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Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,382
Reviews:
1,455
Ratings:
4,223
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 4,223 |  Reviews: 1,455
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby/tawny hue - nice head - that quickly disappears.

Smell: Roasted Earthy Nut - Vanilla - Praline.

Taste: Hazelnut - vanilla bean - french roast - oatmeal - cinnamon - brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium-Fullbodied

Drinkability: very drinkable - I highly recommend - not too rich/not too sweet.

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

A brown color with a two finger tan head. I really like the bottle. The smell was very nutty. The hazelnut smell is the perfect way to begin a good tasting experience. The taste was nutty as well, but the hazelnut wasn't overbearring like some other hazelnut beers I have tried in the past. It was well balanced with the slightest bit of toffee. A very good beer I will surely buy again in the future.

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

Yet again, Rogue delivers. The hazelnut comes with a dark brown/red color with a one finger head. Nose is light hazelnuts. The taste at first is lighter on the nut, but I found as time went on that the flavor was more pronounced as it stayed with you. This won’t be my all-time favorite by Rogue, but it still is very, very good.

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Photo of Oleg85
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: dark brown in color, and nice lacing
Smell: loads of sweet bread aromas,
Taste: smooth medium body with loads of sweet nutty flavors.

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

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a beveled pint glass to accentuate aromas.

Appearance- Beer pours a reddish amber brown with a huge four finger high head of mocha froth on top that dies down fairly swiftly to a lovely murk across the top. Lacing is medium and lingers on the glass slightly.

Smell- This is the best smelling brown ale I have ever stuck my nose in. Hazelnuts, honey, and brown sugar leap at the nostrils firstly, then rich caramel malts, a slight hint of mango, there is a slight hint of noble hopping, but those hops are very hard to detect.

Taste- Creamy nutty sweetness with just enough hop biting bitterness to balance the beer beautifully. Good god this is a well made beer. Why the hell doesn't Rogue use this as their flagship beer and put this in six packs? It just doesn't make sense. That hazelnut, honey brown sugar taste is only amplified on the tongue and excellent noble hopping. Light diacetyl but it's definitely acceptable on this bottle.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, sweet, scrumptious, medium full bodied, highly carbonated.

Drinkability- This is excellent and drinkable and it is a pity that I never see this on tap anywhere with the amount of tap handles I find around here.

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

This beer has a very nice color it pours a medium to dark brown. It has a nice almond color head.

The smell of hazelnut is definitely present. Great smell.

The taste is somewhat sweet but not too bad. Its almost like having a dessert.

The draft version of this beer is better than the bottle. the bottle almost tasted a little watered down.

Overall a great beer. Drink on!

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

Appearance: Gorgeous, shiny kalamata-olive coffee black. Pale yellow-tan head.

Smell: One word: yum. Maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted marshmallows - and you can really smell the hazelnuts. Just a hint of mocha. Really something, this one.

Taste: A sophisticated flavor. Roasted malts that turn chocolatey at the end and a subtle hazelnut character. Estery hops lend a clean finish. The bottle says to serve with beef or pork, but personally I think it would match much better with dessert, especially something with a coffee flavor. Tiramisu comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Good; full-bodied and thick.

Drinkability: I could sip this all night. I chose it as my post-finals celebration beer, and what a good choice! I just wish I had more.

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Photo of ultima1080
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, with a hint of red, with a creamy head.

S - Has a distinct nutty smell, mostly hazelnut, also prevalent is a malty smell, along with a very subtle chocolate smell

T - Very noticeable hazelnut taste, along with some bitterness from the hops. Somewhat sweet, but it balances out well.

M - Somewhat thick, but well carbonated; slightly creamy feel.

D - Easy to drink due to great flavor, aroma and mouth.

A unique and very enjoyable brew. I really like hazelnut and the flavor definitely makes this brew stand out.

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Photo of jcubz
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vandemonian
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Rastacouere
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown body with a perfect 2 inch tan head, rocky, with small and regular bubbles, fine lacing and lasting. Sweet nose, chocolate mainly with hints of maple and coffee. The taste is pretty malty, sweet, surprisingly very fresh with loads of nice flavors among which none really stood out, but honey, chocolate, milk, nuts, toffee, caramel, coffee, maple, rich cookies. Soft, creamy and chewy palate. Tremendous malt/hops balance, more on the malt size, but hops is noticeable, especially toward the finish where I noticed a woody/herbal hops flavor and a roastiness that added to the complexity. Great bursting vanilla aftertaste. Lovely beer which I'm frightened I won't be able to get a crack at near often enough living up here:( Two thumbs up to JoeT for this great desert.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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 DemoniChris
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Bali_hi
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of hazelnut nectar drank.

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Photo of Maish
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep deep brown with a reddish tint. Beautiful brown/yellow tinted head, nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, mild chocolates, brown sugar and nuttyness. Slightly faint

T - sweet light caramel malts transition into even sweeter brown sugar and hazelnut flavors. Nice sweetness and the nuttyness really keeps up! Slight roasty with slightly grassy hops and smooth tame bitterness come through at the finish.

M - pretty well carbonated and fairly light. Very enjoyable to drink

O - nutty and sweet flavors are perfectly bold given the light body and drinkability. Fantastic balance of flavor and feel

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Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours dark brown with a creamy white head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin creamy ring and thick lacing.

S_Mostly hazelnut with notes of brown sugar and malt.Not a very strong nose.

T_Very clean hazelnut flavor.Carmel and brown sugar. Very nutty and cream. Solid brown.

M_Medium/full bodied. Creamy.

D_Perfect brown ale. Could drink well into the night.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep brown body that is crystal clear but doesn't let a good deal of light through. The light tan head is a thin film that quickly turns to a ring around the rim. The carbonation is a gentle one of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt has a chocolate note with a nice little nutty quality. There is a faint cream smell that give nice depth to the malt. There is a light note of coffee roasted malt in the background that give a bit of earthiness to the malt.

T- This beer has a smooth rich dry malt flavor of dark malt, but not black malt. The notes of milk chocolate, red rope licorice, cream and lightly toasted nuts come through very nicely.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the beginning and a creamy texture in the finish.

D- Most beers that try to have a nutty flavor just never pull it off. This is one of the few that does. It has a nice complex malty flavor that is still a full-bodied session beer. It is almost a desert with the slight sweetness, big creaminess and nice nuttiness all it is missing is a big alcohol taste and you have desert in a glass.

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Photo of Glibber
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers ever. Dark brown color with a small 1/4" white head that laces the glass. The smell is sweet and nutty and mimics the actual taste of the beer. Tastes of light coffee up front, but sweet caramel and almond on the back end. It is tough to stop at just one of these, and got my normally non adventurous travelmates addicted as well (sampled at the Portland airport)

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Photo of mishi_d
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elricorico
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost the same colour of beer bottle glass, with a bit of redness to it. The head was tan, thick and foamy. It has shrunk down to a thick ring around the outside of the glass.

The smell has toasted bread and caramel, along with some kind of sweet berry. There is something else there that I can't identify, and neither can my wife. The unknown smell is most prevelant when it is just poured and the head is large. Good smell though.

Before I can say anything about the taste, the mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and smooth, with light carbonation that just seems so right.

Now to the taste, this is a very malty beer, which certainly agrees with my palate. Toasted bread to start, with just a hint of bitterness, taken over by a sweet honey and caramel mix and finishes with a chocolaty coffee richness. Molasses makes an appearance, but is very subtle. Very, very nice.

I am impressed. I expected to like this, but it has surpassed all expectations.

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Photo of ubermick
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Rogue Public House, San Francisco

A: Poured a lovely deep copper colour, with an exceptional head. A really attractive beer that looked like a promo shot.

S: Toasted malts, toffee, and of course, hazelnuts...

T: VERY tasty. Begins with hazelnuts and toffee sweetness, almost like a candy bar for the first moment, but recedes into lovely toasted grains. The sweetness lasted throughout, making it not bitter at all.

MF/D: Decently solid, nice carbonation. It's not the greatest beer to hold in your mouth, certainly not the worst. But it goes down beautifully, and is extremely drinkable. Very well balanced, and a must to try. (For an interesting beverage, ask for a black and tan with this and their chocolate stout!)

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,223 ratings
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