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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
91
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3,345 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,345
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 178
Gots: 284 | 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 GreenWBush
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never one to believe the hype, I was more than ready to review this particular selection when I viewed with horror that there was only one sole HBN left. I sprung into action, and without a second thought I reached for the spot where the half-a-weisen was. Nowhere to be found. But in a simple twist of fate, the manager let me know that the Gumballhead was about to take its place. So one of those into the barrel as well.

One of the things that struck me about this beer and continues to do is its splendid appearance. It looked like something out of a beer-geek's cinematic dream. An ambient deep sepia with a black-and-tan effect in the glass. The yellow head was like whipped cream on a bed of cappucino. Upon pour and vigourous subsequent pour, I noticed the beer battling to stick to the glass as marbles down a slick slide. Nothing to cling to.

The nose is New England fudge and innocent waffs of alcohol amongst a sea of fluffy, emotive hop character.

Enough cannot be said for the delicate interplay between the so-close-to-adjuncty hazelnut flavoring, huge royal malt, and brilliantly intoxicating perle and saaz blend. I kept not being able to decide whether I hated the hazelnut essence or not; without it you've got a weirdly hopped unstriking brown ale. With it, the beer is sweet and walnutty. The yeast adds wisps of diacetyl but I never felt like I was drinking a liquid Werther's. The aftertaste is a bit on the diet-cola side. Any hop bitterness that surfaces is quickly subdued by the slightly swampy mouthfeel.

Wow. So much going on here ... i'll be back

GreenWBush, May 09, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same beer as the regular HazelNut, so I am providing the same score. Kudos to Rogue for not making a run-of-the-mill Brown Ale. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light tan head. Nice spidery lacing. Huge caramel aroma along with the telltale hazelnut. Somewhat rich with a nice mixture of malt, nuts, caramel and hops in the flavor. The finish is rich and nutty. I like this one.

Dogbrick, May 07, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color with a 1" head. The aroma is full of hazelnuts and malt. The flavor has several components that were nicely balanced: malt, hazelnut, caramel, lite bitterness, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Medium bodied.

The mouthfeel was smooth. Dry finish and the nutty flavor lingers on the tongue. Nicely drinkable and quite enjoyable.

Gavage, May 03, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a nice big head that lasted well, and it sits as a good warm brown color. It's leaving a few big solid rings of lace as I drink.

Brown ale and nut flavors combine to make this one tasty ale. It's good and lightly nutty up front, with a slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter than expected but full of flavor. It's nicely drinkable as well.

watermelonman, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of StevieW
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bottle. Poured a dark brown to black with brown edges, I guess it depends on the light. Could be all black or just dark brown. Head a full, dense, dark khaki color. Very thick and full head. Nice hints of halzelnut, chocolate, and rogue air that I call it. I think it's the house yeast, whatever it is, all rogues have it.
Taste is super smooth, rich full chocolate, and nutty sweet carmel flavors. Sidewinding shots of hops, and that rogue flavor finishes up. I was afraid the hazelnut would either fade too much, or overpour but stayed true throughout. Easy drink, very good throughout, another winner from Rogue. Not sure what the difference between this one and the Hanzelnut Brown Nectar is, I had a couple years ago.

StevieW, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a black brew with brown around the edges. Small tan head. The aroma is dark malts, chocolate, nuts. The taste is mainly roasted chocolate malts with nuts dominating the scene. Creamy mouthfeel/taste. A little thinner than i would have expected, not quite on par with the other rogue brews ive had, less than impressed.

Tballz420, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber. Awesome looking bottle.

Apperance: Beers pours a nice full brown body with a reddish-tan head of about an inch. Laces down the glass, but fades to a thin 1/2".

Smell: Rich roasty nuts, smooth malts. Faint bitter almond, or more likely, hazelnut smell.

Taste / Mouth / Drinkability: Mmmm. First sip is smooth and rich, but not full. Sweet malts give way to a clean mouth and lingering aftertaste of hazlenuts and earth. Faint bitterness in the finish, light hops shine through as the beer warms and the sips are held longer. Incredibly smooth. Wow. This is the ultimate session beer. I'd guess a low abv, as nothing comes through to stop this from sailing back down the hatch. 22 ounces disappeared before I knew it. Really, very good. I wonder what the Iron Chef would pair this with? I think its so easy drinking it could go well with anything, but might do really well with sashimi.

99bottles, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deeply, darkly, tawny brown color, with a smallish head, cocoa-tan hued...aroma: sweet, roasty, very malty, lush and chocolatey, nuts aplenty.
Taste: goodness! Ever-so sweet! Yum! No hops, huge, caramely malt, but full-on sweetness, thickly textured...wow, the high-concept is thrown in high-relief here, as I can think of no other expression so sure of this particular style, their aim is true, and they hit the mark perfectly. Hazelnut, yes, so rich, and thick, and an excellent dessert brew, something to adequately fill in for Frangelico, if the need arises.
They bring it on full-bore on this one, wow, it's a choice brew, indeed!
Hey, do a specially-flavored brew, do it all the way, that's what I say, and that's what Rogue does here!

feloniousmonk, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of BitteBier
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky concoction with a brown color and rusty accents reminiscent of apple cider. Decent-sized tan head breaks down quickly despite persistent carbonation. Nutty, caramely smell is striking and pleasant but rather unidimensional. Chocolate-covered almonds; that's what it reminds me of. Nectar indeed. The smell translates cleanly to the taste--nutty, caramely malts dominate. Aftertaste is particularly pleasant. Exceedingly smooth, though a bit too watery. This is quite drinkable but too much of a one-hit wonder to be a staple in my refrigerator.

BitteBier, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of Morris729
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a tall fluffy light tan head that slowly fades into a ring of lace. Nose is buttery toffee and caramelized malts along with some fresh brewed coffee. Medium in body with a milk chocolate silky smooth texture. Taste begins with toffee and molasses followed by a bit of hazelnut liqueur and dark chocolate. Some mild hop bitterness comes across towards the end leaving a rather dry finish. Pretty nice brew but Rogue has many superior beers.

Morris729, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head is medium-sized, coarse, bubbly, tan. It tracks scant spots of lacing. Color is deep, deep red/brown. Clear and dark. The smell is a tangy toffee, with some molasses. Nutty, chocolate hazelnut in the front, with a thick, toffee, sweetish, caramel toffee middle. Some milk. Finishes with more tangy toffee, hazelnut and dark chocolate candy. Bitter aftertaste. This is a good, toffee, dark, tangy beer with a big bitter finish. Nice enough.

kbub6f, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a nice bubbly head.

Aroma full of nuttiness, caramel and weak citrus.

Medium body, nuttiness and malt sweetness up front move to caramel sweetness. Finishes with a dry roastedness.

A very nice nut ale, something to buy again, but the brown nectar is a bit better in my opinion.

Southernbrew, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a ruby-brown with a light brown colored head. There is a strong hazelnut presence in the aroma as well as some sweet malts. The body coats the mouth well. There is sweet malts with some caramel flavor as well as a nuttiness. There is some slight choclate that comes through in the finish with the hazelnut reminding me of praline.

ark57, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yet dark mahogany color with a very soda-like tan head that disappears rapidly. The smell reveals a slightly buttery rich roasted malt and light hops. The taste consists of chocolate, coffee, light buttery notes, hops, and a dry bitter chocolate finish. This is surprisingly a bit on the light side for the mouthfeel and despite the complexity the flavors are a bit light as well with exception of the chocolate taste.

Notes: It is a nice solid brew, but not what's expected from a brewery of this caiber. That said, it is quite drinkable. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of dedalus
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks gorgeous in the glass. ruby-brown, with a big, fluffy, healthy head of custard-colored foam.

the scent is almost identical to a wee heavy: lots of raisiny, rummy, burnt-sugary character with none of the massive hop aromas that i tend to expect when i pop the cap off a rogue.

the flavor is very surprising. the hazlenut is much more assertive than i expected. it almost overpowers the beer. but it's nice to get a beer that advertises its use of an adjunct that actually incorporates that adjunct's flavor into the beer. dfh's punkin' ale? no pumpkin flavors at all. lots of spice but no pumpkin. sam adams' cherry wheat? lots of cherry cough syrup, but no cherry. the rogue comes through here, delivering what it promises. according to my bottle the brewers used hazlenut extract, and i can't help wondering how the beer would be different if real hazlenuts were used (if that's even feasible. i know what tastes good, but i don't know the first thing about brewing). but the overall impression is that of a thin-bodied wee heavy with a liberal dousing of hazlenuts.

the finish is rather abrupt, and certainly malty. the hazlenut returns briefly before the end.

quite a departure for the rogue brewery. restraint in the hops department, no restraint in the adjunct department.

in the end, there is too much hazlenut to make this beer bearable past the one bottle point. i can see coming back to it in a few months, but unless you're a confirmed hazlenut fetishist, this will be an occasional indulgence, rather than a stanby. although i wonder if i'd think differently if i were drinking this with food ...

cheers,

s.d.

dedalus, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy mahogany color with a small off-white head, which retains superbly. The carbonation is moderate with lots of thin, broken lacing.

Aroma: Hazelnut notes are very prominent in the aroma, as well as toasted malts, brown sugar, and dark fruit.

Taste: Begins with myriad notes of toasted malt, quickly followed by a wave of sweetness. The toasty malts, hazelnut notes and dark fruit dominate the middle of the taste. Finishes with a lingering mellow note of bitter chocolate and coffee.

Mouth feel: Velvety smooth and full, with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely superb, raises nut brown ale to a new level of excellence. Not to be missed.

Pegasus, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of MrNuggets
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is has the same ingedients and messurements as the Hazelnut brown nector, but with slightly higher lovibond (colour). Although its been a year since my last brown nector It seems to me the morimoto version has a slightly bigger hazelnut flavor.

Pours deep brown with a head that vanishes into a small amount of tan lacing very quickly. Modest smell of hazelnut and hazelnut.
Almost coco like taste while in the mouth. Then big hazelnut flavor squashes what ever else is trying to show through. Hazelnut takes off his coat and sticks around for a while. Im sure some hops are in there somewhere trying to break free. Finally hazelnut bids me farewell leaving behind, as the bottle states, a smooth malty finish.
Sweetness takes the drinkability down a notch.

MrNuggets, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of travolta
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Apperance: Bubbly Coca-Cola head. No head retention to speak of. A dark brown color, but amber in the light. The brew, held up to the light was a beautiful amber color. The head on this beer is weak. Pour a Coke and one of these side by side. Retention and head shape, and the shape of the bubbles would be similar.

Nose: Chocolate, Hazelnuts, not much else.

Taste: Smooth unsweetened chocolate at first. Hazelnut at the middle which disolves to raisins and nuts.

Notes: This one was "crafted?" by Morimoto. I have no clue who that is, or why he would be good at deciding what a beer should taste like. He is some chef or something. This was slightly complex. Like all Rouges, it was fun to drink.

travolta, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with nice reddish-orange highlights. Rising 1/2 inch tan head, leaves ample lace in big ropes. Lots of aroma, malty with chocolate, spiced cinnamon, and the impression of flavored coffee. Smooth mouthfeel, restrained and moderate carbonation. Hops are not noticeable. A light sweetness closes the beer, dryly semi-sweet chocolate the the finish and into the aftertaste. In comparison to the close (if not almost identical) Hazelnut Nectar, I got less of a cloying character in both mouthfeel and overall sweetness in this bottle. Still, a little gimmicky, but a well-done beer here.

ADR, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't tell much difference between this and the other hazelnut brew Rogue makes except it seems to have more extractness to it. Nice solid dark brown color with some dark orangey glowing edges, thin but firm creamy dark ivory head, faded off slowly, lace in small spots. Smell is light roasty chocolate and a big time hazelnut extractness to it, some wiffs have more hazelnut then others where others were nearly empty. Taste is about as smooth as the other hazelnut beer with some lightly favorable chocolate tones and hazelnuts, slightly roasty and a touch of quick sweetness. Nice airy nut-like dryness in the finish, yet stays sweet. Perhaps a bit too much in that regards. Again with some sips the extract is more evident then others. Seemingly off a bit comparingly to the original. Still, a nice creamy medium body encompasses it while it maintains an overall smoothness and drinkability. Good, but the extract stood out a bit too much then what the original portrays. However, it is quite nice and wouldn't turn it down for nothing and; albiet it's a bit one dimensional.

tavernjef, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of oggg
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a gorgeous dark brown, but when viewed at different angles, it's a sexy ruby red. The head is a nice sweet tan foam that falls and makes a thick ring of foam at the interface between the glass and the beer. The nose is sweet and malty, and then a roasted smell comes through. Not floral at all. The initial taste is very malty, low bitterness. It really is pretty nutty. Then you get roasted malt and chocolate flavors. The finish is nice and dry, so dry you feel it creeping up the edges of the inside of your mouth. However, you're also left with a clinging, cloying thick feeling in your mouth. It feels like the beer actually crawled up your palate and sat there, and you have to muster up saliva and your tongue to wipe it down before the next gulp. It's strange because it's a little thin in the beginning, but it ends up so thick...

oggg, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of pheurton
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

mostly soil colored brown with hints of a ruby red at the bottom of the glass. small cream colored head dissapeared to nothing...no collar or lace to speak of. disappointing appearance. strong hazelnut aroma in the nose. medium bodied with ample carbonation. soft roasted flavor with sweet and juicy hazelnut notes. sweetness seems right on point as it never gets too much. lightly hopped for balancing. more like a desert beer, nevertheless, i enjoyed this one very much. an excellent twist on the brown ale.

pheurton, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of steorn
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pour. Dark reddish brown with a nice tan head,Lovely to look at.Malt and some gentle hops on the nose.Not alot of hazelnut on first whifff.Sip it and there is a nice full,rounded malt.Then a quick hop note,followed by warm nutted malt,drifting to a gentle quick finish.
As it warms I detect more hazelnut in the nose.The head thins out yet remains.Now more dark malt has arrived and the finish lingers a bit longer,with some more hops on the scene. Very nice this one.An easy to take relaxing beer.Morimoto san should be happy to have his name on this .

steorn, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark amber with a nice chunk head and decent lacing. A rich hazelnut and malty aroma is very inviting. The following taste accents the rounded hazlenut taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium with an initial sweet flavor with a decent lightly bitter finish. Smooth and drinkable. An unusual flavored brew but an interesting change of pace.

edchicma, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and deep auburn appearance. Head is airy and fluffy. Retention is pretty good. Lace is sticky. Aroma is chocolatey, nutty, malty and a little spicy. The taste is smooth and nutty. Hazelnut is definitely there, but there's also a very appealing cocoa powder presence. The bittersweet characteristics of the chocolate/roasted malt/hop blend is pretty nice. Lingering dry cocoa and roasted nuts leave you yearning for more. The body is about medium full and the mouthfeel nicely carbonated.

Bighuge, Feb 10, 2004
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,345 ratings.