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:
4,209
Reviews:
1,455
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
867
For Trade:
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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 dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Rifugium
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
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 Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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 atrocity
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight up solid brown in color with a fizzy khaki-colored head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles and further settles leaving the beer to look like a glass of Nestea.

Smell: The scent isn't overly abundent, but it's there. It's there and it's hazlenut, baby! There's also cream soda, toast with honey, and a little bit of chocolate to be found.

Taste: It's delish! Malty sweet, with flavors of hazlenut, vanilla, and even coffee. The soft, floral hops are delicate and help to balance out the sweetness, though they remain light (and especially light for Rogue). Lastly, both chocolate and honey close out things. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Creamy. Carbonation remains low.

Drinkability: Excellent and unique! Very easy to drink. Sweet, but not too sweet. A very tasty brown ale!

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

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper/amber color with a half finger of beige head on top. It quickly reduced to a thin ring around the top. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of roasted nuts, hazelnut, caramel, and a little bit of maple even.

T: Lots of hazelnut flavor, some caramel and maple again. On the sweeter side, very light hop bite as well.

M: Medium bodied, on the creamier side for a brown, nice level of carbonation.

O: Really nice, the hazelnut flavor really does a good job in the brown ale. A nice easy drinking beer, if it was in 12oz bottles would pick it up more regularly.

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

Roasted nut brown with a significant infusion of crimson; the beer is especially ruddy when backlit. The ecru cap is dense, creamy and sticky--typical Rogue quality--and is impressively persistent. Small sheets of thick lace are nice to look at, but don't last as long as I'd like.

The aroma isn't as hazelnutty as I'd feared. I faulted the Morimoto version for being too one-dimensional, too focused on hazelnut. My hope is that this beer doesn't suffer a similar fate. Exiting the glass is a glorious combination chocolate malt, vanilla and buttered, roasted hazelnuts. Well done.

In comparison to Morimoto, this is easily the better beer, largely because its hazelnut flavor is more in harmony with the brown ale rather than completely dominating it. Outside of the obvious added flavor, the malt bill is a highlight (although it's hard to fathom why 7 different varieties of malt were necessary). Roasted barley is a larger part of the flavor profile than is chocolate, thereby allowing the hazelnut essence to shine. Tobacco is a subtle contributor as well.

Drinkability is enhanced by the fact that the beer falls marginally on the bitter side of the sweet-bitter continuum. The body firms up nicely with warming, even edging into creamy by the final third of the bottle. The finish is characterized by a piquant, nutty flavor that, once again, is evidence of an evenhanded addition of hazelnut nectar. Restraint was needed... and restraint was exercised.

This beer is a pleasant surprise. I'm a Rogue fan, but I wasn't expecting much after being disappointed by Morimoto Hazelnut. The secret, I believe, is that this beer is first and foremost a quality brown ale and the hazelnut flavor is complimentary in the best possible way. I should never have doubted. For my penance, I'll purchase a few more bombers as soon as possible.

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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with no freshness date, full list of ingredients and specs on the bottle.

Appearance: Very creamy looking light tan lace, very dark mahogany with reddish hues. Quite a treat to look at.

Smell: So damn malty in the nose with obvious nutty and hazelnut aromas. Toasted and roasted malts in the nose with a light and ripe dark fruitiness.

Taste: Soft mix of toasted and roasted malts up front with a big handful of sweetness. Flexed medium body with a rolling smooth carbonation. Quick flash of spicy hop throws in its bitterness to keep the brew in balance. Roasted malts seem to prevail over the toasted, but not by much. Hints of chocolate and charred wood follow. Suggestions of black currants and prune fruitiness. Mild nuttiness from the hazelnut extract as well as the malts.

Notes: A full flavoured brown ale with the nice addition of hazelnut extract. This is my kind of dessert beer, give me a square of tiramisu or molten chocolate cake and I’d be in beer heaven.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Finally got around to purchasing a bottle of this. Dont know why it took me so long, its like everywhere, I guess my priorities were on others..Anyway..

A - Poured a deep hazelnut brown with a small, maybe one inch tan head, Faded quickly and did not leave much behind. Some small residual glass lace, but nothing remarkable. Decent visible carbonation..

S - Roasted nuts and caramel, pretty straightforward but down very very nicely. A touch of roasted coffee as well. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

T - Very nice brown ale. Nice nuttiness and mix of caramel. Some light hop in the back. Good all around flavor, nothing really dominating. Some small coffee flavor again as I think about it.

M - A little slick, but nothing drastic. Decent feel though. Needed a bit more carbonation I think.

D - Totally sessionable in a big way. This was soo smooth you could drink it all night with no issues.

Overall this was a pretty damn fine brown ale. I have had better, but this is pretty damn good. Definatly worth checking out if you havent already.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this blind May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tenderbranson69.

A - A slightly darker than medium brown w/ a moderate light tan head w/ pin sized bead. Almost crimson when held to the light -dark copper w/ good clarity and moderately fast rising bubbles indicating effervescence.

S - Roasty-über roasted w/barley aroma, coffee and ultra nutty w/ a rich hazelnut and light biscuit element

M - Malt and nut elements combine w/ a fruity yeast and cereal malt sweetness that has a slight creamy texture from medium carbonation

T - Hazelnut's sweetness and roasted flavor's blend w/ a nice sweet caramel malt and light chocolate malt flavor. Mild hopping allows the 'nectar' to stand out w/ a light tropical hint and wood w/ a lasting roast flavor in the finish like an alcoholic version of hazelnut coffee w/ smooth creamy tastes. A taste that really owes more to hazelnut, but the base beer is a mighty decent tasting brown

D - Just great even as I remembered having it in the bottle before, the nut flavor of the hazelnut makes this one of the best flavored browns.Rogue deserves praise for this -a top notch brown ale, highly recommended.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,209 ratings.
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