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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,662
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 228
Gots: 487 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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: 3,662 | Reviews: 1,375
Photo of Oatsoda
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass, the thin layer of foam quickly dissipates above a red-brown translucent body.

As you would expect from the name, the aroma is very hazelnutty- reminding me of drinking a flavored coffee.

To my flavor-sensing mechanisms, it seemed to have a low malt presence with at least half of its taste coming from a grapefruit-like citrus finish. Not at all what I was expecting with the hazelnut preview.

Light-bodied, it's carbonation was like a flat soda.

Although it is a dark-colored beer, I imagine it as a good summer thirst-quencher with its strong citrus taste.

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin offwhite head. Okay retention and spotty lace.

S: Aroma is hazelnuts and roasted malts, gooey toffee and chocolate malt.

T: Taste of dark chocolate, almond, and obviously hazelnut. This beer definitely reminds me of an iced hazelnut coffee, maybe even a little mocha. A bit of fakness to the taste though.

M: Medium in body with great carbonation on draft.

D: Not bad. If not for the slightly off puting fake flavor it would call it good.

Photo of JollyToper
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Top's Liquor in Tempe for $5.49. Poured a bomber into a big red wine glass.

Color is dark brown with an off-white to tan head. Little lacing (but is sometimes a problem in my wine glass).

Smell of chocolate and hazelnut. Taste of chocolate malts with a toasty aftertaste. Some caramel? Effervescent on the tongue and medium bodied.

Overall, I really liked this and will buy it again and again.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came highly recommended by a friend, and after several beer runs where I somehow forgot it, I finally snagged a bomber from Total Wine in Columbia, SC, and cracked it open while enjoying a large hunk of chocolate creme cake.

Pours a rich mahogany, with some deep red highlights at the bottom. Large, fluffy, light tan head with creamy tight lacing. This is a fine looking beer.

Initial aroma is nutty more so than anything. Super malty. There's a bit of roastiness in there, but it's mostly at the end of the nose.

Perfect balance in this beer. It's unbelievable. The first taste is of the roasted malts, then a quick swish reveals the spicy hops that give a nice bitterness that balances it out.

Nice smooth creaminess. The contrasts are excellent. Like I said before, perfect balance. I think this is a phenomenal brown ale.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.79/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/11/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a black/dark brown colored body, with nearly no head, tan in color. Chocolately, nutty aroma, and slight coffee. Has a taste of chocolate, nuts, coffee. Coffee aftertaste. Kind of watery. Reminds me of a porter.

Photo of dacrza1
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, solid brown body with a one-finger off-white head... hardly opaque, with the faintest light at the glass's bottom... light, almost nonexitstent aroma--some malts, but otherwise nondescript--on purpose? mellow, softly nestling effervescent in the teeth... presence is substantial... chewy, definitely nutty... surprsingly 33 IBUs as the hops are not up front... pleasantly flavorful with a malty breath late... "Pacman Yeast"? I love a beer that proudly displays its ingredients... having had a run on browns over the holidays, I had to sample this, and the results were as expected--solid with a twist of Rougish flair, hazelnut coffee evoked...

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

Pretty good looking brown. The bomber was poured into my mug and had a nice two finger pale tan head, which had pretty good retention. It is mildly carbonated, and almost brown in colour, with deep reddish highlights.

Creamy hazelnuts and whole grain crusty bread greet the nose, along with a hint of pear and some woodsy and mildly floral hops.

Taste is much like the aroma, although its toasty and nutty edge also hints at walnuts. There is also a sweeter edge to this brew, somewhere between toffee and treacle.

A nice medium bodied brew with a creamy feel. Nice contrasts present, with the nutty malts, some sweetness yet some astringency, as well as the mildly woody hop bitterness.

This is pretty drinkable, and at 6.2% almost sessionable. Well worth a try for fans of brown ales. It would be fun to try this against Fat Squirrel from NG. Glad to have had a chance to try this, it is certainly something that i will look forward to revisiting.

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

Pours an amberish brown. Nice head that floats on top of the beer after disapating to a thin foam.

Smell is definitly strong malty nut.

Flavor is like the smell... malty nuts. Also get some caramel. Really nice smooth and somewhat creay mouthfeel. I would say this is drinkable but due to the heaviness it would be more drinkable in the colder months for sure.

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

Picked up a 22oz single at Pinyon Liquor Store in Rangely, Colorado, ridiculously overpriced at $6...no price tag on it, and I didn't want to offend them by putting it back.

A: Clear, light brown/red color with a khaki colored head about two inches thick on the initial pour that has settled down to not much, lots of clumpy chunks of lacing around the edges of the glass.

S: hazelnut, big time, not nutty, but hazelnut, slight milk smell, and a hint of coffee as well, hazelnut dominates this.

T: hazelnut and chocolate really stand out in this one, a light coffee comes out in it, and a smooth maltiness, surprisingly enough this isn't ridiculously hopped like other Rogue beers, what hops are there are hidden deep in the background, and are slightly piney, and earthy. a little too much on the hazelnut side for me.

M: creamy, low carbonation, and rather sticky, not bad, not spectacular.

D: this is too sweet and too much hazelnut for me to really drink more than a bomber, a tasty beer, and a definite dessert beer, but that's really about it for this cowboy.

Photo of Lukie
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took me a while to get around to this one. Here we go. Poured out a brown colour (funny that...) with a nice head, and good clinging lace on the sides of the glass.

Definently smell the malty characters to it. It's like caramel coated nuts, with a big chocolate/cocoa/nutty kick to it aswell. Very nice to say the least. Smells like Toblerone.

Tastes like Toblerone! Well no, not really :P
It has a nice nutty taste to it, with that honey glazed taste coming through aswell. It also seems quite roasty, like drinking a very dumbed down stout. Not what I expected.

A really good offering from Rogue once again. Not something I will drink all the time, as I prefer several of their other beers, but definently worth the price. Very well made.

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

This one has a classic mahogony furniture color with plenty of decent carbonation that forms a bubbly but foamy mocha-tan colored head that really has nice retention, the foam lasts until the very end.

The first thing that hit me when I took a whiff of this brew was 'unique'. The hazlenut aroma really pops out amoungst a very rich malt complexity that reminds me of Chex cereal, oatmeal with brown sugar, nutty chocolate candy bars and old leather. Deep down there an herbal and even peppery hop effect. You will wanna keep sniffing this brew!!

The hazlenut flavor is a very unique twist on a malty brown ale. The flavor is very authentic from the hazlenut nectar which adds depth to this already hearty malty brew. The malt has a variety of nuts alng with a mild chocolate current that brings in a a medium and smooth middle body. There's a smokey dark wheat effect along with oatmeal and brown sugar. The hops provide a wonderful balance of peppery earthiness that hits you right at the end but still remains smooth with a clean edge that keeps the drinkability way up.

This is easily one of the best Versions of a Brown ale I've had, only about a handful of Brown ale's really stands out in my mind and this is right near the top.

Photo of naterock
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HAd on tap at Patton Alley Pub. Poured deep brown with a two finger head and weak lacing.

smell is weak, typical for a brown ale.

taste is rich a nutty, hazelnut is present but not overpowering of the malt. decent reprsentation but not really enough hazelnut to be really taken seriously.

body is thin, but with a nice aftertaste, decently drinkable, but I have to say just ok for a brown

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

Pours a very nice deep brown color, with some good initial head, but almost no lacing. Nice deep scent, very malty and earthy, a slight nuttiness to it as well. Excellent taste, rich and malty with good hop undertones, a nice earthy flavor with a nice little bit of hazelnut to it. Goes down very smooth, a wonderful Ent draugth.

Photo of TMB0424
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into mug.

Poured a roasted chestnut light brown body with a small, dirty tan head. Light lacing left by the quickly diminished head.

Smells very pleasant... actually calming. The hazelnut is definitely there, as well as other roasted nuts and a caramel coated biscuit scent as well. VERY nice. The sweet caramel malts are really coming through in spades, but it's not overdone. Smells very well-balanced.

Taste is so smooth. The caramel malts hit you first, followed by all of that lovely roasted nut flavor (the hazelnut is delicious) and it finishes with a slightly bitter nutty, hoppy finish. The finish lingers around for quite some time, which is not a bad thing as it's delicious.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, light bodied. Has somewhat of an oily character to it. This beer is drinkable, yes, but only to a certain extent. It begins to wear very sweet towards the end of the glass (for my tastes) and it's much less enjoyable. That's basically the only complaint I have for this brew. Aside from that, it's delicious, refreshing, and perfect to sip on for dessert.

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

Back to basics. This was one of the beers that turned me on to craft brewing. I remember having a couple of these straight out of the bottle, back when I didn't know the difference between a hop and a malt. Shared this with the lovely lady to my right.

A. Ruddy orange with red, slight haziness and very light in color. No head at pour.

S. Smells like crusty bread. Some hints of banana. Slight sweetness. Honey scents pull through.

T. Good rougher malt characteristics. Grainy texture and feel to it. Small sips lead to a sweet taste with honey finishing. Some slight orange. Chocolate.

Not as good as I remember, but refreshing nonetheless.

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

Poured an attractive dark-brown with a thin head that left minimal lacing. The smell was very nice, and filled with nice caramel and hazelnut notes.

Taste was very nice, sweet caramel with a nice nuttiness. The finish held some sweetened-coffee notes. Mouthfeel was quite nice, but I think the sweetness takes away from overall drinkability here. After a couple of servings, I was longing for something with some bitterness to balance out.

Very nice offering, but not the best session beer for me.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a medium brown with a nice head that stays. Lacing is good as well.

The nose is (of course) hazlenuts with flowery and sweet hints. Its taste is mostly of hazlenut with coffee on the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Although my bottle may have been too warm, since it had not been refrigerated, drinkability is high. Even for someone from Mississippi [grin], the alcohol level was not noticeable, and the taste left me wanting more.

I'll definitely be revisiting this beer (hopefully whilst it is a bit chilled).

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

A- At first glance, it appeared to pour a dark brown color, but hold it up the light and it is a nice deep red tint. Also, if poured correctly, it leaves a nice head that leaves an even lace around the glass.

S- Really nice hazelnut, chocolate, caramel, and perhaps some coffee hints. Sweet, one of the better smelling beers for sure.

T- Tastes very similar to the smell. Nutty with roasted malts. Sweet with some coffee hints.

M- Medium body, perfect for the type of ale. Some people say it feels watery, but I don't think so all. Some moderate carbonation. Not very hoppy, but excellent balance. Strong roasted malts.

D- Very good, however I had a 22 ounce bottle and I think that may be enough. Not a beer I would ever want to session with, but definitely a great dessert beer

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you notice whether you're getting this on tap or pouring your own from a bomber is that huge smell. I grew up in a town with a lot of filbert (hazelnut) farms and this thing takes me back to my childhood with that aroma, nothing else permeates the smell. The mouthfeel is sticky and creamy and very sweet but not annoyingly so. This is the best brown ale I've ever had, and I am super craving one at this very second.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/16/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee (hazelnut I suppose), slight nuts. Flavor is quite nutty (hazelnuts and walnuts) with a slight sweet malt backbone. Good beer, interesting flavor!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Photo of cvfish
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark brown color which produced a beautiful, moderately sized fluffy tan head which had great retention and left a nice wisp of lace on the glass

S - THe aromas produced by this beer were not as hazelnut dominated as expected, a nice amount of vanilla and brown sugar was aslo present

T - The taste of this beer was a harmony of sweet malts, some noticeable barley, of course the hazelnuts which do not overpower the beer but blend perfectly, and some vanilla on the finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a smooth, medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a great beer by Rogue, and a key addition to a style which I love, a great beer in both the bottle and draft

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

It has been a while since I first rated this. I was worried that I overrated it since it was one of my first reviews. Having come back to it now I realize it truly is a great beer.

Drinkability - The first one is very enjoyable. A great starter for the night, maybe have two. Personally however, this is not the type of beer I could drink in a session.

Appearance - Dark brown with smooth carbonation, head is thin but holds retention. Rich apprearance.

Smell - Sweet, caramel-chocolate roasted nutty. Very pleasant and one of the nicest aromas I've experienced so far.

Taste - similar to what you smell. Delicious like a light chocolate hazelnut milkshake yet representative of the style. Hazelnut is not overpowering. Light bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel - Although rich in flavour the beer is light and feels thin / watery & smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Photo of SaunaKing
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice pour with a creamy head forming. Exceptional smell, a better version of nutella.

I saw the 6.2% on the bottle and was a little worried about the mouthfeel and drinkablility but this beer really masks the alcohol content with a fantasitic, choclately taste and leaves you wanting more.

The smell really makes this beer, not just the pleasantness but it is quite strong and the most powerful characteristic of the beer.

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

On-tap guest beer at Firehouse in Palo Alto.

The bartender poured it into a chilled glass, which was a little irritating. Had to wait for it to warm up.

A: Dark brown. When held to the light, gave reddish highlights.

S: Hazelnut overpowers the smell, with hints of coffee and toasted malts.

T: Thick flavor. Roast coffee, chocolate, hazelnut. Nice dark blend and a terrific brown ale.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: I liked it, but didn't think it was remarkable. However, my brown ale palate is underdeveloped. I will definitely try it again and see if my appreciation changes.

Photo of chriskozma
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a bomber of this at Galeville Grocery in Liverpool.

The flavor of this beer is unreal. Sweet malt, sugary, vanilla, caramel and all things delicious. I don't normally like brown ales but this is probably the tastiest beer I've ever had.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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