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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,348 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,348
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 178
Gots: 284 | 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:
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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Photo of Px2GrafX
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.

Px2GrafX, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
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.

KarlHungus, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of Nesued
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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.

Nesued, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real dark reddish brown color,very nice,but the head is smallish.This has a real nutty,hazelnut,and chocolate aroma.I don't have a great nose,but this is very strong.This tastes great!! A real strong nutty,creamy, chocolate flavor.This is delicious. This has a light/medium feel for a brown ale,very drinkable.Another awesome beer from Rogue.

jmz62565, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

jaluria, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After dancing around this beer for some time, I finally got arround to trying it. Smells like a really good nut brown ale. Lots of barley malt, almonds, hazlenut, chocolate and roasted malt with a fermented sour to the nose. Looks almost opaque and dark brown. Lightly headed with a tan lace. Tastes like a big flavored brown ale with ameretto mixed in. Flavors of hazlenut, cocoa, barley malt, and caramel remain strong into the finish. The beer wears a bit grainy and astringent, but not to deterring levels. Finishes a bit thinner than the initial sip. Could be a bit creamier. Still-good beer.

BEERchitect, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of Bitterbill
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? ;^)

Bitterbill, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber brown with an almost tan and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong chocolate with a hazelnut character. The aroma was nutty and contained a strong Munich malt character coupled with a light and sweet caramel aroma. A very light fruity character was also present.

The flavor was crisp with a light Munich malt nuttiness coupled with a hazelnut flavor and a light chocolate. A caramel malt flavor was also present and a very light fruitiness.

The finish was dry with a lasting light chocolate and hazelnut flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A nice beer, with easy drinkablilty and a good hazelnut character. Not as hoppy as an American Brown Ale would normally be, more English with hazelnuts.

22 ounce bottle. No freshness dating.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of nickss
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.

nickss, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of granger10
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this Rogue variation on tap. I think it might be the same recipe as the Morimoto but it definitely has a different flavor profile on tap. I like the bottle version but this stuff is really good on tap. Dark brown, hazelnut, color. Nice creamy tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is coffee with hazelnut and more nuttyness. Flavor leans on the sweet side with caramel and toffee malts. Nutty base. Lots of roasted hazelnut flavor in here. Creamy. A bit of coffee in here. Finish is somewhat dry but lingers. Mouthfeel is excellent. The flavors transition and work with each other quite well. There's a nice all around thickness to this beer. Better on tap than bottle imo.

granger10, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with a one finger head that quickly recedes to a thin ring, with mild lacing.

Smells sweet, nutty, mild chocolate, and roasted malts.

Taste was some chococalte, hazelnut, caramel, with a sweet malty finish. Color me crazy, but this reminds me somewhat of a dopplebock when it gets a litte warmer. This one goes down very smooth, with only a touch of bitterness.

RedHaze, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of BarrelBrother
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

BarrelBrother, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of HochFliegen
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown color with a thin head.
Chocolate dominated the aroma of the beer was looking for a more hazelnut scent. But it was nice with a big malty nose to it.
The taste was quite smooth with a big chocolate flavor at first tapers off to a hint of nuts and slight bitterness.
Good amount of hazelnut flavor and more detectable in the after taste. Good smooth beer that is great for a after dinner drink.

HochFliegen, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep cola brown with a thin tan-brown head that holds pretty well and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell is all kinds of chocolate, particularly baking chocolate, with a lot of hazelnut, almond, and maybe even walnut sneaking in there. It's a big malty nose, but it's a really pleasant sniffer.

Flavor has a nice chocolate sweetness that's rounded out nicely by all the nutty accents. The hazelnut doesn't come through in an overpowering way and is nicely offset by a healthy little hop bite.

As the finish gets nice and dry, you want another drink.

Overall: A very nice sweetened brown ale to drink as a dessert or at the end of the night.

whartontallboy, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine quality product from Rogue.

Purchased in a 22 oz bomber. My 2 cents about Rogue's "expensive" bomber controversy is that I'd really rather purchase it this way than in a six-pack. If I'm not blown away by a beer, I'd much rather only drink 22 ounces of it than 72.

And with that being said, this beer is worth the $5 bottle.

The scent gets your taste buds thumping in anticipation. Pleasantly sweet with maple-syrup tones, but not sicky-sweet or overpowering.

This beer fills your mouth full-up with its complexity. There's so much going on... It's hard to describe it all. I will leave some things to you to find out for yourself. I will say the hazelnut flavor is fully present & very well balanced in the mix.

Definitely a highly drinkable beer worth your $$$. This is easily the best brown ale i've ever had.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of killthehatred
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 22 bomber...

Good-looking brown ale - good clarity, very reddish in color with a small head that disappears towards the end.

The smell was not quite what I expected - very malty, roasted smell with a little bit of chocolate. I hoped there'd be more hazelnut in the aroma, but it was harder to detect...

The taste is truly delicious. Malty bitter chocolate goodness with hazelnut undertones that are most easily detected after the post-sip exhale. The rich, smooth feel makes it extremely drinkable. Very good beer.

killthehatred, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Illinick
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a 22 oz. bomber.
A: Dark brown with a hint of reddish hues, rootbeerish in color. Tan head that dissipates very quickly-I'm dissappointed with the head retention even after a vigorous pour.
S: Hazelnut, roasted/burnt nut, chocolate and fig smell all on a canvas driven by malt. Also a hint of bread in the b-ground.
T: Paralleling the smell the taste is encircled around a backdrop of malt. Definate hazelnut, bitter chocolate and fig tastes up front with malt throughout and especially in finish-sweet and malty. Also flavors of bread poking around. Sweet malt throughout.
MF: A smooth, medium mouthfeel that sits and rolls off the tongue nicely.
Overall: A solid Rogue offering and a great after dinner beer. May be too malty "sweet" for consumption anytime but after dinner. Makes for a nice desert beer though and I enjoyed the infused hazelnut-in taste and aroma.

Illinick, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, caramel around the edges. Good, very fine lacing. Does smell faintly of hazelnut, more like chocolate though--kind of like cake icing. Taste is too malty upfront, but has a nice roasted, nutty finish. Too much unbalanced sweetness. Not as good as I had remembered.

battlekow, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a small head that quickly settles down to a mocha colored ring around my glass.

The aroma is a little lacking but I can pick up on some mild hazelnut.

The flavor is of chocolate malt with some caramel and nutty flavor in the finish. This is a great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Where this one lacks in nose it makes up for in flavor. I highly recommend this beer.

Brian700, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of Knuckles
1.85/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Apparently this was my weekend for artificially sweetened brown ales. First the Longboat Double Chocolate Porter, and now this. My wife works in the county clerk's office, and has a process server come in on a regular basis raving about this beer. I am not one who enjoys extract flavored beers, but we picked this up anyway just so she could tell him she tried it, and get him off her back.

Appeareance: My wife poured it, and didn't do a great job on my glass. She got the perfect head in hers, and mine looked like an espresso snowstorm. Nice umber colored pour. No, I don't really know what umber looks like. It just sounded complimentary for a beer I basically hated.

Smell: Hazelnut latte. For the record, I drink my coffee black.

Taste: Not as bad as the Longboat. This one almost has a hint of beer flavor to it, but it really is overpowered by the sweetness of the hazelnut. Gives it almost a sweetened iced coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Seems a bit thin to me. However, I don't drink many browns (read: any browns at all), so I don't have anything to compare it to. I'll go with my ever-expanding gut.

Drinkability: I couldn't finish the glass. Didn't want to finish the glass, and my wife didn't finish hers. I'd say that out of the 22 ounces in that bomber, we drank maybe 8 combined, and it was 8 too many. I seriously don't know how people can drink this. It's painful.

Knuckles, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22 oz brown bottle into a chimay chalice.

This beer pours a deep carmel color with a 1/2 inch head. You can smell the hazelnuts in this brew and some other nuttyness mabey almonds.

Taste is malty no real noticable hops here a bit bitter on the finish. The head dissapears fairly quickly with minimal lacing. A medium bodied beer but very tasty. The taste of the nuts really explodes in your mouth. A good desert beer. If I can find this brew again I will buy some more for sure.

charlottebeerguy, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of karst
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark redish brown with dense 1 fingered persistent head in a pint glass.
Aroma of caramel, nuts and mild chocolate.
Flavors similar with beautiful blend of dark crystal malts and hazelnuts peaking in and out of chocolate and sweet caramel malts. Saaz hops just noticable but essental to the flavor complexity. Full body with round dextrinous mouthfeel.
No worries about strong overbearing spices or malts. Just a little soft hazelnut lingers for a pleasant goodbye in the bittersweet finish.

Very drinkable paired well with brownies or any sweet desert.
Thanks Jason and Jenifer.

karst, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish-brown color, no head to speak of. Aroma is full of nuttiness and cocoa notes. Flavor is nuttiness out the wazoo, with some chocolatiness and light bitterness. Sweet at the start, it nonetheless finishes a wee bit dry, with a lingering hazelnut taste. Soft, creamy texture and moderate body.

An interesting beer, but a bit too much in the hazelnut category for me.

allengarvin, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown/ruby coloration. Little head unfortunately, but still a nice looking beer. This brown ale has quite the unique and potent aroma. Sweet maple, toasted malt, bread, pastry, hazelnut - like a nectareous dessert. Taste is also sweet, nutty, even fruity (apple?) in the finish. Rich and flavorful, smooth, thick, and robust with light carbonation.

I might sound crazy but I could see this going very well with waffles or french toast. Very sweet and full-flavored yet, perhaps a bit much. I'd probably have to switch it up after a glass or two. Still, you have to respect Rogue for not creating your typical brown ale.

wedge, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is great. It pours dark mahogany with nice deep ruby red tones. Tan head that was small, and short lasting. Nothing special about the lacing or head, but the color is very nice. Smells deliciously malty, with sweet roasty and toasty hazelnut nuttiness. Definitely some maple syrup and caramel scents that blend very well with the nutty malts. It tastes great + has an extremely smooth mouthfeel. The beer tastes malty balanced with sweetness at first followed by roasted nutty tastes, some caramel, and finishes with hints of bitter fruit. I could drink many many many more of these. The beer is full bodied in flavor, and so very ultra smooth.

The tastes blend together amazingly. + I also don't think the beer is too sweet at all, though it is very sweet. This would be great with desserts, in fact great as a dessert. This beer is now one of my favorites.

tastybeer, Aug 17, 2005
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,348 ratings.