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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,659 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,659
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 228
Gots: 487 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 3,659 | Reviews: 1,374
Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope...

Poured a bright burgundy red / brown colour. Creamy head with coppery hints poured quite thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to light patchy covering with thick edging. Barely any carbonation...

Aroma - Tons of rich sweet nuttiness mixed with lots of chocolate and dried cocoa powder, quite earthy, musty traces, brown sugar, toasted malt loaf, burnt / nut brown butter, light butterscotch, faint hints of grassy hops, light cigar smoke traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above - rich sweet nutty chocolate (although not as sweet as the aromas would indicate), definite cocoa powder notes, hazlenut syrup, light metallic traces, faint pepperiness, some smokiness, light grassy hops..

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... medium bodied... pretty quaffable...

Overall - A very nice brew that does exactly as it says on the bottle... recommended..

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with a large tan head. Retention is pretty standard for a brown.

Smells like hazelnut Cheerios. Syrupy hazelnut and brown sugar with a cocao powder fade. Smooth Pacman yeast.

Not outstanding at first impression, Rogue Hazelnut progressively grew on me until it was gone and I wish I had bought more.

Photo of capra12
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with Wheatman106 at the gingerman on 8/14/09

Appearance: Clear and brown.

Smell: Earthy, woody and roasted malts.

Taste: Opens earthy and the middle has some sour notes and maltiness. The finish has a nuttiness leaving a subtle nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light with almost no carbonation.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another while hanging with my buddies.

Photo of DawnL
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Steen Brugge Goblet - I would have liked it in a pint glass.

Totally appetizing deep brown color with a little lacing.

Smells like roasted, toasted hazelnuts.

I prefer the Hazelnut Brown as an end of night brew. I like the interaction it has with other hops and malts that are already present in the mouth. There is a slight coffee nuance that creeps in as the beer is left to sit.

If you start with this brew, it can come off as dull. It has the singular note of hazelnuts that is delicious, but not something you want to have all night long.

This is the penultimate beer to have with cheese.

Photo of BB1313
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is truly one of my all time faves.. I wish I could give it a perfect score. The aroma is insanely good w/ it tasting as good as it smells. Tons of hazelnut and vanilla. I love smelling this beer, it's heaven. It does pour thin but the head is pretty. This isn't your traditional Brown Ale but it has the Rogue taste to it that I love! They definitely made this theirs. One of the most unique beers I've had. Recommended to anyone that likes good beer. It's really too bad they don't sell 6 packs of this gem.

Unique stuff, one of my all-time faves..

Photo of richtersf
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bayfront Brewpub in Newport. Pours a dark dark brown that is barely see thru able with a sandy one-finger head that quickly recedes to a small cover. Smells of caramel and mixed nuts, maybe pestachio or fresh baked bread. Tastes immediately of carmel malts and then goes straight into a full hazelnut middle and hints of chocolate, with a slightly hoppy and dry finish that blends well with the nut flavor. Mouthfeel is initially light and bready but lingers on the top of the mouth with fair amount of thickness.

Not too complex, it tastes like one would expect Pacman to do with brown and dark malts, but a very drinkable and good beer. Does what it should. Great for a rainy August day in Newport. I'd definitely try it if I came here from out of town.

Photo of jneiswender
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a 4oz sample glass at the brewery as part of a sampler.

A-beautiful gem-brown body with a nice eggshell head

S-maple syrup and definately hazelnut

T-is what it says it is, hazelnut is the predominant flavor, some malt and a very slight hop balance to the ale


D-Great representation of what it says it is. I would have this with vanilla ice cream if I was to pair it with something.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, deep amber brown, with only a faint beige head dropping to a ring.

Nice smell - rich, sweet hazelnut, as advertised. Touch of brown sugar.

Tasted much thinner than the smell would indicate. Reminded me of unsweetened iced tea with lemon, and slight hazelnut coffee. Some earthy/dirt-like qualities as well.

Smooth on the mouthfeel, nothing bitter or overly sweet. Just a nicely balanced brown ale.

I'm not a big fan of brown ales, but this is a very easy drinking, pleasant one - especially if paired with the right foods. Enjoyed mine with a terriyaki marinated tilapia, and roasted asparagus.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a dark hazy brown ale with a tan head.

S: smells of milk chocolate and malted milk balls

T: tastes like french and finishes with grapefruity hops and chocolate

M: medium body with a smooth entry with a dry finish

Overall, I was shocked to discover this beer had such a strong hop flavor. It was definitely different than your everyday Newcastle, but much better.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a very small tan head that quickly fades away but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is very nutty and malty, lightly sweet with hints of caramel and sugar but also balanced nicely by some bready notes.

Taste is somewhat nutty along with a distinct caramel like sweetness enhanced by notes of candied sugars. A slight touch of honey is also felt in the finish.

Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. This is a real treat on tap, very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Photo of JmOdrkrk
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber refrigerator temperature. Standard pint glass.

A - beautiful brown color, very dark, nearly opaque. poured a light head that lingered for a bit, but did fade. no lacing.

s - rich nutty smell, almost chocolately. full bodied but not overpowering.

t - by far the best part. the rogue tasted like creamy hazelnut the whole way down, finishing clean. after taste was muted but still notably nutty.

m - incredibly smooth, no acidity with almost a creamy nature. this brown ale left no bite, making it easy to gulp down at a dangerous rate.

d - i could drink ten of these a night if my body would allow it. this is becoming a hands down favorite. dangerously smooth and rich.

Photo of qchic
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany with 2 fingers of foamy head that settles after a while. Immediately hazelnut hits the nose thanks to the hazelnut "nectar" added to this brew, along with plenty of malts. Taste is more of the same with hints of chocolate complimenting the nuttiness. Some bitterness shows up at the end to give a nice balance and keep it from getting sweet. Creamy mouthfeel, and no alcohol is detected. Definitely an approachable and drinkable style that could make for decent recommendation for the less experienced beer drinker. A nice english style nut brown with a little extra going on for a change of pace.

Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle from Total Wine

A- Dark but opaqe brown. Minimal head and lacing.

S- Malts - carmel, bready and some milk chocolate whiffs

T- Roasted nuts, semi sweet chocolate, burnt butter, sweet cereals slight bitter finnish.

M- Smooth and creamy, slightly over carbonated

D- Would have liked a little more hazelnut flavor. Good beer, but nothing that pushed the envelope.

Photo of tyanow
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a very small tan head that leaves a desirable amount of thin lacing.

S - Nutty chocolate dark malts.

T - This is a sweet and rich brew full of all those things I love in a nut brown: caramel, chocolate, and you guessed it nuts, especially hazelnuts!

M - A little syrupy, rich full body.

D - As delicious as this is, I find my intake limited by the sweetness and heaviness.

This is my very favorite brown ale of all time! It's like eating chocolate cake. I love to crack a bottle or 2 when I have guests over because it's always a crowd pleaser. Hops and heat from alcohol are almost undetectable even though this treat is 6.2%.

When you can get it on a good tap, do not pass it up.


Photo of nightcrawler
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The glass came to me with no head on it while my wife's Celis had a small one, so I assume that the beer doesn't keep a head very well. The beer was dark brown with interesting red highlights and smelled nutty with sweet malty scents and a touch of straw in there.

The taste? Wow. I'm a hit-or-miss type of guy with nut browns. Many throw an alcoholic taste on the tongue I just don't like for a lighter ale. This beer had no burn in the mouth and went down very easy. Great thirst quencher with a mix of nut and malt. At 6+% alcohol, this is a dangerous beer as it is too easy to drink.

Photo of y2jrock60
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Brown, not opaque, but pretty dark
S - Very nutty, reminds me of troegs rugged trail ale
T - Hazelnut hits you up front followed by sweetness
M - Heavy-bodied and full flavored
D - Probably only could drink a few of these, the strong flavor and body makes this one to savor

Pretty good, but I honestly would prefer a Troegs Rugged Trail Ale, which is sweeter and easier to drink.

Photo of flagmantho
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review for BeerAdvocate.com, and it appears I have chosen a very good place to start. I have had a lot of nut brown ales, and this take on the style is very satisfying.

Appearance: medium amber with a relatively thin head that dissipated fairly quickly. A very appetizing-looking beer.

Smell: while there was a good caramel smell to the beer, it was very subtle and I feel it didn't add a whole lot to the experience.

Taste: the caramel and nut flavors really came out in the flavor. It is rather sweet and malty, but in this case I think that it plays a constructive part in the goodness of the beer.

Mouthfeel: a medium, almost creamy body which complements the style quite well.

Drinkability: this would be a great session beer; I imagine even better on tap.

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

This beer poured a dark brown with a very pretty red tinge when held up to the light with a single-finger off-white head. The smell is lots of malt with some nuttiness and candy sugar. The taste is about the best I've seen in a Brown Ale. It's a mellow ride that starts with some caramel malt that gives way to some hazelnut in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a very tasty beer with no problems in the drinkability department.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a hazy dark brown with a blood red hue when held up to light. About 1/3 an inch of off white head with fair retention, and lacing was very minimal & not worth mentioning. Smell, big malts! I picked up lots of chocolate, caramel, hints of very soft vanilla, nutty almonds & hazelnuts. Lite citrus twang intertwined in the entire aroma, and as it warms a big nutty/peanut buttery/hazelnut aroma pronounces well, which was very warm and inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, it's pretty nutty with obvious lightly roasted hazelnut notes on the finish, it even lingers a bit. There's some citrus notes towards the end as well, and I didn't pick up much hop characteristics, it was very mild & overpowered by the strong malt backbone. Mouthfeel was full bodied with a slight bite to it, thick & chewy, creamy, silky, it complimented the flavor profile well, I would have wanted a little more Co2 bite to it though.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Man was this brew drinkable! I wouldn't mind having 3 pints of this wonderfully chocolaty brew on a chilly evening, ahhh. I didn't pick much up besides chocolate covered almonds with hints of hazelnuts in this brew, I definitely would have appreciated more hop character, not so mellow & subtle, and more lively Co2 in the feel. Appearance was lacking as well, leaving no notable lacing, all in all though it was still a good beer, with a low enough ABV to enjoy 2-3 without getting all buzzed out. I recommend it. Cheers!

Photo of Aenema
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a bright, clear mahogany with a fluffy, 2-3 finger off-white head. Head fades rather quickly and there is some splotchy lacing.
Smell - Strong honey and hazelnut aromas. Tremendous nose.
Taste - Slight bready malt, sweet honey and a nutty finish. Muted flavor, especially in comparison to the smell.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Feels under carbonated.
Drinkability - Easy drinking, but a disappointing depth of flavor.
Overall - Possibly old, carbonation and flavor make me think
there is a decent chance of this. Will revisit.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely reddish brown colour with a filmy but sticky head of off-white. Excellent lacing. Clarity is great - a great looking beer all up.

Wow, a phenomenal sweet and rich nose of butterscotch, toffee and roasted sugar coated almonds. Deeper notes of milk chocolate and rye bread. Really good. Not the nasty diacetyl butterscotch you get in pale ales sometimes. This is all intentional and all phenomenal. What a nose!

Buttery sweet and smooth, just phenomenally delicious and tasty. Creamy mouthfeel, light, but with a wonderful slickness. Starts with a light roasted grain note, which just starts layering with sweetness after sweetenss until you have a wonderful sweet anarchy of Wonkaesque proportions. Rambunctious and happy - delicious.

A truly excellent, delicious and uniquely fun beer. Drinkable as long as you can cope with the insane sweetness.

Photo of dstc
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Full tan head falls to minimal ring.

Roast smell with heavy hazelnut aroma.

Heavy hazelnut taste, sweet malts. Chocolate. Ends with a bitter roasted/burnt taste.

Rather full in the mouth with a slight bite.

Not bad but not a fan of the hazelnut beers.

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, rich brown, 1/4 inch head,

Smell: toasted malt, hazelnut, caramel

Taste: hazelnut, caramel, toasted malt and some hops in the middle

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, sweet start-bitter middle and sweet end. I can feel the carbonation and it is really distracting.

Drinkability: I could have this again and may. The hazelnut is very prominent and I love the gentle bitterness. The biggest problem I have with this beer is the high carbonation which distracts from a spot on taste. If they mellowed the carbonation some, the drinkability would be higher.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cherry red colour with lotza bubbles around the edge, head is deliciously foamy but sinks to settle down as a thinly-pocked rim. Lacing is delicious beige foam. Clarity is delicious, looks like a nice claret. (that's an attempted pun)

Intense sugary sweetness on the nose. Intense molasses, hints of espresso, mint, nutty chocolate, wow that's insane. One of the most extreme noses, I can't believe "sweet" can be so strong. It's so intense and so sweet. But fuck it's nice. That's like a strong ice wine, with chocolate. Insane I tells ye.

Wow, chocolate icecream. It's like bloody eating chocolate icecream, only with a burnt toffee, brand snap sweetness after the mid as well. Finish has a bit of a hop driness on it, slightly herbal, hint of mint again, or maybe anise. Does have a slight nutty edge to it as well, like hazelnut.

Mouthfeel is nicely full, very slick. Holds the flavour well. That is an intense beer, so sweet and toasty, so many nice, insane and non-beer-like flavours. Great taste but I certainly couldn't drink that every day. I'm already diabetic but a daily dose of this would make me double-diabetic. Wow.

Photo of Trappissed
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Triple Crown:

Served to me with zero head. First time trying this delicious beer. Perfect sweet hazelnut flavor that worked very well. Have never tasted a beer like this before. Very malty, with hints of chocolate and molasses. A little roasted. Very nutty...and nectarry, if that's possible. Maybe it was the suggestion of the word in the name.

I could have downed this beer if I wanted to and it wouldn't have been a problem. However, I think more than one pint of this might be too much, just because the flavor is kind of in-your-face and might get a little tiring after a while. I'm sure I would pick up a bomber or two for my next haul.

Bottle on 7/25/09:

Tasted very consistent with when I had it on-tap. It impresses me when this occurs. Especially because the on-tap version(of any beer) usually tastes better to me. I would say pretty much all the same things I said before in my review.

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