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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
Reviews:
1,436
Ratings:
4,118
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
Wants:
294
Gots:
815
For Trade:
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Photo of ToriBug13
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Brewing Hazelnut Brown Ale

T- ¾ inch thick foam, nice rich brown color.

S- Nice malty, sweet caramel smell.

T- First strikes me with balanced malt and the sweetness of the caramel, with just a hint of earth. Nice woody after taste. Mid palate there is nice dark fruit, fig or plum? After my first couple of sips I thought it might be too much for a bomber, but it surprisingly drinks very smoothly. This was a fun beer to run into, so earthy and malty. I keep looking for hazelnut, however even without it this is a killer beer. Very impressive!

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Photo of porter17
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely the little brother of the Rogue Chocolate Stout. A very drinkable beer, with a nice hint of the same great chocolate aroma that pervades the stout. This brown also has the same great hint of chocolate on the palate, smooth and tasty. A more dinkable beer than the stout, it has greater appeal to people who seek a beer that is not as bold as the stout.
Another great success by Rogue.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours dark brown with amber tints. little to no head retention
S - chocolate malt, hazelnut...a little like candy
T - sweet, hazlenut and chocolate much like the aroma. light hop flavor.
M - light carb, medium body
D - this is alright, no my cup of tea. The hazelnut is a bit sweet to me so I can't imagine drinking much of this.

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

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance – Nice opaque dark brown color. Looks warm, like it has some substance.
Smell – Nutty, fruity, interesting aroma. Some milk chocolate, caramel, bit of earthy hops. The hazelnut adds an interesting aspect to the standard malty brown ale aroma.
Taste – Chocolate maltiness, but not too roasty. Definite nuttiness, biscuit, bready with a bit of leafy hops buried underneath.
Mouthfeel – Smooth but dry and a bit light on the palate. The aroma hints to a much fuller brew, but this one is not too heavy on the palate.
Overall - Really a solid brew from Rogue. I can see why this one is so highly rated. Very interesting aroma and flavors going on with high drinkability add up to a great option in the brown ale arena.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle left in the fridge for months after the rest of the case had been consumed.

An enjoyable enough brew, but I feel as if anything I say is going to come off as a backhanded compliment. There's an interesting tangy quality which I presume to be the hazelnut (however it is achieved) that certainly sets it apart from other brown beers. It's clean and refreshing, only an understated fruitiness and a pleasant enough aftertaste and tingly sensation on the tongue. I could easily drink these one after another and have in the past. It comes across more as a lager than as an ale, which is the way I generally prefer my beers - I'm not big on esters and fruity flavors. And defying categorization in general is a plus - I ascribe when I can to the "Beer is Beer" notion and this certainly fits the bill - and calling it an "American Brown Ale" in recognition of the spirit of independence it evokes is appropriate.

The dude on the label is about as 'rogue' as I am, to boot...

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Photo of Ben4881
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Rogue Ales Brewery

Appearance:
Transparent brown with reddish hues make up the color. There is a fast falling white head leaving no lace, but a thin foam ring forms around the outside.

Smell:
Very nutty indeed, there is a trace of dark chocolate. Overall, the scent is an excellent roasted nut aroma.

Taste:
Toasted nuts and malt fill the flavor up front. The flavor is consistent, then adding a slight suggestion of alcohol. This is followed by a sweet nutty finish balanced with a miniscule hint of hops makes for a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel:
Light body with small amounts of carbonation. It is not watered down. However, it is not thick or chewy. I find it appropriate for the style.

Drinkability:
One of the most nutty nut browns I have tasted. Can't chug it, but wouldn't want to. The bomber is enough to share, but, again, wouldn't want to. This beer is deliciously nutty and I will gladly polish it off.

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Photo of McD0uche
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured section of Brown Nectar bomber into a pint glass:

A: Pours a splendid dark, reddish-brown with excellent density. Light patches through the sides at odd angles, revealing medium carbonation. A massive, billowy head foams up about 3 fingers thick. The retention is superb. No lacing noted until the very end.

S: Smells delicious. Deep caramel, hazelnut, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Like butter and syrup. A rich and inviting smell that beckons a taste.

T: Robust, tangy, and boozy. Good mixture of caramel and roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate notes play in the end. The taste wasn't entirely what I was expecting after the smell, but it's still pleasant.

M: Surprisingly light, with a touch of carbonation. The flavor travels well. It's a bit oily, but finishes medium-dry and on a bitter note.

O: Quite impressive. Brown ales aren't generally my "go-to" beer, but I'll most definitely be tracking this one down in the near future. Outstanding.

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Photo of MVassar
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An appealing reddish-dark brown, like a rich sherry or molasses. Plenty of roasted malt, toasted almonds, and caramel in the nose. Tastes of chocolate and hazelnut flavored coffee, without cream. Medium finish. I'd like a touch more depth, but it's darn tasty stuff. A bit too bubbly at first, but a smooth finish. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of stawn
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a deep ruby brown with minimal creamy head that dissipates quickly.
Smells lightly of sugar and faint nuttiness (yes that's a word) ;)
Might be just this bottle, but smell is almost non existent.
First taste is mild with some bitterness hitting the middle of the tongue. It's quickly surpassed by nuts and a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel tastes thin, but it works well for this beer. The hops linger around a tad longer and then fade away, begging for another quaff to be taken.
The hazelnut is distinctive but is accompanied by its friends; honey and smokey. The hop oils dominate the experience, but each sip sneaks in another element to puzzle over.

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Photo of Ave
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I picked up this 22oz bottle of happiness based on the high level of regard I have for the Rouge moniker, & it lived up to ever bit of that heritage in stellar fashion. When it poured out, it was only so-so in appearance. It could have had a bit more head to it, perhaps a more vigorous pour next time (& there WILL BE a next time). It did have a very nice dark brown color & a slightly cohesive velvet texture to it, but the fun really starts once you get your nose close to it. At first I thought it was just a rebottling of the standard Rouge Hazelnut, but no no, this beer is clearly a large step ahead of its older brother. The nose is full of sweet nutty caramels, with delicate roasted autumn spice. That velvety texture is seamlessly caried through to the tongue, & it has a luscious feel in the mouth. Not a lot of hopiness, that however seems to be consistent with the style, but the flavor is just out of sight. Lightly sweet, smooth caramel malts & a finish that leaves you fully satisfied, but still wanting more. I hope they keep this beer in circulation, because I’ll be looking to stock up.

Ave

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Photo of Seeker41184
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/11/10

A: Golden Caramel and brown color with little head.
S: The smell of hazelnut and malt are extremely noticeable here.
T&M: Up front, you taste a flat, nutty beer with little to no carbonation at the end. The aftertaste is where this beer becomes amazing. Your mouth is left feeling silky with hazelnut and toffee abundant.
O: This beer becomes light as air to drink and is excellent in the winter, and probably would be a great summer beer as well.

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Photo of blatherbeard
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, after having the chocolate and being wowed i decided to try their hazelnut. The first hazelnut i ever had was shipyard on tap and it was phenominal, lets see if this measures up.

After smelling this beautiful lookiing dark ale, i was taken abit aback by the strong beer smell. The chocolate on tap was overpoweringly chocolate, this hazelnut is faint, beer overpowers it. The color is great, nice dark rich brown and oddly clear. I have to say i was a bit dissapointed in the strong bitter taste and mild hazelnut flavor. Unfortunately, the burnt taste i was afraid of was here. Id give it another shot, on tap if i can, or maybe a more fresh one. I suspect that the place i got it, not only overcharges, but may not sell alot of them.

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Photo of kurp001
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bought at Beltway Fine Wine

An aggressive pour yields a rocky one-finger tan head that subsides relatively quickly. The body is a very deep reddish brown with ruby highlights.

Smell consists of a robust hazelnut aroma, it's so assertive I can hardly smell anything else. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, as the hazelnut smell is very pleasant.

Taste showcases the rich hazelnut upfront, with milder caramel and vanilla notes on the finish. A toffee character makes its presence known, too.

Mouthfeel is full, but the carbonation is a little much for my tastes.

Solid drinkability on this one, despite the incredibly bold flavors. A bomber of this is definitely enough, but it goes down very easy. This is a very nice brown ale, and a must try for hazelnut fans.

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Photo of Aleks_P
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light reddish brown, translucent. Little lacing when poured, very little head.

Smell: Smell is not particularly noteworthy, can detect some light malt/caramel scents.

Taste: Very light and malty. A bit sweet, hazelnut is just noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Like the flavor the beer feels light and carbonation feels foamy. Not dry at all with the malt flavor.

Overall: Very good beer, light and sweet and something I'd enjoy having two or three of. I'd consider keeping this is the fridge for regular rotation.

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Photo of xenolithic
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(from notes)

Pours a dark caramel brown with nearly no head into my pint glass. It has a little ruby lining on the edges when held up to the light, and the little head that there was recedes quite quickly.

The smell is malty, a little bit of nuttiness which I can pin to be hazelnut, though quite subtle.

Tastes malty on the tongue with a bit of nuttiness towards the end. Kind of what you might describe as biscuity. There isn't really any carbonation to be had. I also taste a little cold black coffee and a hint of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is oily, but not too much so.

The drinkability of this is superb, and the flavor is very rounded. There is little aftertaste left in the mouth, yet an urge to drink more.

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Photo of jkaufman
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Session notes from March 13, 2007:

Poured a 22oz. bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours dark red-brown with a thick tan head that soon thins out to almost nothing, then disappears altogether.

S: Nutty and sweet.

T and M: Goes down quick and smooth, but there’s not much here to speak of flavor-wise. Has minimal complexity and is moderately carbonated with a little syrupy finish. This ale just doesn't seem to live up to its name. Maybe I got a bottle that had bathed in the store's fluorescent light for too long.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not all that enjoyable.

Will try again based on the overwhelming majority of positive reviews, but I've got to call it like I taste it for now.

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Photo of techcommdood
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid but clear lighter brown in color, no head to speak of.

Strong aroma of hazelnut and citrus. An odd combination.

Taste brings more of the hazelnut and citrus zest, but also some nice chocolate malt flavor that rounds the beer off nicely.

Mouthfeel was a little thin. Though you get a good dose of hazelnut flavor, it's definitely not as rich a feel as you would get from hazelnut coffee or from a traditional brown ale.

Fairly drinkable, but the rich flavor combined with the lighter mouthfeel lefe me wanting more of a lasting impression.

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Photo of jpalarchio
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown, more opaque than I expected. Hazelnut smell is quite strong, not too overpowering for a beer that I'd only have one in a sitting.

Taste is pretty good, a little bit of a chocolate flavor that reminds me of the Toffifay candies that I had as a kid. Could very well be a "dessert beer" if there is such a thing.

One 22oz is enough for this one though, good flavor, glad I tasted it, not something I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a glass mug.

A: Poured vigorously, the bottle gives up a mahogany-hued liquid with a short beige head. Lacing is minimal, and the color is quite beautiful. Sparse carbonation shows itself on the edges of the glass.

S: Malts are all over the nose of this one, along with an obvious sweetness. The hazelnut is not as apparent as I would've expected, although it lends a certain roasted aroma along with the darker malt.

T: Pleasantly sweet, with caramel and roasted malt being immediately noticeable. The hazelnut is much more available in the taste than the smell. Bitterness is at a minimum, but some hop bite is able to cut through the creamy sweetness.

M: Solid creamy texture on the palate, almost syrupy. It's a little thicker than other beers of it's style (Southern Pecan immediately comes to mind), which is a good thing. The beer is quite filling, but refreshing and enjoyable at the same time.

D: At first I thought, "I don't really think I like this one." The aroma was far to sweet, and it didn't bring enough nutty flavor to cut through the malt. The longer it sat, though, the more I was able to discern the rest of the flavors this beer has to offer. I would love to see this in stout form with darker malts. It would be like Ferrero Rocher in a glass.

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beauty in the Rogue line. This is a brown ale I could drink morning, afternoon, and night. Thick, creamy, deliciously malty. Subtle carbonation is just right. Hazelnut perfectly executed. Bottle says to enjoy with meat, but try this one for desert!

Fantastic.

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Photo of ajramirez1
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arguably my favorite beer w/ easy access too. I would put the Plinys ahead of this. Tried this first on tap at Kennewick Brews & Blues fest 2010, kept drinking it. The look is a light brown but the smell is a rich aroma of nectar & brown. At first taste the nectar overpowers at the end, which makes it quite pleasing. Initial taste is a rich brown. Beer is just tasty as hell. Bottles are alittle differ taste to it but not much. Had oppt to have this freshly tapped in 3cities & at Rogue in newport & pdx. Ask for a "snickers" then order a "super snickers"...combo choco stout & hazel. Combo dbl choco stout & john john hazlenut. Deadly stuff.

A-

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler glass

A- Pours a clear reddish-brown, with a thick head and good lacing

S- Smells like hazelnut and caramel.

T- Has flavors of hazelnut and caramel, with maybe some chocolate or even coffee notes on the finish.

M- Goes down easy, but not a light-weight either.

O- A good beer to have on hand, especially if you love the taste of hazelnut. A solid brew.

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Photo of Clowerweb
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful dark brown amber color. Looks very high quality, amazing clarity. Solid 3 finger light tan, khaki head with nice tight tiny bubbles, nice and foamy, great lacing, but the head retention is little more than average.

S: Smells nutty, sweet, roasty, roasted malts, notes of hops, a hint of floral citrus, and of course hazelnut. Aroma is a tough on the light side, but you can definitely smell it without too much trouble. Delish!

T: Starts off almost dry and citrusy, with a bit of hops, earthy and bready on the mid palate, finishes with a decadent roasted nutty hazelnut, lightly sweet, and outstanding roasted malts and oats, chocolate, coffee, and dries up just a bit. Could use a bit more hazelnut for a hazelnut beer, but it tastes outstanding nonetheless.

M: Just the perfect amount of carbonation, nice and full bodied, chewy and sticks to the mouth, not sticky, but leaves a perfect coating. I couldn't ask for more in this department.

O: This is excellent. I like Rogue a lot. I wouldn't say this beats their Chocolate Stout in my opinion, but this is a very solid and tasty beer, amazing quality and it's been a wonderful experience to try this for the first time. I will buy this again and I will be recommending this beer with pleasure.

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Photo of niangelo
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sleeve. A creamy, off-white head and fine carbonation. This beer seems to be slightly viscous, with a ruby brown tinge.

Nice caramel, roasted malt, toffee and nutty tones on the nose. My wife makes a whole-wheat sourdough, and this smells like that; it has a nice deep fresh bread crust smell to it.

Mouthfeel is pleasing, not too thick, good for the style. Carbonation is balanced and not overwhelming. Tastes of nutty and malty tones, nice buttery smoothness and hops at the end. Blooms as it warms, and an interesting slight sour finish at the end. Round, warm, toasty.

Nice and drinkable. I didn't find the sweetness excessive like some other reviewers, that's just me. A nice comfy brew from Rogue!

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Photo of AccidentalKate
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep Amber-brown, transparent. The head is a nice full tan color, with Belgian Lace that hangs down the side of the glass.

Aroma: A strong nutty/vanilla aroma with a hint of sweet malt. There's a small hint of metal, but just a hint.

Taste: Strong vanilla flavors, sweet and malty on the foundation. There's a thinning out on the finish, but in a pleasant way, like an appropriate decrescendo. A small hint of bitterness, but just only.

Mouthfeel: Full flavored, but light on the palate. Just about perfect for a brown ale.

Drinkability: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.If you're a fan of malt, but not a fan of hops, this is the perfect beer.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,118 ratings.
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