Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by kbub6f on 08-27-2001

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Reviews: 1,410 | Ratings: 4,018
Photo of uustal
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown-amber color with a 1 finger off-white head. The aroma is great. A strong hazelnut rush and a hint of coco. The beer follows the aroma. Rich hazelnut malt is the showcase in this beer. There are also secondary chocolate, caramel and vanilla malts present. Great rich and creamy malts throughout. Light hops show near the finish, but it finishes sweet as the malts take over again. Great creamy mouthfeel and a good drinkability.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of light beige head forms and fades fairly quickly. The beer is a straight brown/amber color with a deep color and decent clarity. There is a small amount of visible carbonation. Some lacing remains.

Sweet, toffee, and yes, nutty. But I would never pick out hazelnut specifically.

OK, truth be told, I really don't like hazelnut, so I was a bit worried here. This is fantastic. While it's very nutty with a roasted edge to it, it really doesn't taste like the hazelnut flavor I don't like. I suppose there is a little Nutella flavor to it.. Smooth front to back and very balanced. The slight sweetness works very well with the roasted nut flavor. I get moments of coffee now and again.

So smooth and consistent from front to back. As mild as carbonation can get.

I just love drinking this beer. And I'm not even a huge Nut Brown Fan. Great beer.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer. This beer has a caramel/toffee/hazelnut flavor that is fantastic and complements the brown ale perfectly. I gave a sample to some non-BA friends and they were all floored along with me.

This beer is sweet but not too sweet, and has a mice malt backbone (as an english brown should).

This beer is fantastic and worth every penny. World-class, this is an instant favorite of mine.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy brown/garnet body with a tan head that forms a solid collar of bubbles.

S - Honey, bran cereal, caramel, graham crackers, bready malt, brown bread.

T - Brown bread crust, honey kissed cereal grains, sweet rice, roasted cane sugar, soft hazelnut and bits of light toffee, minor hop bitterness.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied.

Very focused flavors here. Delicate yet refined. Good texture and very enjoyable on any occasion.

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Photo of cratez
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a dark ruby-brown hue with a thin tan head and moderate lacing.

Smell is light yeastiness, buttermilk pancakes, and pecans. A hazelnut aroma develops after a few sips.

Taste is roasted nuts, crystal and chocolate malts, earthy hops, and a brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied with a smooth, dry finish and lingering nutty afters. Well executed.

This is one of my favourite brown ales. The complex flavours and aromas keep you guessing while you're drinking the beer, and this is better than most English and Canadian browns that I've had. I'll be buying this often over the winter.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured a dark clear copper with a short off white diminishing head good lacing on the glass.

S. Hazelnut, malt, leaves, maple

T. The hazlenut is the star of the flavor, nutty, and earthy, maple and sweet but then the bitterness hits, and lasts. Really a great balanced brew.

M. Medium bodied lots of carbonation sweet and sticky on the tongue, great duration.

D. A really good brew I expected the sweetness however I wasn't ready for the bitter finish. Great balance and a good brew.

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Photo of magine
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy, dark caramel brown color with a thick fluffy light tan head. Head settles to a nice wispy lacy island. Nice lacing the whole session. Good looking brew.

Brew smells nutty; hazelnut, caramel, barley malts, chocolate. Some hops are also detected. Very good smelling brew.

Brew is medium and gets smooth in the middle. Creamy, malty and nutty. Can detect the hazelnut for sure, chocolate and barley in there as well. Brew finishes slightly dry, way smooth. Really drinkable brew here. Wow very, very good stuff here.

This is a damn fine brew. A fantastic brown ale. This is some serious sessionable stuff here. My wife stole half my brew. Brew is great in every aspect. Another top shelf brew from Rogue.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crimson-mahogany in color with a decent sized light brown cap that sticks around a little while before fading to decent film over the top.

S: Buttery toasted hazelnut aromas are predominant with a lightly sweet chocolate aroma. Intense, yet balanced. I smelled this beer for a good 5 minutes before taking a sip.

T&M: Solid flavor. A sweet, yet lightly toasted nutty flavor is followed by bittering from some earthy hops. The finish is long, subtle, and pleasant with a faintly roasted chocolate flavor, some remaining toasted hazelnut, and just enough hop flavor to keep it balanced. The body is light to medium with a slightly silky feel to it.

D: Perhaps a tad sweet to go over a 4, but it's still pretty darn quaffable. The last few Rogue beers I've had have really knocked my socks off--I'm ready for some more!

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Photo of chinchill
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in a stemmed stubby flute.

A: A fine dark brown color; Cloudy with a sudsy/creamy head. Head has only a short life.

S: Aroma of light malt is nearly buried under the powerful aroma of roasted hazelnuts.

T: A remarkable nutty flavor; unusual, but true to the "Hazelnut Brown" label. Markedly nutty; more so than any beer I can remember. This component is mainly hazelnut but there is a bit of generic roasted nut flavor there too. It finishes with an extravagant roasted hazelnut and malt flavor, with hints of chocolate, oats, and spicy hops. Excellent bitter/sweet balance.

M: smooth; rather full bodied; excellent, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a world-class nut brown ale. Not to be missed by any beer aficionado, this is an easy-drinking beer I'll be recommending to others.

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Photo of dungaree
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and very dark brown. Not a lot of head but interesting at the same time. Smells of caramel and malt but could have more in the nose.

Taste is awesome! It's like drinking a great beer and eating a candy bar at the same time. I don't give "5's" often for taste, but this one is truly exceptional and different than anything I've had.

It starts with a touch of honey on the front of the tongue, hints of chocolate in the middle, and a big, bold caramel finish on the back. All the while the alcohol prickles on the tongue and blend well with very tasty malt characters. The best part is about a second or two after swallowing this fine nectar, sweet caramel and white chocolate notes resonate throughout the mouth and sinuses.

Excellent brew. Great drinkability. My only regret is I bought only one of these. I will be stocking up!

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Photo of fastfwd
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review. I couldn't resist reviewing this one. This beer is such a treat! Nice thick tan head by the time I poured the second glass (first was a little too cold I guess). Began with a nice mild chocolate malt taste, very creamy, smooth, full mouthfeel, and finished with a little bit of hop, but just enough to keep it interesting. Left a hint of coffee and maybe toffee taste in my mouth. Wow, this is a great beer. If I could only have one beer a day I could live on just one of these a day. I'm really impressed with the Rouge beers so far.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown body with an almost ruby hue. Visually appealing. About an inch head w/mild retention.

S: Heavy toasted malt notes w/coffee and chocolate overtones. A hint of spice or fruit somewhere in the background, with a nutty caramel scent.

T & M: Syrupy chocolate and nut flavor with a nice balanced carbonation. Slight caramel notes present. Pleasing to the palate, not overly powerful. Extremely smooth and full-bodied.

D: Would enjoy several in a session. Very drinkable and a great finish makes this beer almost a dessert in and of itself.

What a treat. Rogue definitely hits off a balance of flavor with this one, bouncing a number of matching notes off the malty side of this brew. A 22 oz. bomber is a great way to cap off the night.

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Photo of jaluria
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dark brown color with a dense tan-colored head that has excellent retention and a soapy density. I smell roasted malts along with toasted bread and smoked/burnt nuts. The taste is incredible! A blast of coffee, nuts, brown sugar, and sweet malts. Rich and complex and yet not intimidating. The finish is bittersweet with a hint of semi-sweet cocoa. An excellent beer that can be had over and over again with ease.

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Photo of hegelec
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650 mL bomber into a nonic pint glass. Beautiful deep ruby/brown with a nice thick, offwhite head that isn't going anywhere. Great lacing. Gorgeous.

Aroma is deep and malty. Beautiful graininess, with obvious nutty accents from the "hazelnut nectar". Caramels and crusty bread. Subdued floral hops. Metallic notes. This promises to taste fantastic.

Beautiful balance between the bitter and the malty is obvious from beginning to end. Superlative. This beer is so nutty and roasty; hops are there but more for balance than for flavour. This is all about the grain and the nuts. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. Some alcohol spice is present, and the effect is pleasantly warming. The malt and hazelnut dominate the bittersweet finish. Awesome.

Medium bodied brew, with mild carbonation. This has a luxurious mouthfeel that is just sooo smooth. Drinkability is through the roof.

Great new take on the English brown ale style. Not the most complex brew, but really tasty. Try some now.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper/brown with a half inch white head which laced the glass and lasted a long time. Smells of malts, nuts, and a caramel like sweetness and the taste follows pretty closely. A nutty flavor with a sweet finish of malts and caramel.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A medium brown hue allows a little bit of light through, but this one appears very dark brown when it's not in direct light. A one finger khaki head dissipates quickly to a haze and collar, and a small amount of sudsy lace is left on the glass. Swirling brings up a thin cap, but nothing more.

S - While I'm not impressed with the appearance, this smells heavenly. Freshly baked double chocolate chip cookies and loads of sweet gooey caramel greet the nose at first, with toffee and peanut brittle showing up too. I detect very little trace of hops, but that's ok since this smells like grandma's kitchen, Panera, and a confectionery all at once!

T - The taste doesn't disappoint after that glorious nose either! The hazelnut flavors come out more in the flavor than the aroma too. Tastes like authentic maple syrup or molasses, Bavarian candied almonds, Nutella, Christmas cookies, caramel, gooey toffee candy filling, and those little chocolate chip cookies that you buy from a vending machine. Some very subdued grassy hops provide balance, and become more pronounced at the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied and lushly carbonated. Sugar coats my teeth, and provides a very sweet and candy like finish with some hop flavors that weren't there initially coming out to play.

D - Just about the best brown that I've even tasted. A little to sweet for a session brew, but perfect as an after dinner drink with desert! A really unique and expertly crafted brew.

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Photo of boilers
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - reddish brown beer with an unusual yellow-tan colored head. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma - Wonderful hazelnut aroma with some malt.

Flavor - Same hazelnut flavor as aroma. Good malt backbone. Hops take a back seat. Medium carbonation and medium weight. This beer has good balance between the flavor components and is very drinkable.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had me thinking the moment I tasted it. Hmmm..The taste is unusual, full of toasty goodness and with a coffee overtone. I like the nuttiness and I must admit the hazelnut presence got my attention immeadiately. Ok, Ok, I'm a big fan of dark, flavorful beers. This is no secret if you've read any of my reviews that deal with porters, scotch ales, deep ambers, stouts, ect.. However this one is just "different", and I mean that in a good way. This is my first sampling from the Rogue Ale line and I like what I'm tasting here.
The aroma got my attention, but the taste (which has a smooth mouthfeel) keeps me contemplating the overtones each time I taste this deep mahogany brew. The initial frothy head didn't stay as long as I'd like and lacing was marginal after inital pouring of the brew. I would have expected this beer to be really sweet and not very drinkable, however there is a nice hop balance at the finish. Not too heavy in alcohol so I was able to open another "bomber" to share with the wife as the evening chill set in tonight. A very interesting offering indeed.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-2010 bottle tasted on Jan 1st 2011- (rating based on later review)
A - Deep cherry amber. Light head with low retention.

S - Sweet brown sugar, and Nutella.

T - Nutella mirrored from the nose. Lighter breads. Touch of caramel and fresh apricots.

M - Light body with a smooth sweet finish. Nice carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Great flavor and a smooth character.

-2011 bottle labled as Morimoto Hazelnut tasted May 2011- (rating based on this review)
A – Ruby maple. Lightly off-white head sits low with poor lace.

S – Great toasted pecan and hazelnut nose.

T – Huge roasted hazelnut flavor dominates the profile. Soft malt mid. Sweet pecan finish. Fantastic.

M – Light body but not watery. Lightly sweet finish with a lingering toasted hazelnut flavor.

O – The hazelnut in this beer is incredible. The toasted character is warm and soothing, with soft edges that are noticeably absent of burnt notes.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a warm whiskey brown color that is completely transparent and has a solid amount of carbonation bubbles which lead way to a very fizzy light tan colored head which lingers nicely before dissipating and leaving almost no lacing
S: a very nice scent for a brown ale, nice roasted caramel and toffee malts characteristics and a nice slight sweetness at the end which reminds me of cane sugar
T: the hazelnut really hits up front clean and clear, then it is followed up by a nice malt note, the finish is very reminiscent of black coffee and its bitterness (not like hop bitterness), after the liquid leaves the palate a slight sweetness sneaks back onto the back of the tongue
M: slight carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue up front, smooth and thin across the palate, leaves a slight bittering note on the palate
O: quite a delicious and wonderfully drinkable brown ale, hazelnut is a wonderful addition and is well balanced with the rest of the malt

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Photo of badmoon
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip from a bomber.

A: Body is a deep, dark orange...almost brown. Limited head that disappeared quickly. Light lacing left behind.

S: Very malty with serious hints of hazelnut. Awesome nose on this brew. The smell actually makes me feel warm.

T: Malt, hazelnut, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with a light, clean bite from the hops.

M: Light carbonation. Slightly syrupy. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate.

D: Overall, this is a fantastic beer! It is the complete sensory experience. This is definitely a libation I will keep on hand in the fridge. Highly recommended!

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Photo of shlap
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Salted Nuts! That's the first thing that came to mind when downing this delicious creation. I'm not a huge fan of nut browns but I have to say this stuff is fantastic. The nut taste strikes first with some butter mixed in, then very light chocolate and toffee and a little hops perfectly balanced.

Appearance: Crystal clear and as red as it gets.

Body: I'd say medium-light body. This would make a good session beer.

Aroma: Nutty, buttery, salt, and toffee, just like the taste!

Head: Creamy off-white. Dissipates quickly but kept a light layer all the way down.

Lacing: Very little to no lacing.

Carbonation: Medium carbonation

Have Another?: Definitely! The best nut brown ale I've tasted hands down.

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue hazelnut brown is wonderful from the start. I got a pint of this at the Yard house in Waikiki. It has a beautiful deep brown caramel color and a dark red color when held to indirect light. Nice frothy mellow head.

Smells very strongly of malt and nuts. Nice and roasty!

Taste is exceptional as well. It has a warming dark roasty and nutty taste that gets better as you drink.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and mellow. Just letting is wander on your tongue for a few seconds is blissful.

Drinkability is just right. Just the right mix of ingredients allows you to sip on it for hours.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Big four finger brown/yellow head that is foamy forms out of the bottle. Really looks foamy but never stops and sort turns into styrofoam. Body is a very nice dark red and somewhat clear but the color turns dark making it look opaque. VERY nice looking drink here, even without any sticky lacing.

Bouquet is a great mix of nutty cream sensations. Husky nut shell and hints of chocolate creamyness. Smells like chocolate nuts but more not than sweetness. Really impressive! Small hint of heat strangely and some roast character.

Cream feel, and smell sensation all comes together in the palate wondefully. It's there in taste and in feel. Light nut tannic qualities on the finish, milk cream coffee sensations and flavor, silky texture in the swallow, with a simple solid malty finish. Faint hint of tobacco on the finish as well, but very small and only after some repeated sips.

Wow I was not expecting this beer to be this good this is fantastic, this is almost like drinking dairy creamer it's so good.

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Photo of hyuga
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown-amber with a creamy tan head that pours big but settles quickly to about 2 or 3 cm, then disappears after a while. Wonderful rich nutty aroma, hazelnut of course, along with creamy malt aromas, mostly with roasted character. Kind of a nutty coffee aroma. "Delicious" is a good one-word description of the taste, but is also an understatement! Excellent hazelnut and roasted malt flavor with a small but easily detectable spicy hop backbone. Chocolate maltiness also plays a big role (originating from the chocolate malts used, of course). Just a touch of wood flavor as well. Medium body, but with all of the flavors it doesn't matter. Creamy mouthfeel that makes your palate cheer joyfully, and a dry, nutty finish. So drinkable it's gone before you know it. 22 oz. is almost not enough! Excellent and truly worthy of the word "nectar", my only wish for this beer is for the head to stay all the way through.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.