Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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:
1,425
Ratings:
4,090
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
Wants:
292
Gots:
799
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 1,425 | Ratings: 4,090
Photo of jeschaefer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My taste buds came alive. Want is that delicious flavor? It’s hazelnut as in my favorite liqueur- Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. I was served this in a flight for which I didn’t pay attention to the names of each beer. Of course if I’d read the label I’d have seen "hazelnut" in the description. This is a beer I’ll go back to at every opportunity.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear ruby amber with three fingers of fluffy tan head that leaves splashes of creamy lace as it recedes.

Smells of roasted hazelnuts, rising brown bread dough, faint dried cherries and plain leafy hops.

Tastes of sweet brown biscuits with hazelnut spread, brown sugar, dried cherry dusted with cocoa powder and more mild hops.

Feels smooth and frothy. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Perfect for a cold, rainy night and a movie.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.42/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not sure what everyone else is getting from this to rate it so high. I find it has a good color and a decent smell, a little sweet with a strange nutty/malty/chocolate. The taste a little strange, nutty, slight sweet and a little bitter. A very thin, watery feel. Overall drinkable but not a good beer. But who knows it could of been a old bottle, since rogue refuses to date its beer. Wouldn't get again.

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Photo of vmauery
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one delicious beer. It is definitely in my top 5 beer list. Please send me any bottles you do not want to drink. It does not hurt that the picture of the dude on the label looks a lot like me.

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Photo of Texnyan
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed for the second time last night and will be looking for more soon. Other reviews pretty unanimously nailed the color/taste notes/head, so I'll just add my two thumbs up support of this brew.

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Photo of Martine
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours (obviously) hazelnut brown with a red eclipse into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. Off white head falls from a finger high down to froth after a short while. Minimal lacing, low retention.

The nose is full of hazelnuts, cocoa, and sweet malts. If anyone is familiar with Nutella then this is what to expect when in the vicinity of this ale, you're bowled over with nuts.

The flavour follows on with huge nutty flavours, cocoa beans, and biscuit malts. It's like the aftertaste of eating Ferrero Rocher, the nutty flavour is positively massive with large follows on of praline, cooking chocolate, and some coffee beans; there's a sweetness which lies low all the way through, balancing all of the earth flavours.

In the mouth it feels smooth, medium bodied and lowly carbonated. It has a slight mouth-coating quality on the sip which molds into a wet feel on the swallow, making it very drinkable and light for a brown ale.

I adore this ale; one of the best brown ales I've ever had the pleasure to try. Would highly recommend for those who like malty nutty flavours.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium-dark brown, almost copper in the light, clear with a chunky haze. Moderately retaining, uniform, tan, foamy and creamy head. Definitely smell the hazelnut. Light tart and toasty notes. And that’s about it. It is to the point that it does not smell very much like beer at all. Strong and, despite name, unexpected, yet not unpleasant. taste is far out there, as with the smell I was expecting and hoping the hazelnut would be more subdued. The nature of hazelnut almost makes it seem more boozy than it is. Still, you get caramel, faintly tart, mildly nutty, light tobacco, earthy notes shining through. Sweet, fairly tart, nutty, not very roasty or bitter. Medium-bodied, somewhat slick and sticky, with fine, gentle, nearly flat carbonation. Certainly not a nasty beer, but a stylistic nonconformist.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

**
10/03/15
Very tasty brew. Smooth nutty flavor. Malty, caramel. Bready finish. Had this many times, but just realized I never rated it. A touch flat."
**

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Photo of deebo
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am not a hazelnut fan but this beer really was quite good. Great balance of a smooth nutty brown with plenty of hazelnut character. Mouthfeel and flavor really impressed me.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, hazelnut, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate, herbal, floral, and nutty/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balanced of dark/bready malt, hazelnut, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, hazelnut, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate, herbal, floral, and nutty/toasted earthiness. Slight herbal hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, hazelnut, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, toasted biscuit, light chocolate, and nutty/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, hazelnut, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly silky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent brown ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, hazelnut, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a brown color but looks ruby red when held up to the light. There is a small head which does not last long but some of it sticks around as a collar until the end. There is moderate carbonation and no lacing.

The smell is heavy on nutty notes, spicy malt, sweet malt and hazelnut. There is possibly some chocolate in there as well.

The taste follows the nose with hazelnut dominating, then a nutty, earthy taste. A little chocolate followed by more sweet malts then a creamy oatmeal like, sweet finish. There are some very light spicy hops on the backend. This is a good Brown Ale enhanced by the strong presence of hazelnut.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the Morimoto bomber while in Hawaii. Excellent hazelnut taste to this beer. Wish I was able to find a six pack in Illinois. Will be searching when I go out west this month. Great Brown Ale w/ a refreshing taste.

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Photo of fizzician
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown color with minimal head/lacing. Faint malty scent. Delicious creamy and nutty flavors with hints of vanilla. Tastes like an Irish Carbomb. Fine carbonation with smooth finish. Excellent.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a light brown with a finger of tan head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S: Hazlenut

T: Follows the nose with some more earthy flavors.

F: Medium bodied.

O: A solid brown ale.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Lots of things going on here. Hazelnut, cherry, semi-sweet chocolate. Smooth....really great mouthfeel. I lean more to the full hops IPA'S but this is a beautiful surprise.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark caramel brown, with off white head. Smell is not overpowering, light caramel, hint of hazelnut creamer. I was hesitant to try this self - described hazelnut brown ale. Everyone's palate is different, but I get a weird flavor from many browns... overly sweet and nutty that can lean towards a liquid soap. This had none of the negative, and the taste was great. Reminded me of some bocks I've had more than most brown ales. Creamy caramel malty base with great chocolate flavor, and just a hint of nut. Feel is nice and full.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into snifter. Head takes a moment to form, then fades, leaving webbing like the peel of an orange.

Smells like whole wheat bread, nuts. A little cherry and molasses.

Taste: Nuts, sweet liquid bread (hey, its beer), light roasted malts. Hops are minor.

Mouth is smooth. You're left with a "I ate a handful of nuts" taste."

A little sweet, but bready. One of the best smelling beers I've encountered. Really good.

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Photo of janubio
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber colour, with a small white head that fades soon, leaving a ring and lace. Smell of chocolate, spices, cherries, nuts. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste of chocolate, cherries, hints of nuts.

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Photo of horshack7
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite a dark mahogany brown with an off white head only and inch thick.

Aroma: Some chocolate malts with notes of chocolate licorice. Light molasses, roasted hops, nuttiness, caramel notes round it out.

Taste: Well this one quite a wave of chocolate licorice in the front with a smooth mouthfeel. Hops are roasted along with a malts which give it a nice malty backbone. Molasses makes it's presence know with some toffee notes in the back.

Notes: A very solid American Brown ale top to bottom. Cheers.

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Photo of lestes0912
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cold 12oz bottle poured in a glass.

A: Pours a red-brown with a thin head, white in color. Somewhere between a coke and iced tea in color when held to the light.

S: I get a cherry, vanilla, caramel smell to it.

T: Slight bitterness to start with carbonation that finishes smooth and on the sweet side but not so sweet that it is a dessert beer. Really fun twist on a brown ale (think adding creamer to a black coffee.)

M: Smooth brown ale with flavor. I'd say medium body.

O: Fantastic brown! Traditional brown, smooth (overall) and malty that gives it a great flavor and slight sweetness. One of my favorites and can be enjoyed year 'round!

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Photo of constantine_272
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with a small amount of tan foam. Smells of brown sugar and carbon and mineral. The taste also has the brown sugar sweetness, but it is a bit more overwhelming here. A tangy rich earthy and nutty creamyness builds and finishes medium dry. I don't quite know what to say here. This beer is kind of tasty, but at the same time just bizarre. The nut notes are oily and unnatural feeling, syrupy and all around just too much. How the hell do they extract hazelnut (a solid) into beer (a liquid)? On top of that, I found it a little too sweet.

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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 Barnoloid
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have a soft spot for this beer....one of the first craft brews I got into. Still enjoyed with fond nostalgia. Deep brown/caramel in color. Looks like melted English toffee. Hazelnut coffee creamer on the nose. Nice mix of creamy nut and a faint hint of an old school brown ale. Enough layers to avoid this being a one note ale.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.01/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had last night at Eli's in Branford. Pours a nice ruby color, slightly dark, with not much head or lacing. Smell is pretty muted, stirring up the bubbles I get a little nutty sweetness, some ale yeast too. Taste starts with a blast of sweetness and a big hazelnut syrup note, like the coffee creamer, very artificial. Ends bitter, a hint of roasted malt, slightly astringent. Feel is sticky, body is on the heavier side of medium. Overall, after reading the reviews I was excited to try this, what could be better than a rich brown ale with a nice nutty backbone? Turns out this is hazelnut syrup infused amber ale. Very weak brown ale with too much hazelnut flavor.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Some sweet nectary goodness. Pours light brown. Has a nice hoppy smell. Has a nice hazelnut taste with a little bit of a hoppy bite at the end. Body was not too think or too thin. It was just right. Couldn't get enough of it.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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