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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 222
Gots: 462 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

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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Photo of bort11
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz silkscreened bottle, poured into a imperial pint glass. Tight khaki tan head that stands a fingers width. Quickly recedes and doesn't have really any lacing. Color is a clear, but dark, chestnut brown with ruby red highlights.

Smell is a rich and malty aroma. Husky grain and nuts with a bit of brown sugar. Taste is quite husky with roasted nut qualities. A bit of ginger and mild chocolate. Woody hops character makes itself known.

Mouthfeel is a lighter and creamier body than what I would expect. Nice surprise there. Not my favorite for the style, but a pretty good one none the less.

Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A fair tan head forms and leaves some good lace down the glass.
S: Dark malt that has a great nutty aroma. Some chocolate and brown surger as well
T: Buttery and nutty. Lots of hazelnut up front and finishes nice with plenty of chocolate towards the end.
M/D: Rich and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all night (and almost did).

I really like this beer. A smooth and great tasting beer. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of Jared3118
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 22-onuce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Neat bottle with your average, blue-collar worker on the front. His expression was very similar to mine after the first time I tried this beer. Put one fist in the air and say, "Wow, that is dang good!" The beer itself is a dark, reddish-brown.

Smell - Has a wonderful, hazelnut smell that gives a small hint on the great taste to come.

Taste - Goes down nice and smooth, especially for a darker beer. Has a very pleasant hazelhunt finish.

Mouthfeel - Like others have mentioned, this beer is not heavy and syrupy as you may expect. The beer goes down nice and easy.

Drinkability - A truly wonderful beer! I would probably not drink this with a meal, but it is a wonderful in-between meal beer/late night beer. I look forward to having this beer again.

I've only been trying "microbrewery" beers for about a year. However, this is one of the best I've had so far. A definite must try!

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into two small Ommegang dubbel glasses.

A-Dark chestnut brown with a tan head that left good lacing

S-Roasted malts along with a strong buttery smell that could only be identified as delicious hazelnuts. The smell was definitely enticing.

T-Taste was fantastic. A great blend of dark malt with a tiny finish of hop just to balance it out. The malts are not over roasted but crisp and clean unlike many brown ales which end up tasting like syrupy flat soda. Very refreshing and a fantastic taste, although not as much hazelnut flavor as in the nose

M-Creamy and medium bodied. The best part is it is not as syrupy as many brown ale's which gives it big points in the mouthfeel area

D-A superb ale with a great all around flavor. I will definitely be buying this in the future.

Photo of beeragent
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz. bottle. The beer pours a dark copper, forming a 1 inch thick creamy tan head, and light spots of lace on the glass. Aroma is completely dominated by the hazelnut and roasted malts. Nothing else is detectable. The taste is the same, and just as delicious. Roasted malts, coffee, and tons of hazelnut flavoring. Smooth thick mouthfeel. Exceptional flavor, not too high alcohol, and smooth finish amount to a highly drinkable brew. Overall, I have loved this beer ever since I had it on draught at the Flying Saucer. Incredible and unique flavor. Irresistable!!!

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

Review from notes. Poured into my Rogue pint glass. Dark brown body with a beige head. The aroma has an obvious hazelnut note drifting above sweet and roasty malt. Flavor is much the same, with roasted barley and chocolate setting the foundation for a rich nuttiness that is thankfully not overpowering. Dry finish, smooth on the palate. Really easy to drink.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appeared a deep tomato red against natural lighting, with a frothy, whipped sandy-beige colored head, that despite its small statue, stuck around for the long run. The lacing was clean while the visible carbonation was strong.

S: Hazelnut coffee appears in moderate strength on the initial impression. Milky whipped chocolate, sweet, with some fresh powdery cocoa lacing appearing on the end. A desert like nuttiness.

T: The flavor seemed a bit thin at the start, not as rich or nutty as the nose led me to believe. Things quickly change with a dry hazelnut powdery presence that moves in along with some milky chocolate on the finish that was sweet and desert like. A malty residual finish, loaded with hazelnut gives this some substance as well a touch of cocoa powder adding a new dimension and complexity to the brown style.

M: Medium feel and malty lush character. A light sense of carbonation despite its strong visual appeal. A powdery fell of hazelnut closes things out quite nicely upon the swallow.

D: Good drinkability, perhaps best as a desert style beer. As a brown the hazelnut offers extra layering and complexity delivering a sweet extra something that works perfectly with the malting. Very worthy try.

Photo of trpng0bily
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous rich burgundy, with a creamy head that is on the small side but sticks around. The aroma is phenomenal - nut, cocoa, vanilla, malty sweetness. Incredibly inviting. It tastes almost as sweet as it smells, which hinders the drinkability a bit but is presumably in line with the brewer's (reasonable) intentions for the style. The nut (vanilla-ish) flavor is heavily evident, with some chocolate highlights, sweet and roasted malts, and very mild (appropriately so) hop bitterness at the end.

I'm naturally suspicious of brown ales - that they will be thin in both body and taste (not to mention spirit), but Rogue's inspires me to keep the faith. Hopefully more American brewers will take on the brown ale challenge.

Photo of willeyone22
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle from Manny Brown's Bensalem - Wow....love this beer. the Hazelnut flavor is perfectly balanced in this american brown ale. I reccomend this beer to people who are afraid of trying darker beers, and it has always gotten a good response. This is a brown ale that I rarely get tired of...

Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz. bomber pours a dark red-brown with a finger plus of light tan foam. The head eventually settles to a thin layer, leaving some lace clinging to the glass, ample carbonation is evident with bubbles rising steadily from the bottom.

Sweet, nutty aroma upfront with notes of vanilla, hazelnut, toffee and a green grassy hop following in the background.

Smooth nutty malt flavor that is an amplification of the nose. A very nice pleasant flavor that reminds me of a watered down version of DarkLord IS, which is a very good thing.

A smooth medium bodied Brown, that is as sessionable as any ale could be....a must try for this style.

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Dark brown with a thin one-finger head. Left some lacing from when the head was still settling.

Aroma: Malty and toasty with a hint of hazelnut and even chocolate in the nose. Mellow for a brown ale.

Taste: Rich and toasty upfront with strong hazelnut flavor. Smooth in the middle. Hazelnut flavor sticks to the back of the tongue. Malty. Mildly chewy. Flavorful and simple.

Mouthfeel: Hazelnut! Like eating one of those chocolate hazelnut candies, but in a beer. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable.

Verdict: Very nice ale. Smooth, drinkable and the hazelnut is a nice perk. I can't believe I waited so long to try this one!

Photo of EagleTalon
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like dark beer and Frangelico liqueur then this beer will do you right. Pours to a thin off-white head and hazy, dark brown color. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Flavor is a complementary blend of hazelnut essences and a well-made brown ale: Starts with chocolate and bittersweet (hop contribution?) malt notes fading to a nutty aftertaste that reminds me of Frangelico and cocoa. Finishes roasty and nutty. Really good choice for hazelnut fans.

Photo of AndIWantYou
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 :)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Clear amber redish color with a foamy off white head. Good lacing, and a small head stays on top of the beer looking delicious.

S: Sweet malty and nutty smell.

T: Great nutty flavor with a slight roasty finish. Some residual sweetness.

M: Thick and full, with a solid carbonation. For this style, I've never had a beer feel like this.

D: Just a great beer to drink, maybe 22oz isn't enough.

Overall this is one of my favorite brown ales. Thanks Rogue.

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

Pours brown/copper color with a nice full two-finger tan head.

Smell is mostly roasted malts, mild hazelnut aroma underneath, maybe a hint of brown sugar. Was hoping for a little more nut to it.

Taste is nutty, bready, roasted malts, slightly sweet. Some hazelnut and chocolate on the back end, was hoping for more hazelnut than I got.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, nothing special, just well done with medium body, fairly smooth, a small bit of carbonation.

Overall drinkability is pretty good, a well rounded brew, very well balanced. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a distinct hazelnut taste, and I felt it was a little underwhelming. But still quality.

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic. Pour was a translucent mid-colored brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Quarter-inch head settled into a thin skim of foam almost immediately; zero lacing present during the tasting. Strong scents of hazelnuts and brown sugar out of the bottle, but mellowed considerably in the glass. Flavors similar to nose, but much less intense. Hazelnut flavor detectable at finish as well as a hint of wheat. Well-balanced mouthfeel with a touch of carbonation and a smooth finish; alcohol was well-hidden. A solid session brown, but there are better examples out there.

Photo of JDV
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maroon brown pour with a light tan head. Slightly transluscent but hazy. Smell is definitely big on hazlenuts with a lot of sweetness, and milkiness coming in as well. Smells like the hazlenut coffee creamers. Nice slightly thick body on the beer, smooth, and sweet nuttiness. Perhaps a bit overly sweet, but the big nutty flavor was welcomed. Nice for a brown, and pretty easy drinking.

Photo of mwilbur
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
Dark brown hue with nice creamy tan head.
Smell has sweet caramel note with nice mix of hazelnut and roasted malts. Taste is at first nutty, transitions to a brief note of dry hops and finishes with a strong roasted malt backbone--lacking in complexity though. Smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Another strong showing from Rogue.

Photo of seanyfo
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 vintage

A- Aggressive pour into imperial pint glass. creamy 3 finger tan head, dark copper body with little light perception.

S- Lots of toasty roasted malts, liquorice is very noticeable, sweet caramels, hazelnuts

T- mmm, caramel and nuts, lots of nice roasted malts, brown wholemeal toast and bread. Some nice nuts in the finish. The sweetness in the beginning makes it taste bock-like but the roasted flavours bring back the ale qualities

M- Creamy, low carbonation, full bodied

D- Superb drinkability, well balanced in the caramel/toffee notes with the roasted, wholemeal flavours.A superb brown ale!

Photo of blatherbeard
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, after having the chocolate and being wowed i decided to try their hazelnut. The first hazelnut i ever had was shipyard on tap and it was phenominal, lets see if this measures up.

After smelling this beautiful lookiing dark ale, i was taken abit aback by the strong beer smell. The chocolate on tap was overpoweringly chocolate, this hazelnut is faint, beer overpowers it. The color is great, nice dark rich brown and oddly clear. I have to say i was a bit dissapointed in the strong bitter taste and mild hazelnut flavor. Unfortunately, the burnt taste i was afraid of was here. Id give it another shot, on tap if i can, or maybe a more fresh one. I suspect that the place i got it, not only overcharges, but may not sell alot of them.

Photo of emanon
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yum!

This Beer pours a dark brownish Red tinted dark color. Very clear no haze, with a light brown head, almost no lace. Very wood like chocolate tastes hit me right away with a wood/coffee finish. Delicious and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer. I am fairly new at this but so far hands down my favorite Brown Ale so far. Medium Body & feels pretty light. The sophisticated flavors make this more of a beer to savor but still very drinkable. Maybe Not a session beer. But what Great beer is?

Photo of hawksfan82
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber pulled into a tumbler pint.

A little darker than your usual brown ale, and especially most of your nut browns. Has a pretty good 2-3 finger head with a mildly aggressive pour, and settles down quickly to a nice soapy head that stays with it the whole time. Little lacing.

Smell is just like you would think. The normal maltiness you get in a brown, and the hazelnut really comes through right beneath it. It's a pretty good indication of how it tastes.

The taste starts right out like a brown. It's malt right away, but the hazelnut nectar and a small hint of chocolate come come in after the malt very quickly. What's really cool is that if you let it sit on your tongue you can really feel the nutty finish. It lingers really well on the tongue, very good aftertaste. This isn't the most complex beer you'll ever drink by a long shot, but maybe the most complex brown ale I've yet to come across. Very cool.

The mouthfeel is meh, as it's a little thin. I've been on a kick of trappist ales and imperial stouts lately, so that may be why I feel this.

That being said, this beer is extremely drinkable for a rather complex brew. I wish this would come in a six pack, I'd have no problem paying 13-14 bucks for it.

Photo of erosier
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful dark brown color from the bottle with a nice thick tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass moderately. The aroma is strongly of raosted malts and hazelnut. The roasted malts have an almost chocolatey flavor that is behind a big bold hazelnut flavor that is really enjoyable. The mouthfeel is excellent with the right amount of smoothness to it and the drinkability is also very good. Definately worth a try.

Photo of Stanford
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Ales Brewery really knows how to brew a good beer. I have yet to be disappointed from them. This beer has an almost overwhelming aroma and flavor of hazelnut which finishes with lighter flavors of coffee and chocolate. No complaints about this brew.

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

a: pours a nice dark brown color with about an inch and a half worth of head that doesnt dissapear too fast and leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass and top of the beer
s: cocao and lightly toasted malts, very warm and inviting
t: cocao and lightly toasted malts some hop bitterness comes through towards the finish
m: medium to full bodied beer excellent amount of carbonation

overal, thnis is a truly great beer

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,628 ratings.