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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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2,896 Ratings
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Ratings: 2896
Reviews: 1312
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.27%


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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isualum12

Idaho

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me say from the beginning I LOVE THIS BEER...

I have had this beer from the bottle and tap. Currently my local neighborhood bar has it tap and I love them for it.

Pours dark brown in color. The color almost says flavor. The head is white creamy and heavy. The smell is chocolate with a little toasted almonds.

Flavor hits the toung like a rocket ship but with pure smoothness. The Hazlenut flavor rolls around hitting you with a little chocolate and suger and cinnamon covered nuts.

The best part about this beer is when you add other food flavors. I have always enjoyed this beer on it's own but then I addes some buffalo wings for dinner and this beer jumped to an increadiable level. I have now done that with a french dip sandwich as well. Try it you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 03:19:59 | More by isualum12
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AUGRAD06

Alabama

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Probably my second favorite brown ale. The hazelnut favor is very prominent both in the smell and on the pallet. It might be a little on the sweet side for some people, but it's a great brown. A nice honey flavor can also be detected. As always let it warm up a little from ice cold and it'll really blossom in flavor and smell. Love the mouthfeel also, a nice level of carbonation and a flavor that doesn't stay forever in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 19:50:58 | More by AUGRAD06
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A thick light-tan head rests on a glowing reddish brown body. Good head retention and thick lace. Smells of light malts and toffee-like hazelnut. Taste is an interesting and well-executed variation on standard brown ales: sweet and savory combination of chocolate, malt and hazelnut. Mild hop-bitterness. The hazelnut seems to dominate but is not overwhelming. Body is light to medium. Mouthfeel is smooth with an extremely clean finish, making this a very drinkable beer.


This is a very complex, yet well-balanced American take on the brown ale. I wasn’t sure what I would think about the hazelnut character, as I’m not a fan of hazelnut coffees, but it complements the other flavors well and does not seem out of place here. Serious props to the fellas at Rogue for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 15:39:34 | More by Shovelbum
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Domingo

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...just wow.
I thought I had tried this at some point, but I would've remembered how wonderful it is.
Pours a milk chocolate color that's a bit lighter than most, but still appetizing. A little bit of a white head forms with a normal pour to cap everything off.
The flavor and smells remind me a little of Nutella! Hazelnut and cocoa blend together with a strong malt base. Oh man that's good. Rogue sometimes hops things pretty heavily, but with this one they used the hops just enough to keep the flavor from being too sweet. The finish is clean, but not too dry. More please! The nice thing about the hazelnut flavor is that it tastes very real and it isn't overbearing.
I really wish this was in 6-packs because I just want more.
This is one of the best beers I've had in years and it might even be in my top 10 of all time.
This is a must have if you like brown ale and/or hazelnuts.

EDIT: On tap this is even better because of the silky texture. Not sure how common it is on draft, but the Yardhouse in Scottsdale, AZ had it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 15:45:07 | More by Domingo
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy medium-dark brown with nice bubbles. Two-finger off-white and creamy head that diminished slowly leaving very nice lacing.

S: Strong scent of toasted nuttiness. I can smell the hazelnut too. Very nice.

T: Just the right amount of sweetness and earthy hop bitterness to balance. No flaws that I can detect. An nice long finish that is very nutty and makes me want to drink more.

M: Light to medium body that is nice and creamy with soft carbonation. The body could be a bit fuller, but the feel is still very nice.

O: I really like this brown ale. The hazelnut is nice and subtle, not off-putting at all. It sets this one apart from other brown ales. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 01:09:13 | More by SolipsismalCat
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Mounty4Life

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks real brown semi cloudy with good lacing
A little toasty but definitely hints of hazelnut, something else I can't place...it could be pint glass is not up to par being are Carnivores enjoying this with lunch.
T/m one of most impressive I ever had...delicious hazelnut and malt finish with hops pleasing you right away...smooth and tasty just how a brown ale should be!
Just hit the top of my brown ales list!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 17:25:41 | More by Mounty4Life
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a hazy, muddy light brown. A frothy espresso head recedes to an uneven film while huge, sheets of lacing coat the glass.

The beer smells amazing. Stick your head in a pile of toffee, chocolate, and hazelnuts, and you might be close.

The beer tastes equally impressive: burnt toffee, caramel, chocolate covered pretzel, and the obvious hazelnut taste explosion. Really good, without being cloying or over the top.

A medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice clean finish, but it could be a dessert beer for sure.

Overall, I don't get all of the hatred for Rogue. Too pricey, yes. But this is just another awesome selection, and it held up to my expectations. I'm glad I didn't buy a sixer for $12 but the single for $2.79 was exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 18:42:13 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Scoats

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As you place the glass up to your mouth, even before your real first taste, the scent gets you and want to drink deeply and greedily. You do, but you stop yourself to enjoy the full taste of this beer. Wonderfully smooth and seductive, nutty, balanced, perfectly hopped.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 07:02:50 | More by Scoats
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazlenut Brown Nectar - 22oz. bomber poured into Duvel Tulip.

A - Dark brown, the epitomy of a brown ale color. Just perfection in the shade of brown. Creamy off white head, with excellent carbonation streams raising to the top of the glass. Retention is great, and small lacing clings hang on for dear life.

S - Light eathy/nutty/grainy tones, touch of malt sweetness. (Malted milk balls come to mind) Balanced, sweet, and inviting.

T - Taste is incredibly complex for a Brown Ale, pure exuberance. Strong malty notes arrive upfront, and caress the palate. So many different types of sweet tones, but nothing over the top. Chocolate, toffee, and raw molasses. Hazlenut and lots of it. Sweet, yet delicate. Fresh hop notes balance the complexitys in heavenly fashion. Reducing the sweetness level, but not neutralizing it. Fades to a bitter/sweet with small notes of honey and vanilla. Divine.

M - 100% creamy on the palate. Wonderful.

Best Brown Ale thus far, definitely a divine nectar.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 18:33:00 | More by HoustonTX
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that quickly disappears, with not much retention, and not much lacing. Body is a clear dark garnet.

Smell - rich, strong aroma of malt bread, and stong aromas of chocolate and caramel. Mouthwatering.

Taste - very hearty taste of malt bread, chocolate, caramel, and hazelnuts. This is malty, chocolatey, caramelly, and nutty, and very rich and hearty. The hazelnuts are wonderful on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and rather dry.

Drinkability - this is rich, hearty, and excellent, and it's very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 16:14:09 | More by ultralarry2006
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beltyrion

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown with tan head. Excellent lacing

S: Hazelnut and vanilla and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with some hoppy character.

Tasting Notes: Some light hop character, hazelnut tones, as well as some light hints of chocolate. Maybe a dash of maple. Came highly recommended by a colleague of mine. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 20:51:58 | More by beltyrion
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LukeShep31

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark Brown/Slightly Red, the head disappears instantly after pour with only a little trace of it ever being there. Besides the head being gone, the color of the beer itself makes it look very appealing. Dude on the bottle makes me want to cheers him and drink.

Smell - The smell is very nutty, definitely caramel and vanilla.

Taste - This beer is delicious, from the first sip to the aftertaste. It tastes very nutty, with toffee, caramel and maybe wheat. Some super fire.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly carbinated, not overly sharp, but smooth even while in your mouth.

Drinkability/Overall Review - I love this beer, delicious, I will definitely have this beer again and it is officially one of my favorites. Rogue has done it again!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 05:51:34 | More by LukeShep31
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep saddle brown with a frothy head that does not stick around. There is visible carbonation and a good amount of sediment floating around, awesome! Caramelized malt is the first aromatic with softer tones of nuts, honey, and alcohol. A very diverse boquet. Creamy goodness across the pallet. Nice and quiet bitter finish to a nutty and sweet sip. The nectar and the nuttiness are all pleasantly present in this aptly marketed brew. The understated flavors in this brew from the coffee to the nuts to the sugars are all in perfect blend and lead to a very modest yet over achieving effort. Great wintertime brew to be eaten with my steak and squash.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 00:14:36 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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shand

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a fresh (has the Dare*Risk*Dream slogan around the neck) 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice red-brown color with two fingers of healthy head that retains well and leaves decent lacing. The smell is a serious hazelnut bomb. Hazelnut all over the place. There's a bit of chocolate and roasty malts too. The taste? Wow! This is absolutely astounding. The hazelnuts are so realistic, the slighly toasted nuttiness just comes through superbly, backed up by a bit of milk chocolate and some roasted malts. It all goes down amazingly smoothly, and leaves a wonderful nutty aftertaste on the tongue. This is a seriously superb tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is perfect, it's not too thick and has just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is top-notch as well, this is actually a beer that I'm glad is in large-format bottles, because drinking all of it isn't an issue at all. A seriously great brown ale that I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 00:15:58 | More by shand
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langm12

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

A - Dark Brown with reddish hues. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Thin tan head that recedes quickly.

S - Very malty. Hazelnut and Caramel. Tinge of fruits. Very appetizing.

T - Roasted malts up front. Very sweet. Hazelnut and Caramel. Hops add a good bit of zest to the end.

M - Light to medium with a bit of carbonation.

This is a very exceptional brown ale. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 04:23:21 | More by langm12
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Hawksfan79

Washington

4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glass used: Guinness pint glass

Dark brown color with a light fluffy head.

Nose is mostly dominated by hazelnut.

This beer has an amazing hazelnut flavor with caramel notes through out and a really satisfying chocolate finish. My favorite brown ale.

Nice medium mouth feel with a smooth soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 06:52:55 | More by Hawksfan79
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When Rogue nails it, they really nail it. This is a totally unique, totally fantastic beer. The hazelnut smell is strong, but the flavor is well-balanced and light (in a good way). As such, it's an all weather beer that stands alone. One of our local pubs has a constantly rotating tap, but this one has stayed on as long as I've been going there. It's a flavorful beer but because it's not overwhelmingly bold, it's a great beer to pass off to your friends, especially those who often reach for a Newcastle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 19:44:15 | More by TheRealBigC
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darksilklips


4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue hazelnut brown nectar is one of my favorite beers to date. I have tried this one twice, both times in bombers. Would love to see it on tap somewhere but haven't yet. I live in St. Louis, MO and have tried this beer both times as a store bought purchase.

I am a fan of dark beer, primarily stouts, but I love a good brown and this one is tasty and complex. The interesting thing is that the hazelnut flavor creeps up on you almost as an aftertaste, and lingers, becoming sweeter on the palate.

I taste a good deal of honey by the end. I assume this is where the word "nectar" makes its debut, as the beer finishes with a honeyed sweetness. It's not like mead, which is sharp and almost too sweet at times. The hazelnut tempers the nectar flavor, making it warm and cozy. It's a perfect beer for autumn or winter, at a nice old tavern with wood floors and a fire. If it were a color, it would be the color of teak beams lit up a sweet tan in the glinting rays of the setting sun.

It's a lovely experience, and one of which I think I would never tire.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 22:20:31 | More by darksilklips
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer departs the bomber a rich brown color with a small head that calls to coat the beer. The nose is very nutty, some roasted and a slight chocolate character. The flavor follows suit very well. Full flavored chocolate covered nuts. More flavor than I remember in any brown ales I've had recently. The feel is very creamy and smooth, moderate to thick on the feel. Nice nice beer. Thank you Rogue for making this one available. I think that this beer could easily become a standard for every season. Not too thick or thin, dark or light. Just balanced really well with a vey nice flavor. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 04:03:25 | More by kmpitz2
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Avagadro

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 04:00:01 | More by Avagadro
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Rudgers73

New York

4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

A- Dark brown caramel color with a finger's worth of tan fizzy head that settles quickly to a ring.

S- Bold, smooth, nutty and sticky sweet. MMMmmm.

T- A-mazing. This is so great tasting. Full, rich, caramel, chocolate, hazelnut, malts. Starts out thick and sweet and ends malty. Well-balanced.

M- Thick, creamy, and great.

D- Awesome. Drink it as much as you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 22:14:33 | More by Rudgers73
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish/orange hues when held to light and a nice head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing.

The smell is very sweet. Nice smell of carmel, hazelnut, and maple syrup as well as some toasted malts.

Taste is very sweet initially. Nice carmel and nutty flavors to go along with the toasted malts. The beer finishes with a hops spiciness.

Mouthfeel is very good and the drinkability is pretty good considering how sweet this brew is.

A great beer that I will definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 04:18:51 | More by hckyfn9999
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TheBierBand

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I have reviewed this beer as received on-tap... so here goes my bottle review.

My lovely wife purchased me a 22 oz bottle for a Birthday Gift. Yes, I know... she's a keeper!

I poured about 16 oz into a pint glass and produced a nice frothy 1.5" head... only a half inch too much... but I was excited! The head settled down to about 1" within 30 seconds as I svored the nutty aroma of this fine brew!

I was very anxious to taste it because it had been a while since my last one. ABSOLUTELY HEAVENLY! I love this beer. The nutty extracts are clearly present but not overpowering. JUST RIGHT. A perfect amount of sweetness with very little hoppiness.

The mouthfeel on this one is spectacular. Not too carbonated... not too flat.... again just right. It left a nice lingering nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability? Right on.... a very drinkable beer. I finished off the rest of the 22 oz immediately. Left me wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 23:04:05 | More by TheBierBand
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guitarmage

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 04:52:22 | More by guitarmage
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emanon

California

4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yum!

This Beer pours a dark brownish Red tinted dark color. Very clear no haze, with a light brown head, almost no lace. Very wood like chocolate tastes hit me right away with a wood/coffee finish. Delicious and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer. I am fairly new at this but so far hands down my favorite Brown Ale so far. Medium Body & feels pretty light. The sophisticated flavors make this more of a beer to savor but still very drinkable. Maybe Not a session beer. But what Great beer is?

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 02:14:11 | More by emanon
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