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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 221
Gots: 461 | 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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Photo of dragonglen
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this into a pint glass.

A - Dark and slightly cloudy with a head about a finger thick. There was a lot of sediment in the bottle which I attempted to swirl out and pour into the glass. I got 2 small chunks of sediment which I removed, and there was still a decent amount of sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

S - Malt was the immediate smell with some nutty aromas in the background.

T - Tasted as malty as it smelled. A nice, smooth nutty taste. The hops were present more in the aftertaste than while drinking.

M - Nothing too spectacular here, just nice and smooth mostly.

D - I could drink one or two. I really liked the taste but would prefer switching to another beer after a short while. I've had this from a keg before and 2 was my limit.

Photo of iceball585
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A reddish brown color and clear w/ slight head

S- Kind of lacking in smell but hints of hazelnuts

T- Medium hazelnut taste throughout (starts and finishes the same)

M- Nice smooth consistency, medium weight

D- Fairly drinkable

Decently smooth beer. Not too strong w/ the hazelnut taste or smell but nice even hints of hazelnut throught the beer.

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

Had this many times but never got around to reviewing it. It used to be one of my favorites when I first got into the micro scene and the cap was popped in NC.

Pour produces a medium brown body and a big, fluffy head that was gone somewhat quickly, leaving some lacing.

Smell is of sweet caramel, toffee, light roasted malts. Also somewhat nutty.

Taste is very interesting. Again, sweet, sugary caramel and toffee are present. The hazelnut if very present as well as candy corn, which I've always picked up in this beer.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light. Smooth though interrupted at times but a little much carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A unique take on a brown ale. Not necessarily the best out there but Rogue did a good job with this one.

Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Which Brew in Easton, PA.

Came with low carbonation, but that made for a super smooth experience. There was big hazelnut in the aroma. If I closed my eyes, I would have sworn the nuts were floating in my glass. The flavor was a little more mellow and didn't rank as rich as some of my favorite browns. This there was a nice, sweet cocoa, maple syrup and nutty mix to the taste. Worth trying on tap, typically a better deal than buying a bomber.

Photo of walshclimb
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear reddish brown with thick head that dissipates quickly to 1/8" thick and eventually to a thin film. The smell is strong malt with a definite nutty overtone that comes across as an extract - so much so that I looked on the bottle ingredients and noted that they use almond extract. I feel that this is a little overwhelming both in smell and especially in flavor. The initial flavor is strong malt with notable hazelnut oil flavor. The malt is complex enough, but the nut flavor is a little over the top, in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with active carbonation. This is an interesting beer, but I prefer browns that are a little mellower and smoother. Rogue's is worth trying, but if I wanted a beer with this much flavor I would crack a different style altogether.

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

Finally got around to purchasing a bottle of this. Dont know why it took me so long, its like everywhere, I guess my priorities were on others..Anyway..

A - Poured a deep hazelnut brown with a small, maybe one inch tan head, Faded quickly and did not leave much behind. Some small residual glass lace, but nothing remarkable. Decent visible carbonation..

S - Roasted nuts and caramel, pretty straightforward but down very very nicely. A touch of roasted coffee as well. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

T - Very nice brown ale. Nice nuttiness and mix of caramel. Some light hop in the back. Good all around flavor, nothing really dominating. Some small coffee flavor again as I think about it.

M - A little slick, but nothing drastic. Decent feel though. Needed a bit more carbonation I think.

D - Totally sessionable in a big way. This was soo smooth you could drink it all night with no issues.

Overall this was a pretty damn fine brown ale. I have had better, but this is pretty damn good. Definatly worth checking out if you havent already.

Photo of jayfarley3
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass pours a dark brown color with a with a very small brown head. smells very nutty, malty and slightly sweet. upfront tastes of hazlenut and roasted malts then has a nice balance of spicy hop bitterness, a very tasty brew. mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very smooth. this is a very drinkable beer, definitley pick one of these up if you havent tried it yet.

Photo of tigerdoc
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with shades of amber, brilliantly clear with a thin head that lingers. The aroma is very nice malty, sweet, nutty with very little hop aroma coming out very characteristic of a nut brown ale. The aroma is complex but melds very well together no one element overpowers another. The flavor is very sweet up front, almost a little cloying which is why i docked it a little in the taste category. A lot of malty, bready, toasty notes in the flavor, also some roasty flavors come out in the back of the mouth. Medium bodied with some good carbonation to scrub the palate with the low level of bitterness. With all that said a very nice brown ale probably one of the best I've had, very complex only complaint is that it's a little sweet.

Photo of chrhowe
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 22 oz. bomb, I got a very dark, amber color with a tan head that recedes rather quickly but laces well. I'm picking up malts and some nutty earthy tones in the smell. It tastes of nuts, caramel, toasty malts and there is a small bitter hop flavor at the end. Mouthfeel is decent, it is quite thick, about what I expected for the brown ale. Rogue has some better ones out there, but this isn't one to write off either.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured this one right into my frozen mug as a dark brown amber with a caramel colored head that, despite what others say, stuck around for a bit then left a nice lacing. smell of a chocolate / hazelnut / coffee mix with a caramel hint. The taste of this was quite pleasing to me with a complex caramel / hazelnut flavoring and a sweet malt flavoring. Smooth and creamy and a nice crisp lightness to it lead me to almost want another had it not been so sweet. a decent brew for after dinner or dessert but not an everyday drink

Photo of letsgopens
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bomber pours a deep brown amber with a tan head that recedes to a decent lace.

Malty and sweet to the nose, with some roasty chocolate.

The flavor is initially pleasant with a nutty roastiness. I suppose hazelnut. Besides that it is ridiculously sweet. Now I'm a sucker for a decadent, dessert-like brew; but this is not so much decadent sweet but rather sickeningly Hershey's syrup sweet. Don't get me wrong, it's got a decent taste but far too syrupy sweet.

The texture it much the same. Very syrupy and thick (especially when let to sit and warm up a bit). Worth a try, but certainly not Rogue’s best effort.

Photo of atigerlife
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured brown with a small brown head which dissipated rather quickly leaving a lingering collar.

Aroma of nuts, sweetness and malts.

Taste is quite sweet. Hazelnuts become quite prevalent. Malts and chocolate also present.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and smooth.

I found this to be OK, but too sweet. After one glass, I had enough. The sweetness was too much and the hazelnut became cloying. Not bad, but one was plenty.

Photo of Lothore
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with hints of caramel coloring. There is very little fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smell is very sweet with a nutty and toffee edge. The taste is different than the smell lets on. Sweet, as was expected, but there is a strong nutty taste that hits from the second the brew touches your lips. It finishes very smooth and slightly bitter leaving hints of hazelnut taste on the pallet. It is carbonated fairly highly and I personally think this takes away from the mouthfeel. I would have enjoyed this style more with less carbonation but regardless, it was thick and smooth. This is a great beer to enjoy as a desert or to taste but I couldn't see myself drinking more than a glass or two in a sitting. Regardless it was a delicious brew that i thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Yard House in Costa Mesa, on to the beer:

From the tap, it's dark brown in color with some red hues mixed in that's crowned by a nice head. Lots of toffee and other sweet stuff in the smell, but that's just a sneak peak at the taste. Wow! Does this count as dessert? I first noticed some espresso-fumes and cream, then hazelnut, then butterscoth, then toffee. A splash of hops come in to keep this from being too sweet. A very well-made brown ale with plenty of flavors to choose from.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet light malt is creamy and fruity with mild chocolate and roasted caramel, milder coffee, and a finishing hazelnut aroma. A little hop is present. Very light overall flavor.

Ruby mahogany brown. Clear. Almost no head, it was very small and quickly fleeting.

Surprisingly light. I get some chocolate, coffee, and sweet caramel flavors. Ah yes, and hazelnut; reminiscent of hazelnut coffee. Medium-light to light malt flavor and light bitterness. Gentle malt sweetness. Finishes sweet and nutty.

Medium-light body with medium-light carbonation. Smooth and lightly creamy.

Quite light, it’s nutty and sweet. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a flavored ale based on either a robust Northern English Brown or a light American Brown. It’s balanced and delicate.

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

Poured with a minimal off-white head and with minimal lacing, almost to the very top of the glass. Very clear and a coppery medium-brown in color, with average visible carbonation. Nose offers up indistinct fruit, along with broad strokes of hazelnut (natch) and vanilla. No hop presence on the nose (and minimal hops throughout), and a very light touch of diacetyl. Big notes of vanilla, hazelnut, and cocoa across the palate on the first sip. Root beer notes, and some light butterscotch. The indistinct fruit on the nose is about the only fruity quality I detected here . . . maybe light berry notes? Sweet, rich, and not at all dry . . . it's a bit fuller-bodied than an English brown ale, too, leaning more towards a robust porter. Alcohol is fairly buried by the hazelnut (extract?) in this one, and at 6.2% is pretty firm, so given that fact the drinkability is quite good. Body and mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, which is to be expected from a Rogue brew in good condition (fresh), this leans toward full-bodied due to its higher level of sweetness / dextrose. And when I say sweet, think confectioner's sugar, cane sugar, treacle . . . marzipan. A bit of spiky, oily hop would actually improve this brew in my mind, but I prefer balance in a mid-strength brew. A bit too sweet for me overall, but with good drinkability nonetheless. Definitely a dessert beer and one to pair with desserts and sweets. Served chilled (tap-line cold) in a tumbler.

Photo of Cascadia
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a Brown ale drinker, but I love this beer and Rogue has been consistant with this one for years now. A little on the sweet side, you can taste the Hazelnut (or as Oregonians call 'em, Filberts), but it's not too much. Very clean and drinkable beer. I had one on tap at the brewery a while back and I'd say it was even smoother. Always a good choice to pair with a meal.

Photo of mbutter1997
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with 1" of light head, a nice film lingers throughout.
S: Sweet aromas, rather mild, but good anyway.
T: Good tastes, not too sweet with malt flavors of hazelnut and caramel. A solid nut brown ale.
M: Nice and rich, smooth and medium-full bodied. Gets better at about 45 degrees.
D: Very drinkable beverage. Smooth going down and worth having time and again. One of the easier drinking beers from Rogue.

Photo of sierra11b
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in two settings served ice cold into pint glass, then slowly warmed to about 55-60 degrees: Once while relaxing on the couch with a friend and once in the back yard during a cool Sunday evening, accompanied with a nice skirt steak and herb roasted potatoes. It was a much more enjoyable experience with the steak. Highly recommended.

Pours a dark brown with brown, almost purplish-red head. The mouth feel of the beer is quite nice. There's enough body and viscosity in the beer that you can see the resistance of the beer as you pour into the beer already in the glass. Notes of Hazelnut (duh), chocolate, caramel, and light molasses.

Drinkability was nice but not something I could consistently put back. Not that that's a bad thing, really... having just one with dinner is wonderful way to enjoy this beer. This goes into the “will buy again” category for me.

Guy on the bottle reminds me of my father during the early 80s so that's sorta weird. Price is a bit steep but shouldn't be a problem seeing how I would only drink one with a nice meal.

Photo of techdiver
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours adeep mahogany with ruby notes and a modest head that dissipates slowly.

Nose of malt and hazelnut.

Taste of caramel malt and hazelnut with a mild hoppy background.

Great carbonation, medium bodied and refreshing.

No problem putting this away, regret waiting so long to try it.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wonder if I paid more to get this "Signature ale" anyway, this good looking bomber releases its contents smoothly into my tasting glass, seems prety highly carbonated with alot of bubles rising and sticking tot he side of the glass. Floats a LONG lasting medium tan, tiny bubble head, that eventually leaves a sh%t load of tiny bubble sticky sheeting. Nose of sweet malt, some slight soapyness and perhaps a metallic note..hmmmm, any way this one is smooth enough, notes of some caramel and nutyness in the finish, but I do pick up some funky off notes, more soap? Slightly off and a rip at $7.49...oh well, Rogue used to be one of my favs...

Photo of jbsteiny
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love Rogue's bombers, but they're so damn expensive in NY, when I found $2 mugs of their brews (in Hawaii, of all places, at Magoo's just off of the Manoa campus), I was psyched. But this didn't taste as good as I remembered.

It's a dark mahogany, with a thin tan head that faded fast and left slight lacing which had no retention. It smelled damn good, like hazelnut (obviously), vanilla coke, prunes. I thought it tasted artificial, though. Too sweet, it could have used some more of those bitter flavors that Rogues was famous for. Everyone's saying that this is a dessert beer -- I don't find that acceptable for a brown for some reason. It's got a full body, but I think that its finish should be drier to balance the heavy roasted malts and sweet hazelnut extract. One is enough for me.

Photo of argock
2.86/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a 16oz pint glass

Appearance: deep-reddish brown with thin cap of tan head and no lacing. Seems undercarbonated.

Smell: butterscotch and toffee with faint roasted odor with somewhat chemical fake hazelnut smell thrown in

Taste: Brown ale with some extra sweet extract nutty-caramel flavor. Nutty undertones are present but don't add much to cut the bland sweetness

Mouthfeel: Barely medium body, undercarbonated which gives it a watery feel overall.

Overall: I gave this a second try and liked it more than the first, but still not very much. The undercarbonation was odd and makes it feel too thin, and the chemical, extract flavoring is off-putting. I still contend this is one of Rogue's worst beers.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color with amber hues. Dense tan head pours two fingers thick with smoe retention. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Roasted grain. Dark fruit. Bread.

T: Roasted and sweet malts dominate the font end of this brew and are followed by a soft pine hop presence that tickles the tongue and gives this brew balance. Tastes of milk chocolate and the sweetness of dark fruit come into play. More roasted malts with a faint smoke touch. Hazelnut is'nt overdone and melds perfectly with the other flavors in this beer.

M: Creamy and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A well crafted brew. Good balance for a brown ale. One serving is plenty as this beer is very sweet. An after diner brew. Recommended.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark brown with creamy light brown head that is small and mostly lasting, fair lacing that does not stick to the glass
S- Warm, delicious nose that is dominated by roasty and toasty malts, hazelnut tones (of course), as well as a hint of toffee and vanilla; truly an amazing and fun aroma that I feel exceeds most other brown ales
T- Not a disappointment as hazelnut maltiness is pervasive throughout, some mild bitterness intially that is followed by sweet chocolate, toffee, and coffee; duration is short and malty; no noticeable alcohol taste
M- Surprisingly underwhelming mouthfeel that is quite watery and light for this genre, soft carbonation; the gap in quality between taste and mouthfeel is surprising
D- Low abv and delicious aroma makes this a great choice for a post-dinner/evening drink, I could get plenty of mileage sipping and smelling this tasty quaff, but several pints in a row would not pose much of a problem

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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