Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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3,776 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,776
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 244
Gots: 561 | 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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Ratings: 3,776 | Reviews: 1,404
Photo of putnam
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I choose to approach this as a Brown Ale. The color is dark for the style. The head is beautifully irregular and retains adequately.
While there is nothing objectionable in the aromas or flavors, it does seem that that the ingredients of the beer stand out obtrusively. I take it as a cardinal rule of cooking, as well as brewing (or any art for that matter,) that if you can sense the conscious work of the producer, then they added too much. Call it "contrived." Bam! chocolate malt. Bam!, hazelnut extract. There is very little integration to this beer. No zen. No bliss. Nevertheless, for anyone craving overt stimulation, this is a sound beer, and entertaining. In a loud bar it might be completely appropriate. While it does nothing to hurt Rogue's deserved high reputation, it doesn't help either.

Photo of SteveToronto
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

they say this beer is made with malt, hops, barley, water, and flavour?

Anybody know what 'flavour' means? I am guessing some sort of syrup or something they've added but I have no idea.

other that that it is a very drinkable beer. I've never had a beer like this before, and would probably have it no more than a couple times per year.

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. A vigorous pour gives a nice thick off white to tan colored head. The color is brown but on the lighter side of brown. The smell is sweet with hints of chocolate and toffee. The taste follows suit with a basic Brown ale character low to no hops. Semi sweet with a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall a good beer but not as good as Sam smith and dfh

Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a burnt orange/light brown body, small light-tan head with some retention and thin, clingy lacing

S: A caramelscotch hazelnut with faint sweetness

T: Very roasty tasting hazlenut flavor with roasted caramel secondly, roasted aftertaste with notes of roasted malts and chocolate aftertaste

M: Medium, bubbly carbonation, tingly on the tongue. Just a little too much.

D: This one is difficult for me...it's got so much carbonation and roasted, almost smoked or burnt nut taste, not a sweet taste, that lingers in the burps. Not a beer that I could drink more than one of in a sitting.

I really wanted this to taste fantastic and was disappointed, especially with the price factored in. I wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark Brown.

Fruit, coffee beans, hazelnut, chocolate and cream in the aroma. Fantastic flavor.

The malts combined with the hazelnut provide a deep, rich flavor with notes of hazelnut, coffee, cream, nuts, chocolate, fruit and caramel. The hops are spicy but overtaken by other flavors. A unique brown ale. Very tasty.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/16/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee (hazelnut I suppose), slight nuts. Flavor is quite nutty (hazelnuts and walnuts) with a slight sweet malt backbone. Good beer, interesting flavor!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Photo of t420o
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 1 finger head that is very light brown in color. Beer itself is a deep chestnut/brown color with hints a red. Leaves nice lacing

S- Deep smell of toasted nuts, hazelnut is definitely there, slight chocolate, but it is mostly a deep rich toasted nut smell that makes me feel like it is Fall.

T- The hazelnut is the first thing you taste and the laste thing that lingers. It is like the artificial crap in some coffee and/or creamers. Tastes too much like an fake extract to me and not "real" enough. You can taste some other toasted nuts, chocolate male, cinnamon, nutmeg, but the hazelnut just dominates the other flavors. Definitely gets better and more balanced as it warms but still nothing special.

M- Slightly thin but nice carbonation level

O- Not the most drinkable beer because the hazelnut taste gets old. Not executed as well as I feel it could have been, becvause I think the idea is great but too sweet and extracty for me. I love nut brown ales and hazelnut seems like a perferct addition or showcase but please tone down the extract to let the other flavors shine more. I think it would really help the beer out

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

This brew pours a creamy small head of light brown bubbles and a semi transparent dark brown body. With a mild malt aroma, this brew has a taste of caramel and spice with just a hint of coffee flavoring. It goes down very smoothly yet leaves a slight dry lingering after taste of the coffee flavoring.

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 JoeAmerican77
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Purchased bomber from Shoppette on Kadena, Okinawa, Japan.

P - The beer is poured furiously which creates two fingers of head that wilt into nothing leaving the beer completely unprotected from my mouth.
S - Brown sugar and mild amber malts off the nose.
T - Taste is slightly sweet, again brown sugar, then a hint of bitter bark. The hazelnut nectar addition does lend influence to both the nose and the palate and is noticeable throughout the beer.
B - Medium bodied, mild small bubble carbonation and a lingering hazelnut like after taste.

Overall a nice ABA, fits the style in a delicious manner. I could see this in a pitcher for my friends while bowling or playing pool. Very easy to drink, quaffable and mild.

An imperial Xmas version of this would be rocking. Some spices and higher abv... Rogue are you listening?

Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amzing deep reddish brown color with decent head and lacing, not a lot. Aroma is not exceptionally strong, but the nuttiness and male sweetness comes across quite well and subtlely. Taste has a bit of bitter kick to it, but balances pretty well with the roasted malts and nuts. Good brown ale that is drinkable and not overpowering.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a foamy dark head with average retention. Aroma is nutty from the hazelnut flavour and malty with some roastiness. Taste is quite enjoyable with the hazelnut easily identifiable and roasted malt balancing everything else. Overall, I would say that this is a very good session beer.

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

Originally sampled on 30 January 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This pours nearly clear, root beer brown w/ a slight tan head. Slightly sweet, nutty (duh) taste on the palate. This is a very enjoyable brew, thx beerguy101 for getting it to me

Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

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

Rich brown in color; not quite dark brown but not an amber. To achieve any head at all requires an improper pour. Mouthfeel is ok; has a good flavor but not much complexity. Reminds me of a typical dark domestic macro brew. Has a pleasant nutty, yet watery aftertaste. Yes its very drinkable and light enough to drink more than one. The problem with this beer is it probably won't appeal to dark beer drinkers nor the pilsner drinker. Good allaround beer, best described as the Jan Brady of Rogue beers.

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...

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.

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.

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown apperance with a thick creamy head. A slight hazelnut and hop smell. Taste was mild and balance with slight nutty flavor. The texture in the mouth was smooth and creamy. Overall this was a easy drinking beer and could be consumed in large volume.

Photo of HappyBivouac
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the bomber a mahogany red-brown, mostly opaque and with a creamy light tan head. A little bit of sticky lacing. One of the better-looking brown ales I've seen. Smell is dominated by a musty smell of hazelnut and toast, with slight notes of bitter chocolates.

Again, I swear this beer is like breakfast! It tastes like toast with a rich, sweet hazelnut butter spread on it. The hazelnut & toasty flavors are freaking delicious, but they dominate this beer through and through. It becomes a bit one dimensional after a while. There is some detectable hop in the finish and a "musty" character, but that's it. A tasty brew, but falls a bit short in keeping my interest. It's very nice, thick & creamy in the mouth and hardly carbonated, which does some nice things with the flavor but carbonation could be bumped up.

Something about this beer just doesn't feel "complete" to me. I normally love hazelnut, but I think that it might be taking a bit too much away from this as a beer. Tasty--just an odd feeling that what I'm drinking needs a little extra kick of some sort.

EDIT: I'm bumping up the "smell" score. After a while of having the bomber out, slowly making my way through it, the room smells absolutely wonderful! That's a plus, for sure.

Photo of dstc
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Full tan head falls to minimal ring.

Roast smell with heavy hazelnut aroma.

Heavy hazelnut taste, sweet malts. Chocolate. Ends with a bitter roasted/burnt taste.

Rather full in the mouth with a slight bite.

Not bad but not a fan of the hazelnut beers.

Photo of blatherbeard
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, after having the chocolate and being wowed i decided to try their hazelnut. The first hazelnut i ever had was shipyard on tap and it was phenominal, lets see if this measures up.

After smelling this beautiful lookiing dark ale, i was taken abit aback by the strong beer smell. The chocolate on tap was overpoweringly chocolate, this hazelnut is faint, beer overpowers it. The color is great, nice dark rich brown and oddly clear. I have to say i was a bit dissapointed in the strong bitter taste and mild hazelnut flavor. Unfortunately, the burnt taste i was afraid of was here. Id give it another shot, on tap if i can, or maybe a more fresh one. I suspect that the place i got it, not only overcharges, but may not sell alot of them.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown w reddish highlights. Perfectly clear. Nice tan head and lacing.
S: toffee/dark caramel, nuts, cocoa.
T: lightly sweet nutty malts overtaken by a nutty sourish twang. Somewhat astringent dry finish. Sourness faded some as it warmed.
M: nicely carbonated. A bit puckering. Light to medium body.
D: a little more sweet and a little less sour woulda done it for me. Lacked the malty richness I expected.

Photo of HossMcGraw
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one just isn't doing it for me. After having two excellent beers from Rogue (Shakespeare stout and Dead Guy ale), this comes as a bit of a disappointment. The appearance is a very rich dark brown with no head at all. The smell has a very astringent quality to it mixed with the hazelnut extract. The flavor is of dark roasted malts, hazelnut coffee, and dark chocolate. The hops provide a nice dry aftertaste. Normally the flavors I've just described would have me foaming at the mouth, but the body of this beer is so thin, the roasted malt and coffee tastes seem more suitable for a porter or a stout.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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