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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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1,385 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,385
Hads: 3,898
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 267
Gots: 667 | 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:
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: 1,385 | Hads: 3,898
Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dind't think this was awesome in the bottle, but this past week on tap at Redbones...it was delicious. Pour was dark brown with reddish highlights. I thought it had a roasted nutella smell to it. Taste was nice flavors of hazelnut, coffee, and chocolate all rolled up...I sorta got Tootsie Roll flavor off the beer. A flavorful beer that was in good shape, and if I saw on draft would get again, it beat the bottle version.

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

(10/12/04 edit)
I tried this beer at the Rogue Brewery while in Newport, Ore., in October and my faith was restored. Freshness counts. The taste was nutty and malty and didn't have the nut extract taste I'd noticed when having it in Florida. I've adjusted my review accordingly.

(6/24/04 review follows)

I hadn't had Hazelnut Brown Nectar since I last reviewed it, and I haven't reviewed it on-tap. I must say I was disappointed by the beer I had at my local pub. It wasn't bad by any means, but it sure didn't live up to my memory of it.

I checked my review of the bottled version and the keg this beer came from must not be that fresh. It did have to travel all the way from Oregon to Florida. (Although I had some fantastic Rogue Dead Guy at the same pub last month.) The biggest characteristic in this beer is the hazelnut aroma/flavor, which is almost too powerful.

I will have to re-visit this beer. I'm making a mental note to try it on-tap at the Rogue brewery when I'm there in September.

I suggest you try this beer from the bottle unless you live on the West Coast of the United States. Otherwise the beer may not live up to its -- deserved -- fantastic reputation. When it's good, it's hard to beat. But this pint I had was just a bit too dull. It was average when it should have been excellent.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good, Morimoto-san. It pours a chocolate brown in color, with no head and no lace. The hops are even throughout the beer. The first hint of hazelnut comes in the aroma, but it is not as strong as I thought it was going to be when I tasted it. The hazelnut flavor was pretty subtle inbetween the earthy hops. A great beer for a tasting or to sip slowly.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mohagany in color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is malty, toasty and nutty. The flavors are malty, with the hazelnut flavor from beginning to end. The hop flavor is minimal, but it concludes with a drying finish. It is a tasty, medium bodied brew. I will drink this one again.

Sampled 3/20/04

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a one-finger head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Deep, clear amber color. Low carbonation. Nose is a light malt. Light bodied which is surprising for a brown. Starts malty and then the hazelnut kicks in - very nice. The ABV is 8.8%. $4.60 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of beerinator
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby brown. Nice tan head with slightly wimpy retention.

Aroma: Light coffee notes, balanced by toffee sweetness in the smell. Also smells of toast.

Taste: Roasty malt disappears a bit to a moderately full mouthfeel. There is a hint of cherry and nuttyness on the tongue. The nuttyness overpowers most of the other flavors, and the finish is a slight lingering toasty bitterness.

Notes: This is a solid brown. The nuttyness keeps the burnt flavors at bay, and makes the finish a bit smoother than some browns.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with nice amber hues. A thin tan head adorns the top of this beer.

A nutty sweet aroma wafts from the surface of this beer and treats my nose to the aniticipation of the first sip.

A sweet hazlenut flavor characterizes this beers taste. There is a perfect blend of sweetness that not too sweet.

This beer is not as thick as I expected for such a dark beer. There is a smooth rich finish that is absolutely wonderful.

A nice beer that is definitely worth trying again. Along with their chocolate stout, Rogue knows how to make dessert beers that aren't too sweet or gimmicky.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzes like a Coke as it pours out and piles up an enthusiastic towering light tan head. The brown ale takes on a distinctly reddish color when held up to a light.

I smell sweet caramel with a hint of raisin. I taste hazelnut, caramel and a bit of smoke. Lotsa fine cloudy bubbles dive down the gullet, leaving behind a winey finish, like port or cream sherry.

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Photo of DPMomutant
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours certainly darker than a brown ale. The color is just short of straight black. The medium head dissipates quickly and isn't terribly sticky.

The smell is very nice. It is mostly of nuts mixed with toasty malt with what smell a bit like chocolate way in the background.

The taste is of a really good brown ale with a solid nutty flavor added. Hints of chocolate and coffee as well, but not very much. And the whole thing has an interesting, but hard to pin down, fruity quality.

While the taste always helps a beer go down better, the moderate carbonation and balanced consistency help out.

This one is definitely session-worthy. No harshness with a very interesting flavor. Would go great with dessert too. The nuts provide a twinge of sweetness without going too far.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a dark brown, darker then your normal brown ale, but as dark as a porter, it looks velvety and you cant see much light shining through. Smell is hazel nut, obviously, general nut smell as well as vanillia and a little bit of coffee. There is a bit to much of hazel nut flavor for my taste, if it it was a bit more subdued i would like the taste more. There are definate nut/vanillia coffee taste to it. Mouth feel is great, thick and creamy. It ranks low on drinkability due to the overbearing hazelnut flavor. A good overall beer, not something i could drink all the time, but could go very nicely as a desert beer, though the bottle has a picture of a cow and a pig, i assume suggesting to be drank with those two meets, but for me i could see it going real well with coffee ice cream with hot fudge on and nuts on top. ,aybe a beer float with some vanillia ice cream, the thick texture would lend well to that.

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Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick frothy light tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is exceptional. It has a nice malty core littered with dark cystal and chocolate malts as well as a wonderful hazelnut aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth brown ale flavor with a darker malt feel. It has a creamy nut finish that is quite tastey. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brown ale. It has tremendous flavor and aroma; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of John
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, moderate head. Hazelnut, vanilla and caramel aroma. Taste is a blend of the hazelnut that greets at the onset, caramel and a grainy, malty, body verifying character swirls around in the middle, vanilla finishes it off. Malted milk balls come to mind. A gentle swirl regenerates the head and releases a fresh waft of the unique bouquet. Body light-medium, carbonation level is smooth and unobtrusive. Best consumed at cellar temperature. Rogue gets thumbs up on this brew and deserves credit for their creativity.

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Photo of necoadam
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dirt brown color with some carbonation that is visible. Smell is very malty. Lots of roasted aroma is noted as well. Some caramel and plums can also be detected. Taste is where it's at. Malts come in the beginning along with some roasted flavors as well. Hops are in the middle, but quickly flare out and let's the sweetness take over. Chocolate undertones are there along with the sweetness. Not too thin and not too big. Perhaps one of the best Rogue brews out there.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with mild carbonation. A nice head that quickly dissapates. Smells of nuts, coffee, and malt abound. Nice balance of carbonation, roasted malt, and coffee. Very tasty brew overall. I would agree with others that this is a nicely balanced beer.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

Smells of malt and general sweetness. The beer is a beautiful dark brown color with a good head.
There is a very tasty roasted nutty flavor throughout this beer. Also a herbal, grassy, earthy undertone to the beer, probably a byproduct of the saaz. The hazelnut gives it a nutty-toffee kind of sweetness that keeps you coming back.
Very smooth mouthfeel, with a mild slick sticky hazelnut clinging at the end.
Overall, you get a terrific sense of balance when drinking this beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a dark amber with red hues into a pint glass. Semi-thick tan head forms quickly and hangs on for a while. Inviting.

Aroma - generally malty at first, once the beer settles, a cool hazelnut and brown sugar aroma hits. Mmmm...

Taste - malty, nutty start. Hazelnut flavor develops quickly and some moderately, quite complementing sweetness. Some average carbonation leads to a hazelnut coffee finish. Light raisiny flavor comes across almost like honey. Aftertaste is a simple warm, roasty nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - creamy, buttery, and right where it should be. Ideal carbonation, long enduring hazelnut residue is great.

Drinkability - very nice session beer if you're into the hazelnut flavor and all, but the concept is kinda gimmicky to me, even though I like this a lot. Maybe it's my predisposition, close-mindedness, I dunno. Anyway, it disappeared from *my* glass in a hurry. Not an everyday beer, but an outstanding treat.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never one to believe the hype, I was more than ready to review this particular selection when I viewed with horror that there was only one sole HBN left. I sprung into action, and without a second thought I reached for the spot where the half-a-weisen was. Nowhere to be found. But in a simple twist of fate, the manager let me know that the Gumballhead was about to take its place. So one of those into the barrel as well.

One of the things that struck me about this beer and continues to do is its splendid appearance. It looked like something out of a beer-geek's cinematic dream. An ambient deep sepia with a black-and-tan effect in the glass. The yellow head was like whipped cream on a bed of cappucino. Upon pour and vigourous subsequent pour, I noticed the beer battling to stick to the glass as marbles down a slick slide. Nothing to cling to.

The nose is New England fudge and innocent waffs of alcohol amongst a sea of fluffy, emotive hop character.

Enough cannot be said for the delicate interplay between the so-close-to-adjuncty hazelnut flavoring, huge royal malt, and brilliantly intoxicating perle and saaz blend. I kept not being able to decide whether I hated the hazelnut essence or not; without it you've got a weirdly hopped unstriking brown ale. With it, the beer is sweet and walnutty. The yeast adds wisps of diacetyl but I never felt like I was drinking a liquid Werther's. The aftertaste is a bit on the diet-cola side. Any hop bitterness that surfaces is quickly subdued by the slightly swampy mouthfeel.

Wow. So much going on here ... i'll be back

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same beer as the regular HazelNut, so I am providing the same score. Kudos to Rogue for not making a run-of-the-mill Brown Ale. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light tan head. Nice spidery lacing. Huge caramel aroma along with the telltale hazelnut. Somewhat rich with a nice mixture of malt, nuts, caramel and hops in the flavor. The finish is rich and nutty. I like this one.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color with a 1" head. The aroma is full of hazelnuts and malt. The flavor has several components that were nicely balanced: malt, hazelnut, caramel, lite bitterness, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Medium bodied.

The mouthfeel was smooth. Dry finish and the nutty flavor lingers on the tongue. Nicely drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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

This poured with a nice big head that lasted well, and it sits as a good warm brown color. It's leaving a few big solid rings of lace as I drink.

Brown ale and nut flavors combine to make this one tasty ale. It's good and lightly nutty up front, with a slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter than expected but full of flavor. It's nicely drinkable as well.

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bottle. Poured a dark brown to black with brown edges, I guess it depends on the light. Could be all black or just dark brown. Head a full, dense, dark khaki color. Very thick and full head. Nice hints of halzelnut, chocolate, and rogue air that I call it. I think it's the house yeast, whatever it is, all rogues have it.
Taste is super smooth, rich full chocolate, and nutty sweet carmel flavors. Sidewinding shots of hops, and that rogue flavor finishes up. I was afraid the hazelnut would either fade too much, or overpour but stayed true throughout. Easy drink, very good throughout, another winner from Rogue. Not sure what the difference between this one and the Hanzelnut Brown Nectar is, I had a couple years ago.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a black brew with brown around the edges. Small tan head. The aroma is dark malts, chocolate, nuts. The taste is mainly roasted chocolate malts with nuts dominating the scene. Creamy mouthfeel/taste. A little thinner than i would have expected, not quite on par with the other rogue brews ive had, less than impressed.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber. Awesome looking bottle.

Apperance: Beers pours a nice full brown body with a reddish-tan head of about an inch. Laces down the glass, but fades to a thin 1/2".

Smell: Rich roasty nuts, smooth malts. Faint bitter almond, or more likely, hazelnut smell.

Taste / Mouth / Drinkability: Mmmm. First sip is smooth and rich, but not full. Sweet malts give way to a clean mouth and lingering aftertaste of hazlenuts and earth. Faint bitterness in the finish, light hops shine through as the beer warms and the sips are held longer. Incredibly smooth. Wow. This is the ultimate session beer. I'd guess a low abv, as nothing comes through to stop this from sailing back down the hatch. 22 ounces disappeared before I knew it. Really, very good. I wonder what the Iron Chef would pair this with? I think its so easy drinking it could go well with anything, but might do really well with sashimi.

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

Deeply, darkly, tawny brown color, with a smallish head, cocoa-tan hued...aroma: sweet, roasty, very malty, lush and chocolatey, nuts aplenty.
Taste: goodness! Ever-so sweet! Yum! No hops, huge, caramely malt, but full-on sweetness, thickly textured...wow, the high-concept is thrown in high-relief here, as I can think of no other expression so sure of this particular style, their aim is true, and they hit the mark perfectly. Hazelnut, yes, so rich, and thick, and an excellent dessert brew, something to adequately fill in for Frangelico, if the need arises.
They bring it on full-bore on this one, wow, it's a choice brew, indeed!
Hey, do a specially-flavored brew, do it all the way, that's what I say, and that's what Rogue does here!

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Photo of BitteBier
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky concoction with a brown color and rusty accents reminiscent of apple cider. Decent-sized tan head breaks down quickly despite persistent carbonation. Nutty, caramely smell is striking and pleasant but rather unidimensional. Chocolate-covered almonds; that's what it reminds me of. Nectar indeed. The smell translates cleanly to the taste--nutty, caramely malts dominate. Aftertaste is particularly pleasant. Exceedingly smooth, though a bit too watery. This is quite drinkable but too much of a one-hit wonder to be a staple in my refrigerator.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.