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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,137 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,137
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 147
Gots: 196 | 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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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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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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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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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-29-2011 23:14:33 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-05-2011 04:35:40 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 22oz bomber.
Poured a nice shiny brown, with good 1 1/2 finger head. But the head was gone before I sat down, no lacing, no nothing. I was confused.
Smell of sweet malt, some caramel, maple and brown sugar.
Taste was sweet. Mostly maple and some hazelnut; tones of walnut and caramel. No hops to speak of.
An oily feeling. Thin. Smooth, yet sweet.
Can't drink this again. Nothing there to hang my hat on. From Rogue? Hmm...maybe this was a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 23:36:52 | More by Mebuzzard
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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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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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mdaschaf

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper/amber color with a half finger of beige head on top. It quickly reduced to a thin ring around the top. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of roasted nuts, hazelnut, caramel, and a little bit of maple even.

T: Lots of hazelnut flavor, some caramel and maple again. On the sweeter side, very light hop bite as well.

M: Medium bodied, on the creamier side for a brown, nice level of carbonation.

O: Really nice, the hazelnut flavor really does a good job in the brown ale. A nice easy drinking beer, if it was in 12oz bottles would pick it up more regularly.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:53:04 | More by mdaschaf
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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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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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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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tdm168

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a a brown amber color with a thin lacing of head. Smells is malty with a great deal of hazelnut coming through. Taste is sweet, malty, nutty; roasted and caramel malts with a great amount of hazelnut. So well balanced. Very low carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Overall, this was a great beer. The hazelnut was definitely the main focus in nose and taste, but did not overwhelm the senses. What a great change of pace from the typical brown ale. I would be willing to trade my next cup of specialty coffee for this any time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 08:57:10 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-17-2013 08:39:46 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-09-2012 19:53:15 | More by sendbeer
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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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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2014 21:51:12 | More by afsdan
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-21-2011 01:12:52 | More by PEIhop
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-09-2012 18:07:08 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in a stemmed stubby flute.

A: A fine dark brown color; Cloudy with a sudsy/creamy head. Head has only a short life.

S: Aroma of light malt is nearly buried under the powerful aroma of roasted hazelnuts.

T: A remarkable nutty flavor; unusual, but true to the "Hazelnut Brown" label. Markedly nutty; more so than any beer I can remember. This component is mainly hazelnut but there is a bit of generic roasted nut flavor there too. It finishes with an extravagant roasted hazelnut and malt flavor, with hints of chocolate, oats, and spicy hops. Excellent bitter/sweet balance.

M: smooth; rather full bodied; excellent, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a world-class nut brown ale. Not to be missed by any beer aficionado, this is an easy-drinking beer I'll be recommending to others.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 23:21:37 | More by chinchill
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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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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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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-23-2012 04:05:22 | More by Zaphog
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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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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown with 2 finger head

Smell: roasted malts, slight smoke

Taste: sweet, big roasted flavor, nutty

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, very smooth

drinkability: easy to drink one of better beers from this company.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 20:04:26 | More by THECPJ
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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