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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,285
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 172
Gots: 259 | 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:
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 dbalsock
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a beautiful mahogany with an abundant vanilla head that reduced down to 1cm after 20-30 seconds. Yes, I was staring at this for a little while: it's quite beautiful. Looking down from aboove I could make out a crescent moon, or a yin-yang.

Smell: Caramel, hazel nut, chocolate and diacetyl are immediately noticeable. There is also a slight piney characteristic and some alcohol.

Taste: The hazelnut is the strongest on the palate, along with the slightest bit of alcohol. The diacetyl is immediately noticeable, and then the chocolate and caramel mix with a hint of flowers making this a very pleasant experience.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth on the palate and light bodied this felt average in the mouth. Despite hinting at some hop flavor, there was no real bitterness from the hops or any chocolate malts. I found this to be the only unimpressive part of the beer.

Drinkability: The complex and friendly taste make this beer incredibly quaffable. I hope to try it on tap soon.

dbalsock, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazlenut Brown Nectar - 22oz. bomber poured into Duvel Tulip.

A - Dark brown, the epitomy of a brown ale color. Just perfection in the shade of brown. Creamy off white head, with excellent carbonation streams raising to the top of the glass. Retention is great, and small lacing clings hang on for dear life.

S - Light eathy/nutty/grainy tones, touch of malt sweetness. (Malted milk balls come to mind) Balanced, sweet, and inviting.

T - Taste is incredibly complex for a Brown Ale, pure exuberance. Strong malty notes arrive upfront, and caress the palate. So many different types of sweet tones, but nothing over the top. Chocolate, toffee, and raw molasses. Hazlenut and lots of it. Sweet, yet delicate. Fresh hop notes balance the complexitys in heavenly fashion. Reducing the sweetness level, but not neutralizing it. Fades to a bitter/sweet with small notes of honey and vanilla. Divine.

M - 100% creamy on the palate. Wonderful.

Best Brown Ale thus far, definitely a divine nectar.

HoustonTX, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Part of a Father's Day gift from my parents. Thanks Mom & Dad!

Clear, dark brown with ruby highlights in colour. Tan head is 3/8 inch on the pour, but quickly reduces to a thin cap. Sporadic lacing on the sides.

Roasted malt, sweetness, woody and nutty aromas all intertwine with one another.

Roasted malt with chocolate highlights at the start. Then into a smooth middle where the roasted malt is still prominent but nutty and chocolate highlights make appearances. Long, drawn out finish is malty and nutty with woody highlights. Aftertaste is light and lingering roasted malt. The taste sensation as the beer progresses from the start into the middle is amazing. The hazelnut presence with the chocolate aspect really accentuate the roasted malt spine. Very nicely done.

Smooth, buttery mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. There is a very slight harshness in the middle that quickly fades away.

A really wonderful brew with a unique flavour profile. Trust Rogue to put out a world class specimen that doesn't quite fit the style profile exactly, but projects excellence none-the-less. This would be a regular in my fridge if it was available here.

Noxious26, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of wingman14
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown maple color with a tan head. Smells sweet with syrup and hazelnut, not too much else except sweet notes. Taste is similar, a light body, good carbonation. A very sweet nut brown with some malty aftertaste. The mouthfeel has a good balance of taste, carbonation, and smell. A well rounded beer that is very easy to drink. I would recommend this to all, especiall nut brown lovers, this is a good beer. Enjoy.

wingman14, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of it's 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with mahogany hues when held up to the light. Pour produces a light tan head that quickly turns into a thin lace on top. This is a deliciously smelling brew! Nose is nutty with sweet roasted malt with a little cocoa as well. Taste begins sweet with roasted malt and cocoa that finishes with a dry nuttiness and just enough hop bitterness to clean the palate. Mouthfeel I feel is a little to light for a Brown. Overall this is another good offering from Rogue!

cjgator3, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of swhitt
1.83/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this beer reading the reviews thinking it would be absolutely fantastic. I like other brown ales. Wayyyy weird aftertaste. Tasted like fake syrup had been poured into a decent beer. I opened my 22oz bomber and poured my first glass full of expectations. By the time I had finished half of my first glass, I felt sick to my stomach.

I threw the rest of this bomber down the drain. This is the first time I have ever done this before.

I feel dirty.

swhitt, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a brown ale, which isn't my favorite style, this was the best i've had. I am reviewing this based on the style and I think they make a fairly solid offering.

The appearance is a dark but clear light brown. Smell is faint, as I've noticed in all brown ales I've tried, but no hops to be found in the nose, which would be a plus for the style, mostly.

The taste however showed a little bit more than it's competitors. Thin mouthfeel but more of a nutty and sweet taste which was enough to keep me interested. Moderately low bitterness.

Drinkability, if you are a brown ale fan, should be quite good.

MiScusi, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of xdant
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a 22 oz. bomber. nice dark brown cola color with a nice cream colored head. a thin layer of head retained over the entire surface until the end.
smell: probably my favorite part of this brew. loads of chocolate covered nuts and a faint fruity aroma.
taste: a proper extention of the smell. chocolate, coffee, nuts, currants. Malty and sweet, but not too sweet since i was drinking it for dessert. May be too sweet for dinner...

xdant, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - had many times, finally reviewing it.

Pours a nut brown with a tanish head that subsides fast. There is an immediate smell of a malt, mild caramel and sweetness even before sipping.

The taste - like a nectar, this is very very sweet with a lot of malts up front and in the back of the taste. This is very easy to drink, but gets a bit too sweet after 2/3 of the bottle. Great candidate for splitting with someone, and defintely a beer that can easily be shared with those who are new to certain flavors/styles.

Very similar tastes to New Castle with a cream flavor like Bodingtons. (Its like blending those two beers together, adding more malt and having it be a nut brown all at the same time!)

I highly suggest trying this beer - easy to drink, smooth and just a nice taste overall to enjoy.


HimerMan, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came to the table as a black beer with no head. The smell was nutty with a strong hazelnut scent. The taste was similar with a good malt backbone. The mouthfeel was pretty moderate and smooth. Of the nut brown beers, this is probably the best I've had. I've never been a fan of the style, but this beer may change my mind. Now if they could just sell this stuff in 12 oz. at cheaper prices.

rtratzlaff, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I messed up - I don’t like hazelnut, and asked if this one tasted like it. Nope was the answer. Well it does, what a surprise.

Oh well, clear and dark oak pour, surprisingly little head. Hazelnuts and caramel in the aroma and taste. Also noted some chocolate and coffee. I would have luved this one without the hazelnut extract.

Medium bodied. I won’t get this one again, but because of the hazelnuts – did I mention I the hazelnuts nauseate me?

Vancer, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Jacobob10
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that disappates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of at all. Aroma is nice but subtle. Traces of nuts, coffee, and caramel sweetness hit the nose and then quickly vanish. The taste brings this beer to life a little bit. More coffee can be detected along with some roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel with a touch of bitterness and carbonation at the end. Very drinkable, I polished the bomber off with no problem at all.

This was a pretty one-sided beer, not much going on with the hops at all. A nice offering from Rogue, although their bombers continue to be a bit overpriced.

Jacobob10, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of ski271
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish copper with a medium-small, pillowy, light tan, slowly diminishing head. Like the bottle says, there’s lots of nuts in the nose. Moderately sweet-smelling and malty, with aromas of chocolate, juicy hops, a little spice, and a bit of dark fruit. The taste is sweet and all about the hazelnut. Supporting cast of bready malts, light cherry and wood. It has a medium body, VERY smooth texture and soft carbonation. This is an impressive easy-drinker. And interesting little twist on the style. Certainly worth trying.

ski271, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber black with a half finger tan head that melts to a decent ring of sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet toasted malt, hazelnuts, and chocolate.
Taste is initially sweet roasted malt and hazelnut, then a slight hop bite that keeps this brew from becoming too sweet.
Mouthfeel is thick with carbonation.
No noticable alcohol.
Aftertaste slightly hazelnut extract but the hops makes for a pleasant drying that makes you want for another sip.

IntriqKen, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep brown body that is crystal clear but doesn't let a good deal of light through. The light tan head is a thin film that quickly turns to a ring around the rim. The carbonation is a gentle one of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt has a chocolate note with a nice little nutty quality. There is a faint cream smell that give nice depth to the malt. There is a light note of coffee roasted malt in the background that give a bit of earthiness to the malt.

T- This beer has a smooth rich dry malt flavor of dark malt, but not black malt. The notes of milk chocolate, red rope licorice, cream and lightly toasted nuts come through very nicely.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the beginning and a creamy texture in the finish.

D- Most beers that try to have a nutty flavor just never pull it off. This is one of the few that does. It has a nice complex malty flavor that is still a full-bodied session beer. It is almost a desert with the slight sweetness, big creaminess and nice nuttiness all it is missing is a big alcohol taste and you have desert in a glass.

rhoadsrage, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep reddish-brown with a tall and thick creamy tan head that lasts and lasts and leaves some nice lacing. Smell is rich and nutty, with a hint of chocolate and some roasted malts rounding it out. Wonderfully warm and inviting. Taste is malty up front, with lots of lightly roasted chocolate and spices being overtaken by the nuttiness that builds a finish that goes on and on. A touch of hoppiness livens up this nicely complex ale. Mouthfeel could be a bit thicker, but is well carbonated and warming, and drinkability is very good, though the richness and complexity makes one want to slow down and appreciate it fully. Just a great beer, certainly my favourite brown ale to date.

Mandrake, May 29, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer pours a fairly transparent brown with red characteristics. The tan head is not very abundant and falls to a ring quickly.

Smell – Smells strongly of sweet caramel with roasted qualities. I smell something that reminds me of slightly burnt caramelized almonds. There is a sweet sugary aroma as well with a just a hint of fruity hops.

Taste – Off the bad I am again reminded of caramelized almonds. I can taste the hazelnut flavor too... it’s almost like an extract. On top of this the caramel and toffee malts in this beer give it some really good sweet and heavy kick. There is a bit of roasted flavor in there with maybe just a hint of chocolate. The finish is somewhat bitter on this one too.

Mouthfeel – Pretty nice. It’s got a decent creaminess. The carbonation is a little tingly for me but it doesn’t take away that much.

Drinkability – Very good. It tastes nice and can be savored but still goes down fast if you want it to.

About what I expected from this beer. I’ve had it built up and it did not disappoint.

Orrshow, May 23, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must admit I am a fan of sweet American Brown Ales. So this is a preferred style of mine. This beer was very decent and no disappointment. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is the right name! It is divinely smooth and has such a gentle nut attribute.

Appearance: Pours a dark honey brown color with a small head that fades fast. Very nice thick lacing but only when encouraged with a little swirl, not very sticky.

Smell: Hazelnut chocolate and caramel aromas fill the nose along with the heavenly brown sugar and slightly toasted malts. mmm.

Taste: Starts off very creamy and malty with lots of brown sugar, toasted malts a hint of chocolatyness and some nut flavors. This is a *very* approachable beer! There is a slight gentle hop presence that presents itself as a bit of a spicy attribute (may also be aided by the well masked 6.20% ABV) but it is plenty tame and reserved it serves to balance out the beer and keep the sweetness from becoming cloying. This beer is definitely one to finish the night with. It is a desert beer by all means.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full in the mouth and still quite slick. It is extremely relaxed and smooth in the mouth leaving only a slight tingle of alcohol and hops reminding the palate that it was once there.

Drinkability: I have a huge sweet tooth and this *really* hits the spot for me. This has become a new regular on my rotation. I would not consider this sessionable (too sweet) but I still maintain the drinkability is excellent. One bomber went down so easily and certainly left me wanting!

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, May 16, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one displays a dark brown body with ruby highlights showing through all over the place. No head to speak of. The aroma is quite sweet, with extracted vanilla and a lot of nuttiness coming through. Tasting this, the first thing to leap out is some pinprick carbonation on the tip of the tongue, along with a typical nut brown sourness at the back of the palate. Then a smooth, hazelnut, vanilla and sugar sweetness comes through. The finish is on the smokey side, and the mouthfeel is quite silky and smooth. Overall, this beer isn't my cup of tea, but it's still quite good, and would make quite a good dessert beer I'd imagine.

geexploitation, May 16, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is sweet! This dark brown beer with the slight reddish tint and decent tan head has a smell that only hints at the toasty caramel/toffee liquid candy goodness that is Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Smooth malts and nuttiness anyone would be hard pressed to beat. Drinkable? Quite, if you like your tongue to dance from the sweetness. Rogue, I pump my fist in your honor!

JayTheFinn, May 13, 2006
Photo of mjd83goblue
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber for $4.99

A: Pours a nice reddish brown. "Chestnut" has been mentioned in the reviews, and I feel it's a good description. Bubbly head that disappears quickly.

S: Nutty, toffee, and sweet. Smells delicious.

T: Taste is nutty, finishing with a toffee/butterscotch sweetness.

M: Very smooth and full bodied.

D: Drinkability for this bottle is very high, but I definently don't want more than one of these in a sitting.

This is a great beer if you want one as a nightcap, and I think it would be a great dessert beer. Also might be good to break in a non-BA with. A very good beer.

mjd83goblue, May 07, 2006
Photo of Cwrw
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My third beer from Rogue, and after the Mocha Porter and the Chocolate Stout, I am looking forward to this sweeter and less roasty offering. 650ml, tasted at cellar temperature. Poured out, wow, quite dark for a brown. A nice, solid-looking deep tawny chestnut. Held to light it shows some nice near-ruby, light purple hues. The head is oatmeal-coloured and left full but fast moving lace. A definite beauty of a brown ale to look at. The first aroma...mmmm...butterscotch and creamy hazelnut. Sweet and big on the caramel malts, almost like coffee flavouring, vanilla and hazel. The prominent notes here are the toffee, butterscotch and caramel, and it's really quite delicious to smell. Better than the Chocolate stout and Mocha porter for me. It really reminds me of a flavoured coffee, because it does have a milky, almost buttery profile as well. The malting is strong and balanced, and the hops are really hard to find behind all the sweetness. Other sweet notes: candy apple, chocolate raisins, prunes, some rummy sugariness, and even a little spicy phenol. A real pleasure to inhale. Taste? Rummy sweetness and butterscotch on the tongue right away, a bit mild but sweet in the middle, and leaving with, yes: hazelnut and more coffee flavour than the nose suggested. Light chocolate and a less full-flavour than the aroma might have led me to believe, but this is still extremely tasty. A lovely aftertaste that lingers full with nuttiness and caramel, vanilla and cinnamon bread. Very creamy, with coffee-flavouring. A brown sugar flavour here too that (almost) reminds me of some Belgian dubbels. A ton of toffee-candy sweetness. Awesome. The mouthfeel is the only nitpicking territory. I found it a little weak and watery at the finish--it could use just a tad more body, because the lack of it adds a hard-water flavour the beer could do without. Low carbonation. I could drink these all night, and give me this over their Chocolate stout anyday. Solid.

Cwrw, May 05, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in colour with medium carbonation, but poor head retention. Strong malty aromas, along with the typical Rogue pacman yeasty touch and a bit of roasted malt. Initial flavors of munich malts and a bit of soft fruit give way to the more drying chocolate malt and nut flavors. I think it’s more sesame than hazelnut, but the nut element is definitely there. There’s a bit of a sour twang (not from infection) on the finish that I didn’t really like. A bit of a disappointment.

fisherman34, May 04, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost the same colour of beer bottle glass, with a bit of redness to it. The head was tan, thick and foamy. It has shrunk down to a thick ring around the outside of the glass.

The smell has toasted bread and caramel, along with some kind of sweet berry. There is something else there that I can't identify, and neither can my wife. The unknown smell is most prevelant when it is just poured and the head is large. Good smell though.

Before I can say anything about the taste, the mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and smooth, with light carbonation that just seems so right.

Now to the taste, this is a very malty beer, which certainly agrees with my palate. Toasted bread to start, with just a hint of bitterness, taken over by a sweet honey and caramel mix and finishes with a chocolaty coffee richness. Molasses makes an appearance, but is very subtle. Very, very nice.

I am impressed. I expected to like this, but it has surpassed all expectations.

elricorico, May 03, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark amber with a tan head.

Smell. Very, very sweet. the first thing i get are raisons, but there is also a small milk chocolate aroma and a syrupy current smell.

Taste. Very sweet. dark fruity tastes. like black current preservatives, very potent on this flavor. There are some cocoa powder tastes to it as well, but just a dash. The aftetaste has more of the chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel is good. Full body, nice balance, good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but i have to be in the mood for it to enjoy, so sweet. a friend of mine recommended it to me a while back, and i bought one. i liked it then. Well, he passed away a few months ago, so i always think of him when i see this one, and his words when he described it, "soo tasty." Very enjoyable beer though.

acrawf6, May 02, 2006
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,285 ratings.