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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,395
Hads: 3,953
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 275
Gots: 713 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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: 1,395 | Hads: 3,953
Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and deep auburn appearance. Head is airy and fluffy. Retention is pretty good. Lace is sticky. Aroma is chocolatey, nutty, malty and a little spicy. The taste is smooth and nutty. Hazelnut is definitely there, but there's also a very appealing cocoa powder presence. The bittersweet characteristics of the chocolate/roasted malt/hop blend is pretty nice. Lingering dry cocoa and roasted nuts leave you yearning for more. The body is about medium full and the mouthfeel nicely carbonated.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brownish red ale with a small, cream-colored head that leaves in a hurry. Decent lacing. Aroma is immediately sharp and tangy before moving into sweet, nutty notes of chocolate and espresso. Taste is marvelous, with an immediate nutty sweetness that finishes dry and with an unexpected bitter bite. Mouthfeel is great: perfect for a Brown Ale and wonderful with a hearty meal. Drinkability is just fine, though I imagine that the unique taste would get in the way of mass consumption.

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

The dark beer with the balding bearded gent on the bottle, a computer rogue perhaps. Pours a dark, chocolaty brown, with a small tan head. I didn't notice much of a lace. Smells nutty, with just a hint of alchohol, and perhaps a touch of vanilla.

I found it to be a smooth drinker, with the best part coming at the end of the sip. Starts out nutty, with no 'beer' taste, no trace of hops or malt, and then goes through a mild coffee flavor, then a bit of chocolate, ending at last with a hint of vanilla. Very pleasing. I would have given it a 5 except for the first touch to the taste buds struck me as a wee bit alcholy. But really good stuff, and a new favorite.

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

22oz bomber

Appearance: Barely any head. I couldn't even get one finger. Other than that, the beer is a very dark brown.

Smell: Nutty but not hazelnutty. It's like a nut brown smell. Very similar to Samuel Smith's.

Taste: There's the hazelnut. And how. It is the dominant flavor of the beer, so if you like hazelnut, you'll like this beer. It reminds me of Nutella. There is minimal bitterness, and it is porter-like in some regard.

Mouthfeel: Pretty silky but I could have used a little more carbonation.

Drinkability: Quality dropped as it approached room temperature. Next time I'll keep the bottle in the fridge until I finish the first half.

Beef Notes: I like this a lot more than Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. There is much more of the promised Hazelnut flavor in this one. It's not something that I would drink all the time, but it is very unique and one I can certainly enjoy once in a while.

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

Deep amber hue, thin tan head, great lacing. On the nose is a nice aroma of coffee beans, hazelnut and plums. Twangy up front, has the sweet/sour thing going on; caramel notes, bordering on medium bodied. A bitter, clean palate, with a thick malty based backbone, nil for hop detection, yet some nice nutty flavoring. A fine effort, but low on the drinkability level.

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Photo of ctrlfreak
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love hazelnut, so when I found this beer it immediately found it’s way into my cart. The bottle itself is a wonderful work of art. I popped the top and took a long inhale noting the nutty scent. My nose isn’t fully developed just yet so if I can pick something up then you know it is in there.

The pour was into an imperial pint glass. The splash down play between beer and head was mesmerizing. The beautiful red-brown color eventually won the game but the head was a thick creamy head. It lasted for ½ the beer and the nose from the head rounded out an overall taste of the beer. Periodically after that I added what was left in the bottle to give it a little more head.

A great sipping beer!

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Photo of moulefrite
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with traces of ruby-excellent pillowy and long lasting head with clumpy lace. Aromas are nutty and malted. In the mouth the beer is crisp, refreshing and easy to put down. Good depth of flavor-reminds me of the French Chocolate with hazelnut called Rocher-I think that's the name. As time goes on though the nuttiness gets to be a bit of a bore personally, and I want to move on to something without nuts-a Michael Jackson (the singer mind you) kind of brew. I'd like to see what the Iron chef serves with this one. Worth a try in any case.

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Photo of byrd
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fizzy light brown head. Head reduces to a smooth layer of fine bubbles. Body is clear dark red, almost garnet, in color. Malt aroma is light, yet is still a bit toasty with notes of caramel. Hops are quite light, but noticeable. Smooth malty start with light caramel and nutty notes. Hop notes pick up towards the end, but are mild. Chocolate and roasted notes follow and linger alternating their influence with the hops. Seems to have some cream soda notes that come in from time to time. Very drinkable. I’ve had this one a couple times already, and have enjoyed it each time.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber at the Arcata, California Co-op. What a gorgeous label, and a great beer, as is the norm for Rogue.

Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a short, tan head that left sequins-like lacing on the glass. Had trouble finding the nose on this one; what I managed to pick up was a light, sweet malt aroma, with a background of hazelnut.

Mouthfeel is creamy, pleasant. Spicy malts hit the tongue immediately, and that spiciness transitions into the hazelnut flavor. The malt and the hazelnut work wonderfully together. Love the balance. Aftertaste is hazelnut with a lingering tinge of hop bitterness.

Overall, it was a delicious beer experience.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Clark St. Ale House in Chicago, IL. 4.00/pint.

Rich and not much different from an Irish carbomb. I expected a lot more complexity. Oddly enough, this is quite different and not as subtle as the Morimoto Hazelnut -- even though they're the same beer.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of marc77
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of dmarch
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Nytemare
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of homersimpson
4.82/5  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.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.