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Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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1,423 Reviews
Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,423
Ratings:
4,063
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
Wants:
289
Gots:
794
For Trade:
3
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Photo of HardTarget
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml Standard brown bomber, pictured bottle matches mine as does all the specifics listed in other reviews. With all the info, you think they could list date and abv. I aged this bottle for close to a year.
Aroma: A nice nutty edge (almonds to me, but presumed hazelnut) dark chocolate and malt in a brown ale smell. Overall, rather sweet with mild hop aromas.
Appearance: Light clear brown glass with yellowish edges. A nice head at the pour that quickly thins and fades to a collar with only sporadic spots of lace. Small soda like large bubble head forms with larger drinks that fades fast just like a soda.
Flavor: I get a lot of chocolate, milk chocolate, the same nutty edge, and a fine brown ale buried under it all. Nicely balanced with a slight tilt to the sweet. Hard to pull any hop tastes out.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with an assertive but appropriate carbonation. Fairly clean finish.
Overall Impression: I enjoy the smell a bit more than the taste. The nut flavor is a bit artificial tasting but not horribly so. I think I’d like the unflavored version of this brown ale. To me, it’s very close to the other Rogue Hazelnut. A touch sweet for a session and the bomber is probably best split with friends as a dessert.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Clear amber brown with off-white head. Coffee and hazelnut, with a slightly bitter finish. Hazelnut becomes more apparent with each sip. Medium mouthfeel with a significant amount of carbonation. Probably the best of the limited number of brown ales I've tried.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured out from a bottle. Was clear and copper in colour. Had a sweet molasses nose to it and tasted like a nice red ale. Sweet, malty molasses finish. There were some notes of hazelnut detected in the flavour, but they were not overwhelming.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer received from bobsy during autumn 2009.

A: Brown color almost caramel looking. Clear. The head is practically non-existent.
S: Roasted malts with some hazelnut in there.
T: Same as smell, however I did get some touch of honey.
M: Medium/Thin bodied beer. The taste disappear quickly in the mouth.
D: The drinkability is good for this one. Nice taste and well balanced.

Btw, it is very good with roasted meet...

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Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is close to two fingers of big bubbled, dimpled foam, made from larger bubbles so it dissolves somewhat swiftly, lacing clings well. Clear mahogany brown with red and orange inflections, the thick and full beads easily visible. Extremely nutty nose with, duh, raw, uncooked hazelnuts as well as brazil nuts and cashews, very dry with little room left for the dried orange peels, yeast and powdery dark chocolate, overall if there's a thing as softly textured bitterness here it is. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation isn't overactive but it is very persistent throughout. Mineral water feel to it, helps keep the nuttiness fresh and raw. On the dry side, any sweetness in the brown sugar, molasses, caramel or dark chocolate more inherent to the definition than immediately expressed. Mutter of apricot, peach fruit. Smooth enough, nowhere as sour as in the nose. The intensity of the nuttiness is interesting but that's it.

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Photo of rjs246
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This tastes like the coffee-I-drank-as-a-teenager-before-I-knew-how-to-drink-coffee, but also somehow tastes like a delicious brown ale. I'm conflicted. I loved drinking one. I'm certain, though, that anything more than one would have me gagging. Still, totally delicious in small doses.

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Photo of infi
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, shared with BAs brun, glard and NYManc.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Barely translucent brown color with lots of visual carbonation. Thin wispy tan head with quick dissipation but leaving of some nice soapy and sudsy lacing. Smell is the amazing feat of the beer: a sugary caramel-like coating of the toasted hazelnuts with a hint of chocolate sweetness. Very subtle amount of malt too.

Taste is particularly light overall. Thin malt backbone to start with small embellishments of a hazelnut characteristic. Small amount of sweetness and a distinct metallic flavor at the finish. Not much to speak off in terms of the flavors. Could have been a bit more consistent with the aromas, but that's wishful thinking.

Mouthfeel lacks in depth as it's noticeably light as well. Thin feel with a small carbonated presence, though it's very easily drinkable overall. Just wished it was a bit more substantially bigger in flavor.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unknown date, although a recent delivery.

Pours red-copper with a one finger tan head, holds a foamy cap, short-term lacing.

Strong hazelnut aroma, very nutty, buttery, heavy toast, somewhat sweet smelling, some caramel. A pretty unique and nice aroma.

Hazelnut also strong in the taste, maple syrup, dark bread, caramel, chocolate, some earthy hop bitterness for balance.

On the thin side, but still a bit syrupy, prickly carbonation.

The aroma is definitely my favorite aspect, solid Brown Ale overall.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a brown ale, which isn't my favorite style, this was the best i've had. I am reviewing this based on the style and I think they make a fairly solid offering.

The appearance is a dark but clear light brown. Smell is faint, as I've noticed in all brown ales I've tried, but no hops to be found in the nose, which would be a plus for the style, mostly.

The taste however showed a little bit more than it's competitors. Thin mouthfeel but more of a nutty and sweet taste which was enough to keep me interested. Moderately low bitterness.

Drinkability, if you are a brown ale fan, should be quite good.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a ruby red brown with a small tan head. Some clumps of lace were left as the head stayed afloat. Aroma was simple but appetizing, caramel malt and a fairly strong nuttiness. A little on the sweet side. Flavors of caramel and the nuttiness combine for the majority of the flavor. Some notes of toastiness. Ends on a bitter nutty note. A bit light in the mouth, this is smooth and goes down easy. Complements the taste very well. Drinkability is good with the only knock being the sweetness would be a bit much after a few. A nice tasty and easy drinking treat.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from 22 oz. bomber
deep opaque brown color with a thick tan head that faded fast. lacing slid back down glass into the brew. roasty malt smell that was sort of singular but faint. roasted hazlenut taste with sweet malt and some chocolate notes - very rich. bitter hops tail wrapped around sweetness in the finish. smooth yet substantial mouthfeel. well-balanced but i would drink it more as a treat than as a session beer. would be good paired with sweet foods i bet.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Brown, not opaque, but pretty dark
S - Very nutty, reminds me of troegs rugged trail ale
T - Hazelnut hits you up front followed by sweetness
M - Heavy-bodied and full flavored
D - Probably only could drink a few of these, the strong flavor and body makes this one to savor

Pretty good, but I honestly would prefer a Troegs Rugged Trail Ale, which is sweeter and easier to drink.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured this one right into my frozen mug as a dark brown amber with a caramel colored head that, despite what others say, stuck around for a bit then left a nice lacing. smell of a chocolate / hazelnut / coffee mix with a caramel hint. The taste of this was quite pleasing to me with a complex caramel / hazelnut flavoring and a sweet malt flavoring. Smooth and creamy and a nice crisp lightness to it lead me to almost want another had it not been so sweet. a decent brew for after dinner or dessert but not an everyday drink

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Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ouncer.

Slightly reddish-brown with a churning head of beige bubbles. Coarse and popping. And, falling... Ok, poor retention. But, it looks 'nectary'? 3.5

Roasted grain, mustiness, and nutty sweetness. Very faint hazelnut nose. Not much more to the aroma than that. Smells like a Euro Dark Lager... 2.5

Sharp hazelnut coffee flavors with a bright pungency. A little sweet, a lot roasty (for a brown ale). Toffee, Nutella, earthy/spicy hops, and some malt bitterness (especially, in the finish). If I didn't know it to have hazelnut/hazelnut flavor added, I'd think it was a product of a lively yeast (which I think is adding other nutty qualities). Everlasting finish that is bittersweet. Delicate flavors involved here. 4.0

Another easy drinker from my mix-and-match tonight. Low carbonation levels enhance that (but, hurt the score). Pretty much medium-bodied. Minor alcohol presence. VERY minor. 3.5

Nice little brown ale. Good thing, because I was almost at the point of 'down-and-out' on Rogue beer. Happy to have this little puppy in my pint glass. 4.0

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle ordered at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy and spotty brown, partially clear in places. No head, no lacing.

Smells like hazelnuts, with a bit of chocolate.

Tastes the same, with some buttery malts as well. More hazelnut and less chocolate in the taste than the aroma.

Light, slightly watery mouthfeel. Could be thicker and creamier, really.

A decent flavored nut brown beer, but nothing I want to revisit again, really.

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Photo of DJQ
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 650ml bottle, shared between two.

A: A nice, clear copper. Very little head, and that disappeared quickly.

S: Quite nutty. Hints of chocolate. There's a breadiness to the aroma as well.

T: Nuts and malts are in your face! As it warmed up the subtler brown sugar and vanilla were noticeable.

M: Medium-high carbonation on this one, which settled down given some time. Medium bodied

O: At first sip this one was surprisingly plain, but as it warmed up the flavour came out and I quite enjoyed it. I don't know that I will pick another up in a bottle, but I would like to give it a try on tap one day.

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

Deep brown, caramel around the edges. Good, very fine lacing. Does smell faintly of hazelnut, more like chocolate though--kind of like cake icing. Taste is too malty upfront, but has a nice roasted, nutty finish. Too much unbalanced sweetness. Not as good as I had remembered.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and grain. Fits the style of American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and grain. Overall, a rich and complex beer. Cloying aroma but a nice addition of hops cuts that affect in the taste. I didn't get a lot of nut, but still very good.

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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 RyanLigeia
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice clean brownish/ruby see through color but the head was lacking and vanishes quick, to nothing.

Smell- Very unique. Hazelnut shines through as expected with hints of vanilla. Doesnt smell like any other beer Ive had but that isnt necessarily a bad thing.

Taste- Similar to the smell but I taste some maple in there as well. Its flavorful but still easy to drink. Strong enough flavors to enjoy but not overpowering to the point that you couldn't drink a couple.

Mouthfeel- I really wish it was smoother and less crisp. The smoothness would definitely work better with the flavors.

Overall- An awesome beer but with a better texture could be an AMAZING beer.

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Photo of cloakNdaggar
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of nutela, treacle, caramel, and chocolate.

Pours ,more of a red colour than a brown. Beige head. Medium head retention. Some lace.

Tastes Like Ferero rocher chocolates. Caramel, hazelnuts, burnt sugar, chocolate.

Mouthfeel was ok, if a bit thin. Carbonation was ok.

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

A blood-red ale with a sweet plummy fragrance, the hazelnut flavor is there, but wears a disguise akin to exotic pipe tobacco – spicy and cured, with a deft, smoky finish that leaves and returns with a boomerang effect. There is also a pronounced brown sugar sweetness hardly impeded by any appreciable hopping making this somewhat suggestive of good Scottish ale.

Brewed with hazelnut extract, this deep ruddy ale is a welcome diversion from straightforward malt’n’hops beers. Trivia fact: Oregon grows 98% of America’s hazelnuts.

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

Pours a dark murky brown with a thin brown head. Smells of caramel malt and hazelnut.

Tastes of rich caramel malt. Nutty. Lots of hazelnut, almost overwhelming at times. Milk chocolate sweetness. Velvet smooth but just a touch thin. Take the hazelnut out and it's a top notch brown ale. With the hazelnut in, it can be a bit too much and offputting. Not bad but not a favorite.

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Photo of BigPapaLager
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very easy to drink beer, I often buy at my local. For some reason its the only Rogue they sell. Pours a deep amber, the nose is very fruity. This beer tells me to relax. Nice and malty, I have tis beer close to me when I need it. Good brew.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The trademark Rogue head action is definetly there in this one. A thick head formed immediatly and subsided to a 1\4 inch head that is thick and sticks to the glass leaving a little lace. Nice red color that is so dark as to appear brown. Aroma is of a coffeeness blended with sweet dark carmel and a distinct nutty aroma. Flavor is smooth and thick with very little malt bitterness and more of a sweet coffee flavor with a very obvious nuttiness that could never have come from malt. Hops are present but are here just to balance the malt character. Body is very heavy and goes well with this beer as there is little bitterness from hops or malt so it dosen't linger too much. Smooth flavor is very refreshing and is a nice break from the usual Brown ales I have tried. The only thing i have to say after drinking this beer is that if you want to try it be prepared for an unnaturally strong nut flavor. This beer is very very close to the Original Hazelnut Brown Ale Rogue does and i would like to know how Morimoto gets credit for this recipe.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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