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
Reviews:
1,438
Ratings:
4,132
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
825
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,438 | Ratings: 4,132
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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Photo of Thrasher
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this on tap and greatly enjoyed it; the bottled version less exciting. Soda pop-like effervescence, head fizzed, then fizzled like most sodas. Reminiscent of root beer or cream soda, especially in mouthfeel. Some nice caramel malt flavors accented by the hazelnut, with hints of coffee, cream, and chocolate -- but in all honesty, that's about it. Little in the way of hops which is good for this brew... but there's just not a lot going on here. Still pretty tasty, but sadly flat in my glass. Like a soda that sat out too long. I bet you could use this beer in some interesting recipes.

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Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazelnut brown.... with tannish foam..

S: Slightly sour, little nutty. And a lovely toasted scent..

T: Very odd indeed. Slightly bitter and sweet, but with a kick of hazel nutty goodness. I wish there was a little more hazelnut, and less of a sour sweet kick...

M: Lots of carbonation..

D: I think this bomber will do me, but not bad...

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/24/12

Appearance: Clear, light brown - more of a dark amber with a lot of ruby when held up to the light - off-white head, fades to a creamy ring, leaves some lacing

Smell: Brown ale malts, caramel toffee, and some lightly toasted malts - a light sweetness throughout - sweet hazelnut coffee - overall, kind of smells like hazelnut coffee with lots of sugar and Pacman yeast

Taste: As the name would imply, this is basically a brown ale with hazelnut flavor - caramel, lightly cooked, lightly toasted, with some toffee - mildly bitter - light hazelnut coffee and some dark bread - sweet, but not too much - very mild and mellow, almost to the point of being watery

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly light, but nicely smooth, creamy, well-carbonated

Overall: Good if you love hazelnuts, otherwise "meh"

This is a decent brown ale, but it is only memorable because of the hazelnut flavor. And the hazelnuts are not even very aggressive. I would be happy to drink this again, but I certainly do not feel an urge to go out and buy bombers.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a 22 oz. bomber, with the signature Rogue painted label, very classy!

It poured a dark brown, almost black, with red notes when held to the light. The creamy tan head went away almost immediately. The aroma was faint, an undefined sweetness, with nut and chocolate notes. (Served at cellar temps, BTW, around 50-55F)

The taste is not complex, mostly a malty sweetness, with just enough hop bitterness to remind you that it's a beer, not a hazelnut frappacino. Transient notes of hazelnut, chocolate, and figs.

Smooth, almost thin mouthfeel, with light carbonation. The finish is where I really noticed the hazelnut, along with the light bitterness from the hops.

So far, I've found Rogue beers to be good, not great, and surprised by the hype and aura attributed to this brewery by other BAs. They ARE, however of good quality, and very drinkable. If you've been curious about the fuss, you shouldn't be wary, as they are deserving of at least some of the accolades. Worth seeking out, at least to see and taste for yourself!

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Photo of rugger
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a not too dark ruby red with a big head that disipates quickly. Smells of fruit, peach/plum and very seet malty aroma. The taste is complex with a nutty/plum taste mixed in with chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel is thick and and almost reminds me of taddy porter, but I may be halucinating. This beer is very drinkable, however I couldn't do more than two bombers in a session. Good job Rogue, however I did expect more seeing as how Morimoto is endorsing this beer. I am a big fan of Iron Chef.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a reddish brown. fairly clear. a finger of a tan head that fades away to a nice lacing

Smell: very nutty. some hazelnut.

Taste: tastes almost like creamy hazelnut coffee. nuts, hazelnut, cream, not enough of the brown ale characteristics

Mouthfeel: creamy, with slight sweetness

Overall: I didn't really know what to expect from this one. it had a good idea, but i am not the biggest rogue fan. turns out its pretty decent. wish there was more roasty malts and less coffee

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very smoothly into a standard pint glass. The head is about a finger and a half in width and is just barely off white in color. There about a fair amount of small bubbles in this beer, but also some big ones, somewhat pillowy, it looks a lot like what the top of a cappuccino would look like. The head is dissipating fairly quickly but it's leaving good lacing throughout the glass. The body is a very dark brown color, with hints of red in there as well. It doesn't really look like your standard brown, most browns are pretty boring looking, but with the red, and the dark shade, it's for sure different. Somewhat see through, but for the most part it's too dark to see much on the other side. The carbonation is a little on the high side, but I'm sure it will be fine on the taste. Overall this beer is strange looking, because part of the head was crappy, it just petered out really quickly, but other parts were good, it was pillowy and left good lacing. Same with the body, it looks unique, but at the same time it also kinda looks like cranberry juice. I'm struggling on deciding whether it should get a 3.5 on looks or a 4, but I think it deserves a 4. I was really expecting this beer to smell like really light hazelnut, kinda like in ice cream or something, crisp and tasty, but it kinda just smells malty and really heavy on the hazelnut. The malt is there for sure, it greatly resembles the malt smell you get in a scotch ale, very sweet, hints of molasses, caramel and syrup. The hazelnut also is heavier than I would like, I would have liked this beer to be light and crisp, but I can tell that this is going to be somewhat heavy, the hazelnut isn't going to be that refreshing, it's going to be heavy like peanut butter. I mean the smell isn't bad, in fact it smells really good and unique, it's just not really what I was looking for at all. That isn't the brewers fault of anything, just my own preference I guess. Maybe some vanilla in here as well. I don't want to grade this beer solely on how I thought it was going to be, and now it's not, because it is a good smelling beer. I guess what it comes down to is that it is really complex and good smelling, so 4. The taste isn't what I was expecting at all, I had this beer a long time ago and I don't remember is tasting anything like this, it tasted like this beer smelled. On top of that, the smell on this beer completely throws you off on the taste, it doesn't tastes like it smells. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I doubt it, because if what I'm smelling is the same, I'm sure the taste is the same too, and my memory is just failing me. There are small hints of hazelnut on the taste, but for the most part it just tastes like a not very well done scotch ale. It's just very watery and not very much flavor, there is a point when you first take a sip of just nothingness. The carbonation distracts you from any flavors that might be there for the first second. The carbonation usually has no affect on the taste for me, but this time it's for sure coming into play. On the taste as a whole, these are the things I get - hazelnut, malts, maybe some syrup or molasses, maaaaybe some vanilla in the aftertaste, but barely any, and just a carbonated, sour, "interruption" in the beginning of the taste. Overall it's not a bad beer at all, it's a fine taste, and it's above average (just barely) because it's still a decently done craft brew. The tastes are all there for sure, that's not the problem, it's that it's so watery and carbonated at the beginning that it steals the flavors that are there, and then when the flavors do kick in, they aren't big enough to make an impact on your taste buds. It's a strange carbonation too, it's not super bubbly of fizzy, it just kinda hangs out in the back of your throat and disrupts your taste buds, it's hard to explain, but it is annoying. Not how I remember this beer at all either, frankly I would have preferred the big taste I was detecting on the smell (and how I remember it to taste the first time) instead of this watery taste. Like I said though, overall not a bad taste, just not that great. Mouthfeel is the strangest part of this beer, is it bad? No, it's just...very inconvenient and not that impressive. Carbonation is the right level, it's carbonated weird, body is big enough I suppose, brown ales aren't supposed to be too thick. Drinkability is pretty good because there really isn't anything wrong with this beer at all, it's just not as fantastic as I was hoping. Overall what more can I say, I've written a freaking novel on this beer, disappointed with the beer, but it's not a bad beer, still a decent craft brew.

After this beer warmed more it got smoother to drink and the carbonation was much less offensive. The flavors also came out more, but only by a little bit. The taste got better, but now it's just closer to a 4 than to a 3, but still a solid 3.5.

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Photo of janubio
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber colour, with a small white head that fades soon, leaving a ring and lace. Smell of chocolate, spices, cherries, nuts. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste of chocolate, cherries, hints of nuts.

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Photo of John
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, moderate head. Hazelnut, vanilla and caramel aroma. Taste is a blend of the hazelnut that greets at the onset, caramel and a grainy, malty, body verifying character swirls around in the middle, vanilla finishes it off. Malted milk balls come to mind. A gentle swirl regenerates the head and releases a fresh waft of the unique bouquet. Body light-medium, carbonation level is smooth and unobtrusive. Best consumed at cellar temperature. Rogue gets thumbs up on this brew and deserves credit for their creativity.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic. Pour was a translucent mid-colored brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Quarter-inch head settled into a thin skim of foam almost immediately; zero lacing present during the tasting. Strong scents of hazelnuts and brown sugar out of the bottle, but mellowed considerably in the glass. Flavors similar to nose, but much less intense. Hazelnut flavor detectable at finish as well as a hint of wheat. Well-balanced mouthfeel with a touch of carbonation and a smooth finish; alcohol was well-hidden. A solid session brown, but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into Rogue (So you want a revolution) Pint Glass

1 finger head turns quickly into bubbles hugging the rim of the glass.
Smell is one of the best parts, hazelnut, sugar, coffee, and the smell of faint hops.

After a few sips of this cold, straight out of the fridge, it tasted expired, like the hazelnut had fused with the metal in the cap. After letting it warm for 15 minutes, it was a whole new beer. The hazelnut and coffee/hop taste overwhelmed my taste buds as it went down smooth. Not the best from Rogue, but heads and tails above other brown ales.

Drink at cellar temperature for best flavor.

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Photo of marvmoreno
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPERANCE:
Dark, almost black color with some ruby highlights. Tight off white head that lingers down to about half an inch

SMELL:
Fragrant roasted nut aroma, which pretty much dominates the aroma profile. Smell reminds me of a milk tea place I frequent. Very unique and "homey" smell, and makes you feel the same way a whiff of coffee in a cafe does

TASTE:
The roasted nutty nose carries through the palate and is the first thing you taste, lasting all throughout until the finish. Some dark bread and caramel sweetness pops out in the background, a hint of pepper spice, warming alcohol. It has an earthy tone to it. Herbal hoppiness is only apparent in the aftertaste. Finish is not as dry, with a herbal, earthy, nuttiness lingering in your tongue afterwards

MOUTHFEEL:
Heavy mouthfeel with a syrupy feel to it, which accentuates the earthiness even more. Carbonation is subdued but can be felt

OVERALL:
A very predominantly nutty brown ale. The unique roasted nut note is pretty much the star here, reducing everything else to faint hints. The flavor is to my liking but I found it just a tad too dominant. I would've love some more balance here. Nevertheless, a good solid brew. It's a good substitute for coffee beers, sipping one away amongst intelligent conversation

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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 atsprings
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a dark brown with absolutely no head. The aroma was of dark malt and strong roasted nuts. The taste was a great balance of dark malts and a variety of hops doing their jobs in the background. There was also a very smooth hazelnut flavor. The beer was light and smooth and very enjoyable. A great brown ale.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,132 ratings.
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