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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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2,890 Ratings

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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,890 | Reviews: 1,311 | Show All Ratings:
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Taphouse in Hampton, served in a pint glass.

A - Dark yet still transparent amber hue, produced absolutely no head, and offered little to no lacing. Not too appealing overall. I was actually almost dreading taking a sip. Luckily I did, however.

S - Extremely sweet, notes of brown sugar and molasses, with the slightest hint of spice near the end, smells much better than it looks.

T - I truly believe this tastes exactly like french toast. I can detect perhaps nutmeg, cinammon, and even a bit of maple. Very sweet, but some of the spices become more defined as it warms.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation, toasty aftertaste which lingers around a bit, and a mild finish. Not bad!

D - I think I could do a few, but the sweetness definitely causes a hit here. After a while it becomes a bit taxing. Overall a pretty decent brew, it was worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2007 14:42:51 | More by PhageLab
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, rich brown with a very thin off white head that diminished very quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Malty, nutty nose with hints of chocolate. Rather sweet.

Hazelnut upfront and as it moves through you palate you get nuts, over-roasted coffee beans, and some burnt peanuts. Nice depth of flavor. Nice sweetness.

Very low carbonation, however, the mouthfeel was very think, almost watery. The flavor of this beer totally makes up for it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2007 02:31:36 | More by brantadid
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Rogue in SF, after a recommendation by the barmaid, and was pretty pleased.
The 'nectar' had a lovely warm brown colour to it, similar to weak coffee. The carbonation looked so-so, and the head was really nonexsistant, but I'm okay with that on a brown. The aroma was really nice:infused with a sweet caramel nose. I loved the taste because it was more complex than the average nut brown ale. The beer was sweet to start but then very malty with characteristic roasted, nutty flavor, and also it was slightly resiny. The finish ,which was a bit roasty, was mellow. The mouthfeel was light, and pleasantly seltzery-just enough, and also characteristic of most browns.
As far as drinkability goes, its a very very good brown, in my opinion and I'd definitely recommend it to people who enjoy this type of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2007 03:15:40 | More by 1759Girl
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at the Yardhouse in San Diego, CA. Was served with a thin white head, that last about a minute. Cherry wood color in the body. Mild woody smells. i couldn't pick much else apart because i think i may have had a cold. Creamy frothy feeling going down with the post mouthfeel being dry. I would say the drinkability on this one is pretty high. They didn't go overboard with this one. Perfect for a brown!! Too many beer companies just go to the extreme just for the sake of being extreme. It was nice to have a regular great tasting beer for once. Was sweet till the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2007 02:40:13 | More by CU570M
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New York

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

Enjoyed this as my 2nd pint at the Issiquah Brewery outside of Seattle, Rogue bought out a few years back.

A - Dirt style brown with handsome head, courtesy of bartender "Beer Ninja" pouring it for me.

S - sublte armoa of hazelnut which i prefer rather than being over powered before I taste.

T - complexity at it's finest. While I'm a bigfan of New Castle, this showed me how great a Brown Ale can be with addtions.

M - Slippery and succulent.

D - As easy as breathing in air.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2007 17:53:53 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

One of Rogue's best in my opinion

Nice nutty dark brown ale

Thick off white head on this one

Great beer for the winter time I am sure

Strong smell with nice long-lasting taste

I am gonna buy some bombers of this in December

Worth checking out, maybe wait another month or two

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2007 04:37:21 | More by Floydster
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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