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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,626 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,626
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 222
Gots: 461 | 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 BigBry
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml brown silkscreened bottle (slightly different label than the BA picture) with the World Brown Ale Champion seal, poured into a sturdy pint glass.
Dark mahogony colored, clear liquid with a nice inch of thick off-white foam. Head quickly dissipates to a thin layer of floating cream. Smells of brown sugar predominate and also some fruit aromas, plum or prune, and of course some hazelnut. A solid toasted malt smell makes this great to sniff all night. Taste is slightly sweet caramel with some chocolate, and a nice nutty flavor. More toasted malts and just enough tartness that keep it from being overly sweet. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, good level of carbonation that stays for the whole glass. Good drinkability, I could nurse this all night. Rich and complex, with no one overpowering characteristic.
A very well made brown ale. Too bad it is so expensive ($9 / bottle), or I would always have some on hand.

Note to Self: Ranked the #9 American Brown Ale, need to have it again!

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

Pours to a dark brown color with ruby tint, and a thick off-white head that lingers for most of the glass and leads to good lacing. Nice, sweet, malty aroma of roasted nuts and hints of chocolate. Flavor is more of the malty sweet roasted-nut flavor. Some alcohol blended in nicely at mid-glass, all which contributed to a good long finish. I’m normally not a fan of brown ales, but I really enjoyed this one.

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

22 ounce bomber poured into Rogue (So you want a revolution) Pint Glass

1 finger head turns quickly into bubbles hugging the rim of the glass.
Smell is one of the best parts, hazelnut, sugar, coffee, and the smell of faint hops.

After a few sips of this cold, straight out of the fridge, it tasted expired, like the hazelnut had fused with the metal in the cap. After letting it warm for 15 minutes, it was a whole new beer. The hazelnut and coffee/hop taste overwhelmed my taste buds as it went down smooth. Not the best from Rogue, but heads and tails above other brown ales.

Drink at cellar temperature for best flavor.

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

Clear and dark, a reddish mahogany. I like the color very much, but the khaki head is there and gone immediately. Smells of molasses and toffee, sweet coffee and roasted nuts.

Tastes of sweet, creamy milk chocolate and a pronounced but mellow nuttiness. Perle and Sterling hop choices give it a balancing spicy note. Not heavy, but substantial, with moderate carbonation.

It's cloyingly sweet, but not unpleasantly so. Certainly not something to pull out of the fridge during the ballgame. An event beer? Company's coming, let's get a bottle or two of Hazelnut Brown Nectar for dessert.

Photo of AlesRTasty
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours dark brown with amber tints. little to no head retention
S - chocolate malt, hazelnut...a little like candy
T - sweet, hazlenut and chocolate much like the aroma. light hop flavor.
M - light carb, medium body
D - this is alright, no my cup of tea. The hazelnut is a bit sweet to me so I can't imagine drinking much of this.

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

Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin beige head which quickly dissipates.

Aroma is rich chocolate malts as well as the roasted hazelnuts. Very rich, sweet, and malty.

Rich complex malt character (the bottle names 7 different malts used); roasted and chocolate, with just a hint of hops for balance. Unlike some other nut ales I've tried, the hazelnuts are not overpowering, yet they still make their presence known.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel, though a little sticky. A bit too sweet for my tastes, however, so I'll take my time finishing this one off. I'll definitely buy again, but I doubt I'll ever have two back-to-back.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 22oz bomber.
Poured a nice shiny brown, with good 1 1/2 finger head. But the head was gone before I sat down, no lacing, no nothing. I was confused.
Smell of sweet malt, some caramel, maple and brown sugar.
Taste was sweet. Mostly maple and some hazelnut; tones of walnut and caramel. No hops to speak of.
An oily feeling. Thin. Smooth, yet sweet.
Can't drink this again. Nothing there to hang my hat on. From Rogue? Hmm...maybe this was a bad bottle.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

A- Dark brown caramel color with a finger's worth of tan fizzy head that settles quickly to a ring.

S- Bold, smooth, nutty and sticky sweet. MMMmmm.

T- A-mazing. This is so great tasting. Full, rich, caramel, chocolate, hazelnut, malts. Starts out thick and sweet and ends malty. Well-balanced.

M- Thick, creamy, and great.

D- Awesome. Drink it as much as you can.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a dark. brownish copper with one finger of tan head which dissipates rapidly. If you didn't know what this was, you could easily mistake it for a cola. The nose is sweet, roasty, and malty, somewhat understated, but quite good for a brown ale.

The sweet malty taste dominates the flavor, until the very end, when the hazelnut comes on strong. The aftertaste is all hazelnut, somewhat bitter, but very good. I am a big hazelnut fan, and this is spot on.

The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and full, but also well-carbonated. This is a pretty drinkable beer, assuming that you really like hazelnut. If you don't, well, then one glass will probably be your limit.

Photo of wavz
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark chocolate amber color with a slight head that disappears soon after the first pour.

S- Coffee and Chocolate smells with earthy tones.

T- Big Hazelnut and Chocolate Coffee taste.

M- Nice but not too smooth. Nice carbination, but could stand a bit less of the bubblies.

D- Great all around beer for fall or winter, or hell even breakfast.

If you havent tried this one, it is well worth picking up and kicking the tires. You might even want to take it out for another spin around the block.


Photo of NJpadreFan
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue- Hzelnut Brown Nectar

Appearance- Dark brownish back with a huge creamy head.
Smell- Strong Hazelnut & Walnut. Nice even balance of Malt thrown in.
Mouthfeel- Warm and smooth. Slight dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- A nice Brown Ale. This 1 is a perfect dinner beer.

Photo of rrg1gb
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large, glass mug.

A - Murky dark brown, tan foamy head - very thick - lots of carbonation.

S - It had a nice, dark roasting aroma to it; almost smelled like it was burnt.

T - Thick (expected), very dominant roast nut flavor, a bit chewy very dark malty aftertaste.

M - Highly carbonated flavor, a bit sweet. The flavor got more complex the further I got into the glass. I thought it tasted a little like peanut butter on burnt toast.

D - Umm, wow?! This is fantastic - the flavor is very complex. Each sip brings out a different aspect (nutty, roasty, sweet, bitter). This is the first brown ale I've had that brought all my tastebuds to life! Just looking at the beer makes it looklike it'll be too heavy to drink (damn those TV commercials), but my God did Rogue surprise me! I HAVE to get another one of these beers! It's just a shame the smallest packaging for HazelNut is 22oz and not 6packs. Anyway, way to go Rogue - sensational brew!

Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar poured really attractive looking dark brown. Clear with rusty highlights when held to the light. Two finger creamy tan head. Light carbonation coming up from spots all over the glass.

Smells of dough, sweet malts and a touch of hazelnut. The more I take in the more I get chocolate and some vanilla even. Smells Good. Almost like a dessert.

The taste really stands out. There's a wonderful doughy quality followed by the hazelnut. There is an incredible smoothness with this beer. Really tastes good.

The mouthfeel, in my opinion, is perfect. It's a nice medium body. A little chewy and super smooth. It's like velvet in my mouth.

Drinkability is way up there on this one too. It would be extremely easy to sit back and enjoy a few of these with no problem at all.

Hazelnut Nectar is The best brown ale I've ever had. Another great tasting exciting beer from Rogue. I'll be buying this often, especially now that it's getting cooler outside.


Photo of Osiris9588
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrived brown with rusty undertones, wearing a beige head with slight retention and lacing. The aroma consisted of caramel malt, hazelnut, vanilla, coco, and tobacco.

The flavor is nutty, predominantly hazelnut, as one would expect, with a trace of bright beery, sweet caramel malt, and a light dash of syrup.

The mouth is light to medium, a little bright on the front, dry semi-dry and nutty on the finish. It's drinkable, but after sampling it both on-tap and in the bottle, I doubt I will give it another taste. I think it was better overall in the bottle--better carbonation and complexity. But it failed to knock my socks off in either format. I would suggest looking elsewhere in the Rogue catalogue.

Photo of EPICAC
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy ruby-brown with a dense, half-inch, light brown head that thins to a persistent, smooth, one-eighth inch layer.

Smell: There's a little bit of roastiness against a nice caramel and hazelnut aroma. There's a slight metallic hint that isn't great.

Taste: Caramel and toasty malts, hazelnut nuttiness, and a subdued, but firm bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied, with significant carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavor full and very drinkable, a good session beer.

Overall: Nicely balanced and not too sweet.

Photo of Byeast
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep , dark brown , with a medium sized head. Aroams is of musch malts , some nutty/hazelnut smell , mildly roasty. The taste is mainly of roasty maltiness , with a bit of nutty/ hazelnut flavor in there. Bit of creamyness to the texture , the hop bitterness works its way in there though. A very quaffable brew indeed. Nice american brown ale.

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

pours out cloudy brown with a small head of tan suds that dissapate quickly.
Smell is choclolate and dark fruit. Not much of a nutty aroma.
First taste is hazelnut and creamy malt. A little bit of a coffee bitter aftertaste but quickly turns sweet and malty then the little warmth of the 6+abv.
Mouthfeel is very milky at first then clean leaving just a little film of the malt and alcohol.
This is a great brew. I could see myself drinking a few of these at one sitting. The guys at Rogue have it going on.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a brown color with a creamy/tan, two-finger head. It left a little lacing.

S - It smelled very nutty and malty. The hazelnut smell comes through, as well.

T - It is very nutty (hazelnut) and a very tasty roasted malt.

M - It was soft and medium-bodied.

D - Another great Rogue product. And a great brown ale.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Has a nice finger thick off-white head. This quickly dissipates to a semi-thick layer of patchy head that floats on the brew and remains for the duration of the drink. The color of the brew is a rich mahogany amber color, which is perfectly clear.

Smell - Sweetness (lots of brown sugar scent) and sourness from the hops right on the nose. Also a slight bitter character and some citrus accompany the former. Some fruit is noticeable, plum and fig, but this aroma is mild. A nice bready (almost toasted) malt smell comes through all of this as a foundation.

Taste - Sourness and a nice bitterness from the hops up front. A slight sweetness of caramel, dark chocolate, and some candied fruits. A strong nutty flavor, which is very defined in this brown ale. Earthiness and some tart but slight-toasted malt character are also present. The finish comes in with more earthy flavors, along with some mild bitterness from the hops. A very complex and pleasing taste.

Mouthfeel - Oh so smooth with a solid medium-body. The carbonation is just at the perfect level to keep this hearty beer lively and refreshing. Not so much a bite as a nice massaging of your mouth. Divine.

Drinkability - This is a rich brew, but oh so tasty. The carbonation level helps to keep this beer's drinkability higher than it would be with a lower level.

Definitely the best brown ale, from any country, that I've had to date. The flavors are very complex, with an excellent nutty character to the beer. A superbly smooth and wonderfully carbonated mouthfeel make this beer a definite repeat-pleaser. A must have once, or twice, or three times...you get the point.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown body with an almost ruby hue. Visually appealing. About an inch head w/mild retention.

S: Heavy toasted malt notes w/coffee and chocolate overtones. A hint of spice or fruit somewhere in the background, with a nutty caramel scent.

T & M: Syrupy chocolate and nut flavor with a nice balanced carbonation. Slight caramel notes present. Pleasing to the palate, not overly powerful. Extremely smooth and full-bodied.

D: Would enjoy several in a session. Very drinkable and a great finish makes this beer almost a dessert in and of itself.

What a treat. Rogue definitely hits off a balance of flavor with this one, bouncing a number of matching notes off the malty side of this brew. A 22 oz. bomber is a great way to cap off the night.

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

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear deep cherry red color with a 1/4" head of tan foam after a pretty mild pour. The head only stuck around for about 30 seconds to end up as just a very thin ring around the top of the beer where it meets the glass. There really aren't any bubbles rising to maintain the head, so it looks rather lifeless after a couple minutes.

Aroma: Lots of sweet caramel and some toasty notes to go along with a small fruit basket with apples and raisins. There is a dry chocolate aromatic that is going well with the nutty aromas that I am sure that they are trying to highlight. There is a bit of fresh floral hops in here, but they are a secondary component of the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is remarkably balanced for a beer from Rogue. There is a roasty acidic component that I didn't get in the aroma at all, but the bittering hops are somewhat in check. The backbone of this beer is sweet caramel and the hazelnut that they are trying to showcase, but the finish isn't shy of bittering hops all together. The finish has some hops there to challenge the malt, but somehow the malt ends up winning in the end leaving you with a bit of caramelly sweetness to coat your throat and linger for some time. There is a little alcohol noticeable in the finish, but it is more apparent in the warm feeling you get after drinking half the bottle.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I have been rather shy of Rogue's beers that aren't Stouts because they are often IMO undrinkably bitter and linger like you ate a piece of chalk. This beer is pretty well balanced and actually lets the malt take a shot at the lead. I have enjoyed this beer, and I would drink it again. So there you have it!

Photo of BlindPig
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Big 2-3" tan head. Clody dark brown.
S-Strong metallic! Basically no smell besides light malt.
T-Malty, nutty, but then the aftertaste is just like the smell. Metallic. It is very disgusting taste. After a few sips the metallic turns into a nutty taste. It's also pretty sweet.
M-Medium body, medium carbonation. Bit sticky and smooth at same time.
D-Hopefully I just had a bad bottle. The metallic taste and smell was pretty overwhelming. I can see this being a good regular beer to have on a average night. Goes down quite easy.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been a sucker for hazelnut beers after falling in love with Rogue's hazelnut ale. The smell of this beer is mostly sweet, like artificial sweetener with a hint of alcohol. The taste is light, and doesn’t really take shape til about 3/4 of the way through. It has kind of a syrup-like consistency, but that sweet hazelnut taste adds such a wonderful kiss to the brown taste. It is basically non-existent for the majority of the mouthfeel, but after the beer goes down the aftertaste is totally dominated by it. Quite a special beer.

Photo of MLegendre
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Now that's what a beer should look like! Dark brown with some ruby highlights, and slightly hazy. Nice fluffy white tan head that disapears at a steady rate leaving a thin skin on the top of the beer.

S: Roasted malts overtaken by maple syrup. I'd be lying if I said it didn't smell good, but it definatly dosn't smell much like beer.

T: Roasted malts are first to come out, not strong, but still good. Midtaste some bitterness comes forward as well as the maple syrup flavor detected in the nose. Very good balance of typical brown ale roasted malts and hazelnut.

M: Medium bodied and a very damn smooth beer.

D: I tend to not like beers that have other flavors added to them such as this one, however this was seems to work. I don't drink this one often, but every now and then (such as today) I'll get a craving for it. Sometimes this beer just hits the spot.

*note* Since I reviewed this beer I have been drinking one of these almost everynight! It's damn addictive and damn good, I had to jack up some of my points because of that.

Photo of BDTyre
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Rich, dark brown body with a thin off white head. Lovely chocolate-hazelnut smell and the flavour is just as good. Rich. nutty, malty. No hop bitterness to hold back the nutty flavours.

My only complaint is that the body comes off as a bit heavy sometimes, but this is a very tasty, very good beer. Thank you Rogue for coming the GCBF!

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,626 ratings.