Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,518
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 196
Gots: 365 | FT: 3
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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 GimmeAles
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noisy, crackling carbonation as it is poured into the tulip. A virulent, half-finger of rocky foam disappears within seconds. No head or lacing whatsoever, maybe due to the light hopping? A dark, garnet colored beauty with ruby highlights.

All kinds of nutty goodness in the nose with pleasant Hazelnut notes making themselves known. Crust of honey-wheat bread and dusty, fresh shelled-pecans is there also.

Flavours are of toasted buckwheat and Hazelnuts with a toffee-like sweetness. Not much fruit detected – it’s all about the grains and nuts (not a bad thing in this case). Finished crisp and clean with light hop bitterness.

A touch rich for me to drink all night, but easy going down nonetheless. An interesting and enjoyable beer, striding the line between sipper (from the sweetness rather than ABV) and a session beer. I’d drink it again, but wouldn’t choose it over other Rogue brews I’ve had.

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

Body looks to be very dark brown. When held up to a light though you can see how clear it is and that there is alot more red in the color than was first noticeable. Has a very small tan head that receded quickly leaving just a ring around the rim. Aroma is that of burnt toasted malts and nut. It has a roasted/toasted nutty caramel taste with a hint of bitter chocolate. Malty sweetness up front with just enough hop bitterness at the end to balance it out. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a good amount of carbonation.

Another winner from Rogue. This beer is very drinkable and hides its ABV well, I was surprised to see it was over 6% after tasting it.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a tall wiezen glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby and walnut hue. Head stacks up two and a half to three fingers with mild retention. Little to no lacing is present. Small amounts of beading are also noted.

Smell: Doesn't smell as roasty as I anticipated, but that lack of roastyness is quickly suplanted by a wonderfull sweet nutty scent. Maybe a hint of tartness as well.

Taste: Starts quite sweet for a brown. That yummy, roasted character follows and the sweetness continues throughout the drink with a rather potent suggestion of haselnut. I think this is very tasty. As it warms the hazelnut gets in the way a bit and starts to get overwhelming at times.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation that helps this beer stay drinkable.

Drinkability: This beer has a nice drinkability because of its originality alone. But if your not tuned into this brew some might be turned off by the nutty character. Nice to see some experementation with a brown. Drink up!

Cheers2Beers

Photo of veech
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was impressed by the appearance of this beer as it poured darker than I expected with a dark brown body that was a little ruby when held to light. Light nose left me unsure what to expect out of the taste, beyond the expected nuttiness. The tase was very malted with nut taste predominant and fruity nuances. Enough hops to balance the smoky, nutty early tastes. All in all this was a very enjoyable beer that I will visit again. Can't sing too many praises about Rogue that haven't already been sung.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
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.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark tea brown color with a beige head that displays reasonable longevity and leaves some bolts of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and nuts aroma

Taste: Starts with a chocolately flavor that, after the swallow starts to display some hazelnut complexity; the finish has a touch of vanilla and is a little bitter, but more like nut skin bitter than hoppy bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink and a definite improvement on the typical brown ale

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

This beer poured a dark brown color with a nice cream colored persistent head. It definitely smells nutty. You can also smell caramel and malt. The taste is sweeter than most beers and the nut flavor is pronounced. The mouthfeel is thick but smooth. I would consider this a very drinkable beer, especially if you are a fan of nut browns (which I am).

Photo of pweis909
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no date.

This one poured a nice tawny foam. The head thinned in a few minutes. Although a brown ale, it had a garnet translucence, when held to light.

The aroma and says big and sweet, and the taste delivers. First it hit me with honey, than chocolate, and a mild coffee roastiness, Although it doesn't seem particularly nutty to me, the intensity of honey and chocolate is unique in my exbeerience.

No hop aroma or flavor to speak of -- that's not what this one is about. Still, it is balanced sufficiently that I didn't feel assaulted by the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is fairly creamy. Dessert, anyone?

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.

Photo of HoustonTX
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.

Photo of Noxious26
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.

Photo of wingman14
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown maple color with a tan head. Smells sweet with syrup and hazelnut, not too much else except sweet notes. Taste is similar, a light body, good carbonation. A very sweet nut brown with some malty aftertaste. The mouthfeel has a good balance of taste, carbonation, and smell. A well rounded beer that is very easy to drink. I would recommend this to all, especiall nut brown lovers, this is a good beer. Enjoy.

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of it's 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with mahogany hues when held up to the light. Pour produces a light tan head that quickly turns into a thin lace on top. This is a deliciously smelling brew! Nose is nutty with sweet roasted malt with a little cocoa as well. Taste begins sweet with roasted malt and cocoa that finishes with a dry nuttiness and just enough hop bitterness to clean the palate. Mouthfeel I feel is a little to light for a Brown. Overall this is another good offering from Rogue!

Photo of swhitt
1.83/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow.
I bought this beer reading the reviews thinking it would be absolutely fantastic. I like other brown ales. Wayyyy weird aftertaste. Tasted like fake syrup had been poured into a decent beer. I opened my 22oz bomber and poured my first glass full of expectations. By the time I had finished half of my first glass, I felt sick to my stomach.

I threw the rest of this bomber down the drain. This is the first time I have ever done this before.

I feel dirty.

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

For a brown ale, which isn't my favorite style, this was the best i've had. I am reviewing this based on the style and I think they make a fairly solid offering.

The appearance is a dark but clear light brown. Smell is faint, as I've noticed in all brown ales I've tried, but no hops to be found in the nose, which would be a plus for the style, mostly.

The taste however showed a little bit more than it's competitors. Thin mouthfeel but more of a nutty and sweet taste which was enough to keep me interested. Moderately low bitterness.

Drinkability, if you are a brown ale fan, should be quite good.

Photo of xdant
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a 22 oz. bomber. nice dark brown cola color with a nice cream colored head. a thin layer of head retained over the entire surface until the end.
smell: probably my favorite part of this brew. loads of chocolate covered nuts and a faint fruity aroma.
taste: a proper extention of the smell. chocolate, coffee, nuts, currants. Malty and sweet, but not too sweet since i was drinking it for dessert. May be too sweet for dinner...

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

22oz bottle - had many times, finally reviewing it.

Pours a nut brown with a tanish head that subsides fast. There is an immediate smell of a malt, mild caramel and sweetness even before sipping.

The taste - like a nectar, this is very very sweet with a lot of malts up front and in the back of the taste. This is very easy to drink, but gets a bit too sweet after 2/3 of the bottle. Great candidate for splitting with someone, and defintely a beer that can easily be shared with those who are new to certain flavors/styles.

Very similar tastes to New Castle with a cream flavor like Bodingtons. (Its like blending those two beers together, adding more malt and having it be a nut brown all at the same time!)

I highly suggest trying this beer - easy to drink, smooth and just a nice taste overall to enjoy.

Cheers!

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came to the table as a black beer with no head. The smell was nutty with a strong hazelnut scent. The taste was similar with a good malt backbone. The mouthfeel was pretty moderate and smooth. Of the nut brown beers, this is probably the best I've had. I've never been a fan of the style, but this beer may change my mind. Now if they could just sell this stuff in 12 oz. at cheaper prices.

Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I messed up - I don’t like hazelnut, and asked if this one tasted like it. Nope was the answer. Well it does, what a surprise.

Oh well, clear and dark oak pour, surprisingly little head. Hazelnuts and caramel in the aroma and taste. Also noted some chocolate and coffee. I would have luved this one without the hazelnut extract.

Medium bodied. I won’t get this one again, but because of the hazelnuts – did I mention I the hazelnuts nauseate me?

Photo of Jacobob10
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that disappates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of at all. Aroma is nice but subtle. Traces of nuts, coffee, and caramel sweetness hit the nose and then quickly vanish. The taste brings this beer to life a little bit. More coffee can be detected along with some roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel with a touch of bitterness and carbonation at the end. Very drinkable, I polished the bomber off with no problem at all.

This was a pretty one-sided beer, not much going on with the hops at all. A nice offering from Rogue, although their bombers continue to be a bit overpriced.

Photo of ski271
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish copper with a medium-small, pillowy, light tan, slowly diminishing head. Like the bottle says, there’s lots of nuts in the nose. Moderately sweet-smelling and malty, with aromas of chocolate, juicy hops, a little spice, and a bit of dark fruit. The taste is sweet and all about the hazelnut. Supporting cast of bready malts, light cherry and wood. It has a medium body, VERY smooth texture and soft carbonation. This is an impressive easy-drinker. And interesting little twist on the style. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber black with a half finger tan head that melts to a decent ring of sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet toasted malt, hazelnuts, and chocolate.
Taste is initially sweet roasted malt and hazelnut, then a slight hop bite that keeps this brew from becoming too sweet.
Mouthfeel is thick with carbonation.
No noticable alcohol.
Aftertaste slightly hazelnut extract but the hops makes for a pleasant drying that makes you want for another sip.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep brown body that is crystal clear but doesn't let a good deal of light through. The light tan head is a thin film that quickly turns to a ring around the rim. The carbonation is a gentle one of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt has a chocolate note with a nice little nutty quality. There is a faint cream smell that give nice depth to the malt. There is a light note of coffee roasted malt in the background that give a bit of earthiness to the malt.

T- This beer has a smooth rich dry malt flavor of dark malt, but not black malt. The notes of milk chocolate, red rope licorice, cream and lightly toasted nuts come through very nicely.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the beginning and a creamy texture in the finish.

D- Most beers that try to have a nutty flavor just never pull it off. This is one of the few that does. It has a nice complex malty flavor that is still a full-bodied session beer. It is almost a desert with the slight sweetness, big creaminess and nice nuttiness all it is missing is a big alcohol taste and you have desert in a glass.

Photo of Mandrake
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep reddish-brown with a tall and thick creamy tan head that lasts and lasts and leaves some nice lacing. Smell is rich and nutty, with a hint of chocolate and some roasted malts rounding it out. Wonderfully warm and inviting. Taste is malty up front, with lots of lightly roasted chocolate and spices being overtaken by the nuttiness that builds a finish that goes on and on. A touch of hoppiness livens up this nicely complex ale. Mouthfeel could be a bit thicker, but is well carbonated and warming, and drinkability is very good, though the richness and complexity makes one want to slow down and appreciate it fully. Just a great beer, certainly my favourite brown ale to date.

Photo of Orrshow
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer pours a fairly transparent brown with red characteristics. The tan head is not very abundant and falls to a ring quickly.

Smell – Smells strongly of sweet caramel with roasted qualities. I smell something that reminds me of slightly burnt caramelized almonds. There is a sweet sugary aroma as well with a just a hint of fruity hops.

Taste – Off the bad I am again reminded of caramelized almonds. I can taste the hazelnut flavor too... it’s almost like an extract. On top of this the caramel and toffee malts in this beer give it some really good sweet and heavy kick. There is a bit of roasted flavor in there with maybe just a hint of chocolate. The finish is somewhat bitter on this one too.

Mouthfeel – Pretty nice. It’s got a decent creaminess. The carbonation is a little tingly for me but it doesn’t take away that much.

Drinkability – Very good. It tastes nice and can be savored but still goes down fast if you want it to.

About what I expected from this beer. I’ve had it built up and it did not disappoint.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,518 ratings.