Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

4,172 Ratings
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 mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Evolution pint glass.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head only lasts for a few seconds and leaves no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, toasted malts, hazelnuts, light vanilla, and bready malts. Very malty but pretty nice.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, vanilla, bready malts, toasted and burnt malts, and light nuts/hazelnut. More vanilla or cream than the nose which I like; a step up.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good brown ale. I liked the taste a little more than the nose, due to more vanilla/cream. Was pretty easy to drink a whole bomber, would have it again.

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Photo of LoganMc
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of openmind
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22 oz brown bottle into a chimay chalice.

This beer pours a deep carmel color with a 1/2 inch head. You can smell the hazelnuts in this brew and some other nuttyness mabey almonds.

Taste is malty no real noticable hops here a bit bitter on the finish. The head dissapears fairly quickly with minimal lacing. A medium bodied beer but very tasty. The taste of the nuts really explodes in your mouth. A good desert beer. If I can find this brew again I will buy some more for sure.

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Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2nd time I've drank this beer. The first time was on tap, after I had a Rogue Brutal Bitter. Doesn't seem to have as much of a hazelnut taste as I remember but it's still nice.

Appearance- Very beautiful mahogany/brownish color. Poor head retention and poor lacing.

Smell- Faint malty/nutty smell. No hoppy aroma present. The weakest trait of this beer.

Taste- Quite surprising. The first thing you notice is the strong hazelnut flavor. Very pleasent. A almost chocolaty roasted malt profile matches the nutty flavor nicely. The faint bitterness of the hops don't seem to contribute much.

Mouthfeel- Very nice for this brew. Mediumish carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty damn good in moderation. I'm enjoying a 22oz bottle now but no way I could handle any more than that. Terrific desert beer or delicious when following a Brutal Bitter :)

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

Glass - Sam Adams perfect pint

A - pours a very nice clear deep brown with some ruby tints. Fairly long lasting off white head.

S - toasty caramel malts. A light nuttyness. Some mild spicy hop presance.

T - toasty malts are at the forefront of this brew. Followed by a mild hazelnut flavor. Some light hop bitterness, a mild acidity, and some alcohol warming round it out to a nice dry finish.

M - very smooth. Medium bodied. Medium high carbonation.

D - easy drinking ale. Complex and flavorful but not over powering in the least. Solid brew.

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Photo of bditty187
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish-red hue, foamy beige head, about a finger and a half in size, faded quickly to half that amount, a large collar developed. No lace. Very lovely nose, hazelnuts dominate, light chocolate underneath, I found it rather simple but exceptionally appealing. Good potency. The palate is tasty (and pretty much what the nose indicated): hazelnuts, almonds, and a kiss of chocolate, individualistic sweetness, toasty like Fat Tire, the bitterness is largely absent. Good complexity but not on multiple levels. The hazelnut flavor becomes a little much after 22 ounces. The carbonation is moderate but caressing and natural, medium body. Easy drinking. This is a very solid offering from Rogue, not as bold or as hoppy as I expected. It doesn’t blow me away… it is very solid and respectable. Its nothing I’d drink regularly, it needs to be paired with food. You, however, should try one!

$5.00 in Omaha.

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Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown/ruby coloration. Little head unfortunately, but still a nice looking beer. This brown ale has quite the unique and potent aroma. Sweet maple, toasted malt, bread, pastry, hazelnut - like a nectareous dessert. Taste is also sweet, nutty, even fruity (apple?) in the finish. Rich and flavorful, smooth, thick, and robust with light carbonation.

I might sound crazy but I could see this going very well with waffles or french toast. Very sweet and full-flavored yet, perhaps a bit much. I'd probably have to switch it up after a glass or two. Still, you have to respect Rogue for not creating your typical brown ale.

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Photo of bultrey
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Cola-esque brown color with a thin head that is retained throughout. The smell here is quite remarkable -- caramalized brown sugar and some definite nutiness -- it just smells like a candy bar. Then the first sip -- and I'm a little disappointed. It's good, it just doesn't live up to the aroma. The brown sugar is there momentarily up front, and the hazelnut flavor is alos apparent, but this quickly dissolves into a relatively thin and astringent finish. This actually makes the brew a bit more quaffable than your average brown ale. I suspect this would be better on draft, and would welcome a pint in the future.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color with amber hues. Dense tan head pours two fingers thick with smoe retention. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Roasted grain. Dark fruit. Bread.

T: Roasted and sweet malts dominate the font end of this brew and are followed by a soft pine hop presence that tickles the tongue and gives this brew balance. Tastes of milk chocolate and the sweetness of dark fruit come into play. More roasted malts with a faint smoke touch. Hazelnut is'nt overdone and melds perfectly with the other flavors in this beer.

M: Creamy and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A well crafted brew. Good balance for a brown ale. One serving is plenty as this beer is very sweet. An after diner brew. Recommended.

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Photo of drews240
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marc77
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear tawny bister hue. Stiff, burly light beige head leaves sticky, sparse lace. Hazelnut coated burnt chocolate cookie dominates the smoothly sweet, dessert like aroma. Becomes richer as it warms, with butterscotch laden, Werther's Original hints surfacing and adding a candy like complement. Seemingly more intense aromawise than the original Hazelnut Ale. Melted, buttery toffee in a pot of hazelnut infused liquid chocolate is the dominant malt impression. Malt sweetness is well integrated and controlled, and is of a stately, simple dark lovibond caramel nature. Hop bitterness is mild and serves only to taper residual sugar to prevent cloying sweetness. Trace minty noble esque hop flavor jives well with the obvious cocoa and hazelnut presence. Subtle, inobtrusive, brown malt derived singed biscuit tones arise as the beer warms. Medium bodied at best, with a mouthfeel ample in dextrins, but shy in proteinaceous viscosity. Finishes buttery with lingering carob and oil roasted hazelnut hints. A very tasty brew, yes, but seemingly not quite as balanced as its predecessor. It's more of a dessert beer or "beer cordial" now, due to the lower perceived bitterness. A fine brew, regardless.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with a large tan head. Retention is pretty standard for a brown.

Smells like hazelnut Cheerios. Syrupy hazelnut and brown sugar with a cocao powder fade. Smooth Pacman yeast.

Not outstanding at first impression, Rogue Hazelnut progressively grew on me until it was gone and I wish I had bought more.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dodge408
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfreeze
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markaberrant
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown, red can be seen when held up to light. Agressive pours yields a small head which recedes almost instantly. Carbonation is quite noticable.

Smells of sweet alcohol, caramel/toffee candy, with a hint of nut. Might be some hops in there too, but not overly noticable. Pleasing.

Taste is noticable toffee to start, then some noble hop flavour. Hazelnut and dry chocolate show up in the finish. Hazelnut becomes much more distinct as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick enough to provide a lingering sweetness which works with the style.

Drinkability is slightly above average. While this beer is not "overly" sweet, it is still balanced towards malt, but it is a simple malt.

A pleasing brown ale, but nothing exciting either. I guess I was expecting something a little different, and I thought the hazelnut extract would be more pronounced.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and dark, a reddish mahogany. I like the color very much, but the khaki head is there and gone immediately. Smells of molasses and toffee, sweet coffee and roasted nuts.

Tastes of sweet, creamy milk chocolate and a pronounced but mellow nuttiness. Perle and Sterling hop choices give it a balancing spicy note. Not heavy, but substantial, with moderate carbonation.

It's cloyingly sweet, but not unpleasantly so. Certainly not something to pull out of the fridge during the ballgame. An event beer? Company's coming, let's get a bottle or two of Hazelnut Brown Nectar for dessert.

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Photo of Vestlake
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a one finger tan head and great lacing. Aroma is hazelnut and chocolate. Taste is a basically the same as the aroma. Great mouthfeel. This beer is a little on the sweet side, but overall, I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely buy again .

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this pint with a thin but healthy head that had gone by the time i drank a third. Color impossible to comment on due to extreme darkness of bar. I didn't really smell anything either.

This beer tastes amazing. It starts off with a very light roasted bitterness that splashes right into a deep nutty flavor before going to molasses flavors that can even have some chocolate tones. Creamy-ass mouthfeel. Nectar indeed.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a beautiful clear chestnut color with a big frothy 2-finger head. The nose was slightly toasty and floral, promising roasted malt and a whiff of vanilla. I found the nose to be a bit disappointing, but perhaps I over-chilled this one.

The beer has a nice, mild flavor typical of a good brown ale. There's a light roasted malt flavor accompanied by some hazelnut, toast, and caramel. Some mild hoppy dryness starts to develop around mid-palate and follows to the finish.

This was a good brown ale, and very true to its style, but I was honestly hoping for more of a novelty beer (a candy-bar in a bottle). The brewer went for balance here, but I think it would have been interesting to go for richness instead. I don't think the hazelnut flavors complement the hops very well, but they do complement the malt. Combining hazelnut with a sweeter, richer beer that has more residual malt would be interesting. Still, this was a very nice brown ale and should be enjoyed by anyone who likes this style.

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Photo of CU570M
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at the Yardhouse in San Diego, CA. Was served with a thin white head, that last about a minute. Cherry wood color in the body. Mild woody smells. i couldn't pick much else apart because i think i may have had a cold. Creamy frothy feeling going down with the post mouthfeel being dry. I would say the drinkability on this one is pretty high. They didn't go overboard with this one. Perfect for a brown!! Too many beer companies just go to the extreme just for the sake of being extreme. It was nice to have a regular great tasting beer for once. Was sweet till the last drop.

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Photo of dciskey
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a tumbler with about an inch of pretty bubbly tan head that dissapates quickly. No retention or lace, which suprised and dissapointed me. The beer itself is a nice reddish-brown.

Smell is sweet, with hazelnut and some doughy malt. Taste is malt, a touch of chocolate, and hazelnut. Very sweet but not excessively so. Mouthfeel is decent--a little thicker than average with light carbonation. Since I like sweet/malty beers, I could drink this for a while, especially with a little something to munch on just in case. It's a real bummer that there's no head retention or lacing; this beer taste good and I wish it looked good too. I'm not sure it's a bad bottle, since the taste is good, so I'm confused, given other people's reviews.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin off-white head and dark ruby brown body that disappeared quickly.

Definite hazelnut and chocolate smell. Perhaps even some caramel.

Definite coffee taste. Tastes like a dark coffee with a very modest amount of creamer.

Mouthfeel is a bit too watery for the amount of hoppiness, I was hoping for a bit of creaminess.

Interesting beer with plenty of character, but not my preference.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,172 ratings.
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