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Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

1,423 Reviews
Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

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

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Reviews: 1,423 | Ratings: 4,062
Photo of TripelJ
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Rogue Morimoto Signature Ale

Presentation 22 oz. bomber w/ silk-screened logo featuring Chef Morimoto. Poured a dark ruby-brown with a thin off-white head. Smells sweet with hints of hazlenut and chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately full-bodied with an initial crispness from the hops and carbonation. Beyond the initial crispness is several sweet flavors including hazlenut, chocolate, and coffee all blended smoothly together. Finishes slightly dry with some residual bitterness from some of the roasted flavors and hops. Overall a very nice "fruit/vegetable" beer that demands attention and deserves respect. I was not disappointed with its replacing the original Hazlenut Nectar which was excellent, itself.

Note: This beer is tasty cold, but really shines as it warms up a bit. I recommend pouring the first glass direct from the fridge and letting the bottle sit out while you consume it. Unless, of course, if you dump the whole thing in a big liter mug : P.

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Photo of homersimpson
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with a light reddish tint, light beige lace
Caramel malty and a hint of the nuttiness in the nose
Super chewy with a stickiness that lingers
Very malty with a nutty toffee flavor that jumps to your tongue. A light bit of spicy hop to keep it from being too sweet. Long, sweet toffee caramel nut finish.
Great beer, not hoppy like most Rogues, but almost perfect. always a favorite.

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

Beautiful cloudy brown color with a decent tan head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Chocolate and hazelnut aromas, chocolate and nutty flavors as well with a nice nutty sweetness, medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering sweetness.

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Photo of avylover
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking brew. It's a deep clear mahogony red color with a light tan head that sticks around nicely. Aroma is good & malty, some what bready and slightly spicey. This is not a huge explosion oftaste, but pretty good still. Starts off with a mildy sweet nutty chocolate taste and a velvety mouthfeel, then dries up on the back end with a good dose of hops. Finishes with a slight burnt coffee taste. Very balanced brew. As it warms the tastes start to come through a bit more. Perfect amount of carbonation and a solid head make for a great mouthfeel. Easy drinking. This is what I would expect from rogue. Nothing over the top, just a good beer with my RDA of hops.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This was a beautiful, deep red beer. The rough tan head took some coaxing to get it to rise to just one finger. It was gone in a flash, leaving only a thin ring around the edge of the glass. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: A thick hazelnut aroma dominated the smell of this beer. This was not something that I noticed in the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Thrown in underneath this nuttiness was tart dark fruit, sweet butter toffee, and a hint of smoke. Overall, very nice, but not very beerlike.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty darn smooth. It was faintly fuzzy on the tongue.

Taste: On the tip of the tongue, a fruity tartness kicked in immediately. Then, almost as quickly as it appeared, it was overwhelmed by flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and nuts. These flavors continued to linger well into the aftertaste where they were joined by a toffee-like sweetness.

A good solid beer for when you want something "different" but don't want anything too crazy. More flavorful than I remember the Hazelnut Brown Nectar being.

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

Brown beer, very clear. Thin Tan head that does not last long. Not over the top Hazelnut flavor, but it does kick in in the finish, a nice subtle note. A bit of the Hazelnut note in the nose as well. I like that the sweetness in this beer is very subtle, I hate when these beers are over-sweetened. The front taste is malty, and I can't pull out any taste of the hops, which I was not really expecting to.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice nutty brown into my pint glass. Aroma is sweet, sugar-glazed hazelnuts, with an over tone of the Saaz hops used.

Taste is that of a traditional brown ale (and an excellent one), with hazelnuts and a smooth chocolate. The chocolate seems sweetened (an odd example, but the closest thing I can think of is hot-chocolate mix).

The nuts come on more as an aftertaste after the crisp brown ale has worked it's wonders. For a flavored ale, and a dessert ale, this is wonderfully balanced. A little sweet, but that's the point.

The 650 ML bottle, with the sweetness can be a bit much by the end of the bottle. This would be excellent split between two romantically inclined people, perhaps served with cheesecake.

An excellent job here, as far as flavored ales go, and I look forward to trying Rogue/Morimoto's Soba Ale.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

im hyped on the iron chef so im hyped on this beer. this bad boy pours a deep ruby brown with a decent tan head. nice clarity. smells of light chocolate, hazlenuts and roasted goodness pop up after the pour. this is a matly drink, dessert like but not sweet, nice hazlenut and cocoa mix with very little hop bitterness. mouthfeel is suprisingly light for what i though would be somewhat of a heavy weight, smooth and not too filling. this stuff needs to come in barrels so i can just bogard it and drink it all the time. i love you mr. morimoto.

$3.49 a bomber.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark ruby brown in color with a nice tan head.

Smell – The sharp hazelnuts lead the way along with a hint of chocolate and some solid, toasted malt.

Taste – The nut flavor comes out big in the tongue. The malt base is there as well along with some stiff, balancing hops (was there any doubt?). I was barely able to taste the chocolate cocoa powder that I picked up at the nose.

Mouthfeel – Flat and medium-bodied without a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability – This is a fair rendition of the style, although I thought the hazelnut could have been a little more subdued and the ale better balanced.

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Photo of bditty187
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish-red hue, foamy beige head, about a finger and a half in size, faded quickly to half that amount, a large collar developed. No lace. Very lovely nose, hazelnuts dominate, light chocolate underneath, I found it rather simple but exceptionally appealing. Good potency. The palate is tasty (and pretty much what the nose indicated): hazelnuts, almonds, and a kiss of chocolate, individualistic sweetness, toasty like Fat Tire, the bitterness is largely absent. Good complexity but not on multiple levels. The hazelnut flavor becomes a little much after 22 ounces. The carbonation is moderate but caressing and natural, medium body. Easy drinking. This is a very solid offering from Rogue, not as bold or as hoppy as I expected. It doesn’t blow me away… it is very solid and respectable. Its nothing I’d drink regularly, it needs to be paired with food. You, however, should try one!

$5.00 in Omaha.

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Photo of Stingray5
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a nice chestnut with red highlights, soft off white head. Getting some hops and chocolate malts in the aroma. Medium mouthful, a little thinner than I was expecting, but not a bad thing. First sip reveals the hazelnut flavors. A lot like drinking a flavored ice coffee. More coffee/hazelnut in the finish, good, but leaves a bit of a lingering aftertaste. Slight saacharin.

Not entirely sure what to make of this one. A little gimmicky, but at the same time tasty - the h-nut is in good balance. Not overpowering like the Chocolate Stout. Decent.

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber, this one poured a deep clear ruby brown with an inch of tight tan head withplenty of lace. The nose is a healthy dose of malt and balanced hops with hazelnut and roasted notes, very alluring. The taste is heavy n the malt with roasted hazelnuts, hints of maple syrup, and earthy hops. the finish is rounded out with malts and slight hop bittering. This is really quite a fine drink, smooth and rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation that goes down easy. I had it solo, but could imagine this pairing with a number of different foods from appetizers to desserts.. well done..

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Outstanding! I love this beer. What a terrific taste. The hazelnut is prominent, and the bitterness is just right. Once you've sampled hunderds of beers, it's hard to find one that's truly unique, but this one is. Only a somewhat thin body drops it below an absolute classic. Not a beer to drink more than one bomber at a time (IMO), but I will definitely will be revisiting this beer again!

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Photo of clvand0
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saw the Morimotos thinking they were different from the normal Rogues, but they aren't. Regardless, I've not had the normal Hazelnut. Pours a dark amber color with a small, thick head that sticks around for quite some time. I could not find the hazelnut in the aroma, but I did find some chocolate hints along with some sweet malts. The flavor really showed the hazelnut much better than the aroma. Other flavors were chocolate and roasted malt. The mouthfeel was a little thin and bitter, but a fairly decent beer overall. There are other offerings from Rogue that I will probably try again before this one.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark varnished brown, thin head less than one finger. Smells of chocolate. Taste is nutty, yes on the hazelnut side. A undertow of chocolate. Mildly bitter. Like a nutty stout without the roasted flavor. Of the two Morimoto ales I've tried I prefer the Soba to this. Slightly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Ave
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I picked up this 22oz bottle of happiness based on the high level of regard I have for the Rouge moniker, & it lived up to ever bit of that heritage in stellar fashion. When it poured out, it was only so-so in appearance. It could have had a bit more head to it, perhaps a more vigorous pour next time (& there WILL BE a next time). It did have a very nice dark brown color & a slightly cohesive velvet texture to it, but the fun really starts once you get your nose close to it. At first I thought it was just a rebottling of the standard Rouge Hazelnut, but no no, this beer is clearly a large step ahead of its older brother. The nose is full of sweet nutty caramels, with delicate roasted autumn spice. That velvety texture is seamlessly caried through to the tongue, & it has a luscious feel in the mouth. Not a lot of hopiness, that however seems to be consistent with the style, but the flavor is just out of sight. Lightly sweet, smooth caramel malts & a finish that leaves you fully satisfied, but still wanting more. I hope they keep this beer in circulation, because I’ll be looking to stock up.


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Photo of SetarconeX
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those rare and wonderful beers where for the first half of the glass, you're really not sure what to make of it. Then, halfway down, you're still not bored with it, and you realize you have something rare and wonderful in your hand. Very dark brown with a hint of red, and a nice light brown head, it's visually very appealing.

The smell, and to a slightly lesser extent the taste, is something like a good stout. With nuts. Toasted nuts. A nutty, very tosty stout. What a wonderful taste. And to think on Iron Chef I always pulled for Chen, Iron Chef China!

Just when I think I'm over my seemingly endless worship of Rogue breweries, they hand me something like this. They have once again, as they have a thousand times before, managed to impress me.

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Photo of nixhecks
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with rootbeer edges and a decent tan head. The aroma was very deep and rich - sharp coffee and chocolate malts, and maybe just a hint of hazelnut. The taste starts off with the same coffee from the smell, then kicks in a good dose of hazelnut that comes through the most in the aftertaste. Hints of chocolate also leave to thirsting for the next sip. The mouthfeel was a little thin but I did like the way that the carbonation fizzled in my mouth - it seemed almost like a hazelnut soda. Very good brew, nice and unique. Rogue truly rocks!

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of head. There is a fair bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a sweet malt and hazelnut aroma that is very strong. It fills the nose well. The taste is also filled with sweet hazelnut and a bit of caramel. Just a hint of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong. The drinkability is also very good. Probably my favorite nut brown.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from (what else) a bomber. The good chef is on the label hoisting a glass. It's brown with a bit of amber and a tan head that disappears quickly. Although the hazelnut comes through minimally in the smell, it really dominates the taste. The overall flavor is a bit sweet and subdued. Unfortunately, not being a big fan of hazelnut in any form, the taste didn't really capture my fancy. It's a nice beer and I'm sure better than most "flavored" beers out there. The mouthfeel is right on and it does drink well. I guess I'm one of the few that preferred the Morimoto Soba to the Hazelnut.

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

I had this side by side with a bottle of the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, and they're nearly identical. Happyhour, my girlfriend and I split them, and this was the second one, so there will be some comparison notes.
The beer pours the same deep ruddy brown color, perhaps a shade darker, although an almost insignificant difference. The head is the same yellowed beige, diminishing into the same thick ring, and retaining equally well through the sample. Thus far, I'd be hard pressed to tell them apart.
Aroma is much the same as the hazelnut, perhaps somewhat sweeter, with less roastiness and a more pronounced chocolate smell. Not a chocolate malt aroma, but that of an addition of real chocolate to the beer. The hazelnut is about the same, and the fruitiness is a bit more enhanced, perhaps adding to the sweetness. Hops are minimal, with the barest trace of some herbal saaz. Strong caramel and toasted malt aroma, pretty much the same as the Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
Flavor is very similar to the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but a bit sweeter, and less robust. Dark chocolate flavor is more pronounced, leading further into the sip, with the caramel and toasted malt a bit more subdued and smoother. Carbonation is much smoother, with less coarseness on the tongue. Mild plum, with perhaps a trace of currant. A wisp of hopping comes through towards the end, very low alpha. Body seems a bit lighter than the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, with a thinner maltiness, particularly in the beginning. The finish contains the same hazelnut. I actually prefer the hazelnut flavor in this one, it seems a touch more pronounced.
I found the Morimoto to be a bit smoother and less robust than the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, although they're pretty much identical. Looking at the ingredients on the back, they appear identical. Based on a back to back sampling, I'd say it's very close, but perhaps some small changes in malt ratio, with a touch more hazelnut flavoring. Almost so close it could be passed off as a slight inconsistency between different batches. Good stuff.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a pint glass. Bomber sized bottle.

Appearance: Lovely clear mahogany color liquid topped by a 1/2" tall head of light tan bubbles. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

Smell: Definite smells of caramel and toffee. Amaretto and hazelnut arommas as well. Faint hint of light chocolate.

Taste: Caramel malt flavor dominates, then the taste of hazelnut comes throught. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel with a pleasantly nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: I likes me some hazelnuts, and I hope the new Morimoto verson of this ale is not much of a recipe change. Not and everyday drinking beer, but not one to save for special occasions either. You'd better like nuts if you have this. It's not overly nutty, but it definitely informs the flavor profile.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is nutty and malty. A medium bodied brown ale. This is a very nice nut brown ale. Nutty and malty, smooth and sweet. Mellow and very drinkable. This is a beer that is complex enough for the experienced beer drinker, yet simple enough to wean someone off macro-swill. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty sweet. Etched/Painted beer bottle

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Photo of stegmakk
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark brown almost black with a nice thick tan head that lasted a bit before dissappearing...
Aroma was slightly nutty...actually minimally nutty...sweet malt
Taste was more of the same...slightly nutty sweet malt maybe some roasted malt flavor...tasted like a typical nut brown ale...there was not enough taste to my liking...many other rogue beers are very flavorful...this was not anything special...
Mouthfeel was nice slight creamy feel...
Overall better than average but I will not buy this again

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Photo of Loki
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah yet another Rogue to try and love. I will not I got this beer after they sampled it at the shop my wife works at and it was still good by the time it made it home to me, open for at least an hour.

While it is widely claimed and believe that this is just a repackaged version of the Hazelnut Nectar I do not believe it is. I think the basic formula is the same, however there are evident differences.

Poured a hazelnut brown color with a slight amber hue. The pour created a decent off-white head for being open for a while. The lacing was not great, but hard to really judge.

The aromas were still very much alive. Scents of hazelnut, malt, and chocolate in the beginning. More chocolate than nut aroma then you see in the Nectar. There is a subtle hint of hops, but faint.

The body is fuller than the Hazelnut, but just as smooth if not smoother. The taste starts with a bit of chocolate, malt, and hazelnut with hints of caramel that finishes with very subtle hops and a little touch of alcohol.

This is a wonderfully smooth beer and is a bit nicer IMHO than the Hazelnut Nectar, but I hope that is still offered. They different in taste and smell even if the ingredients are the same. Both great.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.
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