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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,461 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,461
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 190
Gots: 325 | 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:
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 Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abundant off-white head, fair retention, really deep brown with a glossy red tinge.

Obvious nutty aroma, along with wafts of chocolate, malts and coffee, reminds of something between a stout and a double-bock.

Flavor is fantastic, as long as you let it warm slightly. The hazelnut essence is strong, but not overly so, and not too sweet or artificial tasting. A very malty base too, and again, not overly sweet, which is impressive considering all the various malts listed on the bottle. Mouthfeel starts off creamy but thins out quickly.

I've revised this review after my second bottle months later, because that second bottle seemed much rounder and fuller than the first. No real complaints, and I'm glad I gave it second chance.

Metalmonk, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: reddish brown in color and leaves a small amount of head residue on sides of glass

Smell: sweet, nutty, mild chocolate, and roasted malts.

Taste: lots of flavors throughout drink - no hops more malt and barley

Mouthfeel: opens up a lot of flavors in mouth

Drinkability: will have more again in near future.

DuqTroops, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screen-printed brown bomber bottle. The guy on the bottle looks just like one of my coworkers. I took this bottle to work with me and set it on his desk for the day. I actually had people ask me how I had made the bottle (with his picture on it.) This one's for you, Jon!

Toasted nuts and mocha in the nose mix with something sweet like caramel ice cream syrup. Strong dark malt aromas waft from the glass. There is a definite sweet nuttiness swirling around as well.

A creamy hazelnut character like that of a flavored Irish coffee jumps out at the first sip. Creaminess continues through the flavor experience as the sweet toasty, and perhaps a little biscuity, mid-range malts are showcased. There is little to no discernable hop presence.

This beer has that dextrinous mouthfeel to it that I associate with brown ales. It feels full of sugar while at the same time retaining a low viscosity. It actually feels a little light on the stomach for a brown ale (which is nice.)

This is a nice sweet easy-drinker. It could be enjoyed in the manner of sweetened iced tea although it is more desert-like than sweet tea, more like liquefied powdered donuts instead.

Mmm. Donuts.

froggyfrog, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Mitchel
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rouge’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. The head is a very light tan and holds for a great time and leave notable lacing. It smells delicious...Like toasted malts and obviously hazelnut with just a hint of dark chocolate.

Big maltiness and lots of sweetness make for an amusing beer. It is pretty medium in body and just a hint of hops are present. This beer gets better as it warms up a little bit. The Roasted malts become more obvious over the toasted. Lots of great dark flavors going on here. It finishes with a taste of dark fruits and an insinuation of chocolate.

This beer is really great. I would look at it as a desert beer. A very different beer for me and excellently made. I could go for this and a big piece of tiramisu or coffee cake. Delicious!

Mitchel, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: very dark brown, with a nice tan head. almost stout like, but w/o the lacing.

smell: sugary with hints of chocolate, and obviously hazlenut. hints of malts as well. smells reminicent of a wacky designer coffee.

taste: wow. huge rush of hazlenuts and malts. so sweet and full. slight hint of hops bitterness that you'd miss if you blinked. not a trace of booze, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your preference

mouthfeel: smooth and slick. not quite full, but definitely not lacking.

drinnkability: not sure that i could do more than a bomber of this. leaves you feeling kinda full somehow. like a piece of cheesecake.

bitterdestroyer, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of Rezzin
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Dark reddish brown, small tan head with large bubbles that quickly disappears, not much lacing to speak of.

S - Sweet, nutty, malty, some chocolate? No real presence of hops.

T - Mmmm, I'm not much of a brown ale fan but this one is pretty good. Tastes of hazlenut, chocolate, and a nice malt backbone. Very minimal bitterness.

M - Starts silky smooth and finishes smooth. Body seems somewhat thin.

D - I really like this beer. Unfortunately a 22oz bomber goes for $5.50 so I won't be buying this too often. No ABV listed but it doesn't seem too high... or at least I can't taste it. This beer would be perfect with a nice steak.

Rezzin, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of mitchfor3
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beauty in the Rogue line. This is a brown ale I could drink morning, afternoon, and night. Thick, creamy, deliciously malty. Subtle carbonation is just right. Hazelnut perfectly executed. Bottle says to enjoy with meat, but try this one for desert!

Fantastic.

mitchfor3, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Ahhdball
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with no head to speak of. Oily residue left the glass a little brown.
Nuts with coffee breathed life into my olfactory senses (too much?) but the coffee was very slight and hard to detect.
Very sweet brown ale. I like this a lot - especially for a brown. Hints of almond and chocolate, slight sense of molassas that supported tiny hops.
Smooth, light and creamy. I don't care for brown ales but I'll have this again.

Ahhdball, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, no freshness or ABV listed, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep brown color with a reddish hue. Head was almost non-existent, even with a strong pour, and what was there dissipated almost immediately. When I re-poured even stronger I got a standard 3 finger head, and it lingered nicely before fading into a lace.

Aroma: One word - hazelnut. Not too strong though, very pleasant.

Taste: Very malty up front with hints of chocolate and hazelnut overtones in the middle. The finish was very sweet and nutty.

Mouthfeel: thick, almost syrupy with a low carbonation

Overall: this one definitely does the style justice, and in my opinion is worth a taste if you've never had it. The bottle recommends serving with beef or pork, but I think this would make a much better dessert beer, ideally with a huge slice of chocolate cake.

FenwaySquid, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark brown with honeyish-gold notes and a very thin tan head, even with a moderately strong pour. Leaves no lacing, and the head almost immediately dissappears completely. Definitely a low carbonation in this beer.

Definitely smell the hazelnut in the smell - nutty, a little syrupy sweet, almost no hop prescence. Kind of bland, and a little bit fake smelling, which worries me because I know this beer has hazelnut flavoring added.

Ummm... whoa.. how to describe the flavor... it's like. like a syrupy, nutty Dr. Pepper. The more I think about that, the more I think Dr. Pepper as I drink this. Wow, very syrupy, very very fake tasting.

Almost no carbonation - nearly none at all. This is like a flat soda. It's got a medium body and a cleanish finish, but this really isn't like beer at all. It's like a strange soda.

I like Rogue well enough, but this beer is just too fake. Please, please don't add anything to your beers, especially not syrup. It kills the carbonation and makes this taste totally unlike beer.

Tupperwolf, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a small creamy brown which didn't last very long. A small strata of bubbles was leaving my drink until they all escaped. The color contained a little caramel and ruby swirled to gether with a very dark brown.

Smell- Awesomely nutty with a heap of malt and little bitterness in my wiff.

Taste- Stars with a general nutty flavor which leads into a blended hazelnut and roasted malt mix. Ending with some hops in the aforementioned flavor.

Mouthfeel- A little rich, but nothing to overpower the palate. Very nutty, but a veryy good nutty :).

scruffwhor, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Hazlenut Brown Nectar has a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Delicious aroma of toffee, chocolate, and nuts. Rich, malty flavor. This beer is sweet, but it never comes close to being cloying. The sweet chocolate flavor gives way to a toasted malt flavor in the middle. This is accompanied by hazlenuts. Very slight fruity flavors. The finish is a little hoppy, but overall this is mainly about the malt. Medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability. I'm very impressed with this beer.

beveragecaptain, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to me a black-coffee rich deep brown, flashing a ruddy red in brighter light. A thin pillow of light tan head settled soon to a frothy sheet. Curlicues of lacing etched the glass.

The aroma arrived brown: brown sugar, maple syrup, and caramel, then lightly spiced hazelnut coffee with a dark chocolate note, almost but not quite burnt.

Upon sipping, there came a roasted malt earthiness, with dark chocolate and toffee mated with toasted hazelnut. Caramel malt sweetness slithered in gently, blunting any rpeceding bitterness, then gave way to a mild but pleasing floral hops effect. The closing cleared to a malt and nut redux before a soft hop bitterness cleaned things up and lingered warmly. It seemed a tad stoutish, but that's no drawback, as it presented itself as a mature, enjoyable beverage.

Medium bodied, it came off as round and creamy, flowing smoothly, and carbonated to a tee.

I'll admit, I've not always been the biggest nut beer fan, but this one changes my perspective. The hazelnut is a wonderful acompaniment to everything else this beer has to offer, and it delivers a blended, distinguished flavor for your trouble. While it could almost be seen as a varietal beer, I think it could be enjoyed any time, as drinkable as any beer of its type. I'm not going to say I will become the biggest nut beer fan out there, but I will certainly be willing to visit the realm more often, and that's because of this fine example.

Foxman, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gorgeous, shiny kalamata-olive coffee black. Pale yellow-tan head.

Smell: One word: yum. Maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted marshmallows - and you can really smell the hazelnuts. Just a hint of mocha. Really something, this one.

Taste: A sophisticated flavor. Roasted malts that turn chocolatey at the end and a subtle hazelnut character. Estery hops lend a clean finish. The bottle says to serve with beef or pork, but personally I think it would match much better with dessert, especially something with a coffee flavor. Tiramisu comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Good; full-bodied and thick.

Drinkability: I could sip this all night. I chose it as my post-finals celebration beer, and what a good choice! I just wish I had more.

soulgrowl, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of falloutsnow
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two finger head, tan. That quickly deflates to a thin film that remains with the beer until the end. Nearly impenetrable in shade, slightly murky, giving off a deep, dark brown color with hints of red, orange, and yellow when held up to the light. Mild carbonation that is barely perceptible due to the darkness of this brew.
S: Deep, rich, roasted hazlenut coffee aroma with some slight hints of burnt chocolate and malt. The presentation of smell could be a bit stronger or more robust, relative to the taste...
T: Major roasted, nutty, coffee-ish taste. There's a malt sweetness here that presents itself after the in initial nut and coffee flavors have passed. Great, mildly bitter coffee-esque meets hop aftertaste really hits the spot and makes one long for another sip. As the beers warms, slight traces of alcohol become detectable.
M: Medium-light body with a pleasant smoothness. Carbonation was just right for the style.
D: One has to be a fan of roasted nut and coffee flavors to enjoy this beer; the essence of these two foods dominate its makeup. That being said, this is an eminently drinkable beer that, while not proper for a session, would be enjoyable throughout the day with its rich aromas and moderately complex taste profile.

falloutsnow, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of KALIKGOLD
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a caramel brown color and leaves a tan head that did not stick around for too long. Smells of nuts, caramel, and malt. Nice taste of hazelnut and brown sugar. Nice mouth feel with good carbonation. I love this beer. It puts Newcastle to shame. I recommend this beer to everyone, its delicious!!!

KALIKGOLD, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was tasted in a pint glass from the 650mL Bottle.

It pours a dark amber brownish color hue with a decent head that hold fairly well but does not lace very well. It smells wonderfully nutty and sweet. It almost smells like hazelnut coffee. It tastes a hint of peanutbutter but roasted hazelnut malts dominate the overall flavor. It holds decently in one's mouth but it could be a little more forceful. Overall It another great brew from Rogue.

MSchae1017, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/chestnut color with a slight tan surface layer, that dissipates quickly to a slight edge layer.

Aroma is a lot of toffee malts with some slight brown roasty coffee and nut aromas (hazelnut?)...I also catch some slightly earthy bitter hops in there as well.

Sipping gives way to lots of sweet chocolate & some coffee tones; very sweet taste with some slight bitterness. Actually a bit of butter taste also. Huge choco aftertaste that reminds me of Tootsie Rolls.

A nice light body with some butteriness to it. Carbonation is overly sharp on my palate but not so overbearing that kills the flavors.

Overall, easy to drink, but could use a bit mroe bitterness to fill in for some sweetness.

Fish113d, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights. A thin wispy head crowns the top. I can smell this beer with out even holding it to my nose. Not suprisingly it smells of hazlenut, but it smells oh so good. My tongue is pleased with the flavors of hazlenut, coffee, toffe, hint of chocolate and a nice sweet malty finish that stays with you for awhile. Feels very crisp, fresh, thick and syrupy in the mouth. Hazlenut is so drinkable my macro swill drinking friends crave this. This is the one craft beer that they like.

wcudwight, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A blood-red ale with a sweet plummy fragrance, the hazelnut flavor is there, but wears a disguise akin to exotic pipe tobacco – spicy and cured, with a deft, smoky finish that leaves and returns with a boomerang effect. There is also a pronounced brown sugar sweetness hardly impeded by any appreciable hopping making this somewhat suggestive of good Scottish ale.

Brewed with hazelnut extract, this deep ruddy ale is a welcome diversion from straightforward malt’n’hops beers. Trivia fact: Oregon grows 98% of America’s hazelnuts.

RedDiamond, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, light coffee head that lingers for a moment. Light patches of lace with decent strength. Deep brown, glowing mahogany in color.

Semi-sweet caramel and vanilla. Roasted hazlenut; toasted almonds, toffee brittle. Sweet, yet a well rounded earthy aroma.

Moderate sweet caramel, toffee, and milk chocolate; almost like a Heath bar. Hints of light espresso. A wave of carbonation (a little too much?), followed by toasted hazlenut, almond, and cashew. The finish is rather dry, followed by a semi-sweetened toffee and peanut brittle aftertaste. Very tasty.

Medium bodied; the carbonation is subdued a bit by the dryness of this Brown Ale. Very smooth and dry on the palate.

A uniquely flavored Brown Ale. A true Rogue in consistency and novelty. A great brew!

NEhophead, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of krberg
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz No dates.

Mahogany with a big tan head. Holding it up to light reveals an orangish-brown body.

Lots of malt in the nose. Caramel and, of course, hazelnuts are very aggressive. No aroma hops that I can discern.

Very rich, pastry-like flavor. Malty sweetness and nutty goodness. Not bitter or hoppy at all, but somehow in balance. A great harmony of grains and hazelnuts.

Not very carbonated. Much lighter body than one would expect from such rich flavors.

Easy drinking, but how many? I think it might be like eating too much cake.

A great beer, but certainly one I only crave once or twice a year. If you have a sweet tooth and are tired of boring brown ales give this a shot.

krberg, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Father's office in santa monica November 2005.

Rich brown color, solid head with sliding lacing and the occasional evidence. Smell is of nuts and smoked wood.

The taste is humongous compared to the smell....it is fairly modest in the nose and then a frickin explosion in the mouth. Nuts rule this brew and it is exceptionally smooth as well. Smoked presence doesn't come out much but its in the background. Just a hint of hop twang and its welcomed as this beer would be too sweet without it.

Notes: I feel like a broken record with Rogue. Mouthfeel is off the charts once again. I've yet to come across a beer that wasn't near perfect from this company. Good thing that samuel smith's nut brown is in a different category or they would have a run for their money. The two best brown's in my opinion.

DogFood11, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown; To produce the head, I had to pour vigorously. no longevity to the suds, no lace on the glass.

Slight band-aid smell, behind that there are sweet malt notes of chocolate and crystal. Some buttery-ness, very low hop.

Very nice hazelnut flavor. Very sweet. Thick cream-like body with a below average carbonation (which accentuates the candy flavors). The hop used is strictly for spice, not balance. The aftertaste starts as honey sweetness that fades into a subtle hop flavor.

In my humble opinion, when compared to other Rogue beers, this one is a miss, although I love the creativity. Hazelnut flavors and aromas make this beer palatable. It's just that it could be so much better.

smcolw, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting concoction from Rogue. Smells malty malty malty and nutty. Toasty- almost marshmallow-like in the nose.

Taste is also very malty, more toastyness, with a bare hint of chocolate. Sweet, but not overly so. Hazlenutty, obviously, but I also got a vanilla extract thing going on in there. Pretty easy to drink, though I'm not sure I could have more than one of these. Interesting, a nice dessert type beer.

scooter231, Nov 16, 2005
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,461 ratings.