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Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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4.07/5
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4,228 Ratings
Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
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:
#2,402
Reviews:
1,457
Ratings:
4,228
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
884
Trade:
3
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,228 |  Reviews: 1,457
Photo of macrosmatic
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat dark brown with hints of red, with a thin white head and minimal visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, honey, some spices, some roasted malts, and an underlying dry fruity aroma that I can't quite place.

T: Brown malts, hints of cardboard, some nuttiness, and a general sweet character. Roasted honey flavors at the end.

M: Thin body but acceptable for style. Medium carbonation sensation, and a mild alcohol presence.

O: This is an OK beer, but nothing I'd seek out. I'm not a huge hazelnut fan in general though - I got this beer in a raffle - probably wouldn't have picked it out from a store.

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Photo of SlowTwitch
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish brown. Clear. Tight 3/4" head when poured. Laces nicely and lace sticks to glass through the drink.

Smell - Nutty, chocolatey, rich.

Taste - A nice rich maltiness. Hops present in aftertaste that aren't noticeable when first tasted. Chocolate malts are easy to identify. Call me crazy, but I didn't taste the hazelnut (or general 'nuttiness') as much as I expected to.

Mouthfeel - Rich mouthfeel. Taste lingers for a while between sips.

Drinkability - Easier to drink as the beer warms.

Overall - Good beer with a great initial richness that is more apparent as the beer warms. Not the best example of a Brown Ale, but one that is certainly worth tasting.

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Photo of gandres
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured on wine glass with dinner of vegetables on sour broth
Appearance: Deep light brrown to amber, clear , minimal head
Smell: Fresh cooked grains, hint of hazelnut
Taste: light and refreshing
Feel: Creamy mouth feel
Overall: Great beer with great aroma, balance taste

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Photo of mkh012
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark brown appearance. A little dull and metallic on the nose. Pick up on the hazlenut and an almost milky sweetness. Taste is a nice balance of caramel, hazelnut, and slight coffee. This beer is pretty good and definitely one of the better brown ales I've had. Creamy and easy drinking. Reminded me a bit of a milk stout in certain ways. Maybe a bit thin though, and could've been bolder with the hazelnut.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTbrew32
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Amber brown with barely a finger of head.

Aroma-Sweet chocolate, nutty, and coffee scents.

Taste- The hazelnut is the dominant feature, but that isn't a bad thing by any means. The hazelnut is accompanied by some milk chocolate, coffee, and honey.

Feel-Very malty which leads to a somewhat sticky feel, but nothing that lingers. Full bodied beer with little carbonation.

Overall-Very good beer thats perfect for those with a sweet tooth when it comes to beers. Personally this is too sweet for me to frequently have, but it certainly will be a top choice for a dessert beer in the future.

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Photo of kattycakes603
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty clear, light brown color. Small to medium sized, foamy, tan head. Disappears fairly fast leaving just a little lacing.

S - Plenty of hazelnut aroma along with caramel. Some vanilla and hints of coffee/latte along with some cream. Fairly sweet with just a hint of nutty earthiness.

T - A lot like the nose. Really sweet tasting. Reminds me of a hazelnut latte. Sweet hazelnut and vanilla provide a flavor similar to the hazelnut syrup at coffee places. Hints of cream, coffee, and a touch of cocoa. There is a subtle earthiness but not enough to balance it out.

M - Medium body, low to average carbonation. Pretty creamy.

D - Good dessert beer that goes down easy. A little too sweet to want another right away. Not overly cloying but quite sweet.

Notes: On-tap at Sanctuary. Quite sweet and lots of hazelnut. I enjoyed it for what it was and it makes for a nice dessert or just kind of a sweet nightcap.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my FW Imperial Nonic
Notes from 03/06/14

A: Dark chestnut brown body with some garnet tones and a nicely conditioned look. Condensed whip of oatmeal colored cream on top with ample stay power. A few slippery dots and ribbons of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Scented toasted biscuit with hazelnut and cocoa notes. There is some brown sugar sweetness to the aroma and a bit of honey coated cereals mixed in. Smells nice and inviting. Not artificial like or too overpowered by the hazelnut additions.

T: Melba toast, brown sugar, and a mild hazelnut flavoring. I get toasted grains and some nice nutty nuances of chocolate and coffee. There is a moderately low bitterness to the beer and a touch of earthiness coming through. Well balanced with a light dry crisp nature. Alcohol is completely masked making for a nice session. A tasty little brown ale.

M: Body is moderate full and mostly creamy with a light drying at the finish. A touch watered down in the end but with a clean very retreat.

D: A nice and toasty brown with good balance and some subtle flavor additions. I particularly appreciate the restrained approach here. This may in fact be one of Rogue’s better offerings.

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Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers of beige head sat gently on top of a brown body of beer - the head had little retention. The smell is extraordinary - something like pecan pie. Compared to the superb nose, the taste is a bit of a downer - flat and a bit thin (I have never used such words to describe a Rogue beer before). There is a nice malty finish, but it just falls short of the best examples of this style.

I had high expectations, so this was definitely a disappointment.

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Photo of oneguynamedjosh
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobpaul81
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.0
Poured a dark mahogany color. Almost zero head.

Aroma 4.0
The hazelnut and coffee scent is quite strong. Smells more like coffee than beer. Slight scent of roasted grain but my senses are overwhelmed by the hazelnut.

Taste 3.5/4.0
At first sip, there's a mixed roasted nut flavor at the center-point. Very nice and what I expect from the nut brown style. As it sits on the tongue, the nuts give way to a very strong hazelnut, caramel and bitter chocolate flavor which is very coffee-like in it's aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 4.0
Nice thickness, not to thin, not to thick. Right on with the brown ale style. I found the aroma very strong, even while in the mouth.

Drinkability 4.0
Very drinkable. Not too sweet, not too thin or thick, very rich flavored. Not your traditional brown ale, but it's something you won't find from other nut browns. Very solid beer from Rogue.

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Photo of craftychick06
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of mjohn27603
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark varnished brown, thin head less than one finger. Smells of chocolate. Taste is nutty, yes on the hazelnut side. A undertow of chocolate. Mildly bitter. Like a nutty stout without the roasted flavor. Of the two Morimoto ales I've tried I prefer the Soba to this. Slightly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Kasha
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from (what else) a bomber. The good chef is on the label hoisting a glass. It's brown with a bit of amber and a tan head that disappears quickly. Although the hazelnut comes through minimally in the smell, it really dominates the taste. The overall flavor is a bit sweet and subdued. Unfortunately, not being a big fan of hazelnut in any form, the taste didn't really capture my fancy. It's a nice beer and I'm sure better than most "flavored" beers out there. The mouthfeel is right on and it does drink well. I guess I'm one of the few that preferred the Morimoto Soba to the Hazelnut.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wantedandlisted
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of techcommdood
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid but clear lighter brown in color, no head to speak of.

Strong aroma of hazelnut and citrus. An odd combination.

Taste brings more of the hazelnut and citrus zest, but also some nice chocolate malt flavor that rounds the beer off nicely.

Mouthfeel was a little thin. Though you get a good dose of hazelnut flavor, it's definitely not as rich a feel as you would get from hazelnut coffee or from a traditional brown ale.

Fairly drinkable, but the rich flavor combined with the lighter mouthfeel lefe me wanting more of a lasting impression.

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Photo of Marcos_Graziano001
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of cantal
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avylover
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking brew. It's a deep clear mahogony red color with a light tan head that sticks around nicely. Aroma is good & malty, some what bready and slightly spicey. This is not a huge explosion oftaste, but pretty good still. Starts off with a mildy sweet nutty chocolate taste and a velvety mouthfeel, then dries up on the back end with a good dose of hops. Finishes with a slight burnt coffee taste. Very balanced brew. As it warms the tastes start to come through a bit more. Perfect amount of carbonation and a solid head make for a great mouthfeel. Easy drinking. This is what I would expect from rogue. Nothing over the top, just a good beer with my RDA of hops.

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Photo of clockwerk
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from that stylish brown bottle into a 22oz wine glass.

A - Nice dark mahogany colour. The kind of colour I'd like my floors to be. Good head formation with nice tight bubbles that sticks around for awhile until receding into a cap any sailor could be proud of. This is pretty beer.

S - Oh look Hazelnuts! But unfortunately it doesn't smell like hazelnuts it smells like hazelnut syrup. As in artificial. I picked up some other notes in there, but it was mainly hazelnut syrup.

T - Damn, there's a really good beer in there somewhere. It's hard for me to get past the hazelnut. Contrary to what Beers like Peche Mortel and Young's Double Chocolate stout have achieved by blending the flavours, however bold, to create a clearly defined palate, this beer seem dichotomous. There's a really nice Brown Ale I taste, and then there's a Hazelnut syrup. The flavours to be seem to be competitive rather than cooperative. It's hard to decide whether thats good or not because it's a tasty beer. I found it distracting.

M - Medium bodied and solid. Good level of carbonation for me. I found it very smooth and a little creamy.

D - The hazelnut was cloying by the end of the bottle for me. I usually don't think much of this category, but in this case there was something that really detracted towards the end. Not enough to bring down the flavour score, but enough to prevent a second bottle.

Notes: I think my review might come off harsher than intended. It just felt to me like the Hazelnut flavour was not well integrated into the profile, but the Brown Ale was solid, and the Hazelnut does taste nice for 7/8ths of it.

The only other issue I have with this beer is it's price. If it was something truly special, sure, I can see $6.15 for 650ml. When I can get La Fin Du Monde or Maudite for $5.40 for 750ml, I'm having a hard time making that choice.

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Photo of gameface23
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish mahogany with a loosely formed light tan/off-white head.

S: Nutty hazelnut, roasted and toasted malt.

T: Warm nuttiness, a good blast of hop bitterness transitioning into a mild honey-like sweetness. It's earthy and warm, nicely balanced.

M: Medium bodied, but with a loose, spritzy carbonation.

D: A very nice offering from Rogue. Not really suitable for the humid and sweltering day that I drank it on, but it would be a great fall beer.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,228 ratings
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