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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,285 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,285
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 172
Gots: 259 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001)
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Photo of Opethsprite
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:
Very dark brown, nearly opaque with cherry highlights. Thick, foamy, tan head. It smells of wood and alcohol with a vague sweetness. Upon tasting, you get a blast of sweetness: perhaps dark chocolate. Then, there's a nutty taste which is quickly drown by alcohol taste. Fades into a grassy finish. Very drinkable in taste, but the alcohol content was too much for me to drink too much of it.

Opethsprite, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much head that's yellowbrown. Beer is dark brown. Nose gives hints of the mentioned hazelnut but is mostly sour& carramelic/choclate. Some hops and litle roasty. Taste is very dry and sour, roasty, portlike hazelnut liquor with dry andlightbitter aftertaste. Good brew but mouthfeel misses fullness& body of malts that darkbeers normally have. Easy drinkable.

paterlodie, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Pours a deep red-brown with huge peanut colored head. Head dies down to a thin 1/8" layer that sticks around for most of the beer.

Smell is very nutty (hazelnut) and also malt and some dark figlike notes.

Taste is again nutty, with nice malt middle. There is a noticable hop presence near the end, but the roasty/nutty elements take over again for the aftertaste.

Nice solid beer to have once in a while, though it may be a little hard to pair with things.

hobbes2112, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of BigPapaLager
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very easy to drink beer, I often buy at my local. For some reason its the only Rogue they sell. Pours a deep amber, the nose is very fruity. This beer tells me to relax. Nice and malty, I have tis beer close to me when I need it. Good brew.

BigPapaLager, May 29, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown hue with a thick tan head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is hazelnut, milk chocolate and toffee, very appealing nose. Taste is very malty, flavors of hazelnut, milk chocolate, caramel and a light hint of hops bitterness. Finish is slightly sweet and nutty, mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and moderately carbonated. A huge brown ale from rogue, highly drinkable but complex.

silver0rlead, May 28, 2005
Photo of RealityDeviant
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 22 oz. bomber from River City Cellars.

Appearance: Looks an appetizing, ruddy brown under the light. It has a cream-colored head that it retains partially after first being poured.

Smell: There are strong chocolate malt and hazelnut aromas in the nose. I also detect a note of caramel. Altogether, the beer has a creamy and slightly fruity smell to it that reminds me of the prune aroma of Russian kvas.

Taste: I seems to me that Rogue must use some of the same malts in its Shakespeare and Chocolate Stouts, because the chocolate and caramel flavors are familiar, if more subdued. Still, the balance is somewhat pleasant, although the chocolate wins out over the caramel. The chocolate gives way to a sweetness that hints at plums or prunes. The hops are noticeable, but not at all obtrusive. Finally, there’s the bit of hazelnut in the flavor that tops it all off.

Mouthfeel: With medium to low carbonation and little hops, this goes down quite smoothly. Still, it seems that it has a much thicker body than some of the other brown ales I’ve had. I feel a bit like I just drank a stout.

Drinkability: I could drink this with some nice, Texas barbecue or chocolate cake. I’m almost ashamed that I didn’t have any of either on hand when I had this. It turned out to be rather drinkable, though. I didn’t have any problem getting through the bomber.

RealityDeviant, May 25, 2005
Photo of dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a porter-like dark-brown from the bottle. A few fingers of nice tan foam and relatively good head retention as well. Smells quite sweet and malty, with nice smoky and nutty undertones. The flavor doesn't really live up to the aroma unfortunately. Starts off well enough; malty, nutty, smoky, and strangely refreshing. As the beer warms, however, it develops a sticky sweetness that begins to overpower the palate. The hops are essentially missing-in-action, so there's not much here to balance the sugars. Sticky and medium bodied in the mouth.

dgallina, May 20, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of Iron Chef (the original, not "America") I've been keeping my eyes open for any of the Morimoto line of beers.
I finally found one and am glad I did.
Pours a lovely dark brown with some head and some lacing.
The smell on this one is really killer. Hazelnuts really stand out, perhaps even more so than in the taste.
It's reminiscent of a hazelnut flavored bubbly ice coffee.
Or like good brown ale with pleasing hazelnut tones.
Creamy in texture with a long finish. Tastes sweet but not cloying.
Brown ale fans, rejoice!
so long as you like hazelnut.

ommegangpbr, May 05, 2005
Photo of Ellbert
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great apperance. A nice brown color, good because it's a brown ale. The head was tan and nice.

Smell: Roasted malts. Hazelnut is forefront in the nose. Very nice.

Taste: Hazelnut is the forerunner in the taste. It isn't overpowering but balanced very well. There is a little bitterness and a little dry but it is balanced very well.

Overall a great beer. I would love to have this in my fridge all the time.

Ellbert, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ML
14 PLATO 33 IBU
73.6 AA 44L

Appearance – brown/mahogany, opaque body; 2.5 finger light-brown/cream-colored head that backs down to a respectable level; lace is reasonable

Smell – sweet chocolate and nut dominate while dark fruit and coffee sit in the back

Taste – holy malty with the sweet chocolate and nut; hops enter midway but are fought off in the end by the malts, which are a bit more roasty here; faint coffee in the end

Mouthfeel – a touch of prickly carbonation barely intrudes into the rising (light then moderate) body; immediate “afterfeel” is a bit watery then ironically dry

Drinkability – the ascending body adds some excitement to the drinkability

I’d return to the Hazlenut. Its certainly a unique brown ale.

Wonka, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of RedLion
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish-brown, producing a nice foamy head. Very distinct teriyaki smell and taste. Just a hint of hazelnut. Mouthfeel is very smooth with no bite, but it is still a little thin for my tastes. Good spicyness. A little coffee-esque like most brown ales and stouts. I'll drink this again sometime. It might be better if it's a little colder.

RedLion, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22 oz bomber. Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head. Smells great--hazelnet, toffee, caramel, and honey--very sweet smelling. Taste is very sweet, hazelnuts with a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very creamy and smooth. The sweetness never gets too cloying, so I think I could have a few of these.

cubedbee, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Appears a nice dark brown, some light coming through, with a substantial head. Smell is great; nice and nutty, hazlenutty that is, with nice creamy chocoloate and coffee accents, though not overwhelming. Taste is much the same. This is almost a bit too "tasty" for a beer, if that makes sense. The taste is of course great, don't get me wrong, but it's almost like I'm drinking a cappucino. A little too much artificial flavoring if you ask me. I like my beer a little more beerish, with more emphasis on the malts and hops. However, there's a great smooth mouthfeel to this. If they reduced the cappucino flavor a bit this would be a classic beer, although as of now it's a bit wimpy due to the flavoring.

twelvsies, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown (go figure) with a small but tightly packed tan head. Some lacing noted.

Aroma of sweet toffee, nuts and roasted malt. Hints of chocolate and coffee are also noted.

Taste is semi sweet malt at first, a wave of bitter nutty, hop feel comes into play then a sweet hazelnut finish. There is smoothness in the flavor that is pleasant to the taste buds. Not too sweet or bitter and very flavorful. A great example of a Brown Ale

Stubbie1, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a mahagony with a nice tan head. witch some nice lacing. aromawhat else but hazelnut, honey, brown sugar, malts, a nice nuttyness, plums and raisins. flavor unfortunately they were weak, but did get some hazelnut, honey and just a touch of coffee.

walleye, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a thin brown head. Smells of caramel malt and hazelnut.

Tastes of rich caramel malt. Nutty. Lots of hazelnut, almost overwhelming at times. Milk chocolate sweetness. Velvet smooth but just a touch thin. Take the hazelnut out and it's a top notch brown ale. With the hazelnut in, it can be a bit too much and offputting. Not bad but not a favorite.

ViveLaChouffe, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy dark reddish brown brew. Frothy head lasts well, and laces well. Aroma is creamy, malty, and a bit nutty. Taste is sweet, husky brown malts with a hazelnut finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Enjoyable brew.

ppoitras, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an auburn, dark red color. The head is tan and fades rather quickly. Like the name would suggest, it smells of hazelnuts. It also has a slightly malty smell. There are faint scents of cinnamon. It tastes very sweet. The hazelnut flavor is apparent. It has a lightly toasted maly flavor. There is also a slight chocolate taste to it. This beer is creamy and smooth. It is carbonated just right. This beer is medium bodied. It is a very good beer. As with the Morimoto Hazelnut Signature Ale, this beer might not make the best session beer due to the very sweet flavor. If you can find this beer, it is definately worth your time and money.

OStrungT, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of jlh8643
2.4/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass that yielded no head or lacing. Clear, dark brown in color. Hazelnut and some dark malt with a bit of hops in the nose. Hazelnut and the prickley carbonation were the first two things I noticed in the first sip. I think the hazelnut was a little bit overdone because it was in the forefront with the maltiness, carbonation and hops battling to show up. Relatively moderate in body with a bit too much carbonation. Overall, not that impressed. Not bad but I don't think I will spend another $5.00 for another bottle.

jlh8643, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a ruby red brown with a small tan head. Some clumps of lace were left as the head stayed afloat. Aroma was simple but appetizing, caramel malt and a fairly strong nuttiness. A little on the sweet side. Flavors of caramel and the nuttiness combine for the majority of the flavor. Some notes of toastiness. Ends on a bitter nutty note. A bit light in the mouth, this is smooth and goes down easy. Complements the taste very well. Drinkability is good with the only knock being the sweetness would be a bit much after a few. A nice tasty and easy drinking treat.

meathookjones, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy CRAP. This is beer?!?

Well, I popped down 6 dollars for a bomber of this stuff. I figured its always worth it to try a stone or rogue offering.

Pours a dark brown, chestnut, truly the definition of brown. Tan head dissapates into nothing for whatever reason. Little to no spotty lacing. This beer isn't much for retention, but the color is nice.

Nose is Hazelnut (well of course) smooth lightly toasted malts. Very brown ale esque.

Hits the palate at first with a very smooth malt presence. As it envelopes the mouth the hazelnut nuances come in, with hints of toffee. The beer would be cloyingly sweet if not for the assertive bitterness that rounds it out. Alcohol warms a bit on the way down. This is a balanced beer, which I'm beginning to think is a specialty of Rogue.

Smooth and creamy, medium to thick bodied, with fairly big carbonation. Goes down nicely, and rather drinkable. Sexy.

beersarang, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, deep, cherry brown, extremely effervescent with a creamy tan head. The color is gorgeous.
Smells of pure caramel sweetness and liquid hazelnut. Some milk chocolate too. Very candied in its aroma. Yum.
Taste is mainly sweet hazelnuts and milk chocolate with some spicy hops. Finishes mild but bitter and drying. It's a nice balance. Sometimes it's even buttery. The sweetness isn't over the top. All of the flavors are solid but subtle... very Japanese in that sense.
Mouth is very tingly. Your tongue feels like its being electrocuted at first. Really chewy. Even spritzy. Medium-bodied. Just a little too bubbly.
Good stuff nonetheless.

oxmasterscream, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a ridiculously drinkable brew! Pours dark dark ruby from a 22oz bomber. Smell is unreal... hazelnuts, cinnamon, maybe a little creme brulee? Taste is smooth, satisfying, creamy, definite hazelnut notes with some subtle spicing and a slightly chocolatey creaminess. Very very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is rich and you can definitely swirl this one around a bit to get all the relevant flavors.

ChrisBowers, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious!

I wasn't sure what to expect from this brew, I really like brown ale as a general rule, but this hazelnut idea I didn't know what to make of. I'm sure glad I picked this one up though!

Pours a deep brown with red tones at the edges with a wispy tan head that recedes into a crown from a bomber bottle. Nose is interesting, very nutty, but also tone of fruit and chocolate. Taste is very smooth and interesting. Tastes like nutella in a bottle. Hazelnut, mocha, caramel and malt. It is outrageously smooth and easy drinking, I could make a session out of this for certain.

Overall a nice take on the brown ale and dessert beer categories, I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a bottle of this again.

Gaisgeil, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Troyone
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little head that dissapated to nothing with no lacing, clear darkish hazelnut color with a root beer hue, and minimal carbonation.

Sweet cookie and nutty caramel malt aroma; flowery resin orange hops; and hints of bubble gum; brown sugar, maple syrup, nutmeg, and vanilla in the background.

Taste is a lightly sweet roasted, nutty, caramel malt; resin and orange hops, and hints of oak, smoke, and flat cola.

A medium bodied, dry slightly syrupy, soft almost flat carbonation, and slightly metallic finish for this beer.

Drinkability is great for this style and can be a session beer for some.

Troyone, Feb 19, 2005
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,285 ratings.