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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,361 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,361
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 179
Gots: 286 | 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 cookin420
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into pub glass.
Pours a dark brown with a red tint. Translucent. A big, creamy head forms but dissipates quickly.
Huge caramel aroma with a faint underlying smell of the perles.
This tastes unbelievable. Wicked malty. An amazing balancing act between bitter malty and sweet malty. This is like drinking a big piece of some sort of autumn dessert cake, all the while never letting you forget that your drinking beer. Very little hop aroma or flavor but just the right amount of citric bittering hop.
Mouthfeel rocks, real creamy for a brown.
Here is my gripe about this beer.; It's drinkable for the first 12 oz.'s but it loses carbonation fast after that. ( and I'm not a slow drinker)
I feel like the carbonation is necessary to balance all the strong flavors in this ale (as noted at the top) and they become muddled and overpowering.
Also the brew seemed to turn a bit murky coinciding with the loss of carb. Now thats not something I mind at all but I couldn't help thinking that it looked like it tasted toward the end; garbled and sludgy.
I will absolutely buy this many more times but I'll either look for smaller bottles or share it with someone.
O.K. or I'll just slam the thing.

cookin420, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Steaks
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

God this guy is delicous. I used to drink the hell out of some newcastle but once i discovered this kid i haven't had one since. Definitely my favorite brown ale i have ever had. It goes down smooth and fast. The only real problem is that they only sell 22-ounce bottles and not six-packs. Hopefully this will change in the future.

Steaks, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's hard not to be impressed with the Hazelnut Brown nectar from start to finish. The pour was well proportioned, with a finger and a half capping a dark nut-brown torso. Hazelnut accosts the nose through and through, but there is a nice hint of chocolate and caramel as well, quite good. The taste, not surprisingly, brings the smell forward, but with a prominent roasted background that is most delicious. I greatly enjoy the smooth texture and moderate carbonation, and wish I had a second to chase this big boy.

Really wonderful concoction from Rogue, not to be missed.

Gehrig, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of scottblaze
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle @ $4.99. Been in the fridge for nearly 2 months, finally decided to break it out.

Nice frothy head with good retention, hazy, red(ish) brown.... good looking.

The smell of my mom's (God rest her soul) spice cabinet, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, ginger, all that blended together.

Wow...taste is almost like a straight shot of vanilla or almond extract..not too sure about this one. On the one hand I like it but on the other hand it's like something artificial going on and too much of it. Aftertaste, although not unpleasant, is not exactly pleasant.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

An intresting brew albeit one that sends me mixed messages, something seems unbalanced....However, the more I drink the better it gets...@ 6.2%ABV and 650ml, that would be expected.. 2 or 3 of these suckers and it could be the finest brew in the world. At least it isn't sicky sweet.

scottblaze, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
2.3/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Man, I wanted this beer to be better than what it was. After reading all of the reviews of this one, I was stoked to try this one myself so I went down to the local bottle store and grabbed one.

It poured just like everyone else said, nice brown color with a small tan head.

This beer smells wonderful. Very rich and nutty. You can definitely smell the hazelnut in this.

Goes downhill quickly here. I wonder if I got a bad bottle or something. This tastes exactly like a Bud Light or Coors Light or something. Is this flat? It has a nice head and smells great, but it tastes horrible. Very watery and flat, no nutty nuances or anything. Big time disappointed in this one. I will probably try this again in the future to give it a fair shake but at $5.99 for a 650 ml bottle, I expect some quality out of it.

I chose this over the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout next to it which I know is a solid choice so I'm bummed about that too.

Dang, I was hoping for more out of this.

Tilley4, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served from a 22 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: A moderately aggressive pour produced a clear mahogany body with a tan two finger head composed of medium dense and sticky bubbles. The head was slow to fall and left a lingering cover that supported a dense curtain of lace.

S: It had distinct aromas of brown sugar, caramel and yeasty dark bread.

T: It began with the flavor of sweet medium roasted malts that generated the taste of dark brown sugar, dark fruits (plums and figs), and caramel. There was a very recessed clean and unimposing hop bite that produced light white spices (e.g., pepper). I missed the hazelnut flavor but believe the brewer reached for it but just missed the mark.

M: It was light to medium bodied with a creamy presence and balanced carbonation. There was a subtle sweet aftertaste.

D: The low ABV did not appeal to me. A bit higher ABV could have left the palate cleaner after each swig and given this beer a bit more of a warm presence. As such it is a very fine brown ale. I will definitely be back to have more...and more...and more.

dnichols, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of k3n
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber w/ no freshness dating.

A: Deep reddish brown body. Poured up a good head, but faded down to nothing. Minimal lace.

S: Nuts! Roasted, chopped, powdery hazelnuts! Faint citrus hops.

T: Again, nutty. Almost reminds me of almond tea...although this would, of course, be hazelnut tea. Duh! A clean malty sweetness after the nuttiness starts to fade. Can't perceive much hop presence.

M/D: Clean on the palate, despite the malt sweetness. Light and refreshing...I could see enjoying this just as well in cold weather, as hot.

k3n, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of 2wheeledpirate
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I very clear, red with a nice head that dissapears quickly. Smell is very sweet and sugary. Taste is kind of nutty, but definately vanilla. Mouthfeel is a little on the light side. Needs to be thicker to be a better "brown". I wouldn't call it a clean finish, but not that long lasting aftertaste either. I would buy and drink it again.

2wheeledpirate, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Taphouse in Hampton, served in a pint glass.

A - Dark yet still transparent amber hue, produced absolutely no head, and offered little to no lacing. Not too appealing overall. I was actually almost dreading taking a sip. Luckily I did, however.

S - Extremely sweet, notes of brown sugar and molasses, with the slightest hint of spice near the end, smells much better than it looks.

T - I truly believe this tastes exactly like french toast. I can detect perhaps nutmeg, cinammon, and even a bit of maple. Very sweet, but some of the spices become more defined as it warms.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation, toasty aftertaste which lingers around a bit, and a mild finish. Not bad!

D - I think I could do a few, but the sweetness definitely causes a hit here. After a while it becomes a bit taxing. Overall a pretty decent brew, it was worth a try.

PhageLab, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of rshwayder
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nutty brown colored beer, as you might expect. It smells mildly of the hazelnut within, which can be deceptive because of the taste to follow. This beer is extremely drinkable, goes down smooth, and has a slightly sweet taste of hazelnut worked perfectly into the brown ale (no syrupy chemical taste whatsoever). The aftertaste is pleasant with almost no bitterness to speak of. Definitely a good beer and well-priced at ~$5 for 22oz.

rshwayder, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
1.38/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a a cloudy looking red brown. A nice thick tan head with incredible lacing that coats the side of the glass.

I am slightly sick by the smell of dank old hazelnut. As if the nuts were in warm water sitting in the sun for a few weeks collection molds and such. Awfull smell to me.

Tastes the same as the smell....

Rarely do I just not like a beer. This is one of those rare moments.

Some reviews are saying that they use hazelnut extracts. I must not like them. Do I rate all ones if i personally do not like the beer???

The apperance was great. I just could not get past the smell and taste of the hazelnut. Was this bottle bad??

I would rather have had a macro beer tonight.

My first drainpoor on BA.

Trueant1, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of brantadid
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, rich brown with a very thin off white head that diminished very quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Malty, nutty nose with hints of chocolate. Rather sweet.

Hazelnut upfront and as it moves through you palate you get nuts, over-roasted coffee beans, and some burnt peanuts. Nice depth of flavor. Nice sweetness.

Very low carbonation, however, the mouthfeel was very think, almost watery. The flavor of this beer totally makes up for it.

brantadid, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark chestnut brown. Cafe au lait coloured head dissipates quickly which is disheartening.

S-rich roasted bread and caramel dominate with hints of roasted generic nuts

T-Seet caramel with roasted nut undertones. hop presence is minimal. There is maybe a hint of bitterness there. The sweet taste is pleasing though.

M-Medium bodied with a decent carbonation.

D-Overall this is tasty but not the best brown ale I have ever had. A tad more hops would be welcome

sleazo, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have looked over this guy on shelves for years. not exactly sure why

the pour yields a nice looking head. not big, but velvety, and backed up from below. good lacing from the get-go

the nose is very subtle (bland?). very nutty. damn—it's been awhile since i sniffed a hazelnut

...but it tastes the way i remember hazelnuts tasting. cool. wait...it actually contains "hazelnut nectar"? what the ^&*# is that? can i buy it in a store? sweet and rich, with the munich and crystal malts leading the way. the result of the combination is very bready; rich without being cloying

good brew; certainly some novelty appeal, as well

bruachan, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A medium brown hue allows a little bit of light through, but this one appears very dark brown when it's not in direct light. A one finger khaki head dissipates quickly to a haze and collar, and a small amount of sudsy lace is left on the glass. Swirling brings up a thin cap, but nothing more.

S - While I'm not impressed with the appearance, this smells heavenly. Freshly baked double chocolate chip cookies and loads of sweet gooey caramel greet the nose at first, with toffee and peanut brittle showing up too. I detect very little trace of hops, but that's ok since this smells like grandma's kitchen, Panera, and a confectionery all at once!

T - The taste doesn't disappoint after that glorious nose either! The hazelnut flavors come out more in the flavor than the aroma too. Tastes like authentic maple syrup or molasses, Bavarian candied almonds, Nutella, Christmas cookies, caramel, gooey toffee candy filling, and those little chocolate chip cookies that you buy from a vending machine. Some very subdued grassy hops provide balance, and become more pronounced at the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied and lushly carbonated. Sugar coats my teeth, and provides a very sweet and candy like finish with some hop flavors that weren't there initially coming out to play.

D - Just about the best brown that I've even tasted. A little to sweet for a session brew, but perfect as an after dinner drink with desert! A really unique and expertly crafted brew.

pmcadamis, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown in the glass with burgundy edges, a bit of cherry colour too at the sides. The head was not very well developed although a ring remained around the glass. Lightly carbonated. The aroma was very nutty alright with some milk chocolate association. The taste reflected the dryness of the hazelnut, malt, a nectar-like silky mouthfeel. This beer had some body to it with texture and density, with a plum or prune influence alongside the persistent nuttiness. The finish is again hazel or brazil nut dry, bitter, some astringency, but again the nuttiness dominates with malted-milk yeasty backdrop. I love Rogue beers, what a pleasure as usual.

ThatWineGuy, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of ralree
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown, a little hazy, laced thinly from 1.5 fingers of head after about 2 minutes.

S: Smells really nutty (hence the name) along with caramel malt and a pinch of alcohol. Some spices and northwest hop essence as well.

T: Pretty nut-flavored, but with some caramel notes and dark chocolate, all summed up by tasty hops. Has a bit of a sour aftertaste with a scent that comes up through your nose after swallowing. I'm not a big fan of that. On par for Rogue though.

M: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Non-astringent and dry.

D: Pretty drinkable. A little harder to put down than some of their other offerings though.

ralree, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PittBeerGirl, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of biggmike
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

biggmike, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of 1759Girl
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

1759Girl, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of CU570M
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

CU570M, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of ablaze
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ablaze, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of andrewm190
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

andrewm190, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of UFGUY2122
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

UFGUY2122, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

soupyman10, Sep 17, 2007
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,361 ratings.