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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,663
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 229
Gots: 489 | FT: 4
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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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Ratings: 3,663 | Reviews: 1,375
Photo of everetends
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of drperm
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Misfit138
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 220z. bomber it was dark brown with creamy head. The aroma was malts,fruits and hazelnut.
The flavor was a rich brown sugar malted beer with sweetness and a touch of hops and some chocolate notes. The roasted malts gave it a good balance with the sweetness. The feel was smooth carbonation with a creamy,clean finish. This was a delight to drink and one that although not a session brew deserves a spot for dessert after a fine meal.
Notes: It could be a tad less sweet,but other than that no complaints.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very ambitious beer, but not exactly to my liking.

It looked great, and smell sweet but under control. However, I felt the sweet vanilla and hazelnut flavors get a bit too loose in the taste. At first, there's nothing, then it all hits you at once. The toasted, nutty flavors are all nice, just a little too sweet for me.

Motuhfeel is great, smooth and crisp. But it's a hard one to keep drinking.

Photo of ubermick
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!)

Photo of hreb
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The other day I picked up a 22oz bottle of Rogue's "Morimoto signature ale" series Hazelnut. As a long time fan of Rogue's Hazelnut Nut Brown Ale, I had to check it out. I didn't know if this was the same beer or simply a repackaging (BeerAdvocate indicates the latter -- this is simply an "alias" of the original Hazelnut Brown).

Cold beer is poured into UK size pint glass. Beer is very dark, nearly opaque brown, and appears rather stark in the glass, cloudless, with just a thin dark tan head on top.

Beer has a sweet, malty aroma. The label proudly proclaims 13 ingredients (this has no pretentious of being a "4 ingredient" real ale kind of ordeal). 9 of them are malts. Only one is an additive (hazelnut extract). 2 kinds of hops provide a really nice and needed balance from the sweetness of the beer. The fizziness is just right.

I'm not detecting any differences from the Hazelnut Nectar that I've come to love. This is a really great beer, and in my opinion, probably Rogue's best. The only thing detracting from its perfection is that it IS a little bit sweet. Not so much that it's annoying, but it might be a little bit much for a session beer.

I will also mention that it is a perfect accompaniment to my Sunday afternoon Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and lots of mustard.

Photo of trackstar1043
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich and deep mahogany and brown, with 1 in aof rocky tan heat that settled around the glass with little lacing.

S - Sweet smell of carmels, brown sugars, light molasses, roasted nuts, toasty malts, slight citrus.

T - Light and sweet, carmels and brown sugar with a nutty malty flavor, a bit short on aftertaste.

M - Light and refreshing, med carbonation with a clean finish.

D - Extremely drinkable and easy to spend an afternoon with a case of the stuff, nice.

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark hazy brown with almost no head. It had a unique scent of malt and hazelnut, with a flavor to match. It had a little hops bitterness and tasted a bit dry in the aftertaste from the hazelnut. It had a decent texture with no carbonation, but nothing else to it. This was an interesting and unique beer, and overall pretty good.

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

I bought a bomber of Rogue Hazelnut Brown at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Garnet red/brown color, and clear. Bubbly light beige head with flecks of orange color in it.

Smell is sweet and malty. Sweet roasted grain aroma, with a little smoke smell.

Taste is good, a charcoal bitterness with a caramel malt flavor along side. I'm not finding much of a nut f;avor in this one.

Mouthfeel is very good. Light and smooth, with moderate to low carbonation.

A very drinkable brown ale. The roasted charcoal flavors are well balanced against the caramel flavor, and bitterness is low. A nice brown ale, that would have again.

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.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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