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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,566
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 213
Gots: 413 | FT: 3
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Rogue Ales visit their website
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 AndIWantYou
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately, I drank this as part of Brewer's Night at Latona Tavern in Seattle -- this was one of several Rogue beers I had. I can't give a proper review, as I didn't take notes while drinking it. However, it was the first and only time this beer will be served cask aged, and I couldn't let that occasion pass without note.

The main thing I can comment on is the flavor: nutty, definite hazelnut taste, but without coming across as a gimmicky beer. That is, the hazelnut blends right in to the maltiness and hoppiness of the beer without seeming like an adjunct. Medium body (that is, it didn't stand out in my mind as too thin or too heavy) and an uncertain color--Latona's lighting is not the best--round out what is certain to be the most unique beer you've tasted in a while. Recommend you have this with chocolate and maybe some butter wafers to get the full effect; I can't imagine strawberry or raspberry preserves would detract, either.

Likes: flavor, mouthfeel, appearance.

Dislikes: limited availability :)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Clear amber redish color with a foamy off white head. Good lacing, and a small head stays on top of the beer looking delicious.

S: Sweet malty and nutty smell.

T: Great nutty flavor with a slight roasty finish. Some residual sweetness.

M: Thick and full, with a solid carbonation. For this style, I've never had a beer feel like this.

D: Just a great beer to drink, maybe 22oz isn't enough.

Overall this is one of my favorite brown ales. Thanks Rogue.

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

Pours brown/copper color with a nice full two-finger tan head.

Smell is mostly roasted malts, mild hazelnut aroma underneath, maybe a hint of brown sugar. Was hoping for a little more nut to it.

Taste is nutty, bready, roasted malts, slightly sweet. Some hazelnut and chocolate on the back end, was hoping for more hazelnut than I got.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, nothing special, just well done with medium body, fairly smooth, a small bit of carbonation.

Overall drinkability is pretty good, a well rounded brew, very well balanced. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a distinct hazelnut taste, and I felt it was a little underwhelming. But still quality.

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic. Pour was a translucent mid-colored brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Quarter-inch head settled into a thin skim of foam almost immediately; zero lacing present during the tasting. Strong scents of hazelnuts and brown sugar out of the bottle, but mellowed considerably in the glass. Flavors similar to nose, but much less intense. Hazelnut flavor detectable at finish as well as a hint of wheat. Well-balanced mouthfeel with a touch of carbonation and a smooth finish; alcohol was well-hidden. A solid session brown, but there are better examples out there.

Photo of JDV
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maroon brown pour with a light tan head. Slightly transluscent but hazy. Smell is definitely big on hazlenuts with a lot of sweetness, and milkiness coming in as well. Smells like the hazlenut coffee creamers. Nice slightly thick body on the beer, smooth, and sweet nuttiness. Perhaps a bit overly sweet, but the big nutty flavor was welcomed. Nice for a brown, and pretty easy drinking.

Photo of mwilbur
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
Dark brown hue with nice creamy tan head.
Smell has sweet caramel note with nice mix of hazelnut and roasted malts. Taste is at first nutty, transitions to a brief note of dry hops and finishes with a strong roasted malt backbone--lacking in complexity though. Smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Another strong showing from Rogue.

Photo of seanyfo
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 vintage

A- Aggressive pour into imperial pint glass. creamy 3 finger tan head, dark copper body with little light perception.

S- Lots of toasty roasted malts, liquorice is very noticeable, sweet caramels, hazelnuts

T- mmm, caramel and nuts, lots of nice roasted malts, brown wholemeal toast and bread. Some nice nuts in the finish. The sweetness in the beginning makes it taste bock-like but the roasted flavours bring back the ale qualities

M- Creamy, low carbonation, full bodied

D- Superb drinkability, well balanced in the caramel/toffee notes with the roasted, wholemeal flavours.A superb brown ale!

Photo of blatherbeard
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, after having the chocolate and being wowed i decided to try their hazelnut. The first hazelnut i ever had was shipyard on tap and it was phenominal, lets see if this measures up.

After smelling this beautiful lookiing dark ale, i was taken abit aback by the strong beer smell. The chocolate on tap was overpoweringly chocolate, this hazelnut is faint, beer overpowers it. The color is great, nice dark rich brown and oddly clear. I have to say i was a bit dissapointed in the strong bitter taste and mild hazelnut flavor. Unfortunately, the burnt taste i was afraid of was here. Id give it another shot, on tap if i can, or maybe a more fresh one. I suspect that the place i got it, not only overcharges, but may not sell alot of them.

Photo of emanon
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yum!

This Beer pours a dark brownish Red tinted dark color. Very clear no haze, with a light brown head, almost no lace. Very wood like chocolate tastes hit me right away with a wood/coffee finish. Delicious and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer. I am fairly new at this but so far hands down my favorite Brown Ale so far. Medium Body & feels pretty light. The sophisticated flavors make this more of a beer to savor but still very drinkable. Maybe Not a session beer. But what Great beer is?

Photo of hawksfan82
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber pulled into a tumbler pint.

A little darker than your usual brown ale, and especially most of your nut browns. Has a pretty good 2-3 finger head with a mildly aggressive pour, and settles down quickly to a nice soapy head that stays with it the whole time. Little lacing.

Smell is just like you would think. The normal maltiness you get in a brown, and the hazelnut really comes through right beneath it. It's a pretty good indication of how it tastes.

The taste starts right out like a brown. It's malt right away, but the hazelnut nectar and a small hint of chocolate come come in after the malt very quickly. What's really cool is that if you let it sit on your tongue you can really feel the nutty finish. It lingers really well on the tongue, very good aftertaste. This isn't the most complex beer you'll ever drink by a long shot, but maybe the most complex brown ale I've yet to come across. Very cool.

The mouthfeel is meh, as it's a little thin. I've been on a kick of trappist ales and imperial stouts lately, so that may be why I feel this.

That being said, this beer is extremely drinkable for a rather complex brew. I wish this would come in a six pack, I'd have no problem paying 13-14 bucks for it.

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

This beer pours a beautiful dark brown color from the bottle with a nice thick tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass moderately. The aroma is strongly of raosted malts and hazelnut. The roasted malts have an almost chocolatey flavor that is behind a big bold hazelnut flavor that is really enjoyable. The mouthfeel is excellent with the right amount of smoothness to it and the drinkability is also very good. Definately worth a try.

Photo of Stanford
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Ales Brewery really knows how to brew a good beer. I have yet to be disappointed from them. This beer has an almost overwhelming aroma and flavor of hazelnut which finishes with lighter flavors of coffee and chocolate. No complaints about this brew.

Photo of happygnome
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice dark brown color with about an inch and a half worth of head that doesnt dissapear too fast and leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass and top of the beer
s: cocao and lightly toasted malts, very warm and inviting
t: cocao and lightly toasted malts some hop bitterness comes through towards the finish
m: medium to full bodied beer excellent amount of carbonation

overal, thnis is a truly great beer

Photo of slvrmon82
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Rogue and couldn't wait to see this beer on the shelf at the local wine and spirits store. The big old 750 mil was a great bottle to share and sample.

A - A nice dark brown ale. Not to cloudy like some. Not really as heavy as others either.

S - The dark roasted hazlenut was the front with lots of sweet chocolate behind it.

T - Wow. It was much lighter in taste. A great brown ale with a hint of hazlenut. Definitely not overwhelming at all.

M - Nice and creamy with tons of bubbles. Great finish creamy upfront then fades slowly away.

D - It would be a good beer to drink with dinner but not an all the time beer. A little light for my brown ale tastes.

Overall a a great beer and cant wait to pair it at my next beer tasting. Thanks Rogue.

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

as my profile shows - i am a wit/wheat kinda chic
i enjoyed drinking this on tap at the great Barcade in Brooklyn

new years eve - the great divide st. bridget let me the way to try some stouts & browns...

The hazelnut comes with a dark brown color w/ a smallish head

i thought this was going to be a very sweet beer - but wasnt too sweet.
will definitely have this one again

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bomber @ Albertsons of all places. Poured into a snifter a dark brown color, light tan colored head, light lacing. Some aroma hops are easily detectable, as is the expected hazelnut smell. Taste is, as you would expect, very nutty, much like a latte with hazelnut syrup added. Some choclate & coffee notes accentuate each other nicely. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit dry on the finish. Very well rounded and solid ale with a unique flavor.

Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt, one of the better brews that I've sampled from Rogue... Their Hazlenut Nectar is everything an American Brown Ale should be and more... Great dark, ruby-red, brown appearance with minimal frothy head... Smell was what was expected, full of nutty, bready, aromas, with dark nuances... Terffific toffee flavor, with a distinct hazlenut, dark-coffee, dried-fruit, fig, nutty flavor that really hit home and was very powerful and pleasing without being overbearing or cloying... just about perfect taste with an exceptionally smooth, velvet mouthfeel, very creamy, nutty, and rich, near-perfect drinkability, went down like sugar-water, no bitterness or alcohol essence detected, just a wonderful nutty flavor... another winner from Rogue, certainly one of their better brews... Definitely recommended, one of the best depictions of the style...

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

Lovely appearance, delicious malty nose, a nice leveled sweet brown without being obnoxiously sweet. Hops are held back from taking over on this beer. I like how the Hazelnut is not overbearing. I dig. Not carbinated as much as one would think it should be, but I kind of like it that way.

Photo of Douglas14
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark brown color with a nice white, fluffy head. It has strong aromas of hazelnuts (obviously), roasted malts and bread. The taste is also strongly of hazelnut...this creates a great twist on a brown ale. Overall, awesome beer, well done.

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, deep brown color with a small tan head that faded to a ring, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

S - hazelnut and sweet malt aromas, very similar to a good English Brown Ale.

T - sweet nutty/malty flavor, some slight bitterness on the finish leaves the drinker wanting another mouthfull.

M - medium/full bodied ale with light carbonation.

D - a tasty sample of a brown beer, good drinkability.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This nectar pours a slightly hazy Red brown. Little head fades fast. Nose almost doesnt exist but some malt. Taste is malty, brown clear nutty tones, but seem kind of false or phony. Would like to see more malt flavors in this. slight hop bite (very slight) The mouthfeel is a wee bit thin. Drinkability is pretty good, a great session ale.

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

I poured this beer from bottle to my tumbler at 50 degrees.
The beer was a reddish broen color with a nice tan big head. Head did not last very long but lacing was good. The smell was a little nutty and the taste was very slighly nutty toasted just about right. I had great wxpectations of thisbrew as it is suppose to be the same recipe of the first winner of the Long Shot beer competition back in 1993. I drank that beer then and have looked for it ever since. I id not think this beer was as good but then too I'm relying on a memory from long ago. It seemed there was more of a Hazel Nut taste back the, but who knows. This beer is very good and I was happy to find it and will continue to buy it.

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

Deep amber color with a decent off white head that doesn't really leave any lacing. Smells of sweet malts. A little nuttiness. Not all that fragrant. For the taste, sweet chocolaty maltiness, hazelnut and a little hop bitterness on the finish that lingers. Not bad at all. Very drinkable.

Photo of buzzworthy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Rogue is dark brown with hints of red and a prominent head. The aroma is not surprisingly of nuts (hazelnuts?) and chocolate malt. I'm a little disappointed in the taste - it seems a little thin, as if it is too reliant on the added hazelnut flavor. It's good, don't get me wrong, but lacks the dimension of Samuel Smith's Brown Ale or other Rogue brews.

Photo of PaleAlien2
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown, cloudy, with a two-finger tan head.
S: Caramel malt and nuts is the main character in the aroma.
T: Damn this beer is smooth. Perhaps one of the most prevalent caramel flavors I've ever had. Sweet and nutty. Also some burnt flavor in the finish that maybe doesn't fit in.
M: Palate is just about right: smooth and dry with a bit of alcohol warming at the end.
D: Speaking as a fan of Brown Ales, this beer is fantastic. After just one bottle, it might have just jumped to the top of my list.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,566 ratings.