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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,385
Hads: 3,898
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 267
Gots: 667 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001

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
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Reviews: 1,385 | Hads: 3,898
Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. This was the first time that I had it on tap. It was a very dark brown color and almost seemed a little hazy to me. The scent is delicious with a mildly sweet and flavorful burst of hazelnut. The taste is superb with a hazelnut; it doesn't have the artificial flavor that accompanies too many brews with added flavorings. My only complaint is that as you drink more and more the velvety hazelnut loses some of its sweetness.

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Photo of oracle
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A personal favorite of mine. The appearance is a dark brown with a very thick head. The smell is great with sweet notes from the malt paired with the earthy tones from the hazelnuts. The taste is great, with such a delicious combination of sweetness and heavy nuttiness. It works well as both a desert beer as well as something to drink with spicy food. The mouthfeel is just the right thickness for me, has a big body but is not syrupy. Love this one.

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Photo of shwhat
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look - big, fluffy, tan head. deep reddish brown, with a little carbonation lazily making it's way to the top of the glass.

smell - big malty character. a lot of caramel. very nutty. a bit of dark fruit.

taste - super nutty. like. incredibly nutty. smooth, almost buttery flavor. the faintest hint of toastiness/roastiness. sweet, sweet malt.

mouthfeel - medium body, silky smooth. light carbonation. tongue-coating richness. maybe a little oily.

overall - i just keep liking this more and more with every sip. sooo good.

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Photo of marburg
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy a great many of the Rogue brews, so I didn't expect to dislike this beer at all, but I certainly didn't except to love it so intensely. It's not at all what I would think of when I think of a nut brown ale...

Looks like a decent nut brown ale. But the similarities to the rest of the pack end there.

Smells shockingly of chocolate and something, not surprisingly, of hazelnut -- almost a candied pecan kind of smell. Very nice.

Tastes like an infusion of chai, chocolate, and beer -- three of my favorite things. Little hop bitterness. Very sweet but very tasty.

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Photo of ncredible1
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A - Deep mahogany and woody brown with minimal head and almost no lacing.

S - Tons of hazelnut, coffee, and toasted grains. Highly inviting.

T - Begins with plenty of nuttiness and roasted malts. An avalanche of crunchy hazelnut envelops the palate, followed by chocolate and some more coffee. Finishes smooth and clean, without much lingering flavor.

M - This is super smooth, with little to no aftertaste.

D - Goes down really easy, and before you know it, the bomber is gone.

This might be one of my favorite accessible brown ales of all time. With each and every sip, I just crave more until the bottle is finished. Great value and great taste for sure.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of genesisgrunge
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: nice dark brown body, big head diminishes into a cm thick head after a minute
S: hazelnut, malt, brown sugar
T: if you like hazelnut, you're going to get a whole lot of hazelnut :) a sweet malt flavor follows, and it's topped off by a hop tang at the end
M: crisp and clear feel like a golden, wholesome hazelnut provides the smoothness and heaviness of a brown ale throughout
O: excellent beer. thoroughly infused in hazelnut but not too sugary or roasted. a robust and complex balance of flavors.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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? ;^)

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Photo of Transatlantic
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice hazy brown color with a creamy inch head that dissipates with time. Lacing is pretty good as well.

S - Nutty, caramel, burnt sugar...can't say i'm smelling the hazelnut though.
Edit - But after first taste, the hazelnut shoots all through your nasal passages.

T - Very nutty, very caramel like, very sweet. There is a slight hop bitterness towards the back of the mouth, but it isn't very powerful. The hazelnut smell really kicks in through the nose.

M - Medium bodied, tastes stick to you very well.

D - This is overwhelmingly drinkable. If they weren't as costly as they are, i'd be downing these more often.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque chocolaty brown with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Strongly malty aroma has undertones of chocolate and molasses. Rich, thick flavor has a firm tone of molasses and hints of unsweetened chocolate and roast coffee. Texture is smooth and thick, almost like fizzy milk. Excellent!

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife swears by this beer, and while I wouldn't kill for it the way she would, I would definitely injure for it. Huge hazelnut flavor announces itself through the nose. The strong flavor sticks with you via aftertaste, but in this case, that's a good thing. More of a desert beer than an everyday drink, but it's a damn good one.

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Photo of Ave
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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.


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Photo of pheggeseth
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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

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Photo of pkalix
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! very interesting smell!!!!
but let's start with the appearance- beautiful molasses color, minimum head.
now the smell- AWESOME!!! i love nuts and i am aware many brews dont 'project' what they call themselves. but i get the hazelnut aroma here and anxiously awaiting the first sip as i write this.
i wasnt expecting much (refer to the 'project' comment above) but this is a decent tasting brew. not sure i get the hazelnut flavor from the taste as much as i might the aroma (you realize 'flavored' coffee doesnt exist- it's an added AROMA they mix in with the beans to 'trick' your taste buds into believing it is tasting what it is smelling). but it's a decent tasting brew. i would take off major points if i found out they added the AROMA, but i think i can get the hazelnut flavor in there....
mouthfeel is always a difficult category for me, but it's a medium-bodied, minimally carbonated liquid.
overall, it's what i expected when i purchased it which is an accomplishment in that sense. it tastes good, has a decent abv, and can be had in more than one at a time. slight 'flavoring bitterness' in the end taste, but it is minimal.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of baiser
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown colour, with a creamy brown head. Wonderful aroma of hazelnut, toasted notes, chocolate and grain. Smells like hazelnut chocolate. By far, the best brown ale I've had. The hazelnut flavour is insane. Shots of hazelnut flavouring, rich, nutty, balanced by a good bitterness. Wonderful, easy drinking brown ale. Enjoyed by all of my friends.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Nesued
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered this at a local "flying saucer", my first taste of a "Rogue-based" brew. Being on-tap, I decided to give it a try.

Appearance: Very dark brown coloring, the draw I received had a lasting head that took at least five minutes to "calm down".

Smell: An overwhelming hazelnut extract aroma with an underlying malt addition.

Taste: Wonderfully smooth and well-bodied taste, the presence of hazelnut was one of the draws to trying this beer, and the strong presence was expected. The malt and chocolate taste was present and balanced out what would have been a very awkward "one-sided" extract beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was well-balanced and added to the "denseness" of the presentation. A more carbonated presence would have (obviously) given a weaker presentation.

Drinkability: The was a wonderfully drinkable beer. In fact I stopped by a local shop to pick up several of the "20-oz bottles" on my way home. A $5.30 price per bottle is a bit of a kick-back, but only slightly. Others have said this would be a good "dessert-beer" and I agree, however it worked well in a "chips and salsa sitting around a table talking" format as well. Was a good pairing with the queso dip actually.

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly powerful aroma of malt, that brown ale nuttiness, and some fruit.

T: Tasted mainly of the nutty quality (the hazelnut I assume), roasted malt, some dark fruits, and a light amount of hops. Easily the most complex, flavorful and enjoyable brown ale I've tasted.

M: A lot of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a brilliant example of an American Brown Ale. Sweet-tasting, lots of personality, well-balanced - everything you want.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Lazy Dog Cafe in Valencia, CA.

A - Color is a strongly brewed iced tea tone that came with no head. Very little lacing on this one.

S - Sweet malts, chocolate, hazelnuts.

T - Bittersweet chocolate mixed with toasted hazelnuts. There is a slight bitterness to this beer that is fleeting.

M - Leaves a slight coating feeling in the mouth. Good carbonation.

D - This is a very good beer. I had it with a hickory smoked bacon and blue cheese butter burger and it was a fine meal indeed. I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.