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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,463
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 191
Gots: 326 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 swizzlenuts
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose on the beer is really sweat chocolate, like the taste of a chocolate wafer. There is also a small presence of the usualy maltiness from a brown ale. The beer is a very dark red/brown, with a good sized head and decent retention; a bit of lacing as well. The taste of this beer is like a beefed up version of the nose. It has the awesome chocolate wafer flavour mixed with a some more bitter chocolate flavours. The taste is quite sweet, but the bitterness balances it really well. The beer is middle of the road for mouthfeel, could be a bit thicker to go with the flavour. Somewhat drinkable because of the sweetness.

swizzlenuts, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh in Atlanta.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly nutty. There's also a sweet butterscotch aroma.

Tastes good. Sweet malts and nut up front ending with a mild bitterness. The butterscotch is also there, although not as intense as it is in the smell.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness isn't great, but it's by no means watery. Carbonation is just right, and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good, although the sweetness is a bit overpowering. The first glass went down easily, but I can't see myself having more than one of these at a time.

Overall it's another solid beer from Rogue. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of nicholasdes
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass from a 24 ounce bottle.

A: This beer has crazy head. It actually started bubbling out of the bottle when I opened it. The beer is burnt brown and very cloudy.

S: It smells like cold coffee with hazelnut which is refreshing for a beer.

T: It explodes with hazelnut flavor, very nutty underneath. Smooth finish but very sweet tasting with a long lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: A little creamy in your mouth, not as heavy as the cloudy color may make you think.

D: Not high on my drinkability list as the bitter after taste hangs long.

Very unique beer but not one I would drink much of. Great for tasting diversity in beer.

nicholasdes, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a friend highly recommend this, and for some reason I keep passing it by on the shelf. So I guess it's time to give it a shot, and Rogue always does me right.

This dark brown brew is topped off by a prolific light and bubbly tan head. The head fades in it's own good time, leaving a rolling, chunky lacing around the glass. The unique smell of hazelnut rises to the nose, and fits perfectly into a beer milieu. Underneath the hazelnut are some roasted malts, and a bit of caramel sweetness. The aromas are very complex and very satisfying. Taste is also complex, and has none of the somewhat watered down feel on the palate that many browns tend to have.

Tastes nutty, sweet and malty. There's a element of spice in the background. Mouth-feel is a bit creamy and medium-bodied. It has a perfect thickness to it that leaves it drinkable, yet hearty. The carbonation is pretty active and keeps things lively throughout the life of the drink. I am in love, and cannot believe I have waited so long to ask this beauty for a dance.

stephens101, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of prosper
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at ~15C. Gorgeous pour. Nut brown, slightly reddish with a voluminous tan head that leaves lots of lace. Very clear.

Smells odd - perhaps that's the hazelnut, but to me it just smells cardboardy and stale. There's biscuit, bready yeast, and roasty notes as well with a nice malty aroma holding things together. There's a light fruity hops note as well, very understated.

Mouthfeel is very very good. Low-ish carbonation, no acrid zing. There's a definite nuttiness to it, nicely accented by sweet dark malt and baked bread flavours and some medium roast bitterness. Light floral hops in the background. Very very mellow, almost no bitterness. This stuff is dangerously smooth and easy to drink.

prosper, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large yellowish head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, nuts, maple, caramel and some hops.

T: The taste is very sweet up front with flavors of hazelnut, coffee, caramel and maple. The malt character is very hearty and there's a mild hops presence that comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty if you're ok with the sweetness, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink if you want a brown ale with some extra flavor than most have.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of micahgoldfus
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very light brown, even close to an amber color, with a big, tan-colored, fluffy head that took its sweet time bubbling down, plus thick waves of carbonation running up the side of the beer. Looked tasty, smelled tasty too. There was obviously the hazelnuts, but there was also some other roasted dark malts in there, maybe some chocolate or coffee, plus a soft touch of sweetness. The taste was excellent: as you would expect, there was plenty of nutty taste, but the beer was overall very well balanced. I could pull out dark, roasted malts in addition to the lighter nut flavor, plus toffee sweetness, and a splash of bitter hops. The beer was creamy and smooth. I drank a large bottle and still wanted more. All around a solid beer that I would recommend as a notch above most other brown ales out there.

micahgoldfus, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Roeters
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown, 1/2 inch head that quickly goes away

S: Nutty with a slight alcohol smell

T: Smooth taste a nuttiness that ends with a chocolate bitterness

M: Thick creamy texture

D: This beer, I could drink it all day long Great balance

This is the first time I have had this from a bottle, I like it from the tap better.

Roeters, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Deep mahogany hue, borderlining on brown. A one finger tan head slowly settle to a thin cap.

Smooth and creamy aromas mixes with strong hazelnut. A little bit of toasty grain is in the background.

The hazelnut is again in the flavor, making a very smooth and creamy taste. Very smooth. A little bit of caramel comes in, along with a slightly bitter finish. Full bodied with high carbonation giving it a slightly fizzy feel. The finish is a bit of lingering hazelnut.

This is probably one of my favorite brown ales. The hazelnut is a great touch. Recommended.

BeerSox, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely dark brown body, slightly chill-hazed, under a huge foamy light tan head. Pretty beer.

Smell is richly malty, with a little bit of floral hops -- and there are the hazelnuts!

Taste is -- I repeat -- richly malty, with a little bit of floral hops -- and there are the hazelnuts! A profoundly complementary combination. I really liked it.

Smoooth and fairly rich mouthfeel, nice and slurpaliciously round.

Almost too much hazelnut taste to drink this very much, but still quite drinkable.

I'll look for more of this.

ColoradoBobs, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a soapy looking 2 finger head on top of a ruby brown body. No sediment is present. After about a minute the head recedes down to a thin cap. No lacing is present.

S- Big hazelnut on the nose, with some nice baking chocolate, toasty grains and more hazelnut. Yum. Not terribly complex but I do like the hazelnut.

T- Starts off with a nice hazelnut, a slight tart note, then some nice light chocolate, finishing with a nice long hazelnut note. Again, not terribly complex, but nice.

M- Carbonation is pretty good but can be a touch much in spots. The hazelnut finish is great.

D- Haven't really had this kind of hazelnut in a beer before so that's unique. At 6.2% it's not terribly sessionable, but I could maybe have it again.

Greggy, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. This was the first time that I had it on tap. It was a very dark brown color and almost seemed a little hazy to me. The scent is delicious with a mildly sweet and flavorful burst of hazelnut. The taste is superb with a hazelnut; it doesn't have the artificial flavor that accompanies too many brews with added flavorings. My only complaint is that as you drink more and more the velvety hazelnut loses some of its sweetness.

HoppyMcStout, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep orange-brown with a good head and decent lacing.

Smells of cocoa, nuts, vanilla, brown sugar, malt.

Very sweet taste. Cocoa, milk chocolate, nuts, malt, vanilla, even citrus. Flavor interesting, but not incredibly strong. I could do with a little more boost to it.

Mouthfeel a tad thin for me, but quite smooth and crisp.

Very drinkable, a little different, but it works.

Strix, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of beabear
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Chestnut brown, with a beautiful but not-long-lasting head.

Smell: Obviously "Hazelnut" is in the beer's name, so there's certainly a substantial amount of that in the bouquet. However, it's a really clean smell -- more like hazelnut coffee than the nut itself.

Taste: Super-malty, especially if you let it linger in your mouth a bit. Unlike many brown ales, this is a little light on the dryness -- in that way, it's certainly different than its British brothers. Unlike many beers that advertise a certain flavor, you can totally taste hazelnut here, especially after you swallow it.

Mouthfeel: Swish it around a bit in your mouth and feel how incredibly creamy it becomes.

Drinkability: It's a little high in alcohol for a brown ale, and conversely a little sweet. A wonderful desert drink, but could it work as a session beer? I have doubts.

Anyone who wants to understand how American microbreweries reinvent styles should look at this as Exhibit A. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown (which is basically the standard-bearer for the style) is clean, crisp, and balanced in every way. Conversely, Rogue's interpretation of the Brown Ale is sweet and unrefined. If it's slightly less successful, it certainly gets points for being much riskier.

beabear, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crimson-mahogany in color with a decent sized light brown cap that sticks around a little while before fading to decent film over the top.

S: Buttery toasted hazelnut aromas are predominant with a lightly sweet chocolate aroma. Intense, yet balanced. I smelled this beer for a good 5 minutes before taking a sip.

T&M: Solid flavor. A sweet, yet lightly toasted nutty flavor is followed by bittering from some earthy hops. The finish is long, subtle, and pleasant with a faintly roasted chocolate flavor, some remaining toasted hazelnut, and just enough hop flavor to keep it balanced. The body is light to medium with a slightly silky feel to it.

D: Perhaps a tad sweet to go over a 4, but it's still pretty darn quaffable. The last few Rogue beers I've had have really knocked my socks off--I'm ready for some more!

BamaBeerBuff, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of AmishT
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - deep crimson brown in color with a pretty nice foamy tan head that retains fairly, but only leaves a small amount of lacing. Lucid.

S - Very bold aromas of hazelnut and brown sugar (big surprise there) in the nose. It really gets my mouth watering for that first sip. If only I could stop smelling it....As it warms, I think i'm getting a more roasted aroma. It's pretty damn good

T&M - Delicious. A very rich, nutty flavor. A hint of some earthy hops blending with a roasty character in the finish. Light bodied. Good carbonation helps the flavors develop and aids the drinkability. The flavors develop and endure very well when held to the tongue. I'd like the flavor to be a bit fuller, but it's really damn good.

D - Man, I could easily knock these down one after the other. It drinks so easy: great flavor, light body, abv isn't too high...A very tasty, very sessionable brown ale, to say the least.

AmishT, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a silk screened label of a balding man with a beard, mustache, and glasses giving a power sign with his left hand. While his left hand is doing that, the right hand is holding a mug of beer. To the right of the man is the ingredients, a brief paragraph about the beer, its specifications, and what type of food that the beer is best paired with. The only thing missing is some kind of bottled date.

Appearance: I poured this Brown Ale into a Sly Fox Imperial pint glass. This Rogue beer is a deep dark chestnut brown with a ton of dark ruby red highlights all through out the beer. The inital head of foam was about 1/2 an inch in height and was a light tan color. This head of foam had decent retention that left behind foamy rings along the edge and just a few spots of tan lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma was rich in roasted chestnuts, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, chocolate malts, waffle cone, and plenty of toasted hazelnuts. Basically, it smelled like one of those chocolate dipped waffel cones with a scoop of hazelnut ice cream in it. I could also say that it smells like an ice cream parlor. I honestly couldn't get enough of this delicious aroma. It was so good that I wanted to eat, but I knew it was just an aroma.

Taste: If I could describe this beer in two words, I would use hazelnut flavored coffee. There was more hazelnut than coffee, but I could detect a little roasted coffee behind the hazelnuts. Behind the hazelnut flavored coffee was sweet caramel, chocolate malts, milk chocolate, toasted chestnuts, delicious chocolate waffle cone, and then the taste finishes up with a tiny touch of Sterling hops. As you can tell, the taste lives up to the name Rogue gave it.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied beer with crispy carbonation and with a nutty aftertaste of hazelnuts, chestnuts, a hint of milk chocolate, and a tiny splash of roasted coffee beans. The aftertaste was almost as good as the inital taste. It's too bad that this nutty aftertaste doesn't stick around for very long.

Drinkability: Where had this Brown Ale been all this time? I'm sorry I passed up on this beer so many times. I won't do that anymore. It's nothing short of a great chocolately nutty beer. This is one of the better Brown Ales I've had so far. If you like hazelnuts, chocolate, and a little coffee in your beer, then you'll want to try this winner from Rogue.

AltBock, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of Sticket
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours a clear dark copper color with an average creamy tan colored head with some lacing.

S- hazelnuts covered in molasses along with a sweet malt character.

T- well balanced roasted grains, nutty, sweet malts, and mild bitter from the hops.

M- creamy medium body that is moderately carbonated.

D- a good tasting American Brown Ale and well worth a try.

Sticket, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22-ouncer poured into a pint nonic glass yields a deep brown body with burnt orange highlights and a finger-thick cap of ecru foam that shrinks quickly to a ring that leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is nutty, malty and sweet with a zippy spicy note.

Taste is hazelnutty with a note of spicy dry chocolate milk mix.

Extremely smooth, lightish-medium bodied and savory, this fine brown ale has terrific drinkability and feel.

cvstrickland, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of tronester
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with zero head. I thought the beer would be completely flat. Smell is of toffee. Taste is malty, with hints of coffee, cola, citrus, and of course hazelnut. The aftertaste leaves a minty, earthy hop aroma. There is also a somewhat interesting sourness to the beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, carbonation levels are surprisingly high considering the appearance. Pretty drinkable, but I probably wouldnt drink more than one bomber at a time. A good brown ale in the American style, that I would buy again.

tronester, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark mahogany color,with some lace left on the glass.

smell - Nuts, chocolate, hazelnut smells here.

taste - Real nice smooth beer. Chocolate and hazelnut. It was almost like drinking coffee. I love hazelnut coffee.

mouthfeel - Medium, and creamy.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, would drink it again....maybe with a donut this time lol.

auxiliary, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Brownish-red with a 1-finger beige head. Decent lacing.

S: Faint -- nutty with some cocoa powder.

T: Definitely a Brown Ale, as this leans sharply toward the malty side of the malt/hop continuum. At first I get sweet malt with some broad nuttiness, then hazelnut, cocoa and even a touch of vanilla. As it warms a little I get caramel malt and toffee. No real bitterness to offset the sweet profile of this beer; then again, having had a SN Torpedo before this, I'm not sure I'd be able to taste hops unless they smacked me in the face (I did reboot with a good amount of water b/w beers, however).

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Good overall feel to it -- didn't feel thin at all as some Browns seem to.

D: Good. I like some bitterness, even in my Brown Ales, but the sweetness never approached cloying territory.

Kendo, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark caramel in color, the tan head dissipates but leaves some lacing behind.

S - Hazelnut and toffee smells with a touch of biscuits.

T - Caramel, hazelnut, and light coffee flavors develop quickly. Malty goodness.

M - Rich but not quite chewy, I really like the feel of this brew.

D - Great with or for dessert.

ectomorph, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and got a thick white head that was pretty thick and covered a dark crystal clear amber body that had some mild carbonation in it; the head eventually thins out, but maintains a thin even carpet of bubbles with some thick lacing. It has a strong brown sugar and caramel smell to it, along with some wheat and sweet bread smells to it; there is also a very slight tart smell of raisins to it. It has a smooth semi-bitter taste and is sweet all around; there is some mild hazelnut and hops mixed in as well as some maple syrup flavors and a hint of coffee in its aftertaste and some prunes too. It has a medium body that's very satisfying.

vickersspitfire, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into pint glass

A - Redish brown color with solid tan head and minimal lacing.

S - Strong and sweet hazelnut smell with a touch of coffee

T - Just like the smell, sweet hazelnut with more coffee than the smell lets on

M - Medium body and a little carbonation

D - Easy to drink several of these

midaszero, Jul 01, 2008
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,463 ratings.