Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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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
Ratings:
4,192
Reviews:
1,450
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
304
Gots:
855
For Trade:
3
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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear tan-brown body, coarse light tan head that fades to a mere ring. Smell is instantly appealing with semisweet toasted nuts and semisweet caramel, key prefix being semi; appealing to the shallow but not cloying to the sensitive. There is also a touch of vanilla and wood, as if it were oak-aged. The flavor gets approved for a loan on property in Yumtown; the focus is on sweet hazelnut/toasted nut extract, vanilla, caramel, and a balancing presence of wood, smoke, and burnt bitterness like a creme brulee; what is burnt, I do not know, as I am only a mortal human being. All I know is that the very sweet Nutella-verging sweetness has met its clandestine equal. Body is full and somewhat sticky, with moderate carbonation.
Welcome to Yumtown, USA. Much good. Just when I feared my sweetooth had been pandered to by cheap extracts, a rich, honest, complex, planned malt backbone and balancing bitterness/spice entered the framework and made it a balanced, mature brew. Guys, I'm not fucking around anymore, this is seriously good.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice color and aroma. No head and flat. Not too old - dated 30 March and it's 11June.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnalogErik
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the local BJ's. Nice dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. Good caramel taste, a bit sweet with a pleasant after taste. I do not get many Rouge beers , but I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of pstam87
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of marburg
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy a great many of the Rogue brews, so I didn't expect to dislike this beer at all, but I certainly didn't except to love it so intensely. It's not at all what I would think of when I think of a nut brown ale...

Looks like a decent nut brown ale. But the similarities to the rest of the pack end there.

Smells shockingly of chocolate and something, not surprisingly, of hazelnut -- almost a candied pecan kind of smell. Very nice.

Tastes like an infusion of chai, chocolate, and beer -- three of my favorite things. Little hop bitterness. Very sweet but very tasty.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Dodo2step
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- copper color that is halfway between clear and opaque. A gorgeous white chocolate like color head that is about a finger and half. Straight edge circle lacing around the pint glass as well.

S- hazelnut cream coffee. yum. light roasted malts as well. nutty as well

F- flavor mimicks the nose. It is always good when that happens.

M- a somewhat carbonated medium bodied brew. It goes down smooth as well.

O-a great brew from Oregon. It is simple yet tasty and goes down easily.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal brown with yeastiness apparent. Good foam, great lacing. Very unique color.

Smell: Brown sugar and roasted hazelnuts. Subdued but refreshing. Very dessert-like.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent! Finaly a nut brown that I really enjoy. Burnt toffee sugar, molasses, and roasted hazelnuts. I worried the hazelnuts would overpower, but that is not the case at all. Nice clean finish for this style that. This works to whet your whistle, but still refreshes with satisfaction.

Drinkability: Great for any occasion.

Overall: A knockout.

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Photo of grumpygerman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of hreb
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The other day I picked up a 22oz bottle of Rogue's "Morimoto signature ale" series Hazelnut. As a long time fan of Rogue's Hazelnut Nut Brown Ale, I had to check it out. I didn't know if this was the same beer or simply a repackaging (BeerAdvocate indicates the latter -- this is simply an "alias" of the original Hazelnut Brown).

Cold beer is poured into UK size pint glass. Beer is very dark, nearly opaque brown, and appears rather stark in the glass, cloudless, with just a thin dark tan head on top.

Beer has a sweet, malty aroma. The label proudly proclaims 13 ingredients (this has no pretentious of being a "4 ingredient" real ale kind of ordeal). 9 of them are malts. Only one is an additive (hazelnut extract). 2 kinds of hops provide a really nice and needed balance from the sweetness of the beer. The fizziness is just right.

I'm not detecting any differences from the Hazelnut Nectar that I've come to love. This is a really great beer, and in my opinion, probably Rogue's best. The only thing detracting from its perfection is that it IS a little bit sweet. Not so much that it's annoying, but it might be a little bit much for a session beer.

I will also mention that it is a perfect accompaniment to my Sunday afternoon Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and lots of mustard.

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Photo of Stimack
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has been on my list to get for a while but though it is readily available I have passed on it but was able to give this one a try the other day on tap. Brew was poured to a nice medium dark brown clearish (guess that is not a word but I am going with it!) brown color with a smallish (not sure how long this has been on tap but Mahars usually has pretty good turnover) light tan head. The aromas where inviting, roasted malt and chocolate came to the forefront with some roasted nut (hazelnut I suppose from the title) aromas present. The flavors seemed to be a bit more chocolaty than hazelnut but a nice mix. The one knock that I guess I would have against this brew is it seemed a little watery but over all I did enjoy it, easy going down. Would get it again.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At judging for WCBF

A - Dark brown pour, with medium, mocha colored head.

S - Did somebody say hazelnuts? And medium-roast coffee malts.

T - Hazelnut, hints of milk chocolate, and medium roast coffee malts.

M - Gritty (but in a good way), smooth, and balanced quite well.

D - Wish I got to drink more. Too bad though...

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Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of elricorico
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost the same colour of beer bottle glass, with a bit of redness to it. The head was tan, thick and foamy. It has shrunk down to a thick ring around the outside of the glass.

The smell has toasted bread and caramel, along with some kind of sweet berry. There is something else there that I can't identify, and neither can my wife. The unknown smell is most prevelant when it is just poured and the head is large. Good smell though.

Before I can say anything about the taste, the mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and smooth, with light carbonation that just seems so right.

Now to the taste, this is a very malty beer, which certainly agrees with my palate. Toasted bread to start, with just a hint of bitterness, taken over by a sweet honey and caramel mix and finishes with a chocolaty coffee richness. Molasses makes an appearance, but is very subtle. Very, very nice.

I am impressed. I expected to like this, but it has surpassed all expectations.

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

Pours browny amber with good head and great lacing.

Smell has sweet brown ale malt, lots of hazelnut flavour. Pretty nice and unsurprisingly the nutty brown ale notes integrate well with nutty notes of, well...hazelnut.

Taste carries through. Not quite as potent but similarly well poised balanced between the two types of nut flavour. A slight spearmint/menthol note on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is decent - the gaps in flavour in the previous Rogue beer I had are readily filled with hazelnut flavour in this one.

Great beer. Better executed than Frangelic Mountain Brown (which I also enjoyed).

Very well integrated hazelnut flavour, somehow it doesn't seem artificial or syrupy at all. Nice and fairly dry beer actually. No artifical sweetness.

I do find it funny how really the only enjoyable brown ales are ones with adjuncts. Perhaps brewers will catch on someday.

Anyhow, great beer and deservedly regarded as a classic.

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

This one displays a dark brown body with ruby highlights showing through all over the place. No head to speak of. The aroma is quite sweet, with extracted vanilla and a lot of nuttiness coming through. Tasting this, the first thing to leap out is some pinprick carbonation on the tip of the tongue, along with a typical nut brown sourness at the back of the palate. Then a smooth, hazelnut, vanilla and sugar sweetness comes through. The finish is on the smokey side, and the mouthfeel is quite silky and smooth. Overall, this beer isn't my cup of tea, but it's still quite good, and would make quite a good dessert beer I'd imagine.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gaddabble
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of olafphysics
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gspeer711
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is easily the best brown ale I have had to date. Also in its favor was the fact that those I shared the bottle with absolutely loved it...let the conversions begin!

I could not pick up much in the nose, probably due to the smoke in the bar. There was the obvious slight nutty aroma, with a bit of coffee as well. The beer was a dark shade of brown with a thin tan head on top. The taste is quite unique. A roasty bitterness arrives at the start, followed by hints of toffee and a mild hop bite, and ends with an overwhelming nutty finish. The nut flavor is somewhat sweet, but certainly not overpowering, and is delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy...reminded me of a cask conditioned ale. This is a great ale from Rogue, and a very interesting one at that.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head is medium-sized, coarse, bubbly, tan. It tracks scant spots of lacing. Color is deep, deep red/brown. Clear and dark. The smell is a tangy toffee, with some molasses. Nutty, chocolate hazelnut in the front, with a thick, toffee, sweetish, caramel toffee middle. Some milk. Finishes with more tangy toffee, hazelnut and dark chocolate candy. Bitter aftertaste. This is a good, toffee, dark, tangy beer with a big bitter finish. Nice enough.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,192 ratings.
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