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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
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3,503 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 193
Gots: 348 | 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 xdant
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a 22 oz. bomber. nice dark brown cola color with a nice cream colored head. a thin layer of head retained over the entire surface until the end.
smell: probably my favorite part of this brew. loads of chocolate covered nuts and a faint fruity aroma.
taste: a proper extention of the smell. chocolate, coffee, nuts, currants. Malty and sweet, but not too sweet since i was drinking it for dessert. May be too sweet for dinner...

Photo of HimerMan
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - had many times, finally reviewing it.

Pours a nut brown with a tanish head that subsides fast. There is an immediate smell of a malt, mild caramel and sweetness even before sipping.

The taste - like a nectar, this is very very sweet with a lot of malts up front and in the back of the taste. This is very easy to drink, but gets a bit too sweet after 2/3 of the bottle. Great candidate for splitting with someone, and defintely a beer that can easily be shared with those who are new to certain flavors/styles.

Very similar tastes to New Castle with a cream flavor like Bodingtons. (Its like blending those two beers together, adding more malt and having it be a nut brown all at the same time!)

I highly suggest trying this beer - easy to drink, smooth and just a nice taste overall to enjoy.

Cheers!

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came to the table as a black beer with no head. The smell was nutty with a strong hazelnut scent. The taste was similar with a good malt backbone. The mouthfeel was pretty moderate and smooth. Of the nut brown beers, this is probably the best I've had. I've never been a fan of the style, but this beer may change my mind. Now if they could just sell this stuff in 12 oz. at cheaper prices.

Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I messed up - I don’t like hazelnut, and asked if this one tasted like it. Nope was the answer. Well it does, what a surprise.

Oh well, clear and dark oak pour, surprisingly little head. Hazelnuts and caramel in the aroma and taste. Also noted some chocolate and coffee. I would have luved this one without the hazelnut extract.

Medium bodied. I won’t get this one again, but because of the hazelnuts – did I mention I the hazelnuts nauseate me?

Photo of Jacobob10
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that disappates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of at all. Aroma is nice but subtle. Traces of nuts, coffee, and caramel sweetness hit the nose and then quickly vanish. The taste brings this beer to life a little bit. More coffee can be detected along with some roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel with a touch of bitterness and carbonation at the end. Very drinkable, I polished the bomber off with no problem at all.

This was a pretty one-sided beer, not much going on with the hops at all. A nice offering from Rogue, although their bombers continue to be a bit overpriced.

Photo of ski271
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish copper with a medium-small, pillowy, light tan, slowly diminishing head. Like the bottle says, there’s lots of nuts in the nose. Moderately sweet-smelling and malty, with aromas of chocolate, juicy hops, a little spice, and a bit of dark fruit. The taste is sweet and all about the hazelnut. Supporting cast of bready malts, light cherry and wood. It has a medium body, VERY smooth texture and soft carbonation. This is an impressive easy-drinker. And interesting little twist on the style. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber black with a half finger tan head that melts to a decent ring of sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet toasted malt, hazelnuts, and chocolate.
Taste is initially sweet roasted malt and hazelnut, then a slight hop bite that keeps this brew from becoming too sweet.
Mouthfeel is thick with carbonation.
No noticable alcohol.
Aftertaste slightly hazelnut extract but the hops makes for a pleasant drying that makes you want for another sip.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep brown body that is crystal clear but doesn't let a good deal of light through. The light tan head is a thin film that quickly turns to a ring around the rim. The carbonation is a gentle one of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt has a chocolate note with a nice little nutty quality. There is a faint cream smell that give nice depth to the malt. There is a light note of coffee roasted malt in the background that give a bit of earthiness to the malt.

T- This beer has a smooth rich dry malt flavor of dark malt, but not black malt. The notes of milk chocolate, red rope licorice, cream and lightly toasted nuts come through very nicely.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the beginning and a creamy texture in the finish.

D- Most beers that try to have a nutty flavor just never pull it off. This is one of the few that does. It has a nice complex malty flavor that is still a full-bodied session beer. It is almost a desert with the slight sweetness, big creaminess and nice nuttiness all it is missing is a big alcohol taste and you have desert in a glass.

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

Pours a lovely deep reddish-brown with a tall and thick creamy tan head that lasts and lasts and leaves some nice lacing. Smell is rich and nutty, with a hint of chocolate and some roasted malts rounding it out. Wonderfully warm and inviting. Taste is malty up front, with lots of lightly roasted chocolate and spices being overtaken by the nuttiness that builds a finish that goes on and on. A touch of hoppiness livens up this nicely complex ale. Mouthfeel could be a bit thicker, but is well carbonated and warming, and drinkability is very good, though the richness and complexity makes one want to slow down and appreciate it fully. Just a great beer, certainly my favourite brown ale to date.

Photo of Orrshow
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer pours a fairly transparent brown with red characteristics. The tan head is not very abundant and falls to a ring quickly.

Smell – Smells strongly of sweet caramel with roasted qualities. I smell something that reminds me of slightly burnt caramelized almonds. There is a sweet sugary aroma as well with a just a hint of fruity hops.

Taste – Off the bad I am again reminded of caramelized almonds. I can taste the hazelnut flavor too... it’s almost like an extract. On top of this the caramel and toffee malts in this beer give it some really good sweet and heavy kick. There is a bit of roasted flavor in there with maybe just a hint of chocolate. The finish is somewhat bitter on this one too.

Mouthfeel – Pretty nice. It’s got a decent creaminess. The carbonation is a little tingly for me but it doesn’t take away that much.

Drinkability – Very good. It tastes nice and can be savored but still goes down fast if you want it to.

About what I expected from this beer. I’ve had it built up and it did not disappoint.

Photo of Phatz
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must admit I am a fan of sweet American Brown Ales. So this is a preferred style of mine. This beer was very decent and no disappointment. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is the right name! It is divinely smooth and has such a gentle nut attribute.

Appearance: Pours a dark honey brown color with a small head that fades fast. Very nice thick lacing but only when encouraged with a little swirl, not very sticky.

Smell: Hazelnut chocolate and caramel aromas fill the nose along with the heavenly brown sugar and slightly toasted malts. mmm.

Taste: Starts off very creamy and malty with lots of brown sugar, toasted malts a hint of chocolatyness and some nut flavors. This is a *very* approachable beer! There is a slight gentle hop presence that presents itself as a bit of a spicy attribute (may also be aided by the well masked 6.20% ABV) but it is plenty tame and reserved it serves to balance out the beer and keep the sweetness from becoming cloying. This beer is definitely one to finish the night with. It is a desert beer by all means.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full in the mouth and still quite slick. It is extremely relaxed and smooth in the mouth leaving only a slight tingle of alcohol and hops reminding the palate that it was once there.

Drinkability: I have a huge sweet tooth and this *really* hits the spot for me. This has become a new regular on my rotation. I would not consider this sessionable (too sweet) but I still maintain the drinkability is excellent. One bomber went down so easily and certainly left me wanting!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one displays a dark brown body with ruby highlights showing through all over the place. No head to speak of. The aroma is quite sweet, with extracted vanilla and a lot of nuttiness coming through. Tasting this, the first thing to leap out is some pinprick carbonation on the tip of the tongue, along with a typical nut brown sourness at the back of the palate. Then a smooth, hazelnut, vanilla and sugar sweetness comes through. The finish is on the smokey side, and the mouthfeel is quite silky and smooth. Overall, this beer isn't my cup of tea, but it's still quite good, and would make quite a good dessert beer I'd imagine.

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is sweet! This dark brown beer with the slight reddish tint and decent tan head has a smell that only hints at the toasty caramel/toffee liquid candy goodness that is Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Smooth malts and nuttiness anyone would be hard pressed to beat. Drinkable? Quite, if you like your tongue to dance from the sweetness. Rogue, I pump my fist in your honor!

Photo of mjd83goblue
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber for $4.99

A: Pours a nice reddish brown. "Chestnut" has been mentioned in the reviews, and I feel it's a good description. Bubbly head that disappears quickly.

S: Nutty, toffee, and sweet. Smells delicious.

T: Taste is nutty, finishing with a toffee/butterscotch sweetness.

M: Very smooth and full bodied.

D: Drinkability for this bottle is very high, but I definently don't want more than one of these in a sitting.

This is a great beer if you want one as a nightcap, and I think it would be a great dessert beer. Also might be good to break in a non-BA with. A very good beer.

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

My third beer from Rogue, and after the Mocha Porter and the Chocolate Stout, I am looking forward to this sweeter and less roasty offering. 650ml, tasted at cellar temperature. Poured out, wow, quite dark for a brown. A nice, solid-looking deep tawny chestnut. Held to light it shows some nice near-ruby, light purple hues. The head is oatmeal-coloured and left full but fast moving lace. A definite beauty of a brown ale to look at. The first aroma...mmmm...butterscotch and creamy hazelnut. Sweet and big on the caramel malts, almost like coffee flavouring, vanilla and hazel. The prominent notes here are the toffee, butterscotch and caramel, and it's really quite delicious to smell. Better than the Chocolate stout and Mocha porter for me. It really reminds me of a flavoured coffee, because it does have a milky, almost buttery profile as well. The malting is strong and balanced, and the hops are really hard to find behind all the sweetness. Other sweet notes: candy apple, chocolate raisins, prunes, some rummy sugariness, and even a little spicy phenol. A real pleasure to inhale. Taste? Rummy sweetness and butterscotch on the tongue right away, a bit mild but sweet in the middle, and leaving with, yes: hazelnut and more coffee flavour than the nose suggested. Light chocolate and a less full-flavour than the aroma might have led me to believe, but this is still extremely tasty. A lovely aftertaste that lingers full with nuttiness and caramel, vanilla and cinnamon bread. Very creamy, with coffee-flavouring. A brown sugar flavour here too that (almost) reminds me of some Belgian dubbels. A ton of toffee-candy sweetness. Awesome. The mouthfeel is the only nitpicking territory. I found it a little weak and watery at the finish--it could use just a tad more body, because the lack of it adds a hard-water flavour the beer could do without. Low carbonation. I could drink these all night, and give me this over their Chocolate stout anyday. Solid.

Photo of fisherman34
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in colour with medium carbonation, but poor head retention. Strong malty aromas, along with the typical Rogue pacman yeasty touch and a bit of roasted malt. Initial flavors of munich malts and a bit of soft fruit give way to the more drying chocolate malt and nut flavors. I think it’s more sesame than hazelnut, but the nut element is definitely there. There’s a bit of a sour twang (not from infection) on the finish that I didn’t really like. A bit of a disappointment.

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

Pours a very dark brown, almost the same colour of beer bottle glass, with a bit of redness to it. The head was tan, thick and foamy. It has shrunk down to a thick ring around the outside of the glass.

The smell has toasted bread and caramel, along with some kind of sweet berry. There is something else there that I can't identify, and neither can my wife. The unknown smell is most prevelant when it is just poured and the head is large. Good smell though.

Before I can say anything about the taste, the mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and smooth, with light carbonation that just seems so right.

Now to the taste, this is a very malty beer, which certainly agrees with my palate. Toasted bread to start, with just a hint of bitterness, taken over by a sweet honey and caramel mix and finishes with a chocolaty coffee richness. Molasses makes an appearance, but is very subtle. Very, very nice.

I am impressed. I expected to like this, but it has surpassed all expectations.

Photo of acrawf6
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark amber with a tan head.

Smell. Very, very sweet. the first thing i get are raisons, but there is also a small milk chocolate aroma and a syrupy current smell.

Taste. Very sweet. dark fruity tastes. like black current preservatives, very potent on this flavor. There are some cocoa powder tastes to it as well, but just a dash. The aftetaste has more of the chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel is good. Full body, nice balance, good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but i have to be in the mood for it to enjoy, so sweet. a friend of mine recommended it to me a while back, and i bought one. i liked it then. Well, he passed away a few months ago, so i always think of him when i see this one, and his words when he described it, "soo tasty." Very enjoyable beer though.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a little lacking, but it still holds a little lacing and a crisp brown color.

The smell is very sweet and reminds me of a coffee, an irish cream splashed with a little mocha cocoa.

The taste is sweet with slight bitter cocoa with traces of irish cream in the nose.

Mouthfeel is fine: not silky smooth, but not hard and watery.

Drinkability is, for me, not enough to go out and buy more, but enough to wait until I feel the need or craving again and the opportunity arrises.

Photo of nlmartin
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $3.99. The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a chestnut brown coloration. The head was a creamy toffee coloration. The head was two fingers high with ok retention.

Smell: The beer is loaded with roasted and toasted choco-caramel maltyness. The beer has a very nutty smell. There is a pleasing spicyness that helps to break up the sweetness.

Taste: The beer has a very nice roasted and toasted nutty caramel nugget taste. There is a bit of chocolate lurking around the taste. The hops peek up and bring a spicy bitterness to break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer is nicely carbonated with a creamy touch. This is a nearing perfect balance between sweet and spicy bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer treat. Sadly the beer was departing my glass to fast. I wish I had purchased a few more of these goodies.

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

Dark brown with a red hue to it, has a almost tan colored head that leaves no lacing. Smell, as expected is very nutty, hazelnut and I thought maybe even a cocoa smell to it. Taste is definately full of hazelnut and I notice the cocoa more in the taste than the smell, with a hint of coffee in the finish. Light in body and highly carbonated, this is a good beer that I can see myself having again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,503 ratings.