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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,620
Reviews: 1,365
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 221
Gots: 454 | 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 Minkybut
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from bottle to my tumbler at 50 degrees.
The beer was a reddish broen color with a nice tan big head. Head did not last very long but lacing was good. The smell was a little nutty and the taste was very slighly nutty toasted just about right. I had great wxpectations of thisbrew as it is suppose to be the same recipe of the first winner of the Long Shot beer competition back in 1993. I drank that beer then and have looked for it ever since. I id not think this beer was as good but then too I'm relying on a memory from long ago. It seemed there was more of a Hazel Nut taste back the, but who knows. This beer is very good and I was happy to find it and will continue to buy it.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a decent off white head that doesn't really leave any lacing. Smells of sweet malts. A little nuttiness. Not all that fragrant. For the taste, sweet chocolaty maltiness, hazelnut and a little hop bitterness on the finish that lingers. Not bad at all. Very drinkable.

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

This Rogue is dark brown with hints of red and a prominent head. The aroma is not surprisingly of nuts (hazelnuts?) and chocolate malt. I'm a little disappointed in the taste - it seems a little thin, as if it is too reliant on the added hazelnut flavor. It's good, don't get me wrong, but lacks the dimension of Samuel Smith's Brown Ale or other Rogue brews.

Photo of PaleAlien2
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown, cloudy, with a two-finger tan head.
S: Caramel malt and nuts is the main character in the aroma.
T: Damn this beer is smooth. Perhaps one of the most prevalent caramel flavors I've ever had. Sweet and nutty. Also some burnt flavor in the finish that maybe doesn't fit in.
M: Palate is just about right: smooth and dry with a bit of alcohol warming at the end.
D: Speaking as a fan of Brown Ales, this beer is fantastic. After just one bottle, it might have just jumped to the top of my list.

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

On tap in a pint glass at Rogue Brewery in Portland, Oregon.

A - Tan brown with slightly red tint, one and a half fingers of light head that dissipates slowly.

S - Sweet malt, light hop, hazelnut.

T - Toasty malt taste at first a sweet caramel second and a great roasted hazelnut finish last.

M - light to medium bodied, smooth coat and tastes thicker than imagined.

D - Very drinkable on tap, have had mixed quality in 22oz. bottles but all in all is one hell of a brown ale.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet again, Rogue delivers. The hazelnut comes with a dark brown/red color with a one finger head. Nose is light hazelnuts. The taste at first is lighter on the nut, but I found as time went on that the flavor was more pronounced as it stayed with you. This won’t be my all-time favorite by Rogue, but it still is very, very good.

Photo of TexIndy
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a deep reddish brown color. It had a small head that quickly dissipated. I've had this several times before and usually has a more robust head so this one may be off slightly. The aroma was awesome - malty with a great hazelnut front. Gets your mouth watering right away. The taste is perfect. The hazelnut adds the right amount of flavor and sweetness without being cloying. I imagine without the hazelnut this would still be an awesome beer. The mouthfeel was nice and solid. Overall this is one of my favorite beers and I end up being it quite often. Highly recommend. (Heavy rotation)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A: Mostly clear rusty brown under a nice sized off white head. OK retetion no lacing.

S: Good nutty character, kind of woody, sweet and slightly chocolately with a splash of cream, some hints of roasted malt. Really nice.

T: Hazelnut punches you in the mouth on this one and it is nice. Finshes with a maltiness that is more toasted than anything and is mostly dry. Really a nice taste, a lot like a hazelnut coffee but without the coffee character.

M/D: Carbonation is a little high on this but the beer seems to benefit from this. Medium body is more toward the light end, but it holds up well. Drinkability is really good on this one as well. A solid beer all the way around.

Photo of pheggeseth
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Surly tulip glass

A: Deep reddish brown with a decent head that quickly dissipates, not much lacing

S: Sweet, sweet hazelnuts mixed with brown sugar and some caramel, from the smell of it, I'd expect it to taste too sweet

T: but it doesn't, there's a lot of hazelnut, yes, but it's more balanced with the malt, and generally combines to be quite pleasant

M: medium bodied, but with a thicker end, very smooth

D: This is my favorite nut brown ale, and a terrific "regular" beer to have around. I could be stuck on a desert island with only this and be content

Photo of cookin420
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into pub glass.
Pours a dark brown with a red tint. Translucent. A big, creamy head forms but dissipates quickly.
Huge caramel aroma with a faint underlying smell of the perles.
This tastes unbelievable. Wicked malty. An amazing balancing act between bitter malty and sweet malty. This is like drinking a big piece of some sort of autumn dessert cake, all the while never letting you forget that your drinking beer. Very little hop aroma or flavor but just the right amount of citric bittering hop.
Mouthfeel rocks, real creamy for a brown.
Here is my gripe about this beer.; It's drinkable for the first 12 oz.'s but it loses carbonation fast after that. ( and I'm not a slow drinker)
I feel like the carbonation is necessary to balance all the strong flavors in this ale (as noted at the top) and they become muddled and overpowering.
Also the brew seemed to turn a bit murky coinciding with the loss of carb. Now thats not something I mind at all but I couldn't help thinking that it looked like it tasted toward the end; garbled and sludgy.
I will absolutely buy this many more times but I'll either look for smaller bottles or share it with someone.
O.K. or I'll just slam the thing.

Photo of Steaks
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

God this guy is delicous. I used to drink the hell out of some newcastle but once i discovered this kid i haven't had one since. Definitely my favorite brown ale i have ever had. It goes down smooth and fast. The only real problem is that they only sell 22-ounce bottles and not six-packs. Hopefully this will change in the future.

Photo of Gehrig
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's hard not to be impressed with the Hazelnut Brown nectar from start to finish. The pour was well proportioned, with a finger and a half capping a dark nut-brown torso. Hazelnut accosts the nose through and through, but there is a nice hint of chocolate and caramel as well, quite good. The taste, not surprisingly, brings the smell forward, but with a prominent roasted background that is most delicious. I greatly enjoy the smooth texture and moderate carbonation, and wish I had a second to chase this big boy.

Really wonderful concoction from Rogue, not to be missed.

Photo of scottblaze
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle @ $4.99. Been in the fridge for nearly 2 months, finally decided to break it out.

Nice frothy head with good retention, hazy, red(ish) brown.... good looking.

The smell of my mom's (God rest her soul) spice cabinet, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, ginger, all that blended together.

Wow...taste is almost like a straight shot of vanilla or almond extract..not too sure about this one. On the one hand I like it but on the other hand it's like something artificial going on and too much of it. Aftertaste, although not unpleasant, is not exactly pleasant.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

An intresting brew albeit one that sends me mixed messages, something seems unbalanced....However, the more I drink the better it gets...@ 6.2%ABV and 650ml, that would be expected.. 2 or 3 of these suckers and it could be the finest brew in the world. At least it isn't sicky sweet.

Photo of Tilley4
2.45/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Man, I wanted this beer to be better than what it was. After reading all of the reviews of this one, I was stoked to try this one myself so I went down to the local bottle store and grabbed one.

It poured just like everyone else said, nice brown color with a small tan head.

This beer smells wonderful. Very rich and nutty. You can definitely smell the hazelnut in this.

Goes downhill quickly here. I wonder if I got a bad bottle or something. This tastes exactly like a Bud Light or Coors Light or something. Is this flat? It has a nice head and smells great, but it tastes horrible. Very watery and flat, no nutty nuances or anything. Big time disappointed in this one. I will probably try this again in the future to give it a fair shake but at $5.99 for a 650 ml bottle, I expect some quality out of it.

I chose this over the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout next to it which I know is a solid choice so I'm bummed about that too.

Dang, I was hoping for more out of this.

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

I was served from a 22 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: A moderately aggressive pour produced a clear mahogany body with a tan two finger head composed of medium dense and sticky bubbles. The head was slow to fall and left a lingering cover that supported a dense curtain of lace.

S: It had distinct aromas of brown sugar, caramel and yeasty dark bread.

T: It began with the flavor of sweet medium roasted malts that generated the taste of dark brown sugar, dark fruits (plums and figs), and caramel. There was a very recessed clean and unimposing hop bite that produced light white spices (e.g., pepper). I missed the hazelnut flavor but believe the brewer reached for it but just missed the mark.

M: It was light to medium bodied with a creamy presence and balanced carbonation. There was a subtle sweet aftertaste.

D: The low ABV did not appeal to me. A bit higher ABV could have left the palate cleaner after each swig and given this beer a bit more of a warm presence. As such it is a very fine brown ale. I will definitely be back to have more...and more...and more.

Photo of k3n
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber w/ no freshness dating.

A: Deep reddish brown body. Poured up a good head, but faded down to nothing. Minimal lace.

S: Nuts! Roasted, chopped, powdery hazelnuts! Faint citrus hops.

T: Again, nutty. Almost reminds me of almond tea...although this would, of course, be hazelnut tea. Duh! A clean malty sweetness after the nuttiness starts to fade. Can't perceive much hop presence.

M/D: Clean on the palate, despite the malt sweetness. Light and refreshing...I could see enjoying this just as well in cold weather, as hot.

Photo of 2wheeledpirate
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I very clear, red with a nice head that dissapears quickly. Smell is very sweet and sugary. Taste is kind of nutty, but definately vanilla. Mouthfeel is a little on the light side. Needs to be thicker to be a better "brown". I wouldn't call it a clean finish, but not that long lasting aftertaste either. I would buy and drink it again.

Photo of PhageLab
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Taphouse in Hampton, served in a pint glass.

A - Dark yet still transparent amber hue, produced absolutely no head, and offered little to no lacing. Not too appealing overall. I was actually almost dreading taking a sip. Luckily I did, however.

S - Extremely sweet, notes of brown sugar and molasses, with the slightest hint of spice near the end, smells much better than it looks.

T - I truly believe this tastes exactly like french toast. I can detect perhaps nutmeg, cinammon, and even a bit of maple. Very sweet, but some of the spices become more defined as it warms.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation, toasty aftertaste which lingers around a bit, and a mild finish. Not bad!

D - I think I could do a few, but the sweetness definitely causes a hit here. After a while it becomes a bit taxing. Overall a pretty decent brew, it was worth a try.

Photo of rshwayder
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nutty brown colored beer, as you might expect. It smells mildly of the hazelnut within, which can be deceptive because of the taste to follow. This beer is extremely drinkable, goes down smooth, and has a slightly sweet taste of hazelnut worked perfectly into the brown ale (no syrupy chemical taste whatsoever). The aftertaste is pleasant with almost no bitterness to speak of. Definitely a good beer and well-priced at ~$5 for 22oz.

Photo of Trueant1
1.41/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a a cloudy looking red brown. A nice thick tan head with incredible lacing that coats the side of the glass.

I am slightly sick by the smell of dank old hazelnut. As if the nuts were in warm water sitting in the sun for a few weeks collection molds and such. Awfull smell to me.

Tastes the same as the smell....

Rarely do I just not like a beer. This is one of those rare moments.

Some reviews are saying that they use hazelnut extracts. I must not like them. Do I rate all ones if i personally do not like the beer???

The apperance was great. I just could not get past the smell and taste of the hazelnut. Was this bottle bad??

I would rather have had a macro beer tonight.

My first drainpoor on BA.

Photo of brantadid
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, rich brown with a very thin off white head that diminished very quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Malty, nutty nose with hints of chocolate. Rather sweet.

Hazelnut upfront and as it moves through you palate you get nuts, over-roasted coffee beans, and some burnt peanuts. Nice depth of flavor. Nice sweetness.

Very low carbonation, however, the mouthfeel was very think, almost watery. The flavor of this beer totally makes up for it.

Photo of sleazo
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark chestnut brown. Cafe au lait coloured head dissipates quickly which is disheartening.

S-rich roasted bread and caramel dominate with hints of roasted generic nuts

T-Seet caramel with roasted nut undertones. hop presence is minimal. There is maybe a hint of bitterness there. The sweet taste is pleasing though.

M-Medium bodied with a decent carbonation.

D-Overall this is tasty but not the best brown ale I have ever had. A tad more hops would be welcome

Photo of bruachan
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have looked over this guy on shelves for years. not exactly sure why

the pour yields a nice looking head. not big, but velvety, and backed up from below. good lacing from the get-go

the nose is very subtle (bland?). very nutty. damn—it's been awhile since i sniffed a hazelnut

...but it tastes the way i remember hazelnuts tasting. cool. wait...it actually contains "hazelnut nectar"? what the ^&*# is that? can i buy it in a store? sweet and rich, with the munich and crystal malts leading the way. the result of the combination is very bready; rich without being cloying

good brew; certainly some novelty appeal, as well

Photo of pmcadamis
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A medium brown hue allows a little bit of light through, but this one appears very dark brown when it's not in direct light. A one finger khaki head dissipates quickly to a haze and collar, and a small amount of sudsy lace is left on the glass. Swirling brings up a thin cap, but nothing more.

S - While I'm not impressed with the appearance, this smells heavenly. Freshly baked double chocolate chip cookies and loads of sweet gooey caramel greet the nose at first, with toffee and peanut brittle showing up too. I detect very little trace of hops, but that's ok since this smells like grandma's kitchen, Panera, and a confectionery all at once!

T - The taste doesn't disappoint after that glorious nose either! The hazelnut flavors come out more in the flavor than the aroma too. Tastes like authentic maple syrup or molasses, Bavarian candied almonds, Nutella, Christmas cookies, caramel, gooey toffee candy filling, and those little chocolate chip cookies that you buy from a vending machine. Some very subdued grassy hops provide balance, and become more pronounced at the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied and lushly carbonated. Sugar coats my teeth, and provides a very sweet and candy like finish with some hop flavors that weren't there initially coming out to play.

D - Just about the best brown that I've even tasted. A little to sweet for a session brew, but perfect as an after dinner drink with desert! A really unique and expertly crafted brew.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown in the glass with burgundy edges, a bit of cherry colour too at the sides. The head was not very well developed although a ring remained around the glass. Lightly carbonated. The aroma was very nutty alright with some milk chocolate association. The taste reflected the dryness of the hazelnut, malt, a nectar-like silky mouthfeel. This beer had some body to it with texture and density, with a plum or prune influence alongside the persistent nuttiness. The finish is again hazel or brazil nut dry, bitter, some astringency, but again the nuttiness dominates with malted-milk yeasty backdrop. I love Rogue beers, what a pleasure as usual.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,620 ratings.