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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,072 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,072
Reviews: 1,320
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 145
Gots: 170 | 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 dar482

New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It comes in a medium brown flavor.

The aroma has hazelnut and a honey sweetness.

The taste definitely has a hazelnut kick to it. It's sweet and has a nutty pop. It reminds me of other brown ales like Samuel Smith's, but it has a wonderful hazelnut and hop flavor to it. There's a slight coffee bitterness.

It has a nice finish and great carbonation. One of my first Rogue beers and quite good for a brown ale. I wish more had this distinct character.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:50:58 | More by dar482
Photo of Pexkool


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brown (capuccino) color head of about 2 fingers tall with a little lace that leaves faint traces in the glass. The beer is a pretty copper reddish brown color and quite opaque.

S - Nuts and some smokey scents. Roasted malts, perhaps.

T - Nuts, obviously, they're definitely there along with roasted malts, coffee and a hint of alcohol at the end.

M - Smooth, crisp, refreshing and low carbonation makes for a good mix of textures and flavors that leaves you wanting more.

Overall, I would gladly have it again. Reminds me of the Bohemia Chocolate Stout (but only because I had this one first) but better in every way. Leaves you with a pleasant aftertaste in the back of your mouth wanting another one, which is possible thanks to its ABV and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 07:27:41 | More by Pexkool
Photo of chefhatt


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice dark mahogany colored body with a very little tan head, that quickly dissapears to a thin lace. The smell is nutty and malty. The is of hazelunt up front with some roasted malt. A little bit of hop come through on the back of the tongue. This has a great mouth feel, well balanced. Overall this is a really good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 21:17:30 | More by chefhatt
Photo of Furlinator


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent reddish-brown with very little head and very little lacing.

Smell is hazlenut, molasses and biscuit breadiness. Very impressive.

Taste follows smell with hazlenut, molasses and brown sugar. Malty breadiness prevents it from being too sweet. Very faint citrus tart on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Smell is incredible. Like Honey Nut Cheerios on steroids. Tastes almost as good as the smell. An impressive brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:40:18 | More by Furlinator
Photo of Mora2000


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

Pours a clear brown color with a tan head. The aroma is toffee and hazelnuts. The flavor is caramel with hazelnuts. There is also some chocolate in the flavor as well as some light hop bitterness at the very end. The aftertaste is nutty. Medium, semi-creamy mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 04:41:57 | More by Mora2000
Photo of jondeelee


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

Smells of thick malts and brown sugar, with a hint of maple syrup.

On the tongue, however, the first noticeable flavor is that of hazelnuts, which comes across with a delicate strength that nicely fills the mouth. This subsumes slightly to give way to the malts, and with six different kinds of these blended in, there are a panoply of flavors to explore. Further nutty grain flavors are present here, reminiscent of Grape Nuts cereal and pecan oils, as well as light touches of chocolate. The brown sugars and maple syrups from the nose come back here, along with hints of caramel or toffee. Hops are set at medium, providing a nice background grapefruit-like bitterness to soften the blow of so many sugars.

Initially, I will admit that I was hesitant to try a brew with hazelnut flavors--I kept imagining the overly-syruped coffees at the local java joint--but I was pleasantly surprised to be dead wrong. Overall, I find this to be a wonderfully complex brew, with many layers and nuances to explore.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:39:42 | More by jondeelee
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Appearance: Dark brown chestnut with some mahogany highlights with a dark tan head forms nicely dwindles at a good pace, much obliged to imbibe on this brew. Aroma: Chocolate roasts syrupy hazelnut goodness partially baked cookie dough what a freakin beer. Taste: Haszelnut sweetness standsout once again what can I say a true classic creation touch of herbal hops pac man yeast is evident definitely more toward a dessert beer. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slightly stickey at times even carbonation no complaints from this compadre. Drinkability: Damn near excellent in my opinion just so worth the price five bucks for a bomber I'm loving it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 09:59:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a medium light brown with amber and reddish tones around the edges. Good carbonation, nice head with large bubbles that quickly dissipates. Average lacing that recedes fairly quickly.

S: Very strong smell of hazelnut, wood, vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. One of the most unique and appealing noses I've ever experienced in a beer, particularly in a nut brown ale.

T: Sweet hazelnut with a nicely balanced mixture of the aforementioned flavors and mild hoppy bitterness toward the end. The taste isn't quite as remarkable as the nose, but is still good.

M: medium bodied and smooth. Very drinkable. I could drink about as much of this as guy on the label. (A lot)

O: very unique within the style. Sweeter and more distinguished than any other nut brown ale I've had, which admittedly isn't all that many. I'll be buying this one again and I'd recommend you give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:49:52 | More by GoldenVIKE
Photo of Stubbie1


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

Pours a nice deep brown (go figure) with a small but tightly packed tan head. Some lacing noted.

Aroma of sweet toffee, nuts and roasted malt. Hints of chocolate and coffee are also noted.

Taste is semi sweet malt at first, a wave of bitter nutty, hop feel comes into play then a sweet hazelnut finish. There is smoothness in the flavor that is pleasant to the taste buds. Not too sweet or bitter and very flavorful. A great example of a Brown Ale

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 00:31:59 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of SpencerSauce


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

What an interesting brown ale. Always love their bottles. so i picked this up from my farm fresh for 5.99 a bottle. chilled it in the fridge and did a video review for youtube "sauce beer reviews".

A- Alot lighter than i expected. Bubbly. Somewhat clear. (i have strong lights on when i make a video review) That may have altered its look. check it out i do a bad pour.

S- nutty smell. some sweet notes.

T-nutty taste, with roasted or toasted malts. caramel if im not mistaken?

M- pretty smooth and crisp.

D- very easy IMO

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 14:35:28 | More by SpencerSauce
Photo of theghost3


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy red-brown. The head is beige, thick. It smells strongly of hazelnut and there are obvious hints of caramel and malts. The taste is prominently nutty with an ample flavor of toasty hops; somewhat sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick, buttery, and smooth. This is a drinkable beer but is rather thick and rich. Overall, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 03:40:17 | More by theghost3
Photo of hustlemuscle


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

The dark beer with the balding bearded gent on the bottle, a computer rogue perhaps. Pours a dark, chocolaty brown, with a small tan head. I didn't notice much of a lace. Smells nutty, with just a hint of alchohol, and perhaps a touch of vanilla.

I found it to be a smooth drinker, with the best part coming at the end of the sip. Starts out nutty, with no 'beer' taste, no trace of hops or malt, and then goes through a mild coffee flavor, then a bit of chocolate, ending at last with a hint of vanilla. Very pleasing. I would have given it a 5 except for the first touch to the taste buds struck me as a wee bit alcholy. But really good stuff, and a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 04:03:37 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: Beautiful brown with a reddish highlight and topped with a nice, extra-creamy head.

S: The hazelnut and general nutty aromas are quite huge uupon pouring... the scent wafts quite some way from the glass, and makes for quite an inviting smell. A nice, sweet scent, with a little touch of fruitiness. Very good.

T: The flavour does not come across as sweet as the aroma, but it's very nice. A roasted malt, nuttiness, with just a touch of dark fruit offering a little bit of a tang and slight sweetness.

M + D + notes: A 'sizeable medium' body, moderately carbonated, just right for this brew. I tend to ignore Rogue with some idea in my head that I'm not a big fan of their brews, though I think their bottling is clever and I don't believe I can name a specific beer they have made that I reviewed poorly or can recall not enjoying. Strange idea, because this is quite nice and certainly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 02:26:20 | More by Proteus93
Photo of JayRey

Rhode Island

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

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into Newcastle glass.

Appearance: copper/brownish color. Yields about 3/4 finger head the dissipates slowly. Frothy film sticks around throughout.

Smell: Very nutty and malty. Roasted nuts is the initial whiff and the most prevalent smell, with some slightly toasted malt in the background

Taste: Sweet upfront with a great hazelnut aftertaste. Many beers claim to be "chocolate" or "coffee" and such but fail to taste anything like their description. This beer genuinely tastes as advertised: hazelnut. A little bit of malt in the background with some chocolate undertones, but this is a true hazelnut beer all the way through.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth finish.

Overall: Definitely a solid brew. In terms of a" Hazelnut Brown Nectar", they definitely portrayed it nicely. Tons of nutty flavor and a solid finish. Would drink again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 05:08:14 | More by JayRey
Photo of dbtoe


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

Now this is one great beer. I was a little surprised at how much I liked this.
22 OZ bottle poured into a pint
Look creamy dark brown not much of a head.
Smell pretty mild a little sweetness.
Taste really a great balance of malts and the hazelnut. What a tasty combo.
Feel is right on, not thick and not too thin.
Overall a great brown that I wish I had tried sooner. Even though I can get a local six pack for almost the same price as a 22 oz bottle of this, I’ll surely pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 10:34:34 | More by dbtoe
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 15:33:50 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Landfill21


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nice dark red/amber color. Has a nice creamy head that leaves a lace down the glass. You can definitely smell the hazelnut when you pour it into a glass. Smells of vanilla are also present.

Taste is full bodied and has strong nutty taste with vanilla overtones. Very nice taste. Is kind of a heavier beer so may be tough to drink more than a pint or so.

I would recommend this beer. I can envision myself drinking these during the cold winters I am snowed in.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:02:35 | More by Landfill21
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

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

Poured from a 220z. bomber it was dark brown with creamy head. The aroma was malts,fruits and hazelnut.
The flavor was a rich brown sugar malted beer with sweetness and a touch of hops and some chocolate notes. The roasted malts gave it a good balance with the sweetness. The feel was smooth carbonation with a creamy,clean finish. This was a delight to drink and one that although not a session brew deserves a spot for dessert after a fine meal.
Notes: It could be a tad less sweet,but other than that no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 15:42:59 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of jwfleck


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely, creamy head. Not super long-lasting, but nice.

Aroma reminds me of a bowl of cereal. Something like Barbara's Shredded Spoonfuls which we often have in our house. Not a super-aromatic beer.

Dark brown in the glass, had up the light lets a rich red color show through.

Cereal-reminiscent flavor (probably the hazelnut) definitely there in the initial taste that hits your mouth. Followed by carbonation, and a very pleasant toasted flavor.
A pretty clean finish after that.

One of the first brown ales I had was Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. Probably Newcastle around the same time. Have recently had Bell's Best Brown on tap and thought it was good. Smith's has remained my favorite. This might be at #2 now. Would like to do a side-by-side with this and Smith's.

This is complex enough to be interesting, and yet very drinkable.
I think I was put off by the inclusion of "nectar" in the name.

Worth a try if you're on a brown ale quest as I have been.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 03:09:00 | More by jwfleck
Photo of Reidrover


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

Comes in the 22 oz bomber with good ole Morimoto on the screen print..ah you can see it now..]
beautiful looking beer dark almost mahogany brown with a nice tan coloured head that shrinks yet persists to the end.
A great malty/nutty aroma greets my nose wonderful stuff.
Taste starts off with a nice malty sweetness followed by a mineral tatse in the middle then near the end the hazelnut shows through..some very faint hops and some nice alcohol warmth in the throat.
Very smooth and welcoming on the tongue.
An exceptionally drinkable beer..gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 02:59:09 | More by Reidrover
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 22oz bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($3.99)
nice packaging, always a fan of rogue theme, pours a rich brown with reddish highlight from the light shining through, not much of a head, thin and fizzled out fast.
aroma is malty, nutty, hint of hops. the nuttyness is perfect.
the flavor malty, hopsack, nutty, carmelized malt, ending with a sustained nuttyness.
this beer is really good, not overly nutty, very malty, and smooth.
tasty, tasty, tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 04:12:12 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of dbalsock


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a beautiful mahogany with an abundant vanilla head that reduced down to 1cm after 20-30 seconds. Yes, I was staring at this for a little while: it's quite beautiful. Looking down from aboove I could make out a crescent moon, or a yin-yang.

Smell: Caramel, hazel nut, chocolate and diacetyl are immediately noticeable. There is also a slight piney characteristic and some alcohol.

Taste: The hazelnut is the strongest on the palate, along with the slightest bit of alcohol. The diacetyl is immediately noticeable, and then the chocolate and caramel mix with a hint of flowers making this a very pleasant experience.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth on the palate and light bodied this felt average in the mouth. Despite hinting at some hop flavor, there was no real bitterness from the hops or any chocolate malts. I found this to be the only unimpressive part of the beer.

Drinkability: The complex and friendly taste make this beer incredibly quaffable. I hope to try it on tap soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 23:38:53 | More by dbalsock


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

Dark brown, creamy foam with a good nutty aroma.
Smells like hazel nut coffee.

Makes me crave coffee, even though I rarely drink coffee.
That says a lot coming from a non coffee drinker. Beer is taking me to the dark side.

My new mouth rinse.
The sweetness of it covers the alcohol level. You would not think it is 6.2
Recommended to all coffee lovers, it is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:16:08 | More by SQUIDPORT
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Part of a Father's Day gift from my parents. Thanks Mom & Dad!

Clear, dark brown with ruby highlights in colour. Tan head is 3/8 inch on the pour, but quickly reduces to a thin cap. Sporadic lacing on the sides.

Roasted malt, sweetness, woody and nutty aromas all intertwine with one another.

Roasted malt with chocolate highlights at the start. Then into a smooth middle where the roasted malt is still prominent but nutty and chocolate highlights make appearances. Long, drawn out finish is malty and nutty with woody highlights. Aftertaste is light and lingering roasted malt. The taste sensation as the beer progresses from the start into the middle is amazing. The hazelnut presence with the chocolate aspect really accentuate the roasted malt spine. Very nicely done.

Smooth, buttery mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. There is a very slight harshness in the middle that quickly fades away.

A really wonderful brew with a unique flavour profile. Trust Rogue to put out a world class specimen that doesn't quite fit the style profile exactly, but projects excellence none-the-less. This would be a regular in my fridge if it was available here.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 04:07:43 | More by Noxious26
Photo of Sticket


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

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours a clear dark copper color with an average creamy tan colored head with some lacing.

S- hazelnuts covered in molasses along with a sweet malt character.

T- well balanced roasted grains, nutty, sweet malts, and mild bitter from the hops.

M- creamy medium body that is moderately carbonated.

D- a good tasting American Brown Ale and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 23:53:58 | More by Sticket
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