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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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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Ratings: 4,277 |  Reviews: 1,470
Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear brown with a 1-inch head of khaki-colored head that settles to a thin haze. Rather creamy looking.
S - Roasted hazelnuts, sweet amber malt, caramel, and just a whiff of chocolate. Smells like some kind of hazelnut-toffee confection, but not overly sweet.
T - The hazelnut/toffee confection comparison carries over to the taste, moderately sweet, with a good amount of caramel malt and a bit of chocolate. While not as sweet as, say, Southern Tiers Blackwater Series, this would make for a nice dessert beer. I'm surprised by the amount of hazelnuts that comes through, in the past that's been a hard flavor to impart into beer.
M - Slightly creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice drinkability, not overly sweet.
O - This was a nice surprise, I'll definitely pick this up again, perhaps to pair with a dessert.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Dark brown cloudy liquid with a very thin off-white head. Small amounts of lace on the glass. Smells slighty roasty, with a nuttiness. Big malty flavors, not quite dark roast. Nutty sewwtness. Dry finish. Not much bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation. There is a lot of flavor in this brown. Easy to drink. Good beer.

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Photo of Bearman13
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eric5bellies
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier pint glass.

A - Pours a hazu brown colour with an off white head that retains well before reducing and lacing the glass.

S - Plenty of hazelnut here. Some malt also present particularly chocolate and caramel.

T - Hazelnut and caramel notes with a little chocolate. really nice

M - Medium bodied and minimal carbonation that makes for a smooth drop.

D - A nice ABA and recommended

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Photo of fdw3
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head with little retention and moderate lacing. Smell is filled with delicious hazelnut and sweet, grainy malts without many hop notes. Taste is a little underwhelming after the promising aroma, but bready dark malts mix with a creamy nuttiness in a subdued manner that could use a little enhancement. Slight hop notes and a mild lasting bitterness complete each sip. Feels a little thin in the mouth and displays moderate carbonation.

I really enjoy Rogue, but I wish the flavor was a little more intense as the thin mouthfeel kind of diminishes the overall impact. Buff up the body and taste and you'd have something great -- but still, without a doubt a very good beer.

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Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. sampled nov 26/08.

pours deep red, not quite brown, with a small tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. big nutty presence - hazelnut, bit of cashew, pecan, and even some almond. multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of alcohol. nice mild dark chocolate character too.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. light bittersweet chocolate. the nutty character is definitely more focused on hazelnut here, but i can still pick out traces of almond and pecan. multi-grain bread. biscuit. hint of alcohol. nice light earthy character here too.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, with the alcohol hidden very well. the nutty character compliments without overpowering. i've had this a few times over the years and just finally got around to reviewing it. good stuff that i've always enjoyed.

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Photo of k3n
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber w/ no freshness dating.

A: Deep reddish brown body. Poured up a good head, but faded down to nothing. Minimal lace.

S: Nuts! Roasted, chopped, powdery hazelnuts! Faint citrus hops.

T: Again, nutty. Almost reminds me of almond tea...although this would, of course, be hazelnut tea. Duh! A clean malty sweetness after the nuttiness starts to fade. Can't perceive much hop presence.

M/D: Clean on the palate, despite the malt sweetness. Light and refreshing...I could see enjoying this just as well in cold weather, as hot.

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Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date: Rogue don't care, so neither do I!

A: Pours a brown ale with a single finger of fine peanut head. Then I notice excellent clarity with blazing red where light comes through. The head falls to a solid sheet of the same. No lacing.

S: Nose is of hazelnut and pancake batter. Some hints of brown sugar and light malts. Simple, straitforward, nice.

T: Hmm, nice and roasty, dry and nutty. Slightly bready with sweetness. Again, simple and straitforward, nice.

M: Medium with moderate to hi carb. Dry finish.

O: Well done beer. Not much of a Rogue fan, but this is good stuff. I recall having this several years ago and really digging it, but didn't think that memory would serve consistent. Right on.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This was a beautiful, deep red beer. The rough tan head took some coaxing to get it to rise to just one finger. It was gone in a flash, leaving only a thin ring around the edge of the glass. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: A thick hazelnut aroma dominated the smell of this beer. This was not something that I noticed in the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Thrown in underneath this nuttiness was tart dark fruit, sweet butter toffee, and a hint of smoke. Overall, very nice, but not very beerlike.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty darn smooth. It was faintly fuzzy on the tongue.

Taste: On the tip of the tongue, a fruity tartness kicked in immediately. Then, almost as quickly as it appeared, it was overwhelmed by flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and nuts. These flavors continued to linger well into the aftertaste where they were joined by a toffee-like sweetness.

A good solid beer for when you want something "different" but don't want anything too crazy. More flavorful than I remember the Hazelnut Brown Nectar being.

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Photo of Overlord
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember the last Rogue beer I've had. They are always my vote for most overrated brewery, but I've had two or three recommendations, so I gave this a shot.

Pours a ruddy amber brown. Thin white foam head. Smells like chocolate, nutty earthiness, and a bit of caramel malt.

Taste is mostly sweet. There's an earthy, nutty bitterness to it I like. Is that hazelnut? Guess I don't know what hazelnut tastes like. Nice chewy malt backing. Pretty decent actually.

I generally don't like brown ales, but I could find myself getting this again.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - had many times, finally reviewing it.

Pours a nut brown with a tanish head that subsides fast. There is an immediate smell of a malt, mild caramel and sweetness even before sipping.

The taste - like a nectar, this is very very sweet with a lot of malts up front and in the back of the taste. This is very easy to drink, but gets a bit too sweet after 2/3 of the bottle. Great candidate for splitting with someone, and defintely a beer that can easily be shared with those who are new to certain flavors/styles.

Very similar tastes to New Castle with a cream flavor like Bodingtons. (Its like blending those two beers together, adding more malt and having it be a nut brown all at the same time!)

I highly suggest trying this beer - easy to drink, smooth and just a nice taste overall to enjoy.


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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark brown with a finger and a half of off-white head. No lacing.

S: Super nutty, hazel, slightly sweet malt, slight coffee aroma. The nuts dominate the smell.

T: Huge on nutty tones with a great kick of hazelnut. Malts definitely present, but not overly sweet. Low bitterness.

M: Not overly carbonated. Leaves a nice nutty, hazelnut coffee aftertaste.

O: I've only had a couple of straight brown ales, but this is the best yet. I'm happy that it's not overly sweet like some browns. Good stuff.

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Photo of Rabi
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Ramuntos in Lebanon NH last week, review transcribed from notes.

Deep clear reddish-brown brew, head is thin from the draft pour, and is completely bleach white. Albino headed brown ale, odd. Smell is nutty and brown, nothing surprising here. Brown sugar and a bit of smoke. Feel is a good balance between crisp carbo and creamy moderately-thick body. Taste follows right from the smell, nutty and toasty and brown. A little lemony hop keeps it honest. Finishes with burnt brown sugar and hop that lingers for a long time.

I don't like most brown ales because they typically have a sticky starchy sweetness. But thankfully this isn't like that, it's more crisp.

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Photo of Kala1073
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To tell you the truth, I was a little skeptical about this beer. Firstly, I am not a huge fan of hazelnut, and secondly, I thought the beer was going to be to sweet. Since a friend of mine offered it to me, how could I refuse free beer:) Pouring it into a tulip glass, a reddish brown color appearance to fill the glass. Putting the glass to my nose, the aroma was very nutty. I took my first sip and before I knew it, it was also my last sip, because I drank it all in one swig:) It was that good! I was pleasantly surprised because of my previous misconceptions about this brew! This beer will be a mainstay in my frig for a while!

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Photo of FleeVT
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber with no dates poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany with a ruddy tint that allows a little bit of light to pass through. A nice 2 finger head forms on pour then recedes back to a constant lace layer.

S: The nose is loaded with malt, first and foremost. Hazelnut pulls a close second with a following of some other nuts, particularly pistachio, later.

T: Loaded with nuts again, hazelnut dominating with pistachio accents. The malts add and a nice complexity in the forms of coffee and bitter chocolate. Hops are in there, but in the background helping make this an extremely well balanced beer, but you have to like the nutty backdrop.

M: Perfectly choreographed, with its delicate carbonation balancing act with just enough body to justify it's 6.20% ABV.

D: Good end of meal beer. It's like that amaretto aperitif. I think the hazelnut would wear me down if I had more than one bomber in a seating.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle in my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid pours a deep auburn with sienna highlights. Quite dark, but still clear. A moderate tan head forms quickly and recedes to a thin layer with delicate legs.

The aroma is sweet malt, hazlenuts (obviously), maybe a hint of leather, and gentle hops (sweet/spicy quality, probably from the Perle more than the Sterling).

Roasted hazlenuts and chocolatey malt, mild sweetness on the palate, a nutty dry finish, with a cleansing mild bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, light but sufficient carbonation. Somewhat effervescent and warming.

A little darker, stronger, and perhaps more bitter than a traditional English Brown ale, though without the hop-presence of most American Brown ales...the prominence of hazlenuts would seem to make this a speciality ale? Delicious however you want to categorize it (unless of course you don't like hazlenuts).

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Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a one finger light tan head. Minor lacings. Aroma is bready and hazelnut.
Taste is lightly sweet malts, nutty, light cocoa, some earthy hops. Mouthfeel is average, drinkability is very good. Nice medium dry bittersweet finish. Very nice pour highly recommended beer.

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Photo of byrd
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fizzy light brown head. Head reduces to a smooth layer of fine bubbles. Body is clear dark red, almost garnet, in color. Malt aroma is light, yet is still a bit toasty with notes of caramel. Hops are quite light, but noticeable. Smooth malty start with light caramel and nutty notes. Hop notes pick up towards the end, but are mild. Chocolate and roasted notes follow and linger alternating their influence with the hops. Seems to have some cream soda notes that come in from time to time. Very drinkable. I’ve had this one a couple times already, and have enjoyed it each time.

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Photo of MeLoynes
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, rich brown(amber in the light) with a light brown head.

Smells of hazelnut, honey, slight floral bouquet, malt, yeast, and plumb as it warms.

Nice carbonation sting gives way to hazelnut followed by a faint honey flavor. Finishes dry, woody, and nutty. Plumb is detected as it warms. A very solid, tasty brown ale.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, 5.6% ABV, 33 IBU. Pours dark brown with a one finger beige head. Aroma is hazelnut, malt, and brown sugar. Taste follows, strong hazelnut, slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Decent mouthfeel, though slightly over-carbonated. Overall outstanding.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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 AdamSteve
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as impressed as I was with the bottled version.

Average brown ale appearance, slightly soapy head with not much volume. Not unattractive color, very rich. Good lacing definitely knocks the score up a notch.

The aroma seems very muted and a little weak. Mostly sweet, biscuity malt, with no sign of the hops or the hazelnut.

The flavor is just so good. A bit like a nicely flavored coffee in that it doesn't let the flavor overtake the drink. Toasted malt up front, slightly sweet, with a pleasantly full mouthfeel for style. Carbonation is excellent, and allows the hazelnut on the finish to expand on the palate and stick around, maximizing its usefulness.

Very impressive hazelnut character, mild and unobtrusive but inarguably present, it's a very nice piece of balancing work done by Rogue.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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