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:
1,439
Ratings:
4,141
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
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Photo of krberg
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz No dates.

Mahogany with a big tan head. Holding it up to light reveals an orangish-brown body.

Lots of malt in the nose. Caramel and, of course, hazelnuts are very aggressive. No aroma hops that I can discern.

Very rich, pastry-like flavor. Malty sweetness and nutty goodness. Not bitter or hoppy at all, but somehow in balance. A great harmony of grains and hazelnuts.

Not very carbonated. Much lighter body than one would expect from such rich flavors.

Easy drinking, but how many? I think it might be like eating too much cake.

A great beer, but certainly one I only crave once or twice a year. If you have a sweet tooth and are tired of boring brown ales give this a shot.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Father's office in santa monica November 2005.

Rich brown color, solid head with sliding lacing and the occasional evidence. Smell is of nuts and smoked wood.

The taste is humongous compared to the smell....it is fairly modest in the nose and then a frickin explosion in the mouth. Nuts rule this brew and it is exceptionally smooth as well. Smoked presence doesn't come out much but its in the background. Just a hint of hop twang and its welcomed as this beer would be too sweet without it.

Notes: I feel like a broken record with Rogue. Mouthfeel is off the charts once again. I've yet to come across a beer that wasn't near perfect from this company. Good thing that samuel smith's nut brown is in a different category or they would have a run for their money. The two best brown's in my opinion.

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown; To produce the head, I had to pour vigorously. no longevity to the suds, no lace on the glass.

Slight band-aid smell, behind that there are sweet malt notes of chocolate and crystal. Some buttery-ness, very low hop.

Very nice hazelnut flavor. Very sweet. Thick cream-like body with a below average carbonation (which accentuates the candy flavors). The hop used is strictly for spice, not balance. The aftertaste starts as honey sweetness that fades into a subtle hop flavor.

In my humble opinion, when compared to other Rogue beers, this one is a miss, although I love the creativity. Hazelnut flavors and aromas make this beer palatable. It's just that it could be so much better.

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Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting concoction from Rogue. Smells malty malty malty and nutty. Toasty- almost marshmallow-like in the nose.

Taste is also very malty, more toastyness, with a bare hint of chocolate. Sweet, but not overly so. Hazlenutty, obviously, but I also got a vanilla extract thing going on in there. Pretty easy to drink, though I'm not sure I could have more than one of these. Interesting, a nice dessert type beer.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.Poured a brilliant ruby red with fluffy head that disappeared quickly.

Smells like nutty and brown sugary, with some toffee or caramel in there, too. Excellent aroma.

Taste: Nutty sweetness. Hazlenut works well here. The toffe/caramel taste blends with the nuttiness very well. I also taste maybe plum, or somehting similar. This stuff is smooth. Very easy to drink. Not my favorite style, but worth a try if youre a fan of brown ales.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thin, but kinda creamy as well. Clean finish, with no discernable aftertaste.

Excellent drinkability but this could be too sweet to knock back too many.

Im not a big fan of Brown Ales, but for the style this one very good. Another winner from Rogue.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber from Charles St. Liquors

Appearance = Dark brown, opaque with not a hint of transparency. Head fades quickly into tiny ring. Lacing is adequate.

Smell = A little light in the nose but what's there is good. Malt dominates as it should. A bit of honey and molasses, Tiny bit of toasted grain and yeast presence.

Taste = Delicious. Sweet honey and nectar just as the name implies. Light presence , full of flavor- hazelnut addin is so perfectly blends with the rest of the components. Mouthfeel is exceptional as the beer feels like liquid satin in my mouth. Aftertaste is perfect, brining honey and toasted grain. The sweetness is perfectly balanced, not overwhelming but present in force to create an absolutely delicious beer. I can't stress enough how well the hazelnut works in this beer.

Overall = After drinking this beer, so far, I've come to the undeniable conclusion that Rogue is the greatest brewery in the USA. This beer is a masterpiece of taste, and I greatly recommend everyone go out and buy it.

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Photo of fromage
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressive dessert beer. Probably a bit too cloying for a session, but a nice, not-too-hopped offering from Rogue. I would expect it to be a bit nuttier but that wasn't so important for matching the pumpkin tiramisu I paired it with!

Poured into a red/white wine glass. Medium brown, good-sized tan head which didn't last all that long.

I mostly smell lots of roasted nuts, vanilla, some cream, caramel, a little chocolate, a bit of biscuit, but really no fruit.

Taste pretty much matches. Just a bit of hop bite reminiscent of bitter chocolate / roasted nuts, but not astringent. Definitely an interesting take on the "nut brown" style. Well rounded out with malt depth.

Medium mouthfeel. I probably could have had it a little warmer. Finish is not too long, but interrupted by some hop bitterness.

I surely drank too much of this one. I wouldn't drink it all night, but splitting a bomber for a dessert would work fine. Not sure about matching it with chocolate.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Solid brown with a nice full creamy brown head. Nice balanced hazelnut and chocolate aroma. Robust hazelnut and chocolate malt flavors with no hop character for a Rogue ... very different but a nice departure. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth with a long chocolate cocoa finish.

A delicious non-hoppy Rogue brew for a change... A must try !

Per RA website: Great Western 2-row Pale, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Crystal 80 and Crystal 135, Carastan, and Beeston Pale Chocolate malts; hazelnut extract; Perle and Saaz hops.
Measurements: 14 degrees Plato, IBU 33, apparent attenuation 73.6, Lovibond 36.

(22 oz. bottle)

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Photo of Fugazme
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with slight amber edges. Thick 1/2" tan/off-white head. A wonderful beer to look at.

Aroma is chocolatey and malty... some maple and dried fruit.
Caramel and alcohol... butterscotch.
Pretty complex.

Flavor is sweet and malty. Decent mouthfeel... quite bubbly.

Excellent with marzipan.

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Photo of hoffman
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into my new 24 oz mug. Nice pour, head rises quickly up to a couple fingers high seems smallish in comparison to being poured into a 12 oz mug. Dark brown in color with nice deep red edging in the light. A very nice beer in the glass. The smell is faint, a bit nutty but not what I had expected, sweet with more hop presence than I had expected. This one tastes very good, sweet and creamy up front with a lot of malt, the nuttiness shows up in the middle, toasty. A nice hop balance in the finish with a little more of that creaminess sneaking in....very nice and full taste....the creaminess that I speak of billows over into the mouthfeel, if not a little on the watery side this beer is quite full, good cabonation gives a little bit of bite. I really liked this one, probably not my favorite from Rogues but a nice drinker none the less. Try it, you will like it.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear mahogany with a large bubbled, off white, almost-cask-poured-like head.

It's not just a cute name: this beer really smells like hazelnut. Also a rich and full smell of malts, followed by a hop snap.

Medium body with a creamy smoothness and an overall clean feel. Malt flavors are roasty and nutty, pairing in almost perfection with the hazelnut flavors. Hops offer balance and keep the whole thing from going south.

Rogue is super consistent and you can add this to their list of impressive beers. This is a hell of a dessert brew.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Deep caramel color, little head, no lacing. This ultimatley hurts the beers overall "smell" rating.

S. See above.

T. This is where this beer scores major point. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Taste like a dessert in a glass.

M,D,N Great taste beer. I often look at brown ales as sort of a novelty. Not sure why...this beer is a reminder of how good they can be. Review was a bit short becasue I lost the first review in transisition.

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Photo of dciskey
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a tumbler with about an inch of pretty bubbly tan head that dissapates quickly. No retention or lace, which suprised and dissapointed me. The beer itself is a nice reddish-brown.

Smell is sweet, with hazelnut and some doughy malt. Taste is malt, a touch of chocolate, and hazelnut. Very sweet but not excessively so. Mouthfeel is decent--a little thicker than average with light carbonation. Since I like sweet/malty beers, I could drink this for a while, especially with a little something to munch on just in case. It's a real bummer that there's no head retention or lacing; this beer taste good and I wish it looked good too. I'm not sure it's a bad bottle, since the taste is good, so I'm confused, given other people's reviews.

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Photo of Enola
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Brewgrass and bought another bottle today. This is one of the best smelling beers I've had. The first thing you notice when you have a drink is the flavor of the hazelnut. It also has a kinda caramel taste to it. It is a deep brown color with minimal head. I thought enough of this beer that it is the first one I sampled at Brewgrass that I went out and bought. Rogue brews some mighty fine beers. I'll certainly buy this one again.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Rogue Hazelnut brown had very dark body and little to no head. The aroma was very impressive with chocolate, brown sugar and nutty hints. The mouthfeel was clean and very smooth, and it had a wonderful sweetness, characterized by chocolate, toffee, caramel and nuttiness. It finished excellently with a sweet smoothness I rarely find in browns. I highly recommend this to people like myself who are constantly unimpressed with browns.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hollinshead.

Ap - this poured a deep pine-bark brown with mohogany hues and a solid cream colored lace.
Sm - scents of toffee and nuts hit your nose in a very pleasant bouquet... some sweetness that i cant peg.
Tst - Mmmmm, delicious caramel, toffee and nuts (hazelnuts i'll assume) grace your tongue with hints of a chololate and vanilla blend. This is really damn good stuff.

Very tasty and complex this one. I'm not a nut-brown fan, but maybe i am now. This had a good medium body and could possibly pass as a porter... subtley complex if that makes sense. I will definitely serve this on the holidays and keep a bottle in my refrig.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A thick light-tan head rests on a glowing reddish brown body. Good head retention and thick lace. Smells of light malts and toffee-like hazelnut. Taste is an interesting and well-executed variation on standard brown ales: sweet and savory combination of chocolate, malt and hazelnut. Mild hop-bitterness. The hazelnut seems to dominate but is not overwhelming. Body is light to medium. Mouthfeel is smooth with an extremely clean finish, making this a very drinkable beer.


This is a very complex, yet well-balanced American take on the brown ale. I wasn’t sure what I would think about the hazelnut character, as I’m not a fan of hazelnut coffees, but it complements the other flavors well and does not seem out of place here. Serious props to the fellas at Rogue for this one.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 22oz. bomber with the traditional rogue printed bottle. printing is brown and tan. with rogue big across the top, there is a bearded, brown shirt and glasses wearin' balding man holding a stein of hazelnut brown in one hand and his other hand in a fist in the air. "world champion brown ale" on a medal. ingredients are listed as usual on the right, above rogue's description of their brew, above graphic images of a cow and a pig (what to pair this with) above the brewing specifications. "oxygen fixing caps". with all this information, you'd think there would be an abv or freshness date posted, but you'd be wrong.

appearance: pours a nice rich dark brown with deep ruby highlights in a stein mug. head is a light tan 1 inch, tight but fluffy. drops to a patchy capper after a few minutes. good initial retention, but once it's gone, it's gone. no lacing.

smell: caramelly sweet bread and nutty. some lightly earthy and spicy hop aromas. there is a sweet hazelnut aroma that makes itself the centerpiece.

taste: toasty roasted malts with lightly spicy hop balance. not as strong a hop presence as dfh's india brown, but seemingly more balanced. some chocolate and dark fruits as well. maybe some currants. hazelnut flavor is obvious and brings about memories of the hazelnut syrup in a starbucks hazelnut latte with every sip. finishes a tad sweet with a light malt bitterness. aftertaste is a tad astringent and woody.

mouthfeel: nice creamy medium mouthfeel with great carbonation. rolls around prickling and has a little bite in the swallow, but swallows very smoothly.

drinkability: very drinkable. stein is gone, refilled and gone again. very tasty with a mild aftertaste that allows you to drink as fast or sip as slow as you want.

overall: excellent american brown. i didn't think i'd have much better than the india brown by dfh the other night, but i think i have. aroma is better here, and taste and balance is the slightest little bit better as well. two thumbs.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small with head that recedes within seconds. The aroma huge. Chocolate, nuts, more chocolate. The taste is chocolaty too, with roasted flavors as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this beer seems like a cross between a brown ale and a porter. Whatever it may be, it is damn good.

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Photo of Nesued
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered this at a local "flying saucer", my first taste of a "Rogue-based" brew. Being on-tap, I decided to give it a try.

Appearance: Very dark brown coloring, the draw I received had a lasting head that took at least five minutes to "calm down".

Smell: An overwhelming hazelnut extract aroma with an underlying malt addition.

Taste: Wonderfully smooth and well-bodied taste, the presence of hazelnut was one of the draws to trying this beer, and the strong presence was expected. The malt and chocolate taste was present and balanced out what would have been a very awkward "one-sided" extract beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was well-balanced and added to the "denseness" of the presentation. A more carbonated presence would have (obviously) given a weaker presentation.

Drinkability: The was a wonderfully drinkable beer. In fact I stopped by a local shop to pick up several of the "20-oz bottles" on my way home. A $5.30 price per bottle is a bit of a kick-back, but only slightly. Others have said this would be a good "dessert-beer" and I agree, however it worked well in a "chips and salsa sitting around a table talking" format as well. Was a good pairing with the queso dip actually.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real dark reddish brown color,very nice,but the head is smallish.This has a real nutty,hazelnut,and chocolate aroma.I don't have a great nose,but this is very strong.This tastes great!! A real strong nutty,creamy, chocolate flavor.This is delicious. This has a light/medium feel for a brown ale,very drinkable.Another awesome beer from Rogue.

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Photo of jaluria
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dark brown color with a dense tan-colored head that has excellent retention and a soapy density. I smell roasted malts along with toasted bread and smoked/burnt nuts. The taste is incredible! A blast of coffee, nuts, brown sugar, and sweet malts. Rich and complex and yet not intimidating. The finish is bittersweet with a hint of semi-sweet cocoa. An excellent beer that can be had over and over again with ease.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After dancing around this beer for some time, I finally got arround to trying it. Smells like a really good nut brown ale. Lots of barley malt, almonds, hazlenut, chocolate and roasted malt with a fermented sour to the nose. Looks almost opaque and dark brown. Lightly headed with a tan lace. Tastes like a big flavored brown ale with ameretto mixed in. Flavors of hazlenut, cocoa, barley malt, and caramel remain strong into the finish. The beer wears a bit grainy and astringent, but not to deterring levels. Finishes a bit thinner than the initial sip. Could be a bit creamier. Still-good beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle: Gorgeous Amber/brown colour with ample head that remained throughout.

The smell is a bit on the light side....sweet but no hint of what the taste will bring.

The taste is fantastic! Wonderful mix of chocolate and hazelnuts that are balanced to perfection. I've had this many times before and, Rogue willing, will have it many times in the future.

Can you tell that it's one of my favs? ;^)

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber brown with an almost tan and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong chocolate with a hazelnut character. The aroma was nutty and contained a strong Munich malt character coupled with a light and sweet caramel aroma. A very light fruity character was also present.

The flavor was crisp with a light Munich malt nuttiness coupled with a hazelnut flavor and a light chocolate. A caramel malt flavor was also present and a very light fruitiness.

The finish was dry with a lasting light chocolate and hazelnut flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A nice beer, with easy drinkablilty and a good hazelnut character. Not as hoppy as an American Brown Ale would normally be, more English with hazelnuts.

22 ounce bottle. No freshness dating.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,141 ratings.
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