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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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3,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,457
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 190
Gots: 324 | 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 JudgeRoughneck
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this pint with a thin but healthy head that had gone by the time i drank a third. Color impossible to comment on due to extreme darkness of bar. I didn't really smell anything either.

This beer tastes amazing. It starts off with a very light roasted bitterness that splashes right into a deep nutty flavor before going to molasses flavors that can even have some chocolate tones. Creamy-ass mouthfeel. Nectar indeed.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of bignick
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at Reservoir Wine and Spirits in Brighton. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

Pours a very pretty brown with supple but swiftly receding head. It smells nutty. The taste starts with chocolate malt, and finishes with a kick of hazlenut. It is not syrupy, but the hazlenut finish is a bit dominant for my liking.

bignick, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of cproioi
2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my pint glass.

A: Probably my favorite thing about this beer. Pours a nice dark brown color with an off white head that sticks around for a little bit.

S: Lots of sweet malt in the smell. Has a hazlenut smell too it.

T: This beers overwhelming sweetness was a little too much. I would of liked at least a little bite to it, which my taste buds where waiting for but never came.

M: Not bad but not really that nice. It doesn't turn me off to the beer but it does nothing to impress me. The feel is just kind of there with no real aspect to make itself stand out to me.

D: This beer leaves me not wanting another one. I don't think I could suggest this to a friend at all.

cproioi, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of Avagadro
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cool in an imperial pint. Has a big brown head to begin with that fades quickly, kind of expected from a brown ale. Very deep brown in color with very little lacing. hazelnut is the overwhelming aroma here. The flavor is absolutley amazing. chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts are all present to begin with, and then you are hit with an amazing wave of hazelnut. very thick and rich in the mouth. Incredibly drinkable. This is a great dessert beer, although you could drink this all night. This beer definitely deserves the number one spot for brown ales. Definitely a must have brown ale for anyone.

Avagadro, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of afordney
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color, what little head there was dissapeared right away. No lacing left on the glass.

Smelled nutty and malty

tasted malty and bitter at the beginning, finished with a nutty flavor

bitter mouthfeel leaves your mouth a little tingly while you take a sip.

I was slightly dissapointed. Overall bitterness and clouds the nuttiness and I feel like there are better versions of Brown ale out there for similar prices. In a pinch I'd reach for this one again.

afordney, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-copper color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of caramel and toffee elements, candy-sweet. Kind of reminds me of Saranac Caramel Porter. On the palate, sweet caramel candy flavors appear first, followed by a nutty, roasty malt element. A firm bitterness prevails from mid-palate through the finish, with the aftertaste being highlighted by a hazelnut element that heretofore had manifested itself to varying degrees throughout the palate. I'm quite impressed by how the caramel and hazelnut flavors work in concert with the pleasingly firm bitter and astringent elements. Bravo.

VoodooBrew, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of trep
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Leaves the bomber and the light tan head fades quickly in a surge of carbonation. Dark body, typical of brown ales. Translucent, though.

Smells pretty nutty, as the name would suggest. Some kind of fruit that I can't pinpoint, but smells pretty good with the nuttiness.

Tastes just like it smells. Woody, nutty, with the slightest hint of caramel. Kind of sweet, but quite thin on the palate. Huge taste with such a thin mouthfeel though, kudos for that.

This is a great tasting beer but I feel that if it had a thicker body I would appreciate it more. No knock on Rogue though, as this is a top-notch session beer; the 6.2% is completely unnoticable.

trep, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber in early January from AJ's for $4.99.

Beer poured a deep mahogany-brown with little head. Nose is of sweet malts with a hint of nuts. Taste is heavy on sweet maltiness but is offset nicely by a subtle dry hop to finish. Mouthfeel is outstanding, very full for the style and just enough carbonation to make it nice and lively. Overall drinkability is very good. This is an enjoyable beer and a nice representation of the style.

arizcards, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A top three beer for this month's beer club meeting. very dark with a crimson tinge. looks about as i would think a hazlenut flavored ale should. sweet, nutty odor. tastes like a milkshake, chocolatey and nutty. hazlenut is very tame. overall very sweet (which i didn't actually think was a good thing) with a hazlenut finish. a bit thin for the milkshake-like taste. too sweet for drinking a lot of this. reminded me a lot of rogue's choco-stout. both are sweeter than i'd like.

aforbes10, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of johnyeast
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/ dark copper in color with a half inch beige head. Rich nutty smell with notes of malt and barley. Wonderful taste. Good carbonation and well balanced beer with a disticnt nutty finish. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. A good standard for a brown ale, would love to consume a few if I found it on tap.

johnyeast, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of maek228
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got a 22 oz. bomber of this....the picture on the bottle is truly to be appreciated.

Appearance: a brownish color....more dark brown than anything. decent head with good retention.

Smell: sweet malts, some mild coffee notes, hazelnut or course....god this smells nice

Taste: this one tastes like Nutella and sweet malts....has a nice dry finish which is the perfect compliment to the initial taste. well done

Mouthfeel: Easy on the palate

Drinkability: Drink up bitches

maek228, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem, OR. It was a 16 oz. pour into a standard pint glass.

I received a nice pour with a short off white head. The beer appeared to be lightly carbonated. The beer's color apeared an incredibly deep, clear brown. Big malts with overtones of - the name hits it - Hazelnut rides through the nose. The beer itself tasted sweet, perpetually teetering near the edge of being overly so, but never becomes too sweet for my taste. The beer is big on the slightly roasted malt flavors along with the nutty flavors. The low level of carbonation aids in giving it a rich, full mouthfeel too. A slight, nice bit of bitterness comes at the very end as the beer roles of the mouth. This is like a nice dessert in a glass. It's a drinkable beer even with it's sweetness.

edmundfitzoil, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of phisig137
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish ruby color, with a little head and no lacing.

Smells malty sweet, with a good amount of hazelnut extract No hops can be detected.

Tastes mostly of hazelnuts, with a nice malty backbone. Again, little hops. Decidedly sweet, but no cloying at all. The hazelnut extract used in this is considerably better quality than that used in other hazelnut browns. Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Drinkability good.

Another winner from Rogue

phisig137, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of akajimmyd
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark nut brown body. Brown head that is foamy and does not retain or lace well.

Smell – As usually my weakest department. Some sweet malts and roasted hazelnuts.

Taste – Awesome. Nutty to the extreme. Some sweet malts. Roasted flavors. Honey sweet finish.

Mouthfeel – Thick and full body. Low carbonation is dead on. Enough hops leave a fresh feeling.

Drinkability – Rogue made a simple style into a “big beer.” Great flavor, high drinkabilty.

akajimmyd, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark brown with a thick head from a brown 22 ounce bottle. The aroma is malty, nutty and even smells a bit sweet. I really like the taste of this one, hazelnut is definitely prominent and makes for a nice addition to this brown ale. This is one I revisit from time to time and I'm never disappointed.

Drew966, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight up solid brown in color with a fizzy khaki-colored head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles and further settles leaving the beer to look like a glass of Nestea.

Smell: The scent isn't overly abundent, but it's there. It's there and it's hazlenut, baby! There's also cream soda, toast with honey, and a little bit of chocolate to be found.

Taste: It's delish! Malty sweet, with flavors of hazlenut, vanilla, and even coffee. The soft, floral hops are delicate and help to balance out the sweetness, though they remain light (and especially light for Rogue). Lastly, both chocolate and honey close out things. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Creamy. Carbonation remains low.

Drinkability: Excellent and unique! Very easy to drink. Sweet, but not too sweet. A very tasty brown ale!

ChainGangGuy, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, Guinness like reddish purple color. Lots of aromas swell the taste buds. A sort of fake hazelnut aroma with tons of toasted malts. Seems a bit too fake for me. And I love Rogue. Seems a bit overproduced for me. Not my favorite Rogue but not my worst. Iwould hope to find something a little less fake with hazelnut. Hows about you?!

Too sweet and fake to be drinkable. Feels like I am drinking some sweet ass coffee. Yuck.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of RoBotGod
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn’t sure what to think when buying this beer cause amber nut browns are one of my least liked styles. I’m really glad I did. As a result of not being to fond of the style, I though this was a great beer. The deep amber color is complemented by a milky thick body of tiny bubbles. I’ve never had an amber be so complex. It has a strong caramel taste and I get hints of smoked bacon. This would be great with a ham. The nose has a strong sent of brown sugar. The finish leaves a great sticky smoky brown sugar taste in your mouth. Mouth feel is very impressive. It feels a lot lighter then it looks making it go down maybe a little too quick. This is the master of nutbrowns.

RoBotGod, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Brick Store Pub with the Atlanta B.A. crew. Hops and added flavour. Are browns needed? If I am going to have this, it might as well be on-tap. Colour-brown. I can see it appealing to some people and transitioning from coolers. A bit too much on the sweet side for my palate.

Sammy, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't overly impressed by this brew. Pours out to a medium dark brown color with a small head of foam. No lace. Aromas of nuts, light malts, vanilla. Taste wasn't all that great for me. Some nuttiness was overturned on the palate with an array of flavors; vanilla bean, herbs, caramel, touches of leather. Too much going on, and not enough standing out. Mouthfeel was typical for a Brown Ale, rather calm with some syrupy element about itself. Fair drinkability. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this more than a few times recently on both draft and from bottle. This beer is fabulous. What a funky appearance. Very dirty looking brown with smoky attributes throughout. This is one fine and easy drinking brew. Tastes of what else but hazlenut, toffee, caramel, nice malty sweetness. Good beer to get your "domestic" drinking friends to try. Not sure how you couldn't like this one.

mcallister, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abundant off-white head, fair retention, really deep brown with a glossy red tinge.

Obvious nutty aroma, along with wafts of chocolate, malts and coffee, reminds of something between a stout and a double-bock.

Flavor is fantastic, as long as you let it warm slightly. The hazelnut essence is strong, but not overly so, and not too sweet or artificial tasting. A very malty base too, and again, not overly sweet, which is impressive considering all the various malts listed on the bottle. Mouthfeel starts off creamy but thins out quickly.

I've revised this review after my second bottle months later, because that second bottle seemed much rounder and fuller than the first. No real complaints, and I'm glad I gave it second chance.

Metalmonk, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: reddish brown in color and leaves a small amount of head residue on sides of glass

Smell: sweet, nutty, mild chocolate, and roasted malts.

Taste: lots of flavors throughout drink - no hops more malt and barley

Mouthfeel: opens up a lot of flavors in mouth

Drinkability: will have more again in near future.

DuqTroops, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screen-printed brown bomber bottle. The guy on the bottle looks just like one of my coworkers. I took this bottle to work with me and set it on his desk for the day. I actually had people ask me how I had made the bottle (with his picture on it.) This one's for you, Jon!

Toasted nuts and mocha in the nose mix with something sweet like caramel ice cream syrup. Strong dark malt aromas waft from the glass. There is a definite sweet nuttiness swirling around as well.

A creamy hazelnut character like that of a flavored Irish coffee jumps out at the first sip. Creaminess continues through the flavor experience as the sweet toasty, and perhaps a little biscuity, mid-range malts are showcased. There is little to no discernable hop presence.

This beer has that dextrinous mouthfeel to it that I associate with brown ales. It feels full of sugar while at the same time retaining a low viscosity. It actually feels a little light on the stomach for a brown ale (which is nice.)

This is a nice sweet easy-drinker. It could be enjoyed in the manner of sweetened iced tea although it is more desert-like than sweet tea, more like liquefied powdered donuts instead.

Mmm. Donuts.

froggyfrog, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Mitchel
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rouge’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. The head is a very light tan and holds for a great time and leave notable lacing. It smells delicious...Like toasted malts and obviously hazelnut with just a hint of dark chocolate.

Big maltiness and lots of sweetness make for an amusing beer. It is pretty medium in body and just a hint of hops are present. This beer gets better as it warms up a little bit. The Roasted malts become more obvious over the toasted. Lots of great dark flavors going on here. It finishes with a taste of dark fruits and an insinuation of chocolate.

This beer is really great. I would look at it as a desert beer. A very different beer for me and excellently made. I could go for this and a big piece of tiramisu or coffee cake. Delicious!

Mitchel, Feb 19, 2006
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,457 ratings.