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
Ratings:
4,185
Reviews:
1,447
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
303
Gots:
849
For Trade:
3
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Photo of lurpy1
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife swears by this beer, and while I wouldn't kill for it the way she would, I would definitely injure for it. Huge hazelnut flavor announces itself through the nose. The strong flavor sticks with you via aftertaste, but in this case, that's a good thing. More of a desert beer than an everyday drink, but it's a damn good one.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark brown with a nice copper tint to it. Small head, less than a finger of off white foam. Dissipated quickly to nothing. No lacing.

S: Nice blend of darker malt scents intertwined with an amaretto sweetness. Wood and raw nuts.

T: Comes on slightly sweet with a bit of apple. Flows into earthy grain biscuit notes, roasted nuts maybe almonds, wood. Here comes the hazelnuts, nice and sweet almost like a liqueur. Amaretto and light roast coffee.

M: Medium and a bit velvety and fizzy.

O: Every time this beer blows me away. Its so drinkable and every drink is enjoyable. Nice light sweetness mixed with earthy nuttiness. Highly recommended.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear brown with a 1-inch head of khaki-colored head that settles to a thin haze. Rather creamy looking.
S - Roasted hazelnuts, sweet amber malt, caramel, and just a whiff of chocolate. Smells like some kind of hazelnut-toffee confection, but not overly sweet.
T - The hazelnut/toffee confection comparison carries over to the taste, moderately sweet, with a good amount of caramel malt and a bit of chocolate. While not as sweet as, say, Southern Tiers Blackwater Series, this would make for a nice dessert beer. I'm surprised by the amount of hazelnuts that comes through, in the past that's been a hard flavor to impart into beer.
M - Slightly creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice drinkability, not overly sweet.
O - This was a nice surprise, I'll definitely pick this up again, perhaps to pair with a dessert.

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

Poured a nice rich clear medium to dark brown with an average sized light brown head that was mostly diminishing leaving just a little residue hanging around allowing for good lacing. The aroma was of a nutty caramel malt and a doughy yeast with a nice note of hazelnut, brown sugar and a ever so light touch of coffee. It tasted lightly sweet with hints of caramel and coffee in the beginning. Then it matured into a very malty-nutty flavor with the hazelnut being the most pronounced at the finish, although the flavor could of lasted a little longer on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy yet slightly watery in texture as alot of brown ales can be with the carbonation being ever so perfectly soft. Overall a very nice malty nut brown ale, this happens to be my favorite style and this brew fits it very well indeed.

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Photo of bobhits
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Held to the light this beer is a deep crystal clear amber, but without light it is a hazy looking reddish brown looking treat. A nice thick creamy head forms but the lacing is lacking (the pint glass I poured it in was squeaky clean) and the head falls after not too much time.

I’m really just smelling hazelnut and perhaps a hint of coffee (I have to admit the only time I’ve smelled hazelnut was in coffee so it’ a bit hard for me to tell where one ends and the other begins). A strong swirl of the glass gives off the caramel malt and a touch of perhaps toast. This beer is rather lacking in aromas over all and the aromas there are very subtle in nature.

One of the things I like most about brown ales is that they have the ability to be extremely complex. By their very nature they bring out chocolate, coffee, toast, hints of hops, and essentially can take on nearly any flavor in the stout, porter, and ale world. This beer is a wonderful example of that. There is certainly a nutty flavor here, toast, caramel, light hints of chocolate, perhaps a bit bready, and a hop finish that never turns bitter (no idea how old this bottle is) but adds a certain citrus element to the finish. That said there’s nothing intense, assertive, or aggressive out of this one. A bit more flavor than is required for a brown, but hardly anything getting into the imperial world

The beer pours a nice head, but really could use some carbonation, badly! It is on the line between being thick or being a nice easy to drink beer and I don’t care for that line here. Either make it lighter or make it a touch imperial. The middle ground doesn’t really work for me.

I hate to say this again, but Rogue stop charging these prices for your beer or at least stop bottling everything in bombers! At 7 bucks a bottle I can’t see any reason to ever come back to this beer unless on tap. This is a good brown ale and certainly worth trying, but the price truly hurts it. Good but not great and not worth the money.

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Photo of Seeker41184
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/11/10

A: Golden Caramel and brown color with little head.
S: The smell of hazelnut and malt are extremely noticeable here.
T&M: Up front, you taste a flat, nutty beer with little to no carbonation at the end. The aftertaste is where this beer becomes amazing. Your mouth is left feeling silky with hazelnut and toffee abundant.
O: This beer becomes light as air to drink and is excellent in the winter, and probably would be a great summer beer as well.

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

Light brown with a mahogany tint and a two-finger, off-white head.

Aroma is a standard brown ale. Sweet malts, caramel and sugar with a bit of yeast.

Taste is very sweet right away. Interesting. I get the nectar label. It's very sweet not in a cloying barley way but almost in a juice or dessert way. The hazelnut is obvious but subtle and adds a nice accent to a solid brown ale.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; clear tawny to mahogany, very light tan head, quickly dissipates but keeps a creamy collar and patchy lacing.

smell; hazelnut coffee creamer mixed with beer, some creamy sweetness.

taste; very nutty, hazelnuts and burnt coffee malts. Some toasty bitterness and bread. Bits of hops blend well with a syrupy nut extract. Bitterness in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; creamy and bit milky and slick.

overall; pretty good, a tasty treat, highly recommended.

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Photo of shwhat
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look - big, fluffy, tan head. deep reddish brown, with a little carbonation lazily making it's way to the top of the glass.

smell - big malty character. a lot of caramel. very nutty. a bit of dark fruit.

taste - super nutty. like. incredibly nutty. smooth, almost buttery flavor. the faintest hint of toastiness/roastiness. sweet, sweet malt.

mouthfeel - medium body, silky smooth. light carbonation. tongue-coating richness. maybe a little oily.

overall - i just keep liking this more and more with every sip. sooo good.

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Photo of Keene
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aptly named, Brown Nectar appears toffee or burnt caramel colored when poured into a glass. The thin beige head created by this action fades fairly quickly. Its aroma is very malty and sweet, with a detectable nuttiness.

Medium bodied with qualities that might be described as bready, this brown ale also possesses milk chocolate and caramel flavors that stand out immediately. Hazelnut emerges in the drying finish, and as the malty sweetness fades, a pleasant but not overly aggressive hop character is revealed.

A memorable beer that I highly recommend.

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

A: brown with a thick amber head because I poured it at room temperature. Kept lacing throughout

S: malt, light hazelnut, faint caramel

T: tastes of much malt, some hazelnut, and a bit of that caramel smoothness

M: Creamy and smooth for its type, even with high carbonation since I served at room temperature

O: well put together, and the hazelnut isn't as prevalent as I had feared.

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Photo of Jinholic
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep amber brown color with a tan head 2 big fingers on there kinda frothy. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell - Hazelnuts and malts with maybe a little caramel in there which is common for the style.

Taste - Like nutty goodness the malts and caramel aren't overpowering at all which I love in a brown. Hops are very toned down almost not there, with an after taste of hazelnut and malt.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and smooth, medium body with light carbonation. Not much to say other than it feels so pleasant in the mouth with only a very very faint dryness which one can ignore.

Overall - An excellent example of the style with the right abv and ibu, I wish it came in smaller bottles as its biggest down side is the 6.99 for a bomber. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber to brown in color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, sweet to dry nuttiness and a sweet malt. In the taste, sticky-sweet nuttiness and a sweet malt. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, sweet nuttiness in the aftertaste. Sticky sweet that can be a bit much when it gets warmer, but mostly enjoyable.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep, hazy amber color, slightly opaque with a creamy tan head.

S: The hazelnut is very prominent, other sweet roasted malts (I'm thinking chocolate and some caramel) make up most of the nose. Hop aroma is very mild.

T: A really nice nutty, roasted malt flavor with a more mild breadiness in the background. Just the right hints of smoky char. Plenty of malty sweetness with just a little bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation and a really nice smooth finish. Leaves a very pleasant coating of nutty malted flavor that hangs around for a long time.

O: The hazelnut flavor is great. Definitely gonna pick this one up again.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - chestnut brown with a frothy white head

smell - I just can't pick up much here, a bit of cocoa and malt

taste - this is much better than the nose, hazelnut, cocoa, malt are all bold

mouthfeel - light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, good flavors on this as the taste lingers really well on this, slightly sweet, but not overpowering, pretty smooth finish

overall - for the price, not the best value (~$6 for 22oz), but a good beverage worth trying

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Photo of shand
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a fresh (has the Dare*Risk*Dream slogan around the neck) 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice red-brown color with two fingers of healthy head that retains well and leaves decent lacing. The smell is a serious hazelnut bomb. Hazelnut all over the place. There's a bit of chocolate and roasty malts too. The taste? Wow! This is absolutely astounding. The hazelnuts are so realistic, the slighly toasted nuttiness just comes through superbly, backed up by a bit of milk chocolate and some roasted malts. It all goes down amazingly smoothly, and leaves a wonderful nutty aftertaste on the tongue. This is a seriously superb tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is perfect, it's not too thick and has just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is top-notch as well, this is actually a beer that I'm glad is in large-format bottles, because drinking all of it isn't an issue at all. A seriously great brown ale that I highly recommend.

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Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown, slightly reddish in highlights. Manila folder head on the beer is thick and creamy in texture. Just the slightest bit of lacing.
S- Well the hazelnut is definitely there, just a bit of a milk chocolate presence on the nose as well.
T- Good malt presence, slight roasted character, with milk chocolate being there. Hazelnut shows up strong, mostly in the finish. There is a slight mineral quality to it as well that I'm not particularly fond of, but this was really the only negative.
M- Nice rich smooth body to it. I would have liked to see just a bit more carbonation out of it, especially since it's a bomber, that by the end of the bottle it felt flat.
O- A good brown, with the hazelnut well added. Good to see a flavor addition contribute positively to the beer. A lot of people criticize PacMan yeast on these forums but I think it worked well here. Tasty throughout.

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Photo of goldbot
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice medium brown color with ample tan head. Chocolate and hazelnut aroma with a touch of caramel and perhaps some roasted malt. The flavor is all hazelnut, with some chocolate and a touch of caramel. I didn't really get much hops in there other than a pleasant bitterness that helped to balance the intense hazelnut. Medium body but a bit thin mouthfeel. This was a good beer and I like hazelnut but I thought this had just a bit too much.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a clear, red-brown ale with a yellowish white head that vanishes quickly. It has a nutty aroma that's a touch sweet. It's light and lively on the tongue. It leaves the mouth a little chalky and numb. It has lots of hazelnut flavor, not sweet nor dry. There is just enough bitterness to make it drinkable. There's a huge hazelnut aftertaste. It really delivers the hazelnut, but it's quite a stretch to call it a "nectar". This is OK, but mildly disappointing by Rogue standards.

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Photo of kflack
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber.

A: Very deep honey color. 1 1/2 finger head that lingers. Nice and creamy.

S: Very nutty and sweet. Can't miss the "nectar"!

T: Slight hops in the finish. Not as sweet as expected, lots of roasted goodness! Strong hazelnut.

M: A little chewy.... but has an almost rootbeer feel to it. Very smooth.

O: A great brown, truly hard to match. I would love to try it on draft!

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Photo of JayRey
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into Newcastle glass.

Appearance: copper/brownish color. Yields about 3/4 finger head the dissipates slowly. Frothy film sticks around throughout.

Smell: Very nutty and malty. Roasted nuts is the initial whiff and the most prevalent smell, with some slightly toasted malt in the background

Taste: Sweet upfront with a great hazelnut aftertaste. Many beers claim to be "chocolate" or "coffee" and such but fail to taste anything like their description. This beer genuinely tastes as advertised: hazelnut. A little bit of malt in the background with some chocolate undertones, but this is a true hazelnut beer all the way through.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth finish.

Overall: Definitely a solid brew. In terms of a" Hazelnut Brown Nectar", they definitely portrayed it nicely. Tons of nutty flavor and a solid finish. Would drink again for sure.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar has an amber brown colour and a 3 mm head that fades quickly. The smell is all hazelnuts: sweet and earthy. The taste is slightly sour with earthy maltiness. The finish is a little sour too. This beer has a decent foamy texture. Overall, a very nice and interesting brew.

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Photo of mdunman
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque brown/black with a thick off-white head and some good linger.

S: Coffee, chocolate, nut, roasted malt

T: Semi-sweet roasted nuttiness up front, with some coffee and chocolate complementing it and it finishes with a little bit of dryness

M: Full body with good carbonation and a fairly smooth finish

Fantastic beer. Enjoyable breadth of flavors so everyone will find something they enjoy in there. I'll be back for more.

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

Review from notes from Jan 13, courtesy of infi
Dark copper that was opaque. Little to no lacing with little carbonation bubbles. Poured with a 2 finger head that retreated quite quickly. Looked like a tasty brew from my point of view. Smells of hazelnut like in my coffee. Subtle, but definitely there. Something that I took a liking to. Also there were a back hint of brown sugars and malts.
Upon drinking this, it was a blend of Hazelnut, brown sugar, malt and maybe a hint of spice thrown in. The aftertaste had a short stay. This was a very subtle kind of beer for me as I'm used to much more stronger flavors being in your face, but this is something I can really take a liking to. Light bodied and medium cabonation.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,185 ratings.
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