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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
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Reviews: 1,378
Hads: 3,840
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 256
Gots: 611 | 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:
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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Reviews: 1,378 | Hads: 3,840
Photo of ToriBug13
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Brewing Hazelnut Brown Ale

T- ¾ inch thick foam, nice rich brown color.

S- Nice malty, sweet caramel smell.

T- First strikes me with balanced malt and the sweetness of the caramel, with just a hint of earth. Nice woody after taste. Mid palate there is nice dark fruit, fig or plum? After my first couple of sips I thought it might be too much for a bomber, but it surprisingly drinks very smoothly. This was a fun beer to run into, so earthy and malty. I keep looking for hazelnut, however even without it this is a killer beer. Very impressive! (555 characters)

Photo of xk6m6m5x
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep reddish-brown with thick khaki head the slowly dissipates into a well retained lace

S-mild chocolate and an earthiness I can put my finger on what exactly

T- this was the disappointing part, I get no hazelnut at all, I get a very plain no frills brown ale, which is good but not what I was expecting.

M- thinner then expected and over carbonated for my taste

O- good beer but not what I was expecting (419 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.02/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a ever-so-slightly hazy coppery brown.The haziness is like the first bits of fog building up, enough to notice but not so much that it keeps the light from getting through. Beautiful, creamy tan head has great retention eventually dropping to a thick creamy film. Good lace.

Smell is ...weird and not in a good way. A combination of dry cardboard and nearly rancid nutmeats with some dirt mixed in. Not good. It's a pretty strong presence as well. I have 2 more bottles so here's hoping it just this one.

Taste is burnt malt, that funky nutmeat stank note and nothing else. Score is a little higher here than the smell received because it isn't so harsh and there is better balance (though not too much to actually balance with just two notes).

Medium bodied at best with a light, almost too light, effervescence. Smooth but nothing really appealing here. I won't drain pour it (it ain't warm Falstaff or Corona) but the thought is running around in my head like a 6 year old on Halloween.

I am really disappointed with this one. I love me some hazelnuts (aka filberts) and browns are a favorite style but I know Rogue is a crap shoot when I bought it. Been drinking their stuff for 10 years or more. I had Voodoo Maple Bacon again last week (SO GOOD!) and I've got a bomber of Voodoo Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana chilling for a couple of weeks from now. The Shakespeare, FestiveAle, Chocolate & Double Choc. stouts, Dead Guy and Glen were great, too. The American Amber, XS Imp. Porter were very far from. The rest are middling offerings. But with such high ratings from over 2000 people I expected better from this one. I've two more bottles sitting in the fridge. If they prove better I'll gladly amend this review (like always) but if your still looking at this in Sept. 2013 or beyond, they were just as bad. (1,825 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep deep brown with a reddish tint. Beautiful brown/yellow tinted head, nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, mild chocolates, brown sugar and nuttyness. Slightly faint

T - sweet light caramel malts transition into even sweeter brown sugar and hazelnut flavors. Nice sweetness and the nuttyness really keeps up! Slight roasty with slightly grassy hops and smooth tame bitterness come through at the finish.

M - pretty well carbonated and fairly light. Very enjoyable to drink

O - nutty and sweet flavors are perfectly bold given the light body and drinkability. Fantastic balance of flavor and feel (623 characters)

Photo of kots84
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Reddish brown creamy head.

Smell - Not a lot on the nose. Some haze nut but that pretty much it.

Taste - The first thing I taste is warm milk. After a second it roasted coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - A little thin but good carbonation.

Overall - A great beer. One of my go to. (300 characters)

Photo of Aleks_P
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light reddish brown, translucent. Little lacing when poured, very little head.

Smell: Smell is not particularly noteworthy, can detect some light malt/caramel scents.

Taste: Very light and malty. A bit sweet, hazelnut is just noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Like the flavor the beer feels light and carbonation feels foamy. Not dry at all with the malt flavor.

Overall: Very good beer, light and sweet and something I'd enjoy having two or three of. I'd consider keeping this is the fridge for regular rotation. (518 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- cloudy light brown with a long lasting creamy white head
S- sweet and nutty
T- a little sweet, with maybe some hazelnut but it lacks the richness and depth of hazelnut. Or any other nuttiness. No hops noted. Not much roasted malt flavor that I would also expect from a brown ale.
M- a little thinner than I wanted. No carbonation.
O- not bad but sort of a one note song. Lacks the depth a brown should have. (410 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle out a 6-pack. review is from notes.

look is a hazy brown with a small mocha head. smell is sweet hazelnut, not unlike nutella. taste is better: crisp malt, roasted/woody. finishes nutty, hazelnut throughout. feel is medium, crisp and easily drinkable.

good brown with an odd, overpowering scent. easy to drink otherwise, with a nutty hazelnut sweetness throughout. (378 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a tulip, deep brown beer body, dark orange/red highlights center-pour produced a thick finger of tan head - persisted nicely, left sparse lace arms

S: deep, earthy malt and hop smell accented by dry hazelnut aromas; soft, earthy aromas suggesting molasses' sweetness and herbal tart/bitter-ness

T: not too bitter, faint chewy dark sweetness; suggests a wet, brown, pastry; dusky hazelnut presence; a yeast presence that is reminscent of some dark Belgian ales; flavors clear nicely on the finish, drying the mouth just enough before the next sip. Sweetened as it warmed.

M: somewhat tacky, soft and almost fuzzy; smooth, faint coat, light tingle that grew softer as the beer warmed

O: a very nice brown ale - the hazelnut isn't overpowering, cloying, or sweet - it fits well with the style and is a seamless blend. I'm not a big brown ale person, and the feels and tastes of the style are not my typical preference. That said, this was a very enjoyable beer that appealed in all areas. A fan of the style would no doubt enjoy this beer tremendously. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue's beers are notoriously hard to get here in Alberta despite their reputation as being one of the better US craft breweries. This is one of, like, 3 kinds that my store offers. They're also expensive as fuck. This 650ml bottle cost me over 9 dollars! So it is my expectation that this is some very, very good beer. Let's see.

it pours very dark brown, basically the identical shade of brown that the bottle is (and not the picture, but rather the bottle itself. There is a very thick layer of beige head which takes a good long while to settle down. The name of the beer lives up in the smell - hazelnut is definitely the main smell I'm getting here - and that's about it. The taste is fantastic - you're getting a large hit of hazelnut flavour, but it's a lot deeper than that. it's more of a hazelnut latte flavour without the milk - just coffee and hazelnut. There's also a subtle cigar aftertaste going on here - and no, I'm not smoking while doing this review, nor have I smoked any time recently. it's a very complex flavour that just makes me keep coming back for another sip - it's hard for a heavy beer to accomplish this for me, but here we are.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with some subtle carbonation - not too shabby.

Overall, an excellent beer. Rich flavour, nice look, smell that lives up to its name. I may just have to buy another bottle despite the price. Well done Rogue, well done. (1,411 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Brown pour with an unassuming thin head that settled fast. Slight carbonation and faint streaks of lacing are present.

S - Easily the highlight of this beer. Sweet smell of honey and hazelnuts combined with caramel malt. Sugary sweet notes to this give it a smell of candy.

T - On one hand it has a sweet flavor and a peasant malty taste that makes drinking this quite enjoyable. But I felt the hazelnut flavor was utterly lost in the taste and towards the end of the bottle the sugary flavor started to taste a little artificial. The overall experience was a good one but the depth of the complexity could have been better.

M - A good sessionable brown ale that went good with the BBQ I had. I could see a Newcastle drinker being easily swayed to try this.

O - A pretty solid offering from Rogue and a staple brown ale that is easily accessible and priced reasonably. This is a good beer for someone who has gotten past gateway craft and wants some of the typical examples of american styles. (1,002 characters)

Photo of RWLawman
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark red/brownish color, with a thin off-white head.

S - Toasted malts and hazelnut dominate the odor.

T - initially, I started drinking this one too fast, and missed out on some of the flavor. Once I slowed down, and started exploring, I was very pleased with what I found. Nutty flavor up front, specifically hazelnut, followed by toasted malts and some grain. A little touch of hop bitterness toward the end helped to balance out the heavy sweetness throughout. Very tasty beer.

M - Moderate mouthfeel, not quite full, and certainly not watery thin, either. Enjoyable beer. The sweetness tends to stick to the mouth a bit, which makes me crave some more.

O - I was looking forward to this beer for a while, being a big fan of brown ales and malty beverages. This was delicious. (790 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle ordered at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy and spotty brown, partially clear in places. No head, no lacing.

Smells like hazelnuts, with a bit of chocolate.

Tastes the same, with some buttery malts as well. More hazelnut and less chocolate in the taste than the aroma.

Light, slightly watery mouthfeel. Could be thicker and creamier, really.

A decent flavored nut brown beer, but nothing I want to revisit again, really. (462 characters)

Photo of dsolonenko
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Ruby-red color with good head
S: Very nutty, bread, sweet with hints of caramel
T: Follows the smell - nutty at first, then bready, a bit of hop bitterness on the aftertaste
M: Good level of carbonation, a bit chewy
O: Good beer overall, should get one more (260 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of the malt notes with the big hazelnut presence. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, hazelnut, brown bread, light floral, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; and lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, brown sugar, hazelnut, and brown bread on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with only a moderate amount of hazelnut; not nearly as robust in flavor as I expected from the aromas; and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that was good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good flavored brown ale. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. May have been an old bottle, but there is no way to know for sure. (1,342 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into pint glass

appearance: brown/amber with off white 2 finger head

smell: hazelnut, bread, english malts, other malts, slight caramel

taste: hazelnut, roasted barley, prominent malt backbone, bready notes, very smooth

mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation

overall: a pleasant surprise, this is well crafted and tastes of smooth hazelnut with sufficient malt. will buy again (387 characters)

Photo of Biff9
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this in a pub glass. The color was a copper brown with about a tree finger head. What stood out for me was the taste, it had a very clean taste to it. I don't know if it was the water or the way it was brewed but there was no bitterness to it and the aftertaste didn't linger.

I will be having this one again. (318 characters)

Photo of Bear1964
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass, nice medium brown color with a small tan head. Aroma showed a hint of hazelnut and sweetness, the taste was the awesome surprise as a huge blast of true hazelnut comes through and then mellows on the taste bud into a nice full brown ale. Creamy and nutty with mild sweetness for the mouthfeel, overall an awesome brew....I would grab this again anytime! (393 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice brown and red body. Creamy brown head with good height.

S - Yeasty, malty and a touch of hazelnut.

T - Very well balanced. Smooth up front with a nice nutty finish.

O - Nice flavored brown Ale. One of my favorites from Rogue. Unique Ale but not overdone like some that the produce. (294 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of estlinska
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a standard shaker at The Saucer. Pours a deep, pretty brown color with some ruby hues and limited light penetration. It lacks any head to speak of and leaves no lacing to the glass. The nose is a good strong, sweet malt with some woody, earthy hops undertones. It has a strong smell of toasted cereal and just a hint of that hazelnut. The flavor is just too much hazelnut to me. The hops do a good job of cutting down the double whammy of malty sweetness and the hazelnut, which in this case tastes almost like Starbucks hazelnut syrup has been added. Finishes dry with a pretty good palate feel. I hesitated to review this beer due to my growing distaste for hazelnut purely because I'm sick of all the flavored syrups at coffee bars. Therefore, I really tried to review this one with the style in mind first of all, and my palate second of all (which is what I try to do no matter what). I even when back for a second round just to finalize my thoughts. I really think that overall, the hazelnut was just too much and overwhelmed the natural malt goodness of a good brown. (1,084 characters)

Photo of danieelol
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours browny amber with good head and great lacing.

Smell has sweet brown ale malt, lots of hazelnut flavour. Pretty nice and unsurprisingly the nutty brown ale notes integrate well with nutty notes of, well...hazelnut.

Taste carries through. Not quite as potent but similarly well poised balanced between the two types of nut flavour. A slight spearmint/menthol note on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is decent - the gaps in flavour in the previous Rogue beer I had are readily filled with hazelnut flavour in this one.

Great beer. Better executed than Frangelic Mountain Brown (which I also enjoyed).

Very well integrated hazelnut flavour, somehow it doesn't seem artificial or syrupy at all. Nice and fairly dry beer actually. No artifical sweetness.

I do find it funny how really the only enjoyable brown ales are ones with adjuncts. Perhaps brewers will catch on someday.

Anyhow, great beer and deservedly regarded as a classic. (932 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly reddish-tinged brown in color. An off-white three-finger, rocky head shows good retention and leaves some scattered streaks of lacing. Hazelnut is prominent on the nose. Slightly sweet, buttery, and nutty aroma. Slight floral hop note.

Nice interplay of hazelnut, caramel malt, and bitterness. The hazelnut flavor is out front without being overly dominant. The bitterness could be toned down a bit as it slightly overshadows the malt body. Mouthfeel is quite nice with a soft, sudsy carbonation.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar nicely melds hazelnut and brown ale flavors. It's a bit pricey for a bomber, but once you crack it open, it's hard to stop drinking until the bottle's empty. (690 characters)

Photo of Thurgoft
2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a clear amber brown with a fluffy cream head.

S: Digging the extremely(!) nutty nose but a little nervous how it will taste in the context of a beer. It's nutty, like REALLY nutty.

T: Really, really strong hazelnut "nectar" taste. Like drinking pressed hazelnut juice with a bit of malt backbone and a slightly bitter hop finish. Really not sitting well on the palate.

M: Mouthfeel is a somewhat thin, thinner than I;d expect for a beer like this.

O: Overall the beer smelled good before tasting but after tasting the cloying hazelnut flavor became overbearing about four sips in. By 1/3 of the way through I found the unrelenting concentrated nut flavor to be somewhat nauseating. Sink poured the rest. Was expecting a lot more given the hype. Really seemed to lack subtlety in favor of "HEY WE PUT NUTS IN THIS BEER!" Would consider giving it another go but not anytime soon and not over $7 a bomber... (970 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with amber highlights and a foamy one inch beige head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Deeply caramelized malt, molasses, toasted nuts, toasted bread, and a hint of chocolate form the rich, sweet aroma.

Flavor is fairly sweet, with brown sugar, slightly burnt caramel, and light molasses opening the profile, which is quickly engulfed by lightly toasted hazelnuts, leading to notes of toasted bread, with slightly roast malt drying out the finish. Toffee and a touch of fruity character from the roast malt add complexity.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation.

Great beer, for what it is. Fruity character and over the top diacetyl are a little overwhelming, but well represented malt and nut character. Not cloying. A guilty pleasure brew. (799 characters)

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.