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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,566
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 213
Gots: 413 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Lothore
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with hints of caramel coloring. There is very little fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smell is very sweet with a nutty and toffee edge. The taste is different than the smell lets on. Sweet, as was expected, but there is a strong nutty taste that hits from the second the brew touches your lips. It finishes very smooth and slightly bitter leaving hints of hazelnut taste on the pallet. It is carbonated fairly highly and I personally think this takes away from the mouthfeel. I would have enjoyed this style more with less carbonation but regardless, it was thick and smooth. This is a great beer to enjoy as a desert or to taste but I couldn't see myself drinking more than a glass or two in a sitting. Regardless it was a delicious brew that i thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Yard House in Costa Mesa, on to the beer:

From the tap, it's dark brown in color with some red hues mixed in that's crowned by a nice head. Lots of toffee and other sweet stuff in the smell, but that's just a sneak peak at the taste. Wow! Does this count as dessert? I first noticed some espresso-fumes and cream, then hazelnut, then butterscoth, then toffee. A splash of hops come in to keep this from being too sweet. A very well-made brown ale with plenty of flavors to choose from.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet light malt is creamy and fruity with mild chocolate and roasted caramel, milder coffee, and a finishing hazelnut aroma. A little hop is present. Very light overall flavor.

Ruby mahogany brown. Clear. Almost no head, it was very small and quickly fleeting.

Surprisingly light. I get some chocolate, coffee, and sweet caramel flavors. Ah yes, and hazelnut; reminiscent of hazelnut coffee. Medium-light to light malt flavor and light bitterness. Gentle malt sweetness. Finishes sweet and nutty.

Medium-light body with medium-light carbonation. Smooth and lightly creamy.

Quite light, it’s nutty and sweet. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a flavored ale based on either a robust Northern English Brown or a light American Brown. It’s balanced and delicate.

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

Poured with a minimal off-white head and with minimal lacing, almost to the very top of the glass. Very clear and a coppery medium-brown in color, with average visible carbonation. Nose offers up indistinct fruit, along with broad strokes of hazelnut (natch) and vanilla. No hop presence on the nose (and minimal hops throughout), and a very light touch of diacetyl. Big notes of vanilla, hazelnut, and cocoa across the palate on the first sip. Root beer notes, and some light butterscotch. The indistinct fruit on the nose is about the only fruity quality I detected here . . . maybe light berry notes? Sweet, rich, and not at all dry . . . it's a bit fuller-bodied than an English brown ale, too, leaning more towards a robust porter. Alcohol is fairly buried by the hazelnut (extract?) in this one, and at 6.2% is pretty firm, so given that fact the drinkability is quite good. Body and mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, which is to be expected from a Rogue brew in good condition (fresh), this leans toward full-bodied due to its higher level of sweetness / dextrose. And when I say sweet, think confectioner's sugar, cane sugar, treacle . . . marzipan. A bit of spiky, oily hop would actually improve this brew in my mind, but I prefer balance in a mid-strength brew. A bit too sweet for me overall, but with good drinkability nonetheless. Definitely a dessert beer and one to pair with desserts and sweets. Served chilled (tap-line cold) in a tumbler.

Photo of Cascadia
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a Brown ale drinker, but I love this beer and Rogue has been consistant with this one for years now. A little on the sweet side, you can taste the Hazelnut (or as Oregonians call 'em, Filberts), but it's not too much. Very clean and drinkable beer. I had one on tap at the brewery a while back and I'd say it was even smoother. Always a good choice to pair with a meal.

Photo of mbutter1997
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with 1" of light head, a nice film lingers throughout.
S: Sweet aromas, rather mild, but good anyway.
T: Good tastes, not too sweet with malt flavors of hazelnut and caramel. A solid nut brown ale.
M: Nice and rich, smooth and medium-full bodied. Gets better at about 45 degrees.
D: Very drinkable beverage. Smooth going down and worth having time and again. One of the easier drinking beers from Rogue.

Photo of sierra11b
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in two settings served ice cold into pint glass, then slowly warmed to about 55-60 degrees: Once while relaxing on the couch with a friend and once in the back yard during a cool Sunday evening, accompanied with a nice skirt steak and herb roasted potatoes. It was a much more enjoyable experience with the steak. Highly recommended.

Pours a dark brown with brown, almost purplish-red head. The mouth feel of the beer is quite nice. There's enough body and viscosity in the beer that you can see the resistance of the beer as you pour into the beer already in the glass. Notes of Hazelnut (duh), chocolate, caramel, and light molasses.

Drinkability was nice but not something I could consistently put back. Not that that's a bad thing, really... having just one with dinner is wonderful way to enjoy this beer. This goes into the “will buy again” category for me.

Guy on the bottle reminds me of my father during the early 80s so that's sorta weird. Price is a bit steep but shouldn't be a problem seeing how I would only drink one with a nice meal.

Photo of techdiver
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours adeep mahogany with ruby notes and a modest head that dissipates slowly.

Nose of malt and hazelnut.

Taste of caramel malt and hazelnut with a mild hoppy background.

Great carbonation, medium bodied and refreshing.

No problem putting this away, regret waiting so long to try it.

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

Wonder if I paid more to get this "Signature ale" anyway, this good looking bomber releases its contents smoothly into my tasting glass, seems prety highly carbonated with alot of bubles rising and sticking tot he side of the glass. Floats a LONG lasting medium tan, tiny bubble head, that eventually leaves a sh%t load of tiny bubble sticky sheeting. Nose of sweet malt, some slight soapyness and perhaps a metallic note..hmmmm, any way this one is smooth enough, notes of some caramel and nutyness in the finish, but I do pick up some funky off notes, more soap? Slightly off and a rip at $7.49...oh well, Rogue used to be one of my favs...

Photo of jbsteiny
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love Rogue's bombers, but they're so damn expensive in NY, when I found $2 mugs of their brews (in Hawaii, of all places, at Magoo's just off of the Manoa campus), I was psyched. But this didn't taste as good as I remembered.

It's a dark mahogany, with a thin tan head that faded fast and left slight lacing which had no retention. It smelled damn good, like hazelnut (obviously), vanilla coke, prunes. I thought it tasted artificial, though. Too sweet, it could have used some more of those bitter flavors that Rogues was famous for. Everyone's saying that this is a dessert beer -- I don't find that acceptable for a brown for some reason. It's got a full body, but I think that its finish should be drier to balance the heavy roasted malts and sweet hazelnut extract. One is enough for me.

Photo of argock
2.86/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a 16oz pint glass

Appearance: deep-reddish brown with thin cap of tan head and no lacing. Seems undercarbonated.

Smell: butterscotch and toffee with faint roasted odor with somewhat chemical fake hazelnut smell thrown in

Taste: Brown ale with some extra sweet extract nutty-caramel flavor. Nutty undertones are present but don't add much to cut the bland sweetness

Mouthfeel: Barely medium body, undercarbonated which gives it a watery feel overall.

Overall: I gave this a second try and liked it more than the first, but still not very much. The undercarbonation was odd and makes it feel too thin, and the chemical, extract flavoring is off-putting. I still contend this is one of Rogue's worst beers.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color with amber hues. Dense tan head pours two fingers thick with smoe retention. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Roasted grain. Dark fruit. Bread.

T: Roasted and sweet malts dominate the font end of this brew and are followed by a soft pine hop presence that tickles the tongue and gives this brew balance. Tastes of milk chocolate and the sweetness of dark fruit come into play. More roasted malts with a faint smoke touch. Hazelnut is'nt overdone and melds perfectly with the other flavors in this beer.

M: Creamy and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A well crafted brew. Good balance for a brown ale. One serving is plenty as this beer is very sweet. An after diner brew. Recommended.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark brown with creamy light brown head that is small and mostly lasting, fair lacing that does not stick to the glass
S- Warm, delicious nose that is dominated by roasty and toasty malts, hazelnut tones (of course), as well as a hint of toffee and vanilla; truly an amazing and fun aroma that I feel exceeds most other brown ales
T- Not a disappointment as hazelnut maltiness is pervasive throughout, some mild bitterness intially that is followed by sweet chocolate, toffee, and coffee; duration is short and malty; no noticeable alcohol taste
M- Surprisingly underwhelming mouthfeel that is quite watery and light for this genre, soft carbonation; the gap in quality between taste and mouthfeel is surprising
D- Low abv and delicious aroma makes this a great choice for a post-dinner/evening drink, I could get plenty of mileage sipping and smelling this tasty quaff, but several pints in a row would not pose much of a problem

Photo of burnstar
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pink glass. Pours a beautiful deep brown, very little head quickly recedes- no lacing. Smell is big hazelnuts, earthy dark malts. Taste is hazelnut up front with dark earthy malts coming in. Just a touch of spicy hops in the finish adds some balance. Hazelnut is present and powerful throughout and adds a delicious lightness to this brew. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty drinkable although very distinct. A nice dessert beer.

Photo of GimpyCane
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

appearance: Dark brown with a ruby hues. Creamy off white head that mostly diminished. Also had some small sediments.

smell: nutty, tawny port, toffee, cola and a small hint of vanilla.

taste and mouthfeel: light body, watery and fizzy carbonated with a blast of hazelnut extract, cola and toffee in the middle ending with a creamy almost sour taste.

drinkability: Nice brew to have with a dessert. One is enough for me.

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with rubyish highlights. Tall creamy head descends to a one-finger head, then to a thin cover.

The smell is nutty, earthy, slightly grainy - Dark malt abounds.

The taste is of hazlenut from start to finish. Malty sweetness is kept from being cloying by a subtle earthy hop bitterness. Chocolate and honey notes peek through to give it more complexity. Finishes with an exceptionally smooth, malty sweetness.

The feel is creamy in a medium to full, but not thick, body. Malty and rich. The hazelnut flavor hangs on for a long time in the aftertaste.

Nicely done. It's like a soft hazlenut liqueur. Delicious. Very good for a malty, "something different" brew.

Photo of yelterdow
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served at just over fridge temperature in a nonic.

Appearance- Pours a clear reddish brown, creating a loud and boistrous two-finger head. After about two minutes, the foam reduces to a thin cap, eventually dissipating almost completely. Nothing here in the way of lacing at all.

Smell- Wonderfully earthy, aromatic hazelnut aroma that really emphasizes the "nut" aspect rather that a sweet or spicy element. Better and even more authentic than most hazelnut coffees I've tried.

Taste- A riveting sourness initially, almost as if a lemon wedge were placed in a cup of espresso. The bready malts then go on to carry the nutty flavors, while the hops balance nicely with their mildly bitter finish. During and after the swallow, the aforementioned citric character lingers for a moment and adds closure to the tasting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabilty- Smooth and perfectly carbonated going in... the texture expands and softens in the mouth without being gassy. The swallow is easy and delicate, while still having enough body to complement the rich, hazelnut flavors that abound.

A satisfying drinker, and the nutty character is never overdone or overexpressed. Short of the 6.2% ABV, it would make a delicious social beverage for repeated consumption.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown color with a creamy tan one finger head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Definite nutty, prailine-type smell. Smells like a sweet mix of almonds and walnuts. A bit of chocolate and coffee undertones. Nice malty smell.

Taste: Nearly identical to the smell. Primarily a sweet prailine taste. A bit of caramel and toffee lying beneath, along with a hints of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and smooth. Low abv makes this extremely drinkable. I'd be happy to drink two or three bombers. Overall, this is a very good beer. It's definitely unique and well-done. Definitely recommended.

Photo of mwearl
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich brown in color; not quite dark brown but not an amber. To achieve any head at all requires an improper pour. Mouthfeel is ok; has a good flavor but not much complexity. Reminds me of a typical dark domestic macro brew. Has a pleasant nutty, yet watery aftertaste. Yes its very drinkable and light enough to drink more than one. The problem with this beer is it probably won't appeal to dark beer drinkers nor the pilsner drinker. Good allaround beer, best described as the Jan Brady of Rogue beers.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into pint glasses. The beer was milk chocolate brown color, looked and smelled quite a bit like Newcastle brown ale. Actually I expected a hazelnut smell but didn't get it. The flavor was mostly sweet, hardly any bitterness at all. Very easy to drink, a "session" beer.

Photo of johnnydollar
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Yes it's good, but I wouldn't say great. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this Rogue didn't blow me away. The glass has a nice transparent brown hue and it doesn't smell like much of anything. The taste is enjoyable, but a little too sweet for my liking. The carbonation, color and flavor all resemble cola in a weird sort of way. I like cola so I enjoyed drinking it, but it's not the Rogue experience that I am used to. Is it REALLY 6.2% ABV? I would have guessed much lower (it is also available in South Carolina where we have a alcohol cap on beer at 6%... shhh. don't tell anybody).

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

Served a dark brown with absolutely no head. The aroma was of dark malt and strong roasted nuts. The taste was a great balance of dark malts and a variety of hops doing their jobs in the background. There was also a very smooth hazelnut flavor. The beer was light and smooth and very enjoyable. A great brown ale.

Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not that impressive in the glass, just a clear brown ale with a reddish tinge and a skimpy brown head that mostly disappears.

Smells much better than it looks. Sweet smelling with a lot of chocolate and nutty scent. I can smell nuts but not ID the scent as hazelnut, just nut.

The taste begins very mildly sweet with lots of chocolate and nut flavor. This has a noticeable high tannin level to the taste that at first I though was a trace of metallic flavor. This very quickly tastes like Frangelico liqueur with no sugar in it. Rather a very dry brown ale that tastes simply of cocoa powder and tannic nuts.

Mouthfeel is light for the style.

Drinkability is only so so. I can only see drinking this again when I want a VERY dry beer with food. Probably the best beer in the world for eating with Nutella on bread.

Photo of Gaben
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

What a weird beer, I would consider it a cartoon beer more then a brown ale. Just has a weird taste to it that isnt normal.

Appearance is goot , kinda like darkish brown with a tin of light to it. Makes you wanna drink it just looking at it.

Smell is goot , kinda more like ice cream? or something cartoonish about it , its a goot smell but doesnt smell like a beer.

Taste is nice as well, you tasty the Hazenut/Nectar too it , that stands out most of all/ like I am saying it doesnt say like a normal brown ale. Its a novilty beer from a cartoon.

I dont think I could drink alot of this stuff just because its not a normal beer, Id much rather drink a simple brown ale other then this.

Overall one of these a night if your feel a bit weird and want something that stands out.

Photo of EmChouffe
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I actually had to review this beer because so many people loved it and I'm now wondering what I'm missing. First it poured a deep reddish brown, slighty murky. Moderate head retention with some nice lacing. Ok, it smelled good, really it did, I WANTED to like it. It smelled like a bakery, caramel, toasted nuts, all that good stuff. But the taste? eh. It was a bit one-dimensional for me. Definitely very heavily presented toasted nut and oat flavors. But something was off, like I was looking at the tap and THINKING hazelnut but really I was tasting some horrible nut extract with a heavy emphasis on walnut/pecan. Oh yeah, some vanilla and even a little cocoa. But I wanted it sweeter and more balanced. WAY more balanced. but hey, maybe it's just me.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,566 ratings.