour, with roastd wood, marshmallow, nuts (but not really hazelnut). Angel food cake with vanilla icing. A dessert beer?

Bit of a weak finish with a slightly watery mouthfeel and dull aftertaste.

crwills, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Talisker
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber. Generally available at most retailers in the SF Bay Area at typical (i.e., high) Rogue prices - $4.99-5.99.

Deep, opaque brown, some tan highlights on the edges. Short dark tan head subsides quickly. No lacing - more of a flat character to this one, but that's not a ding.

Aroma is well integrated - lots of variety with malty sweetness, some English-style hop bitterness, and the hazelnut syrup character I'll describe below. Followed up perfectly by the taste, which is a knockout. Superbly well-crafted brown ale without too much of anything - roasted malt leads, followed by a solid dose of sweetness, some toffee, a tiny bit of smoke, and a healthy bitter character.

The hazelnut sweetness is definitely here, sort of hovering over the whole experience, and it's a very well-matched complement to the other flavors in the beer. The only ding is that it somehow feels a bit separate, as if you can sense the extract character - a syrup, rather than the true "essence" of a nut, whatever that might be.

I haven't clicked with most Rogue Beers, even the well-regarded Stouts - maybe it's the novelty character, maybe something else. But I love the Hazelnut Nectar - my favorite Rogue, one of my favorite brown ales, and even a favorite beer. Definitely works with a dessert, with nutty cheeses, or even to complement some mild foods. If it were a little less expensive it would be even more of a regular for me!

Talisker, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown, red can be seen when held up to light. Agressive pours yields a small head which recedes almost instantly. Carbonation is quite noticable.

Smells of sweet alcohol, caramel/toffee candy, with a hint of nut. Might be some hops in there too, but not overly noticable. Pleasing.

Taste is noticable toffee to start, then some noble hop flavour. Hazelnut and dry chocolate show up in the finish. Hazelnut becomes much more distinct as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick enough to provide a lingering sweetness which works with the style.

Drinkability is slightly above average. While this beer is not "overly" sweet, it is still balanced towards malt, but it is a simple malt.

A pleasing brown ale, but nothing exciting either. I guess I was expecting something a little different, and I thought the hazelnut extract would be more pronounced.

markaberrant, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of xzqrut
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured out a very nice deep brown, slightly hazy, with light head and lacing. Beer smelled nice and sweet, with some chocolate and hazelnut aromas. The taste was not quite what I was hoping for, sweet, with some malt and hazelnut. Mouthfeel was too syrupy, but perhaps that is to be expected with a "nectar," also seemed very flat. All in all, very average I thought, somewhat disappointed from Rogue which is usually so good.

xzqrut, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazelnut Brown Nectar is one of the best brown ales I've ever had. It pours to produce a light tan head, with a cloudy and dark brown body. Thin lacing lasts a good while. Gives off a slight chocolaty aroma and tastes chocolaty, but with a vivid hazelnut sweetness.

TheSarge, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of younger35
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2nd time I've drank this beer. The first time was on tap, after I had a Rogue Brutal Bitter. Doesn't seem to have as much of a hazelnut taste as I remember but it's still nice.

Appearance- Very beautiful mahogany/brownish color. Poor head retention and poor lacing.

Smell- Faint malty/nutty smell. No hoppy aroma present. The weakest trait of this beer.

Taste- Quite surprising. The first thing you notice is the strong hazelnut flavor. Very pleasent. A almost chocolaty roasted malt profile matches the nutty flavor nicely. The faint bitterness of the hops don't seem to contribute much.

Mouthfeel- Very nice for this brew. Mediumish carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty damn good in moderation. I'm enjoying a 22oz bottle now but no way I could handle any more than that. Terrific desert beer or delicious when following a Brutal Bitter :)

younger35, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
2.63/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a Guinness pint glass 22oz bottle

Dark brown brew with a head that did not last long ..Smells of hazelnut & coffee . This was bought to see if this would surpass my nutty love for the Coffeehouse Porter by The Berkshire Brewing Company . It did not . It is not bad but I would have liked a little more bite/ body to make me happy . Still it is a jolly good brew by Rogue . Will have again

Kudashov, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Dubbercody
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Takes browns to a place seldom though of and rarely visited, one that I Really like. At least the first pint of it.

Hazy brown, strong hazelnut flavor that following their chocolate would be a great dessert. This also like many of Rogue's other offerings has a noticeably accentuated taste, flavor and experience tasting it on tap as compared to the bottle. While Rogue in the bottle is usually very good, tap just makes the beers sing.

Dubbercody, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of dherling
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a chocolate brown, failry clear, with a thick creamy tan head. The nose was sweet, full of hazelnut, creamy, with some mild spicing. The taste was a little watered down for me, nice hazelnut flavor, kind of sweet, but not enough body or malt backing this guy up. Instead of being a nuance, the hazelnut was the main attraction here. A decent effort, but this needs to be bigger. The hazelnut is a bit too cloying for me.

dherling, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of shlap
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Salted Nuts! That's the first thing that came to mind when downing this delicious creation. I'm not a huge fan of nut browns but I have to say this stuff is fantastic. The nut taste strikes first with some butter mixed in, then very light chocolate and toffee and a little hops perfectly balanced.

Appearance: Crystal clear and as red as it gets.

Body: I'd say medium-light body. This would make a good session beer.

Aroma: Nutty, buttery, salt, and toffee, just like the taste!

Head: Creamy off-white. Dissipates quickly but kept a light layer all the way down.

Lacing: Very little to no lacing.

Carbonation: Medium carbonation

Have Another?: Definitely! The best nut brown ale I've tasted hands down.

shlap, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you love hazelnut coffee, you will love this. Actually, if you love good beer, you will love this Brown Ale. A nice dark color to it, which is blood red when you hold it up to light. Smell is of hazelnut and malt. Still can't believe how good this was. I don't want to say too much, you just need to go out and try it. My ratings say it all.

Gatch, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of dungaree
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and very dark brown. Not a lot of head but interesting at the same time. Smells of caramel and malt but could have more in the nose.

Taste is awesome! It's like drinking a great beer and eating a candy bar at the same time. I don't give "5's" often for taste, but this one is truly exceptional and different than anything I've had.

It starts with a touch of honey on the front of the tongue, hints of chocolate in the middle, and a big, bold caramel finish on the back. All the while the alcohol prickles on the tongue and blend well with very tasty malt characters. The best part is about a second or two after swallowing this fine nectar, sweet caramel and white chocolate notes resonate throughout the mouth and sinuses.

Excellent brew. Great drinkability. My only regret is I bought only one of these. I will be stocking up!

dungaree, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of bhitt
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a bomber dark brown with small head with little retention.
Nose: Sweet with hazelnut extract aroma right up front.
Taste: The flavors take a while to kick in but are very well balanced. Not overly malty but just the right amount of sweetness, blends perfectly with the hazelnut. Flavor hops are just noticeable. Mouthfeel is silky, low/moderate carbonation.

Like many of Rogue's offerings, this beer is unique and enjoyable. A very drinkable brew that I return to regularly.

bhitt, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of balconybrew
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonick from the 22oz. bomber. Pours beautifully creating a brown, slightly hazy orange, with a significant head. Nutty aroma. Minimal to no hops. The taste was creamy, with a nutty finish and no hops. Mouthfeel is almost ideal.

Very drinkable.

balconybrew, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew at Tank's Taproom in Tampa, Fl. It poured a deep brown with two fingers of a light brown head. The retention was medium to fast and produced little if any lacing. The smell was a very sweet hoppy smell. The taste was pretty malty, almost giving the drinker a woody sense (as in trees not the other thing). This brew went down very smooth, and was a good purchase. Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I have reviewed this beer as received on-tap... so here goes my bottle review.

My lovely wife purchased me a 22 oz bottle for a Birthday Gift. Yes, I know... she's a keeper!

I poured about 16 oz into a pint glass and produced a nice frothy 1.5" head... only a half inch too much... but I was excited! The head settled down to about 1" within 30 seconds as I svored the nutty aroma of this fine brew!

I was very anxious to taste it because it had been a while since my last one. ABSOLUTELY HEAVENLY! I love this beer. The nutty extracts are clearly present but not overpowering. JUST RIGHT. A perfect amount of sweetness with very little hoppiness.

The mouthfeel on this one is spectacular. Not too carbonated... not too flat.... again just right. It left a nice lingering nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability? Right on.... a very drinkable beer. I finished off the rest of the 22 oz immediately. Left me wanting another.

TheBierBand, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer last night at Redbones. I've always wanted to try it, so to see it on tap was rather nice. Since it was dark in the room, it was hard to judge the color, but the heading was pretty nice looking. In the smell was plenty of chocolate, honey and sweet sugar. Taste...woah! this one was really sweet to the point of being a bit too sweet. Having said that the nectar side of the beer gave it a nice presence. Mouthfeel was about medium I would say. One was more then enough for me for no other reason but that it was just too sweet for my palate. Maybe i'll pick up a bomber of it to see if there are any significant differences. Cheers

jamie2dope, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of strangefate
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Head is thin and dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Roasted malt and hazelnut is present in the scent, a hint of chocolate, and a bready smell from the malt. Taste is bready and roasted. Full bodied and not very carbonated. Easy to drink.

strangefate, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of cetae
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer in a convience store in Morgantown, WV. I had been wanting to try this and I was very excited.

Presentation - poured from a 22 oz. bottle, very dark brown color, thin head that disapates quickly.

Smell - medium malt smell, strong caramel aroma, with a hint of chocolate

Taste - Excellent. malty taste at first, followed by a caramel and chocolate taste and has a good nutty finish. Not at all bitter and is somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel - low carbonation, full bodied

Drinkability - Definately, though this is not something I would want to drink all night as it is fairly heavy, but I could definately sit down and easily finish a six pack.

cetae, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that quickly disappears, with not much retention, and not much lacing. Body is a clear dark garnet.

Smell - rich, strong aroma of malt bread, and stong aromas of chocolate and caramel. Mouthwatering.

Taste - very hearty taste of malt bread, chocolate, caramel, and hazelnuts. This is malty, chocolatey, caramelly, and nutty, and very rich and hearty. The hazelnuts are wonderful on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and rather dry.

Drinkability - this is rich, hearty, and excellent, and it's very sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap, served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown, crystal clear. No head to speak of, just a ring of foam that fades to nothing.

Smell: Amazingly enough, very little smell at all, neutral.

Taste: Very creamy taste, almost milky. Nutty finish, no bitterness. A slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, as expected for a brown ale.

Drinkability: Yes, please, several more.

beveritt, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of benmiliron
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany brown - dark ruby and nutty brown. Foamy, dense head sticks around for a while. Smell is very sweet and nutty, with some hop presence. Taste is very good - nutty & molasses-like sugary sweetness with enough bitter hop to counter if not balance. The addition of hazelnut nectar is well placed in this brew. Mouthfell is a little winey - maybe due to sugars added to maintain the sweetness?

benmiliron, Dec 09, 2006
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,288 ratings.