Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
4,215 Ratings
Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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

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Photo of puertobrewing
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Great looking beer! Dark amber to reddish. Not much head but it may be due to the tap pressure settings.

S- Sweet and a hinch of fruitiness followed by a bit of wood but not a big smell.

F- Berries on the beginning, followed by a perfectly achieved nutty flavor. At the end a pleasant cocoa aftertaste very similar to the Yoo-Hoo! drink.

O- Very nice beer! Certainly I will have it again.

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Photo of gregb13
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is pretty strange. At first pour it looks amazing; deep reddish amber, small head, tight bubbles, great carbonation. Nose gets a little weird; biscuity, malty, and hazelnut... which doesn't seem to quite fit. Taste is very malty, syrupy sweet with hazelnut overtones. Sweetness lingers. Overall a nice effort, pretty much as expected.

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance – Nice opaque dark brown color. Looks warm, like it has some substance.
Smell – Nutty, fruity, interesting aroma. Some milk chocolate, caramel, bit of earthy hops. The hazelnut adds an interesting aspect to the standard malty brown ale aroma.
Taste – Chocolate maltiness, but not too roasty. Definite nuttiness, biscuit, bready with a bit of leafy hops buried underneath.
Mouthfeel – Smooth but dry and a bit light on the palate. The aroma hints to a much fuller brew, but this one is not too heavy on the palate.
Overall - Really a solid brew from Rogue. I can see why this one is so highly rated. Very interesting aroma and flavors going on with high drinkability add up to a great option in the brown ale arena.

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Photo of McD0uche
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured section of Brown Nectar bomber into a pint glass:

A: Pours a splendid dark, reddish-brown with excellent density. Light patches through the sides at odd angles, revealing medium carbonation. A massive, billowy head foams up about 3 fingers thick. The retention is superb. No lacing noted until the very end.

S: Smells delicious. Deep caramel, hazelnut, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Like butter and syrup. A rich and inviting smell that beckons a taste.

T: Robust, tangy, and boozy. Good mixture of caramel and roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate notes play in the end. The taste wasn't entirely what I was expecting after the smell, but it's still pleasant.

M: Surprisingly light, with a touch of carbonation. The flavor travels well. It's a bit oily, but finishes medium-dry and on a bitter note.

O: Quite impressive. Brown ales aren't generally my "go-to" beer, but I'll most definitely be tracking this one down in the near future. Outstanding.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: cola brown with copper hues. Tan, half finger head that quickly leaves. Very little lacing

Smell: Malt, nuts, woody

Taste: A malty, complex taste. Caramel and bread greet the tongue while those hazelnuts roll up in a nice rush of flavoring. A dry, wooden, smoky finish. Yum!

Mouthfeel: medium; low carbonation; creamy goodness

Overall: smooth, robust, a "sitting by the fire" sipper. I've never had a taste like this before. The hazelnut really makes it pop . I see why it's so recommended. Would love to try on tap.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy brown/garnet body with a tan head that forms a solid collar of bubbles.

S - Honey, bran cereal, caramel, graham crackers, bready malt, brown bread.

T - Brown bread crust, honey kissed cereal grains, sweet rice, roasted cane sugar, soft hazelnut and bits of light toffee, minor hop bitterness.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied.

Very focused flavors here. Delicate yet refined. Good texture and very enjoyable on any occasion.

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Photo of langm12
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

A - Dark Brown with reddish hues. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Thin tan head that recedes quickly.

S - Very malty. Hazelnut and Caramel. Tinge of fruits. Very appetizing.

T - Roasted malts up front. Very sweet. Hazelnut and Caramel. Hops add a good bit of zest to the end.

M - Light to medium with a bit of carbonation.

This is a very exceptional brown ale. Very well done.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m reviewing this as if it was a brown ale with hazelnuts. Which I’m assuming it is.

Lately brown ales have fallen out of my favor. I remember during my early days as a craft drinker favoring “dark” over “light,” as that was the best distinction I knew at the time. But as my palate expanded I realized the dark beers I was drinking were brown ales, and as I experienced more and more beers I found myself less enchanted with the big malt profile common to (or I associate with) them. So, strike one.

Strike two comes from being over Rogue beers. As a novice craft beer drinker I really took to their variety, and the clever yet snarky marketing they did. Plus, they were/are ubiquitous—you can find some Rogue beers in places where you’d be hard pressed to find any other craft taps. But, over time I started to feel like so much of their beer appeal came from the cool-but-unnecessary packaging, the multiple-releases under the same name, and a price-point that tended to be higher than some of the better stuff I could get locally at the time I was living in the Bay area.

While I still drink brown ales in recent memory I haven’t had anything that I’ll seek out again. And aside from a growler of Dead Guy and a few pints at the North Beach Rogue satellite spot I’ve been Rogue-free for a few years at this point. So Rogue Hazelnut was a curiosity pick, a novelty selection, something I wasn’t expecting to … well, enjoy so much, to be honest. And enjoy it is just my way of dialing back my enthusiasm. This was some good stuff. It hit all the right notes, and I was in the mood for something just like it.

It poured a clear amber with a light, welcoming aroma. I didn’t get anything resembling a hazelnut on the nose, although I’m not sure I’d get much of a hazelnut aroma from an actual hazelnut either. This beer taste great. It has a sweetness to it without being overly malty or syrupy, and a finish that I would describe as hazelnuts on parade. Not your typical brown ale but oh so good.

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Photo of tony223366
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 6, 2011

A: Nice ark brown with a slight reddish tint. Clear. Very light brown head that lasted almost throughout the entire beer.

S: Definitely smells of hazelnuts. Light chocolate and caramel too.

T: Hazelnuts hit you right off the bat. Continues until the finish which is a dark bitter chocolate. Tiniest bit of alcohol pokes it's head.

M: Nice light to moderate body. Lower carbonation and really creamy.

O: This is a good beer! Great flavors and balance.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber style bottle that my research tells me has a somewhat well known home brewer in Chris Studach on the label. poured into a standard pint glass.

A - brown mahogany with splashes of dark reddish Hughes. Good clarity, but still very thick looking. Creamy tan head with pour, but vanishes soon after. This brew leaves just decent lace.

S - plenty of good malt whiffs. Very sweet aroma of vanilla with a hint of mild chocolate. Hazelnuts were also picked up in the nose giving a toasted earth like scent and adding a solid nuttiness that sits well with the sweetness.

T - roasted malts. Just a touch of sweet vanilla. As sweet as this is, I found no chocolate anywhere in the taste. The hazelnut nectar really sets this brown apart from most browns I've had. With the mild spices the hops provide this beer is actually fairly well balanced.

M - medium bodied beer with a creamy carbonation. Smoothness makes it easy to drink and a very enjoyable American brown ale.

O - a very good brown ale. It has the characteristics needed of a brown ale to make a person know what style it is while also going a different direction with the unique hazelnut nectar giving it the tools to be seperate from others. It's just a good home brew style recipe that gets the credit it deserves. Like a mad scientist taking a classic style and turning it into his own world class piece of art.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from tap at Yardhouse into a Pint glass.

Color: Hazy dark brown with a beige head.

Smell: Hazelnut, sweet notes and malt.

Taste: Hazelnut, cream, chocolate, malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy (gigidy) with a slight dryness.

Overall: I am in awe how delicious this brew taste. Reminds me a little bit of raisinets. Everyone at the table (4) loved it!It's creamy, seet, hazelnut and a great malt. It is not too heavy or too light. Love it! Love Rogue! Cheers!

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Photo of tvv375ia
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice auburn with 2 finger head that faded away to a small cap with a little lacing

S-lots of hazelnut and carmel

T-much the same as the smell with some more toffee falvors added

M-a little on the light side for the flavors

O-really nice beer for dessert

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty clear, light brown color. Small to medium sized, foamy, tan head. Disappears fairly fast leaving just a little lacing.

S - Plenty of hazelnut aroma along with caramel. Some vanilla and hints of coffee/latte along with some cream. Fairly sweet with just a hint of nutty earthiness.

T - A lot like the nose. Really sweet tasting. Reminds me of a hazelnut latte. Sweet hazelnut and vanilla provide a flavor similar to the hazelnut syrup at coffee places. Hints of cream, coffee, and a touch of cocoa. There is a subtle earthiness but not enough to balance it out.

M - Medium body, low to average carbonation. Pretty creamy.

D - Good dessert beer that goes down easy. A little too sweet to want another right away. Not overly cloying but quite sweet.

Notes: On-tap at Sanctuary. Quite sweet and lots of hazelnut. I enjoyed it for what it was and it makes for a nice dessert or just kind of a sweet nightcap.

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Photo of ely2000k
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Nice head, that dissipates after a moment, but a very nice pour. I didn't have much lacing, but otherwise, the beer is really nice to look at.

S- Nutty, coffee kind of smell. Smells like toasted malts, and reminds me of sitting by a warm fire.

T- Sweet, but not too much so, smooth, so smooth... mellow taste that manages to incorporate a little bit of slight hops, and give it a slight kick. Really complex and beautiful taste.

F- So smooth. Perfect carbonation. This beer is so smooth I could picture having one, and wondering where it went.

O- Love it. I think it's seriously a great beer.

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Photo of Eramen
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful brown-mahogany colour with a one finger tan head which retains fairly well.

S - Very nutty, most notably hazelnuts, almonds, yoghurt and fudge.

T - The same nuts coming through, add vanilla, yoghurt, toffee, rounded out with some very distinct bready malts. The admixture of the said flavours make this a bit different and appealing.

MF - A little watery, but this only takes away from this beer a little, it's quite minor. Carbonation is light-medium.

O - I'm surprised I liked this one so much, but then again the Rogue brewery do conjure up such magnificent brews! Love it.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is one great beer. I was a little surprised at how much I liked this.
22 OZ bottle poured into a pint
Look creamy dark brown not much of a head.
Smell pretty mild a little sweetness.
Taste really a great balance of malts and the hazelnut. What a tasty combo.
Feel is right on, not thick and not too thin.
Overall a great brown that I wish I had tried sooner. Even though I can get a local six pack for almost the same price as a 22 oz bottle of this, I’ll surely pick it up again.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bottle with my brother; poured into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a dark brown; a bit darker than hazelnut.

S: Roast Coffee flavours, no hazelnut here, but it definitely smells sweet.

T: Typical brown ale flavours. Hazelnut comes through in the middle. With the sweetness, you get a dash of Nutella, then the aftertaste sets in.

D: Good, easy drinking for the ABV; interesting concept and delivery.

Overall: Not a bad Brown, but much more potential. I feel like hazelnut is the perfect nut for this style, and it wasn't showcased enough. Still, I won't turn this down if offered, and I might buy it again.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep brown / mahogany tone while yielding a 1" frothy, beige head. moderate to below average retention; decent lacing.

nose is very nutty - one of the nuttier smelling beers in recent memory. secondary notes of caramel and maybe a hint of vanilla. very nice aroma.

flavor delivers hazelnut, caramel, vanilla, and a touch of coffee. very nicely done. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i like this beer a lot, great rendition of a brown ale. not my favorite, but tasty and not too filling.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue has done it again. What a unique fantastic brew and extra points for adding an ingredients list. Why don't all beers do this? The look is pretty basic brown and decent head. Where this beer shines is in the excellent malt base and perfect pairing of hazelnut. Nothing extremely complex and brilliant because it lets the balanced hazelnut taste be the star. Beer candy.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An amber-hued chocolate pour, vague translucence, with a sturdy two finger head that holds loosely together before falling back into the beer with no retention.

S - Tantalizingly sweet, rather than sickeningly. The hazelnut extract rides in with a touch of vanilla and baking spices. The chocolate malt is very prominent, as are toffee notes and toasty breads.

T - An astounding brown. Light toast, light spice, nutty with a hint of honey and vanilla. The chocolate notes are both prevalent and complex, riding with the bitterness. The hazelnut extract is just right, being a star player without overpowering a thing. This one finishes dry, with an aftertaste that makes you just want to keep the stuff on constant drip.

M - On the thinner side. Leaves the tongue dry.

Overall - It’s easy to agree with all of the awards and accolades this beer has earned. It’s an extremely well-crafted beer that hits the promised mark - hazelnut “nectar” - and avoids all pitfalls, such as being overly sweet, overpoweringly nutty, and so on. It’s a pleasantly complex beer with all the comforting qualities of a brown, as well as being unique (without being strange) and refreshing, in its way.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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 zeledonia
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on the bottle, but I know it's at least 6 months old.

Pours a deep chocolate brown; light behind it brings out a reddish hue. One-finger light tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is, as billed, nutty and malty, with a shot of butterscotch. I like brown ales with a nutty presence, and I'm really happy with this one. Hazelnut smell is quite potent, and mostly the odor of shells. It's sweet and woody, and blends really well with the sweetness and dark fruits of the malts.

Taste is quite good, but it's a little less integrated than the smell. There are two flavor peaks, one from the hazelnut, and one from the malts. The hazelnut comes through a little funny, more like the flavored syrup than the nut itself. Maybe that's the sweetness talking.

Mouthfeel is excellent - medium-bodied, smooth and slick, carbonation is spot-on. Finish is long, sweet, and delicious.

This beer is really good, and one of the better brown ales I've had. Great malt base, sweet and with nice dark fruit presence. The hazelnut works really well with the rest of the beer. Delicious.

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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presently #9 in the American Brown Ale category here on BA.

Poured into my Cigar City snifter (one of my many).

A: Reddish-brown, with a slight amber hue when held up to the light, which gave it a luscious milk chocolate appearance.

S: As the name of the beer suggests, this smelled like hazelnuts.... along with a great undertow of Graham Cracker that was divine.

T: This is one of those rare treats that is easier to describe in term of food rather than beer: Hazelnut candy, toffee, and a caramel offering that was reminiscent of flan and/or creme brulee.

M: No booze detected whatsoever, the carbonation was rather high, but worked pretty well considering the rather light, fluffy feel of the beer overall. No lacing whatsoever.

O: This has always been one of my favorite brown ales and is definitely my go to when I'm in the mood for this style. Only ranked #9? WTF?

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Photo of corylew
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one solid beer. Even without the hazelnut, the mouthfeel, density, taste and smell are all spot on with what you expect from an American brown ale. Then the twinge of hazelnut mixes with the toasted malts giving a medley of balance and flavor. Upon hearing the term nectar one would think this would be a sweet or heavy beer. It's not.

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Photo of cooler4life
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful. Chestnut autumn brown. Slightly cloudy. 1/4 finger head.

S: Harmonious. Nutty, maple, sweet. The smell teases me with just enough to make me want to pursue.

T: Strong hazelnut influence initially, a tart twinge, then as it courses down the palate, caramel, toffee, and coffee.

M: This is a tightrope walk. On one side, the flavor encourages me to speak fondly, but on the other, the lack of overall mouth presence and carbonation sends a warning flag.

O: What better to accompany a Sunday brunch than some Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Pancakes + Breakfast Scrambler + Hazelnut Brown Nectar = Win

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,215 ratings
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