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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,389 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,389
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 178
Gots: 295 | 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 granger10
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this Rogue variation on tap. I think it might be the same recipe as the Morimoto but it definitely has a different flavor profile on tap. I like the bottle version but this stuff is really good on tap. Dark brown, hazelnut, color. Nice creamy tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is coffee with hazelnut and more nuttyness. Flavor leans on the sweet side with caramel and toffee malts. Nutty base. Lots of roasted hazelnut flavor in here. Creamy. A bit of coffee in here. Finish is somewhat dry but lingers. Mouthfeel is excellent. The flavors transition and work with each other quite well. There's a nice all around thickness to this beer. Better on tap than bottle imo.

granger10, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with a one finger head that quickly recedes to a thin ring, with mild lacing.

Smells sweet, nutty, mild chocolate, and roasted malts.

Taste was some chococalte, hazelnut, caramel, with a sweet malty finish. Color me crazy, but this reminds me somewhat of a dopplebock when it gets a litte warmer. This one goes down very smooth, with only a touch of bitterness.

RedHaze, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of BarrelBrother
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had me thinking the moment I tasted it. Hmmm..The taste is unusual, full of toasty goodness and with a coffee overtone. I like the nuttiness and I must admit the hazelnut presence got my attention immeadiately. Ok, Ok, I'm a big fan of dark, flavorful beers. This is no secret if you've read any of my reviews that deal with porters, scotch ales, deep ambers, stouts, ect.. However this one is just "different", and I mean that in a good way. This is my first sampling from the Rogue Ale line and I like what I'm tasting here.
The aroma got my attention, but the taste (which has a smooth mouthfeel) keeps me contemplating the overtones each time I taste this deep mahogany brew. The initial frothy head didn't stay as long as I'd like and lacing was marginal after inital pouring of the brew. I would have expected this beer to be really sweet and not very drinkable, however there is a nice hop balance at the finish. Not too heavy in alcohol so I was able to open another "bomber" to share with the wife as the evening chill set in tonight. A very interesting offering indeed.

BarrelBrother, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of HochFliegen
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown color with a thin head.
Chocolate dominated the aroma of the beer was looking for a more hazelnut scent. But it was nice with a big malty nose to it.
The taste was quite smooth with a big chocolate flavor at first tapers off to a hint of nuts and slight bitterness.
Good amount of hazelnut flavor and more detectable in the after taste. Good smooth beer that is great for a after dinner drink.

HochFliegen, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep cola brown with a thin tan-brown head that holds pretty well and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell is all kinds of chocolate, particularly baking chocolate, with a lot of hazelnut, almond, and maybe even walnut sneaking in there. It's a big malty nose, but it's a really pleasant sniffer.

Flavor has a nice chocolate sweetness that's rounded out nicely by all the nutty accents. The hazelnut doesn't come through in an overpowering way and is nicely offset by a healthy little hop bite.

As the finish gets nice and dry, you want another drink.

Overall: A very nice sweetened brown ale to drink as a dessert or at the end of the night.

whartontallboy, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine quality product from Rogue.

Purchased in a 22 oz bomber. My 2 cents about Rogue's "expensive" bomber controversy is that I'd really rather purchase it this way than in a six-pack. If I'm not blown away by a beer, I'd much rather only drink 22 ounces of it than 72.

And with that being said, this beer is worth the $5 bottle.

The scent gets your taste buds thumping in anticipation. Pleasantly sweet with maple-syrup tones, but not sicky-sweet or overpowering.

This beer fills your mouth full-up with its complexity. There's so much going on... It's hard to describe it all. I will leave some things to you to find out for yourself. I will say the hazelnut flavor is fully present & very well balanced in the mix.

Definitely a highly drinkable beer worth your $$$. This is easily the best brown ale i've ever had.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of killthehatred
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 22 bomber...

Good-looking brown ale - good clarity, very reddish in color with a small head that disappears towards the end.

The smell was not quite what I expected - very malty, roasted smell with a little bit of chocolate. I hoped there'd be more hazelnut in the aroma, but it was harder to detect...

The taste is truly delicious. Malty bitter chocolate goodness with hazelnut undertones that are most easily detected after the post-sip exhale. The rich, smooth feel makes it extremely drinkable. Very good beer.

killthehatred, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Illinick
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a 22 oz. bomber.
A: Dark brown with a hint of reddish hues, rootbeerish in color. Tan head that dissipates very quickly-I'm dissappointed with the head retention even after a vigorous pour.
S: Hazelnut, roasted/burnt nut, chocolate and fig smell all on a canvas driven by malt. Also a hint of bread in the b-ground.
T: Paralleling the smell the taste is encircled around a backdrop of malt. Definate hazelnut, bitter chocolate and fig tastes up front with malt throughout and especially in finish-sweet and malty. Also flavors of bread poking around. Sweet malt throughout.
MF: A smooth, medium mouthfeel that sits and rolls off the tongue nicely.
Overall: A solid Rogue offering and a great after dinner beer. May be too malty "sweet" for consumption anytime but after dinner. Makes for a nice desert beer though and I enjoyed the infused hazelnut-in taste and aroma.

Illinick, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, caramel around the edges. Good, very fine lacing. Does smell faintly of hazelnut, more like chocolate though--kind of like cake icing. Taste is too malty upfront, but has a nice roasted, nutty finish. Too much unbalanced sweetness. Not as good as I had remembered.

battlekow, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a small head that quickly settles down to a mocha colored ring around my glass.

The aroma is a little lacking but I can pick up on some mild hazelnut.

The flavor is of chocolate malt with some caramel and nutty flavor in the finish. This is a great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Where this one lacks in nose it makes up for in flavor. I highly recommend this beer.

Brian700, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of Knuckles
1.85/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Apparently this was my weekend for artificially sweetened brown ales. First the Longboat Double Chocolate Porter, and now this. My wife works in the county clerk's office, and has a process server come in on a regular basis raving about this beer. I am not one who enjoys extract flavored beers, but we picked this up anyway just so she could tell him she tried it, and get him off her back.

Appeareance: My wife poured it, and didn't do a great job on my glass. She got the perfect head in hers, and mine looked like an espresso snowstorm. Nice umber colored pour. No, I don't really know what umber looks like. It just sounded complimentary for a beer I basically hated.

Smell: Hazelnut latte. For the record, I drink my coffee black.

Taste: Not as bad as the Longboat. This one almost has a hint of beer flavor to it, but it really is overpowered by the sweetness of the hazelnut. Gives it almost a sweetened iced coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Seems a bit thin to me. However, I don't drink many browns (read: any browns at all), so I don't have anything to compare it to. I'll go with my ever-expanding gut.

Drinkability: I couldn't finish the glass. Didn't want to finish the glass, and my wife didn't finish hers. I'd say that out of the 22 ounces in that bomber, we drank maybe 8 combined, and it was 8 too many. I seriously don't know how people can drink this. It's painful.

Knuckles, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22 oz brown bottle into a chimay chalice.

This beer pours a deep carmel color with a 1/2 inch head. You can smell the hazelnuts in this brew and some other nuttyness mabey almonds.

Taste is malty no real noticable hops here a bit bitter on the finish. The head dissapears fairly quickly with minimal lacing. A medium bodied beer but very tasty. The taste of the nuts really explodes in your mouth. A good desert beer. If I can find this brew again I will buy some more for sure.

charlottebeerguy, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of karst
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark redish brown with dense 1 fingered persistent head in a pint glass.
Aroma of caramel, nuts and mild chocolate.
Flavors similar with beautiful blend of dark crystal malts and hazelnuts peaking in and out of chocolate and sweet caramel malts. Saaz hops just noticable but essental to the flavor complexity. Full body with round dextrinous mouthfeel.
No worries about strong overbearing spices or malts. Just a little soft hazelnut lingers for a pleasant goodbye in the bittersweet finish.

Very drinkable paired well with brownies or any sweet desert.
Thanks Jason and Jenifer.

karst, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish-brown color, no head to speak of. Aroma is full of nuttiness and cocoa notes. Flavor is nuttiness out the wazoo, with some chocolatiness and light bitterness. Sweet at the start, it nonetheless finishes a wee bit dry, with a lingering hazelnut taste. Soft, creamy texture and moderate body.

An interesting beer, but a bit too much in the hazelnut category for me.

allengarvin, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown/ruby coloration. Little head unfortunately, but still a nice looking beer. This brown ale has quite the unique and potent aroma. Sweet maple, toasted malt, bread, pastry, hazelnut - like a nectareous dessert. Taste is also sweet, nutty, even fruity (apple?) in the finish. Rich and flavorful, smooth, thick, and robust with light carbonation.

I might sound crazy but I could see this going very well with waffles or french toast. Very sweet and full-flavored yet, perhaps a bit much. I'd probably have to switch it up after a glass or two. Still, you have to respect Rogue for not creating your typical brown ale.

wedge, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is great. It pours dark mahogany with nice deep ruby red tones. Tan head that was small, and short lasting. Nothing special about the lacing or head, but the color is very nice. Smells deliciously malty, with sweet roasty and toasty hazelnut nuttiness. Definitely some maple syrup and caramel scents that blend very well with the nutty malts. It tastes great + has an extremely smooth mouthfeel. The beer tastes malty balanced with sweetness at first followed by roasted nutty tastes, some caramel, and finishes with hints of bitter fruit. I could drink many many many more of these. The beer is full bodied in flavor, and so very ultra smooth.

The tastes blend together amazingly. + I also don't think the beer is too sweet at all, though it is very sweet. This would be great with desserts, in fact great as a dessert. This beer is now one of my favorites.

tastybeer, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of packetknife
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystalline dark brown with a thick frothy head that held, laced well. The nose smells of caramel candy, perhaps sweet chocolate. The nose ~feels~ weird too as you can tell it's fizzing away. Tons of malts, perhaps a bit overly matled, a bit roasty, pleasantly smooth though. The carbonation was good and it already had a thick feel to it. Reminds me of some cold coffee concoction you might get a Big Bucks.

packetknife, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep reddish brown with a light brown head. Smell is wonderfully rice and full of hazelnuts. Notes of caramel and chocolate are noticed too. Taste is great. Every bit as good as the Morimoto was, maybe a bit richer. Almost like drinking a less chocolate laden nutella. Very rich and a bit sweet. Makes a wonderful after dinner drink. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Drinkability is good, but perhaps a bit rich for every day consumption. Might even go well with a roasted pork or game dish if it featured nuts.

TinusTime, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some orange tint. A 2 finger head and very good lace. A nice rich malty smell but not a heavy roasted smelllike a porter or stout. Maple and nut aromas are abundant. A slightly roasted malt dominates with flavor with strong maple and nut flavors. A slight coffelike bitterness hits in the aftertaste. Slightly buttery with medium carbonation and good drinkability. A nice session beer.

sabrills70, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color with mild orange highlights. The beer was topped by a decent tan colored head that receded quickly back into the beer. The nose has a lot of caramel malt with a finish of toffee The taste is more sweet than I expected. Over the top on caramel, it comes close to chocolate. There is a little fruit on the finish in the form of pears and apples. This beer is well rounded, why can’t all brown ales be like this?. Smooth, very rich mouth feel. Extremely high drinakbility. Wow.

carln26, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well lookie here: A big bomber gives up the ghost with mahogany brown hues topped off by 1/4" of craggy dark khaki head cap.

Oooo that smell: Waffles and syrup scents lightly meander to the nose. Sweet caramel and fuzzy cocoa malts.

Tastes like chicken: Sugary Maple syrup flavors overtake the palate. Buttery taste with some light pecan nuttiness and delicate cinnamon. Lingering spice cake like flavors stick around for a bit. Leaves a hazy fuzzy feel with cocoa and light chocolate notes.

Can ya feel it? Medium bodied with s sticky lip smackin' sugary tack.

Gas 'n go: If there is a better brown out there , I'd be curious to try it. That being said, this is a good brown but on dimensional and cloying. I won't try this again, but it was cool to try. Forgetable, but not regreatable and edible.

blitheringidiot, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber hued brown with nice nut colored head which quickly settles to a fine lace.

Smell: Hazelnuts are overpowering, that is all I can make out....

Taste is . Nutty goodness that is very smooth and balanced. Just enough hops to keep the malts from getting out of control.

This is definitely a dessert beer albeit a good one. Definitely worth a try. Cheers.

sinistermadman, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 Oz. bomber. Bought this one fresh, going to have to try this one again some time

A: Pours a clear brown color. Smallish head sans lacing.

S: I like to go fishing. I've spent many many years doing it. This beer smells like Lake Wilhelm. The (I'll officially name it here) Wilhelm smell tends to overwhelm everything else. Faint nutty smells. No hoppy aroma to speak of. WTF went wrong here?

T: Nice malty flavors. Hints of the hazelnut come late in the tasting.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Alcohol feels about right for the stated ABV%.

D&N: Nothing special here. I'll give this beer another go in a few months. The Wilhelm smell is just creeping me out. Shame to say, but the rest of the bottle in the fridge has a date with the sink.

JackTheRipper, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of palliko
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep burnt sienna with ruby trim, beige foam and lace. Aroma screams MALT! along with a scent of mixed nuts and plums. Initial taste has sweet roasted malt, hazelnuts blending into leafy hops and burnt chocolate. There is an understated hint of dark fruits. Medium body and good carbonation. Perfect with something sweet.

palliko, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from 22 oz. bomber
deep opaque brown color with a thick tan head that faded fast. lacing slid back down glass into the brew. roasty malt smell that was sort of singular but faint. roasted hazlenut taste with sweet malt and some chocolate notes - very rich. bitter hops tail wrapped around sweetness in the finish. smooth yet substantial mouthfeel. well-balanced but i would drink it more as a treat than as a session beer. would be good paired with sweet foods i bet.

villainchiwwin, Jul 12, 2005
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 3,389 ratings.