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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: 1,433 | Ratings: 4,114
Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a nice bubbly head.

Aroma full of nuttiness, caramel and weak citrus.

Medium body, nuttiness and malt sweetness up front move to caramel sweetness. Finishes with a dry roastedness.

A very nice nut ale, something to buy again, but the brown nectar is a bit better in my opinion.

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Photo of ark57
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a ruby-brown with a light brown colored head. There is a strong hazelnut presence in the aroma as well as some sweet malts. The body coats the mouth well. There is sweet malts with some caramel flavor as well as a nuttiness. There is some slight choclate that comes through in the finish with the hazelnut reminding me of praline.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yet dark mahogany color with a very soda-like tan head that disappears rapidly. The smell reveals a slightly buttery rich roasted malt and light hops. The taste consists of chocolate, coffee, light buttery notes, hops, and a dry bitter chocolate finish. This is surprisingly a bit on the light side for the mouthfeel and despite the complexity the flavors are a bit light as well with exception of the chocolate taste.

Notes: It is a nice solid brew, but not what's expected from a brewery of this caiber. That said, it is quite drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of dedalus
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks gorgeous in the glass. ruby-brown, with a big, fluffy, healthy head of custard-colored foam.

the scent is almost identical to a wee heavy: lots of raisiny, rummy, burnt-sugary character with none of the massive hop aromas that i tend to expect when i pop the cap off a rogue.

the flavor is very surprising. the hazlenut is much more assertive than i expected. it almost overpowers the beer. but it's nice to get a beer that advertises its use of an adjunct that actually incorporates that adjunct's flavor into the beer. dfh's punkin' ale? no pumpkin flavors at all. lots of spice but no pumpkin. sam adams' cherry wheat? lots of cherry cough syrup, but no cherry. the rogue comes through here, delivering what it promises. according to my bottle the brewers used hazlenut extract, and i can't help wondering how the beer would be different if real hazlenuts were used (if that's even feasible. i know what tastes good, but i don't know the first thing about brewing). but the overall impression is that of a thin-bodied wee heavy with a liberal dousing of hazlenuts.

the finish is rather abrupt, and certainly malty. the hazlenut returns briefly before the end.

quite a departure for the rogue brewery. restraint in the hops department, no restraint in the adjunct department.

in the end, there is too much hazlenut to make this beer bearable past the one bottle point. i can see coming back to it in a few months, but unless you're a confirmed hazlenut fetishist, this will be an occasional indulgence, rather than a stanby. although i wonder if i'd think differently if i were drinking this with food ...



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Photo of Pegasus
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy mahogany color with a small off-white head, which retains superbly. The carbonation is moderate with lots of thin, broken lacing.

Aroma: Hazelnut notes are very prominent in the aroma, as well as toasted malts, brown sugar, and dark fruit.

Taste: Begins with myriad notes of toasted malt, quickly followed by a wave of sweetness. The toasty malts, hazelnut notes and dark fruit dominate the middle of the taste. Finishes with a lingering mellow note of bitter chocolate and coffee.

Mouth feel: Velvety smooth and full, with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely superb, raises nut brown ale to a new level of excellence. Not to be missed.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is has the same ingedients and messurements as the Hazelnut brown nector, but with slightly higher lovibond (colour). Although its been a year since my last brown nector It seems to me the morimoto version has a slightly bigger hazelnut flavor.

Pours deep brown with a head that vanishes into a small amount of tan lacing very quickly. Modest smell of hazelnut and hazelnut.
Almost coco like taste while in the mouth. Then big hazelnut flavor squashes what ever else is trying to show through. Hazelnut takes off his coat and sticks around for a while. Im sure some hops are in there somewhere trying to break free. Finally hazelnut bids me farewell leaving behind, as the bottle states, a smooth malty finish.
Sweetness takes the drinkability down a notch.

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Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Apperance: Bubbly Coca-Cola head. No head retention to speak of. A dark brown color, but amber in the light. The brew, held up to the light was a beautiful amber color. The head on this beer is weak. Pour a Coke and one of these side by side. Retention and head shape, and the shape of the bubbles would be similar.

Nose: Chocolate, Hazelnuts, not much else.

Taste: Smooth unsweetened chocolate at first. Hazelnut at the middle which disolves to raisins and nuts.

Notes: This one was "crafted?" by Morimoto. I have no clue who that is, or why he would be good at deciding what a beer should taste like. He is some chef or something. This was slightly complex. Like all Rouges, it was fun to drink.

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Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with nice reddish-orange highlights. Rising 1/2 inch tan head, leaves ample lace in big ropes. Lots of aroma, malty with chocolate, spiced cinnamon, and the impression of flavored coffee. Smooth mouthfeel, restrained and moderate carbonation. Hops are not noticeable. A light sweetness closes the beer, dryly semi-sweet chocolate the the finish and into the aftertaste. In comparison to the close (if not almost identical) Hazelnut Nectar, I got less of a cloying character in both mouthfeel and overall sweetness in this bottle. Still, a little gimmicky, but a well-done beer here.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't tell much difference between this and the other hazelnut brew Rogue makes except it seems to have more extractness to it. Nice solid dark brown color with some dark orangey glowing edges, thin but firm creamy dark ivory head, faded off slowly, lace in small spots. Smell is light roasty chocolate and a big time hazelnut extractness to it, some wiffs have more hazelnut then others where others were nearly empty. Taste is about as smooth as the other hazelnut beer with some lightly favorable chocolate tones and hazelnuts, slightly roasty and a touch of quick sweetness. Nice airy nut-like dryness in the finish, yet stays sweet. Perhaps a bit too much in that regards. Again with some sips the extract is more evident then others. Seemingly off a bit comparingly to the original. Still, a nice creamy medium body encompasses it while it maintains an overall smoothness and drinkability. Good, but the extract stood out a bit too much then what the original portrays. However, it is quite nice and wouldn't turn it down for nothing and; albiet it's a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of oggg
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a gorgeous dark brown, but when viewed at different angles, it's a sexy ruby red. The head is a nice sweet tan foam that falls and makes a thick ring of foam at the interface between the glass and the beer. The nose is sweet and malty, and then a roasted smell comes through. Not floral at all. The initial taste is very malty, low bitterness. It really is pretty nutty. Then you get roasted malt and chocolate flavors. The finish is nice and dry, so dry you feel it creeping up the edges of the inside of your mouth. However, you're also left with a clinging, cloying thick feeling in your mouth. It feels like the beer actually crawled up your palate and sat there, and you have to muster up saliva and your tongue to wipe it down before the next gulp. It's strange because it's a little thin in the beginning, but it ends up so thick...

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Photo of pheurton
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

mostly soil colored brown with hints of a ruby red at the bottom of the glass. small cream colored head dissapeared to nothing...no collar or lace to speak of. disappointing appearance. strong hazelnut aroma in the nose. medium bodied with ample carbonation. soft roasted flavor with sweet and juicy hazelnut notes. sweetness seems right on point as it never gets too much. lightly hopped for balancing. more like a desert beer, nevertheless, i enjoyed this one very much. an excellent twist on the brown ale.

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Photo of steorn
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pour. Dark reddish brown with a nice tan head,Lovely to look at.Malt and some gentle hops on the nose.Not alot of hazelnut on first whifff.Sip it and there is a nice full,rounded malt.Then a quick hop note,followed by warm nutted malt,drifting to a gentle quick finish.
As it warms I detect more hazelnut in the nose.The head thins out yet remains.Now more dark malt has arrived and the finish lingers a bit longer,with some more hops on the scene. Very nice this one.An easy to take relaxing beer.Morimoto san should be happy to have his name on this .

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Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark amber with a nice chunk head and decent lacing. A rich hazelnut and malty aroma is very inviting. The following taste accents the rounded hazlenut taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium with an initial sweet flavor with a decent lightly bitter finish. Smooth and drinkable. An unusual flavored brew but an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and deep auburn appearance. Head is airy and fluffy. Retention is pretty good. Lace is sticky. Aroma is chocolatey, nutty, malty and a little spicy. The taste is smooth and nutty. Hazelnut is definitely there, but there's also a very appealing cocoa powder presence. The bittersweet characteristics of the chocolate/roasted malt/hop blend is pretty nice. Lingering dry cocoa and roasted nuts leave you yearning for more. The body is about medium full and the mouthfeel nicely carbonated.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brownish red ale with a small, cream-colored head that leaves in a hurry. Decent lacing. Aroma is immediately sharp and tangy before moving into sweet, nutty notes of chocolate and espresso. Taste is marvelous, with an immediate nutty sweetness that finishes dry and with an unexpected bitter bite. Mouthfeel is great: perfect for a Brown Ale and wonderful with a hearty meal. Drinkability is just fine, though I imagine that the unique taste would get in the way of mass consumption.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark beer with the balding bearded gent on the bottle, a computer rogue perhaps. Pours a dark, chocolaty brown, with a small tan head. I didn't notice much of a lace. Smells nutty, with just a hint of alchohol, and perhaps a touch of vanilla.

I found it to be a smooth drinker, with the best part coming at the end of the sip. Starts out nutty, with no 'beer' taste, no trace of hops or malt, and then goes through a mild coffee flavor, then a bit of chocolate, ending at last with a hint of vanilla. Very pleasing. I would have given it a 5 except for the first touch to the taste buds struck me as a wee bit alcholy. But really good stuff, and a new favorite.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Appearance: Barely any head. I couldn't even get one finger. Other than that, the beer is a very dark brown.

Smell: Nutty but not hazelnutty. It's like a nut brown smell. Very similar to Samuel Smith's.

Taste: There's the hazelnut. And how. It is the dominant flavor of the beer, so if you like hazelnut, you'll like this beer. It reminds me of Nutella. There is minimal bitterness, and it is porter-like in some regard.

Mouthfeel: Pretty silky but I could have used a little more carbonation.

Drinkability: Quality dropped as it approached room temperature. Next time I'll keep the bottle in the fridge until I finish the first half.

Beef Notes: I like this a lot more than Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. There is much more of the promised Hazelnut flavor in this one. It's not something that I would drink all the time, but it is very unique and one I can certainly enjoy once in a while.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber hue, thin tan head, great lacing. On the nose is a nice aroma of coffee beans, hazelnut and plums. Twangy up front, has the sweet/sour thing going on; caramel notes, bordering on medium bodied. A bitter, clean palate, with a thick malty based backbone, nil for hop detection, yet some nice nutty flavoring. A fine effort, but low on the drinkability level.

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Photo of ctrlfreak
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love hazelnut, so when I found this beer it immediately found it’s way into my cart. The bottle itself is a wonderful work of art. I popped the top and took a long inhale noting the nutty scent. My nose isn’t fully developed just yet so if I can pick something up then you know it is in there.

The pour was into an imperial pint glass. The splash down play between beer and head was mesmerizing. The beautiful red-brown color eventually won the game but the head was a thick creamy head. It lasted for ½ the beer and the nose from the head rounded out an overall taste of the beer. Periodically after that I added what was left in the bottle to give it a little more head.

A great sipping beer!

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Photo of moulefrite
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with traces of ruby-excellent pillowy and long lasting head with clumpy lace. Aromas are nutty and malted. In the mouth the beer is crisp, refreshing and easy to put down. Good depth of flavor-reminds me of the French Chocolate with hazelnut called Rocher-I think that's the name. As time goes on though the nuttiness gets to be a bit of a bore personally, and I want to move on to something without nuts-a Michael Jackson (the singer mind you) kind of brew. I'd like to see what the Iron chef serves with this one. Worth a try in any case.

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Photo of byrd
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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 RootedFool
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber at the Arcata, California Co-op. What a gorgeous label, and a great beer, as is the norm for Rogue.

Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a short, tan head that left sequins-like lacing on the glass. Had trouble finding the nose on this one; what I managed to pick up was a light, sweet malt aroma, with a background of hazelnut.

Mouthfeel is creamy, pleasant. Spicy malts hit the tongue immediately, and that spiciness transitions into the hazelnut flavor. The malt and the hazelnut work wonderfully together. Love the balance. Aftertaste is hazelnut with a lingering tinge of hop bitterness.

Overall, it was a delicious beer experience.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Clark St. Ale House in Chicago, IL. 4.00/pint.

Rich and not much different from an Irish carbomb. I expected a lot more complexity. Oddly enough, this is quite different and not as subtle as the Morimoto Hazelnut -- even though they're the same beer.

Relax, relax.

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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 Brent
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do believe that this is a reformulation of the original hazelnut brown ale - and I prefer the latter version more. Same nice brown color. Hazelnut aroma was not as distinctive in the aroma. The flavor seemed a bit more tart and acidic than the original, and the hazelnut was not as noteworthy, almost more of an aromatic than a flavoring. Also, the hazelnut was more of an extract note than the more rich, roasted hazelnut flavors I recall in the original. A good beer, but the Iron Chef has not improved upon it.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,114 ratings.
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