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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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1,385 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,385
Hads: 3,896
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 267
Gots: 667 | 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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Reviews: 1,385 | Hads: 3,896
Photo of souvenirs
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this one up at Brewery Creek Liquor Store for $9.15 plus deposit.

A: Lovely clear chestnut colour.

S: Toasted malts, hazelnut, cocoa.

T: Slightly nutty but not as much as I'd expected, with some cocoa and coffee flavours.

F: A bit thinner than I expected, but not overly so. A bit of heat from the alcohol.

O: A nice brown ale, but perhaps not worth the trouble of seeking it out at a specialty store.

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Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear brown color with a fingers worth of light tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Lightly roasted malt and hazelnut aromas with a hint of cocoa.

Taste- Hazelnut and toasted bread flavor with hints of cocoa and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall- A good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed from the first swallow.

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Photo of admiral
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent beer that got better once warmed up and it's full flavour was shown.

Aroma: chocolate (similar as in an amber ale) with hazelnut

Taste: Chocolate, hazelnut, spice, with some slight melon and a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste

Alcohol content is masked fairly well and appearance is excellent

Overall - A brilliant beer full of chocolate/hazelnut goodness - pure deliciousness!

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice brown with a thick head. I for the life of me can't detect any hazelnut smell at all. Although the taste is good for a brown ale I can't detect any hazelnut taste or flavor at all. Although it's highly rated here I'm not sure why. The big letdown for me is the lack of any hazelnut.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar has a very thick, cream-colored head, a pretty dark, obscured, brown appearance, and decent lacing left behind. The aroma is of medium-roasted barley malt, sweetness, and hazelnut. Taste is the same, with a tea note and low bitterness (I’d never guess 33 IBU). Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar finishes dry, easy going, and nice.


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Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my FW Imperial Nonic
Notes from 03/06/14

A: Dark chestnut brown body with some garnet tones and a nicely conditioned look. Condensed whip of oatmeal colored cream on top with ample stay power. A few slippery dots and ribbons of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Scented toasted biscuit with hazelnut and cocoa notes. There is some brown sugar sweetness to the aroma and a bit of honey coated cereals mixed in. Smells nice and inviting. Not artificial like or too overpowered by the hazelnut additions.

T: Melba toast, brown sugar, and a mild hazelnut flavoring. I get toasted grains and some nice nutty nuances of chocolate and coffee. There is a moderately low bitterness to the beer and a touch of earthiness coming through. Well balanced with a light dry crisp nature. Alcohol is completely masked making for a nice session. A tasty little brown ale.

M: Body is moderate full and mostly creamy with a light drying at the finish. A touch watered down in the end but with a clean very retreat.

D: A nice and toasty brown with good balance and some subtle flavor additions. I particularly appreciate the restrained approach here. This may in fact be one of Rogue’s better offerings.

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Photo of Beermasterjarrett
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 into pint

Nice mocha head

Sweet hazelnut. Coffee, chocolate and sweet-n-low.

Harsh sweet cheap coffee creamer, overwhelming hazelnut, really young tast

Not bad considering the flavor sim getting, somewhat creamy and coats the palate well.

Not the best beer I've had from Rogue, some folk seem to really dig this beer too sweet imo

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Photo of NickHalden
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Smells of Hazelnut, malt, hop, and light cocoa. tasting the beer the first thing that strikes me is the hazelnut and malt. It finishes with a hop and malt taste with a good mouth feel. A really good brown ale and I would buy again.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Probably my second favorite brown ale. The hazelnut favor is very prominent both in the smell and on the pallet. It might be a little on the sweet side for some people, but it's a great brown. A nice honey flavor can also be detected. As always let it warm up a little from ice cold and it'll really blossom in flavor and smell. Love the mouthfeel also, a nice level of carbonation and a flavor that doesn't stay forever in your mouth.

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Photo of DJQ
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 650ml bottle, shared between two.

A: A nice, clear copper. Very little head, and that disappeared quickly.

S: Quite nutty. Hints of chocolate. There's a breadiness to the aroma as well.

T: Nuts and malts are in your face! As it warmed up the subtler brown sugar and vanilla were noticeable.

M: Medium-high carbonation on this one, which settled down given some time. Medium bodied

O: At first sip this one was surprisingly plain, but as it warmed up the flavour came out and I quite enjoyed it. I don't know that I will pick another up in a bottle, but I would like to give it a try on tap one day.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- copper color that is halfway between clear and opaque. A gorgeous white chocolate like color head that is about a finger and half. Straight edge circle lacing around the pint glass as well.

S- hazelnut cream coffee. yum. light roasted malts as well. nutty as well

F- flavor mimicks the nose. It is always good when that happens.

M- a somewhat carbonated medium bodied brew. It goes down smooth as well.

O-a great brew from Oregon. It is simple yet tasty and goes down easily.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark copper; small off-white head dissipates quickly

Smell: Sweet malts and hazelnut aromas dominate, but it's reminiscent of Reese's Pieces; very interesting

Taste: Hazelnut taste and bitterness are at the forefront; slight hops throughout, but the dry nutty aftertaste kind of overwhelm it.

Mouthfeel: a little thin

Remarks: Not bad, but not that impressive either

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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best finish, best brown ale. I have had it on tap and bottle. Rogue just makes great beers. The finish on this beer and aroma stick with you. Some brown ales can be quite bland. Not the case here. Smooth beer I could buy a keg of this daily drinker. The nut flavor is just right.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 209 A-1 0831 is the bottle code.

Pours brown with very little head. Not cloudy, some visible carbonation. Smell is nutty, rich, a little chocolatey.

Taste is nutty, slight lemon peel flavor, slight fruity flavor. Bitterness without seeming terribly hoppy.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly gritty. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of laglocal
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, aggressively. About 1-1.5" head that didn't especially retain. Lacing there but on the minimal side. That might just be my opinion based on how hoppy the beers I have been drinking recently are. Dark brown, this ale is not translucent in the slightest. Didn't get much on the smell. However, the taste I remembered being not quite as delicious as this the last time I tried it. The hazelnut is coming through really nicely, and for not having enjoyed a beer this dark in a while, I am pretty happy with this one. Malty sweetness with the hazelnut flavor is just divine, and its backed by a nice hop presence. Carbonation was meh, no freshness date on this bottle, probably the only drawback to Rogue. A great ale. Can see why it is so popular

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Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany reddish color with a beige head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Malty aroma with notes of caramel, hay, hazelnut and lots of chocolate.
Taste follows nose, nutty malt flavor balanced with mild earthy hops. Notes of hazelnut, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Lovely Brown Ale with a malty and nutty profile and not shy in flavors. Hazelnut notes are light and it does not seem artificial. I had preferred the John John version, though.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Copper Reddish color with a one finger head and moderate lacing. bubbles shooting up from bottom, very carbonated.

S - Smells of hazelnuts and chocolate big time. getting a little bit of coffee too. Kind of bready as well.

T - Whoa, this beer is amazing. Malt bomb. not really getting any hops at all. just getting a nice blend of sweet malt and mild chocolate coffee like taste....big lingering nutty finish. A very rich yet not too heavy brown ale. awesome. It reminds me of yards brawler, but on steroids.

M - really carbonated and a moderate mouth feel, and dangerously smooth with no bite at all on the end.

overall this is a great beer. i definitely recommend trying it if you havent.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent reddish-brown with very little head and very little lacing.

Smell is hazlenut, molasses and biscuit breadiness. Very impressive.

Taste follows smell with hazlenut, molasses and brown sugar. Malty breadiness prevents it from being too sweet. Very faint citrus tart on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Smell is incredible. Like Honey Nut Cheerios on steroids. Tastes almost as good as the smell. An impressive brown ale.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a single 12 ounce bottle from City Swiggers as part of a six pack mix.

It poured a deep ruby red when held up to the light. The head was average and a touch soapy on the edge.
The smell produced coffee and a strong hazelnut aroma.
The taste was extremely pleasant. A later of sweet coffee/hazelnut/vanilla with a touch of caramel. None of which were overpowering. However, for a brown ale the body was a bit thin.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of glowing cherry wood into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It throws a two finger head of cake batter foam the color of eggnog, and this shows excellent retention. Chunky mountains of lacing are left around the glass as it slowly trails away. The chilliest haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. The bubbles of the carbonation are huge, and among the most active we have encountered to date. The aroma gives raw pretzels and sourdough right off the bat, with heavy and sticky baking yeast, Styrofoam, pound cake, hazelnut coffee extract, light coffee and sweet brown malts, tinny metallics, rich brown breadiness, stark cereal grain, dried straw, and honey. Our first impression is that there is a surprising grassy hop component through the center that we didn’t otherwise appreciate in the nose, with the rest of the beer being a touch sweeter than expected, but highly drinkable. As we sip, the taste opens up with coffee bean, hazelnut extract, vanilla wafer sugars, biscuity Milano cookies, roasty chocolate malt, musty cheddar cheese, raw almond and chestnut nuttiness, soured brown malts, spicy gingerbread warmth, and watery phenolic plastics. Moving through the middle are notes of honey sweetness, continued brown malts, hints of soured citrus in the form of lemon juiciness, mild grassy hops, earthen mineral, hazelnut spiked coffee, Baily’s Irish creamer, cherry fruitiness, black peppercorn, and rye breadiness to pull us to the finish. Here things get a bit more bitter, with the graininess really furrowing up its grit to balance the initial sweetness. This comes as chalky brown and chocolate malts, raw strawberry fruitiness, sourdough yeastiness, malted milk balls, white sugar, Ferraro Rocher chocolates, nectary florals, penicillin bite, warmed breakfast biscuits, soft syrupy milk chocolates, lactic acidity, and distant cloven phenols. The aftertaste breathes of maple sugars, chalky brown and chocolate malts, grassy and floral hops, gingerbread and cinnamon sugar spiciness, sour wheatiness, white sugar sweetness, light vanilla bean ice cream, stark cereal grain, and raw honeycomb dustiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium, offering a big foaminess on the swirl around the mouth. Each sip gives velvety soft slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with a full, covering cloak draped around the mouth. This eventually gives way to a chalky astringency, with light puck to the front of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks excellently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its feel and drinkability. While the aroma and flavoring were both nicely inclusive, rich in depth, and agreeable, what really stood out was how quickly it disappeared from our glasses. All of the notes you would expect to be there are easily found, with sweet and sour brown malts, chocolate roast, and rich hazelnut extract. These are found repeatedly across the spectrums of both aroma and taste, and are consistent throughout the tasting. Then the slurp hits you. It is velour, popping like cotton, pulling each sip further down into bubbly ease and happiness. This helps to make up for slightly lesser explosiveness in the aforementioned arenas, keeping it flowing and extremely drinkable. This is a great, easy beer for the style, and one we’ve really enjoyed.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pilsener sampler. I poured a bit for my girlfriend, who likes beer only a little and is very picky. She says its OK.

A moderate pour produces an off-white head of about an inch. The beer is a little hazy and a fairly pale reddish-brown with low carbonation.

You can definitely smell and taste the hazelnuts, along with a bit of fruitiness. The bitterness is low, and seems to come almost entirely from the malt. Hardly any hops are noticeable. In addition to the nuttiness are some buttery flavors, such that this beer reminds me alot of pancakes with butter pecan syrup. The hazelnut flavor doesn't seem too artificial, seems to mesh well with the malt flavors, and isn't too tiring on the palate.

This is a very distinctive brown ale and will appeal to anyone who likes sweeter beers.

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Photo of brurevu
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The deep ruby brown brew carried hints of a buttery nuttiness on the nose that followed into the flavor. This was a simple full flavored beer that melted on the palate rather than attack it. Rogue created a rich and rewarding Brown Ale that mixed perfectly with the toasted buttery Hazelnut flavors. There is nothing huge or complicated about it, but it is a smooth and wonderful concoction that earns the right to be call itself a Nectar.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I haven't typically been a huge fan of Rogue's beers, and their questionable business practices make me hesitant to buy their brews, but the ratings of this one were such that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy a single 12 oz bottle for less than 2$. Swampy brown with some very light copper - some clarity, some haze. Soapy, beige head tames itself to a stretch-out film rather quickly... this one certainly isn't much to look at.

Lots and lots of sticky toffee on the nose... even more so than hazelnut, I think. In fact, there's really only a light hint of hazelnut that I'm getting in the back, and it's a bit artificial and not quite so "nutty", if that makes sense. Think Frangelic Mountain Brown, only far less potent. Seems like a bit of oxidation has plagued this bottle as well, as I'm getting some unwanted hints of wet, boxed cardboard. Not enough to ruin things completely, but not a good sign.

Hazelnut is a bit stronger on the palate, thankfully. I also get nice hints of cola, toffee, dry cocoa powder, and a stronger nutty character in the finish. It's kind of woodsy and earthy, too, and unfortunately, that oxidized cardboard is present in the finish. Again, not so much as to make this beer undrinkable, but enough to be a slight hinderance. Not as sweet as I was expecting, rather dry and nutty with only a mild malty sweetness throughout.

Hops are relatively low... well, basically nonexistent, actually. That's fine, though, as I don't think they'd add much here. The body doesn't quite match the flavors - I'd like things to be a bit thicker, but maybe I'm asking for too much from a 6.2% ABV brown ale. Not a bad beer, but not a very good one, either. Even minus the oxidation, the flavors weren't working for me the way they seem to be for others. Would've liked a touch more hazelnut and a bit more sweetness. I'd like to try it again, unoxidized, but I won't be rushing to get another.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a reddish brown. fairly clear. a finger of a tan head that fades away to a nice lacing

Smell: very nutty. some hazelnut.

Taste: tastes almost like creamy hazelnut coffee. nuts, hazelnut, cream, not enough of the brown ale characteristics

Mouthfeel: creamy, with slight sweetness

Overall: I didn't really know what to expect from this one. it had a good idea, but i am not the biggest rogue fan. turns out its pretty decent. wish there was more roasty malts and less coffee

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Photo of Mikecap
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium brown from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Two fingers of whitish head fade fairly quickly leaving some solid chunky lacing on the glass.

Smell: HInts of sweet malt, a bit of coffee and definitely some nutty characteristics. Very inviting aroma for a brown and I do sense the hazelnut.

Taste: Nuttiness up front with some toffee and caramel and a bit of roastiness. Not too much bitterness and more malt forward but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low bitterness and low to moderate carbonation. Nice texture and easy drinking.

Overall: A very tasty and drinkable brown ale here from Rogue. A lot of their stuff seems to be hit or miss, but this is one worth trying.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.