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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,390 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,390
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 178
Gots: 295 | 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:
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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Photo of necoadam
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dirt brown color with some carbonation that is visible. Smell is very malty. Lots of roasted aroma is noted as well. Some caramel and plums can also be detected. Taste is where it's at. Malts come in the beginning along with some roasted flavors as well. Hops are in the middle, but quickly flare out and let's the sweetness take over. Chocolate undertones are there along with the sweetness. Not too thin and not too big. Perhaps one of the best Rogue brews out there.

necoadam, May 17, 2004
Photo of keithmurray
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - chestnut brown with a frothy white head

smell - I just can't pick up much here, a bit of cocoa and malt

taste - this is much better than the nose, hazelnut, cocoa, malt are all bold

mouthfeel - light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, good flavors on this as the taste lingers really well on this, slightly sweet, but not overpowering, pretty smooth finish

overall - for the price, not the best value (~$6 for 22oz), but a good beverage worth trying

keithmurray, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of blakesell
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a beveled pint glass to accentuate aromas.

Appearance- Beer pours a reddish amber brown with a huge four finger high head of mocha froth on top that dies down fairly swiftly to a lovely murk across the top. Lacing is medium and lingers on the glass slightly.

Smell- This is the best smelling brown ale I have ever stuck my nose in. Hazelnuts, honey, and brown sugar leap at the nostrils firstly, then rich caramel malts, a slight hint of mango, there is a slight hint of noble hopping, but those hops are very hard to detect.

Taste- Creamy nutty sweetness with just enough hop biting bitterness to balance the beer beautifully. Good god this is a well made beer. Why the hell doesn't Rogue use this as their flagship beer and put this in six packs? It just doesn't make sense. That hazelnut, honey brown sugar taste is only amplified on the tongue and excellent noble hopping. Light diacetyl but it's definitely acceptable on this bottle.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, sweet, scrumptious, medium full bodied, highly carbonated.

Drinkability- This is excellent and drinkable and it is a pity that I never see this on tap anywhere with the amount of tap handles I find around here.

blakesell, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of JT99125
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

JT99125, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Quaffer
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This was a beautiful, deep red beer. The rough tan head took some coaxing to get it to rise to just one finger. It was gone in a flash, leaving only a thin ring around the edge of the glass. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: A thick hazelnut aroma dominated the smell of this beer. This was not something that I noticed in the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Thrown in underneath this nuttiness was tart dark fruit, sweet butter toffee, and a hint of smoke. Overall, very nice, but not very beerlike.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty darn smooth. It was faintly fuzzy on the tongue.

Taste: On the tip of the tongue, a fruity tartness kicked in immediately. Then, almost as quickly as it appeared, it was overwhelmed by flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and nuts. These flavors continued to linger well into the aftertaste where they were joined by a toffee-like sweetness.

A good solid beer for when you want something "different" but don't want anything too crazy. More flavorful than I remember the Hazelnut Brown Nectar being.

Quaffer, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yet dark mahogany color with a very soda-like tan head that disappears rapidly. The smell reveals a slightly buttery rich roasted malt and light hops. The taste consists of chocolate, coffee, light buttery notes, hops, and a dry bitter chocolate finish. This is surprisingly a bit on the light side for the mouthfeel and despite the complexity the flavors are a bit light as well with exception of the chocolate taste.

Notes: It is a nice solid brew, but not what's expected from a brewery of this caiber. That said, it is quite drinkable. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of theghost3
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy red-brown. The head is beige, thick. It smells strongly of hazelnut and there are obvious hints of caramel and malts. The taste is prominently nutty with an ample flavor of toasty hops; somewhat sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick, buttery, and smooth. This is a drinkable beer but is rather thick and rich. Overall, delicious.

theghost3, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Profchaos20
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Profchaos20, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

TheSleepyMonkey, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Franchise
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a deep reddish brown leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is nutty, chocolate, toffee, fresh earthy hop aroma with a sweet overlay of more chocolate, nuts, and toffee. Nice nose.

The taste is very balanced on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, elegant chocolate, sweet sugary nuts, with a crisp carbonation that leaves you wanting more. This is a great session beer solid and very balanced.

Franchise, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of scratch69
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

scratch69, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of CaptainPancakes
4/5  rDev -1.7%

CaptainPancakes, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of beertaster13
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mocha brown with ruby streaks, the lightish tan head is a nice thickness at first then settles to average. Lacing is average as well. The smell is strong on chocolate covered nuts, the hazlenut is noticable but not overly offensive. The taste is very caramel/molasses, slight traces of nut but doesn't throw off the sweetness, a slight bitter hop blends the beer into a solid creation. Medium to almost full bodied, smooth and rich, very good dessert beer.

beertaster13, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a little lacking, but it still holds a little lacing and a crisp brown color.

The smell is very sweet and reminds me of a coffee, an irish cream splashed with a little mocha cocoa.

The taste is sweet with slight bitter cocoa with traces of irish cream in the nose.

Mouthfeel is fine: not silky smooth, but not hard and watery.

Drinkability is, for me, not enough to go out and buy more, but enough to wait until I feel the need or craving again and the opportunity arrises.

Erdinger2003, May 01, 2006
Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev -1.7%

lilnicky068, May 01, 2012
Photo of gcamparone
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield RI.

A- pours a deep amber clear body with a 2" white head that reduces slowly and leaves little lacing

S - huge nutty , butterscotch, caramel, toffee notes

T- Hazelnuts and vanilla with a butterscotch, smokey toffee aftertaste. Just enough hazelnut without having that flavor take over the beer

M - medium body and carbonation

A very solidly crafted hazelnut brew. Pick one up of you like nutty beers, if not you probably won't enjoy this one

gcamparone, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of 1fastz28
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

purse a beautiful dark brown color with an equally good looking head. really looks good. smell is very unique, strong hazelnut dominates everything else, but has a small cocoa aroma to it. taste is really really good, i mean good. has an earthy taste to it, just rally damn good. easy to drink, im going to be buying more of these

1fastz28, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of TonyY
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

TonyY, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of cubedbee
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22 oz bomber. Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head. Smells great--hazelnet, toffee, caramel, and honey--very sweet smelling. Taste is very sweet, hazelnuts with a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very creamy and smooth. The sweetness never gets too cloying, so I think I could have a few of these.

cubedbee, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of gfreed
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coffee with hazelnut syrup in it is candy coffee. Beer with hazelnut nectar (aka syrup) is... not as bad as candy beer. I normally avoid beer with additives in it, like fruit and nuts and coffee and veggies. However, I like Rogue and I trusted them not to screw this up. Fortunately I was right this time.

Far more complex than I expected, this starts with a coppery, shimmery color and a thin head. The hazelnuts are prominent in the aroma, but so is the malt which successfully elbows the nuts aside. I found some butter in the smell as well. Butter in my beer? There's a Nutella feel to the aroma which carries over into the taste: it's a sweetness that stops short of icky, but still manages not to overtake the better parts of the beer. It has the feel of a cake cone, in fact (but there's no ice cream). Low in carbonation, light in body, and there's a dusty finish that tastes a bit like the smell of my favorite library. Very low in hops and bitterness.

Worth a try, but only once. Despite my harsh feelings towards hazelnuts, I liked this.

gfreed, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
10/9/08, 1 pt 6oz bottle to a tapered bottom mug.
Reviewed as an "American Brown Ale - Dark Ale"
ABV=6.2%
A 4.0
Good Malty brown toasty color, mediocre 1 finger head, short head retention, mediocre lacing
S 4.5
Super nutty toasted malt smells, makes me feel like I am in a good bakery, hops are backseat but present
T 5.0
Roasted nutty/malt flavors, excellent smooth flavors but still complex, nutty sweetness well balanced with minor hop notes
MF 4.5 Medium+ on the body, semi slickness, malty on palate with nutty aftertaste
D 5.0
I tasted this with a buddy during a brew session and we both agreed on this as a 5.0. It's widely available always good and very unique. You have to try this one! A job well done by the folks @ Rogue! And thanks to CurtDoggYo! for the tasting sponsorship!

unclejimbay, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished my first round of midterms, so I decided to reward myself with this bad boy.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with really nice ruby red highlights. Just over a finger of light khaki head top this beer, leaving minimal lace.

I think I drooled a little when I first took a whiff of this beer. Smoooth, creamy hazelnut, caramel, toasted bready malts and a sweet hint of dark fruits.

Smooth, chewy hazelnut and bready malts up front followed by some roasted malts, dry chocolate hint and a subtle, crisp hoppy finish.

Perfectly balanced but a tad bit watery. An easy quaffer.

Overall, an excellent brew from Rogue. They never seem to let me down. Salivating inducing smell coupled with great taste and excellent balance. Despite its higher price, I would definitely buy this one again.. and again.

ludachris, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of sjones5045
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

sjones5045, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev -1.7%

sbanacho, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -14%

dankjohn, Jun 14, 2014
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 3,390 ratings.