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:
1,440
Ratings:
4,152
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
Wants:
298
Gots:
838
For Trade:
3
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep brown body that is crystal clear but doesn't let a good deal of light through. The light tan head is a thin film that quickly turns to a ring around the rim. The carbonation is a gentle one of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt has a chocolate note with a nice little nutty quality. There is a faint cream smell that give nice depth to the malt. There is a light note of coffee roasted malt in the background that give a bit of earthiness to the malt.

T- This beer has a smooth rich dry malt flavor of dark malt, but not black malt. The notes of milk chocolate, red rope licorice, cream and lightly toasted nuts come through very nicely.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the beginning and a creamy texture in the finish.

D- Most beers that try to have a nutty flavor just never pull it off. This is one of the few that does. It has a nice complex malty flavor that is still a full-bodied session beer. It is almost a desert with the slight sweetness, big creaminess and nice nuttiness all it is missing is a big alcohol taste and you have desert in a glass.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 21/9/11

A hazy reddish brown with a thumbs width of foam that quickly falls to a thin film that leaves a few random patches of lace

S some nuttella spread and faint milk chocolate, a little earthy, smells like a chocolate bar I want too eat

T as it smells but with a faint fruity aspect but its a little sour, very nutty for sure with a slight chocolate flavor too back it up

M somewhat thin but just enough bubbles too give it some life, flavors linger faintly for some time

O decent but I'm surprised its on the beers of fame list, tastes a little fake and I guess its from extract

not blown away by this one but still very easy too drink, if you like hazelnut this ones for you

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant brown under a ½” white foam collar that dissipates to a thick film.
S: Big nutrella nose at first but it slowly calms down.
T: Nutrella up front that fades to nuts in general by the aftertaste.
F: Creamy medium body and carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer but there was just a shade too much hazelnut that dominates the brown ale flavors.

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

Solid brown with a nice full creamy brown head. Nice balanced hazelnut and chocolate aroma. Robust hazelnut and chocolate malt flavors with no hop character for a Rogue ... very different but a nice departure. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth with a long chocolate cocoa finish.

A delicious non-hoppy Rogue brew for a change... A must try !

Per RA website: Great Western 2-row Pale, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Crystal 80 and Crystal 135, Carastan, and Beeston Pale Chocolate malts; hazelnut extract; Perle and Saaz hops.
Measurements: 14 degrees Plato, IBU 33, apparent attenuation 73.6, Lovibond 36.

(22 oz. bottle)

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with amber highlights and a foamy one inch beige head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Deeply caramelized malt, molasses, toasted nuts, toasted bread, and a hint of chocolate form the rich, sweet aroma.

Flavor is fairly sweet, with brown sugar, slightly burnt caramel, and light molasses opening the profile, which is quickly engulfed by lightly toasted hazelnuts, leading to notes of toasted bread, with slightly roast malt drying out the finish. Toffee and a touch of fruity character from the roast malt add complexity.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation.

Great beer, for what it is. Fruity character and over the top diacetyl are a little overwhelming, but well represented malt and nut character. Not cloying. A guilty pleasure brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy brown with a small off-white head. It smells like nuts, roasted malt, and some caramel. It tastes mostly like chocolate and hazelnuts, and there's also some caramel and malt taste with a small bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light/medium, and a little bit creamy. This is pretty easy to drink too, I wouldn't have many problems drinking 2 or 3 bombers of this. This is a pretty good beer, but then I don't think I've ever had a bad beer from Rogue.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, rich brown, 1/4 inch head,

Smell: toasted malt, hazelnut, caramel

Taste: hazelnut, caramel, toasted malt and some hops in the middle

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, sweet start-bitter middle and sweet end. I can feel the carbonation and it is really distracting.

Drinkability: I could have this again and may. The hazelnut is very prominent and I love the gentle bitterness. The biggest problem I have with this beer is the high carbonation which distracts from a spot on taste. If they mellowed the carbonation some, the drinkability would be higher.

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly powerful aroma of malt, that brown ale nuttiness, and some fruit.

T: Tasted mainly of the nutty quality (the hazelnut I assume), roasted malt, some dark fruits, and a light amount of hops. Easily the most complex, flavorful and enjoyable brown ale I've tasted.

M: A lot of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a brilliant example of an American Brown Ale. Sweet-tasting, lots of personality, well-balanced - everything you want.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at Fatheads recently was poured from a 22oz bottle ordered from the upstairs.

A - Poured a clear brown color with slight head.
S - I asked my friend what it smelled like and he said "mopwater" but I could smell the grain and malt but not too much nut.
T - Pretty ok Nut brown ale. Really wanted more nut with a title like "Hazelnut" but it was pretty good.
M - Went great with my "headwitch" very light and refreshing.
D - I may not have it again since I can think of a couple of nut browns that taste better but this one crosses the 6 percent ABV so that might have affected the flavor

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy dark reddish brown brew. Frothy head lasts well, and laces well. Aroma is creamy, malty, and a bit nutty. Taste is sweet, husky brown malts with a hazelnut finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Enjoyable brew.

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

22oz Bottle from Total Wine

A- Dark but opaqe brown. Minimal head and lacing.

S- Malts - carmel, bready and some milk chocolate whiffs

T- Roasted nuts, semi sweet chocolate, burnt butter, sweet cereals slight bitter finnish.

M- Smooth and creamy, slightly over carbonated

D- Would have liked a little more hazelnut flavor. Good beer, but nothing that pushed the envelope.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a small creamy brown which didn't last very long. A small strata of bubbles was leaving my drink until they all escaped. The color contained a little caramel and ruby swirled to gether with a very dark brown.

Smell- Awesomely nutty with a heap of malt and little bitterness in my wiff.

Taste- Stars with a general nutty flavor which leads into a blended hazelnut and roasted malt mix. Ending with some hops in the aforementioned flavor.

Mouthfeel- A little rich, but nothing to overpower the palate. Very nutty, but a veryy good nutty :).

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split this with a couple of friends today.

Pouring dark brown with a thin, brown head that recedes to a ring rather quick. This is decent. The nose is just a little disappointing. Caramel and some brown sugar are noticeable, but what jumps right out are soggy corn flakes (unsweetened). Initially, the hazelnut is REALLY strong, but it gently fades, bringing a some of balance. The palate opens lightly sweet, with caramel, brown sugar and quite a bit of hazelnut flavor. Again, I get a strange soggy cereal flavor, rather off-putting. Mildly sweet on the finish, this is medium-light in body and has moderate carbonation. I don't know if this bottle is off, but this isn't all that enjoyable.

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Photo of bark
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The gigantic (no, really) head is pale brown. The clear liquid is dark brown.

The mild smell got notes of nut crème, a touch of wet dog, roasted nuts and a mild bitter flavour.

The first taste is bitter. Notes of nut crème, but much more dry than the "real thing". Some sweetness and a fine bitterness. Hints of wood. The aftertaste is dry with notes of hops, crushed hazelnuts and a touch of phenols/soap.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is a little sticky.

Not the explosion of sweet nuts that I had hoped for. Still a good brown ale.

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

Appearance: Clear red-brown colour with nice red highlights. The head poured a little thin, but had a pleasant-looking light brown colour with good retention and stickage.

Smell: Chocolately malts along with nuts are dominant, with a light (herbal?) hoppiness. My wife commented that this smelled just like a chocolate bar, and she was right.

Taste: Rich, nutty flavour seemed to come partly from the hazelnut extract and partly from the malt. Nice balance between bitterness, chocolate and roasted malts. Bitterness becomes stronger at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium/high carbonation with a medium body. The smooth, creamy texture was very nice.

Drinkability: This is a great dessert beer. Not overly sweet or strong, but suited for drinking with sweets. It paired really well with a slice of chocolate pecan pie.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Dark brown with a thin one-finger head. Left some lacing from when the head was still settling.

Aroma: Malty and toasty with a hint of hazelnut and even chocolate in the nose. Mellow for a brown ale.

Taste: Rich and toasty upfront with strong hazelnut flavor. Smooth in the middle. Hazelnut flavor sticks to the back of the tongue. Malty. Mildly chewy. Flavorful and simple.

Mouthfeel: Hazelnut! Like eating one of those chocolate hazelnut candies, but in a beer. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable.

Verdict: Very nice ale. Smooth, drinkable and the hazelnut is a nice perk. I can't believe I waited so long to try this one!

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

Clear and deep auburn appearance. Head is airy and fluffy. Retention is pretty good. Lace is sticky. Aroma is chocolatey, nutty, malty and a little spicy. The taste is smooth and nutty. Hazelnut is definitely there, but there's also a very appealing cocoa powder presence. The bittersweet characteristics of the chocolate/roasted malt/hop blend is pretty nice. Lingering dry cocoa and roasted nuts leave you yearning for more. The body is about medium full and the mouthfeel nicely carbonated.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic. Pour was a translucent mid-colored brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Quarter-inch head settled into a thin skim of foam almost immediately; zero lacing present during the tasting. Strong scents of hazelnuts and brown sugar out of the bottle, but mellowed considerably in the glass. Flavors similar to nose, but much less intense. Hazelnut flavor detectable at finish as well as a hint of wheat. Well-balanced mouthfeel with a touch of carbonation and a smooth finish; alcohol was well-hidden. A solid session brown, but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan-tinged garnet with off white film. Red liquorice and faint nut on the nose.
Raspberry jam and some brown toast and a sweet hazelnut finish and no hops that I notice. Medium, some chew, round.

Perfectly medium body and flavor. A substantial presence but still very drinkable. Just a bit too fizzy to be great. I could drink this all November.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker beer, light brown, some red in the light prism. Nuttyaroma, euro hop smell.

Nutty and malty, but not overly thickening. Thinner than the appearance. Kinda tastes like it has oats even though the ingredients say no such thing. Chocolate nuts. Very slight chocolate. A real malt bomb without being thick. Not for hopheads. Always pricey when it comes to these guys.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A fair tan head forms and leaves some good lace down the glass.
S: Dark malt that has a great nutty aroma. Some chocolate and brown surger as well
T: Buttery and nutty. Lots of hazelnut up front and finishes nice with plenty of chocolate towards the end.
M/D: Rich and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all night (and almost did).

I really like this beer. A smooth and great tasting beer. I highly recommend this one.

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

Pours a nice chestnut brown with a light nut brown colored head.
Aroma is dominated by the hazelnut but also has a nice amount of maltiness and other nut-oriented malts (probably Special Roast and Victory for you homebrewers out there).
This is one of the smoothest drinking beers that I've ever had. Words really can describe the magnitude of how much I love this beer. The pleasant flavor of the hazelnut maltiness makes me want to chug this beer down but you will be rewarded if you savor and enjoy slower. There is a nice amount of maltiness and a slight hoppiness added to the wonderful sweet hazelnut flavor which is more evident as the beer warms a tad.
Drinkability is very high for the entirety of this 16 oz pint but I don't think I could solely session this all night as the sweetness would overwhelm me eventually. Otherwise, absolutely delicious.

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Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a deep brown colour with good clarity. Nice, small, light tan head.

Rich and robust hazelnut aroma with sweet malt in the background. This is all about the nuts.

A smooth, malty brown ale with lots of characteristic Rogue residual sweetness. Very nutty with a distinct hazelnut flavour. A little chocolatey too.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An interesting beer and a good use of hazelnut flavour. The nut character is a bit much for some but I think it works.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter brown color with a billowy tan head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within. These pop slowly overtime and leave a very nice level of lacing.

Smell – Sweet aromas of brown sugar and molasses are quite strong. These are mixed with a malty breadlines and a hazelnut aroma. They all were in some ways not too complementary and instead seemed to be somewhat stale and artificial in nature.

Taste – A sweet brown sugar and roasted maltiness start the taste quite strong. These are soon meet with some of the hazelnut flavor and a sweeter molasses flavor that develop more toward the middle of the taste. The nuttiness intensifies as the taste advances more and is mixed with a lighter coffee flavor which dry the sweet flavor a bit at the end and leave a bitter sweet taste on the tongue which lingers a bit too long.

Mouthfeel –Creamier then the average brew with a very medium level of carbonation. The creaminess suits the malty flavors well, but the carbonation sort of takes away from the flavors.

Overall – It was an alright brew. The flavors weren’t the greatest as some seemed a little bit artificial and the bitter and the sweet did not seem to meld very well.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into pint glasses. The beer was milk chocolate brown color, looked and smelled quite a bit like Newcastle brown ale. Actually I expected a hazelnut smell but didn't get it. The flavor was mostly sweet, hardly any bitterness at all. Very easy to drink, a "session" beer.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,152 ratings.
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