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%
 
 
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Photo of Tamigleo
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BillyBrew
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, everything I expected this beer to be! The brew was beautiful with a deep brown colour and heavy brownish head. The scent was of sweet caramel and a shade of coffee (hazelnut perhaps?). A rich, nutty and caramel flavor swirls around in a velvety coat. The only drawback is that its richness, nut flavors and nearly-heavy body make it one to savor in moderation and as an everyday thirst-quencher. Regardless, another great brew form Rogue, they always do you right!

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Photo of JCMattson
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd_E_Moore
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of bishopdc0
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautiful brown nice light tan head and good lacing

Beautiful hazelnut and crystal malts. The hazelnut is subtle but accompanies the malt to be very smooth wonderful

The malt and hazelnut appears and finish together. It is smooth throughout very well put together. The crystal malts and the hazelnut are lite but are wonderful. This is perhaps the best example of how use of ingredients outside the 4 can make a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%

Had this beer on tap at the Yardhouse last night.Very light and easy to drink with a strong nutty taste to it.It had a fruit taste to it although it`s hard to identify what it is.I have to say I like it very much.I have had a couple of Rogue beers with mixed luck but I would say this is Second best to the Chocolate Stout.At 6.2ABV I would say its a Semi-functional beer.Give it a try.

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

This beer pours an auburn, dark red color. The head is tan and fades rather quickly. Like the name would suggest, it smells of hazelnuts. It also has a slightly malty smell. There are faint scents of cinnamon. It tastes very sweet. The hazelnut flavor is apparent. It has a lightly toasted maly flavor. There is also a slight chocolate taste to it. This beer is creamy and smooth. It is carbonated just right. This beer is medium bodied. It is a very good beer. As with the Morimoto Hazelnut Signature Ale, this beer might not make the best session beer due to the very sweet flavor. If you can find this beer, it is definately worth your time and money.

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

The other day I picked up a 22oz bottle of Rogue's "Morimoto signature ale" series Hazelnut. As a long time fan of Rogue's Hazelnut Nut Brown Ale, I had to check it out. I didn't know if this was the same beer or simply a repackaging (BeerAdvocate indicates the latter -- this is simply an "alias" of the original Hazelnut Brown).

Cold beer is poured into UK size pint glass. Beer is very dark, nearly opaque brown, and appears rather stark in the glass, cloudless, with just a thin dark tan head on top.

Beer has a sweet, malty aroma. The label proudly proclaims 13 ingredients (this has no pretentious of being a "4 ingredient" real ale kind of ordeal). 9 of them are malts. Only one is an additive (hazelnut extract). 2 kinds of hops provide a really nice and needed balance from the sweetness of the beer. The fizziness is just right.

I'm not detecting any differences from the Hazelnut Nectar that I've come to love. This is a really great beer, and in my opinion, probably Rogue's best. The only thing detracting from its perfection is that it IS a little bit sweet. Not so much that it's annoying, but it might be a little bit much for a session beer.

I will also mention that it is a perfect accompaniment to my Sunday afternoon Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and lots of mustard.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown hue with a thick tan head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is hazelnut, milk chocolate and toffee, very appealing nose. Taste is very malty, flavors of hazelnut, milk chocolate, caramel and a light hint of hops bitterness. Finish is slightly sweet and nutty, mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and moderately carbonated. A huge brown ale from rogue, highly drinkable but complex.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy amber brown with a short tan head leaving a thin lace ring
S - hazelnut, light syrupy, cherry, and bready malt
T - super sweet with hazelnut, sweet molasses, caramel & bready malts
M - silky smooth syrupy texture that coats the mouth
D - very sweet and different, reminded me of a port in terms of its syrupy sweetness and feel, a delicious desert that is very drinkable
As a side note, i tried mixing this with the chocolate stout on the advice of a local Rogue rep and it was awesome!

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

Little head that dissapated to nothing with no lacing, clear darkish hazelnut color with a root beer hue, and minimal carbonation.

Sweet cookie and nutty caramel malt aroma; flowery resin orange hops; and hints of bubble gum; brown sugar, maple syrup, nutmeg, and vanilla in the background.

Taste is a lightly sweet roasted, nutty, caramel malt; resin and orange hops, and hints of oak, smoke, and flat cola.

A medium bodied, dry slightly syrupy, soft almost flat carbonation, and slightly metallic finish for this beer.

Drinkability is great for this style and can be a session beer for some.

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

Ruby-copper color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of caramel and toffee elements, candy-sweet. Kind of reminds me of Saranac Caramel Porter. On the palate, sweet caramel candy flavors appear first, followed by a nutty, roasty malt element. A firm bitterness prevails from mid-palate through the finish, with the aftertaste being highlighted by a hazelnut element that heretofore had manifested itself to varying degrees throughout the palate. I'm quite impressed by how the caramel and hazelnut flavors work in concert with the pleasingly firm bitter and astringent elements. Bravo.

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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 Icemann383
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I had this Nectar in a nonic pint.

Appearance- The frothy, caramel-colored head hits about a finger in width before deflating into a thin smattering of fizz that almost cocvers the cap.

In the glass, I am treated to an attractive dark auburn with an amber glow when held up to the light. Pretty nice for a beer that is more on the transparent side.

Smell- Well, if you do not smell hazelnuts in this thing a visit to the nose and throat doctor might be in order. This one is incredibly malty, and a sweet malty at that.

It is also a little buttery and toasty, a perfect match for the sugary hazelnut.

Taste- Dessert beer fits this palate bill nicely! The hazelnut does not ride through the majority of the drink, but it does not need to with everything else going on.

Sure, the hazelnut flavor kicks it off, but then there is a bit of bittering hops, and even crystal malt-like flavor that sloshes around.

This is all followed by a butteriness and slight roasted quality that undoubtedly reminds me of a hazelnut coffee drink.The finish once again sees a major return of the hazelnut and some of that roasted malt flavor. This beer is really well rounded.

Mouth feel- This is where I get a little sad-face about this Rogue offering. I think this is too thin. I want it to be creamy, and have the carbonation really give it some lift, all while rolling down the gullet.

In reality, it is more slick; it is certainly too thin, but not in a caustic or unpleasant way.

Overall- I remember liking this beer when I had it on-tap, but the six-pack version has me more excited. I am not sure what it is, but I just felt like I tasted more complexities this time around.

I will definitely be stocking this one in the fridge regularly now that it is not relegated to bombers. Hey Rogue! How about some four-packs of the Double Chocolate Stout? Please?

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle left in the fridge for months after the rest of the case had been consumed.

An enjoyable enough brew, but I feel as if anything I say is going to come off as a backhanded compliment. There's an interesting tangy quality which I presume to be the hazelnut (however it is achieved) that certainly sets it apart from other brown beers. It's clean and refreshing, only an understated fruitiness and a pleasant enough aftertaste and tingly sensation on the tongue. I could easily drink these one after another and have in the past. It comes across more as a lager than as an ale, which is the way I generally prefer my beers - I'm not big on esters and fruity flavors. And defying categorization in general is a plus - I ascribe when I can to the "Beer is Beer" notion and this certainly fits the bill - and calling it an "American Brown Ale" in recognition of the spirit of independence it evokes is appropriate.

The dude on the label is about as 'rogue' as I am, to boot...

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

Appearance:
Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a deep auburn color with a thick, lingering, cream colored head.
(A beautiful looking beer- 4.0)
Smell:
It has a strong, yet deliciously pleasant, hazelnut aroma. This mouth watering aroma adds heavily to the overall flavor complexity of this beer.
(A delightfully aromatic beer- 4.5)
Taste:
The taste is rich with hazelnut and a hint of bitter sweet chocolate. It has a slightly hoppy, but mostly nutty finish.
(A rich nutty flavored beer- 4.5)
Mouthfeel:
Its a medium bodied beer with a mild amount of carbonation.
(Less carbonation would be more preferred- 3.5)
Drinkability:
It has a fairly high drinkability that will most likely keep you craving for more.
(High drinkability- 4.0)

Overall, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a very rich and complexly flavored brown ale that is definitely worth trying.

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

Brimming chestnut colour with a shot of clamato to muck things up. Despite its clarity being obliterated Hazelnut Brown Nectar manages to shine with lustrous highlights even when sitting stationary. Of all the many times I've had this beer I don't remember ever seeing a head on it. I suspect the oils in the nut extract are responsible for the diminished retention.

The aroma should be considered, by anyone who even remotely likes hazelnuts, to be quite good. Depending on how much you like them, it may be great. The smell is - as advertised - that of hazelnuts along with sweet, toasty caramel-laden malts. I'm not huge on hazelnuts but I'm having a heck of a time getting my nose out from this glass.

And I love the taste every bit as much. I understand the title is straightforward enough but for anyone still ensure as to what to expect: liquid Nutella, praline ice cream, chocolate-hazelnut truffles, hazelnut butter, and Frangelico. It may be via the use of an extract but Rogue has certainly captured the flavour of hazelnut.

I don't find it overly artificial tasting either. (OK, maybe just a little.) But I'm more than happy to overlook it because I've also been provided a nice maltiness to go along with it. A variety of malts were used to ensure all the flavour and texture needed. Indeed, this malt bill would have been 'nutty' enough without the extract.

Besides the obvious hazelnut (which I can almost sense crunching down on) the beer also draws to mind other wonderfully delicious treats - pecan pie, maple syrup, caramel custard, chocolate brownies and sugary sweet confections such as brittles. I wouldn't think you have to be a huge fan of nuts to agree this is one tasty, flavoursome beverage.

For some unexplainable reason this triggers in me thoughts of autumn. I'm not promising it will do the same for you but with every sniff and every sip comes to mind the harvest, colourful foliage, cooling winds, shortening days and all the comforts of going back inside again. Any beer capable of conjuring this kind of sentimentality certainly impresses me.

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

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice smell of hazelnuts, but too much carbonization, what often bothers me with Rogue ales.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into my Stone imperial pint. Shiny clear brown hue, thin but persistent head.

S - Funny, I smelled the hazelnut much more when it was cold than when it warmed further. You can't miss it, though....when a brewer claims to have brewed a "hazelnut brown," this is pretty much what I want to smell.

T - Nutty taste, as you would expect. Tastes like a good nut brown with some extra punch, courtesy of the hazelnut extract. Hops step aside, which is rare for a Rogue brew, only poking in during the finish to add a pleasant perfumey taste. I am very happy that this particular beer has not been overhopped, weighing in at a muted 33 IBUs. And the caramel malt bill...my god, look at all the different malts they used in this beer!

F - Mostly positive, this lacks the spiky, overcarbonated feel that Rogue beers can sometimes show. Could stand some more creaminess.

D - One bomber is plenty. Would be a great pairing with some kind of caramel-coffee type of dessert....or, pair it with a burger or a steak. Doesn't surprise me that Morimoto would affix his name to this, as this appears to be a very versatile food beer.

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

A very nice pour with a creamy head forming. Exceptional smell, a better version of nutella.

I saw the 6.2% on the bottle and was a little worried about the mouthfeel and drinkablility but this beer really masks the alcohol content with a fantasitic, choclately taste and leaves you wanting more.

The smell really makes this beer, not just the pleasantness but it is quite strong and the most powerful characteristic of the beer.

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

Holy CRAP. This is beer?!?

Well, I popped down 6 dollars for a bomber of this stuff. I figured its always worth it to try a stone or rogue offering.

Pours a dark brown, chestnut, truly the definition of brown. Tan head dissapates into nothing for whatever reason. Little to no spotty lacing. This beer isn't much for retention, but the color is nice.

Nose is Hazelnut (well of course) smooth lightly toasted malts. Very brown ale esque.

Hits the palate at first with a very smooth malt presence. As it envelopes the mouth the hazelnut nuances come in, with hints of toffee. The beer would be cloyingly sweet if not for the assertive bitterness that rounds it out. Alcohol warms a bit on the way down. This is a balanced beer, which I'm beginning to think is a specialty of Rogue.

Smooth and creamy, medium to thick bodied, with fairly big carbonation. Goes down nicely, and rather drinkable. Sexy.

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

Pours certainly darker than a brown ale. The color is just short of straight black. The medium head dissipates quickly and isn't terribly sticky.

The smell is very nice. It is mostly of nuts mixed with toasty malt with what smell a bit like chocolate way in the background.

The taste is of a really good brown ale with a solid nutty flavor added. Hints of chocolate and coffee as well, but not very much. And the whole thing has an interesting, but hard to pin down, fruity quality.

While the taste always helps a beer go down better, the moderate carbonation and balanced consistency help out.

This one is definitely session-worthy. No harshness with a very interesting flavor. Would go great with dessert too. The nuts provide a twinge of sweetness without going too far.

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