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): 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,819
Reviews:
1,477
Ratings:
4,317
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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313
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Ratings: 4,317 |  Reviews: 1,477
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark tea brown color with a beige head that displays reasonable longevity and leaves some bolts of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and nuts aroma

Taste: Starts with a chocolately flavor that, after the swallow starts to display some hazelnut complexity; the finish has a touch of vanilla and is a little bitter, but more like nut skin bitter than hoppy bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink and a definite improvement on the typical brown ale

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a foamy dark head with average retention. Aroma is nutty from the hazelnut flavour and malty with some roastiness. Taste is quite enjoyable with the hazelnut easily identifiable and roasted malt balancing everything else. Overall, I would say that this is a very good session beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear mahogany in color with some reddish highlights and light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces by about 50% and leaves a half finger thick layer over the entire surface of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a nice backdrop of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness that provides the platform for the wonderful hazelnut notes.

T: The flavors really follow the aromas for the beer... There is a very nice caramel malt body with wonderful buttery hazelnut flavors. The flavors of the hazelnut are not as strong as the aroma. Sweet upfront with some very light bitterness which does not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. There is a nice complexity to the taste and smell of the beer, including the inclusion of the hazelnut. Definitely a beer I would get again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I also paid $4.49 for a 22 Oz. bottle, which is a little too much for a college student such as myself. Still, it is fun to spring for stuff like this every now and then. Appearance is a very dark brown with a creamy, light brown head. Smell is nutty, fairly strong, but not overpowering. Taste is mildly nutty, however I was expecting it to be a little more intense from the aroma. Note: Let this beer warm up a little to unleash more nutty flavor. This is nicely balanced which adds to a nice drinkability. Still, I wish the nutty flavor was stronger. Overall, this is a really good beer, but lacks something to be an all-time great.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This appears simply to be a specially bottled "Hazelnut Brown Nectar". All of the ingredients and specifications match from bottle to bottle with the exception of the color. The Hazelnut Brown Nectar is listed at 36 degrees Lovibond, but the Morimoto is darker at 44.

It's a dark reddish brown with a foamy light tan. Hazelnut is noteable in the aroma along with some cocoa-ish notes from a softly sweet malt. It's medium bodied and the gentle, natural carbonation caresses the tongue. It's sweetly cocoa-ish and lightly fruity upfront, followed by a distinct hazelnut note in the finish along with a light, mildly roasted note in the aftertaste. It's well-balanced with a median bitterness that leaves the sweetness of the malt up front, but drys out the finish. Quite enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-2010 bottle tasted on Jan 1st 2011- (rating based on later review)
A - Deep cherry amber. Light head with low retention.

S - Sweet brown sugar, and Nutella.

T - Nutella mirrored from the nose. Lighter breads. Touch of caramel and fresh apricots.

M - Light body with a smooth sweet finish. Nice carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Great flavor and a smooth character.

-2011 bottle labled as Morimoto Hazelnut tasted May 2011- (rating based on this review)
A – Ruby maple. Lightly off-white head sits low with poor lace.

S – Great toasted pecan and hazelnut nose.

T – Huge roasted hazelnut flavor dominates the profile. Soft malt mid. Sweet pecan finish. Fantastic.

M – Light body but not watery. Lightly sweet finish with a lingering toasted hazelnut flavor.

O – The hazelnut in this beer is incredible. The toasted character is warm and soothing, with soft edges that are noticeably absent of burnt notes.

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Photo of chinchill
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in a stemmed stubby flute.

A: A fine dark brown color; Cloudy with a sudsy/creamy head. Head has only a short life.

S: Aroma of light malt is nearly buried under the powerful aroma of roasted hazelnuts.

T: A remarkable nutty flavor; unusual, but true to the "Hazelnut Brown" label. Markedly nutty; more so than any beer I can remember. This component is mainly hazelnut but there is a bit of generic roasted nut flavor there too. It finishes with an extravagant roasted hazelnut and malt flavor, with hints of chocolate, oats, and spicy hops. Excellent bitter/sweet balance.

M: smooth; rather full bodied; excellent, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a world-class nut brown ale. Not to be missed by any beer aficionado, this is an easy-drinking beer I'll be recommending to others.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear but dark brown with a full, long-lasting head out of a Rogue growler, bottled right at the Newport pub.

The hazelnut comes through strongly in the taste and smell, especially in a fresh batch like this. Roasted malt, caramel undertones, subdued hoppiness. Very dry stuff, especially in the finish. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with pretty light carbonation; very smooth and refreshing. This stuff is infinitely drinkable.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of REVZEB
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another of the dark rich beers had during the day,pours a deep brown with some amber highlights thr out a nice creamy looking head that leaves a light amount of lace,big rich aromas some sweet cream and vanilla with only a light hazelnut note.Taste up is of dark roast coffee going into a light mocha flavor with that hazelnut flavor coming thry late and even more as it warmed.A rich flavorful brown ale somewhat sweet but not cloying a good dessert beer I would think.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large yellowish head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, nuts, maple, caramel and some hops.

T: The taste is very sweet up front with flavors of hazelnut, coffee, caramel and maple. The malt character is very hearty and there's a mild hops presence that comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty if you're ok with the sweetness, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink if you want a brown ale with some extra flavor than most have.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Rifugium
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Gullifty's, Wayne, PA

This was ok, but it was really lacking in flavor, which was disappointing considering the promise of hazelnut. I mean I wasn't expecting a Nutella beer, but...hmm... hmmm...

Poured a dark tea brown with a small off-white head that settled to a thin ring of bubbles. Toasty malts in the aroma, and not much else; slightly nutty. Taste: it's a brown ale. Malts and...malts, some caramel, a bit of nuttiness, brown sugar, and some coffee bitterness. Not really hazelnut though. Medium body, somewhat drinkable, but pretty bland I thought.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown; To produce the head, I had to pour vigorously. no longevity to the suds, no lace on the glass.

Slight band-aid smell, behind that there are sweet malt notes of chocolate and crystal. Some buttery-ness, very low hop.

Very nice hazelnut flavor. Very sweet. Thick cream-like body with a below average carbonation (which accentuates the candy flavors). The hop used is strictly for spice, not balance. The aftertaste starts as honey sweetness that fades into a subtle hop flavor.

In my humble opinion, when compared to other Rogue beers, this one is a miss, although I love the creativity. Hazelnut flavors and aromas make this beer palatable. It's just that it could be so much better.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How izzit that I have NEVER reviewed this beer in one serving style or another?!? Ridiculous! Of course, I was probably just waiting for them to begin putting their beers in CANs. That is just a CANQuest (tm) postulation, but I'm sticking with it. My last beer was a massive hazelnut beer, so this one makes about as much sense as anything else associated with me.

From the CAN: "Dare*Risk*Dream"; "Dedicated to Chris Studach & Homebrewers Everywhere"; "Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth nutty finish."; "Brewed Using 14 Ingredients: 2-Row, Munich, C-15, C-75, C-120, Brown, Rogue Farms Dare (tm) & Risk (tm) & Kiln Coffee Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution & Independent Hops; Hazelnut Extract, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast."; 33 IBU * 14 Plato * 36 L * 73.6 AA".

I am SO exited that they have begun CANning their beers that when I Crack!edthis one open, I celebrated with ... a slow, steady Glug. I wasn't THAT excited! Whaddya think, I've reverted back to my old ways?!? OcCANsionally, but not in this case. No, I was a good boy & I was rewarded with an opportunity to CANduct an in-glass swirl. This raised just over a finger of soapy, foamy, light-tan head with extremely limited retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27), but closer to 22 with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a maple syrupy sweetness along with the unmistakable scent of hazelnut. Mmm. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not watery, but nothing worth crowing about, either. The taste was rather sweet, but given the laxity of the site's Style descriptor, it was not a problem. It was less an American Brown Ale as an opportunity for them to Dare & Risk with what CAN be an overwhelming flavor when it comes to hazelnut. I liked that they did not go over the top and allowed the malts to also have a chance. I was really reminded of hazelnut coffee at one point as it warmed. Finish was semi-sweet, bordering on outright sweet, which CAN be too much for me. However, in reviewing to style & not to taste, it was fine. One was plenty for me. YMMV.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice, medium slightly-hazed brown with a fairly-nice off-white head.

S: Definite nuttiness comes through along with some sweet malt; not terribly complex, but a really nice balance. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background.

T: Again, loads of nuts coming here. A bit distracting and not quite as clean as the nose was. This is definitely a bit one-dimensional, but not bad by any means.

M: Very nice and creamy. The nut flavors work well with the sweetness.

D: All a bit too much hazelnut, detracting a bit from the ultimate drinkability of this one, along the same lines as their Chocolate Stout.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,317 ratings