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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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Reviews: 1,428 | Ratings: 4,100
Photo of dungaree
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and very dark brown. Not a lot of head but interesting at the same time. Smells of caramel and malt but could have more in the nose.

Taste is awesome! It's like drinking a great beer and eating a candy bar at the same time. I don't give "5's" often for taste, but this one is truly exceptional and different than anything I've had.

It starts with a touch of honey on the front of the tongue, hints of chocolate in the middle, and a big, bold caramel finish on the back. All the while the alcohol prickles on the tongue and blend well with very tasty malt characters. The best part is about a second or two after swallowing this fine nectar, sweet caramel and white chocolate notes resonate throughout the mouth and sinuses.

Excellent brew. Great drinkability. My only regret is I bought only one of these. I will be stocking up!

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Photo of fastfwd
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review. I couldn't resist reviewing this one. This beer is such a treat! Nice thick tan head by the time I poured the second glass (first was a little too cold I guess). Began with a nice mild chocolate malt taste, very creamy, smooth, full mouthfeel, and finished with a little bit of hop, but just enough to keep it interesting. Left a hint of coffee and maybe toffee taste in my mouth. Wow, this is a great beer. If I could only have one beer a day I could live on just one of these a day. I'm really impressed with the Rouge beers so far.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown body with an almost ruby hue. Visually appealing. About an inch head w/mild retention.

S: Heavy toasted malt notes w/coffee and chocolate overtones. A hint of spice or fruit somewhere in the background, with a nutty caramel scent.

T & M: Syrupy chocolate and nut flavor with a nice balanced carbonation. Slight caramel notes present. Pleasing to the palate, not overly powerful. Extremely smooth and full-bodied.

D: Would enjoy several in a session. Very drinkable and a great finish makes this beer almost a dessert in and of itself.

What a treat. Rogue definitely hits off a balance of flavor with this one, bouncing a number of matching notes off the malty side of this brew. A 22 oz. bomber is a great way to cap off the night.

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Photo of jaluria
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dark brown color with a dense tan-colored head that has excellent retention and a soapy density. I smell roasted malts along with toasted bread and smoked/burnt nuts. The taste is incredible! A blast of coffee, nuts, brown sugar, and sweet malts. Rich and complex and yet not intimidating. The finish is bittersweet with a hint of semi-sweet cocoa. An excellent beer that can be had over and over again with ease.

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Photo of hegelec
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650 mL bomber into a nonic pint glass. Beautiful deep ruby/brown with a nice thick, offwhite head that isn't going anywhere. Great lacing. Gorgeous.

Aroma is deep and malty. Beautiful graininess, with obvious nutty accents from the "hazelnut nectar". Caramels and crusty bread. Subdued floral hops. Metallic notes. This promises to taste fantastic.

Beautiful balance between the bitter and the malty is obvious from beginning to end. Superlative. This beer is so nutty and roasty; hops are there but more for balance than for flavour. This is all about the grain and the nuts. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. Some alcohol spice is present, and the effect is pleasantly warming. The malt and hazelnut dominate the bittersweet finish. Awesome.

Medium bodied brew, with mild carbonation. This has a luxurious mouthfeel that is just sooo smooth. Drinkability is through the roof.

Great new take on the English brown ale style. Not the most complex brew, but really tasty. Try some now.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper/brown with a half inch white head which laced the glass and lasted a long time. Smells of malts, nuts, and a caramel like sweetness and the taste follows pretty closely. A nutty flavor with a sweet finish of malts and caramel.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A medium brown hue allows a little bit of light through, but this one appears very dark brown when it's not in direct light. A one finger khaki head dissipates quickly to a haze and collar, and a small amount of sudsy lace is left on the glass. Swirling brings up a thin cap, but nothing more.

S - While I'm not impressed with the appearance, this smells heavenly. Freshly baked double chocolate chip cookies and loads of sweet gooey caramel greet the nose at first, with toffee and peanut brittle showing up too. I detect very little trace of hops, but that's ok since this smells like grandma's kitchen, Panera, and a confectionery all at once!

T - The taste doesn't disappoint after that glorious nose either! The hazelnut flavors come out more in the flavor than the aroma too. Tastes like authentic maple syrup or molasses, Bavarian candied almonds, Nutella, Christmas cookies, caramel, gooey toffee candy filling, and those little chocolate chip cookies that you buy from a vending machine. Some very subdued grassy hops provide balance, and become more pronounced at the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied and lushly carbonated. Sugar coats my teeth, and provides a very sweet and candy like finish with some hop flavors that weren't there initially coming out to play.

D - Just about the best brown that I've even tasted. A little to sweet for a session brew, but perfect as an after dinner drink with desert! A really unique and expertly crafted brew.

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Photo of boilers
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - reddish brown beer with an unusual yellow-tan colored head. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma - Wonderful hazelnut aroma with some malt.

Flavor - Same hazelnut flavor as aroma. Good malt backbone. Hops take a back seat. Medium carbonation and medium weight. This beer has good balance between the flavor components and is very drinkable.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had me thinking the moment I tasted it. Hmmm..The taste is unusual, full of toasty goodness and with a coffee overtone. I like the nuttiness and I must admit the hazelnut presence got my attention immeadiately. Ok, Ok, I'm a big fan of dark, flavorful beers. This is no secret if you've read any of my reviews that deal with porters, scotch ales, deep ambers, stouts, ect.. However this one is just "different", and I mean that in a good way. This is my first sampling from the Rogue Ale line and I like what I'm tasting here.
The aroma got my attention, but the taste (which has a smooth mouthfeel) keeps me contemplating the overtones each time I taste this deep mahogany brew. The initial frothy head didn't stay as long as I'd like and lacing was marginal after inital pouring of the brew. I would have expected this beer to be really sweet and not very drinkable, however there is a nice hop balance at the finish. Not too heavy in alcohol so I was able to open another "bomber" to share with the wife as the evening chill set in tonight. A very interesting offering indeed.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-2010 bottle tasted on Jan 1st 2011- (rating based on later review)
A - Deep cherry amber. Light head with low retention.

S - Sweet brown sugar, and Nutella.

T - Nutella mirrored from the nose. Lighter breads. Touch of caramel and fresh apricots.

M - Light body with a smooth sweet finish. Nice carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Great flavor and a smooth character.

-2011 bottle labled as Morimoto Hazelnut tasted May 2011- (rating based on this review)
A – Ruby maple. Lightly off-white head sits low with poor lace.

S – Great toasted pecan and hazelnut nose.

T – Huge roasted hazelnut flavor dominates the profile. Soft malt mid. Sweet pecan finish. Fantastic.

M – Light body but not watery. Lightly sweet finish with a lingering toasted hazelnut flavor.

O – The hazelnut in this beer is incredible. The toasted character is warm and soothing, with soft edges that are noticeably absent of burnt notes.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a warm whiskey brown color that is completely transparent and has a solid amount of carbonation bubbles which lead way to a very fizzy light tan colored head which lingers nicely before dissipating and leaving almost no lacing
S: a very nice scent for a brown ale, nice roasted caramel and toffee malts characteristics and a nice slight sweetness at the end which reminds me of cane sugar
T: the hazelnut really hits up front clean and clear, then it is followed up by a nice malt note, the finish is very reminiscent of black coffee and its bitterness (not like hop bitterness), after the liquid leaves the palate a slight sweetness sneaks back onto the back of the tongue
M: slight carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue up front, smooth and thin across the palate, leaves a slight bittering note on the palate
O: quite a delicious and wonderfully drinkable brown ale, hazelnut is a wonderful addition and is well balanced with the rest of the malt

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Photo of badmoon
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip from a bomber.

A: Body is a deep, dark orange...almost brown. Limited head that disappeared quickly. Light lacing left behind.

S: Very malty with serious hints of hazelnut. Awesome nose on this brew. The smell actually makes me feel warm.

T: Malt, hazelnut, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with a light, clean bite from the hops.

M: Light carbonation. Slightly syrupy. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate.

D: Overall, this is a fantastic beer! It is the complete sensory experience. This is definitely a libation I will keep on hand in the fridge. Highly recommended!

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Photo of shlap
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Salted Nuts! That's the first thing that came to mind when downing this delicious creation. I'm not a huge fan of nut browns but I have to say this stuff is fantastic. The nut taste strikes first with some butter mixed in, then very light chocolate and toffee and a little hops perfectly balanced.

Appearance: Crystal clear and as red as it gets.

Body: I'd say medium-light body. This would make a good session beer.

Aroma: Nutty, buttery, salt, and toffee, just like the taste!

Head: Creamy off-white. Dissipates quickly but kept a light layer all the way down.

Lacing: Very little to no lacing.

Carbonation: Medium carbonation

Have Another?: Definitely! The best nut brown ale I've tasted hands down.

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue hazelnut brown is wonderful from the start. I got a pint of this at the Yard house in Waikiki. It has a beautiful deep brown caramel color and a dark red color when held to indirect light. Nice frothy mellow head.

Smells very strongly of malt and nuts. Nice and roasty!

Taste is exceptional as well. It has a warming dark roasty and nutty taste that gets better as you drink.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and mellow. Just letting is wander on your tongue for a few seconds is blissful.

Drinkability is just right. Just the right mix of ingredients allows you to sip on it for hours.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of hyuga
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown-amber with a creamy tan head that pours big but settles quickly to about 2 or 3 cm, then disappears after a while. Wonderful rich nutty aroma, hazelnut of course, along with creamy malt aromas, mostly with roasted character. Kind of a nutty coffee aroma. "Delicious" is a good one-word description of the taste, but is also an understatement! Excellent hazelnut and roasted malt flavor with a small but easily detectable spicy hop backbone. Chocolate maltiness also plays a big role (originating from the chocolate malts used, of course). Just a touch of wood flavor as well. Medium body, but with all of the flavors it doesn't matter. Creamy mouthfeel that makes your palate cheer joyfully, and a dry, nutty finish. So drinkable it's gone before you know it. 22 oz. is almost not enough! Excellent and truly worthy of the word "nectar", my only wish for this beer is for the head to stay all the way through.

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Photo of Lupe
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Deep brown color, with a large beige head that settles into a thin sheet on top of the brew. Generous amounts of lace all the way down the glass. Hazelnut aroma, along with sweet and earthy scents. Mouthfeel in a bit thin, taste causes you to expect more body, but it is still rich and creamy. Starts malt sweet, and then the slight hops come keep the malt in check. Finishes with a delicious hazelnut taste. One of the best aftertastes I have experienced. Very easy to drink, a real treat.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Do your like hazelnut iced coffee? You will like this beer then. Had it on tap at the B. Brown smooth rich and creamy. These unique beers really blow my mind. Its really showing off in a good way and I love it. To brew a beer that tastes like an iced coffee is pretty cool. Skillz... so bold and tasty. For what the brewer is trying to accomplish, I really can't imagine better results. I still have yet to have a Rogue beer I did not enjoy.

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Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick frothy light tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is exceptional. It has a nice malty core littered with dark cystal and chocolate malts as well as a wonderful hazelnut aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth brown ale flavor with a darker malt feel. It has a creamy nut finish that is quite tastey. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brown ale. It has tremendous flavor and aroma; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of Severdali
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Mmm hazelnuts. That is what this beer is all about. If you like hazelnuts, you should like this. Expert craftsmanship by Rogue follows in the beer overall. Buy it.

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Photo of BroGL
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmmmm. Every time I drink this beer I find myself wondering if it just might be the perfect beer. It's not my favorite beer, but it's essentially perfect in every way. It's not too sweet, it's not too bitter, it's not too light, it's not too dark, it's not too thin, it's not too thick, it's not too weak, and it's not too strong. I think anyone who likes beer would enjoy this one. It's not a stand out beer, but in almost every way, it's just right. Let's just call it the Goldilocks beer. A rock solid brown ale.

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Photo of Rathattack75
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Nice smooth beer. Tastes well...refreshing. I would feel pretty good about giving this to my friends at a party. It's not the best beer but will holds its ground.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This combines two of my favorite things, hazelnuts and brown ale. Very excited to review this as I remember LOVING this beer when I had it the past few times.

A - Medium brown colored with a nice fluffy light brown head.

S - Nutty with butterscotch as well. Hints of chocolate and malt. Some vanilla as well.

T - Oh my. Nice vanilla/butterscotch flavor up front that rides out with a toasted malt flavor. Nutty and rich. Malty at first and seems to thin out flavorwise as it finishes. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Absolutely FANTASTIC!

M - Creamy mouthfeel and lightly carbonated.

D - What a treat this is. Rogue needs to release it in six packs, it is definitely sessionable. However having a big bottle once in a while really makes me appreciate it.

This is by far my favorite brown ale. I can assure you that you have not had a brown quite like this. Very unique and special. I can't think of one bad aspect about this one. It stands out from the other Rogue big beers to me, along with the Chocolate Stout. SOLID. I also really like the label, mine has the guy raising his fist as if to say "Hell yes" unlike the one shown here. One of my favorite Rogue labels.

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Photo of vader
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off saying that is by far the best brown I have had hands down. Poured out very brown, almost like a wood stain of some kind, little head that tried to hold on till the end but left some lacing. Right off, the smell sucked me in, it was very sweet, nutty, chocolate, coffee and some malt. You can definitively tell there is hazelnut in there...the first sip was astonishing. Sweet, but not too much, lots of hazelnut with some chocolate and coffee. The thing that made this beer stand out is that it was paired with a final bitterness that didn't cover up the sweetness. But rather complimented it just enough so you knew you weren't drinking an iced mocha morning shit, but a BEER! I wouldn't go as far to say it was a dessert beer, but it definitively is a treat.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty dark amber brown with an ample quick dissapating head.
It smells of hazelnut and roasted malt; VERY enticing!
This Nut Brown Ale is super drinkable, smooth and creamy. I taste some coffee among the subtle hazelnut. There is no sign of 6.5% ABV at all. The aftertaste is very pleasing making you want to dive right back into the next gulp.
The drinkability of this beer will make me a repeat buyer of this beer, highly recommended.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,100 ratings.
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