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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,381
Hads: 3,863
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.18%
Wants: 259
Gots: 635 | 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: 1,381 | Hads: 3,863
Photo of Rastacouere
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown body with a perfect 2 inch tan head, rocky, with small and regular bubbles, fine lacing and lasting. Sweet nose, chocolate mainly with hints of maple and coffee. The taste is pretty malty, sweet, surprisingly very fresh with loads of nice flavors among which none really stood out, but honey, chocolate, milk, nuts, toffee, caramel, coffee, maple, rich cookies. Soft, creamy and chewy palate. Tremendous malt/hops balance, more on the malt size, but hops is noticeable, especially toward the finish where I noticed a woody/herbal hops flavor and a roastiness that added to the complexity. Great bursting vanilla aftertaste. Lovely beer which I'm frightened I won't be able to get a crack at near often enough living up here:( Two thumbs up to JoeT for this great desert.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a nice head, and a deep brown color. Nice nose of nuts and, toffee and chocolate. Taste followed suite with sweet nutty goodness and of coarse hazelnut. Finish was semi dry to cleanse the palette. This review seems remarkably similar to my Hazelnut brown nectar review, same beer?, will we ever know...

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown color with a two finger tan head. I really like the bottle. The smell was very nutty. The hazelnut smell is the perfect way to begin a good tasting experience. The taste was nutty as well, but the hazelnut wasn't overbearring like some other hazelnut beers I have tried in the past. It was well balanced with the slightest bit of toffee. A very good beer I will surely buy again in the future.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A vigorous pour yields a small, pretty, foamy tan head wihch immediately dimples its way down to a thin froth and leaves very little lacing. The color is a not-quite-opaque dark brown which brings Ubu to mind. And yes, it smells strongly of hazelnuts.

The first stage is smooth, creamy, and sweet. The second stage kicks in very quickly, with lots of tingly stuff going on at the tip of my tongue which reminds me of those salty/bitter/sweet candies. My initial reaction to the first two stages is "Wow! Perky!" The hazelnut flavor really comes on strong in the second stage, and it sticks around as the flavor migrates to the back of my tongue while transforming into the somewhat bitter finish.

My reaction to this beer vacillates between "interesting" and "gimmicky". By the time I'm finished I'm leaning pretty heavily toward "gimmicky". The sweetness is nearly bludgeoning in its intensity; the sourness is actually necessary to counteract it! It's certainly interesting enough to be worth a try, but I doubt I'll be coming back to it.

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Photo of dmarch
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought it for the bottle of course. Silk screened label featuring Chef Morimoto. How can I resist buying that? Pours a brown-cherry color with a quickly dissapating head. A good brown ale. Not to much bitterness, mostly sweet and malty with a distinct amaretto character. The addition of hazelnut is definately appealing.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Garnet and brown colored with a thick light tan head. Nutty aroma atop a nice brown ale. Smells slightly hoppier than an English-style brown. Deep hazelnut flavor, almost like doing a shot of Frangelico chased with a hoppy brown ale. I like the complexity of this beer, a lot of different flavors going on- Kona blend coffee, toffee, cocoa... Slick on the tongue, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Nytemare
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a treat for me. This pours a nice dark brown with an off white head. Little retention and virtually no lacing. Sweet nutty nose. Hints of bitter chocolate and a light hops profile. A hint of hops up front, followed by bitter chocolate and bready malts, then, at last, back back back back waaay back in the aftertaste, roasted hazelnut. The roasted hazelnut flavor just clings in the mouth. Excellent. Very smooth, full bodied brew. Creamy. This was my second brew from Rogue to ever try. I just had the new Hazelnut from them the other day, I thought it was excellent, in fact I thought i liked it more. Now that I'm drinking the original, I'm glad I bought several bottles to store. I had forgotten how awesome this brew is. Excellent.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very darm ruby brow colr with a pretty thick tan head. when cold it gvies off a fairly strong grassy hops smell. when warmer the hops mello and the smell is almost all a pleasant coffee hazelnut. the taste of this changes a lot with the temp of the beer. When cold from the fridge it is pretty crisp with some pronounced hops flavors, somewhat fruity with the chocolatey hazelnut in the background. when it warms a little the hazelnut comes through big with chocolate and coffee flavors, the hops linger behind these much stronger flavors. in both cases there nuttiness to the taste with smooth sweet malt flavors and some fruity hops. thicker side of meduim mouthfeel that makes this a very tasty drinkable beer that doesn't sit too heavy despite a pretty rich taste.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Rogue Morimoto Signature Ale

Presentation 22 oz. bomber w/ silk-screened logo featuring Chef Morimoto. Poured a dark ruby-brown with a thin off-white head. Smells sweet with hints of hazlenut and chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately full-bodied with an initial crispness from the hops and carbonation. Beyond the initial crispness is several sweet flavors including hazlenut, chocolate, and coffee all blended smoothly together. Finishes slightly dry with some residual bitterness from some of the roasted flavors and hops. Overall a very nice "fruit/vegetable" beer that demands attention and deserves respect. I was not disappointed with its replacing the original Hazlenut Nectar which was excellent, itself.

Note: This beer is tasty cold, but really shines as it warms up a bit. I recommend pouring the first glass direct from the fridge and letting the bottle sit out while you consume it. Unless, of course, if you dump the whole thing in a big liter mug : P.

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Photo of homersimpson
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with a light reddish tint, light beige lace
Caramel malty and a hint of the nuttiness in the nose
Super chewy with a stickiness that lingers
Very malty with a nutty toffee flavor that jumps to your tongue. A light bit of spicy hop to keep it from being too sweet. Long, sweet toffee caramel nut finish.
Great beer, not hoppy like most Rogues, but almost perfect. always a favorite.

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

Beautiful cloudy brown color with a decent tan head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Chocolate and hazelnut aromas, chocolate and nutty flavors as well with a nice nutty sweetness, medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering sweetness.

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Photo of avylover
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking brew. It's a deep clear mahogony red color with a light tan head that sticks around nicely. Aroma is good & malty, some what bready and slightly spicey. This is not a huge explosion oftaste, but pretty good still. Starts off with a mildy sweet nutty chocolate taste and a velvety mouthfeel, then dries up on the back end with a good dose of hops. Finishes with a slight burnt coffee taste. Very balanced brew. As it warms the tastes start to come through a bit more. Perfect amount of carbonation and a solid head make for a great mouthfeel. Easy drinking. This is what I would expect from rogue. Nothing over the top, just a good beer with my RDA of hops.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This was a beautiful, deep red beer. The rough tan head took some coaxing to get it to rise to just one finger. It was gone in a flash, leaving only a thin ring around the edge of the glass. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: A thick hazelnut aroma dominated the smell of this beer. This was not something that I noticed in the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Thrown in underneath this nuttiness was tart dark fruit, sweet butter toffee, and a hint of smoke. Overall, very nice, but not very beerlike.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty darn smooth. It was faintly fuzzy on the tongue.

Taste: On the tip of the tongue, a fruity tartness kicked in immediately. Then, almost as quickly as it appeared, it was overwhelmed by flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and nuts. These flavors continued to linger well into the aftertaste where they were joined by a toffee-like sweetness.

A good solid beer for when you want something "different" but don't want anything too crazy. More flavorful than I remember the Hazelnut Brown Nectar being.

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

Brown beer, very clear. Thin Tan head that does not last long. Not over the top Hazelnut flavor, but it does kick in in the finish, a nice subtle note. A bit of the Hazelnut note in the nose as well. I like that the sweetness in this beer is very subtle, I hate when these beers are over-sweetened. The front taste is malty, and I can't pull out any taste of the hops, which I was not really expecting to.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice nutty brown into my pint glass. Aroma is sweet, sugar-glazed hazelnuts, with an over tone of the Saaz hops used.

Taste is that of a traditional brown ale (and an excellent one), with hazelnuts and a smooth chocolate. The chocolate seems sweetened (an odd example, but the closest thing I can think of is hot-chocolate mix).

The nuts come on more as an aftertaste after the crisp brown ale has worked it's wonders. For a flavored ale, and a dessert ale, this is wonderfully balanced. A little sweet, but that's the point.

The 650 ML bottle, with the sweetness can be a bit much by the end of the bottle. This would be excellent split between two romantically inclined people, perhaps served with cheesecake.

An excellent job here, as far as flavored ales go, and I look forward to trying Rogue/Morimoto's Soba Ale.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

im hyped on the iron chef so im hyped on this beer. this bad boy pours a deep ruby brown with a decent tan head. nice clarity. smells of light chocolate, hazlenuts and roasted goodness pop up after the pour. this is a matly drink, dessert like but not sweet, nice hazlenut and cocoa mix with very little hop bitterness. mouthfeel is suprisingly light for what i though would be somewhat of a heavy weight, smooth and not too filling. this stuff needs to come in barrels so i can just bogard it and drink it all the time. i love you mr. morimoto.

$3.49 a bomber.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark ruby brown in color with a nice tan head.

Smell – The sharp hazelnuts lead the way along with a hint of chocolate and some solid, toasted malt.

Taste – The nut flavor comes out big in the tongue. The malt base is there as well along with some stiff, balancing hops (was there any doubt?). I was barely able to taste the chocolate cocoa powder that I picked up at the nose.

Mouthfeel – Flat and medium-bodied without a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability – This is a fair rendition of the style, although I thought the hazelnut could have been a little more subdued and the ale better balanced.

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Photo of bditty187
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish-red hue, foamy beige head, about a finger and a half in size, faded quickly to half that amount, a large collar developed. No lace. Very lovely nose, hazelnuts dominate, light chocolate underneath, I found it rather simple but exceptionally appealing. Good potency. The palate is tasty (and pretty much what the nose indicated): hazelnuts, almonds, and a kiss of chocolate, individualistic sweetness, toasty like Fat Tire, the bitterness is largely absent. Good complexity but not on multiple levels. The hazelnut flavor becomes a little much after 22 ounces. The carbonation is moderate but caressing and natural, medium body. Easy drinking. This is a very solid offering from Rogue, not as bold or as hoppy as I expected. It doesn’t blow me away… it is very solid and respectable. Its nothing I’d drink regularly, it needs to be paired with food. You, however, should try one!

$5.00 in Omaha.

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Photo of Stingray5
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a nice chestnut with red highlights, soft off white head. Getting some hops and chocolate malts in the aroma. Medium mouthful, a little thinner than I was expecting, but not a bad thing. First sip reveals the hazelnut flavors. A lot like drinking a flavored ice coffee. More coffee/hazelnut in the finish, good, but leaves a bit of a lingering aftertaste. Slight saacharin.

Not entirely sure what to make of this one. A little gimmicky, but at the same time tasty - the h-nut is in good balance. Not overpowering like the Chocolate Stout. Decent.

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber, this one poured a deep clear ruby brown with an inch of tight tan head withplenty of lace. The nose is a healthy dose of malt and balanced hops with hazelnut and roasted notes, very alluring. The taste is heavy n the malt with roasted hazelnuts, hints of maple syrup, and earthy hops. the finish is rounded out with malts and slight hop bittering. This is really quite a fine drink, smooth and rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation that goes down easy. I had it solo, but could imagine this pairing with a number of different foods from appetizers to desserts.. well done..

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Outstanding! I love this beer. What a terrific taste. The hazelnut is prominent, and the bitterness is just right. Once you've sampled hunderds of beers, it's hard to find one that's truly unique, but this one is. Only a somewhat thin body drops it below an absolute classic. Not a beer to drink more than one bomber at a time (IMO), but I will definitely will be revisiting this beer again!

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Photo of clvand0
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saw the Morimotos thinking they were different from the normal Rogues, but they aren't. Regardless, I've not had the normal Hazelnut. Pours a dark amber color with a small, thick head that sticks around for quite some time. I could not find the hazelnut in the aroma, but I did find some chocolate hints along with some sweet malts. The flavor really showed the hazelnut much better than the aroma. Other flavors were chocolate and roasted malt. The mouthfeel was a little thin and bitter, but a fairly decent beer overall. There are other offerings from Rogue that I will probably try again before this one.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark varnished brown, thin head less than one finger. Smells of chocolate. Taste is nutty, yes on the hazelnut side. A undertow of chocolate. Mildly bitter. Like a nutty stout without the roasted flavor. Of the two Morimoto ales I've tried I prefer the Soba to this. Slightly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Ave
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I picked up this 22oz bottle of happiness based on the high level of regard I have for the Rouge moniker, & it lived up to ever bit of that heritage in stellar fashion. When it poured out, it was only so-so in appearance. It could have had a bit more head to it, perhaps a more vigorous pour next time (& there WILL BE a next time). It did have a very nice dark brown color & a slightly cohesive velvet texture to it, but the fun really starts once you get your nose close to it. At first I thought it was just a rebottling of the standard Rouge Hazelnut, but no no, this beer is clearly a large step ahead of its older brother. The nose is full of sweet nutty caramels, with delicate roasted autumn spice. That velvety texture is seamlessly caried through to the tongue, & it has a luscious feel in the mouth. Not a lot of hopiness, that however seems to be consistent with the style, but the flavor is just out of sight. Lightly sweet, smooth caramel malts & a finish that leaves you fully satisfied, but still wanting more. I hope they keep this beer in circulation, because I’ll be looking to stock up.


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Photo of SetarconeX
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those rare and wonderful beers where for the first half of the glass, you're really not sure what to make of it. Then, halfway down, you're still not bored with it, and you realize you have something rare and wonderful in your hand. Very dark brown with a hint of red, and a nice light brown head, it's visually very appealing.

The smell, and to a slightly lesser extent the taste, is something like a good stout. With nuts. Toasted nuts. A nutty, very tosty stout. What a wonderful taste. And to think on Iron Chef I always pulled for Chen, Iron Chef China!

Just when I think I'm over my seemingly endless worship of Rogue breweries, they hand me something like this. They have once again, as they have a thousand times before, managed to impress me.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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