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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,283 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,283
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 171
Gots: 258 | FT: 4
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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:
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 SetarconeX
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

This is one of those rare and wonderful beers where for the first half of the glass, you're really not sure what to make of it. Then, halfway down, you're still not bored with it, and you realize you have something rare and wonderful in your hand. Very dark brown with a hint of red, and a nice light brown head, it's visually very appealing.

The smell, and to a slightly lesser extent the taste, is something like a good stout. With nuts. Toasted nuts. A nutty, very tosty stout. What a wonderful taste. And to think on Iron Chef I always pulled for Chen, Iron Chef China!

Just when I think I'm over my seemingly endless worship of Rogue breweries, they hand me something like this. They have once again, as they have a thousand times before, managed to impress me.

SetarconeX, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured a deep dark brown with rootbeer edges and a decent tan head. The aroma was very deep and rich - sharp coffee and chocolate malts, and maybe just a hint of hazelnut. The taste starts off with the same coffee from the smell, then kicks in a good dose of hazelnut that comes through the most in the aftertaste. Hints of chocolate also leave to thirsting for the next sip. The mouthfeel was a little thin but I did like the way that the carbonation fizzled in my mouth - it seemed almost like a hazelnut soda. Very good brew, nice and unique. Rogue truly rocks!

nixhecks, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.15/5  rDev +2%

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of head. There is a fair bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a sweet malt and hazelnut aroma that is very strong. It fills the nose well. The taste is also filled with sweet hazelnut and a bit of caramel. Just a hint of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong. The drinkability is also very good. Probably my favorite nut brown.

SheepNutz, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Served from (what else) a bomber. The good chef is on the label hoisting a glass. It's brown with a bit of amber and a tan head that disappears quickly. Although the hazelnut comes through minimally in the smell, it really dominates the taste. The overall flavor is a bit sweet and subdued. Unfortunately, not being a big fan of hazelnut in any form, the taste didn't really capture my fancy. It's a nice beer and I'm sure better than most "flavored" beers out there. The mouthfeel is right on and it does drink well. I guess I'm one of the few that preferred the Morimoto Soba to the Hazelnut.

mickeymac, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

I had this side by side with a bottle of the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, and they're nearly identical. Happyhour, my girlfriend and I split them, and this was the second one, so there will be some comparison notes.
The beer pours the same deep ruddy brown color, perhaps a shade darker, although an almost insignificant difference. The head is the same yellowed beige, diminishing into the same thick ring, and retaining equally well through the sample. Thus far, I'd be hard pressed to tell them apart.
Aroma is much the same as the hazelnut, perhaps somewhat sweeter, with less roastiness and a more pronounced chocolate smell. Not a chocolate malt aroma, but that of an addition of real chocolate to the beer. The hazelnut is about the same, and the fruitiness is a bit more enhanced, perhaps adding to the sweetness. Hops are minimal, with the barest trace of some herbal saaz. Strong caramel and toasted malt aroma, pretty much the same as the Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
Flavor is very similar to the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but a bit sweeter, and less robust. Dark chocolate flavor is more pronounced, leading further into the sip, with the caramel and toasted malt a bit more subdued and smoother. Carbonation is much smoother, with less coarseness on the tongue. Mild plum, with perhaps a trace of currant. A wisp of hopping comes through towards the end, very low alpha. Body seems a bit lighter than the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, with a thinner maltiness, particularly in the beginning. The finish contains the same hazelnut. I actually prefer the hazelnut flavor in this one, it seems a touch more pronounced.
I found the Morimoto to be a bit smoother and less robust than the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, although they're pretty much identical. Looking at the ingredients on the back, they appear identical. Based on a back to back sampling, I'd say it's very close, but perhaps some small changes in malt ratio, with a touch more hazelnut flavoring. Almost so close it could be passed off as a slight inconsistency between different batches. Good stuff.

UnionMade, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

Served chilled in a pint glass. Bomber sized bottle.

Appearance: Lovely clear mahogany color liquid topped by a 1/2" tall head of light tan bubbles. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

Smell: Definite smells of caramel and toffee. Amaretto and hazelnut arommas as well. Faint hint of light chocolate.

Taste: Caramel malt flavor dominates, then the taste of hazelnut comes throught. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel with a pleasantly nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: I likes me some hazelnuts, and I hope the new Morimoto verson of this ale is not much of a recipe change. Not and everyday drinking beer, but not one to save for special occasions either. You'd better like nuts if you have this. It's not overly nutty, but it definitely informs the flavor profile.

ManekiNeko, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is nutty and malty. A medium bodied brown ale. This is a very nice nut brown ale. Nutty and malty, smooth and sweet. Mellow and very drinkable. This is a beer that is complex enough for the experienced beer drinker, yet simple enough to wean someone off macro-swill. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty sweet. Etched/Painted beer bottle

beerguy101, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
3.38/5  rDev -17%

Poured a beautiful dark brown almost black with a nice thick tan head that lasted a bit before dissappearing...
Aroma was slightly nutty...actually minimally nutty...sweet malt
Taste was more of the same...slightly nutty sweet malt maybe some roasted malt flavor...tasted like a typical nut brown ale...there was not enough taste to my liking...many other rogue beers are very flavorful...this was not anything special...
Mouthfeel was nice slight creamy feel...
Overall better than average but I will not buy this again

stegmakk, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Ah yet another Rogue to try and love. I will not I got this beer after they sampled it at the shop my wife works at and it was still good by the time it made it home to me, open for at least an hour.

While it is widely claimed and believe that this is just a repackaged version of the Hazelnut Nectar I do not believe it is. I think the basic formula is the same, however there are evident differences.

Poured a hazelnut brown color with a slight amber hue. The pour created a decent off-white head for being open for a while. The lacing was not great, but hard to really judge.

The aromas were still very much alive. Scents of hazelnut, malt, and chocolate in the beginning. More chocolate than nut aroma then you see in the Nectar. There is a subtle hint of hops, but faint.

The body is fuller than the Hazelnut, but just as smooth if not smoother. The taste starts with a bit of chocolate, malt, and hazelnut with hints of caramel that finishes with very subtle hops and a little touch of alcohol.

This is a wonderfully smooth beer and is a bit nicer IMHO than the Hazelnut Nectar, but I hope that is still offered. They different in taste and smell even if the ingredients are the same. Both great.

Loki, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Presentation: Classic 22 fluid ounce Rogue Bomber, which even when empty will remain on a kitchen shelf with all the other Rogues “empties” that I have – sad I know.

Appearance: Deep, dark mahogany color, which has an auburn hue when back-lit. It poured with a thick brown head appears that settles to a ¼” and then slowly breaks to a stretched covering. Light brown lacing remains throughout. Nice levels of carbonation.

Nose: Rich and thick, smooth ‘nutty’ odors wrapped in a silky milk chocolate Toblerone® coating. The chocolate coated hazelnut odors permeate the air; they are decadent and inviting, very inviting – Beautiful nose.

Taste: The nose promises so much, and the tastes do not fail to deliver! Bags of flavor in this one. Smooth, silky entrance that glides you into chocolate malts, nuts and dark malts. Chocolate finish, that lingers with a little dry bitterness. I just love the finish on this beer, creamy hazelnut chocolate, smooth and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, gorgeous velvety melted milk-chocolate feel that’s coats the mouth, it has such a nice mouthfeel that it delays the swallow for a second, or two. An easy drinker & very agreeable.

Drinkability: Oh yes, it disappeared very quickly, too quickly. Even for a warm night the beer was still very refreshing I found.

Overall: Very nice – is this really going to be replaced by the Morimoto Hazelnut Signature Ale?? I only wonder, because I think that this original, actually has the edge on the newly reinvented version. Ah, but what do I know?

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev -1.7%

this is apparently the hazlenut nectar repackaged, and yeah, it's got the same ingredients, ibu, aa, etc, but my bottle still tasted a bit different. there's still the nice deep amber/ruby colour, but the smell and the taste are more chocolate than nutty this time. seems to have a slightly fuller body as well, yet it was still smooth as hell. not much more to say. i'd still give it a try if you've already had and enjoyed the hazlenut, as you clearly won't be disappointed.

SixpointJMH, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Comes in the 22 oz bomber with good ole Morimoto on the screen print..ah you can see it now..]
beautiful looking beer dark almost mahogany brown with a nice tan coloured head that shrinks yet persists to the end.
A great malty/nutty aroma greets my nose wonderful stuff.
Taste starts off with a nice malty sweetness followed by a mineral tatse in the middle then near the end the hazelnut shows through..some very faint hops and some nice alcohol warmth in the throat.
Very smooth and welcoming on the tongue.
An exceptionally drinkable beer..gets better as it warms.

Reidrover, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

The trademark Rogue head action is definetly there in this one. A thick head formed immediatly and subsided to a 1\4 inch head that is thick and sticks to the glass leaving a little lace. Nice red color that is so dark as to appear brown. Aroma is of a coffeeness blended with sweet dark carmel and a distinct nutty aroma. Flavor is smooth and thick with very little malt bitterness and more of a sweet coffee flavor with a very obvious nuttiness that could never have come from malt. Hops are present but are here just to balance the malt character. Body is very heavy and goes well with this beer as there is little bitterness from hops or malt so it dosen't linger too much. Smooth flavor is very refreshing and is a nice break from the usual Brown ales I have tried. The only thing i have to say after drinking this beer is that if you want to try it be prepared for an unnaturally strong nut flavor. This beer is very very close to the Original Hazelnut Brown Ale Rogue does and i would like to know how Morimoto gets credit for this recipe.

RenoZymurgist, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours out a redish dark brown with a small tan head. Big nut malt flavor. A touch of the fruity with quite the hazelnut makes this a very drinkable brew. Hops are present enought for the balance to stick. Overall a solid brew worth drinking. A bit sweet.

scottum, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

A vigorous pour yielded only a thin yet creamy and condensed tan head atop a cloudy deep amber brown body. The head thinned out even more to but a slight film. Aroma is malty, nutty and with noticable hops present and hints of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a creaminess to it. Flavor is reminding me of Sam Smiths nutbrown yet definately more bitter. Finishes a tad dry. Overall would be better if less bitter in my opinion.

BierReise, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of queenboadicea
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

***A quick sidenote before the review....As has been noted, this beer reminds me a lot of the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. And for good reason...the Morimoto Hazelnut is replacing the HBN. If you check out either Rogue's website or compare bottles of the two, you'll notice that the ingredient list is almost identical. At the same time, the Moriomoto Sobe is replacing the Buckwheat Ale.***

The beer pours a nice reddish brown with only a small head. The flavor is a combination of hazelnut and coffee, with mildy pronounced malt and a slightly hoppy finish. I found this beer to become far more pleasant and drinkable as it warmed up and was ideal at approx. 60 deg. Any cooler and much of the flavor and character is lost.

Another fine offering from Rogue, although I fear for nostalgic reasons that I will miss the Hazelnut Brown!

queenboadicea, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Thank you Jackson, Wyoming. I have now had a hazelnut beer though I still haven't eaten a real hazelnut all by itself. Weird. This beer poured a rich, rootbeer/ebony brown with a creamy tan head. I was amazed by how the aromas were detectable from three feet away! Luckily the smell was complex and inviting; mostly molasses-sweet/nutty malts, with a hint of roasted coffee. The sweet and nutty malts were there all the way, followed by an acidic, slightly tart, nutty, dry finish. Very well balanced. I have not had many nut browns, but this is bound to be one of the best (and most unusual?).

alexgash, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

When poured out of the bottle the color produced was a clear dark brown with some tan foam and nice lace from start to finish. The smell of roasted malts and hazelnut was very appearent. The taste was of roasted malts, hazelnuts and a hint of chocolate. Well balance on the sweet/bitterness of the hops to make this ale a very pleasant tasting beer. I bought it at the brewery and was wondering if I could purchase it other than their. Oh well, just gives me another excuse to travel to Newport, Oregon to visit Rogue Ales again!

BeerManDan, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of kevinl6
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

I really like this offering from Rogue. It is very unique to say the least. A beautiful glass of beer that is dark brown with a very thin, lacy head. Smell is very nice...yep, hazelnut, and just an overall 'nutty' smell. A fairly strong aroma. Taste is again 'nutty' and very malty as well. A somewhat carbonated mouthfeel, but its not too much. I'm actually reviewing this from my notes of a couple of days ago, and I had a question mark beside my 3.5 mouthfeel rating. I was comtemplating going a notch higher, but decided to leave it as is. I'll certainly be having another, and if this rating changes, I'll update it. A very drinkable, complex, and 'different' Rogue that is very enjoyable.

kevinl6, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%

This brew pours a creamy small head of light brown bubbles and a semi transparent dark brown body. With a mild malt aroma, this brew has a taste of caramel and spice with just a hint of coffee flavoring. It goes down very smoothly yet leaves a slight dry lingering after taste of the coffee flavoring.

TheDM, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

All this talk about hazlenut brown lately made me decide i should try it out, since it's been in the fridge for a month. I poured the entire bottle into a 1L glass, and it produced a deep hazy brown color, topped by a deep cream colored that shows good retention. Very nutty aroma that is comprized of hazlenut, caramel, nice roasted malt, some earthy hops and a bit of chocolate. The taste is a lot like chocolate covered hazlenuts, and it even has that slightly sharp nut aftertaste. Good coffee notes and some chocolate as well. Not as sweet as I expected, but still very good. Lack of sweetness probably actually helps the drinkability and the overall enjoyment of this beer. The mouthfeel is solid, but not as rich as some other browns. Still good though, as it is by no means thin. Drinkability is pretty darn good. Not sure where this ranks in my overall browns, but I'd guess a little behind Avery, DFH and Troeg's. A very solid beer.

aaronh, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%

22 oz. bottle of the Morimoto version...

Appearance: dark brown w/ a dark tan creamy clingy head, good lacing (as always with Rogue), great clarity, lots of clinging bubbles

Aroma: caramelly sweetness, slightly roasty, subtle nuttiness, a touch of woodsy hops, metallic twinge

Flavor: luscious maltiness balanced out with a restrained piney hop flavor and bitterness, slight tanginess, some coffee notes, the nutty hazelnut essence sort of hangs back in the palate, aftertaste verges on an acrid quality (without that, it would be a 4-4.5)

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, some astringency on teeth, pretty smooth

Overall Impression: If you read some of my other Rogue reviews, I was pretty disappointed by their lack of balance. But I've kept trying more of their beers because I they are a highly respected brewery. This is the third one I've found that I am happy with. Nicely balanced, tasty, unique. I can now safely say that Rogue is a capable, diverse, respectable brewery. Not all of their beers are hop-bombs.

GreenCard, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of TPoling
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

I had this Nectar following a rather mediocre nut brown ale from another well-known craft brewery in the Northwest. Even so, the Rogue offering would have stood on its own even after another top-notch beer. The mahogany color and deep tan were enticing enough even before the nose absorbed the nutty maltiness of this brew.

I feared that the hazelnut extract would be overpowering. Instead, it complemented the nuttiness of the malts. All around excellent, but the bitterness from Cascade and Saaz, two favorites of mine, clashed slightly from what should have been a very smooth and rich ale of the dessert kind.

TPoling, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

There's almost no head at all. The beer is an intriguing color... very dark brown, but there are some other colors hidden in there. Wonderful aroma - mostly toffee. It really tastes like hazelnut coffee. Toffee taste is in there, too. Some caramel as well. Strange brew, to be sure, but very good. Creamy and very drinkable.

dwarbi, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

22 oz. Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Poured a impenetrable black with a creamy cafe au lait head about a 1/4 inch thick. That receded into a thing ring about the edge of the glass, but not too much lacing.

This smell is my all time favorite. I would love nothing better than have a feed bag full of coffee grounds and hazelnut is one of my favorite aromas. This had a wonderfully deep pungent smell of this wafting about as well as some sweet, dark chocolates.

The taste had less hazelnut than I would have liked. FIt had morphed from that aroma into a deep bitter coffee flavor The bitterness was not that of hops but just pure coffee. There was also some latent toffee tastes and just a hint of brown sugar. In my opinion it was a little too astringant and the complexities and subtlties of the smell were lost.

The mouthfeel was also a little lacking. I was not at all taken by the amount of carbonation it had. I would like something a little smoother without that ginger ale feeling on my tongue. Certainly not nectar

Personally I could drink this beer just for the smell, but I think I will have to drink it sparingly. It goes well as an after dinner beer.

GreatPondBrewer, Jul 08, 2003
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,283 ratings.