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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Ratings: 4,215 |  Reviews: 1,455
Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a deep opaque brown with a cherrywood red glow when held up to light. Close to two inch head dissipates down to a thin film and retains there indefinitely.

Smells of roasted coffee, mild chocolate, and nutty sweetness.

Taste follows, but with a distinctly hazelnut flavor at the end. Otherwise, mild coffee like acidity and some smooth chocolatey roasted flavors.

Medium to thin on the feel, soft carbonation throughout.

Delicious and flavorful brown ale, the hazelnut really adds a lot. I had never thought about that as a potential flavor in beer before, but it works great. Otherwise, it's just a generally above average brown ale, decent strength makes it not quite sessionable but not overpowering either. The hazelnut takes this from just good to unique, though, and that's the reason to try it and the reason I would come back again. Wish it didn't feel so thin though.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a thick off-white head with a decent amount of staying power. Good lacing.

The hazelnut smell is certainly present, as is chocolate. Coffee too. Smells like baking! Very sweet. Quite nice.

The roasted hazelnut is present in the taste as well, as well as a slight bitterness. Taste is nice, but not particularly complex. Perhaps a bit of caramel. Good, but not as exciting as the nose, for me.

Body is the weakest part of the beer. Thinner than I would like, and I do think that this detracts from the flavour. In its scent, it actually bears some similarities to a stout, and I think that a similar thickness would be quite welcome. Too watery. Minimal carbonation.

Overall, a good beer. Would be greatly improved with a bigger body. Still, definitely a nice one.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Medium to dark brown, maybe dark amber color. Pretty hazy. Only about a 1/2 finger tan head that goes away quickly, but still leaves nice lacing.

S: Just like a hazelnut coffee creamer. Some caramel, honey, and syrup. Very nutty aroma.

T: Nutty. Sweet. Caramel. Some light vanilla. Honey and coffee towards the end. The flavors don't blend all that great. You can even taste the water.

M: Way to thin. Not much else going on in the mouth except for thinness.

O: If this beer was thicker it may have added to the flavor profile. But I believe the consistency peels the flavors apart.

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

My homie says it's his favorite, I had to try.

App - pretty good loking dark color on this pour with a nice soft foamy head...Smell is of hazelnut for sure, almost scary how real/noticeable it is..Almost feel like the taste will be overwhelming..
Taste is good, lots of hazelnut but not overwhelming....funny/hard-to-explain taste here...I just thought hazelnut was one of the flavors that you couldn't do much to mask if it was too much, this brew is balanced very nicely.

No wonder it's my friends favorite, mouthfeel is very nice, not too thin or carbonated, not thick like a stout, the boundaries are very well defined around this one..

Overall, enjoyed it, grab one, amkes you feel fine.


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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appears as I imagined, a lovely hazelnut brown nectar colour, with a lively head. High carbonation.

This is the best smelling beer I have ever had, ever in my life. It smells like fresh brownies just pulled from the oven, so good!

At first the taste is disappointing, high carbonation seems to block out the taste of the beer, combined with a thin mouthfeel. Soon though the carbonation naturally dies down and it's a very pleasant taste, quite sweet though not too much. It also manages to mask the high ABV well. At the end I thought to myself 'a great session beer' though after finding out it was 6.2% not as much so.

Overall a good beer, much better than any brown ale i've had before.

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

A-brown, opaque with a tan thick creamy head that dissipates slowly

S-sweet caramel nutty aroma

T-sweet chocolatey, nutty, caramel with slight hoppy overtones

F-lighter body than I expected and hoped for. Medium carbonation and smooth feel

O-an exellent brown ale which I will drink on it's own. Too sweet for any food except perhaps as a dessert beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

Dark amber and brown. Persistent tan head. Leaves gobs of sticky lacing down the glass. I wouldn't ask more from any brown ale. Perfect.

The aroma is relatively sweet: brown sugar, caramel, perhaps some chocolate, balanced by a nutty and earthy element from the hazelnuts. What's here is nice, though not one of the more aromatic browns.

A delicious and incredibly drinkable brown ale. There's far more chocolate in the flavor than I would have expected from the aroma. Along with the chocolate is some mild bitterness, some sweet caramel malt and a distinct earthiness. It all comes together extraordinarily well. Very good.

Medium yet full mouthfeel, which is a very nice surprise, as I've come to find that brown ales, even particularly good ones, seem to be very thin in mouthfeel.

A tremendously delicious brown ale--perhaps my favorite within the style. A lot of varying, relatively complex flavors, come together for an extraordinarily drinkable and highly delicious beer. I can't help but gulp this.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice brown/amber color with a creamy off white head that was thin and faded fast, but left great sea foam lace.

The smell was of sweet caramel, toffee, honey and a touch of chocolate. Loads of toasted hazelnut, biscuit, and hints of vanilla. Some earthy tones peeking through.

The flavor was more mild and slightly more bitter than the smell. Toasted nuts, caramel and toffee, a touch of vanilla and cocoa. Nice earthy hops rounding things out.

Creamy, smooth and medium bodied.

Overall, very nicely balanced and easy to drink. Delicious.

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Photo of tbern007
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber. Dark brown with ruby when held up to the light - looks like a red like this. Very little lace, small head- gone quickly.
Scent is heavily biscuit-like, somewhat nutty with a hint of hazelnut.
T- with hazelnut being added, I thought it would be more prominent and overpowering but it was nicely balance with all the rest: malty, caramel, nutty, coffee, maybe a touch of chocolate. The biscuit flavor is there as it is in the scent as well. A bit sweet but again surprisingly not too sweet.
M&O- pretty drinkable. Well balanced. Lightly carbonated. Flavorful.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

second beer of my beer trade, got this real nice big bottle for trading some local brews to my area...

poured with a nice big beige head that slowly lingered down the glass, looked real nice a deep brown color with just a little bit of red in it too

definitely the best thing about it was the aroma it smelled like figs and roasted malts and of course it smelled like hazelnut

the taste was good but almost too hazelnut in the taste not saying i didn't like it, but i felt it was a hazelnut was not quite fused totally inside, but after drinking it some more realized it was really a standout beer no doubt

amazing mouthfeel, creamy without being too thick or soup like

really this is a great craft product

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Photo of Bobheed
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First, let me say this is the beer that got me into craft brew, so it'll always have a special place in my heart and in my fridge

A: Typical brown ale, slightly hazy. About a finger head that dissipates quickly

S: Very rich with hazelnut with a sweetness I would compare to those butter toffee peanuts.

T: Fairly sweet and roasty, the hazelnut really hits you on the finish.

M: This beers biggest weakness. A little thin considering the dark sweet flavors this beer packs. Other than that, it's smooth, medium carbonation

This beer was my first favorite and is still a go-to for me. Perfect when you want a robust, rich brown ale that's not too complex.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy deep brown color with a pleasing coppery/red color noticeable around the edges of the glass. Not too much of a head on this beer and what does form fades quickly to nothing.

S - Smells of sweet malt, caramel and chocolate with a slight estery fruitiness that comes through in the background. Mild nutty aroma too, although I'm not sure I can pinpoint it as decidedly "hazelnutty".

T - On the first sip of this beer I literally said, "oh, wow!" and my cat looked at me like I was crazy. For what this beer lacked in hazelnut aroma, it more than makes up for in the flavor department. Quickly following a mildly tangy and sweet malt flavor is a big dollop of hazelnut. Everything I would hope for in a herbed/spiced beer. Aside from the namesake flavor, this beer has hints of dark, caramely grains, and mild hop bitterness.

M - Thin-to-medium body with good carbonation. Slightly watery but with a sweet, syrupy finish.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, rich brown(amber in the light) with a light brown head.

Smells of hazelnut, honey, slight floral bouquet, malt, yeast, and plumb as it warms.

Nice carbonation sting gives way to hazelnut followed by a faint honey flavor. Finishes dry, woody, and nutty. Plumb is detected as it warms. A very solid, tasty brown ale.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice rich brown color. The head was a light tan color with some light lacing. The smell of the beer was big with hazelnut, kind of impressed actually. I didn't expect it's aroma to be so prominent. The taste of the beer was sweet at first and then finished with a nice bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel wasn't bad really it was decent for the style. Overall it's an interesting brew and worth trying for sure.

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Photo of awesomeandrew
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown caramel color, light carbonation, thin one inch head which slowly dissipates, minimal lacing which slowly disappears.

S: Hazelnut is apparent, smells nutty and sweet, little hint of malt

T: Sweet, not bitter at all, minimal hops, hazelnut is apparent, finishes sweet, little bit of chocolate taste

M: Light to medium body, minimal carbonation, very balanced mouthfeel, very smooth beer

O: I really do like this beer, it's smooth and extremely drinkable, there are no dominant tastes, everything is well balanced. I would drink again, a nice flavorful, light feeling beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a beautiful clear chestnut color with a big frothy 2-finger head. The nose was slightly toasty and floral, promising roasted malt and a whiff of vanilla. I found the nose to be a bit disappointing, but perhaps I over-chilled this one.

The beer has a nice, mild flavor typical of a good brown ale. There's a light roasted malt flavor accompanied by some hazelnut, toast, and caramel. Some mild hoppy dryness starts to develop around mid-palate and follows to the finish.

This was a good brown ale, and very true to its style, but I was honestly hoping for more of a novelty beer (a candy-bar in a bottle). The brewer went for balance here, but I think it would have been interesting to go for richness instead. I don't think the hazelnut flavors complement the hops very well, but they do complement the malt. Combining hazelnut with a sweeter, richer beer that has more residual malt would be interesting. Still, this was a very nice brown ale and should be enjoyed by anyone who likes this style.

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Photo of vader
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off saying that is by far the best brown I have had hands down. Poured out very brown, almost like a wood stain of some kind, little head that tried to hold on till the end but left some lacing. Right off, the smell sucked me in, it was very sweet, nutty, chocolate, coffee and some malt. You can definitively tell there is hazelnut in there...the first sip was astonishing. Sweet, but not too much, lots of hazelnut with some chocolate and coffee. The thing that made this beer stand out is that it was paired with a final bitterness that didn't cover up the sweetness. But rather complimented it just enough so you knew you weren't drinking an iced mocha morning shit, but a BEER! I wouldn't go as far to say it was a dessert beer, but it definitively is a treat.

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Photo of NurseJody
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mellow Mushroom...

Very interesting, I must say!!! I expected different...but, here is my review :)

Upon pouring, it's a deep, dark color, yet somewhat transparent...a good brown ale for you...about a one finger off white head, with very little lacing..

The nose was very interesting! I could immediately smell cream...slight vanilla...yet the overall nose wasn't too much to talk about.

On the palate...Well lets see, cream, coffee, hints of 'burnt' nuts - quite odd, yet it all worked well in the finish. Not too malty. I could see how they labeled it 'hazelnut'.

Would I buy this again? Not sure... I would try it in the bottle, even though I have much love for taps :) Would I recommend it? Yes, due to it's oddness and creativity!

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Photo of jgagne
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep mahogany brown with nice white creamy head

S-Has a great sent of hazelnut. Kinda like smelling a flavored cup of coffee. Very unique for a beer

T-Very potent taste of hazelnuts and coffee. Also has a nice smoky taste.

M-Sits pretty heavy with medium carbonation.

O-Very happy with this beer. Different from any other porter i have had. Not to sweet not to bitter, just right.

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Photo of teromous
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color but more the color of mahogany, with some red hues. The head is very small and is eggshell white.

S: Smells like coffee and has a sort-of black tea scent (the asian kind). It smells very good.

T: It doesn't have a strong flavor, it's very mellowed out. It tastes a bit sweet like an iced coffee variety of drink. I don't really get a nutty flavor, hazelnut or otherwise.

M: It has a smooth almost milky mouthfeel (doesn't coat like milk, just smooth like it). Feels a bit weak on carbonation for a brown ale, but it seems to work well with this beer.

O: Overall it's a good beer. I would drink it again. It drinks a lot like a mellow, much weaker coffee stout. So, if you want something not as powerful, this is your drink.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer as part of a regular beer program at the local bar. I have had this beer multiple times in the past, and it is nice to finally add this to my review list.

I had this in a bomber in a fluted, Grand Cru glass. The beer releases nice carbonation with every pour. One unusual thing with this beer is the lack of strong aroma. I get some nuttiness from the bouquet, but that is about it.

The flavor is great, as usual. I like the balance of malts, nuttiness, and english hops. This is a great tasting beer.

It was a great decision for Rogue to distribute this beer nationwide. It is the best Brown that I have had, and I continue to enjoy this flavor.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice medium shaded brown (not as dark as most which is nice). good finger and a half of fluffy slighty browned head sits on top and just stays put. laces very well down the glass.

S - big notes of cream and nuts with coffee in the back as well. well that pretty much sums up exactly what they were going for with the name.

T - the coffee and nut tastes are a lot more subdued than the nose led me to believe. they are definitely there and taste great but i was expecting them to be overpowering and they are not. some caramel notes in there as well. its a very good brown ale no doubt about that.

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation. the one main issue i have with it is it feels a bit watered down overall.

O - this is one fine brown ale and definitely worth checking out. its everything it says it will be.

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

Had on tap at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA.

Appearance: Very brown, little head, left some lacing

Smell: Pretty sweet, nutty, hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, and malts are heavily present in the nose.

Taste: This was a good dessert beer, rather sweet, not overwhelming. Was a lot like drinking iced hazelnut coffee, lots of hazelnut, some chocolate, coffee, other nuttiness, and good sweet malts, with some hints of balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, decent carbonation

Overall: Quite good. Better than I would have expected. Very drinkable, and a nice way to cap off the night.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazel nut wow....it def has that aroma and taste in this beer...and thats about all you really taste....i wish the hazelnut wasn't so watered down....don't get me wrong the hazelnut is def. prominent in this beer....the taste is pretty nutty....its not bad...actually the nut is starting to come more out since the beer is warming up....i'm really a big fan of this beer

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Photo of t420o
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 1 finger head that is very light brown in color. Beer itself is a deep chestnut/brown color with hints a red. Leaves nice lacing

S- Deep smell of toasted nuts, hazelnut is definitely there, slight chocolate, but it is mostly a deep rich toasted nut smell that makes me feel like it is Fall.

T- The hazelnut is the first thing you taste and the laste thing that lingers. It is like the artificial crap in some coffee and/or creamers. Tastes too much like an fake extract to me and not "real" enough. You can taste some other toasted nuts, chocolate male, cinnamon, nutmeg, but the hazelnut just dominates the other flavors. Definitely gets better and more balanced as it warms but still nothing special.

M- Slightly thin but nice carbonation level

O- Not the most drinkable beer because the hazelnut taste gets old. Not executed as well as I feel it could have been, becvause I think the idea is great but too sweet and extracty for me. I love nut brown ales and hazelnut seems like a perferct addition or showcase but please tone down the extract to let the other flavors shine more. I think it would really help the beer out

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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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