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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,656
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 226
Gots: 482 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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: 3,656 | Reviews: 1,374
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.

Photo of guitarmage
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark copper brown, bubbly tan head, retention is medium, leaves a nice lacing over the top of the beer.

Smell: Hazelnut sweetness very clear, some toasty maltiness, hops are not present, or alcohol, just light and toasty and hazelnut sweet.

Taste: Caramel malt upfront, a little espresso acidity and lemon citrus, then it opens up into a big hazenut extract sweetness, a very light peppery hoppiness quickly fades.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is light and fizzy throughout giving the beer a crispness, but the rest is creamy, very smooth.

Drinkability: Awesome brown ale, it's a top notch ABA with a hazelnut sweetness that is just delicious. After work, with a sugar cookie, it was amazing.

Photo of kms910
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured dark brown with a minimal light head the subsided rather quickly

S - Definitely hazelnut and chocolate I was rather suprised that it came through as well as it did

T - More of toffee than the smell eludes however hazelnut and chocolate do round out the finish

M - A good nectar feel true to style

D - Very drinkable nectar if you are looking for this type of brew. It wasnt over powering at all smooth, chocolate and hazelnut treat

Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a 22oz. bottle. Poured a very deep ruby reddish brown color when held up to the light. About one finger of tan colored head formed in the glass and dissapeared quickly into nothing. Very sweet raisin, brown sugar, along with a little nuttiness and molasses in the nose. Plenty of flavor here. Brown sugar, hints of hazelnut, sweet fruity flavors with a nice malty finish. Very drinkable. Some carbonation, and no noticeable alcohol present. Pretty solid brew and definitely worth a try.

Photo of jkaufman
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Session notes from March 13, 2007:

Poured a 22oz. bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours dark red-brown with a thick tan head that soon thins out to almost nothing, then disappears altogether.

S: Nutty and sweet.

T and M: Goes down quick and smooth, but there’s not much here to speak of flavor-wise. Has minimal complexity and is moderately carbonated with a little syrupy finish. This ale just doesn't seem to live up to its name. Maybe I got a bottle that had bathed in the store's fluorescent light for too long.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not all that enjoyable.

Will try again based on the overwhelming majority of positive reviews, but I've got to call it like I taste it for now.

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

Nice head and retention and nice brown color. Smell and taste compliment each other nicely. The nose is brought out so much with each sip. There is a nice caramel malting and a little bit of chocolate malting as well. A nice hazelnut flavor as well. Hops are in the backseat as they should be, just there to provide some balance.

The mouthfeel was fairly thick, but not too thick and clung fairly well.

I could have a few of these and be a happy camper. Definetely a nice brew.

Photo of McClungbrew2
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown, with tan head. The head fell to a quarter inch bead.

The aroma was mostly malty, with slight roasty undertones. Not much hop aroma.

Tasted very well balanced sweet malt to roast malt. Vanilla and hazelnut notes with slight coffee aftertaste. No hop flavor, but enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Medium body, with a slight chewiness. Well balanced, very drinkable.

Photo of crwills
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, oily brown into a pint glass. Small, thick head that sticks around for the entire time!

Milk chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and malty bread aroma -- sounds like a candy bar!

Caramel malt flavour, with roastd wood, marshmallow, nuts (but not really hazelnut). Angel food cake with vanilla icing. A dessert beer?

Bit of a weak finish with a slightly watery mouthfeel and dull aftertaste.

Photo of Talisker
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber. Generally available at most retailers in the SF Bay Area at typical (i.e., high) Rogue prices - $4.99-5.99.

Deep, opaque brown, some tan highlights on the edges. Short dark tan head subsides quickly. No lacing - more of a flat character to this one, but that's not a ding.

Aroma is well integrated - lots of variety with malty sweetness, some English-style hop bitterness, and the hazelnut syrup character I'll describe below. Followed up perfectly by the taste, which is a knockout. Superbly well-crafted brown ale without too much of anything - roasted malt leads, followed by a solid dose of sweetness, some toffee, a tiny bit of smoke, and a healthy bitter character.

The hazelnut sweetness is definitely here, sort of hovering over the whole experience, and it's a very well-matched complement to the other flavors in the beer. The only ding is that it somehow feels a bit separate, as if you can sense the extract character - a syrup, rather than the true "essence" of a nut, whatever that might be.

I haven't clicked with most Rogue Beers, even the well-regarded Stouts - maybe it's the novelty character, maybe something else. But I love the Hazelnut Nectar - my favorite Rogue, one of my favorite brown ales, and even a favorite beer. Definitely works with a dessert, with nutty cheeses, or even to complement some mild foods. If it were a little less expensive it would be even more of a regular for me!

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

Pours clear dark brown, red can be seen when held up to light. Agressive pours yields a small head which recedes almost instantly. Carbonation is quite noticable.

Smells of sweet alcohol, caramel/toffee candy, with a hint of nut. Might be some hops in there too, but not overly noticable. Pleasing.

Taste is noticable toffee to start, then some noble hop flavour. Hazelnut and dry chocolate show up in the finish. Hazelnut becomes much more distinct as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick enough to provide a lingering sweetness which works with the style.

Drinkability is slightly above average. While this beer is not "overly" sweet, it is still balanced towards malt, but it is a simple malt.

A pleasing brown ale, but nothing exciting either. I guess I was expecting something a little different, and I thought the hazelnut extract would be more pronounced.

Photo of xzqrut
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured out a very nice deep brown, slightly hazy, with light head and lacing. Beer smelled nice and sweet, with some chocolate and hazelnut aromas. The taste was not quite what I was hoping for, sweet, with some malt and hazelnut. Mouthfeel was too syrupy, but perhaps that is to be expected with a "nectar," also seemed very flat. All in all, very average I thought, somewhat disappointed from Rogue which is usually so good.

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