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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,663
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 229
Gots: 487 | FT: 4
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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: 3,663 | Reviews: 1,375
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember the last Rogue beer I've had. They are always my vote for most overrated brewery, but I've had two or three recommendations, so I gave this a shot.

Pours a ruddy amber brown. Thin white foam head. Smells like chocolate, nutty earthiness, and a bit of caramel malt.

Taste is mostly sweet. There's an earthy, nutty bitterness to it I like. Is that hazelnut? Guess I don't know what hazelnut tastes like. Nice chewy malt backing. Pretty decent actually.

I generally don't like brown ales, but I could find myself getting this again.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a great head with a dark brown molasses color

S-smells like nuts! also with a great malt background

T- Sweet and nutty but not overpowering with a great malt and coffee taste. taste stays around and this is just a great beer to sip on. The best brown I have had yet.

M- medium to heavy bodied with no alochol burn

D- Man, this is the perfect dessert beer, sweet nutty, makes me want to eat a big old brownie right now.

This is a world class beer, especially if you like nut browns.

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

Growler bought at the Smokestack, westpoint MS

This beer pours a nice creamy looking head, dark red/brown color. It smell interesting, as if some one made a nutty bread and left it in the oven just a tad bit too long.
I don't know where to place this beer, it's sweet, thick and very nutty. I like this a lot but wouldn't have it too often, it's simply too rich. I will however enjoy this growler till the last drop!

Photo of jonziefle
2.66/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Apperance: Poured a clear dark brown, with some reddish hues. One finger head that doesn’t stick around very long; it reduces to a thin layer pretty quickly. No lacing at all.

Smell: Nose of strong bready/biscuity malts and smoky roasted nuts (maybe hazelnut?). Some sweetness is there, deep down, but much less prevalent than the other darker fragrances.

Taste: In a word, “nutty”. The same nuttiness found in the nose presents itself in the taste, overwhelming so. The nuts are strong up front, with sweet malts in the background. A hint of hops at the very end, but the nuttiness is still there lingering for a good while.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodies and pretty smooth. A nice bit up front, and the taste lingers well.

Drinkability: An interesting take on a Brown Ale, but the nuttiness is completely overwhelming and just didn’t work with the style. Maybe if you like that sort of thing, this beer might work for you. I really can’t recommend this beer, and most likely will not try it again.

Photo of williamherbert
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bubbly brownish red appearance. Head fades quickly. More red than brown in the light.

A unique sugary sweet (but not at all cloying) brown aroma that is unlike any other brown I've ever had. It's like cake and bready brown sugar with that dry hazelnut adding richness. Just tremendous; it's a nutty, bready confection.

The taste is sweet, like real bready brown sugar. Grounded with sweet, bready yeast. Beautifully balanced between the sweet sugar and the nutty hazelnut. Hints of oatmeal and cocoa powder.

The feel is so dry and thick, like a light milkshake. Perfect consistency for this style. It's a great, sweet (but not saccharine) beer. Bready and confectionary. Wonderful and nutty.

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up locally with an assortment of other Rogue ales.

The bottle has a description of "A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish." To the best of my recollection, I have never had a beer that tastes almost exactly as advertised.

Pouring into a pint glass resulted in a nice mahogany colored beer with a very thick, long lasting head - about 3 fingers worth. Very nice, light smell of malts and hazelnuts. Taste was of hazelnuts, not too light, not too strong, with a hint of honey. Was very smooth and disappeared all too quickly from my glass. Would definitely not mind picking up a few more of these

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle split poured into an Imperial Pint - no date on bottle.

A - The Nectar poured a ruby brown color that produced some serious tan, billowing, loose head that refused to go down for minutes but left sticky lacing down the glass when it did.

S - A sweet malty smelling beer loaded with hazelnut and honey aromas. On the negative side it's got a mineral overtone in the nose that's reminiscent of a pool area...

T - A good play on the Brown Ale. The "nectar" and hazelnut really pull through in this malty and sweet delight.

M - Smooth, almost syrup-like mouthfeel but still thin and relaxed.

D - It's finish is satisfying but a little too sweet to be something that's constantly drinkable.

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

Bomber bottle.

Poured dark brown color with medium light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Full hazelnutand roasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Good flavor of hazelnut, malt and caramel with medium sweet finish.

Photo of aristeros
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Second time I've grabbed a bottle of this and I'm slightly biased towards the style.

Pours a caramel brown, brown and a deep copper in the light, opaque, a bit hazy. One finger head vanishes quickly with a little lacing. Some mild coffee and a bunch of hazelnuts in the nose. It's like a cup of coffee, and my hand can't figure out why the glass is cool.

A light, creamy sweetness--just short of too sweet--on the front end, and you can taste the hazelnuts and some notes of roasted flavors. Evokes toffee, you expect more coffee notes from the smell and it's there, but the taste is a surprise. Slightly syrupy, low carbonation. Some malty notes on the back end.

It packs a few surprises and has character. Wouldn't pair with foods so much as leave for drinking after I've eaten. Very refreshing. I've come back to this one, and will again.

Photo of katan
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a pint

A - I guess it passes the eyeball test on what a brown ale should be - although the light does reflect some almost cherry colors to it as well. Formation of the head is quick and leaves just as quick. Seems to be off-white in color. Lots of carbonation going on inside.

S - Almost a sweet maple syrup smell to me (make note of a possible reduction in food). Some hints of nuts. No hops or yeast.

T - Starts off rather thin - neither malt or bitter aggressiveness. Mid-stream increases the bitterness ever so slightly. Maybe a hint of the spiciness of our old friend the pac-man yeast. Finishes with a nutty hit from the hazel nut. Aftertaste is generally not present.

M - A higher than average carbonated beer. Makes it a hair stringing on the tongue. The body of the beer itself seems too thin.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. I find the flavor profile to be somewhat repetitive and the carbonation heavy on the palette. ABV is manageable.

Photo of badmoon
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip from a bomber.

A: Body is a deep, dark orange...almost brown. Limited head that disappeared quickly. Light lacing left behind.

S: Very malty with serious hints of hazelnut. Awesome nose on this brew. The smell actually makes me feel warm.

T: Malt, hazelnut, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with a light, clean bite from the hops.

M: Light carbonation. Slightly syrupy. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate.

D: Overall, this is a fantastic beer! It is the complete sensory experience. This is definitely a libation I will keep on hand in the fridge. Highly recommended!

Photo of davedahl
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The name says it all. Nutty sweet brown...but with nice clean finish.

I got this on-tap last night (3/31/09) at Chicago's Handle Bar.

- appearance: pours medium brown. Opaque not chill-haze. One-finger of head that quickly disappears to a thin layer of bubbles. No lacing.
- taste: apples, cherries, slight citrus hops, clean lightly carmeled malt, highly attenuated so finishes amazingly dry (in a good way).
- aroma: not much. Some carmely malts but that's about it. As it warms some of the fresh-fruit notes come out in the nose....but just barely.
- mouthfeel: light despite the sweetness. Highly carbonated. Carbonation gives it a nice slightly "prickly" feel.

The taste, mouthefeel, and overall drinkability make this a must-try. Damn good stuff. I could rifle these back all night.

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