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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,566 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,566
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 213
Gots: 413 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 JayTheFinn
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is sweet! This dark brown beer with the slight reddish tint and decent tan head has a smell that only hints at the toasty caramel/toffee liquid candy goodness that is Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Smooth malts and nuttiness anyone would be hard pressed to beat. Drinkable? Quite, if you like your tongue to dance from the sweetness. Rogue, I pump my fist in your honor!

Photo of mjd83goblue
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber for $4.99

A: Pours a nice reddish brown. "Chestnut" has been mentioned in the reviews, and I feel it's a good description. Bubbly head that disappears quickly.

S: Nutty, toffee, and sweet. Smells delicious.

T: Taste is nutty, finishing with a toffee/butterscotch sweetness.

M: Very smooth and full bodied.

D: Drinkability for this bottle is very high, but I definently don't want more than one of these in a sitting.

This is a great beer if you want one as a nightcap, and I think it would be a great dessert beer. Also might be good to break in a non-BA with. A very good beer.

Photo of Cwrw
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My third beer from Rogue, and after the Mocha Porter and the Chocolate Stout, I am looking forward to this sweeter and less roasty offering. 650ml, tasted at cellar temperature. Poured out, wow, quite dark for a brown. A nice, solid-looking deep tawny chestnut. Held to light it shows some nice near-ruby, light purple hues. The head is oatmeal-coloured and left full but fast moving lace. A definite beauty of a brown ale to look at. The first aroma...mmmm...butterscotch and creamy hazelnut. Sweet and big on the caramel malts, almost like coffee flavouring, vanilla and hazel. The prominent notes here are the toffee, butterscotch and caramel, and it's really quite delicious to smell. Better than the Chocolate stout and Mocha porter for me. It really reminds me of a flavoured coffee, because it does have a milky, almost buttery profile as well. The malting is strong and balanced, and the hops are really hard to find behind all the sweetness. Other sweet notes: candy apple, chocolate raisins, prunes, some rummy sugariness, and even a little spicy phenol. A real pleasure to inhale. Taste? Rummy sweetness and butterscotch on the tongue right away, a bit mild but sweet in the middle, and leaving with, yes: hazelnut and more coffee flavour than the nose suggested. Light chocolate and a less full-flavour than the aroma might have led me to believe, but this is still extremely tasty. A lovely aftertaste that lingers full with nuttiness and caramel, vanilla and cinnamon bread. Very creamy, with coffee-flavouring. A brown sugar flavour here too that (almost) reminds me of some Belgian dubbels. A ton of toffee-candy sweetness. Awesome. The mouthfeel is the only nitpicking territory. I found it a little weak and watery at the finish--it could use just a tad more body, because the lack of it adds a hard-water flavour the beer could do without. Low carbonation. I could drink these all night, and give me this over their Chocolate stout anyday. Solid.

Photo of fisherman34
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in colour with medium carbonation, but poor head retention. Strong malty aromas, along with the typical Rogue pacman yeasty touch and a bit of roasted malt. Initial flavors of munich malts and a bit of soft fruit give way to the more drying chocolate malt and nut flavors. I think it’s more sesame than hazelnut, but the nut element is definitely there. There’s a bit of a sour twang (not from infection) on the finish that I didn’t really like. A bit of a disappointment.

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

Pours a very dark brown, almost the same colour of beer bottle glass, with a bit of redness to it. The head was tan, thick and foamy. It has shrunk down to a thick ring around the outside of the glass.

The smell has toasted bread and caramel, along with some kind of sweet berry. There is something else there that I can't identify, and neither can my wife. The unknown smell is most prevelant when it is just poured and the head is large. Good smell though.

Before I can say anything about the taste, the mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and smooth, with light carbonation that just seems so right.

Now to the taste, this is a very malty beer, which certainly agrees with my palate. Toasted bread to start, with just a hint of bitterness, taken over by a sweet honey and caramel mix and finishes with a chocolaty coffee richness. Molasses makes an appearance, but is very subtle. Very, very nice.

I am impressed. I expected to like this, but it has surpassed all expectations.

Photo of acrawf6
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark amber with a tan head.

Smell. Very, very sweet. the first thing i get are raisons, but there is also a small milk chocolate aroma and a syrupy current smell.

Taste. Very sweet. dark fruity tastes. like black current preservatives, very potent on this flavor. There are some cocoa powder tastes to it as well, but just a dash. The aftetaste has more of the chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel is good. Full body, nice balance, good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but i have to be in the mood for it to enjoy, so sweet. a friend of mine recommended it to me a while back, and i bought one. i liked it then. Well, he passed away a few months ago, so i always think of him when i see this one, and his words when he described it, "soo tasty." Very enjoyable beer though.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a little lacking, but it still holds a little lacing and a crisp brown color.

The smell is very sweet and reminds me of a coffee, an irish cream splashed with a little mocha cocoa.

The taste is sweet with slight bitter cocoa with traces of irish cream in the nose.

Mouthfeel is fine: not silky smooth, but not hard and watery.

Drinkability is, for me, not enough to go out and buy more, but enough to wait until I feel the need or craving again and the opportunity arrises.

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

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $3.99. The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a chestnut brown coloration. The head was a creamy toffee coloration. The head was two fingers high with ok retention.

Smell: The beer is loaded with roasted and toasted choco-caramel maltyness. The beer has a very nutty smell. There is a pleasing spicyness that helps to break up the sweetness.

Taste: The beer has a very nice roasted and toasted nutty caramel nugget taste. There is a bit of chocolate lurking around the taste. The hops peek up and bring a spicy bitterness to break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer is nicely carbonated with a creamy touch. This is a nearing perfect balance between sweet and spicy bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer treat. Sadly the beer was departing my glass to fast. I wish I had purchased a few more of these goodies.

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

Dark brown with a red hue to it, has a almost tan colored head that leaves no lacing. Smell, as expected is very nutty, hazelnut and I thought maybe even a cocoa smell to it. Taste is definately full of hazelnut and I notice the cocoa more in the taste than the smell, with a hint of coffee in the finish. Light in body and highly carbonated, this is a good beer that I can see myself having again.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this pint with a thin but healthy head that had gone by the time i drank a third. Color impossible to comment on due to extreme darkness of bar. I didn't really smell anything either.

This beer tastes amazing. It starts off with a very light roasted bitterness that splashes right into a deep nutty flavor before going to molasses flavors that can even have some chocolate tones. Creamy-ass mouthfeel. Nectar indeed.

Photo of bignick
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at Reservoir Wine and Spirits in Brighton. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

Pours a very pretty brown with supple but swiftly receding head. It smells nutty. The taste starts with chocolate malt, and finishes with a kick of hazlenut. It is not syrupy, but the hazlenut finish is a bit dominant for my liking.

Photo of cproioi
2.71/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my pint glass.

A: Probably my favorite thing about this beer. Pours a nice dark brown color with an off white head that sticks around for a little bit.

S: Lots of sweet malt in the smell. Has a hazlenut smell too it.

T: This beers overwhelming sweetness was a little too much. I would of liked at least a little bite to it, which my taste buds where waiting for but never came.

M: Not bad but not really that nice. It doesn't turn me off to the beer but it does nothing to impress me. The feel is just kind of there with no real aspect to make itself stand out to me.

D: This beer leaves me not wanting another one. I don't think I could suggest this to a friend at all.

Photo of Avagadro
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cool in an imperial pint. Has a big brown head to begin with that fades quickly, kind of expected from a brown ale. Very deep brown in color with very little lacing. hazelnut is the overwhelming aroma here. The flavor is absolutley amazing. chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts are all present to begin with, and then you are hit with an amazing wave of hazelnut. very thick and rich in the mouth. Incredibly drinkable. This is a great dessert beer, although you could drink this all night. This beer definitely deserves the number one spot for brown ales. Definitely a must have brown ale for anyone.

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

Dark brown in color, what little head there was dissapeared right away. No lacing left on the glass.

Smelled nutty and malty

tasted malty and bitter at the beginning, finished with a nutty flavor

bitter mouthfeel leaves your mouth a little tingly while you take a sip.

I was slightly dissapointed. Overall bitterness and clouds the nuttiness and I feel like there are better versions of Brown ale out there for similar prices. In a pinch I'd reach for this one again.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-copper color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of caramel and toffee elements, candy-sweet. Kind of reminds me of Saranac Caramel Porter. On the palate, sweet caramel candy flavors appear first, followed by a nutty, roasty malt element. A firm bitterness prevails from mid-palate through the finish, with the aftertaste being highlighted by a hazelnut element that heretofore had manifested itself to varying degrees throughout the palate. I'm quite impressed by how the caramel and hazelnut flavors work in concert with the pleasingly firm bitter and astringent elements. Bravo.

Photo of trep
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Leaves the bomber and the light tan head fades quickly in a surge of carbonation. Dark body, typical of brown ales. Translucent, though.

Smells pretty nutty, as the name would suggest. Some kind of fruit that I can't pinpoint, but smells pretty good with the nuttiness.

Tastes just like it smells. Woody, nutty, with the slightest hint of caramel. Kind of sweet, but quite thin on the palate. Huge taste with such a thin mouthfeel though, kudos for that.

This is a great tasting beer but I feel that if it had a thicker body I would appreciate it more. No knock on Rogue though, as this is a top-notch session beer; the 6.2% is completely unnoticable.

Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber in early January from AJ's for $4.99.

Beer poured a deep mahogany-brown with little head. Nose is of sweet malts with a hint of nuts. Taste is heavy on sweet maltiness but is offset nicely by a subtle dry hop to finish. Mouthfeel is outstanding, very full for the style and just enough carbonation to make it nice and lively. Overall drinkability is very good. This is an enjoyable beer and a nice representation of the style.

Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A top three beer for this month's beer club meeting. very dark with a crimson tinge. looks about as i would think a hazlenut flavored ale should. sweet, nutty odor. tastes like a milkshake, chocolatey and nutty. hazlenut is very tame. overall very sweet (which i didn't actually think was a good thing) with a hazlenut finish. a bit thin for the milkshake-like taste. too sweet for drinking a lot of this. reminded me a lot of rogue's choco-stout. both are sweeter than i'd like.

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

Dark brown/ dark copper in color with a half inch beige head. Rich nutty smell with notes of malt and barley. Wonderful taste. Good carbonation and well balanced beer with a disticnt nutty finish. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. A good standard for a brown ale, would love to consume a few if I found it on tap.

Photo of maek228
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got a 22 oz. bomber of this....the picture on the bottle is truly to be appreciated.

Appearance: a brownish color....more dark brown than anything. decent head with good retention.

Smell: sweet malts, some mild coffee notes, hazelnut or course....god this smells nice

Taste: this one tastes like Nutella and sweet malts....has a nice dry finish which is the perfect compliment to the initial taste. well done

Mouthfeel: Easy on the palate

Drinkability: Drink up bitches

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem, OR. It was a 16 oz. pour into a standard pint glass.

I received a nice pour with a short off white head. The beer appeared to be lightly carbonated. The beer's color apeared an incredibly deep, clear brown. Big malts with overtones of - the name hits it - Hazelnut rides through the nose. The beer itself tasted sweet, perpetually teetering near the edge of being overly so, but never becomes too sweet for my taste. The beer is big on the slightly roasted malt flavors along with the nutty flavors. The low level of carbonation aids in giving it a rich, full mouthfeel too. A slight, nice bit of bitterness comes at the very end as the beer roles of the mouth. This is like a nice dessert in a glass. It's a drinkable beer even with it's sweetness.

Photo of phisig137
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish ruby color, with a little head and no lacing.

Smells malty sweet, with a good amount of hazelnut extract No hops can be detected.

Tastes mostly of hazelnuts, with a nice malty backbone. Again, little hops. Decidedly sweet, but no cloying at all. The hazelnut extract used in this is considerably better quality than that used in other hazelnut browns. Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Drinkability good.

Another winner from Rogue

Photo of akajimmyd
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark nut brown body. Brown head that is foamy and does not retain or lace well.

Smell – As usually my weakest department. Some sweet malts and roasted hazelnuts.

Taste – Awesome. Nutty to the extreme. Some sweet malts. Roasted flavors. Honey sweet finish.

Mouthfeel – Thick and full body. Low carbonation is dead on. Enough hops leave a fresh feeling.

Drinkability – Rogue made a simple style into a “big beer.” Great flavor, high drinkabilty.

Photo of Drew966
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark brown with a thick head from a brown 22 ounce bottle. The aroma is malty, nutty and even smells a bit sweet. I really like the taste of this one, hazelnut is definitely prominent and makes for a nice addition to this brown ale. This is one I revisit from time to time and I'm never disappointed.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight up solid brown in color with a fizzy khaki-colored head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles and further settles leaving the beer to look like a glass of Nestea.

Smell: The scent isn't overly abundent, but it's there. It's there and it's hazlenut, baby! There's also cream soda, toast with honey, and a little bit of chocolate to be found.

Taste: It's delish! Malty sweet, with flavors of hazlenut, vanilla, and even coffee. The soft, floral hops are delicate and help to balance out the sweetness, though they remain light (and especially light for Rogue). Lastly, both chocolate and honey close out things. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Creamy. Carbonation remains low.

Drinkability: Excellent and unique! Very easy to drink. Sweet, but not too sweet. A very tasty brown ale!

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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