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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
91
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3,354 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,354
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 179
Gots: 287 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jburd19, May 14, 2013
Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Vylo, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of theopholis
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep ruby red with a fairly loose, small, creamy tan head . The head has no staying power, and leaves no lace. About average for a brown ale.

Smell: At first, it's mostly malt, but as it warms and the volatiles evaporate, you get a strong hazelnut nose.

Taste: Good roasted malts and hazelnut flavors and a toasty nuttiness. Has a mild hop bitterness at the back ofthe tounge. Very well balanced. I think I'm getting some caramel overtones to, but it's so subtle, it's hard to be sure. If you don't like my lackof certainty, go get your own damn beer and review it. ;)

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, average carbonation for a brown ale with just a bitof a bite at the end..

Drinkability: Tasty. Has a nice complexity but is still easy drinking.

Note: The quality control on this beer (Much like the Roque Red) leaves something to desired. Try it. If you don't like it, wait a few weeks and then get another bottle from a different store.

theopholis, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown in the glass with burgundy edges, a bit of cherry colour too at the sides. The head was not very well developed although a ring remained around the glass. Lightly carbonated. The aroma was very nutty alright with some milk chocolate association. The taste reflected the dryness of the hazelnut, malt, a nectar-like silky mouthfeel. This beer had some body to it with texture and density, with a plum or prune influence alongside the persistent nuttiness. The finish is again hazel or brazil nut dry, bitter, some astringency, but again the nuttiness dominates with malted-milk yeasty backdrop. I love Rogue beers, what a pleasure as usual.

ThatWineGuy, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Dirty25
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Dirty25, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Ramuntos in Lebanon NH last week, review transcribed from notes.

Deep clear reddish-brown brew, head is thin from the draft pour, and is completely bleach white. Albino headed brown ale, odd. Smell is nutty and brown, nothing surprising here. Brown sugar and a bit of smoke. Feel is a good balance between crisp carbo and creamy moderately-thick body. Taste follows right from the smell, nutty and toasty and brown. A little lemony hop keeps it honest. Finishes with burnt brown sugar and hop that lingers for a long time.

I don't like most brown ales because they typically have a sticky starchy sweetness. But thankfully this isn't like that, it's more crisp.

BeerNinja007, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of paresis
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

paresis, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a pint glass. Bomber sized bottle.

Appearance: Lovely clear mahogany color liquid topped by a 1/2" tall head of light tan bubbles. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

Smell: Definite smells of caramel and toffee. Amaretto and hazelnut arommas as well. Faint hint of light chocolate.

Taste: Caramel malt flavor dominates, then the taste of hazelnut comes throught. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel with a pleasantly nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: I likes me some hazelnuts, and I hope the new Morimoto verson of this ale is not much of a recipe change. Not and everyday drinking beer, but not one to save for special occasions either. You'd better like nuts if you have this. It's not overly nutty, but it definitely informs the flavor profile.

ManekiNeko, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of Noxious26
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Part of a Father's Day gift from my parents. Thanks Mom & Dad!

Clear, dark brown with ruby highlights in colour. Tan head is 3/8 inch on the pour, but quickly reduces to a thin cap. Sporadic lacing on the sides.

Roasted malt, sweetness, woody and nutty aromas all intertwine with one another.

Roasted malt with chocolate highlights at the start. Then into a smooth middle where the roasted malt is still prominent but nutty and chocolate highlights make appearances. Long, drawn out finish is malty and nutty with woody highlights. Aftertaste is light and lingering roasted malt. The taste sensation as the beer progresses from the start into the middle is amazing. The hazelnut presence with the chocolate aspect really accentuate the roasted malt spine. Very nicely done.

Smooth, buttery mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. There is a very slight harshness in the middle that quickly fades away.

A really wonderful brew with a unique flavour profile. Trust Rogue to put out a world class specimen that doesn't quite fit the style profile exactly, but projects excellence none-the-less. This would be a regular in my fridge if it was available here.

Noxious26, Aug 04, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

aflies, May 27, 2012
Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev -1.7%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of TheHammer
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a nice deep, dark brown that boasts good carbonation. Produced a thumbs worth of head that did not lace or sustain though.

Smell: Unsurprisingly the strong smell of hazelnuts dominates the nose. A nice toffee and chocolate background also makes an appearance. A little more balance, could be present but it's a minor complaint. That and I'm catching a slight chemical whiff.

Taste: Starts with a light walnut and hazelnut taste that turns to a more toffee malt with even more hazelnuts that builds into a nutty bitterness. I honestly expected it to be a bit sweeter then it is, and a bit more diversity could be present but it's still solid.

Mouthfeel: Leaves an unsurprising hazelnut aftertaste with notes of chocolate. The carbonation is a bit oddball on this one, as it really makes it's presence known at the start of the beer.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink, but isn't quite sweet enough to be a desert beer, which is what I think they were going for on this one. I don't think I'd drink this on a daily basis but it's still good.

Final Thoughts: A good beer worth trying, despite it's flaws. Really, I think this would go good with sweeter foods as strange as that may sound.

TheHammer, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

YeastEnthusiast, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Murph
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown with a tan head and a nice lace. Sweet chocolate, slight hazelnut coffee, caramel malt, and some subtle hops dominate the nose. Chocolate and caramel roasted malts are the first to hit the tongue. Some nice slighty spicy hops are just enough to balance. The finish has a great hazelnut character to it. Very smooth and creamy and extremely drinkable. Yet another great brew from Rogue. They just can't seem to make any bad beers.

Murph, May 25, 2002
Photo of wahhmaster
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Has a strong roasted hazelnut aroma (I compare it to hazelnut coffee creamer). Besides that, a little bit of roasted maltiness and a little breadiness.

Taste: Strong hazelnut flavors come out at the start. It finishes with a kinda chocolatey malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full-bodied with a kind of chewiness to it.

Drinkability: A really nice brown ale. Pleasingly complex. Another win for Rogue.

wahhmaster, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open this 22oz bomber to pair with my grilled pizza at lunch. It was a great match, though I don't know if this is a beer I would want without food.
A: Dark brown and ruby hues; small head dissipates but leaves beige froth and eventually a small ring of foam. Very little lacing on my pint.
S: Nutty, especially sweet hazelnut on the nose.
T: Sweet malts with a hazelnut finish and aftertaste; mostly balanced tastes of sweetness and a slight bitter that I couldn't quite place. The tastes are pretty inconsistent, but some might just call that character.
M: Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation.
D: This beer has pretty good drinkability if you don't mind the sweetness and, at times, the awkward bitter notes. Not my favorite brown, but I'd recommend it/have another!

washburnkid, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Soonami
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given a bottle of Morimoto Hazelnut Signature Ale at a dinner club, but we didn't get to it so I ended up having it myself. This brown ale has a luscious brown color and fine carbonation. The smell is toasty like a freshly baked loaf of dark rustic bread. The roast malt flavor melded well with caramel and biscuity malt in providing a full flavored and bodied beer. Hazelnut was apparent in the aftertaste and helped to make a well rounded beer.

Soonami, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of PhageLab
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Taphouse in Hampton, served in a pint glass.

A - Dark yet still transparent amber hue, produced absolutely no head, and offered little to no lacing. Not too appealing overall. I was actually almost dreading taking a sip. Luckily I did, however.

S - Extremely sweet, notes of brown sugar and molasses, with the slightest hint of spice near the end, smells much better than it looks.

T - I truly believe this tastes exactly like french toast. I can detect perhaps nutmeg, cinammon, and even a bit of maple. Very sweet, but some of the spices become more defined as it warms.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation, toasty aftertaste which lingers around a bit, and a mild finish. Not bad!

D - I think I could do a few, but the sweetness definitely causes a hit here. After a while it becomes a bit taxing. Overall a pretty decent brew, it was worth a try.

PhageLab, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of cvfish
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark brown color which produced a beautiful, moderately sized fluffy tan head which had great retention and left a nice wisp of lace on the glass

S - THe aromas produced by this beer were not as hazelnut dominated as expected, a nice amount of vanilla and brown sugar was aslo present

T - The taste of this beer was a harmony of sweet malts, some noticeable barley, of course the hazelnuts which do not overpower the beer but blend perfectly, and some vanilla on the finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a smooth, medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a great beer by Rogue, and a key addition to a style which I love, a great beer in both the bottle and draft

cvfish, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of Satan70
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Satan70, Apr 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JasonTaverner, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of BierReise
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour yielded only a thin yet creamy and condensed tan head atop a cloudy deep amber brown body. The head thinned out even more to but a slight film. Aroma is malty, nutty and with noticable hops present and hints of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a creaminess to it. Flavor is reminding me of Sam Smiths nutbrown yet definately more bitter. Finishes a tad dry. Overall would be better if less bitter in my opinion.

BierReise, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev -1.7%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a porter-like dark-brown from the bottle. A few fingers of nice tan foam and relatively good head retention as well. Smells quite sweet and malty, with nice smoky and nutty undertones. The flavor doesn't really live up to the aroma unfortunately. Starts off well enough; malty, nutty, smoky, and strangely refreshing. As the beer warms, however, it develops a sticky sweetness that begins to overpower the palate. The hops are essentially missing-in-action, so there's not much here to balance the sugars. Sticky and medium bodied in the mouth.

dgallina, May 20, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,354 ratings.