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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,292 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,292
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 173
Gots: 261 | 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 DESTRO
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

DESTRO, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

RoyalT, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  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.

bditty187, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of Stingray5
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Stingray5, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of mydeadguy
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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..

mydeadguy, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

clvand0, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of mjohn27603
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

mjohn27603, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of Ave
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Ave

Ave, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

SetarconeX, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with rootbeer edges and a decent tan head. The aroma was very deep and rich - sharp coffee and chocolate malts, and maybe just a hint of hazelnut. The taste starts off with the same coffee from the smell, then kicks in a good dose of hazelnut that comes through the most in the aftertaste. Hints of chocolate also leave to thirsting for the next sip. The mouthfeel was a little thin but I did like the way that the carbonation fizzled in my mouth - it seemed almost like a hazelnut soda. Very good brew, nice and unique. Rogue truly rocks!

nixhecks, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of head. There is a fair bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a sweet malt and hazelnut aroma that is very strong. It fills the nose well. The taste is also filled with sweet hazelnut and a bit of caramel. Just a hint of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong. The drinkability is also very good. Probably my favorite nut brown.

SheepNutz, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from (what else) a bomber. The good chef is on the label hoisting a glass. It's brown with a bit of amber and a tan head that disappears quickly. Although the hazelnut comes through minimally in the smell, it really dominates the taste. The overall flavor is a bit sweet and subdued. Unfortunately, not being a big fan of hazelnut in any form, the taste didn't really capture my fancy. It's a nice beer and I'm sure better than most "flavored" beers out there. The mouthfeel is right on and it does drink well. I guess I'm one of the few that preferred the Morimoto Soba to the Hazelnut.

mickeymac, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this side by side with a bottle of the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, and they're nearly identical. Happyhour, my girlfriend and I split them, and this was the second one, so there will be some comparison notes.
The beer pours the same deep ruddy brown color, perhaps a shade darker, although an almost insignificant difference. The head is the same yellowed beige, diminishing into the same thick ring, and retaining equally well through the sample. Thus far, I'd be hard pressed to tell them apart.
Aroma is much the same as the hazelnut, perhaps somewhat sweeter, with less roastiness and a more pronounced chocolate smell. Not a chocolate malt aroma, but that of an addition of real chocolate to the beer. The hazelnut is about the same, and the fruitiness is a bit more enhanced, perhaps adding to the sweetness. Hops are minimal, with the barest trace of some herbal saaz. Strong caramel and toasted malt aroma, pretty much the same as the Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
Flavor is very similar to the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but a bit sweeter, and less robust. Dark chocolate flavor is more pronounced, leading further into the sip, with the caramel and toasted malt a bit more subdued and smoother. Carbonation is much smoother, with less coarseness on the tongue. Mild plum, with perhaps a trace of currant. A wisp of hopping comes through towards the end, very low alpha. Body seems a bit lighter than the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, with a thinner maltiness, particularly in the beginning. The finish contains the same hazelnut. I actually prefer the hazelnut flavor in this one, it seems a touch more pronounced.
I found the Morimoto to be a bit smoother and less robust than the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, although they're pretty much identical. Looking at the ingredients on the back, they appear identical. Based on a back to back sampling, I'd say it's very close, but perhaps some small changes in malt ratio, with a touch more hazelnut flavoring. Almost so close it could be passed off as a slight inconsistency between different batches. Good stuff.

UnionMade, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a pint glass. Bomber sized bottle.

Appearance: Lovely clear mahogany color liquid topped by a 1/2" tall head of light tan bubbles. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

Smell: Definite smells of caramel and toffee. Amaretto and hazelnut arommas as well. Faint hint of light chocolate.

Taste: Caramel malt flavor dominates, then the taste of hazelnut comes throught. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel with a pleasantly nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: I likes me some hazelnuts, and I hope the new Morimoto verson of this ale is not much of a recipe change. Not and everyday drinking beer, but not one to save for special occasions either. You'd better like nuts if you have this. It's not overly nutty, but it definitely informs the flavor profile.

ManekiNeko, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is nutty and malty. A medium bodied brown ale. This is a very nice nut brown ale. Nutty and malty, smooth and sweet. Mellow and very drinkable. This is a beer that is complex enough for the experienced beer drinker, yet simple enough to wean someone off macro-swill. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty sweet. Etched/Painted beer bottle

beerguy101, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark brown almost black with a nice thick tan head that lasted a bit before dissappearing...
Aroma was slightly nutty...actually minimally nutty...sweet malt
Taste was more of the same...slightly nutty sweet malt maybe some roasted malt flavor...tasted like a typical nut brown ale...there was not enough taste to my liking...many other rogue beers are very flavorful...this was not anything special...
Mouthfeel was nice slight creamy feel...
Overall better than average but I will not buy this again

stegmakk, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah yet another Rogue to try and love. I will not I got this beer after they sampled it at the shop my wife works at and it was still good by the time it made it home to me, open for at least an hour.

While it is widely claimed and believe that this is just a repackaged version of the Hazelnut Nectar I do not believe it is. I think the basic formula is the same, however there are evident differences.

Poured a hazelnut brown color with a slight amber hue. The pour created a decent off-white head for being open for a while. The lacing was not great, but hard to really judge.

The aromas were still very much alive. Scents of hazelnut, malt, and chocolate in the beginning. More chocolate than nut aroma then you see in the Nectar. There is a subtle hint of hops, but faint.

The body is fuller than the Hazelnut, but just as smooth if not smoother. The taste starts with a bit of chocolate, malt, and hazelnut with hints of caramel that finishes with very subtle hops and a little touch of alcohol.

This is a wonderfully smooth beer and is a bit nicer IMHO than the Hazelnut Nectar, but I hope that is still offered. They different in taste and smell even if the ingredients are the same. Both great.

Loki, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Classic 22 fluid ounce Rogue Bomber, which even when empty will remain on a kitchen shelf with all the other Rogues “empties” that I have – sad I know.

Appearance: Deep, dark mahogany color, which has an auburn hue when back-lit. It poured with a thick brown head appears that settles to a ¼” and then slowly breaks to a stretched covering. Light brown lacing remains throughout. Nice levels of carbonation.

Nose: Rich and thick, smooth ‘nutty’ odors wrapped in a silky milk chocolate Toblerone® coating. The chocolate coated hazelnut odors permeate the air; they are decadent and inviting, very inviting – Beautiful nose.

Taste: The nose promises so much, and the tastes do not fail to deliver! Bags of flavor in this one. Smooth, silky entrance that glides you into chocolate malts, nuts and dark malts. Chocolate finish, that lingers with a little dry bitterness. I just love the finish on this beer, creamy hazelnut chocolate, smooth and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, gorgeous velvety melted milk-chocolate feel that’s coats the mouth, it has such a nice mouthfeel that it delays the swallow for a second, or two. An easy drinker & very agreeable.

Drinkability: Oh yes, it disappeared very quickly, too quickly. Even for a warm night the beer was still very refreshing I found.

Overall: Very nice – is this really going to be replaced by the Morimoto Hazelnut Signature Ale?? I only wonder, because I think that this original, actually has the edge on the newly reinvented version. Ah, but what do I know?

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is apparently the hazlenut nectar repackaged, and yeah, it's got the same ingredients, ibu, aa, etc, but my bottle still tasted a bit different. there's still the nice deep amber/ruby colour, but the smell and the taste are more chocolate than nutty this time. seems to have a slightly fuller body as well, yet it was still smooth as hell. not much more to say. i'd still give it a try if you've already had and enjoyed the hazlenut, as you clearly won't be disappointed.

SixpointJMH, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Comes in the 22 oz bomber with good ole Morimoto on the screen print..ah you can see it now..]
beautiful looking beer dark almost mahogany brown with a nice tan coloured head that shrinks yet persists to the end.
A great malty/nutty aroma greets my nose wonderful stuff.
Taste starts off with a nice malty sweetness followed by a mineral tatse in the middle then near the end the hazelnut shows through..some very faint hops and some nice alcohol warmth in the throat.
Very smooth and welcoming on the tongue.
An exceptionally drinkable beer..gets better as it warms.

Reidrover, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The trademark Rogue head action is definetly there in this one. A thick head formed immediatly and subsided to a 1\4 inch head that is thick and sticks to the glass leaving a little lace. Nice red color that is so dark as to appear brown. Aroma is of a coffeeness blended with sweet dark carmel and a distinct nutty aroma. Flavor is smooth and thick with very little malt bitterness and more of a sweet coffee flavor with a very obvious nuttiness that could never have come from malt. Hops are present but are here just to balance the malt character. Body is very heavy and goes well with this beer as there is little bitterness from hops or malt so it dosen't linger too much. Smooth flavor is very refreshing and is a nice break from the usual Brown ales I have tried. The only thing i have to say after drinking this beer is that if you want to try it be prepared for an unnaturally strong nut flavor. This beer is very very close to the Original Hazelnut Brown Ale Rogue does and i would like to know how Morimoto gets credit for this recipe.

RenoZymurgist, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a redish dark brown with a small tan head. Big nut malt flavor. A touch of the fruity with quite the hazelnut makes this a very drinkable brew. Hops are present enought for the balance to stick. Overall a solid brew worth drinking. A bit sweet.

scottum, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour yielded only a thin yet creamy and condensed tan head atop a cloudy deep amber brown body. The head thinned out even more to but a slight film. Aroma is malty, nutty and with noticable hops present and hints of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a creaminess to it. Flavor is reminding me of Sam Smiths nutbrown yet definately more bitter. Finishes a tad dry. Overall would be better if less bitter in my opinion.

BierReise, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of queenboadicea
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***A quick sidenote before the review....As has been noted, this beer reminds me a lot of the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. And for good reason...the Morimoto Hazelnut is replacing the HBN. If you check out either Rogue's website or compare bottles of the two, you'll notice that the ingredient list is almost identical. At the same time, the Moriomoto Sobe is replacing the Buckwheat Ale.***

The beer pours a nice reddish brown with only a small head. The flavor is a combination of hazelnut and coffee, with mildy pronounced malt and a slightly hoppy finish. I found this beer to become far more pleasant and drinkable as it warmed up and was ideal at approx. 60 deg. Any cooler and much of the flavor and character is lost.

Another fine offering from Rogue, although I fear for nostalgic reasons that I will miss the Hazelnut Brown!

queenboadicea, Aug 12, 2003
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,292 ratings.