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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,352 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 179
Gots: 286 | FT: 3
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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 neonbrown82
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had forgotten how much I enjoy this nectar since joining this site and reviewing beers I hadn't tried yet every night. This is THE beer that finally made me decide that I will never drink another of the big domestics ever again. After revisiting this for a proper review, I think I will once again have to start drinking the shit out of this brew.

The beer pours to a nutty brown color (imagine that?) with a slight red haze when held to the light. The head could have been better, but it was enough to keep my beer fresh from the stale air without being too much. The smell is also quite bland compared to the explosion of sweet caramelized malty goodness paired with hints of hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, and hops bitterness. I am hard pressed to think of a tastier brew, especially after having polished off a few bombers of this at my friend's house just a moment ago. I would recommend this to anybody, regardless of their preferred style.

neonbrown82, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear red-brown colour with nice red highlights. The head poured a little thin, but had a pleasant-looking light brown colour with good retention and stickage.

Smell: Chocolately malts along with nuts are dominant, with a light (herbal?) hoppiness. My wife commented that this smelled just like a chocolate bar, and she was right.

Taste: Rich, nutty flavour seemed to come partly from the hazelnut extract and partly from the malt. Nice balance between bitterness, chocolate and roasted malts. Bitterness becomes stronger at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium/high carbonation with a medium body. The smooth, creamy texture was very nice.

Drinkability: This is a great dessert beer. Not overly sweet or strong, but suited for drinking with sweets. It paired really well with a slice of chocolate pecan pie.

DrJay, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer departs the bomber a rich brown color with a small head that calls to coat the beer. The nose is very nutty, some roasted and a slight chocolate character. The flavor follows suit very well. Full flavored chocolate covered nuts. More flavor than I remember in any brown ales I've had recently. The feel is very creamy and smooth, moderate to thick on the feel. Nice nice beer. Thank you Rogue for making this one available. I think that this beer could easily become a standard for every season. Not too thick or thin, dark or light. Just balanced really well with a vey nice flavor. Bravo.

kmpitz2, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out orange-brown and sits a bright crimson brown in the glass with a large, creamy tan head. Leaves a good skim and little lacings here and there.

Smells full and toasty with plenty of nutty aromas around every corner. Light hints of toffee blend with dry, rusty hazelnut and brazil nut aromas. Flat, balanced malty background paired with a complimenting herbal hop aroma.

Tastes nice and malty up front, filled with soft, porous nutty flavors. Fleshy flavors of hazelnuts, almonds and brazil nuts. Light caramel flavor with hints of vanilla. Soothing herbal hop spiciness balances out the grab bag of malty flavors. Finishes bitter with plenty of lingering nutty, toasted flavor.

Dream-like, pillowy softness with matching carbonation. Litterally floats in the mouth. If clouds could make beer, they would feel like this.

Totally refreshing and full flavored. Can't think of many things that I would like to relax with more than this. Bring on the next one!

Skidz, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of KoG
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came out of the bomber a dark brown with a "hazelnut" colored head. Stuck around for a while and left generous lacing on the glass.

Smell was flowery hops, rich malt, and... hazelnut! Very pleasing for the senses.

Taste was very good. Has just enough hazelnut flavor to be dominate but not overtake the hops and malt. Starts out a bit nutty, fades to malt and hops, and finishes with a sweet hazelnut flavor. Very tasty indeed.

Mouth was very nice with a good amount of active carbonation. Smooth with a nice carbonic twinge.

One of my favorites from Rogue and definately drinkable, now to only find it on tap somewhere...

KoG, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from the 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass for aromatic enjoyment.

appearance: dark brown and cloudy, with the exception of the brilliant red which comes out when held before a bright light. creamy head which dissolves in 1-2 minutes to a fine layer.

aroma: hazelnut, caramel, brown sugar, and a pleasant fireplace scent. reminds me of a porter.. let's taste!

flavor: tangier than expected with that distinct hazelnut lingering on my tongue. thick and smooth without any overpowering alcohol or bitterness. dangerously drinkable, perfect dessert beer to accompany a slice of chocolate cake.

overall, one of the better beers in the rogue series. surprised it's not a seasonal- perfect for the holiday months.

goodbyeohio, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/08/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22 oz bottle, no freshness date or born on date to be found. Poured into my Wyder's Cider pint glass.

Appearance- A dark brown color with a small 1/4 foamy head and fair lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt, hazelnuts, burnt assorted nuts. Maybe a bit of coffee.

Taste- A tad bitter, but fits in nicely with this beer. Much more chocolaty (dark) than expected. Full of dark and sweet roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel- Full thicker taste because of the sweetness. Higher level of carbonation.

Drinkability- Better than average brown ale IMO. Would definitely try again. Almost like a stout/brown ale mixture.

GClarkage, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of koolk
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

US Trip Aug-Dec 04

Poured, you guessed it, a dark brown (a nut brown if you will) with only a small head, but some good lacing.

Fantastic blend of aromas make this probably the best nut brown i've had. Nuts, dark malts, roasted malts and some spiciness all weld together in harmony to create a lovely smelling beer.

Good sweet malt flavours and only a little touch of hops help make this a creamy joy to drink. Incredibly drinkable, you cant have just one!

Another screamer from Rogue!

koolk, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml Standard brown bomber, pictured bottle matches mine as does all the specifics listed in other reviews. With all the info, you think they could list date and abv. I aged this bottle for close to a year.
Aroma: A nice nutty edge (almonds to me, but presumed hazelnut) dark chocolate and malt in a brown ale smell. Overall, rather sweet with mild hop aromas.
Appearance: Light clear brown glass with yellowish edges. A nice head at the pour that quickly thins and fades to a collar with only sporadic spots of lace. Small soda like large bubble head forms with larger drinks that fades fast just like a soda.
Flavor: I get a lot of chocolate, milk chocolate, the same nutty edge, and a fine brown ale buried under it all. Nicely balanced with a slight tilt to the sweet. Hard to pull any hop tastes out.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with an assertive but appropriate carbonation. Fairly clean finish.
Overall Impression: I enjoy the smell a bit more than the taste. The nut flavor is a bit artificial tasting but not horribly so. I think I’d like the unflavored version of this brown ale. To me, it’s very close to the other Rogue Hazelnut. A touch sweet for a session and the bomber is probably best split with friends as a dessert.

HardTarget, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of chunkylover53
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Well here's an interesting one... It poured very dark with absolutely no smell and no head.

The mouthfeel was weak, and there was very little taste at first. I wondered why on earth it was called "hazelnut" when it tasted more like water. Then I swallowed it and *BAM!* Hazelnut hit me completely outta nowhere. Weird.

Definitely a good session beer.

chunkylover53, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another of the dark rich beers had during the day,pours a deep brown with some amber highlights thr out a nice creamy looking head that leaves a light amount of lace,big rich aromas some sweet cream and vanilla with only a light hazelnut note.Taste up is of dark roast coffee going into a light mocha flavor with that hazelnut flavor coming thry late and even more as it warmed.A rich flavorful brown ale somewhat sweet but not cloying a good dessert beer I would think.

oberon, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Dark brown cloudy liquid with a very thin off-white head. Small amounts of lace on the glass. Smells slighty roasty, with a nuttiness. Big malty flavors, not quite dark roast. Nutty sewwtness. Dry finish. Not much bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation. There is a lot of flavor in this brown. Easy to drink. Good beer.

Bierguy5, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown chestnut with some mahogany highlights with a dark tan head forms nicely dwindles at a good pace, much obliged to imbibe on this brew. Aroma: Chocolate roasts syrupy hazelnut goodness partially baked cookie dough what a freakin beer. Taste: Haszelnut sweetness standsout once again what can I say a true classic creation touch of herbal hops pac man yeast is evident definitely more toward a dessert beer. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slightly stickey at times even carbonation no complaints from this compadre. Drinkability: Damn near excellent in my opinion just so worth the price five bucks for a bomber I'm loving it.

WVbeergeek, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown pour with a huge tan head. Semi sweet nose. A little nuttiness and some chocolatey notes. The taste was of dry cocoa, light chocolate and a semi-bitter and hazelnut finish. A mostly light bodied beer with a smooth creaminess in the mouthfeel. The finish lingered nice and long and had a good combo of malty, hop and nut. A very good brown ale.

Popsinc, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of oracle
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer arrived a deep brown, almost black with fluffy 1 inch off white head the left heavy lacing.

Smelled great, light and sweet with hints of hops.

Refreshing clean malt flavor, a light nuttiness and slightly sweet with a hint of coffee in the finish.

Very good and very easy to drink. I wish we could get kegs of this more often

oracle, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roasted nut brown with a significant infusion of crimson; the beer is especially ruddy when backlit. The ecru cap is dense, creamy and sticky--typical Rogue quality--and is impressively persistent. Small sheets of thick lace are nice to look at, but don't last as long as I'd like.

The aroma isn't as hazelnutty as I'd feared. I faulted the Morimoto version for being too one-dimensional, too focused on hazelnut. My hope is that this beer doesn't suffer a similar fate. Exiting the glass is a glorious combination chocolate malt, vanilla and buttered, roasted hazelnuts. Well done.

In comparison to Morimoto, this is easily the better beer, largely because its hazelnut flavor is more in harmony with the brown ale rather than completely dominating it. Outside of the obvious added flavor, the malt bill is a highlight (although it's hard to fathom why 7 different varieties of malt were necessary). Roasted barley is a larger part of the flavor profile than is chocolate, thereby allowing the hazelnut essence to shine. Tobacco is a subtle contributor as well.

Drinkability is enhanced by the fact that the beer falls marginally on the bitter side of the sweet-bitter continuum. The body firms up nicely with warming, even edging into creamy by the final third of the bottle. The finish is characterized by a piquant, nutty flavor that, once again, is evidence of an evenhanded addition of hazelnut nectar. Restraint was needed... and restraint was exercised.

This beer is a pleasant surprise. I'm a Rogue fan, but I wasn't expecting much after being disappointed by Morimoto Hazelnut. The secret, I believe, is that this beer is first and foremost a quality brown ale and the hazelnut flavor is complimentary in the best possible way. I should never have doubted. For my penance, I'll purchase a few more bombers as soon as possible.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $4.79.

Poured a dark brown, with a tan head that dropped quickly, leaving a modest amount of lace.

Smell was of hazelnut (duh) and of sweet caramel.

Taste wasn't bad, really, but I think it would be better if it wern't so sweet. The hazelnut/caramel sweetness comes blasting through as subtle as Andrew Dice Clay (remember him?). I can't find one iota of hops in this, it's all sweet malts and hazelnut extract. Honestly, I enjoy it's flavor, and it's definitely living up to it's name, but I sure wouldn't want this as a session beer.

This has a fuller body that I thought it would, but it's not overpowering. I'd call it a thick medium bodied beer, if that makes any sense.

This is a tasty beer for after dinner, while not nearly as filling as many beers I would call "dessert beers," this is definitely too sweet to be a session beer, at least for me. It was perfectly agreeable in a bomber-sized amount, however

woemad, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of mschofield
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark brown, topped with a two to three finger creamy khaki head, leaves webs of lacing.
Great aroma, very robust, nuts, pine and caramel, light chocolate note.
Very strongly nut flavored - hazelnut I suppose - comes across better in the aftertaste. Sweet, caramel, pine toffee, and light chocolate, but there is too much hazelnut it's overwhelming.
Medium bodied and smooth, would taste good poured over vanilla ice cream. It could have been a lot better.

mschofield, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark Brown.

Fruit, coffee beans, hazelnut, chocolate and cream in the aroma. Fantastic flavor.

The malts combined with the hazelnut provide a deep, rich flavor with notes of hazelnut, coffee, cream, nuts, chocolate, fruit and caramel. The hops are spicy but overtaken by other flavors. A unique brown ale. Very tasty.

Crosling, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of budgood1
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a transluscent deep and dark amber colour...with a thin tan head. clinging lace. nutty aroma...fresh and appealing. the sweet nutty flavours explode upon first sip...hazelnut nirvana. there are some other slight secondary and tertiary flavours...cocoa and caramel and toffee...but the nutty flavours are front and center. this is much more bold than the hazelnut brown nectar of yore. the only complaint is that the extract used gets in the way of the smooth and rich mouthfeel...it's a bit distracting in the grand scheme of things. flavouring hops provide a nice balance, taste, and sense of bitterness to accompany the "rich nutty flavour". full bodied...and sensory overload for a beer. a meal in a bottle. another rogue delight.

thanks tony for bringing this all the way from oregon!

budgood1, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown bomber with an oriental man holding up a mug of beer and some oriental characters. Label includes the ingredients, which all sound impressive. No fre3shness info.

Pours a clear cola brown under a two finger off white head that is quite think and fades quickly without leaving any lace. The nose is marvellous - strong and sweet of caramel and hazelnut. The mouth is quite prickly, light and clean. The taste is intense - nut and caramel, but more than a bit on the sugary sweet side. The taste reminds me of root beer. There is just the slightest hint of hops, but the finish is sweet, the aftertaste is sweet, the entire impression is sweet. Definitely disappointing.

Globetrotter, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of hero27
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Truly a "nectar" of the Gods. I sampled this heavenly brew tonight after my local beer expert recommended it to me. I really can't say enough about this stuff...but I'll try and sum it up...

Appearance: Pours a smooth, tan, creamy liquid.. The head is thinner than expected but leaves a nice lacing on the mug.

Smell: I cracked open the bottle and the smell of rich hazelnut and cream liquour surged into my nose like I was in a Starbucks that just happened to serve Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

Taste: Rich chocolate and unearthly sweet malts sway on your tongue with every sip. The hazelnut and smooth, creamy flavor is almost too much for the senses. Toffee, nuts, and chocolate overwhelm me as I take in this brew. After the first few swigs I already wish I would have bought another bottle.

Mouthfeel: mmm, I can't say enough. Rich, creamy, and smooth..I can't pick out any fault here. I drank this out of a 22-ounce bottle and I finished it WAY too quickly. If you love sweet malts, this is your beer. As a dessert brew, I couldn't think of anything more perfect.

Drinkability: A 4, only because it's rich and thick. A couple of these bottles would probably be the most I could put down, even though I would yearn for more. An exceptional beer at every level, and I will be on the search for more Rogue styles to try in the upcoming days.

hero27, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of beragg
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to trying this. Thank God, it was already chilled so I didn't have to wait at home. It poured an attractive brown with a decent head but nothing amzing. When I smelled it I cought something that I thought for sure was soy sauce, it might have been the marraige of the hops and the hazelnut, I don't know, but that's just what I smelled. When I tasted it though it was absolutely awesome! So was the mouthfeel. This is a beer I could drink a lot of. Hopefull they will put this in sixers (I've only seen the big 22 oz bottles). I definitely recommend this beer to anyone. Domo arigato Morimotosan!

beragg, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American brown ales are my least favorite of styles, but I can tell by this Rogue's aroma that I will like this one.
22 oz bottle pours an opaque, deep brown body with a one finger, tan head that is shortlived. Creamy, patch lacing survives about five minutes before vanishing.
Ah, what a wonderful aroma. Citrusy hops hit the nose first, eclipsed immediately by chocolate and hazelnut. Several malt varieties are suggested in the nose, but a hops note of grapefruit, and occasional pine cone, lends a welcome balance. Hazelnut takes over, and provides a lasting nutty essence.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a balancing hops bite, and soft, medium body.
The taste is, essentially, a hazelnut chocolate bar, in liquid form. Sweetish, malt presence is powerful, but the hops presence stands up well against it, with a grapefruit bitterness. This Rogue would be a malt bomber, if not for the outstanding, hops balance. Very complex, and cleverly crafted.
Extraordinary drinkability for a brown ale. I can't recall rating an American brown ale higher than this one. Rogue has served up a full plate with this one. Loaded with quality malts, strong essence of nutty hazelnut, and a hops character to balance it all into a supremely drinkable brown ale. Well done!

merlin48, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of bultrey
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Cola-esque brown color with a thin head that is retained throughout. The smell here is quite remarkable -- caramalized brown sugar and some definite nutiness -- it just smells like a candy bar. Then the first sip -- and I'm a little disappointed. It's good, it just doesn't live up to the aroma. The brown sugar is there momentarily up front, and the hazelnut flavor is alos apparent, but this quickly dissolves into a relatively thin and astringent finish. This actually makes the brew a bit more quaffable than your average brown ale. I suspect this would be better on draft, and would welcome a pint in the future.

bultrey, Sep 29, 2004
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.