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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,625
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 221
Gots: 459 | FT: 3
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Rogue Ales visit their website
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 warrenc
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. picked this one up on my last visit to the brewery, a love of 'filberts' inspired me to try this brown.

pours deep amber with tall, soft tan head. the aroma is nutty-chocolate and coffee, very nice. taste at first is chocolate,smoke, coffee and toasted malt, balanced with light hops, almost no bitterness. a lingering coffee-hazelnut on the tongue.

i am not a big fan of browns, but this one is beyond any usual brown ale. for anyone who knows 'filberts' and enjoys a nice glass of beer, this is a must try.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle in my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid pours a deep auburn with sienna highlights. Quite dark, but still clear. A moderate tan head forms quickly and recedes to a thin layer with delicate legs.

The aroma is sweet malt, hazlenuts (obviously), maybe a hint of leather, and gentle hops (sweet/spicy quality, probably from the Perle more than the Sterling).

Roasted hazlenuts and chocolatey malt, mild sweetness on the palate, a nutty dry finish, with a cleansing mild bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, light but sufficient carbonation. Somewhat effervescent and warming.

A little darker, stronger, and perhaps more bitter than a traditional English Brown ale, though without the hop-presence of most American Brown ales...the prominence of hazlenuts would seem to make this a speciality ale? Delicious however you want to categorize it (unless of course you don't like hazlenuts).

Photo of GarrisWH
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown color with an off-white two-finger head that recedes down to a thin layer fairly quickly, but retains well from that point.

S - Sweet, bread, caramel and toffee malt aromas with a pronounced hazelnut presence.

T - Sweet, toasted nutty and bread malt flavors dominate. Very slight bitter hoppiness detectable behind the malts. Decent flavors up front, but a bit bland in the finish and a little bit too sweet overall.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy feel. Medium-low carbonation level.

D - Not bad at first, but I found this beer to get old pretty quickly. Slightly too blandly sweet and syrupy to drink more than a glass of this at most. Some interesting flavors in there, but I will probably not be returning to this one.

Photo of samie85
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone pint glass...

A- Pours a dark, opaque brown with a nice tan head.

S- Chocolate, nut and biscuit malt flavors are very present.

T- Nut and chocolate upfront and then a slightly bitter, biscuit flavor near the end.

M- Really smooth and creamy. Very nice but still well carbonated.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. A little different than most of my brown ale experiences but in a very good way

Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear brown body...produced a tan head that did not stay for long...left decent lacing though

S - Wonderful aroma...malts...nuts (hazelnuts and almonds)...cookie-esque

T - Follows the nose...heavy on the malts...not too roasted...the nut flavors are very present...a bit of chocolate...and a slight hop bitterness is provided at the end

M - Medium bodied...creamy

D - The drinkability is definitely there...but not a session beer...would make for a good dessert...the best Brown Ale I've had to date

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby/tawny hue - nice head - that quickly disappears.

Smell: Roasted Earthy Nut - Vanilla - Praline.

Taste: Hazelnut - vanilla bean - french roast - oatmeal - cinnamon - brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium-Fullbodied

Drinkability: very drinkable - I highly recommend - not too rich/not too sweet.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down one of the best brown ales out there.
Light brown with a full white head.
Intense sweet malt aroma.
Rich sweet malt flavors with a toasted nutty finish.
A little over-carbonated, but plenty drinkable.

The aroma and flavor on this beer really sets it apart.

Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazelnut brown.... with tannish foam..

S: Slightly sour, little nutty. And a lovely toasted scent..

T: Very odd indeed. Slightly bitter and sweet, but with a kick of hazel nutty goodness. I wish there was a little more hazelnut, and less of a sour sweet kick...

M: Lots of carbonation..

D: I think this bomber will do me, but not bad...

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

I tasted this blind May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tenderbranson69.

A - A slightly darker than medium brown w/ a moderate light tan head w/ pin sized bead. Almost crimson when held to the light -dark copper w/ good clarity and moderately fast rising bubbles indicating effervescence.

S - Roasty-über roasted w/barley aroma, coffee and ultra nutty w/ a rich hazelnut and light biscuit element

M - Malt and nut elements combine w/ a fruity yeast and cereal malt sweetness that has a slight creamy texture from medium carbonation

T - Hazelnut's sweetness and roasted flavor's blend w/ a nice sweet caramel malt and light chocolate malt flavor. Mild hopping allows the 'nectar' to stand out w/ a light tropical hint and wood w/ a lasting roast flavor in the finish like an alcoholic version of hazelnut coffee w/ smooth creamy tastes. A taste that really owes more to hazelnut, but the base beer is a mighty decent tasting brown

D - Just great even as I remembered having it in the bottle before, the nut flavor of the hazelnut makes this one of the best flavored browns.Rogue deserves praise for this -a top notch brown ale, highly recommended.

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

From notes

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with full list of ingredients on the bottle.

Appearance: A creamy tan head and lace, dark mahogany with reddish hues. I hope it tastes as good as it looks.

Smell: Huge malt and hazelnut aromas, with a slight whiff a black currant.

Taste: Wow, toasty and roasty malts up front with lots of sweetness. Medium body with the right amount of carbonation. Enough hop bitter, to keep this brew balanced. Hints of chocolate covered black currants. Hazelnut flavor is there in just the right amount to really meld with the rest of this brew.

Notes: Skip the dessert and grab a bottle of this instead. A great hazelnut brew that makes you smile. I shared this bomber with a couple of friends, and they agree it is a great beer.

Photo of seand
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark translucent red with 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Very nice looking. Good lacing, and retains a couple millimeters of head.

S: Wow - very very nutty. Smells like hazelnuts and almonds with a little hint of malt sweetness.

T: Sweet, with a ton of nut flavors, similar to the nose. The nuts linger on the aftertaste.

M: Carbonated quite nicely. The sweetness is a little sticky, which works well.

D: Could probably drink a lot of this, though I could see getting a little overwhelmed with nuttiness if I had more than a couple in a row.

This is a very interesting beer - I've never had anything close to it in terms of nuttiness. It was very enjoyable, but a little too "nuts" for an everyday beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a nice mocha head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell is of hazelnut and maybe some roasted characterisitics.

Taste is of the roasted malt with the hazelnut plus some sweetness. This reminds me of coffee a little, plus some malt.

The mouthfeel is a nice medium body. Great for dessert.

This is drinkable unless you don;t like hazelnut.

Photo of cavedave
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep translucent cordovan, with one inch light beige head. It slowly subsides and leaves a thick lace ribbon.

Smell is a light aroma of bready malt and sweet fruit with just a hint of herbosity.

Taste is a pleasant mix of sweetness and bread, understated fruit, hints of spice and bitterness which linger with the sweetness into a very enjoyable finish. Could stand to be just a touch more acidic, despite the ample carbonation, though it is quite balanced. Very delicious, actually.

Mouthfeel is bright and clean, very good for the style, while not outstanding.

Due to the light feel and balanced flavors, drinkability is very good.

Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium to dark brown with a 2 centimetre tan head that slowly falls away leaving big lacing.
S - Nutty, slightly toasted, some chocolate hints. A slight dark fruit note.
T - Nutty, caramel maltiness and some dark fruit and chocolate hints.
M - Smooth, medium bodied. Medium to high carbonation.
D - A nice sweet brown ale. Nothing to get overly excited about but something I'd drink again.

Photo of Brenden
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep brown with red highlights and a nice tan fluffy head retains well, leaving moderate to heavy lacing on the glass. It looks inviting.
Heavy malt up front with obvious toasty and nutty aromas with a light candied sugar/fruit hint as well.
That the malt is heavy in this should be no surprise. The flavors the malt brings out are pure and bold: molasses, chocolate, and brown sugar are complimented by a nutty flavor and balanced by very gentle and submissive hops bitterness. There's a nice toasted complexity and a smoky undertone as well.
This one is smooth and creamy . The body is medium and carbonation is optimal.
This is a great brown ale and makes a fantastic dessert beer as well as being quite drinkable.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brownish amber color, with a big light tan foam head. The head quickly dissipates.

S: A decent amount of malts. Some light hints of hazlenut with some caramel and some brown sugar.

T: Very sweet malt flavor. Big rich nutty malts, some chocolate, caramel and a little brown sugar.

M: Carbonation is almost perfect. Leaves a creamy sweet lingering flavor on the palate.

D: A very good brown ale, probably one of the better ones that I have had.

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

What an interesting brown ale. Always love their bottles. so i picked this up from my farm fresh for 5.99 a bottle. chilled it in the fridge and did a video review for youtube "sauce beer reviews".

A- Alot lighter than i expected. Bubbly. Somewhat clear. (i have strong lights on when i make a video review) That may have altered its look. check it out i do a bad pour.

S- nutty smell. some sweet notes.

T-nutty taste, with roasted or toasted malts. caramel if im not mistaken?

M- pretty smooth and crisp.

D- very easy IMO

Photo of alphanon
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night while out at a local pizza joint with a buddy. The pour was a nice imperial pint very thin light colored head, nice lacing on the glass as it was drank though. Very nice deep reddish brown color and very clear. The nose on this beer isn't complex at all, mostly malt sweetness no real hop aroma. The flavor of this beer is also toward the sweet side no real hop flavor or bitterness only enough to balance out the malt. Mouthfeel for this right where it should be not thin but not think either. All in all a real nice totally drinkable beer that you could sit and have a few pints of. I will be drinking this again.

Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass with great clarity in a dark redish brown beer. The creamy white head is large to start but settles quickly to just a film.

Aroma leaves no doubt that this is a hazelnut beer. It has a bakery-like sweet smell with obvious hazelnut influence.

Flavor is sweet and nutty. There's carmel, toffee, chocolate and hazelnut flavors going on in there. Toasted malts give it a hint of coffee but it has almost no bitterness whatsoever. It's almost a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice though with a creamy body and low carbonation. Drinkability could be better if it wasn't so sweet.

It's unfortunate that my recognition of this flavor is from crappy 7-11 coffee. Overall it's pretty good but not something that I would go seeking out again.

Photo of Ragingbull
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown or dark amber in color. Wispy head with some prickle. Mild malt nose. Hoppy attack with a smooth flavor. Reveals a sweetness towards the finish. Almost a caramel like flavor that pops out. Very fresh and hoppy attack but a smooth and malty finish. Very complex for a beer as it has enough going on to be a complex wine. Some sour notes.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On tap the beaker pint glass was used and the beer was served with a one finger, light tan head and the color was light brown with good clarity. The head stuck around for a good while which was nice to see.

S: Sweet roasted malt goodness with a hit of toffee and roasted hazelnuts. Light dried plum and raisin aroma and very little perceived hop aroma

T: Super flavor of honey roasted hazelnuts and delicious roasted malt and fresh brown bread with maybe even a touch of molasses. Noticeable nut, grain, and hop bitterness balances out the sweetness.

M: So smooth with a medium to full body and low carbonation.

D: Always enjoyed this beer from the moment I first tried it years ago and it really was the first beer that really drew me into Rogue Ales. Ohh so smooth this brown ale ranks up with the best brown ales out there and can be easily consumed with a desire for more.
A world class nut brown ale!

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

Consumed on 4/19/09. Poured bottle into pint glass.

Nice carbonated light brown, with relatively minimal head. Smells nice and sweet, with caramel, toffee and honey dominating the scent. Taste largely reflects the smell, and is light and a little malty. A little bit syrupy, but tremendously drinkable and a wonderful session brew.

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

Pours a nice light brown with a golden color in the light.

The smell is of nice nutmeg and carmel with hops in the back ground real nice.

The taste is amazing light and sweet. Nutmeg is definitely in the front with caramel and hop bitterness in the back this is a great beer probably one of my all time favorites. Just crisp clean and an all around great brown ale.

The mouthfeel is light and esay to put away great session beer.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich dark brown with about and inch and a half of off-white head. Decent retention. Bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Rich, caramel, nutty--can really get the hazelnuts here. Smells delicious. A little bready, not too sweet, I think it smells great.

T- Again nutty, toasted malt comes out stronger than in the nose, not too sweet, finishes with a nice hazelnut/almond aftertaste. Slight chocolate. Very pleasant.

M- A little thin, and more carbonated than I might like. Maybe a creamier feel would suit me better. Still doesn't detract very much from the beer.

D- The texture and subtle but great taste makes this very drinkable. Fantastic beer, one of my favorites from Rogue.

Photo of smurder187
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has been tried and tested for many years, and I think I only add to praise when I write about this being one of my favorite beers. The beer is dark, but has a lighter tone to the tastebuds. It's smooth, malty and carries a light hazlenutty flavor that tastes great every time.
Sitting in the Portland airport after a visit with my brother, I felt blessed to have a delay and a Rogue bar by my gate. I enjoyed a tall glass of this nectar and decided to get a growler to take home on the plane. I've always enjoyed this particular brew, but that moment at PDX solidified it as a favorite as th beer and I merrily bonded.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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