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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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2,888 Ratings
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Ratings: 2888
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: 2,888 | Reviews: 1,311 | Show All Ratings:
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marc77

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear tawny bister hue. Stiff, burly light beige head leaves sticky, sparse lace. Hazelnut coated burnt chocolate cookie dominates the smoothly sweet, dessert like aroma. Becomes richer as it warms, with butterscotch laden, Werther's Original hints surfacing and adding a candy like complement. Seemingly more intense aromawise than the original Hazelnut Ale. Melted, buttery toffee in a pot of hazelnut infused liquid chocolate is the dominant malt impression. Malt sweetness is well integrated and controlled, and is of a stately, simple dark lovibond caramel nature. Hop bitterness is mild and serves only to taper residual sugar to prevent cloying sweetness. Trace minty noble esque hop flavor jives well with the obvious cocoa and hazelnut presence. Subtle, inobtrusive, brown malt derived singed biscuit tones arise as the beer warms. Medium bodied at best, with a mouthfeel ample in dextrins, but shy in proteinaceous viscosity. Finishes buttery with lingering carob and oil roasted hazelnut hints. A very tasty brew, yes, but seemingly not quite as balanced as its predecessor. It's more of a dessert beer or "beer cordial" now, due to the lower perceived bitterness. A fine brew, regardless.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 01:25:58 | More by marc77
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Brent

Kentucky

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

I do believe that this is a reformulation of the original hazelnut brown ale - and I prefer the latter version more. Same nice brown color. Hazelnut aroma was not as distinctive in the aroma. The flavor seemed a bit more tart and acidic than the original, and the hazelnut was not as noteworthy, almost more of an aromatic than a flavoring. Also, the hazelnut was more of an extract note than the more rich, roasted hazelnut flavors I recall in the original. A good beer, but the Iron Chef has not improved upon it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 05:34:47 | More by Brent
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Gusler

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer disembogues a transpicuous deep ruby color with a Bunyanesque sized head that is spumescent in texture and a beauteous tan color, as it ever so slowly transmogrifies the lace forms a thick and glutinous sheet to meld with the glass. A sweet nutlike malted aroma dominates, hints of vanilla, quite fresh and clean, start quite sweet with the top a bit thin for my liking. Finish is moderate in carbonation with the hops personable in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste with a lingering bittersweet flavor, drinkable as all Rogue beers are, but certainly not their best “Whatever” the name.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 19:50:19 | More by Gusler
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Redrover

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking beer. Darkish brown with a fluffy tan head. Massive sheets of lace.

Nice smell of hazelnuts and malt. Slight and tiny hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste is very good and improved as the beer warmed. You really notice the subtle nut flavoring, but it is kept in moderation by the nice underpinning of toasted/roasted malts. I noticed the alcohol on the first few sips, but it became much less noticeable as I worked my way through the beer.

Nice creamy & soft mouthfeel. For me at least, one bottle in a setting would be enough.

Another well made and tasty beer from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 15:35:45 | More by Redrover
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown body with a perfect 2 inch tan head, rocky, with small and regular bubbles, fine lacing and lasting. Sweet nose, chocolate mainly with hints of maple and coffee. The taste is pretty malty, sweet, surprisingly very fresh with loads of nice flavors among which none really stood out, but honey, chocolate, milk, nuts, toffee, caramel, coffee, maple, rich cookies. Soft, creamy and chewy palate. Tremendous malt/hops balance, more on the malt size, but hops is noticeable, especially toward the finish where I noticed a woody/herbal hops flavor and a roastiness that added to the complexity. Great bursting vanilla aftertaste. Lovely beer which I'm frightened I won't be able to get a crack at near often enough living up here:( Two thumbs up to JoeT for this great desert.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2003 15:52:32 | More by Rastacouere
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

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

Had a nice head, and a deep brown color. Nice nose of nuts and, toffee and chocolate. Taste followed suite with sweet nutty goodness and of coarse hazelnut. Finish was semi dry to cleanse the palette. This review seems remarkably similar to my Hazelnut brown nectar review, same beer?, will we ever know...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 01:12:49 | More by OatmattStout
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CBFanWish

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown color with a two finger tan head. I really like the bottle. The smell was very nutty. The hazelnut smell is the perfect way to begin a good tasting experience. The taste was nutty as well, but the hazelnut wasn't overbearring like some other hazelnut beers I have tried in the past. It was well balanced with the slightest bit of toffee. A very good beer I will surely buy again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 20:04:39 | More by CBFanWish
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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A vigorous pour yields a small, pretty, foamy tan head wihch immediately dimples its way down to a thin froth and leaves very little lacing. The color is a not-quite-opaque dark brown which brings Ubu to mind. And yes, it smells strongly of hazelnuts.

The first stage is smooth, creamy, and sweet. The second stage kicks in very quickly, with lots of tingly stuff going on at the tip of my tongue which reminds me of those salty/bitter/sweet candies. My initial reaction to the first two stages is "Wow! Perky!" The hazelnut flavor really comes on strong in the second stage, and it sticks around as the flavor migrates to the back of my tongue while transforming into the somewhat bitter finish.

My reaction to this beer vacillates between "interesting" and "gimmicky". By the time I'm finished I'm leaning pretty heavily toward "gimmicky". The sweetness is nearly bludgeoning in its intensity; the sourness is actually necessary to counteract it! It's certainly interesting enough to be worth a try, but I doubt I'll be coming back to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 17:13:43 | More by Weissenheimer
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

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

Bought it for the bottle of course. Silk screened label featuring Chef Morimoto. How can I resist buying that? Pours a brown-cherry color with a quickly dissapating head. A good brown ale. Not to much bitterness, mostly sweet and malty with a distinct amaretto character. The addition of hazelnut is definately appealing.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 17:00:03 | More by dmarch
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Garnet and brown colored with a thick light tan head. Nutty aroma atop a nice brown ale. Smells slightly hoppier than an English-style brown. Deep hazelnut flavor, almost like doing a shot of Frangelico chased with a hoppy brown ale. I like the complexity of this beer, a lot of different flavors going on- Kona blend coffee, toffee, cocoa... Slick on the tongue, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 07:53:40 | More by crookedhalo
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Nytemare

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a treat for me. This pours a nice dark brown with an off white head. Little retention and virtually no lacing. Sweet nutty nose. Hints of bitter chocolate and a light hops profile. A hint of hops up front, followed by bitter chocolate and bready malts, then, at last, back back back back waaay back in the aftertaste, roasted hazelnut. The roasted hazelnut flavor just clings in the mouth. Excellent. Very smooth, full bodied brew. Creamy. This was my second brew from Rogue to ever try. I just had the new Hazelnut from them the other day, I thought it was excellent, in fact I thought i liked it more. Now that I'm drinking the original, I'm glad I bought several bottles to store. I had forgotten how awesome this brew is. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 02:21:00 | More by Nytemare
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very darm ruby brow colr with a pretty thick tan head. when cold it gvies off a fairly strong grassy hops smell. when warmer the hops mello and the smell is almost all a pleasant coffee hazelnut. the taste of this changes a lot with the temp of the beer. When cold from the fridge it is pretty crisp with some pronounced hops flavors, somewhat fruity with the chocolatey hazelnut in the background. when it warms a little the hazelnut comes through big with chocolate and coffee flavors, the hops linger behind these much stronger flavors. in both cases there nuttiness to the taste with smooth sweet malt flavors and some fruity hops. thicker side of meduim mouthfeel that makes this a very tasty drinkable beer that doesn't sit too heavy despite a pretty rich taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 22:47:52 | More by kmo1030
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TripelJ

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Rogue Morimoto Signature Ale

Presentation 22 oz. bomber w/ silk-screened logo featuring Chef Morimoto. Poured a dark ruby-brown with a thin off-white head. Smells sweet with hints of hazlenut and chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately full-bodied with an initial crispness from the hops and carbonation. Beyond the initial crispness is several sweet flavors including hazlenut, chocolate, and coffee all blended smoothly together. Finishes slightly dry with some residual bitterness from some of the roasted flavors and hops. Overall a very nice "fruit/vegetable" beer that demands attention and deserves respect. I was not disappointed with its replacing the original Hazlenut Nectar which was excellent, itself.

Note: This beer is tasty cold, but really shines as it warms up a bit. I recommend pouring the first glass direct from the fridge and letting the bottle sit out while you consume it. Unless, of course, if you dump the whole thing in a big liter mug : P.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 02:07:59 | More by TripelJ
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homersimpson

North Carolina

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

Deep brown with a light reddish tint, light beige lace
Caramel malty and a hint of the nuttiness in the nose
Super chewy with a stickiness that lingers
Very malty with a nutty toffee flavor that jumps to your tongue. A light bit of spicy hop to keep it from being too sweet. Long, sweet toffee caramel nut finish.
Great beer, not hoppy like most Rogues, but almost perfect. always a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2003 04:55:39 | More by homersimpson
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Beautiful cloudy brown color with a decent tan head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Chocolate and hazelnut aromas, chocolate and nutty flavors as well with a nice nutty sweetness, medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 23:53:29 | More by maxpower
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avylover

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking brew. It's a deep clear mahogony red color with a light tan head that sticks around nicely. Aroma is good & malty, some what bready and slightly spicey. This is not a huge explosion oftaste, but pretty good still. Starts off with a mildy sweet nutty chocolate taste and a velvety mouthfeel, then dries up on the back end with a good dose of hops. Finishes with a slight burnt coffee taste. Very balanced brew. As it warms the tastes start to come through a bit more. Perfect amount of carbonation and a solid head make for a great mouthfeel. Easy drinking. This is what I would expect from rogue. Nothing over the top, just a good beer with my RDA of hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 04:24:02 | More by avylover
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This was a beautiful, deep red beer. The rough tan head took some coaxing to get it to rise to just one finger. It was gone in a flash, leaving only a thin ring around the edge of the glass. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: A thick hazelnut aroma dominated the smell of this beer. This was not something that I noticed in the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Thrown in underneath this nuttiness was tart dark fruit, sweet butter toffee, and a hint of smoke. Overall, very nice, but not very beerlike.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty darn smooth. It was faintly fuzzy on the tongue.

Taste: On the tip of the tongue, a fruity tartness kicked in immediately. Then, almost as quickly as it appeared, it was overwhelmed by flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and nuts. These flavors continued to linger well into the aftertaste where they were joined by a toffee-like sweetness.

A good solid beer for when you want something "different" but don't want anything too crazy. More flavorful than I remember the Hazelnut Brown Nectar being.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 01:08:15 | More by Quaffer
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Brown beer, very clear. Thin Tan head that does not last long. Not over the top Hazelnut flavor, but it does kick in in the finish, a nice subtle note. A bit of the Hazelnut note in the nose as well. I like that the sweetness in this beer is very subtle, I hate when these beers are over-sweetened. The front taste is malty, and I can't pull out any taste of the hops, which I was not really expecting to.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 00:11:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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ithacabaron

California

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

Pours a nice nutty brown into my pint glass. Aroma is sweet, sugar-glazed hazelnuts, with an over tone of the Saaz hops used.

Taste is that of a traditional brown ale (and an excellent one), with hazelnuts and a smooth chocolate. The chocolate seems sweetened (an odd example, but the closest thing I can think of is hot-chocolate mix).

The nuts come on more as an aftertaste after the crisp brown ale has worked it's wonders. For a flavored ale, and a dessert ale, this is wonderfully balanced. A little sweet, but that's the point.

The 650 ML bottle, with the sweetness can be a bit much by the end of the bottle. This would be excellent split between two romantically inclined people, perhaps served with cheesecake.

An excellent job here, as far as flavored ales go, and I look forward to trying Rogue/Morimoto's Soba Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2003 07:01:40 | More by ithacabaron
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

im hyped on the iron chef so im hyped on this beer. this bad boy pours a deep ruby brown with a decent tan head. nice clarity. smells of light chocolate, hazlenuts and roasted goodness pop up after the pour. this is a matly drink, dessert like but not sweet, nice hazlenut and cocoa mix with very little hop bitterness. mouthfeel is suprisingly light for what i though would be somewhat of a heavy weight, smooth and not too filling. this stuff needs to come in barrels so i can just bogard it and drink it all the time. i love you mr. morimoto.

$3.49 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 03:46:03 | More by DESTRO
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – Dark ruby brown in color with a nice tan head.

Smell – The sharp hazelnuts lead the way along with a hint of chocolate and some solid, toasted malt.

Taste – The nut flavor comes out big in the tongue. The malt base is there as well along with some stiff, balancing hops (was there any doubt?). I was barely able to taste the chocolate cocoa powder that I picked up at the nose.

Mouthfeel – Flat and medium-bodied without a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability – This is a fair rendition of the style, although I thought the hazelnut could have been a little more subdued and the ale better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 01:16:46 | More by RoyalT
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish-red hue, foamy beige head, about a finger and a half in size, faded quickly to half that amount, a large collar developed. No lace. Very lovely nose, hazelnuts dominate, light chocolate underneath, I found it rather simple but exceptionally appealing. Good potency. The palate is tasty (and pretty much what the nose indicated): hazelnuts, almonds, and a kiss of chocolate, individualistic sweetness, toasty like Fat Tire, the bitterness is largely absent. Good complexity but not on multiple levels. The hazelnut flavor becomes a little much after 22 ounces. The carbonation is moderate but caressing and natural, medium body. Easy drinking. This is a very solid offering from Rogue, not as bold or as hoppy as I expected. It doesn’t blow me away… it is very solid and respectable. Its nothing I’d drink regularly, it needs to be paired with food. You, however, should try one!

$5.00 in Omaha.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 22:05:49 | More by bditty187
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Stingray5

New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a nice chestnut with red highlights, soft off white head. Getting some hops and chocolate malts in the aroma. Medium mouthful, a little thinner than I was expecting, but not a bad thing. First sip reveals the hazelnut flavors. A lot like drinking a flavored ice coffee. More coffee/hazelnut in the finish, good, but leaves a bit of a lingering aftertaste. Slight saacharin.

Not entirely sure what to make of this one. A little gimmicky, but at the same time tasty - the h-nut is in good balance. Not overpowering like the Chocolate Stout. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 02:50:25 | More by Stingray5
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mydeadguy

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber, this one poured a deep clear ruby brown with an inch of tight tan head withplenty of lace. The nose is a healthy dose of malt and balanced hops with hazelnut and roasted notes, very alluring. The taste is heavy n the malt with roasted hazelnuts, hints of maple syrup, and earthy hops. the finish is rounded out with malts and slight hop bittering. This is really quite a fine drink, smooth and rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation that goes down easy. I had it solo, but could imagine this pairing with a number of different foods from appetizers to desserts.. well done..

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 12:42:45 | More by mydeadguy
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Outstanding! I love this beer. What a terrific taste. The hazelnut is prominent, and the bitterness is just right. Once you've sampled hunderds of beers, it's hard to find one that's truly unique, but this one is. Only a somewhat thin body drops it below an absolute classic. Not a beer to drink more than one bomber at a time (IMO), but I will definitely will be revisiting this beer again!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 03:45:12 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 2,888 ratings.