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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,572
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 214
Gots: 415 | FT: 3
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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 TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into pint glasses. The beer was milk chocolate brown color, looked and smelled quite a bit like Newcastle brown ale. Actually I expected a hazelnut smell but didn't get it. The flavor was mostly sweet, hardly any bitterness at all. Very easy to drink, a "session" beer.

Photo of johnnydollar
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Yes it's good, but I wouldn't say great. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this Rogue didn't blow me away. The glass has a nice transparent brown hue and it doesn't smell like much of anything. The taste is enjoyable, but a little too sweet for my liking. The carbonation, color and flavor all resemble cola in a weird sort of way. I like cola so I enjoyed drinking it, but it's not the Rogue experience that I am used to. Is it REALLY 6.2% ABV? I would have guessed much lower (it is also available in South Carolina where we have a alcohol cap on beer at 6%... shhh. don't tell anybody).

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

Served a dark brown with absolutely no head. The aroma was of dark malt and strong roasted nuts. The taste was a great balance of dark malts and a variety of hops doing their jobs in the background. There was also a very smooth hazelnut flavor. The beer was light and smooth and very enjoyable. A great brown ale.

Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not that impressive in the glass, just a clear brown ale with a reddish tinge and a skimpy brown head that mostly disappears.

Smells much better than it looks. Sweet smelling with a lot of chocolate and nutty scent. I can smell nuts but not ID the scent as hazelnut, just nut.

The taste begins very mildly sweet with lots of chocolate and nut flavor. This has a noticeable high tannin level to the taste that at first I though was a trace of metallic flavor. This very quickly tastes like Frangelico liqueur with no sugar in it. Rather a very dry brown ale that tastes simply of cocoa powder and tannic nuts.

Mouthfeel is light for the style.

Drinkability is only so so. I can only see drinking this again when I want a VERY dry beer with food. Probably the best beer in the world for eating with Nutella on bread.

Photo of Gaben
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

What a weird beer, I would consider it a cartoon beer more then a brown ale. Just has a weird taste to it that isnt normal.

Appearance is goot , kinda like darkish brown with a tin of light to it. Makes you wanna drink it just looking at it.

Smell is goot , kinda more like ice cream? or something cartoonish about it , its a goot smell but doesnt smell like a beer.

Taste is nice as well, you tasty the Hazenut/Nectar too it , that stands out most of all/ like I am saying it doesnt say like a normal brown ale. Its a novilty beer from a cartoon.

I dont think I could drink alot of this stuff just because its not a normal beer, Id much rather drink a simple brown ale other then this.

Overall one of these a night if your feel a bit weird and want something that stands out.

Photo of EmChouffe
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I actually had to review this beer because so many people loved it and I'm now wondering what I'm missing. First it poured a deep reddish brown, slighty murky. Moderate head retention with some nice lacing. Ok, it smelled good, really it did, I WANTED to like it. It smelled like a bakery, caramel, toasted nuts, all that good stuff. But the taste? eh. It was a bit one-dimensional for me. Definitely very heavily presented toasted nut and oat flavors. But something was off, like I was looking at the tap and THINKING hazelnut but really I was tasting some horrible nut extract with a heavy emphasis on walnut/pecan. Oh yeah, some vanilla and even a little cocoa. But I wanted it sweeter and more balanced. WAY more balanced. but hey, maybe it's just me.

Photo of guitarmage
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark copper brown, bubbly tan head, retention is medium, leaves a nice lacing over the top of the beer.

Smell: Hazelnut sweetness very clear, some toasty maltiness, hops are not present, or alcohol, just light and toasty and hazelnut sweet.

Taste: Caramel malt upfront, a little espresso acidity and lemon citrus, then it opens up into a big hazenut extract sweetness, a very light peppery hoppiness quickly fades.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is light and fizzy throughout giving the beer a crispness, but the rest is creamy, very smooth.

Drinkability: Awesome brown ale, it's a top notch ABA with a hazelnut sweetness that is just delicious. After work, with a sugar cookie, it was amazing.

Photo of kms910
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured dark brown with a minimal light head the subsided rather quickly

S - Definitely hazelnut and chocolate I was rather suprised that it came through as well as it did

T - More of toffee than the smell eludes however hazelnut and chocolate do round out the finish

M - A good nectar feel true to style

D - Very drinkable nectar if you are looking for this type of brew. It wasnt over powering at all smooth, chocolate and hazelnut treat

Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a 22oz. bottle. Poured a very deep ruby reddish brown color when held up to the light. About one finger of tan colored head formed in the glass and dissapeared quickly into nothing. Very sweet raisin, brown sugar, along with a little nuttiness and molasses in the nose. Plenty of flavor here. Brown sugar, hints of hazelnut, sweet fruity flavors with a nice malty finish. Very drinkable. Some carbonation, and no noticeable alcohol present. Pretty solid brew and definitely worth a try.

Photo of jkaufman
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Session notes from March 13, 2007:

Poured a 22oz. bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours dark red-brown with a thick tan head that soon thins out to almost nothing, then disappears altogether.

S: Nutty and sweet.

T and M: Goes down quick and smooth, but there’s not much here to speak of flavor-wise. Has minimal complexity and is moderately carbonated with a little syrupy finish. This ale just doesn't seem to live up to its name. Maybe I got a bottle that had bathed in the store's fluorescent light for too long.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not all that enjoyable.

Will try again based on the overwhelming majority of positive reviews, but I've got to call it like I taste it for now.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head and retention and nice brown color. Smell and taste compliment each other nicely. The nose is brought out so much with each sip. There is a nice caramel malting and a little bit of chocolate malting as well. A nice hazelnut flavor as well. Hops are in the backseat as they should be, just there to provide some balance.

The mouthfeel was fairly thick, but not too thick and clung fairly well.

I could have a few of these and be a happy camper. Definetely a nice brew.

Photo of McClungbrew2
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown, with tan head. The head fell to a quarter inch bead.

The aroma was mostly malty, with slight roasty undertones. Not much hop aroma.

Tasted very well balanced sweet malt to roast malt. Vanilla and hazelnut notes with slight coffee aftertaste. No hop flavor, but enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Medium body, with a slight chewiness. Well balanced, very drinkable.

Photo of crwills
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, oily brown into a pint glass. Small, thick head that sticks around for the entire time!

Milk chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and malty bread aroma -- sounds like a candy bar!

Caramel malt flavour, with roastd wood, marshmallow, nuts (but not really hazelnut). Angel food cake with vanilla icing. A dessert beer?

Bit of a weak finish with a slightly watery mouthfeel and dull aftertaste.

Photo of Talisker
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber. Generally available at most retailers in the SF Bay Area at typical (i.e., high) Rogue prices - $4.99-5.99.

Deep, opaque brown, some tan highlights on the edges. Short dark tan head subsides quickly. No lacing - more of a flat character to this one, but that's not a ding.

Aroma is well integrated - lots of variety with malty sweetness, some English-style hop bitterness, and the hazelnut syrup character I'll describe below. Followed up perfectly by the taste, which is a knockout. Superbly well-crafted brown ale without too much of anything - roasted malt leads, followed by a solid dose of sweetness, some toffee, a tiny bit of smoke, and a healthy bitter character.

The hazelnut sweetness is definitely here, sort of hovering over the whole experience, and it's a very well-matched complement to the other flavors in the beer. The only ding is that it somehow feels a bit separate, as if you can sense the extract character - a syrup, rather than the true "essence" of a nut, whatever that might be.

I haven't clicked with most Rogue Beers, even the well-regarded Stouts - maybe it's the novelty character, maybe something else. But I love the Hazelnut Nectar - my favorite Rogue, one of my favorite brown ales, and even a favorite beer. Definitely works with a dessert, with nutty cheeses, or even to complement some mild foods. If it were a little less expensive it would be even more of a regular for me!

Photo of markaberrant
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown, red can be seen when held up to light. Agressive pours yields a small head which recedes almost instantly. Carbonation is quite noticable.

Smells of sweet alcohol, caramel/toffee candy, with a hint of nut. Might be some hops in there too, but not overly noticable. Pleasing.

Taste is noticable toffee to start, then some noble hop flavour. Hazelnut and dry chocolate show up in the finish. Hazelnut becomes much more distinct as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick enough to provide a lingering sweetness which works with the style.

Drinkability is slightly above average. While this beer is not "overly" sweet, it is still balanced towards malt, but it is a simple malt.

A pleasing brown ale, but nothing exciting either. I guess I was expecting something a little different, and I thought the hazelnut extract would be more pronounced.

Photo of xzqrut
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured out a very nice deep brown, slightly hazy, with light head and lacing. Beer smelled nice and sweet, with some chocolate and hazelnut aromas. The taste was not quite what I was hoping for, sweet, with some malt and hazelnut. Mouthfeel was too syrupy, but perhaps that is to be expected with a "nectar," also seemed very flat. All in all, very average I thought, somewhat disappointed from Rogue which is usually so good.

Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazelnut Brown Nectar is one of the best brown ales I've ever had. It pours to produce a light tan head, with a cloudy and dark brown body. Thin lacing lasts a good while. Gives off a slight chocolaty aroma and tastes chocolaty, but with a vivid hazelnut sweetness.

Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2nd time I've drank this beer. The first time was on tap, after I had a Rogue Brutal Bitter. Doesn't seem to have as much of a hazelnut taste as I remember but it's still nice.

Appearance- Very beautiful mahogany/brownish color. Poor head retention and poor lacing.

Smell- Faint malty/nutty smell. No hoppy aroma present. The weakest trait of this beer.

Taste- Quite surprising. The first thing you notice is the strong hazelnut flavor. Very pleasent. A almost chocolaty roasted malt profile matches the nutty flavor nicely. The faint bitterness of the hops don't seem to contribute much.

Mouthfeel- Very nice for this brew. Mediumish carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty damn good in moderation. I'm enjoying a 22oz bottle now but no way I could handle any more than that. Terrific desert beer or delicious when following a Brutal Bitter :)

Photo of Kudashov
2.63/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a Guinness pint glass 22oz bottle

Dark brown brew with a head that did not last long ..Smells of hazelnut & coffee . This was bought to see if this would surpass my nutty love for the Coffeehouse Porter by The Berkshire Brewing Company . It did not . It is not bad but I would have liked a little more bite/ body to make me happy . Still it is a jolly good brew by Rogue . Will have again

Photo of Dubbercody
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Takes browns to a place seldom though of and rarely visited, one that I Really like. At least the first pint of it.

Hazy brown, strong hazelnut flavor that following their chocolate would be a great dessert. This also like many of Rogue's other offerings has a noticeably accentuated taste, flavor and experience tasting it on tap as compared to the bottle. While Rogue in the bottle is usually very good, tap just makes the beers sing.

Photo of dherling
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a chocolate brown, failry clear, with a thick creamy tan head. The nose was sweet, full of hazelnut, creamy, with some mild spicing. The taste was a little watered down for me, nice hazelnut flavor, kind of sweet, but not enough body or malt backing this guy up. Instead of being a nuance, the hazelnut was the main attraction here. A decent effort, but this needs to be bigger. The hazelnut is a bit too cloying for me.

Photo of shlap
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Salted Nuts! That's the first thing that came to mind when downing this delicious creation. I'm not a huge fan of nut browns but I have to say this stuff is fantastic. The nut taste strikes first with some butter mixed in, then very light chocolate and toffee and a little hops perfectly balanced.

Appearance: Crystal clear and as red as it gets.

Body: I'd say medium-light body. This would make a good session beer.

Aroma: Nutty, buttery, salt, and toffee, just like the taste!

Head: Creamy off-white. Dissipates quickly but kept a light layer all the way down.

Lacing: Very little to no lacing.

Carbonation: Medium carbonation

Have Another?: Definitely! The best nut brown ale I've tasted hands down.

Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you love hazelnut coffee, you will love this. Actually, if you love good beer, you will love this Brown Ale. A nice dark color to it, which is blood red when you hold it up to light. Smell is of hazelnut and malt. Still can't believe how good this was. I don't want to say too much, you just need to go out and try it. My ratings say it all.

Photo of dungaree
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and very dark brown. Not a lot of head but interesting at the same time. Smells of caramel and malt but could have more in the nose.

Taste is awesome! It's like drinking a great beer and eating a candy bar at the same time. I don't give "5's" often for taste, but this one is truly exceptional and different than anything I've had.

It starts with a touch of honey on the front of the tongue, hints of chocolate in the middle, and a big, bold caramel finish on the back. All the while the alcohol prickles on the tongue and blend well with very tasty malt characters. The best part is about a second or two after swallowing this fine nectar, sweet caramel and white chocolate notes resonate throughout the mouth and sinuses.

Excellent brew. Great drinkability. My only regret is I bought only one of these. I will be stocking up!

Photo of bhitt
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a bomber dark brown with small head with little retention.
Nose: Sweet with hazelnut extract aroma right up front.
Taste: The flavors take a while to kick in but are very well balanced. Not overly malty but just the right amount of sweetness, blends perfectly with the hazelnut. Flavor hops are just noticeable. Mouthfeel is silky, low/moderate carbonation.

Like many of Rogue's offerings, this beer is unique and enjoyable. A very drinkable brew that I return to regularly.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,572 ratings.