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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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Ratings: 2896
Reviews: 1312
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,896 | Reviews: 1,312 | Show All Ratings:
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Stimack

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has been on my list to get for a while but though it is readily available I have passed on it but was able to give this one a try the other day on tap. Brew was poured to a nice medium dark brown clearish (guess that is not a word but I am going with it!) brown color with a smallish (not sure how long this has been on tap but Mahars usually has pretty good turnover) light tan head. The aromas where inviting, roasted malt and chocolate came to the forefront with some roasted nut (hazelnut I suppose from the title) aromas present. The flavors seemed to be a bit more chocolaty than hazelnut but a nice mix. The one knock that I guess I would have against this brew is it seemed a little watery but over all I did enjoy it, easy going down. Would get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 17:36:30 | More by Stimack
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techcommdood

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid but clear lighter brown in color, no head to speak of.

Strong aroma of hazelnut and citrus. An odd combination.

Taste brings more of the hazelnut and citrus zest, but also some nice chocolate malt flavor that rounds the beer off nicely.

Mouthfeel was a little thin. Though you get a good dose of hazelnut flavor, it's definitely not as rich a feel as you would get from hazelnut coffee or from a traditional brown ale.

Fairly drinkable, but the rich flavor combined with the lighter mouthfeel lefe me wanting more of a lasting impression.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 15:38:26 | More by techcommdood
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Oatsoda

California

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass, the thin layer of foam quickly dissipates above a red-brown translucent body.

As you would expect from the name, the aroma is very hazelnutty- reminding me of drinking a flavored coffee.

To my flavor-sensing mechanisms, it seemed to have a low malt presence with at least half of its taste coming from a grapefruit-like citrus finish. Not at all what I was expecting with the hazelnut preview.

Light-bodied, it's carbonation was like a flat soda.

Although it is a dark-colored beer, I imagine it as a good summer thirst-quencher with its strong citrus taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 08:39:14 | More by Oatsoda
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tpd975

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin offwhite head. Okay retention and spotty lace.

S: Aroma is hazelnuts and roasted malts, gooey toffee and chocolate malt.

T: Taste of dark chocolate, almond, and obviously hazelnut. This beer definitely reminds me of an iced hazelnut coffee, maybe even a little mocha. A bit of fakness to the taste though.

M: Medium in body with great carbonation on draft.

D: Not bad. If not for the slightly off puting fake flavor it would call it good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 21:04:07 | More by tpd975
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naterock

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HAd on tap at Patton Alley Pub. Poured deep brown with a two finger head and weak lacing.

smell is weak, typical for a brown ale.

taste is rich a nutty, hazelnut is present but not overpowering of the malt. decent reprsentation but not really enough hazelnut to be really taken seriously.

body is thin, but with a nice aftertaste, decently drinkable, but I have to say just ok for a brown

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 01:32:48 | More by naterock
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WAP

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an attractive dark-brown with a thin head that left minimal lacing. The smell was very nice, and filled with nice caramel and hazelnut notes.

Taste was very nice, sweet caramel with a nice nuttiness. The finish held some sweetened-coffee notes. Mouthfeel was quite nice, but I think the sweetness takes away from overall drinkability here. After a couple of servings, I was longing for something with some bitterness to balance out.

Very nice offering, but not the best session beer for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 23:52:04 | More by WAP
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Wackyfoot

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you notice whether you're getting this on tap or pouring your own from a bomber is that huge smell. I grew up in a town with a lot of filbert (hazelnut) farms and this thing takes me back to my childhood with that aroma, nothing else permeates the smell. The mouthfeel is sticky and creamy and very sweet but not annoyingly so. This is the best brown ale I've ever had, and I am super craving one at this very second.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 07:53:56 | More by Wackyfoot
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Arbitrator

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap guest beer at Firehouse in Palo Alto.

The bartender poured it into a chilled glass, which was a little irritating. Had to wait for it to warm up.

A: Dark brown. When held to the light, gave reddish highlights.

S: Hazelnut overpowers the smell, with hints of coffee and toasted malts.

T: Thick flavor. Roast coffee, chocolate, hazelnut. Nice dark blend and a terrific brown ale.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: I liked it, but didn't think it was remarkable. However, my brown ale palate is underdeveloped. I will definitely try it again and see if my appreciation changes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2008 21:33:04 | More by Arbitrator
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magictrokini

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Yard House San Diego. Pours dark, dark brown with no head. Aroma of coffee and hazelnuts. Taste is smooth and sweet, with the obvious hazelnuts. Backed with coffee and roasted malts flavors. Tastes like a carbonated coffee with hazelnut creamer. Decent enough to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 16:40:40 | More by magictrokini
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 00:19:34 | More by Cyberkedi
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite offerings from the fine people at the rogue brewery

A- Med. Brown decent head, faded quick

S- Hazelnut, caramel, malty

T- Nutty, delicious.

M- Thinish

D- I could drink this for breakfast lunch and dinner. I love this beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 16:13:58 | More by mugglesandhops
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glid02

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh in Atlanta.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly nutty. There's also a sweet butterscotch aroma.

Tastes good. Sweet malts and nut up front ending with a mild bitterness. The butterscotch is also there, although not as intense as it is in the smell.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness isn't great, but it's by no means watery. Carbonation is just right, and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good, although the sweetness is a bit overpowering. The first glass went down easily, but I can't see myself having more than one of these at a time.

Overall it's another solid beer from Rogue. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 02:44:48 | More by glid02
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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 01:39:58 | More by HoppyMcStout
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark mahogany color,with some lace left on the glass.

smell - Nuts, chocolate, hazelnut smells here.

taste - Real nice smooth beer. Chocolate and hazelnut. It was almost like drinking coffee. I love hazelnut coffee.

mouthfeel - Medium, and creamy.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, would drink it again....maybe with a donut this time lol.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 00:32:38 | More by auxiliary
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Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Brownish-red with a 1-finger beige head. Decent lacing.

S: Faint -- nutty with some cocoa powder.

T: Definitely a Brown Ale, as this leans sharply toward the malty side of the malt/hop continuum. At first I get sweet malt with some broad nuttiness, then hazelnut, cocoa and even a touch of vanilla. As it warms a little I get caramel malt and toffee. No real bitterness to offset the sweet profile of this beer; then again, having had a SN Torpedo before this, I'm not sure I'd be able to taste hops unless they smacked me in the face (I did reboot with a good amount of water b/w beers, however).

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Good overall feel to it -- didn't feel thin at all as some Browns seem to.

D: Good. I like some bitterness, even in my Brown Ales, but the sweetness never approached cloying territory.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2008 14:18:27 | More by Kendo
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as impressed as I was with the bottled version.

Average brown ale appearance, slightly soapy head with not much volume. Not unattractive color, very rich. Good lacing definitely knocks the score up a notch.

The aroma seems very muted and a little weak. Mostly sweet, biscuity malt, with no sign of the hops or the hazelnut.

The flavor is just so good. A bit like a nicely flavored coffee in that it doesn't let the flavor overtake the drink. Toasted malt up front, slightly sweet, with a pleasantly full mouthfeel for style. Carbonation is excellent, and allows the hazelnut on the finish to expand on the palate and stick around, maximizing its usefulness.

Very impressive hazelnut character, mild and unobtrusive but inarguably present, it's a very nice piece of balancing work done by Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 05:07:44 | More by BretSikkink
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mhaugan

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice nut brown color with a tan head. You can definitely smell the hazelnuts in it. I was floored by the hazelnut and roasted malty combination. Slight maple syrup flavor as well. all of this is ballanced with some nice noble hops. I had given up on brown ales as being to boring, but now I an prompted to go out an brew one for myself.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 21:21:51 | More by mhaugan
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kasper

New York

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a semi-opaque dark chestnut brown with a massive foamy, frothy head that falls to a thin blanket relatively quickly. Leaves patches of lacing on the glass.

S: Awesome aroma of fresh chopped hazelnuts and mild coffee with some faint hops in the background. Overall, a creamy hazelnut aroma. This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had the pleasure sinking my nose into. I could just sit and smell this brew forever.

T: Taste is very much like the nose, but not as pronounced. Smooth, creamy and full hazelnut. Sweet up front, with just a slight zing of bittersweet hazelnut sugars on the semi-dry finish that explodes with even more hazelnut.

M: Smooth as a babies bottom. Medium bodied, but slightly creamy with mild carbonation. Tingling carbonation on the tip of the tongue with each swallow.

D: Sorry to harp on the word 'smooth, 'but this is one easy drinking, tasty brew. I could easily take down a bomber or two of these puppies. Among the best brews from Rogue, hands down. Right up their with the three stouts and double IPA (which freaking rocks on tap, btw).

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 00:39:07 | More by kasper
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everetends

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Get this on-tap at The J. Clyde in Birmingham, Alabama. Presented in a pint tumbler.

A: A nice copper to dark brown with a great head that lasts long into the beer.

S: You get a little bit of roasted malt and coffee,but a lot of hazelnut. Smells amazing.

T: You guessed it, hazelnut. You get a bit of coffee, chocolate, and grains, but plenty of nuttiness. If you love hazelnut, as most Germans like myself do, you will love this beer.

M: Good carbonation with a little bit of a syrupy effect, but nothing to turn you off the beer.

D: It is mighty tasty. You can get in over your head like my buddy did during last years Magic City Brewfest. He never left the Rogue vendor and almost got sick off the combination of sweetness and the heat. Still a great beer, but not meant for heavy drinking. Savor this one, people.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2008 23:53:31 | More by everetends
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drperm

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC.

Our table was fairly evenly divided over this one -- either loved it or hated it. I gave it a robust "Good Lord!" upon first sip. It definitely drinks stronger than the 6.22% ABV that it is. Flirts with the possibility of being too sweet, but the folks at Rogue yet again pull off something that otherwise shouldn't really work.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2008 17:30:23 | More by drperm
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Misfit138

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Huntsville, alabama

A- Served in a pint glass with no head what-so-ever. Was a medium dark brown. This beer usually has a decent head so I don't know what happened here.

S- Hazelnut, and some more hazelnut. I think this beer is perhaps the best smelling beer ever. No lie.

T- The taste is hazelnut, but the overall beer is pretty light in taste.

M- The beer is is surprisingly light also, it really isn't much heavier than most american domestics.

D- I think the drinkabilty is pretty high, I usually only have one or two at a time so I haven't used in a session. I think its a rather interesting beer and try to pick up when I can.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2008 16:09:02 | More by Misfit138
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ubermick

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Rogue Public House, San Francisco

A: Poured a lovely deep copper colour, with an exceptional head. A really attractive beer that looked like a promo shot.

S: Toasted malts, toffee, and of course, hazelnuts...

T: VERY tasty. Begins with hazelnuts and toffee sweetness, almost like a candy bar for the first moment, but recedes into lovely toasted grains. The sweetness lasted throughout, making it not bitter at all.

MF/D: Decently solid, nice carbonation. It's not the greatest beer to hold in your mouth, certainly not the worst. But it goes down beautifully, and is extremely drinkable. Very well balanced, and a must to try. (For an interesting beverage, ask for a black and tan with this and their chocolate stout!)

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2008 00:53:44 | More by ubermick
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AndIWantYou

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately, I drank this as part of Brewer's Night at Latona Tavern in Seattle -- this was one of several Rogue beers I had. I can't give a proper review, as I didn't take notes while drinking it. However, it was the first and only time this beer will be served cask aged, and I couldn't let that occasion pass without note.

The main thing I can comment on is the flavor: nutty, definite hazelnut taste, but without coming across as a gimmicky beer. That is, the hazelnut blends right in to the maltiness and hoppiness of the beer without seeming like an adjunct. Medium body (that is, it didn't stand out in my mind as too thin or too heavy) and an uncertain color--Latona's lighting is not the best--round out what is certain to be the most unique beer you've tasted in a while. Recommend you have this with chocolate and maybe some butter wafers to get the full effect; I can't imagine strawberry or raspberry preserves would detract, either.

Likes: flavor, mouthfeel, appearance.

Dislikes: limited availability :)

Serving type: cask

02-26-2008 06:39:34 | More by AndIWantYou
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phunkykim

New York

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

as my profile shows - i am a wit/wheat kinda chic
i enjoyed drinking this on tap at the great Barcade in Brooklyn

new years eve - the great divide st. bridget let me the way to try some stouts & browns...

The hazelnut comes with a dark brown color w/ a smallish head

i thought this was going to be a very sweet beer - but wasnt too sweet.
will definitely have this one again

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2008 22:13:22 | More by phunkykim
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Rogue Brewery in Portland, Oregon.

A - Tan brown with slightly red tint, one and a half fingers of light head that dissipates slowly.

S - Sweet malt, light hop, hazelnut.

T - Toasty malt taste at first a sweet caramel second and a great roasted hazelnut finish last.

M - light to medium bodied, smooth coat and tastes thicker than imagined.

D - Very drinkable on tap, have had mixed quality in 22oz. bottles but all in all is one hell of a brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2008 19:37:27 | More by
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