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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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2,890 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2890
Reviews: 1311
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.27%


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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gkunkle

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown color with a cream head that stands 2 fingers tall in my duvel tulip. Head recedes to a film with a ring around the edge of my glass. As I drink it leaves some rings of lacing in my glass. Smell is of bread, toffee, hazlenut; not particularly roasty smelling, but smooth and malty without being too sweet. In the taste I get the hazlenut flavors and then a clean pop of caramel. The end of the taste has a slightly deeper, darker malt profile, maybe a tough of chocolate in there. Only a touch of roasted flavor comes out. Body is on the thicker side, just right for a brown ale, and the carbonation is not too agressive; making this a very smooth beer. I really loved this, I think it has become my favorite brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 21:22:05 | More by gkunkle
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joecalderoni

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice tanned brown color with a medium head on it that dissapeared rather quickly!

S: Amazing hazelnut aroma with a mild malty with nutty aroma on the back of the nose!

T: amazing hazelnut taste with a nice nutty taste on the back! very simillar to the nose! some caramell as well!

M: medium to full body on this one! very chewy! very nice!!

O: an amazing beer! very well balanced and very nice as a desset beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 02:14:22 | More by joecalderoni
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shigg85

Japan

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this from M & R Liquors in Manchester, CT. Poured into a Baird pint glass. Mysterious cloudy brown hue. A playful hazelnut and maple syrup nose hints at the powerful hazelnut and hop flavor in the brew. Silky smooth caramel aftertaste with a bit of bitter toffee as well. This is an amazing fall/winter brew that matches with the changing leaves outside, making me reminisce on the whole experience. As far as brown ales go, this is one of the best i've ever had, not being overly hazelnut-driven and definitely sticking to its category. Definitely a recommendation!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 23:19:36 | More by shigg85
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle: Gorgeous Amber/brown colour with ample head that remained throughout.

The smell is a bit on the light side....sweet but no hint of what the taste will bring.

The taste is fantastic! Wonderful mix of chocolate and hazelnuts that are balanced to perfection. I've had this many times before and, Rogue willing, will have it many times in the future.

Can you tell that it's one of my favs? ;^)

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 00:11:49 | More by Bitterbill
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small with head that recedes within seconds. The aroma huge. Chocolate, nuts, more chocolate. The taste is chocolaty too, with roasted flavors as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this beer seems like a cross between a brown ale and a porter. Whatever it may be, it is damn good.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 18:48:21 | More by KarlHungus
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 22oz. bomber with the traditional rogue printed bottle. printing is brown and tan. with rogue big across the top, there is a bearded, brown shirt and glasses wearin' balding man holding a stein of hazelnut brown in one hand and his other hand in a fist in the air. "world champion brown ale" on a medal. ingredients are listed as usual on the right, above rogue's description of their brew, above graphic images of a cow and a pig (what to pair this with) above the brewing specifications. "oxygen fixing caps". with all this information, you'd think there would be an abv or freshness date posted, but you'd be wrong.

appearance: pours a nice rich dark brown with deep ruby highlights in a stein mug. head is a light tan 1 inch, tight but fluffy. drops to a patchy capper after a few minutes. good initial retention, but once it's gone, it's gone. no lacing.

smell: caramelly sweet bread and nutty. some lightly earthy and spicy hop aromas. there is a sweet hazelnut aroma that makes itself the centerpiece.

taste: toasty roasted malts with lightly spicy hop balance. not as strong a hop presence as dfh's india brown, but seemingly more balanced. some chocolate and dark fruits as well. maybe some currants. hazelnut flavor is obvious and brings about memories of the hazelnut syrup in a starbucks hazelnut latte with every sip. finishes a tad sweet with a light malt bitterness. aftertaste is a tad astringent and woody.

mouthfeel: nice creamy medium mouthfeel with great carbonation. rolls around prickling and has a little bite in the swallow, but swallows very smoothly.

drinkability: very drinkable. stein is gone, refilled and gone again. very tasty with a mild aftertaste that allows you to drink as fast or sip as slow as you want.

overall: excellent american brown. i didn't think i'd have much better than the india brown by dfh the other night, but i think i have. aroma is better here, and taste and balance is the slightest little bit better as well. two thumbs.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 02:21:13 | More by Px2GrafX
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DoubleJ

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2007 19:49:16 | More by DoubleJ
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pheggeseth

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Surly tulip glass

A: Deep reddish brown with a decent head that quickly dissipates, not much lacing

S: Sweet, sweet hazelnuts mixed with brown sugar and some caramel, from the smell of it, I'd expect it to taste too sweet

T: but it doesn't, there's a lot of hazelnut, yes, but it's more balanced with the malt, and generally combines to be quite pleasant

M: medium bodied, but with a thicker end, very smooth

D: This is my favorite nut brown ale, and a terrific "regular" beer to have around. I could be stuck on a desert island with only this and be content

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 02:09:07 | More by pheggeseth
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 vintage

A- Aggressive pour into imperial pint glass. creamy 3 finger tan head, dark copper body with little light perception.

S- Lots of toasty roasted malts, liquorice is very noticeable, sweet caramels, hazelnuts

T- mmm, caramel and nuts, lots of nice roasted malts, brown wholemeal toast and bread. Some nice nuts in the finish. The sweetness in the beginning makes it taste bock-like but the roasted flavours bring back the ale qualities

M- Creamy, low carbonation, full bodied

D- Superb drinkability, well balanced in the caramel/toffee notes with the roasted, wholemeal flavours.A superb brown ale!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:49:06 | More by seanyfo
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AmishT

Alabama

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - deep crimson brown in color with a pretty nice foamy tan head that retains fairly, but only leaves a small amount of lacing. Lucid.

S - Very bold aromas of hazelnut and brown sugar (big surprise there) in the nose. It really gets my mouth watering for that first sip. If only I could stop smelling it....As it warms, I think i'm getting a more roasted aroma. It's pretty damn good

T&M - Delicious. A very rich, nutty flavor. A hint of some earthy hops blending with a roasty character in the finish. Light bodied. Good carbonation helps the flavors develop and aids the drinkability. The flavors develop and endure very well when held to the tongue. I'd like the flavor to be a bit fuller, but it's really damn good.

D - Man, I could easily knock these down one after the other. It drinks so easy: great flavor, light body, abv isn't too high...A very tasty, very sessionable brown ale, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 02:03:55 | More by AmishT
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Guzzler78

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of My favorite Brown Ales. This was the first Rogue beer I had the pleasure of tasting. This beer has a fantastic aroma - hazelnut, caramel, chocolate. Very smooth nutty flavor and a clean malty finish. A very well balanced brew. If you are a fan of Brown Ales you must try this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 05:42:24 | More by Guzzler78
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WCBCFrank

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue's Hazelnut Brown is a perfect example of why Rogue is a great brewery. Hazelnut Brown pours a beautiful chocolate brown in a pint glass and fills with the aroma of toasted hazelnut and subtle notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Each sip is a dessert and begs you to have another. A champion beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 17:33:38 | More by WCBCFrank
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Dark in the room so I'm skipping right to the aroma and taste of this beer. The tastes and aromas are in tandem so I'm reviewing by simply by saying that the malts and hazelnut flavor of this beer are perfect. Not too over the top. Just perfect enough to satisfy and keep you yearning for more. The hazelnut flavor is beautiful. Simply beautiful. Makes me want to buy a bagel and load it with hazelnut cream cheese for a perfect pairing. Exceptionally tasty and easy to drink, sooo smooth, just a really amazing and delicious brown. Awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 09:15:25 | More by KickbacksSteve
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tacoman

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose - The Hazelnut really comes through with this one. Strong nutty, caramel, with a touch of yeast.

Taste - Starts off much like any brown ale, toffee and caramel with a little more richness and intensity of flavor. A bit strong on the alcohol mid way, but you get the full effect of the Hazelnut upon swallowing and forget all about the heat. Nice strong nutty finish that doesn't taste synthetic.

Overall an outstanding example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 04:31:16 | More by tacoman
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BatDaddy

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Turbinator glass.

A - Pours a nice deep brown with some slight reddish highlights. Nice head that sticks around for a bit with excellent retention.

S - Rich roasted malts and lots of nutty hazelnut. Smell is really enticing and impressive.

T - Smooth sweet malt hits first, followed by the nutty notes with a bit of hop bitterness. A bit earthy and oak-ey. Really well balanced.

M - Smooth and creamy. Carbonation is perfect.

D - Excellent. It's a delicious beer at a sessionable abv with an overall smooth taste and character.

Notes: I love a good brown ale and this one just shot toward the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 02:06:13 | More by BatDaddy
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depechemode1983

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very deep brown in color with dark red hues. Phenomenal rocky brown head. Excellent retention. Sticks around for a long time. Good amount of lacing as well. Not too much but a noticeable amount. Very aromatic nose. Extremely nutty and toasty. Sweet caramel and natural grains notes make an appearance. Brown sugar also comes to mind. Taste is caramel coffee like with some nutty undertones. There is a slight bitterness in the middle but sweetens up a bit with and almond like alcohol taste in the finish. Very good. Mouth feel medium bodied with a smooth velvet finish. Hell. This is one awesome brown ale. Drinkability is 10 out of 10. Very aromatic and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 00:48:56 | More by depechemode1983
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into Rogue pint glass at Novare Res in Portland ME on 12/20/11.

A: Light brown with great clearity, small amount of off-white head with minimal retention, not a ton of lacing but it's there.

S: Nutty, malty, buttery, brown surgar. Not much hops in the nose. Exceptional nose overall though, very unique.

T: Lost of strong filberts up front in the taste, a bit of honey there as well as the nice sugary malts come through.

M: Very light bodied and smooth. A very soft beer, approachable, and pleasurable to drink.

O: A fantastic ale. Would highly recommend. Very glad I had the opportunity to have this on tap, will seek it out in bottles as well from now on.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 02:43:37 | More by beerbiatchMD
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beerismysavior

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma: Like toasted nuts dipped in chocolate; "fancy" almond M&Ms. Very faint woodiness, this beer literally smells sweet.

Appearance: Medium opacity (could live to be the tiniest bit darker), good overall lace retention, sea-foam-washed-over-sand colored head.

Taste: caramel, caramelized onions, hazelnut syrup, hint of nutella

Mouthfeel: Great body, accompanies the beer very well. Best "swish" beer in a while. Medium carbonation, some residual sugar, lots of flavor accompanied by an appropriate body.

Overall: This is a wonderful beer. I prefer my brown ales to taste more like a chocolate milkshake as opposed to nutty; That being said, this is really quite pleasant. I'm not certain I can say I've had anything quite like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 07:12:15 | More by beerismysavior
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 09:56:08 | More by neonbrown82
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mynie

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not a big fan of American brown ales, they're usually kind of dull.

And then there's Rogue.

Pours very dark, intense ruby brown, nearly opaque. Very nice, tight two-finger head.

Smells like brown sugar and hops. A roasted hazlenut sweetness mingles with chocolate malt. Very nice.

Complex and delicious! Robust coffee beans upfront make way for a split second of Rogue hops, falling into an incredible bittersweet hazlenut aftertaste. This is better than coffee mate. Lingering aftertaste of sweetness and coffee. Wonderful.

It's got one of the nicest bodies I've ever felt on a beer, too. Creamy and smooth, much like a coffee with a helluva lot of creamer in it. Only tastier.

Such complexity. Such balance. This beer is truly one of the kings of its style.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 01:03:39 | More by mynie
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nickss

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby brown with a 1/8" cap of foam. Looks tasty (which it is if my memory serves me correctly).

mmm... smells like nutty brown malty goodness. Deep and full and luscious smelling... gorgeous... how a brown ale should smell. I wish the smell was just a bit more pungent, but my nose is stopped up, so I'll cut it some slack.

OMG DELICIOUS. Ahem... must... retain.. professionalism.
Seriously... amazing taste. Nutty and rich and mildly spicy... like cinnamon without the kick.... wondeful... absolutely incredible.

Mouthfeel is thick and luscious... imminently tongue coating. A perfect desert beverage.

The only reason I dont give the drinkability a 5.0 is because its a bit sweet, as a desert beer should be.... but really, I could drink a whole lot of this beer, and the abv isn't so high to make that a problem. A must try in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 01:50:15 | More by nickss
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SwillinBrew

California

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hollinshead.

Ap - this poured a deep pine-bark brown with mohogany hues and a solid cream colored lace.
Sm - scents of toffee and nuts hit your nose in a very pleasant bouquet... some sweetness that i cant peg.
Tst - Mmmmm, delicious caramel, toffee and nuts (hazelnuts i'll assume) grace your tongue with hints of a chololate and vanilla blend. This is really damn good stuff.

Very tasty and complex this one. I'm not a nut-brown fan, but maybe i am now. This had a good medium body and could possibly pass as a porter... subtley complex if that makes sense. I will definitely serve this on the holidays and keep a bottle in my refrig.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2005 17:49:21 | More by SwillinBrew
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Rogue Hazelnut brown had very dark body and little to no head. The aroma was very impressive with chocolate, brown sugar and nutty hints. The mouthfeel was clean and very smooth, and it had a wonderful sweetness, characterized by chocolate, toffee, caramel and nuttiness. It finished excellently with a sweet smoothness I rarely find in browns. I highly recommend this to people like myself who are constantly unimpressed with browns.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2005 18:31:06 | More by sinistrsam
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LPorter33

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber from Charles St. Liquors

Appearance = Dark brown, opaque with not a hint of transparency. Head fades quickly into tiny ring. Lacing is adequate.

Smell = A little light in the nose but what's there is good. Malt dominates as it should. A bit of honey and molasses, Tiny bit of toasted grain and yeast presence.

Taste = Delicious. Sweet honey and nectar just as the name implies. Light presence , full of flavor- hazelnut addin is so perfectly blends with the rest of the components. Mouthfeel is exceptional as the beer feels like liquid satin in my mouth. Aftertaste is perfect, brining honey and toasted grain. The sweetness is perfectly balanced, not overwhelming but present in force to create an absolutely delicious beer. I can't stress enough how well the hazelnut works in this beer.

Overall = After drinking this beer, so far, I've come to the undeniable conclusion that Rogue is the greatest brewery in the USA. This beer is a masterpiece of taste, and I greatly recommend everyone go out and buy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 19:38:10 | More by LPorter33
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dblinkhorn

California

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Has a nice finger thick off-white head. This quickly dissipates to a semi-thick layer of patchy head that floats on the brew and remains for the duration of the drink. The color of the brew is a rich mahogany amber color, which is perfectly clear.

Smell - Sweetness (lots of brown sugar scent) and sourness from the hops right on the nose. Also a slight bitter character and some citrus accompany the former. Some fruit is noticeable, plum and fig, but this aroma is mild. A nice bready (almost toasted) malt smell comes through all of this as a foundation.

Taste - Sourness and a nice bitterness from the hops up front. A slight sweetness of caramel, dark chocolate, and some candied fruits. A strong nutty flavor, which is very defined in this brown ale. Earthiness and some tart but slight-toasted malt character are also present. The finish comes in with more earthy flavors, along with some mild bitterness from the hops. A very complex and pleasing taste.

Mouthfeel - Oh so smooth with a solid medium-body. The carbonation is just at the perfect level to keep this hearty beer lively and refreshing. Not so much a bite as a nice massaging of your mouth. Divine.

Drinkability - This is a rich brew, but oh so tasty. The carbonation level helps to keep this beer's drinkability higher than it would be with a lower level.

Definitely the best brown ale, from any country, that I've had to date. The flavors are very complex, with an excellent nutty character to the beer. A superbly smooth and wonderfully carbonated mouthfeel make this beer a definite repeat-pleaser. A must have once, or twice, or three times...you get the point.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 02:35:51 | More by dblinkhorn
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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