Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,372
Hads: 3,813
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 251
Gots: 584 | FT: 3
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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: 1,372 | Hads: 3,813
Photo of beertaster13
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mocha brown with ruby streaks, the lightish tan head is a nice thickness at first then settles to average. Lacing is average as well. The smell is strong on chocolate covered nuts, the hazlenut is noticable but not overly offensive. The taste is very caramel/molasses, slight traces of nut but doesn't throw off the sweetness, a slight bitter hop blends the beer into a solid creation. Medium to almost full bodied, smooth and rich, very good dessert beer. (469 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice beer.

Dark brown. Nice fluffy head. Moderate carbonation.
Robust chocolatey nutty aroma. Man this stuff really smells great.
I didn't know what a hazelnut tasted like until I took a drink of this. I like hazelnuts. The choclateyness really works well with the nuttyness. This medium bodied beer seems to stick around in you mouth for a while. Man this is good. Probably the best Rogue ale I've tried so far. (422 characters)

Photo of SlowTwitch
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish brown. Clear. Tight 3/4" head when poured. Laces nicely and lace sticks to glass through the drink.

Smell - Nutty, chocolatey, rich.

Taste - A nice rich maltiness. Hops present in aftertaste that aren't noticeable when first tasted. Chocolate malts are easy to identify. Call me crazy, but I didn't taste the hazelnut (or general 'nuttiness') as much as I expected to.

Mouthfeel - Rich mouthfeel. Taste lingers for a while between sips.

Drinkability - Easier to drink as the beer warms.

Overall - Good beer with a great initial richness that is more apparent as the beer warms. Not the best example of a Brown Ale, but one that is certainly worth tasting. (691 characters)

Photo of CSquared
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

Appearance: beautiful translucent medium brown beer with a small light brown head and light lacing

Aroma: the aroma was my favorite part of this beer. Lots of nuttines, sweet malts and chocolate notes

Taste: sweet malts and the hazelnut prevail, light caramel notes. the beer got too be a bit too sweet by the end of the bomber though

Mouthfeel: medium body and very smooth, light aftertaste

Drinkability: Moderately drinkable beer, nice and smooth but the sweetness would have me looking for something else after two (545 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Morimoto Hazelnut Brown Signature Ale pours a clear dark ruby color with a frothy tan head that quickly dissolved to a thin ring on the surface. No lace was on the glass as the beer emptied.

The aroma is mainly roasted malt with some notes of nuts and chocolate mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is a well blended taste of roasted malt, hazelnut and hints of chocolate. A hint of hops finishes each sip. I noticed that the chocolate aroma and flavor grew stronger as the beer warmed.

This is a nice beer with a well balanced flavor. It would be great with a chocolate dessert. (594 characters)

Photo of rugger
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a not too dark ruby red with a big head that disipates quickly. Smells of fruit, peach/plum and very seet malty aroma. The taste is complex with a nutty/plum taste mixed in with chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel is thick and and almost reminds me of taddy porter, but I may be halucinating. This beer is very drinkable, however I couldn't do more than two bombers in a session. Good job Rogue, however I did expect more seeing as how Morimoto is endorsing this beer. I am a big fan of Iron Chef. (513 characters)

Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz. bomber with Morimota signature. Once again, great bottle from Rogue. $4 at the Wine Seller in Williamsburg, VA

Appearance - decently thick, frothy tan head, dissipates to a decent film across the top. Dark brown hue, fairly opaque, copper tints.

Aroma - powerful, very nutty. I have to presume hazelnut, though I am not exactly sure what that smells like. Nice earthy, roasted aroma. Strong and very interesting, but perhaps a bit off-putting, though that could just be personal taste rather than a fault of the beer.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, nothing in particular. Carbonation was good, but maybe a bit strong. Doesn't really matter.

Taste - good, biting carbonation up front. Dissipates into a strong roasted malt and mostly nutty flavor at the back of the tounge. Very robust flavor. Settles down a bit leaving a slighty sweet malty flavor, feels like some chocolate malts as well.

Overall a pretty interesting, fairly aggressive brew. Admittedly hard for me to judge because I have had very little experience with brown ales. In any case, very drinkable, wish I had another. (1,118 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown/ruby red color with a coffee-colored head. I let mine sit for a while after pouring, so the head subsided substantially. Beautiful aroma of sweet syrup, coffee, hazelnuts, and roasted sweet malt. Wonderful palate of hazelnut, hazelnut, and more hazelnut, slightly balanced by some dry malt and toffee notes. (Had an idea while tasting this one: reduce it, maybe mix it with a little maple syrup, and pour it on pancakes. Haven't tried it, but I'm willing to be you won't be disappointed.)
Slightly sticky body, but overall very nice. Couldn't drink more than one of these in a session, but who would want to? It's a wonderful, unique beer. Great companion while watching Morimoto battle it out on Iron Chef. (725 characters)

Photo of frazbri
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with ruby accents. Looks like a good brown ale. Nice cream colored head dissapates rather quickly. Roasted nuts dominate the aroma with just a hint of hops. The taste leans toward the sweet side. Moderate carbonation.

This to me is a desert beer. Tastes like ameretto to me. By the end of the glass it's almost barleywinesqe in it's warming affect. If you like things a little sweet, give this beer a shot. (434 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a chesnut red-brown ale that had very little head, which may or may not be the result of how I poured it. Oh well.

The aroma was of rich dark malts, with a hint of nuttiness that was almost masked by the underlying sweetness.

The taste was of rich nutty malt, and it was definitely identifiable as hazelnut. It stood out, yet blended very very well. The balance was excellent. This lingered on in the aftertaste.

An excellent ale... I look forward to trying their Morimoto Hazelnut beer. (505 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Red Bones.

This brown poured a clear, dark chestnut color with light brown, creamy foam that settled. The smell was of dark caramel with a very light nutty aroma. The taste had caramel and faint hazelnuts with hints of coffee and toffee. There was a very light sweetness followed by a very light bitterness in the finish (hops, tannins?). The mouthfeel was dry and smooth with medium-full body and modest carbonation. The flavor lingered nicely. This was a very flavorful and enjoyable ale! Delicious on tap -- I will have to try it from a bottle someday. (576 characters)

Photo of jimdkc
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber with a silkscreened smiling Chef Morimoto inspecting a mug. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. A small tan head quickly fades to a lasting thin foam ring. Smell is malt with hazelnuts. It smells like it's going to be really sweet... but it isn't. Taste is toasted malt with hazelnut flavor and a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Smooth, hoppy finish with just a little bitterness. Light to medium body. A little alcohol warming in the throat as the beer warms. This is a good beer to sip over the course of an evening. Went well with a chocolate brownie I had for dessert! (594 characters)

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

I dind't think this was awesome in the bottle, but this past week on tap at Redbones...it was delicious. Pour was dark brown with reddish highlights. I thought it had a roasted nutella smell to it. Taste was nice flavors of hazelnut, coffee, and chocolate all rolled up...I sorta got Tootsie Roll flavor off the beer. A flavorful beer that was in good shape, and if I saw on draft would get again, it beat the bottle version. (425 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(10/12/04 edit)
I tried this beer at the Rogue Brewery while in Newport, Ore., in October and my faith was restored. Freshness counts. The taste was nutty and malty and didn't have the nut extract taste I'd noticed when having it in Florida. I've adjusted my review accordingly.

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(6/24/04 review follows)

I hadn't had Hazelnut Brown Nectar since I last reviewed it, and I haven't reviewed it on-tap. I must say I was disappointed by the beer I had at my local pub. It wasn't bad by any means, but it sure didn't live up to my memory of it.

I checked my review of the bottled version and the keg this beer came from must not be that fresh. It did have to travel all the way from Oregon to Florida. (Although I had some fantastic Rogue Dead Guy at the same pub last month.) The biggest characteristic in this beer is the hazelnut aroma/flavor, which is almost too powerful.

I will have to re-visit this beer. I'm making a mental note to try it on-tap at the Rogue brewery when I'm there in September.

I suggest you try this beer from the bottle unless you live on the West Coast of the United States. Otherwise the beer may not live up to its -- deserved -- fantastic reputation. When it's good, it's hard to beat. But this pint I had was just a bit too dull. It was average when it should have been excellent. (1,331 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good, Morimoto-san. It pours a chocolate brown in color, with no head and no lace. The hops are even throughout the beer. The first hint of hazelnut comes in the aroma, but it is not as strong as I thought it was going to be when I tasted it. The hazelnut flavor was pretty subtle inbetween the earthy hops. A great beer for a tasting or to sip slowly. (365 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mohagany in color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is malty, toasty and nutty. The flavors are malty, with the hazelnut flavor from beginning to end. The hop flavor is minimal, but it concludes with a drying finish. It is a tasty, medium bodied brew. I will drink this one again.

Sampled 3/20/04 (305 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a one-finger head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Deep, clear amber color. Low carbonation. Nose is a light malt. Light bodied which is surprising for a brown. Starts malty and then the hazelnut kicks in - very nice. The ABV is 8.8%. $4.60 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (315 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby brown. Nice tan head with slightly wimpy retention.

Aroma: Light coffee notes, balanced by toffee sweetness in the smell. Also smells of toast.

Taste: Roasty malt disappears a bit to a moderately full mouthfeel. There is a hint of cherry and nuttyness on the tongue. The nuttyness overpowers most of the other flavors, and the finish is a slight lingering toasty bitterness.

Notes: This is a solid brown. The nuttyness keeps the burnt flavors at bay, and makes the finish a bit smoother than some browns. (530 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with nice amber hues. A thin tan head adorns the top of this beer.

A nutty sweet aroma wafts from the surface of this beer and treats my nose to the aniticipation of the first sip.

A sweet hazlenut flavor characterizes this beers taste. There is a perfect blend of sweetness that not too sweet.

This beer is not as thick as I expected for such a dark beer. There is a smooth rich finish that is absolutely wonderful.

A nice beer that is definitely worth trying again. Along with their chocolate stout, Rogue knows how to make dessert beers that aren't too sweet or gimmicky. (606 characters)

Photo of gentlebubbles
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzes like a Coke as it pours out and piles up an enthusiastic towering light tan head. The brown ale takes on a distinctly reddish color when held up to a light.

I smell sweet caramel with a hint of raisin. I taste hazelnut, caramel and a bit of smoke. Lotsa fine cloudy bubbles dive down the gullet, leaving behind a winey finish, like port or cream sherry. (363 characters)

Photo of DPMomutant
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours certainly darker than a brown ale. The color is just short of straight black. The medium head dissipates quickly and isn't terribly sticky.

The smell is very nice. It is mostly of nuts mixed with toasty malt with what smell a bit like chocolate way in the background.

The taste is of a really good brown ale with a solid nutty flavor added. Hints of chocolate and coffee as well, but not very much. And the whole thing has an interesting, but hard to pin down, fruity quality.

While the taste always helps a beer go down better, the moderate carbonation and balanced consistency help out.

This one is definitely session-worthy. No harshness with a very interesting flavor. Would go great with dessert too. The nuts provide a twinge of sweetness without going too far. (785 characters)

Photo of MediocreatBest
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a dark brown, darker then your normal brown ale, but as dark as a porter, it looks velvety and you cant see much light shining through. Smell is hazel nut, obviously, general nut smell as well as vanillia and a little bit of coffee. There is a bit to much of hazel nut flavor for my taste, if it it was a bit more subdued i would like the taste more. There are definate nut/vanillia coffee taste to it. Mouth feel is great, thick and creamy. It ranks low on drinkability due to the overbearing hazelnut flavor. A good overall beer, not something i could drink all the time, but could go very nicely as a desert beer, though the bottle has a picture of a cow and a pig, i assume suggesting to be drank with those two meets, but for me i could see it going real well with coffee ice cream with hot fudge on and nuts on top. ,aybe a beer float with some vanillia ice cream, the thick texture would lend well to that. (919 characters)

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

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick frothy light tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is exceptional. It has a nice malty core littered with dark cystal and chocolate malts as well as a wonderful hazelnut aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth brown ale flavor with a darker malt feel. It has a creamy nut finish that is quite tastey. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brown ale. It has tremendous flavor and aroma; a good sessions brew. (525 characters)

Photo of John
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, moderate head. Hazelnut, vanilla and caramel aroma. Taste is a blend of the hazelnut that greets at the onset, caramel and a grainy, malty, body verifying character swirls around in the middle, vanilla finishes it off. Malted milk balls come to mind. A gentle swirl regenerates the head and releases a fresh waft of the unique bouquet. Body light-medium, carbonation level is smooth and unobtrusive. Best consumed at cellar temperature. Rogue gets thumbs up on this brew and deserves credit for their creativity. (532 characters)

Photo of necoadam
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dirt brown color with some carbonation that is visible. Smell is very malty. Lots of roasted aroma is noted as well. Some caramel and plums can also be detected. Taste is where it's at. Malts come in the beginning along with some roasted flavors as well. Hops are in the middle, but quickly flare out and let's the sweetness take over. Chocolate undertones are there along with the sweetness. Not too thin and not too big. Perhaps one of the best Rogue brews out there. (482 characters)

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