Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales
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Ratings: 3,205 | Reviews: 1,322 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured a very clear mahogany with a large bubbled, off white, almost-cask-poured-like head.
It's not just a cute name: this beer really smells like hazelnut. Also a rich and full smell of malts, followed by a hop snap.
Medium body with a creamy smoothness and an overall clean feel. Malt flavors are roasty and nutty, pairing in almost perfection with the hazelnut flavors. Hops offer balance and keep the whole thing from going south.
Rogue is super consistent and you can add this to their list of impressive beers. This is a hell of a dessert brew.
10-30-2005 13:31:57 | More by Shultzerdugen
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
A. Deep caramel color, little head, no lacing. This ultimatley hurts the beers overall "smell" rating.
S. See above.
T. This is where this beer scores major point. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Taste like a dessert in a glass.
M,D,N Great taste beer. I often look at brown ales as sort of a novelty. Not sure why...this beer is a reminder of how good they can be. Review was a bit short becasue I lost the first review in transisition.
10-28-2005 03:09:07 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours into a tumbler with about an inch of pretty bubbly tan head that dissapates quickly. No retention or lace, which suprised and dissapointed me. The beer itself is a nice reddish-brown.
Smell is sweet, with hazelnut and some doughy malt. Taste is malt, a touch of chocolate, and hazelnut. Very sweet but not excessively so. Mouthfeel is decent--a little thicker than average with light carbonation. Since I like sweet/malty beers, I could drink this for a while, especially with a little something to munch on just in case. It's a real bummer that there's no head retention or lacing; this beer taste good and I wish it looked good too. I'm not sure it's a bad bottle, since the taste is good, so I'm confused, given other people's reviews.
10-26-2005 01:18:22 | More by dciskey
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Had this on-tap at Brewgrass and bought another bottle today. This is one of the best smelling beers I've had. The first thing you notice when you have a drink is the flavor of the hazelnut. It also has a kinda caramel taste to it. It is a deep brown color with minimal head. I thought enough of this beer that it is the first one I sampled at Brewgrass that I went out and bought. Rogue brews some mighty fine beers. I'll certainly buy this one again.
10-25-2005 00:46:33 | More by Enola
4.65/5 rDev +14.3%
The Rogue Hazelnut brown had very dark body and little to no head. The aroma was very impressive with chocolate, brown sugar and nutty hints. The mouthfeel was clean and very smooth, and it had a wonderful sweetness, characterized by chocolate, toffee, caramel and nuttiness. It finished excellently with a sweet smoothness I rarely find in browns. I highly recommend this to people like myself who are constantly unimpressed with browns.
10-24-2005 18:31:06 | More by sinistrsam
4.65/5 rDev +14.3%
Had this on tap at Hollinshead.
Ap - this poured a deep pine-bark brown with mohogany hues and a solid cream colored lace.
Sm - scents of toffee and nuts hit your nose in a very pleasant bouquet... some sweetness that i cant peg.
Tst - Mmmmm, delicious caramel, toffee and nuts (hazelnuts i'll assume) grace your tongue with hints of a chololate and vanilla blend. This is really damn good stuff.
Very tasty and complex this one. I'm not a nut-brown fan, but maybe i am now. This had a good medium body and could possibly pass as a porter... subtley complex if that makes sense. I will definitely serve this on the holidays and keep a bottle in my refrig.
10-24-2005 17:49:21 | More by SwillinBrew
4.78/5 rDev +17.4%
A thick light-tan head rests on a glowing reddish brown body. Good head retention and thick lace. Smells of light malts and toffee-like hazelnut. Taste is an interesting and well-executed variation on standard brown ales: sweet and savory combination of chocolate, malt and hazelnut. Mild hop-bitterness. The hazelnut seems to dominate but is not overwhelming. Body is light to medium. Mouthfeel is smooth with an extremely clean finish, making this a very drinkable beer.
This is a very complex, yet well-balanced American take on the brown ale. I wasnt sure what I would think about the hazelnut character, as Im not a fan of hazelnut coffees, but it complements the other flavors well and does not seem out of place here. Serious props to the fellas at Rogue for this one.
10-22-2005 15:39:34 | More by Shovelbum
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
presentation: 22oz. bomber with the traditional rogue printed bottle. printing is brown and tan. with rogue big across the top, there is a bearded, brown shirt and glasses wearin' balding man holding a stein of hazelnut brown in one hand and his other hand in a fist in the air. "world champion brown ale" on a medal. ingredients are listed as usual on the right, above rogue's description of their brew, above graphic images of a cow and a pig (what to pair this with) above the brewing specifications. "oxygen fixing caps". with all this information, you'd think there would be an abv or freshness date posted, but you'd be wrong.
appearance: pours a nice rich dark brown with deep ruby highlights in a stein mug. head is a light tan 1 inch, tight but fluffy. drops to a patchy capper after a few minutes. good initial retention, but once it's gone, it's gone. no lacing.
smell: caramelly sweet bread and nutty. some lightly earthy and spicy hop aromas. there is a sweet hazelnut aroma that makes itself the centerpiece.
taste: toasty roasted malts with lightly spicy hop balance. not as strong a hop presence as dfh's india brown, but seemingly more balanced. some chocolate and dark fruits as well. maybe some currants. hazelnut flavor is obvious and brings about memories of the hazelnut syrup in a starbucks hazelnut latte with every sip. finishes a tad sweet with a light malt bitterness. aftertaste is a tad astringent and woody.
mouthfeel: nice creamy medium mouthfeel with great carbonation. rolls around prickling and has a little bite in the swallow, but swallows very smoothly.
drinkability: very drinkable. stein is gone, refilled and gone again. very tasty with a mild aftertaste that allows you to drink as fast or sip as slow as you want.
overall: excellent american brown. i didn't think i'd have much better than the india brown by dfh the other night, but i think i have. aroma is better here, and taste and balance is the slightest little bit better as well. two thumbs.
10-20-2005 02:21:13 | More by Px2GrafX
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
This brew pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small with head that recedes within seconds. The aroma huge. Chocolate, nuts, more chocolate. The taste is chocolaty too, with roasted flavors as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this beer seems like a cross between a brown ale and a porter. Whatever it may be, it is damn good.
10-16-2005 18:48:21 | More by KarlHungus
4.6/5 rDev +13%
Ordered this at a local "flying saucer", my first taste of a "Rogue-based" brew. Being on-tap, I decided to give it a try.
Appearance: Very dark brown coloring, the draw I received had a lasting head that took at least five minutes to "calm down".
Smell: An overwhelming hazelnut extract aroma with an underlying malt addition.
Taste: Wonderfully smooth and well-bodied taste, the presence of hazelnut was one of the draws to trying this beer, and the strong presence was expected. The malt and chocolate taste was present and balanced out what would have been a very awkward "one-sided" extract beer.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation was well-balanced and added to the "denseness" of the presentation. A more carbonated presence would have (obviously) given a weaker presentation.
Drinkability: The was a wonderfully drinkable beer. In fact I stopped by a local shop to pick up several of the "20-oz bottles" on my way home. A $5.30 price per bottle is a bit of a kick-back, but only slightly. Others have said this would be a good "dessert-beer" and I agree, however it worked well in a "chips and salsa sitting around a table talking" format as well. Was a good pairing with the queso dip actually.
10-15-2005 20:34:04 | More by Nesued
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
A real dark reddish brown color,very nice,but the head is smallish.This has a real nutty,hazelnut,and chocolate aroma.I don't have a great nose,but this is very strong.This tastes great!! A real strong nutty,creamy, chocolate flavor.This is delicious. This has a light/medium feel for a brown ale,very drinkable.Another awesome beer from Rogue.
10-14-2005 03:18:45 | More by jmz62565
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a thick, dark brown color with a dense tan-colored head that has excellent retention and a soapy density. I smell roasted malts along with toasted bread and smoked/burnt nuts. The taste is incredible! A blast of coffee, nuts, brown sugar, and sweet malts. Rich and complex and yet not intimidating. The finish is bittersweet with a hint of semi-sweet cocoa. An excellent beer that can be had over and over again with ease.
10-13-2005 23:38:59 | More by jaluria
4.15/5 rDev +2%
After dancing around this beer for some time, I finally got arround to trying it. Smells like a really good nut brown ale. Lots of barley malt, almonds, hazlenut, chocolate and roasted malt with a fermented sour to the nose. Looks almost opaque and dark brown. Lightly headed with a tan lace. Tastes like a big flavored brown ale with ameretto mixed in. Flavors of hazlenut, cocoa, barley malt, and caramel remain strong into the finish. The beer wears a bit grainy and astringent, but not to deterring levels. Finishes a bit thinner than the initial sip. Could be a bit creamier. Still-good beer.
10-13-2005 15:41:45 | More by BEERchitect
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
Poured from the bottle: Gorgeous Amber/brown colour with ample head that remained throughout.
The smell is a bit on the light side....sweet but no hint of what the taste will bring.
The taste is fantastic! Wonderful mix of chocolate and hazelnuts that are balanced to perfection. I've had this many times before and, Rogue willing, will have it many times in the future.
Can you tell that it's one of my favs? ;^)
10-13-2005 00:11:49 | More by Bitterbill
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber brown with an almost tan and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.
The aroma was strong chocolate with a hazelnut character. The aroma was nutty and contained a strong Munich malt character coupled with a light and sweet caramel aroma. A very light fruity character was also present.
The flavor was crisp with a light Munich malt nuttiness coupled with a hazelnut flavor and a light chocolate. A caramel malt flavor was also present and a very light fruitiness.
The finish was dry with a lasting light chocolate and hazelnut flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A nice beer, with easy drinkablilty and a good hazelnut character. Not as hoppy as an American Brown Ale would normally be, more English with hazelnuts.
22 ounce bottle. No freshness dating.
10-05-2005 23:19:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.65/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours a deep ruby brown with a 1/8" cap of foam. Looks tasty (which it is if my memory serves me correctly).
mmm... smells like nutty brown malty goodness. Deep and full and luscious smelling... gorgeous... how a brown ale should smell. I wish the smell was just a bit more pungent, but my nose is stopped up, so I'll cut it some slack.
OMG DELICIOUS. Ahem... must... retain.. professionalism.
Seriously... amazing taste. Nutty and rich and mildly spicy... like cinnamon without the kick.... wondeful... absolutely incredible.
Mouthfeel is thick and luscious... imminently tongue coating. A perfect desert beverage.
The only reason I dont give the drinkability a 5.0 is because its a bit sweet, as a desert beer should be.... but really, I could drink a whole lot of this beer, and the abv isn't so high to make that a problem. A must try in my book.
10-01-2005 01:50:15 | More by nickss
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
Had this Rogue variation on tap. I think it might be the same recipe as the Morimoto but it definitely has a different flavor profile on tap. I like the bottle version but this stuff is really good on tap. Dark brown, hazelnut, color. Nice creamy tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is coffee with hazelnut and more nuttyness. Flavor leans on the sweet side with caramel and toffee malts. Nutty base. Lots of roasted hazelnut flavor in here. Creamy. A bit of coffee in here. Finish is somewhat dry but lingers. Mouthfeel is excellent. The flavors transition and work with each other quite well. There's a nice all around thickness to this beer. Better on tap than bottle imo.
09-28-2005 21:09:32 | More by granger10
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a reddish brown with a one finger head that quickly recedes to a thin ring, with mild lacing.
Smells sweet, nutty, mild chocolate, and roasted malts.
Taste was some chococalte, hazelnut, caramel, with a sweet malty finish. Color me crazy, but this reminds me somewhat of a dopplebock when it gets a litte warmer. This one goes down very smooth, with only a touch of bitterness.
09-27-2005 02:00:50 | More by RedHaze
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
This brew had me thinking the moment I tasted it. Hmmm..The taste is unusual, full of toasty goodness and with a coffee overtone. I like the nuttiness and I must admit the hazelnut presence got my attention immeadiately. Ok, Ok, I'm a big fan of dark, flavorful beers. This is no secret if you've read any of my reviews that deal with porters, scotch ales, deep ambers, stouts, ect.. However this one is just "different", and I mean that in a good way. This is my first sampling from the Rogue Ale line and I like what I'm tasting here.
The aroma got my attention, but the taste (which has a smooth mouthfeel) keeps me contemplating the overtones each time I taste this deep mahogany brew. The initial frothy head didn't stay as long as I'd like and lacing was marginal after inital pouring of the brew. I would have expected this beer to be really sweet and not very drinkable, however there is a nice hop balance at the finish. Not too heavy in alcohol so I was able to open another "bomber" to share with the wife as the evening chill set in tonight. A very interesting offering indeed.
09-22-2005 04:41:41 | More by BarrelBrother
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
Nice brown color with a thin head.
Chocolate dominated the aroma of the beer was looking for a more hazelnut scent. But it was nice with a big malty nose to it.
The taste was quite smooth with a big chocolate flavor at first tapers off to a hint of nuts and slight bitterness.
Good amount of hazelnut flavor and more detectable in the after taste. Good smooth beer that is great for a after dinner drink.
09-15-2005 03:53:01 | More by HochFliegen
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours out a deep cola brown with a thin tan-brown head that holds pretty well and leaves a nice lacing.
Smell is all kinds of chocolate, particularly baking chocolate, with a lot of hazelnut, almond, and maybe even walnut sneaking in there. It's a big malty nose, but it's a really pleasant sniffer.
Flavor has a nice chocolate sweetness that's rounded out nicely by all the nutty accents. The hazelnut doesn't come through in an overpowering way and is nicely offset by a healthy little hop bite.
As the finish gets nice and dry, you want another drink.
Overall: A very nice sweetened brown ale to drink as a dessert or at the end of the night.
09-07-2005 00:24:46 | More by whartontallboy
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
Another fine quality product from Rogue.
Purchased in a 22 oz bomber. My 2 cents about Rogue's "expensive" bomber controversy is that I'd really rather purchase it this way than in a six-pack. If I'm not blown away by a beer, I'd much rather only drink 22 ounces of it than 72.
And with that being said, this beer is worth the $5 bottle.
The scent gets your taste buds thumping in anticipation. Pleasantly sweet with maple-syrup tones, but not sicky-sweet or overpowering.
This beer fills your mouth full-up with its complexity. There's so much going on... It's hard to describe it all. I will leave some things to you to find out for yourself. I will say the hazelnut flavor is fully present & very well balanced in the mix.
Definitely a highly drinkable beer worth your $$$. This is easily the best brown ale i've ever had.
09-06-2005 23:01:21 | More by chOAKbarrell
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
From a 22 bomber...
Good-looking brown ale - good clarity, very reddish in color with a small head that disappears towards the end.
The smell was not quite what I expected - very malty, roasted smell with a little bit of chocolate. I hoped there'd be more hazelnut in the aroma, but it was harder to detect...
The taste is truly delicious. Malty bitter chocolate goodness with hazelnut undertones that are most easily detected after the post-sip exhale. The rich, smooth feel makes it extremely drinkable. Very good beer.
09-06-2005 22:36:53 | More by killthehatred
3.55/5 rDev -12.8%
Poured out a 22 oz. bomber.
A: Dark brown with a hint of reddish hues, rootbeerish in color. Tan head that dissipates very quickly-I'm dissappointed with the head retention even after a vigorous pour.
S: Hazelnut, roasted/burnt nut, chocolate and fig smell all on a canvas driven by malt. Also a hint of bread in the b-ground.
T: Paralleling the smell the taste is encircled around a backdrop of malt. Definate hazelnut, bitter chocolate and fig tastes up front with malt throughout and especially in finish-sweet and malty. Also flavors of bread poking around. Sweet malt throughout.
MF: A smooth, medium mouthfeel that sits and rolls off the tongue nicely.
Overall: A solid Rogue offering and a great after dinner beer. May be too malty "sweet" for consumption anytime but after dinner. Makes for a nice desert beer though and I enjoyed the infused hazelnut-in taste and aroma.
09-06-2005 13:25:45 | More by Illinick
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
Deep brown, caramel around the edges. Good, very fine lacing. Does smell faintly of hazelnut, more like chocolate though--kind of like cake icing. Taste is too malty upfront, but has a nice roasted, nutty finish. Too much unbalanced sweetness. Not as good as I had remembered.
09-06-2005 00:57:45 | More by battlekow
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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