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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,506
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 194
Gots: 351 | FT: 3
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 SkeeterHawk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear deep cherry red color with a 1/4" head of tan foam after a pretty mild pour. The head only stuck around for about 30 seconds to end up as just a very thin ring around the top of the beer where it meets the glass. There really aren't any bubbles rising to maintain the head, so it looks rather lifeless after a couple minutes.

Aroma: Lots of sweet caramel and some toasty notes to go along with a small fruit basket with apples and raisins. There is a dry chocolate aromatic that is going well with the nutty aromas that I am sure that they are trying to highlight. There is a bit of fresh floral hops in here, but they are a secondary component of the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is remarkably balanced for a beer from Rogue. There is a roasty acidic component that I didn't get in the aroma at all, but the bittering hops are somewhat in check. The backbone of this beer is sweet caramel and the hazelnut that they are trying to showcase, but the finish isn't shy of bittering hops all together. The finish has some hops there to challenge the malt, but somehow the malt ends up winning in the end leaving you with a bit of caramelly sweetness to coat your throat and linger for some time. There is a little alcohol noticeable in the finish, but it is more apparent in the warm feeling you get after drinking half the bottle.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I have been rather shy of Rogue's beers that aren't Stouts because they are often IMO undrinkably bitter and linger like you ate a piece of chalk. This beer is pretty well balanced and actually lets the malt take a shot at the lead. I have enjoyed this beer, and I would drink it again. So there you have it!

Photo of BlindPig
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Big 2-3" tan head. Clody dark brown.
S-Strong metallic! Basically no smell besides light malt.
T-Malty, nutty, but then the aftertaste is just like the smell. Metallic. It is very disgusting taste. After a few sips the metallic turns into a nutty taste. It's also pretty sweet.
M-Medium body, medium carbonation. Bit sticky and smooth at same time.
D-Hopefully I just had a bad bottle. The metallic taste and smell was pretty overwhelming. I can see this being a good regular beer to have on a average night. Goes down quite easy.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been a sucker for hazelnut beers after falling in love with Rogue's hazelnut ale. The smell of this beer is mostly sweet, like artificial sweetener with a hint of alcohol. The taste is light, and doesn’t really take shape til about 3/4 of the way through. It has kind of a syrup-like consistency, but that sweet hazelnut taste adds such a wonderful kiss to the brown taste. It is basically non-existent for the majority of the mouthfeel, but after the beer goes down the aftertaste is totally dominated by it. Quite a special beer.

Photo of MLegendre
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Now that's what a beer should look like! Dark brown with some ruby highlights, and slightly hazy. Nice fluffy white tan head that disapears at a steady rate leaving a thin skin on the top of the beer.

S: Roasted malts overtaken by maple syrup. I'd be lying if I said it didn't smell good, but it definatly dosn't smell much like beer.

T: Roasted malts are first to come out, not strong, but still good. Midtaste some bitterness comes forward as well as the maple syrup flavor detected in the nose. Very good balance of typical brown ale roasted malts and hazelnut.

M: Medium bodied and a very damn smooth beer.

D: I tend to not like beers that have other flavors added to them such as this one, however this was seems to work. I don't drink this one often, but every now and then (such as today) I'll get a craving for it. Sometimes this beer just hits the spot.

*note* Since I reviewed this beer I have been drinking one of these almost everynight! It's damn addictive and damn good, I had to jack up some of my points because of that.

Photo of BDTyre
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Rich, dark brown body with a thin off white head. Lovely chocolate-hazelnut smell and the flavour is just as good. Rich. nutty, malty. No hop bitterness to hold back the nutty flavours.

My only complaint is that the body comes off as a bit heavy sometimes, but this is a very tasty, very good beer. Thank you Rogue for coming the GCBF!

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

Label indicates it was brewed with 13 ingredients: Great Western Harrington, Klages & Munich Malts; Hugh Baird Brown, Carastan 13/17, Crystal 70/80, Crystal 135/165 & Beeston Pale Chocolate Malts; Perle & Saaz Hops & Hazelnut Extract, Free Range Coastal Water & Top-Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

The smell is dark and sweet, with a nutty scent with chocolate and honey. Pours a dark, almost opaque brown with a light head that disappates quickly.

Flavors are similar to smell with a very slight hazelnut finish. It is remarkably smooth, fitting for an Iron Chef. I enjoyed drinking the beer and it was unique for the style, if not for the hazelnut than for the smoothness.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dull glowing burgundy with a pale tan head that stuck around ‘till the end.

Smells of smooth barley, honey, vanilla bean and red licorice. There’s also a nice hint of alcohol and a well paired dryness.

Tasted of a little smoky molasses nuttiness with a little hazelnut and a touch of chocolate that fades to a fruity dryness.

The mouth feel was light bodied with a prominent but sparse, small-bubbled carbonation.

Not too bad. The smell is really the highlight here.

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

A: poured into a large red wine glass. Pours a dark brown with head that disappears to just about nothing except for the ring of the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles on sides of glass.

S: roasted malt smell and some sweetness and a hint of the hazelnut hits the nose

T: first taste was of hazelnut followed by a roasted malt taste and some chocolate notes and a dash of the hops come to you. All the while the hazelnut flavor stays and lingers in the mouth.

M: medium body and lots of carbonation, and of course the hazelnut.

D: refreshing

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

22 oz poured into a pint glass. This looks amazing very dark brown in appearance with a nice fluffy brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is of roasted malts with a bit of sweet coffee and also some yeasty bread with a bit of sweet honey. Taste is amazing it honestly to me taste like a weaker imperial stout, very similar in taste just not with that alcohol bite. I can taste coffee, roasted nuts, bread and a bit of hop bitterness in there. This was the first time I had this fine offering from Rogue and I believe I just found my new favorite from the Brewer's on the Bay, simply amazing.

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

A - Pours a nice brown color, some carbonation, tiny head though, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, hicory/hazelnut, and toffee.

T - The taste is malty sweet with a roasted flavor, with an undertone of toffee. The finish is dry.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an awesome brew from Rogue, highly recommended.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a foamy dark head with average retention. Aroma is nutty from the hazelnut flavour and malty with some roastiness. Taste is quite enjoyable with the hazelnut easily identifiable and roasted malt balancing everything else. Overall, I would say that this is a very good session beer.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured into the glass a deep brown color with ruby highlights. When it was backlit it appeared to be slightly hazed. The head was a short-lived tan foam that fell to the proverbial wispy cap. The lace was spotty, at best.
The smell was faintly Tootsie Roll, caramel, light spicy hops, and yes of course, a lightly hazelnut nuttiness.
The taste was interesting. The hazelnut added a powdery dryness and unusual texture. The Pacman hops did add a pleasant light bittering to the finish.
A fairly light body and the moderate carbonation give this a fairly thin, yet creamy mouthfeel.
I found this offering from Rogue to be what could be the most subtle of their beers that I have tried to date.
It is drinkable, but seems to lack direction. Had it been maltier or hoppier or even had a more pronounced hazelnut signature I would have enjoyed this one more. This was the first and only time I have been underwhelmed by a Rogue product.

Photo of jettjon
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, coppery brown with no visible carbonation and a smallish head that rapidly fades down to a dark brownish-tan cap leaving mild lacing. Great malty nose with a firm hint of hops in the background. Some chocolate evident. Taste is sweetly malted as expected, with a good chocolate presence in the middle, fading to a nice mild balance of malt. Low hops presence here; balance is on the mildly sweet end. Smooth, mildly bitter malt finish. Mouth is mildly substantial, mainly liquid/watery with a very small amount of creaminess. It’s not creamy or syrupy, yet it feels very good, almost soothing on the tongue. Drinkability is excellent. 6.2% ABV and a great mellow, balanced character make this beer definitely sessionable.

Overall: A great beer overall, well balanced and enjoyable. Recommended.

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

Noisy, crackling carbonation as it is poured into the tulip. A virulent, half-finger of rocky foam disappears within seconds. No head or lacing whatsoever, maybe due to the light hopping? A dark, garnet colored beauty with ruby highlights.

All kinds of nutty goodness in the nose with pleasant Hazelnut notes making themselves known. Crust of honey-wheat bread and dusty, fresh shelled-pecans is there also.

Flavours are of toasted buckwheat and Hazelnuts with a toffee-like sweetness. Not much fruit detected – it’s all about the grains and nuts (not a bad thing in this case). Finished crisp and clean with light hop bitterness.

A touch rich for me to drink all night, but easy going down nonetheless. An interesting and enjoyable beer, striding the line between sipper (from the sweetness rather than ABV) and a session beer. I’d drink it again, but wouldn’t choose it over other Rogue brews I’ve had.

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

Body looks to be very dark brown. When held up to a light though you can see how clear it is and that there is alot more red in the color than was first noticeable. Has a very small tan head that receded quickly leaving just a ring around the rim. Aroma is that of burnt toasted malts and nut. It has a roasted/toasted nutty caramel taste with a hint of bitter chocolate. Malty sweetness up front with just enough hop bitterness at the end to balance it out. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a good amount of carbonation.

Another winner from Rogue. This beer is very drinkable and hides its ABV well, I was surprised to see it was over 6% after tasting it.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a tall wiezen glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby and walnut hue. Head stacks up two and a half to three fingers with mild retention. Little to no lacing is present. Small amounts of beading are also noted.

Smell: Doesn't smell as roasty as I anticipated, but that lack of roastyness is quickly suplanted by a wonderfull sweet nutty scent. Maybe a hint of tartness as well.

Taste: Starts quite sweet for a brown. That yummy, roasted character follows and the sweetness continues throughout the drink with a rather potent suggestion of haselnut. I think this is very tasty. As it warms the hazelnut gets in the way a bit and starts to get overwhelming at times.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation that helps this beer stay drinkable.

Drinkability: This beer has a nice drinkability because of its originality alone. But if your not tuned into this brew some might be turned off by the nutty character. Nice to see some experementation with a brown. Drink up!


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

I was impressed by the appearance of this beer as it poured darker than I expected with a dark brown body that was a little ruby when held to light. Light nose left me unsure what to expect out of the taste, beyond the expected nuttiness. The tase was very malted with nut taste predominant and fruity nuances. Enough hops to balance the smoky, nutty early tastes. All in all this was a very enjoyable beer that I will visit again. Can't sing too many praises about Rogue that haven't already been sung.

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

bought a 22oz bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($3.99)
nice packaging, always a fan of rogue theme, pours a rich brown with reddish highlight from the light shining through, not much of a head, thin and fizzled out fast.
aroma is malty, nutty, hint of hops. the nuttyness is perfect.
the flavor malty, hopsack, nutty, carmelized malt, ending with a sustained nuttyness.
this beer is really good, not overly nutty, very malty, and smooth.
tasty, tasty, tasty.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark tea brown color with a beige head that displays reasonable longevity and leaves some bolts of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and nuts aroma

Taste: Starts with a chocolately flavor that, after the swallow starts to display some hazelnut complexity; the finish has a touch of vanilla and is a little bitter, but more like nut skin bitter than hoppy bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink and a definite improvement on the typical brown ale

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown color with a nice cream colored persistent head. It definitely smells nutty. You can also smell caramel and malt. The taste is sweeter than most beers and the nut flavor is pronounced. The mouthfeel is thick but smooth. I would consider this a very drinkable beer, especially if you are a fan of nut browns (which I am).

Photo of pweis909
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no date.

This one poured a nice tawny foam. The head thinned in a few minutes. Although a brown ale, it had a garnet translucence, when held to light.

The aroma and says big and sweet, and the taste delivers. First it hit me with honey, than chocolate, and a mild coffee roastiness, Although it doesn't seem particularly nutty to me, the intensity of honey and chocolate is unique in my exbeerience.

No hop aroma or flavor to speak of -- that's not what this one is about. Still, it is balanced sufficiently that I didn't feel assaulted by the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is fairly creamy. Dessert, anyone?

Photo of dbalsock
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a beautiful mahogany with an abundant vanilla head that reduced down to 1cm after 20-30 seconds. Yes, I was staring at this for a little while: it's quite beautiful. Looking down from aboove I could make out a crescent moon, or a yin-yang.

Smell: Caramel, hazel nut, chocolate and diacetyl are immediately noticeable. There is also a slight piney characteristic and some alcohol.

Taste: The hazelnut is the strongest on the palate, along with the slightest bit of alcohol. The diacetyl is immediately noticeable, and then the chocolate and caramel mix with a hint of flowers making this a very pleasant experience.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth on the palate and light bodied this felt average in the mouth. Despite hinting at some hop flavor, there was no real bitterness from the hops or any chocolate malts. I found this to be the only unimpressive part of the beer.

Drinkability: The complex and friendly taste make this beer incredibly quaffable. I hope to try it on tap soon.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazlenut Brown Nectar - 22oz. bomber poured into Duvel Tulip.

A - Dark brown, the epitomy of a brown ale color. Just perfection in the shade of brown. Creamy off white head, with excellent carbonation streams raising to the top of the glass. Retention is great, and small lacing clings hang on for dear life.

S - Light eathy/nutty/grainy tones, touch of malt sweetness. (Malted milk balls come to mind) Balanced, sweet, and inviting.

T - Taste is incredibly complex for a Brown Ale, pure exuberance. Strong malty notes arrive upfront, and caress the palate. So many different types of sweet tones, but nothing over the top. Chocolate, toffee, and raw molasses. Hazlenut and lots of it. Sweet, yet delicate. Fresh hop notes balance the complexitys in heavenly fashion. Reducing the sweetness level, but not neutralizing it. Fades to a bitter/sweet with small notes of honey and vanilla. Divine.

M - 100% creamy on the palate. Wonderful.

Best Brown Ale thus far, definitely a divine nectar.

Photo of Noxious26
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Part of a Father's Day gift from my parents. Thanks Mom & Dad!

Clear, dark brown with ruby highlights in colour. Tan head is 3/8 inch on the pour, but quickly reduces to a thin cap. Sporadic lacing on the sides.

Roasted malt, sweetness, woody and nutty aromas all intertwine with one another.

Roasted malt with chocolate highlights at the start. Then into a smooth middle where the roasted malt is still prominent but nutty and chocolate highlights make appearances. Long, drawn out finish is malty and nutty with woody highlights. Aftertaste is light and lingering roasted malt. The taste sensation as the beer progresses from the start into the middle is amazing. The hazelnut presence with the chocolate aspect really accentuate the roasted malt spine. Very nicely done.

Smooth, buttery mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. There is a very slight harshness in the middle that quickly fades away.

A really wonderful brew with a unique flavour profile. Trust Rogue to put out a world class specimen that doesn't quite fit the style profile exactly, but projects excellence none-the-less. This would be a regular in my fridge if it was available here.

Photo of wingman14
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown maple color with a tan head. Smells sweet with syrup and hazelnut, not too much else except sweet notes. Taste is similar, a light body, good carbonation. A very sweet nut brown with some malty aftertaste. The mouthfeel has a good balance of taste, carbonation, and smell. A well rounded beer that is very easy to drink. I would recommend this to all, especiall nut brown lovers, this is a good beer. Enjoy.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,506 ratings.