Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by kbub6f on 08-27-2001

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - dark brown/amber with a very thin tan head that doesn't really stick around
S - Rich malt and a good amount nuttiness which is likely the hazelnut
T - A lot of malt and barely with a solid amount of hazelnut flavor. There's a slight roastiness to the flavor profile which is nice. There's also a little bit of vanilla in there and some toffee notes in there as well.
F - light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation - I would have liked this one to have a fuller/thicker feel to it.
O - Overall this is a great brown ale with great malt and barely flavors paired well with hazelnut. My only wish is that it was a little fuller in terms of feel which I believe would really bring out the robustness of the flavor profile and make this a decadent beer.

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Photo of SFUprof
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle pours a nice amber with a thin head. It has a fair hazelnut taste with vanilla touches. I believe it has excellent taste, a good finish and begs for another. This is a beer you savor and enjoy, not gulp.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for about $8 CDN. Produced July 25, 2016. This edition is advertised at 5.6% ABV.

Appearance - pours a most clear honey brown color with some amber hues. A decadent and fluffy finger and change of light beige head is poured with impressive staying power. Some frothy lacing sticks around the sides of the glass for a good long while.

Smell - nuts and honey are the initial impression with some gentle smelling coarse grain in the background. Not a lot else, but light and an easy to digest aromatic bouquet.

Taste - nuts are certainly the focus with some gentle grassy hops and a sweetness that is reminiscent of honey. Could be a little caramel in there too but the sweetness is rather restrained, giving for a very wholesome taste.

Mouthfeel - super smooth and light bodied for a near 6% ABV brew. Carbonation is active but melds nicely. Feels like a very good nut brown ale.

Overall - this delight reminds me of another of my favourite nut ales, the one from Samuel Smith. Light bodied, easy drinking with a great flavor profile and an attractive aroma, what's not to like other than the price. Certainly worth a Try and probably a repeat tasting as well.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; at first glance, it appears to be a medium brown in color, but when held to the light, it is a reddish ruby; less than a 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: milk chocolate, nutty, roasted grains;

T: milk chocolate for a moment, then nutty with roasted grains; there is something a little sharp about the flavor - it's not especially smooth drinking; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: a let down for sure; good, but not great;

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Photo of singletary
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a amber color with a thin head and lots of carbonation. The smell is of of chocolate and coffee. Taste is of mild chocolate to start with then about halfway the hazelnut comes through. Overall a sweet drink that really is pleasant and enjoyable.

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Photo of Matthew_Warfield
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic brown. Notes of hazelnut and oddly enough pumpkin. Full bodied mouthfeel and a delicious roasted malt flavor. Everything you want in a brown with none of the odd flavor notes so common in this style. Well done Rogue!

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at the LCBO, listed at 5.6%. Dated Jul 25 2016 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a dark copper-bronze colour; holding the glass to the light reveals its clarity, as well as some brilliant crimson red hues. One inch of frothy, light beige-coloured head dissipates over the next minute or three, leaving behind a thin, creamy cap and collar. I'm getting lots of hazelnut on the nose, in addition to cocoa, white chocolate and vanilla. Hints of sponge toffee, pecan and toasty, earthy, nutty goodness. Love the aroma on this one.

Tons of hazelnut flavour to sift through here, with the additional presence of chocolate/cocoa butter flavours giving it a bit of a Nutella vibe at points. Hints of coffee, pecan and cashew, with subtle vanilla flavours surfacing on the back end; finishes with a nutty, chocolatey note and some light earthy, herbal hop bitterness that doesn't quite manage to overpower the more saccharine facets of the profile. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation levels that gently nudge the surface of the palate, imparting a very low-level bite to the texture of this otherwise soft, exceptionally smooth brown ale. Easy to drink, but I don't think it's something I'd want to drink one after another.

Final Grade: 4.08, an impressive A-. Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar is an undeniably solid American brown - although if you happen to feel that the hazelnut extract flavour is a bit overplayed, I can see where you're coming from. As someone who enjoys that flavour, it didn't really bug me - but people who are more sensitive to hazelnut might find this to be a little too sweet and cloying for their tastes. Worth picking up while it's available in Ontario, if you're at all a fan of malt-forward browns.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer! Lots of hazelnut, vanilla nuttiness. Wish the ABV was a little higher or maybe even an imperial version. Currently sipping on a 'Snicker's' which is half Rogue Double Chocolate Stout and Hazelnut Brown Nectar (although they will tell you to use regular chocolate stout which isn't nearly as good). And it does taste like snicker's.

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Photo of Dakin
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a fairly dark transparent amber with a nice thin head and a good bit of carbonation.

Smell: Strong caramel and milk chocolate with a very faint alcohol smell. Smells delicious.

Taste: Roasted malts up front with slight chocolate in the middle similar to a light chocolate stout. Slight toffee/caramel in there as well. Tiny bit of hops at the end but very smooth like I like my beers to be. Excellent brown ale.

Feel: Good amount of carbonation and a little thin in the mouth but this works.

Overall: This is really good and drinkable. Perfect beer for late fall, would go great with Thanksgiving dinner. Will be buying again. 8/10.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet toffee nutty. Taste is sweet hazelnut honey like with a malty hazelnut finish. Too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light brown appearance, red toward the edge. 1/2" off white head. Nutty aroma, mild hops.

Taste, not bad, a little sweet, a little malty, better than mass produced brown ales for sure. Tiny bit of chocolate malt? I like the complexity from the malts, but not much else going on. Nothing off flavor wise. Better than average for style.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.64/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

From decervecitas. In Teku glass. After dinner. Too much hazelnut here, in aroma and aftertaste, so much that even makes me want to puke. I like hazelnuts, but this is excessive

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle Bristol Beer Shop - Pours dark brown with a thin tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - light nutty feel. Taste - sweetish light non overpowering nutty foretaste, roasted malty backnotes, light bitter finish. Nut feel works really nicely in this clearly lovingly brewed ale.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Brewing - I can't remember the last time I had one from this brewer, but if this is my first, I am impressed.

Full disclosure - I am a dark beer lover and these brown ales always catch my eye in the beer aisle and I'm glad this one did. Though out of the glass it pours very little head or lacing, the beer has this unique coloration to it. It reminded me of a very water coffee, liquid caramel, all with a haziness that I found quite appealing when normally I don't. The smell was a good and strong odor of hazelnut with caramel notes all mixing well with the ale. The mouthfeel was smooth, carbonated, but no detraction due to the fizz. Taste-wise I found it very smooth, easy to drink, and was able to pull out the hazelnut notes that made for a slight guzzling of the brew. Overall, it was a very good beer, I was impressed with it smell, unique look, and taste that made me wish I had more. I guess I gotta go gets me some...

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Photo of Superjimbob
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is just so rich and nutty. I only have 1-2 bottles at a time as it's a special flavor that needs to be savored when your taste buds are ready for action. And there's coffee too. It's just an excellent beer. You could pop this one open at breakfast and drink with your pancakes. Seriously.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L : Pours a light chestnut color with hints of cola, and forms a tea-like body with 1 finger of rooty head.

S : Pure hazelnut bliss. A hint of coffee bean and cashew behind it, along with a jar of assorted grains and some musty brewery air.

T : Hazelnut comes first, but in a 2-D, non-sweet way; firm nuttiness and cashew follow, with a spread of roast malts and toffee. It ends as it starts, semi-sweet; not quite as musky and upfront as hazelnut, but more smooth and subdued like toffee.

F : Lots of soda-like carbonation, with a semi-dry, slightly chalky finish. I could have done with a smoother feel overall.

O : Hazelnut Brown Nectar may be the best Brown Ale on the planet. It's delicious, not too overly sweet, and does what it advertises. It's an enjoyment, much like a Heath bar. Try it, you'll like it.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: brown, with some head but not much, and not that good head retention.
Smell: Full of hazelnut taste.
Taste: Very nutty, a lot of hazelnut. Not too sweet though. Also, a little bit watery for a "nectar". If left out a little bit, the hoppiness starts to come out more.
Feel: Light-medium body. Some hoppiness aftertaste.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
2.89/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank on draft and poured to a teku glass on Cerveteca, Lisbon.

A: The body is black to brown with a beige head that has no retention. Lacing is non-existent. Yet, the body appears to be great, more like a coffee based beer with less opaqueness.
S: The aroma is filled with hazelnut. This could be great if the phenolic and alcoholic profiles didn't show up here. As a "fruit beer"/Brown Ale, I want it to be less alcoholic than the aroma tells me.
T: This is clearly a problem for me. The taste has clearly two very different and very distinct profiles: hazelnut (obviously) and malt. But these two appear to just make a weird combination. I'm not very fond of this flavor.
M: The mouthfeel is medium to high. The end of the sip is not bitter nor very sweet. It's kinda mid-way between both but a bit more salty.
O: In general, I believe that hazelnut should be saved to use in the real world in other appliances. Not beer.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy light brown color, half finger off-white head, minimal carbonation.

S: Hazelnut aroma all the way.

T: Hazelnut taste all the way. Malty finish.

F: Highly drinkable, smooth.

O: Great desert beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Brown, no head, big bubbles

S - you said hazelnut?

T - Hazelnut all over natural but quite subtle. Herbal hops and chocolate malts

F - a bit thin

O - A good session beer

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Photo of grawp57
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow! poured a 22 oz in a pint glass. Deep honey brown color with little head. You can really smell and taste the hazelnut. Smooth, malty, not too sweet. I am partial to browns and this is one of the best.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear tan-brown body, coarse light tan head that fades to a mere ring. Smell is instantly appealing with semisweet toasted nuts and semisweet caramel, key prefix being semi; appealing to the shallow but not cloying to the sensitive. There is also a touch of vanilla and wood, as if it were oak-aged. The flavor gets approved for a loan on property in Yumtown; the focus is on sweet hazelnut/toasted nut extract, vanilla, caramel, and a balancing presence of wood, smoke, and burnt bitterness like a creme brulee; what is burnt, I do not know, as I am only a mortal human being. All I know is that the very sweet Nutella-verging sweetness has met its clandestine equal. Body is full and somewhat sticky, with moderate carbonation.
Welcome to Yumtown, USA. Much good. Just when I feared my sweetooth had been pandered to by cheap extracts, a rich, honest, complex, planned malt backbone and balancing bitterness/spice entered the framework and made it a balanced, mature brew. Guys, I'm not fucking around anymore, this is seriously good.

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Photo of 99acdcfan
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A 22 oz bottle poured into a Hefe glass, minimal head with a honey brown color. Smell was as advertised, nutty and malty. I really liked the taste, a nice subtle sweetness that pairs very well with the hazelnut. The hops are minimal for balance so as not to interfere with the hazelnut. Tremendous beer overall, well done to Rogue Ales.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 3 fingers medium tan over a slightly cloudy copper body, high visible carbonation, patchy lace

S - hazelnut, caramel, toffee, hint of butter, vanilla; very pleasant

T - very nutty; hazelnut, light caramel/toffee sweetness, touch of vanilla, grassy hops; nutty aftertaste

M - smooth & creamy medium body, high carbonation

O - This is good for a sweet brown ale. The aroma towers above everything else.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My taste buds came alive. Want is that delicious flavor? It’s hazelnut as in my favorite liqueur- Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. I was served this in a flight for which I didn’t pay attention to the names of each beer. Of course if I’d read the label I’d have seen "hazelnut" in the description. This is a beer I’ll go back to at every opportunity.

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