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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,572
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 214
Gots: 415 | 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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Photo of mlefebvre7
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from (what else) a bomber. The good chef is on the label hoisting a glass. It's brown with a bit of amber and a tan head that disappears quickly. Although the hazelnut comes through minimally in the smell, it really dominates the taste. The overall flavor is a bit sweet and subdued. Unfortunately, not being a big fan of hazelnut in any form, the taste didn't really capture my fancy. It's a nice beer and I'm sure better than most "flavored" beers out there. The mouthfeel is right on and it does drink well. I guess I'm one of the few that preferred the Morimoto Soba to the Hazelnut.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish mahogany. Big tan, bubbly head.

Very nutty malt aroma with a molasses sweetness, sweet brown bread. Very nice.

Dark malt right up front with a real toasted brown bread character. Noticeable, but subdued, bittering hops kick in after a little bit, accentuated by a dry roastiness. Piece de resistance is the sweet hazelnut that dominates the finish. Not overly sweet, it comes across as a sort of hazelnut flavoured coffee.

Nothing bad to say about the mouth feel. Slightly creamy, great carbonation.

This is a fine, fine beer from one of my favourite brewers.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Rogue Ales Public House on Union Street in San Francisco.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown. Two fingers of tan, coffee-like head dissipated to a thin lacing.

Smell: Cocoa, mocha, and cappuccino. Very enticing. It also has a nutty quality, which I can't put down but am guessing is probably hazelnut.

Taste: The bartender said it was sweet, and, yes, it is very sweet after the initial flavor hits. The hazelnut is much more prevalent, and the cocoa/mocha/cappuccino from the aroma is nowhere to be found. There is a touch a caramel hidden deep underneath.

Drinkability: This is a good, complex brew. It's too sweet for my tastes, but a great beer to try on a nice day in San Francisco. I asked the bartender if it was a brown ale, and he said it was. However, this is a style all it's own; a subgenre of brown ale.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely dark brown body, slightly chill-hazed, under a huge foamy light tan head. Pretty beer.

Smell is richly malty, with a little bit of floral hops -- and there are the hazelnuts!

Taste is -- I repeat -- richly malty, with a little bit of floral hops -- and there are the hazelnuts! A profoundly complementary combination. I really liked it.

Smoooth and fairly rich mouthfeel, nice and slurpaliciously round.

Almost too much hazelnut taste to drink this very much, but still quite drinkable.

I'll look for more of this.

Photo of burnstar
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pink glass. Pours a beautiful deep brown, very little head quickly recedes- no lacing. Smell is big hazelnuts, earthy dark malts. Taste is hazelnut up front with dark earthy malts coming in. Just a touch of spicy hops in the finish adds some balance. Hazelnut is present and powerful throughout and adds a delicious lightness to this brew. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty drinkable although very distinct. A nice dessert beer.

Photo of DaveRinn
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anthony1
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive dark ruby brown with a creamy beige head.
Roasted aroma with hints of vanilla.
Nicely nutty and toasty for a brown ale, but the seemingly artifical (and overpowering) hazelnut extract really impedes this brew. More fake vanilla than anything. It does not taste bad, it just tastes forced. A subtler approach may yeild better results.
Smooth and creamy in the mouth. But I can't get over the cream soda comparisons.
This is alright as a change of pace, but the bomber was too much for me. It just got too sweet and fake tasting.

Photo of TonyY
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KerryCummins1977
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of CaptainPancakes
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jordanimal
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of aflies
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of agreenman19
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Rwalford74
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Matthew607
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of hreb
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The other day I picked up a 22oz bottle of Rogue's "Morimoto signature ale" series Hazelnut. As a long time fan of Rogue's Hazelnut Nut Brown Ale, I had to check it out. I didn't know if this was the same beer or simply a repackaging (BeerAdvocate indicates the latter -- this is simply an "alias" of the original Hazelnut Brown).

Cold beer is poured into UK size pint glass. Beer is very dark, nearly opaque brown, and appears rather stark in the glass, cloudless, with just a thin dark tan head on top.

Beer has a sweet, malty aroma. The label proudly proclaims 13 ingredients (this has no pretentious of being a "4 ingredient" real ale kind of ordeal). 9 of them are malts. Only one is an additive (hazelnut extract). 2 kinds of hops provide a really nice and needed balance from the sweetness of the beer. The fizziness is just right.

I'm not detecting any differences from the Hazelnut Nectar that I've come to love. This is a really great beer, and in my opinion, probably Rogue's best. The only thing detracting from its perfection is that it IS a little bit sweet. Not so much that it's annoying, but it might be a little bit much for a session beer.

I will also mention that it is a perfect accompaniment to my Sunday afternoon Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and lots of mustard.

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 3,572 ratings.