Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,778
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 245
Gots: 566 | 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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Ratings: 3,778 | Reviews: 1,405
Photo of kurp001
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bought at Beltway Fine Wine

An aggressive pour yields a rocky one-finger tan head that subsides relatively quickly. The body is a very deep reddish brown with ruby highlights.

Smell consists of a robust hazelnut aroma, it's so assertive I can hardly smell anything else. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, as the hazelnut smell is very pleasant.

Taste showcases the rich hazelnut upfront, with milder caramel and vanilla notes on the finish. A toffee character makes its presence known, too.

Mouthfeel is full, but the carbonation is a little much for my tastes.

Solid drinkability on this one, despite the incredibly bold flavors. A bomber of this is definitely enough, but it goes down very easy. This is a very nice brown ale, and a must try for hazelnut fans.

Photo of Aleks_P
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light reddish brown, translucent. Little lacing when poured, very little head.

Smell: Smell is not particularly noteworthy, can detect some light malt/caramel scents.

Taste: Very light and malty. A bit sweet, hazelnut is just noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Like the flavor the beer feels light and carbonation feels foamy. Not dry at all with the malt flavor.

Overall: Very good beer, light and sweet and something I'd enjoy having two or three of. I'd consider keeping this is the fridge for regular rotation.

Photo of xenolithic
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(from notes)

Pours a dark caramel brown with nearly no head into my pint glass. It has a little ruby lining on the edges when held up to the light, and the little head that there was recedes quite quickly.

The smell is malty, a little bit of nuttiness which I can pin to be hazelnut, though quite subtle.

Tastes malty on the tongue with a bit of nuttiness towards the end. Kind of what you might describe as biscuity. There isn't really any carbonation to be had. I also taste a little cold black coffee and a hint of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is oily, but not too much so.

The drinkability of this is superb, and the flavor is very rounded. There is little aftertaste left in the mouth, yet an urge to drink more.

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 techcommdood
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid but clear lighter brown in color, no head to speak of.

Strong aroma of hazelnut and citrus. An odd combination.

Taste brings more of the hazelnut and citrus zest, but also some nice chocolate malt flavor that rounds the beer off nicely.

Mouthfeel was a little thin. Though you get a good dose of hazelnut flavor, it's definitely not as rich a feel as you would get from hazelnut coffee or from a traditional brown ale.

Fairly drinkable, but the rich flavor combined with the lighter mouthfeel lefe me wanting more of a lasting impression.

Photo of jpalarchio
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown, more opaque than I expected. Hazelnut smell is quite strong, not too overpowering for a beer that I'd only have one in a sitting.

Taste is pretty good, a little bit of a chocolate flavor that reminds me of the Toffifay candies that I had as a kid. Could very well be a "dessert beer" if there is such a thing.

One 22oz is enough for this one though, good flavor, glad I tasted it, not something I would drink on a regular basis.

Photo of charlesbyrd
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a glass mug.

A: Poured vigorously, the bottle gives up a mahogany-hued liquid with a short beige head. Lacing is minimal, and the color is quite beautiful. Sparse carbonation shows itself on the edges of the glass.

S: Malts are all over the nose of this one, along with an obvious sweetness. The hazelnut is not as apparent as I would've expected, although it lends a certain roasted aroma along with the darker malt.

T: Pleasantly sweet, with caramel and roasted malt being immediately noticeable. The hazelnut is much more available in the taste than the smell. Bitterness is at a minimum, but some hop bite is able to cut through the creamy sweetness.

M: Solid creamy texture on the palate, almost syrupy. It's a little thicker than other beers of it's style (Southern Pecan immediately comes to mind), which is a good thing. The beer is quite filling, but refreshing and enjoyable at the same time.

D: At first I thought, "I don't really think I like this one." The aroma was far to sweet, and it didn't bring enough nutty flavor to cut through the malt. The longer it sat, though, the more I was able to discern the rest of the flavors this beer has to offer. I would love to see this in stout form with darker malts. It would be like Ferrero Rocher in a glass.

Photo of mitchfor3
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beauty in the Rogue line. This is a brown ale I could drink morning, afternoon, and night. Thick, creamy, deliciously malty. Subtle carbonation is just right. Hazelnut perfectly executed. Bottle says to enjoy with meat, but try this one for desert!

Fantastic.

Photo of dungaree
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and very dark brown. Not a lot of head but interesting at the same time. Smells of caramel and malt but could have more in the nose.

Taste is awesome! It's like drinking a great beer and eating a candy bar at the same time. I don't give "5's" often for taste, but this one is truly exceptional and different than anything I've had.

It starts with a touch of honey on the front of the tongue, hints of chocolate in the middle, and a big, bold caramel finish on the back. All the while the alcohol prickles on the tongue and blend well with very tasty malt characters. The best part is about a second or two after swallowing this fine nectar, sweet caramel and white chocolate notes resonate throughout the mouth and sinuses.

Excellent brew. Great drinkability. My only regret is I bought only one of these. I will be stocking up!

Photo of niangelo
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sleeve. A creamy, off-white head and fine carbonation. This beer seems to be slightly viscous, with a ruby brown tinge.

Nice caramel, roasted malt, toffee and nutty tones on the nose. My wife makes a whole-wheat sourdough, and this smells like that; it has a nice deep fresh bread crust smell to it.

Mouthfeel is pleasing, not too thick, good for the style. Carbonation is balanced and not overwhelming. Tastes of nutty and malty tones, nice buttery smoothness and hops at the end. Blooms as it warms, and an interesting slight sour finish at the end. Round, warm, toasty.

Nice and drinkable. I didn't find the sweetness excessive like some other reviewers, that's just me. A nice comfy brew from Rogue!

Photo of AccidentalKate
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep Amber-brown, transparent. The head is a nice full tan color, with Belgian Lace that hangs down the side of the glass.

Aroma: A strong nutty/vanilla aroma with a hint of sweet malt. There's a small hint of metal, but just a hint.

Taste: Strong vanilla flavors, sweet and malty on the foundation. There's a thinning out on the finish, but in a pleasant way, like an appropriate decrescendo. A small hint of bitterness, but just only.

Mouthfeel: Full flavored, but light on the palate. Just about perfect for a brown ale.

Drinkability: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.If you're a fan of malt, but not a fan of hops, this is the perfect beer.

Photo of mrcarterxxl
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a five star beer

Rogue hazelnut brown nectar

A/P= pours a brown huge wit a off white head.

S= smells of hazelnuts, chocolate, maybe coffee.

T= hazelnuts, chocolate, malt.

MF= perfect carbonation

A good ass beer too bad it only comes in bombers and on tap,
i had the of these bombers this week simply delicious.

Photo of ajramirez1
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arguably my favorite beer w/ easy access too. I would put the Plinys ahead of this. Tried this first on tap at Kennewick Brews & Blues fest 2010, kept drinking it. The look is a light brown but the smell is a rich aroma of nectar & brown. At first taste the nectar overpowers at the end, which makes it quite pleasing. Initial taste is a rich brown. Beer is just tasty as hell. Bottles are alittle differ taste to it but not much. Had oppt to have this freshly tapped in 3cities & at Rogue in newport & pdx. Ask for a "snickers" then order a "super snickers"...combo choco stout & hazel. Combo dbl choco stout & john john hazlenut. Deadly stuff.

A-

Photo of EricMichael
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Recieved from draft in a pint glass at a resaurant that opened less than a week ago.

Appearance - Clear brown in color with reddish hues and no head, possibly as a result of the bartender's pour technique - pun not intended. Carbonation fizzing up through the center. Light lacing that briefly clung to the sides.

Smell - Sweet nutty malts followed by hazelnut-coffee. Hint of floral hops. Earthiness of dark fruit. Smells more complex than it looks. Oh, and more malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Immediate hazelnut malt-goodness. Very sweet. At first sip, it seemed kind of ordinary, but upon taking in more and allowing it to roll on the tongue a lot of further depth of flavor emerges. Light carbonation that went well with the hops to balance the sweetness perfectly. Very smooth. Initially felt light, but has a medium weight to it.

Overall: This is a something I'd want as a session beer and openly proclaimed such, but it needs to be about 2% lower in ABV for that to happen. I wonder how much was missed out on from the draft pour. It was excellent in flavor and feel. Definitely a beer I'd go back for - probably the best American Brown Ale I've had.

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler glass

A- Pours a clear reddish-brown, with a thick head and good lacing

S- Smells like hazelnut and caramel.

T- Has flavors of hazelnut and caramel, with maybe some chocolate or even coffee notes on the finish.

M- Goes down easy, but not a light-weight either.

O- A good beer to have on hand, especially if you love the taste of hazelnut. A solid brew.

Photo of Clowerweb
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful dark brown amber color. Looks very high quality, amazing clarity. Solid 3 finger light tan, khaki head with nice tight tiny bubbles, nice and foamy, great lacing, but the head retention is little more than average.

S: Smells nutty, sweet, roasty, roasted malts, notes of hops, a hint of floral citrus, and of course hazelnut. Aroma is a tough on the light side, but you can definitely smell it without too much trouble. Delish!

T: Starts off almost dry and citrusy, with a bit of hops, earthy and bready on the mid palate, finishes with a decadent roasted nutty hazelnut, lightly sweet, and outstanding roasted malts and oats, chocolate, coffee, and dries up just a bit. Could use a bit more hazelnut for a hazelnut beer, but it tastes outstanding nonetheless.

M: Just the perfect amount of carbonation, nice and full bodied, chewy and sticks to the mouth, not sticky, but leaves a perfect coating. I couldn't ask for more in this department.

O: This is excellent. I like Rogue a lot. I wouldn't say this beats their Chocolate Stout in my opinion, but this is a very solid and tasty beer, amazing quality and it's been a wonderful experience to try this for the first time. I will buy this again and I will be recommending this beer with pleasure.

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

This beer pours a not too dark ruby red with a big head that disipates quickly. Smells of fruit, peach/plum and very seet malty aroma. The taste is complex with a nutty/plum taste mixed in with chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel is thick and and almost reminds me of taddy porter, but I may be halucinating. This beer is very drinkable, however I couldn't do more than two bombers in a session. Good job Rogue, however I did expect more seeing as how Morimoto is endorsing this beer. I am a big fan of Iron Chef.

Photo of LibraryTom
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue always has to put their spin onto any beer style and it is no different with the brown nectar, although this is still a fairly approachable beer. Sweet, deep, rich nutty malt flavors are the driving character behind this brew. Aroma's of nuts, particularly hazelnut, as well as light roasted coffee are ever present. A creamy, mouthfeel with so much flavor, yet it is surprisingly refreshing and quaffable as well, a great session beer, even though the ABV is a bit higher than one may like for a session brew.

Photo of BarrelBrother
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had me thinking the moment I tasted it. Hmmm..The taste is unusual, full of toasty goodness and with a coffee overtone. I like the nuttiness and I must admit the hazelnut presence got my attention immeadiately. Ok, Ok, I'm a big fan of dark, flavorful beers. This is no secret if you've read any of my reviews that deal with porters, scotch ales, deep ambers, stouts, ect.. However this one is just "different", and I mean that in a good way. This is my first sampling from the Rogue Ale line and I like what I'm tasting here.
The aroma got my attention, but the taste (which has a smooth mouthfeel) keeps me contemplating the overtones each time I taste this deep mahogany brew. The initial frothy head didn't stay as long as I'd like and lacing was marginal after inital pouring of the brew. I would have expected this beer to be really sweet and not very drinkable, however there is a nice hop balance at the finish. Not too heavy in alcohol so I was able to open another "bomber" to share with the wife as the evening chill set in tonight. A very interesting offering indeed.

Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown, with a tan head that quickly faded, leaving the beer looking rather dull and flat. But it smelled rich and nutty, and the taste is rich, creamy, almost like molasses. Very good. Too rich to have much in the summer, but probably great on winter nights.

Photo of mbrown26
2.76/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to like this one more than I did. I don't think bitter is the right word, but it was just too bitter for my palate.

A: A nice amber color with a good brownish head the went away fairly quickly. A quality product.

S: I don't get any hazelnut notes, but there is definitely sweetness. Maybe Carmel?

T: Helps if this one warms a bit. This is a beer that is meant to be sipped and examined, instead of downed.

M: I like brown ales, but there is something about this one that just didn't do it for me on the palate. Had a weird taste that I can't describe. I've never had a hazelnut flavored beer and that could be my problem.

D: Again, since this didn't do it for me, the drinkability wasn't there for me. I had a hard time wanting to go back for more sips.

I can see why some would really enjoy this, but it just isn't my cup of tea.

Photo of hike20
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong nutty aroma, not as strong nut flavor. Taste did not jump out at me, and didn't linger either. A little higher carbonation than I prefer. Overall pretty decent though, and I would drink it again if offered. Probably won't be on my shopping list though.

Photo of Tejon
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Like breakfast in the night. Epic

Photo of dedalus
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks gorgeous in the glass. ruby-brown, with a big, fluffy, healthy head of custard-colored foam.

the scent is almost identical to a wee heavy: lots of raisiny, rummy, burnt-sugary character with none of the massive hop aromas that i tend to expect when i pop the cap off a rogue.

the flavor is very surprising. the hazlenut is much more assertive than i expected. it almost overpowers the beer. but it's nice to get a beer that advertises its use of an adjunct that actually incorporates that adjunct's flavor into the beer. dfh's punkin' ale? no pumpkin flavors at all. lots of spice but no pumpkin. sam adams' cherry wheat? lots of cherry cough syrup, but no cherry. the rogue comes through here, delivering what it promises. according to my bottle the brewers used hazlenut extract, and i can't help wondering how the beer would be different if real hazlenuts were used (if that's even feasible. i know what tastes good, but i don't know the first thing about brewing). but the overall impression is that of a thin-bodied wee heavy with a liberal dousing of hazlenuts.

the finish is rather abrupt, and certainly malty. the hazlenut returns briefly before the end.

quite a departure for the rogue brewery. restraint in the hops department, no restraint in the adjunct department.

in the end, there is too much hazlenut to make this beer bearable past the one bottle point. i can see coming back to it in a few months, but unless you're a confirmed hazlenut fetishist, this will be an occasional indulgence, rather than a stanby. although i wonder if i'd think differently if i were drinking this with food ...

cheers,

s.d.

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

Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a caramel brown color and leaves a tan head that did not stick around for too long. Smells of nuts, caramel, and malt. Nice taste of hazelnut and brown sugar. Nice mouth feel with good carbonation. I love this beer. It puts Newcastle to shame. I recommend this beer to everyone, its delicious!!!

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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