Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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Ratings: 3,776
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 243
Gots: 560 | 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 dgallina
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a porter-like dark-brown from the bottle. A few fingers of nice tan foam and relatively good head retention as well. Smells quite sweet and malty, with nice smoky and nutty undertones. The flavor doesn't really live up to the aroma unfortunately. Starts off well enough; malty, nutty, smoky, and strangely refreshing. As the beer warms, however, it develops a sticky sweetness that begins to overpower the palate. The hops are essentially missing-in-action, so there's not much here to balance the sugars. Sticky and medium bodied in the mouth.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of Iron Chef (the original, not "America") I've been keeping my eyes open for any of the Morimoto line of beers.
I finally found one and am glad I did.
Pours a lovely dark brown with some head and some lacing.
The smell on this one is really killer. Hazelnuts really stand out, perhaps even more so than in the taste.
It's reminiscent of a hazelnut flavored bubbly ice coffee.
Or like good brown ale with pleasing hazelnut tones.
Creamy in texture with a long finish. Tastes sweet but not cloying.
Brown ale fans, rejoice!
so long as you like hazelnut.

Photo of Ellbert
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great apperance. A nice brown color, good because it's a brown ale. The head was tan and nice.

Smell: Roasted malts. Hazelnut is forefront in the nose. Very nice.

Taste: Hazelnut is the forerunner in the taste. It isn't overpowering but balanced very well. There is a little bitterness and a little dry but it is balanced very well.

Overall a great beer. I would love to have this in my fridge all the time.

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

650 ML
14 PLATO 33 IBU
73.6 AA 44L

Appearance – brown/mahogany, opaque body; 2.5 finger light-brown/cream-colored head that backs down to a respectable level; lace is reasonable

Smell – sweet chocolate and nut dominate while dark fruit and coffee sit in the back

Taste – holy malty with the sweet chocolate and nut; hops enter midway but are fought off in the end by the malts, which are a bit more roasty here; faint coffee in the end

Mouthfeel – a touch of prickly carbonation barely intrudes into the rising (light then moderate) body; immediate “afterfeel” is a bit watery then ironically dry

Drinkability – the ascending body adds some excitement to the drinkability

I’d return to the Hazlenut. Its certainly a unique brown ale.

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

Pours a nice reddish-brown, producing a nice foamy head. Very distinct teriyaki smell and taste. Just a hint of hazelnut. Mouthfeel is very smooth with no bite, but it is still a little thin for my tastes. Good spicyness. A little coffee-esque like most brown ales and stouts. I'll drink this again sometime. It might be better if it's a little colder.

Photo of cubedbee
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22 oz bomber. Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head. Smells great--hazelnet, toffee, caramel, and honey--very sweet smelling. Taste is very sweet, hazelnuts with a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very creamy and smooth. The sweetness never gets too cloying, so I think I could have a few of these.

Photo of twelvsies
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Appears a nice dark brown, some light coming through, with a substantial head. Smell is great; nice and nutty, hazlenutty that is, with nice creamy chocoloate and coffee accents, though not overwhelming. Taste is much the same. This is almost a bit too "tasty" for a beer, if that makes sense. The taste is of course great, don't get me wrong, but it's almost like I'm drinking a cappucino. A little too much artificial flavoring if you ask me. I like my beer a little more beerish, with more emphasis on the malts and hops. However, there's a great smooth mouthfeel to this. If they reduced the cappucino flavor a bit this would be a classic beer, although as of now it's a bit wimpy due to the flavoring.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of walleye
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a mahagony with a nice tan head. witch some nice lacing. aromawhat else but hazelnut, honey, brown sugar, malts, a nice nuttyness, plums and raisins. flavor unfortunately they were weak, but did get some hazelnut, honey and just a touch of coffee.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a thin brown head. Smells of caramel malt and hazelnut.

Tastes of rich caramel malt. Nutty. Lots of hazelnut, almost overwhelming at times. Milk chocolate sweetness. Velvet smooth but just a touch thin. Take the hazelnut out and it's a top notch brown ale. With the hazelnut in, it can be a bit too much and offputting. Not bad but not a favorite.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy dark reddish brown brew. Frothy head lasts well, and laces well. Aroma is creamy, malty, and a bit nutty. Taste is sweet, husky brown malts with a hazelnut finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Enjoyable brew.

Photo of OStrungT
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an auburn, dark red color. The head is tan and fades rather quickly. Like the name would suggest, it smells of hazelnuts. It also has a slightly malty smell. There are faint scents of cinnamon. It tastes very sweet. The hazelnut flavor is apparent. It has a lightly toasted maly flavor. There is also a slight chocolate taste to it. This beer is creamy and smooth. It is carbonated just right. This beer is medium bodied. It is a very good beer. As with the Morimoto Hazelnut Signature Ale, this beer might not make the best session beer due to the very sweet flavor. If you can find this beer, it is definately worth your time and money.

Photo of jlh8643
2.44/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass that yielded no head or lacing. Clear, dark brown in color. Hazelnut and some dark malt with a bit of hops in the nose. Hazelnut and the prickley carbonation were the first two things I noticed in the first sip. I think the hazelnut was a little bit overdone because it was in the forefront with the maltiness, carbonation and hops battling to show up. Relatively moderate in body with a bit too much carbonation. Overall, not that impressed. Not bad but I don't think I will spend another $5.00 for another bottle.

Photo of meathookjones
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a ruby red brown with a small tan head. Some clumps of lace were left as the head stayed afloat. Aroma was simple but appetizing, caramel malt and a fairly strong nuttiness. A little on the sweet side. Flavors of caramel and the nuttiness combine for the majority of the flavor. Some notes of toastiness. Ends on a bitter nutty note. A bit light in the mouth, this is smooth and goes down easy. Complements the taste very well. Drinkability is good with the only knock being the sweetness would be a bit much after a few. A nice tasty and easy drinking treat.

Photo of beersarang
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy CRAP. This is beer?!?

Well, I popped down 6 dollars for a bomber of this stuff. I figured its always worth it to try a stone or rogue offering.

Pours a dark brown, chestnut, truly the definition of brown. Tan head dissapates into nothing for whatever reason. Little to no spotty lacing. This beer isn't much for retention, but the color is nice.

Nose is Hazelnut (well of course) smooth lightly toasted malts. Very brown ale esque.

Hits the palate at first with a very smooth malt presence. As it envelopes the mouth the hazelnut nuances come in, with hints of toffee. The beer would be cloyingly sweet if not for the assertive bitterness that rounds it out. Alcohol warms a bit on the way down. This is a balanced beer, which I'm beginning to think is a specialty of Rogue.

Smooth and creamy, medium to thick bodied, with fairly big carbonation. Goes down nicely, and rather drinkable. Sexy.

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, deep, cherry brown, extremely effervescent with a creamy tan head. The color is gorgeous.
Smells of pure caramel sweetness and liquid hazelnut. Some milk chocolate too. Very candied in its aroma. Yum.
Taste is mainly sweet hazelnuts and milk chocolate with some spicy hops. Finishes mild but bitter and drying. It's a nice balance. Sometimes it's even buttery. The sweetness isn't over the top. All of the flavors are solid but subtle... very Japanese in that sense.
Mouth is very tingly. Your tongue feels like its being electrocuted at first. Really chewy. Even spritzy. Medium-bodied. Just a little too bubbly.
Good stuff nonetheless.

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a ridiculously drinkable brew! Pours dark dark ruby from a 22oz bomber. Smell is unreal... hazelnuts, cinnamon, maybe a little creme brulee? Taste is smooth, satisfying, creamy, definite hazelnut notes with some subtle spicing and a slightly chocolatey creaminess. Very very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is rich and you can definitely swirl this one around a bit to get all the relevant flavors.

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

Delicious!

I wasn't sure what to expect from this brew, I really like brown ale as a general rule, but this hazelnut idea I didn't know what to make of. I'm sure glad I picked this one up though!

Pours a deep brown with red tones at the edges with a wispy tan head that recedes into a crown from a bomber bottle. Nose is interesting, very nutty, but also tone of fruit and chocolate. Taste is very smooth and interesting. Tastes like nutella in a bottle. Hazelnut, mocha, caramel and malt. It is outrageously smooth and easy drinking, I could make a session out of this for certain.

Overall a nice take on the brown ale and dessert beer categories, I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a bottle of this again.

Photo of Troyone
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little head that dissapated to nothing with no lacing, clear darkish hazelnut color with a root beer hue, and minimal carbonation.

Sweet cookie and nutty caramel malt aroma; flowery resin orange hops; and hints of bubble gum; brown sugar, maple syrup, nutmeg, and vanilla in the background.

Taste is a lightly sweet roasted, nutty, caramel malt; resin and orange hops, and hints of oak, smoke, and flat cola.

A medium bodied, dry slightly syrupy, soft almost flat carbonation, and slightly metallic finish for this beer.

Drinkability is great for this style and can be a session beer for some.

Photo of deejaydan
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby color with a few brown highlights. Nice head and head retention, about a 1/2 inch head that settles down to 1/4 inch. When you swirl it in your glass, it clings to the glass and gently falls down the side. Aroma and taste go well together with some nutty flavor and aroma as expected. I don't like hazelnut coffee, but I do enjoy this beer. Good, but not exceptional. Very clean and balanced toward the malts, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

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

I didn't realize that there was hazelnut extract in it until I tasted it. I thought it was just a catchy name or something. I was pretty thrown off at first, but it grew on me fast.

Rich chocolate color with a great tan head with thick lace. The taste was sweet at first, with a huge thunderclap of malts that followed. Only a little twist of hops, then a lingeing, sweet and oily hazelnut aftertaste. Easily one of the most creative beers I've ever had that was actualy drinkable. It is pretty rich though, almost desert-ish.

Photo of FormatKid
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly translucent dark brown, robust off white head quicly recedes, leaves minimal lace.

Nose: caramelly sweet malts, toffee, strawberry esters, hazelnut (liquor), faint brandy

Taste: Smooth, toffee and caramel up front, a tiny whisp of smoke. The hazelnut flavor emerges and is much more subtle, and complimentary than I remember their Morimoto Hazelnut being (I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if these are the same beers). Faint hints of cappuccino, milk chocolate. Perfectly off-setting earthy hop bitterness, I’m impressed!

Mouthfeel: Medium soft carbonation combined with the body lends a slick, yet velvety feel.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Not cloying, the hazelnut extract flavors melds nicely with the natural beer flavors. I’d definitely have another if there was one around.

Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 22 oz brown bottle of the Rogue Morimoto Hazlenut. Served the beer in an imperial pint glass. It pours a brownish red color with a great head on top. Excellent head retention and sticky lacings that cling all over the side of the glass.

Nice aroma of milk chocolate, caramel and malt.

This beer has a very strong malty backbone enriched in milk chocolate and hazlenut flavors. I would even say that there is a prominent nutty presence all together...almonds, walnuts, etc. A tad of toffee or caramel mixed in as well. Sweet and rich mouthfeel. Similiar to a dessert dish or candy bar flavor. Smooth and flowing.

Very drinkable and yet another good beer from Rogue. A solid beer from a quality brewery.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be standard for Rogue but it's the first time I've seen a brewer list right on the bottle by name all of the malts and hops as well as the strain of yeast used in creating this interesting brew (And what's up with the "Oregon free-range water"??? :-)

The beer poured a deep brown with a light tan head. The foam shrunk down quite quickly leaving only a little bit of fizz in the brew itself. Without a doubt the nose of this brew is its best quality - there's a very pleasant, sweet mixture of soft malt, chocolate and nuts. There was just enough malt and hop in the smell to let you know this is an ale rather than a cup of hot cocoa but just barely.

The taste follows suit but isn't quite as exceptional as the smell. There's a solid malt backbone of sweetness with some fruit notes, a mild hint of coffee or smoke that you'd expect in a brown ale and very pronounced flavors of chocolate and vanilla. The nut flavor isn't quite as strong as it is in the nose but it's hard to miss. There's a very light hopping to this brew, enough to dry out the tongue but that's about all. Mouthfeel is a little on the oily side, adding to the hot chocolate sensation - more carbonation, more hopping or more bitter malts would have actually improved the experience quite a bit.

All in all a very tasty brew and one I'll certainly be seeking out again. My biggest fear was that this would be a novelty beer: "Oh, look! We put nuts in our nut brown ale!" but those fears turned out to be unfounded. The hazelnut extract was a good compliment to the brown ale and was in appropriate proportions so as not to be overwhelming or distracting.

Photo of BenConnery
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass a deep brown with a nice head.
I didn't get to the aroma much I have to confess. I was at a party and was busy meeting lots of people.
The taste of the beer hit me from the first sip though.
This had more body and flavour to it than any brown ale I'd had while on the holiday I was on, and there'd been a good half dozen or so.
The flavour was rich, with nuttiness and chocolate malt throughout.
The mouthfeel was lovely and smooth.
I would rate the drinkability as I didn't find it as sweet as some other reviews here seem to suggest. I could have downed a few of these (In fact I did get it again to give to my father in law whose quite fond of a brown ale)

This rates as the best brown ale I've ever tried, hands down.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,776 ratings.