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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,342
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 193
Gots: 348 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001)
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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, no freshness or ABV listed, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep brown color with a reddish hue. Head was almost non-existent, even with a strong pour, and what was there dissipated almost immediately. When I re-poured even stronger I got a standard 3 finger head, and it lingered nicely before fading into a lace.

Aroma: One word - hazelnut. Not too strong though, very pleasant.

Taste: Very malty up front with hints of chocolate and hazelnut overtones in the middle. The finish was very sweet and nutty.

Mouthfeel: thick, almost syrupy with a low carbonation

Overall: this one definitely does the style justice, and in my opinion is worth a taste if you've never had it. The bottle recommends serving with beef or pork, but I think this would make a much better dessert beer, ideally with a huge slice of chocolate cake.

Photo of Tupperwolf
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark brown with honeyish-gold notes and a very thin tan head, even with a moderately strong pour. Leaves no lacing, and the head almost immediately dissappears completely. Definitely a low carbonation in this beer.

Definitely smell the hazelnut in the smell - nutty, a little syrupy sweet, almost no hop prescence. Kind of bland, and a little bit fake smelling, which worries me because I know this beer has hazelnut flavoring added.

Ummm... whoa.. how to describe the flavor... it's like. like a syrupy, nutty Dr. Pepper. The more I think about that, the more I think Dr. Pepper as I drink this. Wow, very syrupy, very very fake tasting.

Almost no carbonation - nearly none at all. This is like a flat soda. It's got a medium body and a cleanish finish, but this really isn't like beer at all. It's like a strange soda.

I like Rogue well enough, but this beer is just too fake. Please, please don't add anything to your beers, especially not syrup. It kills the carbonation and makes this taste totally unlike beer.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a small creamy brown which didn't last very long. A small strata of bubbles was leaving my drink until they all escaped. The color contained a little caramel and ruby swirled to gether with a very dark brown.

Smell- Awesomely nutty with a heap of malt and little bitterness in my wiff.

Taste- Stars with a general nutty flavor which leads into a blended hazelnut and roasted malt mix. Ending with some hops in the aforementioned flavor.

Mouthfeel- A little rich, but nothing to overpower the palate. Very nutty, but a veryy good nutty :).

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

22 ounce bottle. Hazlenut Brown Nectar has a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Delicious aroma of toffee, chocolate, and nuts. Rich, malty flavor. This beer is sweet, but it never comes close to being cloying. The sweet chocolate flavor gives way to a toasted malt flavor in the middle. This is accompanied by hazlenuts. Very slight fruity flavors. The finish is a little hoppy, but overall this is mainly about the malt. Medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability. I'm very impressed with this beer.

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

It came to me a black-coffee rich deep brown, flashing a ruddy red in brighter light. A thin pillow of light tan head settled soon to a frothy sheet. Curlicues of lacing etched the glass.

The aroma arrived brown: brown sugar, maple syrup, and caramel, then lightly spiced hazelnut coffee with a dark chocolate note, almost but not quite burnt.

Upon sipping, there came a roasted malt earthiness, with dark chocolate and toffee mated with toasted hazelnut. Caramel malt sweetness slithered in gently, blunting any rpeceding bitterness, then gave way to a mild but pleasing floral hops effect. The closing cleared to a malt and nut redux before a soft hop bitterness cleaned things up and lingered warmly. It seemed a tad stoutish, but that's no drawback, as it presented itself as a mature, enjoyable beverage.

Medium bodied, it came off as round and creamy, flowing smoothly, and carbonated to a tee.

I'll admit, I've not always been the biggest nut beer fan, but this one changes my perspective. The hazelnut is a wonderful acompaniment to everything else this beer has to offer, and it delivers a blended, distinguished flavor for your trouble. While it could almost be seen as a varietal beer, I think it could be enjoyed any time, as drinkable as any beer of its type. I'm not going to say I will become the biggest nut beer fan out there, but I will certainly be willing to visit the realm more often, and that's because of this fine example.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gorgeous, shiny kalamata-olive coffee black. Pale yellow-tan head.

Smell: One word: yum. Maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted marshmallows - and you can really smell the hazelnuts. Just a hint of mocha. Really something, this one.

Taste: A sophisticated flavor. Roasted malts that turn chocolatey at the end and a subtle hazelnut character. Estery hops lend a clean finish. The bottle says to serve with beef or pork, but personally I think it would match much better with dessert, especially something with a coffee flavor. Tiramisu comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Good; full-bodied and thick.

Drinkability: I could sip this all night. I chose it as my post-finals celebration beer, and what a good choice! I just wish I had more.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two finger head, tan. That quickly deflates to a thin film that remains with the beer until the end. Nearly impenetrable in shade, slightly murky, giving off a deep, dark brown color with hints of red, orange, and yellow when held up to the light. Mild carbonation that is barely perceptible due to the darkness of this brew.
S: Deep, rich, roasted hazlenut coffee aroma with some slight hints of burnt chocolate and malt. The presentation of smell could be a bit stronger or more robust, relative to the taste...
T: Major roasted, nutty, coffee-ish taste. There's a malt sweetness here that presents itself after the in initial nut and coffee flavors have passed. Great, mildly bitter coffee-esque meets hop aftertaste really hits the spot and makes one long for another sip. As the beers warms, slight traces of alcohol become detectable.
M: Medium-light body with a pleasant smoothness. Carbonation was just right for the style.
D: One has to be a fan of roasted nut and coffee flavors to enjoy this beer; the essence of these two foods dominate its makeup. That being said, this is an eminently drinkable beer that, while not proper for a session, would be enjoyable throughout the day with its rich aromas and moderately complex taste profile.

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

Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a caramel brown color and leaves a tan head that did not stick around for too long. Smells of nuts, caramel, and malt. Nice taste of hazelnut and brown sugar. Nice mouth feel with good carbonation. I love this beer. It puts Newcastle to shame. I recommend this beer to everyone, its delicious!!!

Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was tasted in a pint glass from the 650mL Bottle.

It pours a dark amber brownish color hue with a decent head that hold fairly well but does not lace very well. It smells wonderfully nutty and sweet. It almost smells like hazelnut coffee. It tastes a hint of peanutbutter but roasted hazelnut malts dominate the overall flavor. It holds decently in one's mouth but it could be a little more forceful. Overall It another great brew from Rogue.

Photo of Fish113d
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/chestnut color with a slight tan surface layer, that dissipates quickly to a slight edge layer.

Aroma is a lot of toffee malts with some slight brown roasty coffee and nut aromas (hazelnut?)...I also catch some slightly earthy bitter hops in there as well.

Sipping gives way to lots of sweet chocolate & some coffee tones; very sweet taste with some slight bitterness. Actually a bit of butter taste also. Huge choco aftertaste that reminds me of Tootsie Rolls.

A nice light body with some butteriness to it. Carbonation is overly sharp on my palate but not so overbearing that kills the flavors.

Overall, easy to drink, but could use a bit mroe bitterness to fill in for some sweetness.

Photo of wcudwight
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights. A thin wispy head crowns the top. I can smell this beer with out even holding it to my nose. Not suprisingly it smells of hazlenut, but it smells oh so good. My tongue is pleased with the flavors of hazlenut, coffee, toffe, hint of chocolate and a nice sweet malty finish that stays with you for awhile. Feels very crisp, fresh, thick and syrupy in the mouth. Hazlenut is so drinkable my macro swill drinking friends crave this. This is the one craft beer that they like.

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

A blood-red ale with a sweet plummy fragrance, the hazelnut flavor is there, but wears a disguise akin to exotic pipe tobacco – spicy and cured, with a deft, smoky finish that leaves and returns with a boomerang effect. There is also a pronounced brown sugar sweetness hardly impeded by any appreciable hopping making this somewhat suggestive of good Scottish ale.

Brewed with hazelnut extract, this deep ruddy ale is a welcome diversion from straightforward malt’n’hops beers. Trivia fact: Oregon grows 98% of America’s hazelnuts.

Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, light coffee head that lingers for a moment. Light patches of lace with decent strength. Deep brown, glowing mahogany in color.

Semi-sweet caramel and vanilla. Roasted hazlenut; toasted almonds, toffee brittle. Sweet, yet a well rounded earthy aroma.

Moderate sweet caramel, toffee, and milk chocolate; almost like a Heath bar. Hints of light espresso. A wave of carbonation (a little too much?), followed by toasted hazlenut, almond, and cashew. The finish is rather dry, followed by a semi-sweetened toffee and peanut brittle aftertaste. Very tasty.

Medium bodied; the carbonation is subdued a bit by the dryness of this Brown Ale. Very smooth and dry on the palate.

A uniquely flavored Brown Ale. A true Rogue in consistency and novelty. A great brew!

Photo of krberg
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz No dates.

Mahogany with a big tan head. Holding it up to light reveals an orangish-brown body.

Lots of malt in the nose. Caramel and, of course, hazelnuts are very aggressive. No aroma hops that I can discern.

Very rich, pastry-like flavor. Malty sweetness and nutty goodness. Not bitter or hoppy at all, but somehow in balance. A great harmony of grains and hazelnuts.

Not very carbonated. Much lighter body than one would expect from such rich flavors.

Easy drinking, but how many? I think it might be like eating too much cake.

A great beer, but certainly one I only crave once or twice a year. If you have a sweet tooth and are tired of boring brown ales give this a shot.

Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Father's office in santa monica November 2005.

Rich brown color, solid head with sliding lacing and the occasional evidence. Smell is of nuts and smoked wood.

The taste is humongous compared to the smell....it is fairly modest in the nose and then a frickin explosion in the mouth. Nuts rule this brew and it is exceptionally smooth as well. Smoked presence doesn't come out much but its in the background. Just a hint of hop twang and its welcomed as this beer would be too sweet without it.

Notes: I feel like a broken record with Rogue. Mouthfeel is off the charts once again. I've yet to come across a beer that wasn't near perfect from this company. Good thing that samuel smith's nut brown is in a different category or they would have a run for their money. The two best brown's in my opinion.

Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown; To produce the head, I had to pour vigorously. no longevity to the suds, no lace on the glass.

Slight band-aid smell, behind that there are sweet malt notes of chocolate and crystal. Some buttery-ness, very low hop.

Very nice hazelnut flavor. Very sweet. Thick cream-like body with a below average carbonation (which accentuates the candy flavors). The hop used is strictly for spice, not balance. The aftertaste starts as honey sweetness that fades into a subtle hop flavor.

In my humble opinion, when compared to other Rogue beers, this one is a miss, although I love the creativity. Hazelnut flavors and aromas make this beer palatable. It's just that it could be so much better.

Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting concoction from Rogue. Smells malty malty malty and nutty. Toasty- almost marshmallow-like in the nose.

Taste is also very malty, more toastyness, with a bare hint of chocolate. Sweet, but not overly so. Hazlenutty, obviously, but I also got a vanilla extract thing going on in there. Pretty easy to drink, though I'm not sure I could have more than one of these. Interesting, a nice dessert type beer.

Photo of wingnutter
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.Poured a brilliant ruby red with fluffy head that disappeared quickly.

Smells like nutty and brown sugary, with some toffee or caramel in there, too. Excellent aroma.

Taste: Nutty sweetness. Hazlenut works well here. The toffe/caramel taste blends with the nuttiness very well. I also taste maybe plum, or somehting similar. This stuff is smooth. Very easy to drink. Not my favorite style, but worth a try if youre a fan of brown ales.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thin, but kinda creamy as well. Clean finish, with no discernable aftertaste.

Excellent drinkability but this could be too sweet to knock back too many.

Im not a big fan of Brown Ales, but for the style this one very good. Another winner from Rogue.

Photo of LPorter33
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber from Charles St. Liquors

Appearance = Dark brown, opaque with not a hint of transparency. Head fades quickly into tiny ring. Lacing is adequate.

Smell = A little light in the nose but what's there is good. Malt dominates as it should. A bit of honey and molasses, Tiny bit of toasted grain and yeast presence.

Taste = Delicious. Sweet honey and nectar just as the name implies. Light presence , full of flavor- hazelnut addin is so perfectly blends with the rest of the components. Mouthfeel is exceptional as the beer feels like liquid satin in my mouth. Aftertaste is perfect, brining honey and toasted grain. The sweetness is perfectly balanced, not overwhelming but present in force to create an absolutely delicious beer. I can't stress enough how well the hazelnut works in this beer.

Overall = After drinking this beer, so far, I've come to the undeniable conclusion that Rogue is the greatest brewery in the USA. This beer is a masterpiece of taste, and I greatly recommend everyone go out and buy it.

Photo of fromage
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressive dessert beer. Probably a bit too cloying for a session, but a nice, not-too-hopped offering from Rogue. I would expect it to be a bit nuttier but that wasn't so important for matching the pumpkin tiramisu I paired it with!

Poured into a red/white wine glass. Medium brown, good-sized tan head which didn't last all that long.

I mostly smell lots of roasted nuts, vanilla, some cream, caramel, a little chocolate, a bit of biscuit, but really no fruit.

Taste pretty much matches. Just a bit of hop bite reminiscent of bitter chocolate / roasted nuts, but not astringent. Definitely an interesting take on the "nut brown" style. Well rounded out with malt depth.

Medium mouthfeel. I probably could have had it a little warmer. Finish is not too long, but interrupted by some hop bitterness.

I surely drank too much of this one. I wouldn't drink it all night, but splitting a bomber for a dessert would work fine. Not sure about matching it with chocolate.

Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Solid brown with a nice full creamy brown head. Nice balanced hazelnut and chocolate aroma. Robust hazelnut and chocolate malt flavors with no hop character for a Rogue ... very different but a nice departure. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth with a long chocolate cocoa finish.

A delicious non-hoppy Rogue brew for a change... A must try !

Per RA website: Great Western 2-row Pale, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Crystal 80 and Crystal 135, Carastan, and Beeston Pale Chocolate malts; hazelnut extract; Perle and Saaz hops.
Measurements: 14 degrees Plato, IBU 33, apparent attenuation 73.6, Lovibond 36.

(22 oz. bottle)

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

Deep brown with slight amber edges. Thick 1/2" tan/off-white head. A wonderful beer to look at.

Aroma is chocolatey and malty... some maple and dried fruit.
Caramel and alcohol... butterscotch.
Pretty complex.

Flavor is sweet and malty. Decent mouthfeel... quite bubbly.

Excellent with marzipan.

Photo of hoffman
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into my new 24 oz mug. Nice pour, head rises quickly up to a couple fingers high seems smallish in comparison to being poured into a 12 oz mug. Dark brown in color with nice deep red edging in the light. A very nice beer in the glass. The smell is faint, a bit nutty but not what I had expected, sweet with more hop presence than I had expected. This one tastes very good, sweet and creamy up front with a lot of malt, the nuttiness shows up in the middle, toasty. A nice hop balance in the finish with a little more of that creaminess sneaking in....very nice and full taste....the creaminess that I speak of billows over into the mouthfeel, if not a little on the watery side this beer is quite full, good cabonation gives a little bit of bite. I really liked this one, probably not my favorite from Rogues but a nice drinker none the less. Try it, you will like it.

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

Poured a very clear mahogany with a large bubbled, off white, almost-cask-poured-like head.

It's not just a cute name: this beer really smells like hazelnut. Also a rich and full smell of malts, followed by a hop snap.

Medium body with a creamy smoothness and an overall clean feel. Malt flavors are roasty and nutty, pairing in almost perfection with the hazelnut flavors. Hops offer balance and keep the whole thing from going south.

Rogue is super consistent and you can add this to their list of impressive beers. This is a hell of a dessert brew.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Deep caramel color, little head, no lacing. This ultimatley hurts the beers overall "smell" rating.

S. See above.

T. This is where this beer scores major point. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Taste like a dessert in a glass.

M,D,N Great taste beer. I often look at brown ales as sort of a novelty. Not sure why...this beer is a reminder of how good they can be. Review was a bit short becasue I lost the first review in transisition.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,503 ratings.