Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales
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3.35/5 rDev -17.7%
Sampled at Brick Store Pub with the Atlanta B.A. crew. Hops and added flavour. Are browns needed? If I am going to have this, it might as well be on-tap. Colour-brown. I can see it appealing to some people and transitioning from coolers. A bit too much on the sweet side for my palate.
03-09-2006 04:18:35 | More by Sammy
4.65/5 rDev +14.3%
On tap at the Lazy Dog Cafe in Valencia, CA.
A - Color is a strongly brewed iced tea tone that came with no head. Very little lacing on this one.
S - Sweet malts, chocolate, hazelnuts.
T - Bittersweet chocolate mixed with toasted hazelnuts. There is a slight bitterness to this beer that is fleeting.
M - Leaves a slight coating feeling in the mouth. Good carbonation.
D - This is a very good beer. I had it with a hickory smoked bacon and blue cheese butter burger and it was a fine meal indeed. I would definitely get this one again.
04-01-2010 05:04:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Pours a nice, medium slightly-hazed brown with a fairly-nice off-white head.
S: Definite nuttiness comes through along with some sweet malt; not terribly complex, but a really nice balance. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background.
T: Again, loads of nuts coming here. A bit distracting and not quite as clean as the nose was. This is definitely a bit one-dimensional, but not bad by any means.
M: Very nice and creamy. The nut flavors work well with the sweetness.
D: All a bit too much hazelnut, detracting a bit from the ultimate drinkability of this one, along the same lines as their Chocolate Stout.
05-05-2010 22:11:08 | More by Thorpe429
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
A: Clear mahogany in color, the beer has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of hazelnut prominently stand out in the nose.
T: Like the smell, hazelnuts stand out in the nutty taste; however they aren't quite as strong and allow for flavors of caramel and buttery malts to shine through. The malts contribute a slight amount of sweetness to the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily; the hazelnut flavors are well incorporated into the overall taste.
02-24-2011 03:19:34 | More by metter98
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
Roasted nut brown with a significant infusion of crimson; the beer is especially ruddy when backlit. The ecru cap is dense, creamy and sticky--typical Rogue quality--and is impressively persistent. Small sheets of thick lace are nice to look at, but don't last as long as I'd like.
The aroma isn't as hazelnutty as I'd feared. I faulted the Morimoto version for being too one-dimensional, too focused on hazelnut. My hope is that this beer doesn't suffer a similar fate. Exiting the glass is a glorious combination chocolate malt, vanilla and buttered, roasted hazelnuts. Well done.
In comparison to Morimoto, this is easily the better beer, largely because its hazelnut flavor is more in harmony with the brown ale rather than completely dominating it. Outside of the obvious added flavor, the malt bill is a highlight (although it's hard to fathom why 7 different varieties of malt were necessary). Roasted barley is a larger part of the flavor profile than is chocolate, thereby allowing the hazelnut essence to shine. Tobacco is a subtle contributor as well.
Drinkability is enhanced by the fact that the beer falls marginally on the bitter side of the sweet-bitter continuum. The body firms up nicely with warming, even edging into creamy by the final third of the bottle. The finish is characterized by a piquant, nutty flavor that, once again, is evidence of an evenhanded addition of hazelnut nectar. Restraint was needed... and restraint was exercised.
This beer is a pleasant surprise. I'm a Rogue fan, but I wasn't expecting much after being disappointed by Morimoto Hazelnut. The secret, I believe, is that this beer is first and foremost a quality brown ale and the hazelnut flavor is complimentary in the best possible way. I should never have doubted. For my penance, I'll purchase a few more bombers as soon as possible.
11-17-2004 21:24:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Appearance: Pours a dark tea brown color with a beige head that displays reasonable longevity and leaves some bolts of lace
Smell: Milk chocolate and nuts aroma
Taste: Starts with a chocolately flavor that, after the swallow starts to display some hazelnut complexity; the finish has a touch of vanilla and is a little bitter, but more like nut skin bitter than hoppy bitter
Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Easy to drink and a definite improvement on the typical brown ale
08-09-2006 23:48:22 | More by brentk56
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
Finally got around to purchasing a bottle of this. Dont know why it took me so long, its like everywhere, I guess my priorities were on others..Anyway..
A - Poured a deep hazelnut brown with a small, maybe one inch tan head, Faded quickly and did not leave much behind. Some small residual glass lace, but nothing remarkable. Decent visible carbonation..
S - Roasted nuts and caramel, pretty straightforward but down very very nicely. A touch of roasted coffee as well. Maybe a hint of chocolate.
T - Very nice brown ale. Nice nuttiness and mix of caramel. Some light hop in the back. Good all around flavor, nothing really dominating. Some small coffee flavor again as I think about it.
M - A little slick, but nothing drastic. Decent feel though. Needed a bit more carbonation I think.
D - Totally sessionable in a big way. This was soo smooth you could drink it all night with no issues.
Overall this was a pretty damn fine brown ale. I have had better, but this is pretty damn good. Definatly worth checking out if you havent already.
07-31-2007 00:37:00 | More by mikesgroove
4.15/5 rDev +2%
After dancing around this beer for some time, I finally got arround to trying it. Smells like a really good nut brown ale. Lots of barley malt, almonds, hazlenut, chocolate and roasted malt with a fermented sour to the nose. Looks almost opaque and dark brown. Lightly headed with a tan lace. Tastes like a big flavored brown ale with ameretto mixed in. Flavors of hazlenut, cocoa, barley malt, and caramel remain strong into the finish. The beer wears a bit grainy and astringent, but not to deterring levels. Finishes a bit thinner than the initial sip. Could be a bit creamier. Still-good beer.
10-13-2005 15:41:45 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -14%
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a foamy dark head with average retention. Aroma is nutty from the hazelnut flavour and malty with some roastiness. Taste is quite enjoyable with the hazelnut easily identifiable and roasted malt balancing everything else. Overall, I would say that this is a very good session beer.
09-01-2006 13:50:42 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
Another beer I've had many times but never written up a review for. It's a go to choice for some of my friends so a bottle was shared yesterday evening.
A: The pour is a perfectly clear light brown color with a nice off-white head.
S: Very, very nutty. Hazelnuts dominate the aroma and some nice notes of toffee, chocolate, and lightly roasted malt are present as well.
T: This beer is always such a good choice. A rich hazelnut flavor is the star of the show. There's also a wonderful creaminess to the beer which you would never expect. There is also some sweet malt and toffee flavor, but the beer doesn't get too sweet at any time.
M: A medium body with moderate carbonation. There's also that nice creaminess that I mentioned earlier.
D: Every time I drink this I remember why it's such a popular pick. A wonderfully easy drinking beer and great flavors that the beer geek or casual drinker can appreciate.
12-29-2009 18:39:33 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
03-14-2006 06:14:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.3/5 rDev -43.5%
Pours brown/black with a nice firm medium thick tan head that quickly fades.
Sweet black chocolate, maraschino cherry, hazelnut nose. Quite pleasant and smells like fresh baked goods.
Mouthfeel is thin, watery and without character. A huge let down from the wonderful nose.
Flavors are simple, weak, watery and unappealing. Only hints of flavor, if any, beer has no character, no identity, no flavor and with not much of a finish other than simple yeast.
Yet another flop from what has to be the most overrated brewery in the country. I suspect that Rogue would be out of business if it didn't have such cool bottles! Just my opinion.
11-28-2009 00:57:15 | More by GRG1313
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
A: single finger head on a clear amber body. Excellent lacing.
S: chocolate, toffee, nuts, caramel malts.
T: Light roasted malts, milk chocolate, mild oak, hazelnut, burnt toast and a hint of vanilla.
M: very very smooth. Medium creamy body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.
Overall: this is an excellent brown ale. Many of these are boring and simple but this one is smooth, highly drinkable and complex. One of rogues best.
06-23-2012 21:15:27 | More by kylehay2004
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
This beer poured out as a nice rich brown color. The head was a light tan color with some light lacing. The smell of the beer was big with hazelnut, kind of impressed actually. I didn't expect it's aroma to be so prominent. The taste of the beer was sweet at first and then finished with a nice bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel wasn't bad really it was decent for the style. Overall it's an interesting brew and worth trying for sure.
06-20-2011 04:29:38 | More by Knapp85
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Another of the dark rich beers had during the day,pours a deep brown with some amber highlights thr out a nice creamy looking head that leaves a light amount of lace,big rich aromas some sweet cream and vanilla with only a light hazelnut note.Taste up is of dark roast coffee going into a light mocha flavor with that hazelnut flavor coming thry late and even more as it warmed.A rich flavorful brown ale somewhat sweet but not cloying a good dessert beer I would think.
11-26-2004 02:29:25 | More by oberon
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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