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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 2888
Reviews: 1311
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.27%


Brewed by:
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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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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice chestnut brown with an almond colored head. Aroma is dominated by the hazelnut but also has a nice amount of maltiness and other nuts. This is one of the smoothest drinking beers that i've ever had. The sweetness of the hazelnut made me want to guzzle this beer down but I took my time as best as I could. There is a nice amount of maltiness and a slight hoppiness added to th wonderfull sweet hazelnut flavor. A slight watering down makes this beer not quite perfect. Otherwise, absoluelty delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 08:18:59 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy dark reddish brown brew. Frothy head lasts well, and laces well. Aroma is creamy, malty, and a bit nutty. Taste is sweet, husky brown malts with a hazelnut finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 16:34:11 | More by ppoitras
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DoubleJ

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Yard House in Costa Mesa, on to the beer:

From the tap, it's dark brown in color with some red hues mixed in that's crowned by a nice head. Lots of toffee and other sweet stuff in the smell, but that's just a sneak peak at the taste. Wow! Does this count as dessert? I first noticed some espresso-fumes and cream, then hazelnut, then butterscoth, then toffee. A splash of hops come in to keep this from being too sweet. A very well-made brown ale with plenty of flavors to choose from.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2007 19:49:16 | More by DoubleJ
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brimming chestnut colour with a shot of clamato to muck things up. Despite its clarity being obliterated Hazelnut Brown Nectar manages to shine with lustrous highlights even when sitting stationary. Of all the many times I've had this beer I don't remember ever seeing a head on it. I suspect the oils in the nut extract are responsible for the diminished retention.

The aroma should be considered, by anyone who even remotely likes hazelnuts, to be quite good. Depending on how much you like them, it may be great. The smell is - as advertised - that of hazelnuts along with sweet, toasty caramel-laden malts. I'm not huge on hazelnuts but I'm having a heck of a time getting my nose out from this glass.

And I love the taste every bit as much. I understand the title is straightforward enough but for anyone still ensure as to what to expect: liquid Nutella, praline ice cream, chocolate-hazelnut truffles, hazelnut butter, and Frangelico. It may be via the use of an extract but Rogue has certainly captured the flavour of hazelnut.

I don't find it overly artificial tasting either. (OK, maybe just a little.) But I'm more than happy to overlook it because I've also been provided a nice maltiness to go along with it. A variety of malts were used to ensure all the flavour and texture needed. Indeed, this malt bill would have been 'nutty' enough without the extract.

Besides the obvious hazelnut (which I can almost sense crunching down on) the beer also draws to mind other wonderfully delicious treats - pecan pie, maple syrup, caramel custard, chocolate brownies and sugary sweet confections such as brittles. I wouldn't think you have to be a huge fan of nuts to agree this is one tasty, flavoursome beverage.

For some unexplainable reason this triggers in me thoughts of autumn. I'm not promising it will do the same for you but with every sniff and every sip comes to mind the harvest, colourful foliage, cooling winds, shortening days and all the comforts of going back inside again. Any beer capable of conjuring this kind of sentimentality certainly impresses me.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:00:06 | More by biegaman
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker beer, light brown, some red in the light prism. Nuttyaroma, euro hop smell.

Nutty and malty, but not overly thickening. Thinner than the appearance. Kinda tastes like it has oats even though the ingredients say no such thing. Chocolate nuts. Very slight chocolate. A real malt bomb without being thick. Not for hopheads. Always pricey when it comes to these guys.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 22:45:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and deep auburn appearance. Head is airy and fluffy. Retention is pretty good. Lace is sticky. Aroma is chocolatey, nutty, malty and a little spicy. The taste is smooth and nutty. Hazelnut is definitely there, but there's also a very appealing cocoa powder presence. The bittersweet characteristics of the chocolate/roasted malt/hop blend is pretty nice. Lingering dry cocoa and roasted nuts leave you yearning for more. The body is about medium full and the mouthfeel nicely carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 03:49:34 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appeared a deep tomato red against natural lighting, with a frothy, whipped sandy-beige colored head, that despite its small statue, stuck around for the long run. The lacing was clean while the visible carbonation was strong.

S: Hazelnut coffee appears in moderate strength on the initial impression. Milky whipped chocolate, sweet, with some fresh powdery cocoa lacing appearing on the end. A desert like nuttiness.

T: The flavor seemed a bit thin at the start, not as rich or nutty as the nose led me to believe. Things quickly change with a dry hazelnut powdery presence that moves in along with some milky chocolate on the finish that was sweet and desert like. A malty residual finish, loaded with hazelnut gives this some substance as well a touch of cocoa powder adding a new dimension and complexity to the brown style.

M: Medium feel and malty lush character. A light sense of carbonation despite its strong visual appeal. A powdery fell of hazelnut closes things out quite nicely upon the swallow.

D: Good drinkability, perhaps best as a desert style beer. As a brown the hazelnut offers extra layering and complexity delivering a sweet extra something that works perfectly with the malting. Very worthy try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 02:03:45 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Rogue Ales
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 6.20 %

LOOK: Deep brown in color, excellent clarity. Soapy white foam forms leaving some lace behind.

SMELL: Vanilla, brown sugar, hazelnut coffee, espresso.

TASTE: Malt sweetness, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla upfront. In the aftertaste there is a nutty vanilla note that can be attributed to the hazelnuts used in brewing. There is little bitterness or alcohol flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Vanilla and hazelnut flavors linger on the palette.

OVERALL: As solid as a brown ale that you can find. A bit sweet, but also very tasty. Would pair nicely with most desserts.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 16:23:14 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear red-brown colour with nice red highlights. The head poured a little thin, but had a pleasant-looking light brown colour with good retention and stickage.

Smell: Chocolately malts along with nuts are dominant, with a light (herbal?) hoppiness. My wife commented that this smelled just like a chocolate bar, and she was right.

Taste: Rich, nutty flavour seemed to come partly from the hazelnut extract and partly from the malt. Nice balance between bitterness, chocolate and roasted malts. Bitterness becomes stronger at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium/high carbonation with a medium body. The smooth, creamy texture was very nice.

Drinkability: This is a great dessert beer. Not overly sweet or strong, but suited for drinking with sweets. It paired really well with a slice of chocolate pecan pie.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 01:52:26 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

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

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh in Atlanta.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly nutty. There's also a sweet butterscotch aroma.

Tastes good. Sweet malts and nut up front ending with a mild bitterness. The butterscotch is also there, although not as intense as it is in the smell.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness isn't great, but it's by no means watery. Carbonation is just right, and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good, although the sweetness is a bit overpowering. The first glass went down easily, but I can't see myself having more than one of these at a time.

Overall it's another solid beer from Rogue. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 02:44:48 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria.

The beer is brown with an inch or so of head. Smells of hazelnut, nuts, malt, vanilla, sugar. Pretty sweet, so one pint is plenty. Nice flavor. I'm a huge fan of hazelnuts / hazelnut flavor, and this beer delivers. Well balanced and tasty, although a bit sweet. Still, a solid effort, and I'm a sucker for hazelnuts. I enjoy having this every now and again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 03:51:15 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gusler

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer disembogues a transpicuous deep ruby color with a Bunyanesque sized head that is spumescent in texture and a beauteous tan color, as it ever so slowly transmogrifies the lace forms a thick and glutinous sheet to meld with the glass. A sweet nutlike malted aroma dominates, hints of vanilla, quite fresh and clean, start quite sweet with the top a bit thin for my liking. Finish is moderate in carbonation with the hops personable in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste with a lingering bittersweet flavor, drinkable as all Rogue beers are, but certainly not their best “Whatever” the name.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 19:50:19 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

I tasted this blind May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tenderbranson69.

A - A slightly darker than medium brown w/ a moderate light tan head w/ pin sized bead. Almost crimson when held to the light -dark copper w/ good clarity and moderately fast rising bubbles indicating effervescence.

S - Roasty-über roasted w/barley aroma, coffee and ultra nutty w/ a rich hazelnut and light biscuit element

M - Malt and nut elements combine w/ a fruity yeast and cereal malt sweetness that has a slight creamy texture from medium carbonation

T - Hazelnut's sweetness and roasted flavor's blend w/ a nice sweet caramel malt and light chocolate malt flavor. Mild hopping allows the 'nectar' to stand out w/ a light tropical hint and wood w/ a lasting roast flavor in the finish like an alcoholic version of hazelnut coffee w/ smooth creamy tastes. A taste that really owes more to hazelnut, but the base beer is a mighty decent tasting brown

D - Just great even as I remembered having it in the bottle before, the nut flavor of the hazelnut makes this one of the best flavored browns.Rogue deserves praise for this -a top notch brown ale, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 16:51:06 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Dark brown with a thin one-finger head. Left some lacing from when the head was still settling.

Aroma: Malty and toasty with a hint of hazelnut and even chocolate in the nose. Mellow for a brown ale.

Taste: Rich and toasty upfront with strong hazelnut flavor. Smooth in the middle. Hazelnut flavor sticks to the back of the tongue. Malty. Mildly chewy. Flavorful and simple.

Mouthfeel: Hazelnut! Like eating one of those chocolate hazelnut candies, but in a beer. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable.

Verdict: Very nice ale. Smooth, drinkable and the hazelnut is a nice perk. I can't believe I waited so long to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 23:38:40 | More by Brad007
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Big four finger brown/yellow head that is foamy forms out of the bottle. Really looks foamy but never stops and sort turns into styrofoam. Body is a very nice dark red and somewhat clear but the color turns dark making it look opaque. VERY nice looking drink here, even without any sticky lacing.

Bouquet is a great mix of nutty cream sensations. Husky nut shell and hints of chocolate creamyness. Smells like chocolate nuts but more not than sweetness. Really impressive! Small hint of heat strangely and some roast character.

Cream feel, and smell sensation all comes together in the palate wondefully. It's there in taste and in feel. Light nut tannic qualities on the finish, milk cream coffee sensations and flavor, silky texture in the swallow, with a simple solid malty finish. Faint hint of tobacco on the finish as well, but very small and only after some repeated sips.

Wow I was not expecting this beer to be this good this is fantastic, this is almost like drinking dairy creamer it's so good.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 19:00:11 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of the malt notes with the big hazelnut presence. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, hazelnut, brown bread, light floral, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; and lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, brown sugar, hazelnut, and brown bread on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with only a moderate amount of hazelnut; not nearly as robust in flavor as I expected from the aromas; and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that was good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good flavored brown ale. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. May have been an old bottle, but there is no way to know for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:49:05 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear mahogany in color with some reddish highlights and light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces by about 50% and leaves a half finger thick layer over the entire surface of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a nice backdrop of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness that provides the platform for the wonderful hazelnut notes.

T: The flavors really follow the aromas for the beer... There is a very nice caramel malt body with wonderful buttery hazelnut flavors. The flavors of the hazelnut are not as strong as the aroma. Sweet upfront with some very light bitterness which does not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. There is a nice complexity to the taste and smell of the beer, including the inclusion of the hazelnut. Definitely a beer I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 22:18:00 | More by dbrauneis
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 21/9/11

A hazy reddish brown with a thumbs width of foam that quickly falls to a thin film that leaves a few random patches of lace

S some nuttella spread and faint milk chocolate, a little earthy, smells like a chocolate bar I want too eat

T as it smells but with a faint fruity aspect but its a little sour, very nutty for sure with a slight chocolate flavor too back it up

M somewhat thin but just enough bubbles too give it some life, flavors linger faintly for some time

O decent but I'm surprised its on the beers of fame list, tastes a little fake and I guess its from extract

not blown away by this one but still very easy too drink, if you like hazelnut this ones for you

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 01:42:51 | More by wordemupg
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Tone

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and grain. Fits the style of American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and grain. Overall, a rich and complex beer. Cloying aroma but a nice addition of hops cuts that affect in the taste. I didn't get a lot of nut, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 03:49:17 | More by Tone
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Same beer as the regular HazelNut, so I am providing the same score. Kudos to Rogue for not making a run-of-the-mill Brown Ale. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light tan head. Nice spidery lacing. Huge caramel aroma along with the telltale hazelnut. Somewhat rich with a nice mixture of malt, nuts, caramel and hops in the flavor. The finish is rich and nutty. I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 13:35:08 | More by Dogbrick
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 21:15:27 | More by kylehay2004
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber to brown in color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, sweet to dry nuttiness and a sweet malt. In the taste, sticky-sweet nuttiness and a sweet malt. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, sweet nuttiness in the aftertaste. Sticky sweet that can be a bit much when it gets warmer, but mostly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 20:35:57 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't tell much difference between this and the other hazelnut brew Rogue makes except it seems to have more extractness to it. Nice solid dark brown color with some dark orangey glowing edges, thin but firm creamy dark ivory head, faded off slowly, lace in small spots. Smell is light roasty chocolate and a big time hazelnut extractness to it, some wiffs have more hazelnut then others where others were nearly empty. Taste is about as smooth as the other hazelnut beer with some lightly favorable chocolate tones and hazelnuts, slightly roasty and a touch of quick sweetness. Nice airy nut-like dryness in the finish, yet stays sweet. Perhaps a bit too much in that regards. Again with some sips the extract is more evident then others. Seemingly off a bit comparingly to the original. Still, a nice creamy medium body encompasses it while it maintains an overall smoothness and drinkability. Good, but the extract stood out a bit too much then what the original portrays. However, it is quite nice and wouldn't turn it down for nothing and; albiet it's a bit one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 06:37:06 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque chocolaty brown with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Strongly malty aroma has undertones of chocolate and molasses. Rich, thick flavor has a firm tone of molasses and hints of unsweetened chocolate and roast coffee. Texture is smooth and thick, almost like fizzy milk. Excellent!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 00:19:34 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly powerful aroma of malt, that brown ale nuttiness, and some fruit.

T: Tasted mainly of the nutty quality (the hazelnut I assume), roasted malt, some dark fruits, and a light amount of hops. Easily the most complex, flavorful and enjoyable brown ale I've tasted.

M: A lot of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a brilliant example of an American Brown Ale. Sweet-tasting, lots of personality, well-balanced - everything you want.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 12:06:49 | More by avalon07
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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