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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,620 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,620
Reviews: 1,365
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 221
Gots: 454 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of cvstrickland
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22-ouncer poured into a pint nonic glass yields a deep brown body with burnt orange highlights and a finger-thick cap of ecru foam that shrinks quickly to a ring that leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is nutty, malty and sweet with a zippy spicy note.

Taste is hazelnutty with a note of spicy dry chocolate milk mix.

Extremely smooth, lightish-medium bodied and savory, this fine brown ale has terrific drinkability and feel.

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

Pours a dark brown, with zero head. I thought the beer would be completely flat. Smell is of toffee. Taste is malty, with hints of coffee, cola, citrus, and of course hazelnut. The aftertaste leaves a minty, earthy hop aroma. There is also a somewhat interesting sourness to the beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, carbonation levels are surprisingly high considering the appearance. Pretty drinkable, but I probably wouldnt drink more than one bomber at a time. A good brown ale in the American style, that I would buy again.

Photo of auxiliary
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark mahogany color,with some lace left on the glass.

smell - Nuts, chocolate, hazelnut smells here.

taste - Real nice smooth beer. Chocolate and hazelnut. It was almost like drinking coffee. I love hazelnut coffee.

mouthfeel - Medium, and creamy.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, would drink it again....maybe with a donut this time lol.

Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Brownish-red with a 1-finger beige head. Decent lacing.

S: Faint -- nutty with some cocoa powder.

T: Definitely a Brown Ale, as this leans sharply toward the malty side of the malt/hop continuum. At first I get sweet malt with some broad nuttiness, then hazelnut, cocoa and even a touch of vanilla. As it warms a little I get caramel malt and toffee. No real bitterness to offset the sweet profile of this beer; then again, having had a SN Torpedo before this, I'm not sure I'd be able to taste hops unless they smacked me in the face (I did reboot with a good amount of water b/w beers, however).

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Good overall feel to it -- didn't feel thin at all as some Browns seem to.

D: Good. I like some bitterness, even in my Brown Ales, but the sweetness never approached cloying territory.

Photo of ectomorph
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark caramel in color, the tan head dissipates but leaves some lacing behind.

S - Hazelnut and toffee smells with a touch of biscuits.

T - Caramel, hazelnut, and light coffee flavors develop quickly. Malty goodness.

M - Rich but not quite chewy, I really like the feel of this brew.

D - Great with or for dessert.

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

Poured into a pint glass and got a thick white head that was pretty thick and covered a dark crystal clear amber body that had some mild carbonation in it; the head eventually thins out, but maintains a thin even carpet of bubbles with some thick lacing. It has a strong brown sugar and caramel smell to it, along with some wheat and sweet bread smells to it; there is also a very slight tart smell of raisins to it. It has a smooth semi-bitter taste and is sweet all around; there is some mild hazelnut and hops mixed in as well as some maple syrup flavors and a hint of coffee in its aftertaste and some prunes too. It has a medium body that's very satisfying.

Photo of midaszero
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into pint glass

A - Redish brown color with solid tan head and minimal lacing.

S - Strong and sweet hazelnut smell with a touch of coffee

T - Just like the smell, sweet hazelnut with more coffee than the smell lets on

M - Medium body and a little carbonation

D - Easy to drink several of these

Photo of theghost3
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy red-brown. The head is beige, thick. It smells strongly of hazelnut and there are obvious hints of caramel and malts. The taste is prominently nutty with an ample flavor of toasty hops; somewhat sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick, buttery, and smooth. This is a drinkable beer but is rather thick and rich. Overall, delicious.

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

Pours a deep brown with a hint of amber. Thick tan head and lots of lacing.

This beer smells like the name, Hazelnut. Some malt there, but pungently hazelnut.

The taste is like the smell with nothing standing up with the hazelnut flavor. Syrupy sweetness with some tannins in the finish reminding me of nut shells. The label says 33 IBUs, but I can't find it.

Thick and chewy beer, some decent carbonation.

Not too excited, but a good beer. Not my style, so this will probubly be my only one.

Photo of fitzy84
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Really great amber-brown pour settles into a dark brown, slightly amber drink. Patchy lacing on the sides and overall creamy head. Aromas had a sharp, icy hints of chocolate, hazelnuts, cinnamon, toffee. Really rich and enjoyable to sniff. Taste is as good as it smells with a sharp aftertaste of the above ingredients. Good carbonation gives it a dry finish mixed in a creamy, milky-like texture. Overall, really, really good.

Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a deep reddish brown leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is nutty, chocolate, toffee, fresh earthy hop aroma with a sweet overlay of more chocolate, nuts, and toffee. Nice nose.

The taste is very balanced on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, elegant chocolate, sweet sugary nuts, with a crisp carbonation that leaves you wanting more. This is a great session beer solid and very balanced.

Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Excellent color, but not much else going on to stimulate... A dark brown mahogany... Dark, but not quite opaque... Foamy head quickly disappears, leaving no lace...

S - Hazelnut is noticeable of course, but also toffee and a hint of coffee... Very malty... Buttery notes exist as well... Great smell, but wish it were a tad stronger...

T - Malt... Chocolate... Smokey flavor... Mild hops... Burnt popcorn... Nut flavor is subtle and doesn't dominate... Complexity comes in layer...

M - Rich and smooth... Medium bodied...

D - Excellent brew... Rich & complex, but not overpowering...

Looking at some of the other rankings, I feel like I'm doing this brew a disservice... I truly enjoyed it and thought the scent and taste were excellent, but a little subdued... I wish the scent and taste would have had a little more punch to it... That would have put it over the top...

Photo of slatetupelo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 220z. bottle

A - Pours a rich brown with a red hue, sort of mahogany color. It poured with very small tan head and little lacing, and not much carbonation.

S - Aroma of sweet malts and nuts, really nice.

T - Up front roasted nuts dominates the palate with some mild sweetness and malt flavor. There's also hints of coffee or toffee in there as well with little to no bitterness. This beer goes down really smooth and is well balanced.

D - It's a medium bodied beer that goes down smooth and it's very enjoyable. I imagine that I could probably drink a couple of the 22ozs. with no problem.

Photo of marcpal
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an oversized dogfish wine glass.

A: Very dark thick crimson build with a thin tan head that held on a bit. Little to no lacing.

N: Peeled nutshells, I guess hazelnuts but Im not too familiar with the aroma of that nut. Much more malts than hops. Distinctive good flavor of honey teddy grahams.

T: Not all that much in terms of nuts but much more unique coffee that I dont recognize in other beers. It was as if others had taste of roasted black coffee where this was more of the taste of coffee with a ton of cream added.

Unlike any other.

M: Grainy from the malt fibers that left it smooth and thick in the mouth.

D: A fun and tasty beer to drink. Easily drank this bomber and looking forward to more. Nice flavors.

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

Opened a 22oz. tonight into a pint glass.

A...Deep brown in color with reddish hue when held to light. Very clear and with barely no head and no lacing

S...Immense smell of roasted malt with minor caramel malts filtering in as well. I can tell this is doing to be a flavorful one.

T...Can you say coffee? Initial caramel malt taste followed by tons of roasted malts that linger into a large sweet coffee flavor.

M,D...Perfectly carbonated and rather light. Exceptional dessert beer.


Photo of SIRIUS2
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice style glass.

A: Pours clear, dark brown in color. Light lumpy off-white head that dissipates very quickly. No real lacing.

S: Very pleasant nut smell mingles with a nice malt complexity. No real hops detected.

T&M: A pleasing wave of nutty maltiness is foremost on the palate with a nice texture of fine carbonation. The flavors are smooth and clean, mostly malty but a nice balance of bittering leaving just the slightest edge of sweetness with the malt. Finish is a smooth easy nutty maltiness with a fading light malt in the linger. Very nice.

D: Incredibly enjoyable and very pleasant to drink. A fantastic example of what a brown ale should be. Highly recommended.

Photo of nasty15108
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a deep, dark leathery brown with sligh riddish hues. The pour produced a thick head of tannish foam that quickly subsided into a thin bubbly foam.

S - Smelled sweet and malty. definite nutty aroma with hints of graham cracker and almond chocolate biscotti.

T - Malty and buttery upfront followed by a big helping of delicious hazlenut with slight hints of chocolate. Like drinking a glass of nutella.

MF&D - Smooth and creamy. Easy drinking for such a medium/full bodied ale. I admit, I'm a huge brown ale fan, and this one is top notch. Due to the sweetness of this ale, I'm not sure it would make a good session drink, but then again I only had 1 bottle and it went down with great ease. I definitly need to get some more, much more of this stuff.

Photo of MisterClean
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At judging for WCBF

A - Dark brown pour, with medium, mocha colored head.

S - Did somebody say hazelnuts? And medium-roast coffee malts.

T - Hazelnut, hints of milk chocolate, and medium roast coffee malts.

M - Gritty (but in a good way), smooth, and balanced quite well.

D - Wish I got to drink more. Too bad though...

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I listened to Alain Planes play Chopin's "Preludes" while reviewing this beer the other night. I admire his playing of these 24 short pieces so much; his may be my favorite interpretation of all that are out there. For anyone who doesn't really understand what I mean, music is all interpretation. The music may be printed and the notes remain the same (usually) from performance to performance, but each musician will add his own feeling to the work. The same goes for brewing. Take Morimoto's Hazelnut Brown Ale from Rogue. There is a certain criteria for what it should be in order for it to fit into the brown ale category, but everything else is left up to the brewers. I was very pleased to drink this interpretation of an American Brown Ale. Poured into a large tulip glass. No freshness date.

A: It poured a deep, hazy red-brown color topped by a thick tan head with very tight bubbles which receded to a thick lace on top of the beer. When held up to the light, the color turned to a beautifully brilliant red-orange. There was minimal lacing.

S: The smell was disappointing. The odor was faint, and somewhat unpleasant. That may have been the hazelnut aroma that I didn't like, but I cannot be sure since I am not sure how hazelnut even smells. There was a nutty/chocolaty malt smell and barely any hop aroma.

T: I was astounded by the flavor of this beer! I totally didn't expect that, having just been let down by the smell. There was the nutty malt character with some hints of chocolate. Hazelnut flavor greets the tongue up front, and then resurfaces again in the aftertaste. There was low hop bitterness. This beer was full-flavored! One of the best brown ales I have ever had!

M: Medium-bodied with very smooth carbonation. It glided easily over the tongue and brought a slightly chewy sensation to the back of the mouth.

D: This is an AMAZING beer to go with food. The rich, big taste will hold up very nicely against many dishes. I am not sure that it would make for a good "session" beer, since I had a hard time finishing a 22 oz. bottle in one sitting. However, I will be drinking this in the near future, probably with a good roast chicken and mashed potatoes dinner.

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

Not as impressed as I was with the bottled version.

Average brown ale appearance, slightly soapy head with not much volume. Not unattractive color, very rich. Good lacing definitely knocks the score up a notch.

The aroma seems very muted and a little weak. Mostly sweet, biscuity malt, with no sign of the hops or the hazelnut.

The flavor is just so good. A bit like a nicely flavored coffee in that it doesn't let the flavor overtake the drink. Toasted malt up front, slightly sweet, with a pleasantly full mouthfeel for style. Carbonation is excellent, and allows the hazelnut on the finish to expand on the palate and stick around, maximizing its usefulness.

Very impressive hazelnut character, mild and unobtrusive but inarguably present, it's a very nice piece of balancing work done by Rogue.

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

Appearance was an nice thick brown look that made me anticipate it to be more flavorful than a comparable style like Newcastle.

Smelled very sweet and nutty. Smelled very good but not too beery (not a word but makes sense to me).

Excellent and surprising taste of almond nut and something quite sweet I ended up placing as being like brown sugar

Felt good on the tongue, a medium body that lingered a bit and left a roasted malt and nutty aftertaste.

Really enjoyed the beer and it made an impression on me. Normally stick with darker beers but this went well with food and alone as a desert beer. Recommend.

Photo of apratsunrthd
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice dark brown with a hint of ruby, thin head with no lacing

S - nutty --not unlike a typical brown

T - really, really unique. Strong hazelnut taste... almost too much. .. but then again, it's so damn good. Some subtle chocolate as well.

M - buttery, buttery, buttery. Perfect carbonation. Goes down like a glass of milk.

D - very good. This is one dessert beer I could drink all day. It's truly unique.

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

Nice nut brown color with a tan head. You can definitely smell the hazelnuts in it. I was floored by the hazelnut and roasted malty combination. Slight maple syrup flavor as well. all of this is ballanced with some nice noble hops. I had given up on brown ales as being to boring, but now I an prompted to go out an brew one for myself.

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

This beer smells like liquid nutella when it warms up. The nuttiness also comes through in the finish which has a hoppy dryish finish. This is a solid brown ale that has some real nuances in its flavours. Would love to have this with some BBQ or some baked beans.

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

Hazelnut Brown Nectar pours a deep nutty brown with a reddish hue to it, and a very nicely sized light light brown lid.

The smell is very nice. Sweet chocolate malts with light maple syrup and darkish fruits, and some significant hazelnut.

The body is medium with a good amount of loosely soft carbonation. Nice flavor, but not quite as good as the nose. A moderate amount bitter and sweet chocolate maltiness with a light darkish fruit sweetness up front, and a larger amount of roasted malts coming in next. Very pleasant amount of hazel-nuttiness and earthy hops.

Really a nice brown ale from Rogue. A unique version of the style well done.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,620 ratings.