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Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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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: 1,428 | Ratings: 4,101
Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown, with a tan head that quickly faded, leaving the beer looking rather dull and flat. But it smelled rich and nutty, and the taste is rich, creamy, almost like molasses. Very good. Too rich to have much in the summer, but probably great on winter nights.

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

Rogue always has to put their spin onto any beer style and it is no different with the brown nectar, although this is still a fairly approachable beer. Sweet, deep, rich nutty malt flavors are the driving character behind this brew. Aroma's of nuts, particularly hazelnut, as well as light roasted coffee are ever present. A creamy, mouthfeel with so much flavor, yet it is surprisingly refreshing and quaffable as well, a great session beer, even though the ABV is a bit higher than one may like for a session brew.

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Photo of milehighhop
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

dark brown, almost opaque in color, with a thin tan head. Smells sweet & nutty. As advertised, you can pick out the hazelnut very easily. Not my favorite Brown Ale - I'd rather drink an Ellie's Brown. Overall though, not a bad beer for something a little different.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had me thinking the moment I tasted it. Hmmm..The taste is unusual, full of toasty goodness and with a coffee overtone. I like the nuttiness and I must admit the hazelnut presence got my attention immeadiately. Ok, Ok, I'm a big fan of dark, flavorful beers. This is no secret if you've read any of my reviews that deal with porters, scotch ales, deep ambers, stouts, ect.. However this one is just "different", and I mean that in a good way. This is my first sampling from the Rogue Ale line and I like what I'm tasting here.
The aroma got my attention, but the taste (which has a smooth mouthfeel) keeps me contemplating the overtones each time I taste this deep mahogany brew. The initial frothy head didn't stay as long as I'd like and lacing was marginal after inital pouring of the brew. I would have expected this beer to be really sweet and not very drinkable, however there is a nice hop balance at the finish. Not too heavy in alcohol so I was able to open another "bomber" to share with the wife as the evening chill set in tonight. A very interesting offering indeed.

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Photo of mbrown26
2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to like this one more than I did. I don't think bitter is the right word, but it was just too bitter for my palate.

A: A nice amber color with a good brownish head the went away fairly quickly. A quality product.

S: I don't get any hazelnut notes, but there is definitely sweetness. Maybe Carmel?

T: Helps if this one warms a bit. This is a beer that is meant to be sipped and examined, instead of downed.

M: I like brown ales, but there is something about this one that just didn't do it for me on the palate. Had a weird taste that I can't describe. I've never had a hazelnut flavored beer and that could be my problem.

D: Again, since this didn't do it for me, the drinkability wasn't there for me. I had a hard time wanting to go back for more sips.

I can see why some would really enjoy this, but it just isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of hike20
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong nutty aroma, not as strong nut flavor. Taste did not jump out at me, and didn't linger either. A little higher carbonation than I prefer. Overall pretty decent though, and I would drink it again if offered. Probably won't be on my shopping list though.

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy brown, light tan head, which fades quickly

S: Hazelnut of course, sweet

T/F: slightly bitter, yet sweet, hazelnut. Medium feel.

O: Liked it a lot

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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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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a caramel brown color and leaves a tan head that did not stick around for too long. Smells of nuts, caramel, and malt. Nice taste of hazelnut and brown sugar. Nice mouth feel with good carbonation. I love this beer. It puts Newcastle to shame. I recommend this beer to everyone, its delicious!!!

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Photo of tyanow
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a very small tan head that leaves a desirable amount of thin lacing.

S - Nutty chocolate dark malts.

T - This is a sweet and rich brew full of all those things I love in a nut brown: caramel, chocolate, and you guessed it nuts, especially hazelnuts!

M - A little syrupy, rich full body.

D - As delicious as this is, I find my intake limited by the sweetness and heaviness.

This is my very favorite brown ale of all time! It's like eating chocolate cake. I love to crack a bottle or 2 when I have guests over because it's always a crowd pleaser. Hops and heat from alcohol are almost undetectable even though this treat is 6.2%.

When you can get it on a good tap, do not pass it up.


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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glass used: Guinness pint glass

Dark brown color with a light fluffy head.

Nose is mostly dominated by hazelnut.

This beer has an amazing hazelnut flavor with caramel notes through out and a really satisfying chocolate finish. My favorite brown ale.

Nice medium mouth feel with a smooth soft carbonation.

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz. bomber with Morimota signature. Once again, great bottle from Rogue. $4 at the Wine Seller in Williamsburg, VA

Appearance - decently thick, frothy tan head, dissipates to a decent film across the top. Dark brown hue, fairly opaque, copper tints.

Aroma - powerful, very nutty. I have to presume hazelnut, though I am not exactly sure what that smells like. Nice earthy, roasted aroma. Strong and very interesting, but perhaps a bit off-putting, though that could just be personal taste rather than a fault of the beer.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, nothing in particular. Carbonation was good, but maybe a bit strong. Doesn't really matter.

Taste - good, biting carbonation up front. Dissipates into a strong roasted malt and mostly nutty flavor at the back of the tounge. Very robust flavor. Settles down a bit leaving a slighty sweet malty flavor, feels like some chocolate malts as well.

Overall a pretty interesting, fairly aggressive brew. Admittedly hard for me to judge because I have had very little experience with brown ales. In any case, very drinkable, wish I had another.

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

An impressive dessert beer. Probably a bit too cloying for a session, but a nice, not-too-hopped offering from Rogue. I would expect it to be a bit nuttier but that wasn't so important for matching the pumpkin tiramisu I paired it with!

Poured into a red/white wine glass. Medium brown, good-sized tan head which didn't last all that long.

I mostly smell lots of roasted nuts, vanilla, some cream, caramel, a little chocolate, a bit of biscuit, but really no fruit.

Taste pretty much matches. Just a bit of hop bite reminiscent of bitter chocolate / roasted nuts, but not astringent. Definitely an interesting take on the "nut brown" style. Well rounded out with malt depth.

Medium mouthfeel. I probably could have had it a little warmer. Finish is not too long, but interrupted by some hop bitterness.

I surely drank too much of this one. I wouldn't drink it all night, but splitting a bomber for a dessert would work fine. Not sure about matching it with chocolate.

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

What an interesting brown ale. Always love their bottles. so i picked this up from my farm fresh for 5.99 a bottle. chilled it in the fridge and did a video review for youtube "sauce beer reviews".

A- Alot lighter than i expected. Bubbly. Somewhat clear. (i have strong lights on when i make a video review) That may have altered its look. check it out i do a bad pour.

S- nutty smell. some sweet notes.

T-nutty taste, with roasted or toasted malts. caramel if im not mistaken?

M- pretty smooth and crisp.

D- very easy IMO

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Photo of Kala1073
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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 AndIWantYou
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately, I drank this as part of Brewer's Night at Latona Tavern in Seattle -- this was one of several Rogue beers I had. I can't give a proper review, as I didn't take notes while drinking it. However, it was the first and only time this beer will be served cask aged, and I couldn't let that occasion pass without note.

The main thing I can comment on is the flavor: nutty, definite hazelnut taste, but without coming across as a gimmicky beer. That is, the hazelnut blends right in to the maltiness and hoppiness of the beer without seeming like an adjunct. Medium body (that is, it didn't stand out in my mind as too thin or too heavy) and an uncertain color--Latona's lighting is not the best--round out what is certain to be the most unique beer you've tasted in a while. Recommend you have this with chocolate and maybe some butter wafers to get the full effect; I can't imagine strawberry or raspberry preserves would detract, either.

Likes: flavor, mouthfeel, appearance.

Dislikes: limited availability :)

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Photo of xfactor9600
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a nice light brown color with minimal head

S - you can definitely smell the hazelnuts in this one

T - Hazelnuts and some roasted oats perhaps

M - surprisingly smooth. almost not enough there.

D - i'm not a huge fan of hazelnuts. but this one was better than i expected.

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was poured from a 22 oz bottle into a glass mug; it gave a deep copper color and displayed a deep burgundy through the glass. Its head was large and lingering, but the lacing left only traces.
The smell was pleasant but understated, mostly malt with some nutty tinges and mild oak.
The taste is delicious – creamy malt and nut.
A mouthful is light and unobtrusive, a little thin and easy to drink.
Overall this is a gem, moving up my list of favorites. It is a tad thin and unassuming, but is so damn flavorful and satisfying that it is a pleasure to drink. Give me another barkeep.

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Photo of SamuraiJack
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe that we got this beer here in Bishop! As noted by others, this seems very similar to the Hazelnut Brown.

First pour shows a darker than expected amber tinted brown ale with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty with a noticable nuttiness and the tiniest hints of citrus/spice and coffee.

Initial taste is sweet, soft and malty. The sweetness quickly resolves into noticable hazelnut flavours while the softness gives way to chocolate covered fruit notes. While the beer is undeniably sweet, there is a nice bite that builds throughout the flavour to eventually dominate the finish. Even there, however, the flavours are balanced - with some toasted oak and fruit to liven the palette.

It's no shock that a speciality beer branded for a Sushi chef would taste good with fish - but I have to admit I was surprised at how well a Hazelnut beer worked with fish. This is a good example of the style and a pleasant while perhaps not extraordinary in any way beer.

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

Rich brown in color; not quite dark brown but not an amber. To achieve any head at all requires an improper pour. Mouthfeel is ok; has a good flavor but not much complexity. Reminds me of a typical dark domestic macro brew. Has a pleasant nutty, yet watery aftertaste. Yes its very drinkable and light enough to drink more than one. The problem with this beer is it probably won't appeal to dark beer drinkers nor the pilsner drinker. Good allaround beer, best described as the Jan Brady of Rogue beers.

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Photo of wavz
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark chocolate amber color with a slight head that disappears soon after the first pour.

S- Coffee and Chocolate smells with earthy tones.

T- Big Hazelnut and Chocolate Coffee taste.

M- Nice but not too smooth. Nice carbination, but could stand a bit less of the bubblies.

D- Great all around beer for fall or winter, or hell even breakfast.

If you havent tried this one, it is well worth picking up and kicking the tires. You might even want to take it out for another spin around the block.


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

Pours dark brown with shades of amber, brilliantly clear with a thin head that lingers. The aroma is very nice malty, sweet, nutty with very little hop aroma coming out very characteristic of a nut brown ale. The aroma is complex but melds very well together no one element overpowers another. The flavor is very sweet up front, almost a little cloying which is why i docked it a little in the taste category. A lot of malty, bready, toasty notes in the flavor, also some roasty flavors come out in the back of the mouth. Medium bodied with some good carbonation to scrub the palate with the low level of bitterness. With all that said a very nice brown ale probably one of the best I've had, very complex only complaint is that it's a little sweet.

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Photo of Guzzler78
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of My favorite Brown Ales. This was the first Rogue beer I had the pleasure of tasting. This beer has a fantastic aroma - hazelnut, caramel, chocolate. Very smooth nutty flavor and a clean malty finish. A very well balanced brew. If you are a fan of Brown Ales you must try this one.

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Photo of warrenc
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. picked this one up on my last visit to the brewery, a love of 'filberts' inspired me to try this brown.

pours deep amber with tall, soft tan head. the aroma is nutty-chocolate and coffee, very nice. taste at first is chocolate,smoke, coffee and toasted malt, balanced with light hops, almost no bitterness. a lingering coffee-hazelnut on the tongue.

i am not a big fan of browns, but this one is beyond any usual brown ale. for anyone who knows 'filberts' and enjoys a nice glass of beer, this is a must try.

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

Pours a nice light brown with a golden color in the light.

The smell is of nice nutmeg and carmel with hops in the back ground real nice.

The taste is amazing light and sweet. Nutmeg is definitely in the front with caramel and hop bitterness in the back this is a great beer probably one of my all time favorites. Just crisp clean and an all around great brown ale.

The mouthfeel is light and esay to put away great session beer.

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