Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
BA SCORE
83.4%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 4,209 ratings
Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,310
Reviews:
1,455
Ratings:
4,209
Liked:
3,510
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
12.53%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
867
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,209 |  Reviews: 1,455
Photo of ffejherb
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden on 9/2/10.

A - Copper brown body with half an inch of creamy beige head that reduced to a swirly patch and thin ring of retention, leaving no lace around the glass at all.

S - Initial aroma is quite malty and nutty (obviously) overall with a blend of hazelnut, toffee, butterscotch and rich caramel notes.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor is quite nutty but also sweet and not astringent. Lots of rich toffee, caramel and sweet malty notes are at the forefront, while a very light floral hop character develops in the backend. Finish is bittersweet with a hint of earthiness.

M - Medium bodied with a slight oily texture and quite a bit of bristle due to the carbonation being on the lively side of the spectrum for the style. Finishes sweet on the palate with a light hop bite.

D - Very good brown ale with a dominant nutty character and sweet flavor accented with a mild hop punch. Good stuff.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, rich brown, 1/4 inch head,

Smell: toasted malt, hazelnut, caramel

Taste: hazelnut, caramel, toasted malt and some hops in the middle

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, sweet start-bitter middle and sweet end. I can feel the carbonation and it is really distracting.

Drinkability: I could have this again and may. The hazelnut is very prominent and I love the gentle bitterness. The biggest problem I have with this beer is the high carbonation which distracts from a spot on taste. If they mellowed the carbonation some, the drinkability would be higher.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass with great clarity in a dark redish brown beer. The creamy white head is large to start but settles quickly to just a film.

Aroma leaves no doubt that this is a hazelnut beer. It has a bakery-like sweet smell with obvious hazelnut influence.

Flavor is sweet and nutty. There's carmel, toffee, chocolate and hazelnut flavors going on in there. Toasted malts give it a hint of coffee but it has almost no bitterness whatsoever. It's almost a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice though with a creamy body and low carbonation. Drinkability could be better if it wasn't so sweet.

It's unfortunate that my recognition of this flavor is from crappy 7-11 coffee. Overall it's pretty good but not something that I would go seeking out again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abundant off-white head, fair retention, really deep brown with a glossy red tinge.

Obvious nutty aroma, along with wafts of chocolate, malts and coffee, reminds of something between a stout and a double-bock.

Flavor is fantastic, as long as you let it warm slightly. The hazelnut essence is strong, but not overly so, and not too sweet or artificial tasting. A very malty base too, and again, not overly sweet, which is impressive considering all the various malts listed on the bottle. Mouthfeel starts off creamy but thins out quickly.

I've revised this review after my second bottle months later, because that second bottle seemed much rounder and fuller than the first. No real complaints, and I'm glad I gave it second chance.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an interesting dark red-orange amber with a moderate head and lacing. Strong hazelnut and malt start and middle with some astringent hopping and dry finish. A bit more sweetness wouldn't hurt, but still a pleasant nutty brown ale. Nice.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a warm brown with light caramel head. Doesn't stick around long.

Smells lightly of hazelnut, maybe a touch of vanilla and caramel. From the reviews I was expecting a stronger nutty aroma.... which definitely came as the beer warmed. Wow, that is some hazelnut! Every sip you smell the nutty goodness assailing your nostrils... maybe a bit too much by the end?

A nice easy drinker, lots of nuttiness, some light caramel - almost no hops presence. Smooth drinker, actually a good beer to bridge with for non-BAers; something a little different, well made, and not too bold. A good solid, all around beer.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bottle with my brother; poured into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a dark brown; a bit darker than hazelnut.

S: Roast Coffee flavours, no hazelnut here, but it definitely smells sweet.

T: Typical brown ale flavours. Hazelnut comes through in the middle. With the sweetness, you get a dash of Nutella, then the aftertaste sets in.

D: Good, easy drinking for the ABV; interesting concept and delivery.

Overall: Not a bad Brown, but much more potential. I feel like hazelnut is the perfect nut for this style, and it wasn't showcased enough. Still, I won't turn this down if offered, and I might buy it again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Wegman's Syracuse NY for 3$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hazelnuts, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some caramel. There is also a lot of hazelnuts.. can't say I've ever had beer that tasted quite like this. It ends with a malty sweet and nutty aftertaste.

Overall - I really good beer that I would like to have on hand for whenever the mood strikes. It's not something that I'd want to drink all night long, but a it's a nice tasty change of pace beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a half inch of tan head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is really nutty with some caramel malts, hazelnut and hints of coffee. The flavor is earthy and nutty. Almost has a bit of a caramel popcorn taste to it. Hazelnut is more present at the end. Coffee finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty nice twist on the style. Overall, one of the better Brown Ales out there.

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Photo of Fordknox
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeard89
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like what Rogue does and enjoy most of their offerings.

I poured the large bottle into a Duvel tulip at about 44 degrees. It was a dark caramel brown color with some amber hues in the rim. There was a 2 inch fluffy head the color of roasted peanuts. The foam was not very sticky producing only minimal lacing. The head receded to a lasting ring of bubbly foam.

I believe 44 degrees is too cold. Much more fragrance and flavor was observed beginning at 50 degrees.

The smell was of sweet malts and nuttiness. As it warmed, the nuttiness was more prominent with a hazelnut/nutella quality.

The flavors were sweet nutty and malty with a bit of hops in the last half along with some astringent nut bite. As it warmed, I got a hit of coffee which disappeared as it continued to warm. Again, it tasted better around 50 degrees than 44.

It was not particularly complex but good and balanced. It wasn't as full bodied as the Samuel Smith's nut brown ale and I'd say probably one notch below the Samuel Smith overall.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking beer. Darkish brown with a fluffy tan head. Massive sheets of lace.

Nice smell of hazelnuts and malt. Slight and tiny hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste is very good and improved as the beer warmed. You really notice the subtle nut flavoring, but it is kept in moderation by the nice underpinning of toasted/roasted malts. I noticed the alcohol on the first few sips, but it became much less noticeable as I worked my way through the beer.

Nice creamy & soft mouthfeel. For me at least, one bottle in a setting would be enough.

Another well made and tasty beer from Rogue.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color with moderate tannish head.
The smell is very distinct for hazelnuts, and other malty notes also present.
Taste is also dominated by hazelnut, but nicely blended with some syrup and caramel essences.
Finishes with the strong maltiness, but appropriately balanced with a nice bitterness.
A nice drinking, refreshing beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown pour iwth a mid-sized tan head. Fizzy, fades at a midrange pace. Small amount of lacing.

S: Hazelnuts and bready graham cracker surprisingly.

T: Lots of hazelnuts everywhere. Rich, nutty flavor (not just hazelnuts) with a nice bready graham cracker crust. Touch of toasted malt.

M: Carbonation is a little low and it feels a bit watery for some reason. Otherwise smooth.

O: Good brown ale. Nuttiest one I've had, definitely try it if you're a fan of nuts - especially hazelnut.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with chesnut-hued flarings around the edges of the glass. A rich, two-finger, off-white head quickly fades to a rimming of foam that imparts a sticky lacing to the interior of the flute.

S: Vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate cocoa powder.

T: True to its name, Hazelnut Brown Nectar opens with a big wave of hazelnuts, followed by more subtle suggestions of cinnamon, vanilla, and bitter cocoa powder. Semi-dry finish.

M: Thin bodied and heavily carbonated.

D: A thin-bodied sipper that offers more than adequate character without filling you up.

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Photo of ruck304
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nectar might be the exact word I would use in describing this beer. A chocolatey, maple syrup, "nectar" that tastes very similar to a Porter. Head definitely follows the two-finger rule and shows a brownish-yellow color. Appearance in the glass in dark brown and lovely looking. The taste is great. Maple, chocolate, and hazelnut with a sweet coffee tasting finish and after taste. It is very smooth and easy to drink. My only problem would be drinking a lot of this beer. It is very rich and a little too sweet. However, I am drinking a 22 oz bottle and it is just what the doctor ordered! I couldn't choke down much of this beer because it is soooo thick. Very good beer though.

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Photo of mpolewan
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sabrills70
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some orange tint. A 2 finger head and very good lace. A nice rich malty smell but not a heavy roasted smelllike a porter or stout. Maple and nut aromas are abundant. A slightly roasted malt dominates with flavor with strong maple and nut flavors. A slight coffelike bitterness hits in the aftertaste. Slightly buttery with medium carbonation and good drinkability. A nice session beer.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chaz
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a minimal off-white head and with minimal lacing, almost to the very top of the glass. Very clear and a coppery medium-brown in color, with average visible carbonation. Nose offers up indistinct fruit, along with broad strokes of hazelnut (natch) and vanilla. No hop presence on the nose (and minimal hops throughout), and a very light touch of diacetyl. Big notes of vanilla, hazelnut, and cocoa across the palate on the first sip. Root beer notes, and some light butterscotch. The indistinct fruit on the nose is about the only fruity quality I detected here . . . maybe light berry notes? Sweet, rich, and not at all dry . . . it's a bit fuller-bodied than an English brown ale, too, leaning more towards a robust porter. Alcohol is fairly buried by the hazelnut (extract?) in this one, and at 6.2% is pretty firm, so given that fact the drinkability is quite good. Body and mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, which is to be expected from a Rogue brew in good condition (fresh), this leans toward full-bodied due to its higher level of sweetness / dextrose. And when I say sweet, think confectioner's sugar, cane sugar, treacle . . . marzipan. A bit of spiky, oily hop would actually improve this brew in my mind, but I prefer balance in a mid-strength brew. A bit too sweet for me overall, but with good drinkability nonetheless. Definitely a dessert beer and one to pair with desserts and sweets. Served chilled (tap-line cold) in a tumbler.

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Photo of cooler4life
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful. Chestnut autumn brown. Slightly cloudy. 1/4 finger head.

S: Harmonious. Nutty, maple, sweet. The smell teases me with just enough to make me want to pursue.

T: Strong hazelnut influence initially, a tart twinge, then as it courses down the palate, caramel, toffee, and coffee.

M: This is a tightrope walk. On one side, the flavor encourages me to speak fondly, but on the other, the lack of overall mouth presence and carbonation sends a warning flag.

O: What better to accompany a Sunday brunch than some Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Pancakes + Breakfast Scrambler + Hazelnut Brown Nectar = Win

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice medium shaded brown (not as dark as most which is nice). good finger and a half of fluffy slighty browned head sits on top and just stays put. laces very well down the glass.

S - big notes of cream and nuts with coffee in the back as well. well that pretty much sums up exactly what they were going for with the name.

T - the coffee and nut tastes are a lot more subdued than the nose led me to believe. they are definitely there and taste great but i was expecting them to be overpowering and they are not. some caramel notes in there as well. its a very good brown ale no doubt about that.

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation. the one main issue i have with it is it feels a bit watered down overall.

O - this is one fine brown ale and definitely worth checking out. its everything it says it will be.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown, with tan head. The head fell to a quarter inch bead.

The aroma was mostly malty, with slight roasty undertones. Not much hop aroma.

Tasted very well balanced sweet malt to roast malt. Vanilla and hazelnut notes with slight coffee aftertaste. No hop flavor, but enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Medium body, with a slight chewiness. Well balanced, very drinkable.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 83.4% out of 100 with 4,209 ratings
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