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:
4,202
Reviews:
1,451
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
860
For Trade:
3
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Photo of glassjaw25
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I am giving this beer too much credit but I think it is delicious. I think the look of the beer is fantastic in color, nice dark brown in color and a tan creamy head during pour. The mouthfeel of this beer is great extremely smooth which makes it very drinkable. You can smell the strong hazlenut aroma with each sip. I happen to enjoy the smell of hazlenut which makes this beer that much better to me.

The only negative I can see others having about this beer would be the strong scent of hazlenut. I believe one bottle of this or a couple of pints is just perfect. I'm very happy with this beer.

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

Pours a dark brown with medium off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very malty with some almond aromas...very nutty. Taste is TONS of hazelnut. I also get almond flavors with vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel. The hazelnut profile in the flavor is so unique and delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, and somewhat thick. Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of light beige head forms and fades fairly quickly. The beer is a straight brown/amber color with a deep color and decent clarity. There is a small amount of visible carbonation. Some lacing remains.

Sweet, toffee, and yes, nutty. But I would never pick out hazelnut specifically.

OK, truth be told, I really don't like hazelnut, so I was a bit worried here. This is fantastic. While it's very nutty with a roasted edge to it, it really doesn't taste like the hazelnut flavor I don't like. I suppose there is a little Nutella flavor to it.. Smooth front to back and very balanced. The slight sweetness works very well with the roasted nut flavor. I get moments of coffee now and again.

So smooth and consistent from front to back. As mild as carbonation can get.

I just love drinking this beer. And I'm not even a huge Nut Brown Fan. Great beer.

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown with 2 finger head

Smell: roasted malts, slight smoke

Taste: sweet, big roasted flavor, nutty

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, very smooth

drinkability: easy to drink one of better beers from this company.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of chilly460
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a dark mahogany color with a very thick head that stuck around quite well.

S- Definitely hits hard with the hazelnut, I'm guessing it's some type of extract. Plenty of sweet cake batter and pound cake in there.

T- Plenty of that hazelnut again as you'd guess plus a toffee flavor up front. From there I get some malted milk which is different, but not overpowering. Finishes up surprisingly dry with some basic herbal hops, didn't catch them in the aroma but they balance it out pretty well.

M- Thin to medium bodied, but plenty smooth.

D- It drinks as advertised, a nice nutty brown ale with plenty of sweetness. It's as easy to drink as you'll get, but one pint was enough due to the extreme aroma and sweet taste of the hazelnut.

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

Thin off-white head and dark ruby brown body that disappeared quickly.

Definite hazelnut and chocolate smell. Perhaps even some caramel.

Definite coffee taste. Tastes like a dark coffee with a very modest amount of creamer.

Mouthfeel is a bit too watery for the amount of hoppiness, I was hoping for a bit of creaminess.

Interesting beer with plenty of character, but not my preference.

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear mahogany in color, the beer has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of hazelnut prominently stand out in the nose.
T: Like the smell, hazelnuts stand out in the nutty taste; however they aren't quite as strong and allow for flavors of caramel and buttery malts to shine through. The malts contribute a slight amount of sweetness to the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily; the hazelnut flavors are well incorporated into the overall taste.

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

A: Deep brown in color with ruby and orange tinges.

S: Lots of hazelnut and some sweet malts.

T: Sweet flavor with a lot of hazelnut, milk chocolate and brown sugar flavor without being too sweet. This is probably my favorite brown ale and a go to on tap.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark amber/light brown, clear. 2 finger foamy mocha head that slowly dissipates. Didn't leave much lacing.

S: Tons of lightly toasted malts, hazelnut, chocolate, slight floral hops, very nutty.

T: Just a ton of malt here; hazelnut, nuts, and pine/earth flavors running deep, almost has a wood quality. Nutty Plenty of milk chocolate. The background malt character is definitely toasty, but there's plenty of roasted qualities as well up front. There is a good bit of sweetness, mostly brown sugar with a little caramel quality. Everything is light (nothing punching you in the face), but it's damned flavorful and complex. Finish is milk chocolate hazelnut.

M: Moderate to somewhat high carbonation, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost velvety. Body has a good viscosity, it's certainly not what I call thick, but it does have some legs to it. Could ask for anything better.

D: Delicious and somewhat mellow flavor compared to other "robust" brews. Only thing that would slow me down is how filling it is. A top notch brown ale.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty much straight brown with thick tan head from the nitro.

The smell was of very sweet hazelnut.

In the taste I could pretty much only get hazelnut with a little bready malt as the beer warmed up a bit.

Overall it was good tasting but the hazelnut was just a little over powering for me.

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

A personal favorite, this beer gets me excited. It's beautiful brown color will entice you to try it. As brown ales are, it's malty and sweet. A beautiful blend of hazelnut overtones with sweet complexities at the finish. This is one to keep.
A - The clear brown coloration is exquisite.
S - Like an inviting aroma? Yeah, I thought so. This one's got what you need.
T - A beer doesn't win this many awards for tasting bad.
M - Once you try it, your mouth will feel incomplete without it.
D - Very easy to drink - but it's not a Guinness.

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Photo of fdw3
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head with little retention and moderate lacing. Smell is filled with delicious hazelnut and sweet, grainy malts without many hop notes. Taste is a little underwhelming after the promising aroma, but bready dark malts mix with a creamy nuttiness in a subdued manner that could use a little enhancement. Slight hop notes and a mild lasting bitterness complete each sip. Feels a little thin in the mouth and displays moderate carbonation.

I really enjoy Rogue, but I wish the flavor was a little more intense as the thin mouthfeel kind of diminishes the overall impact. Buff up the body and taste and you'd have something great -- but still, without a doubt a very good beer.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very, very nice amber/brown color with an off white head that was creamy and full. More than adequate retention with some very nice lacing to follow. The beer is somewhat hazy with some orange highlights around the bottom and sides of the glass.

Smell - Very nice roasted hazelnut smell. Deep and toasty. A tremendous fragrance of a woody almond and walnut. Traces of caramel add a touch of sweetness to the aroma. This brew smells incredible. I almost detect a brown sugar and hints of butter. This is beautifully put together.

Taste - Full flavors of the roasted, toasted hazelnut and walnut. Some suggestions of bitterness, but not intimidating. Some slight warmth, but no real traces of alcohol. Some touches of butter and caramel. Properly balanced. I even got some very faint chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, slick and crisp. Left proper amounts on the palate. Not an over abundance on the palate, but nicely comfortable and mostly dry.

Drinkability - This is a pleasing and proper brown ale. Wonderful aroma and flavor. Very easy to drink. It could be drunk year round. The fragrance of this beer is the star of the show. I kept sniffing it because it smelled so, so good. In my opinion, this is how a Brown Ale should smell and be compared to. More than adequate in other categories also. Most definitely one that I will pick up again.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with two fingers of off-white fluffy head.

The scent is nutty, roasted malts are present, some brown sugar also.

The taste is of roasted malt, a little bit of sweet brown sugar, pronounced nuttiness, notes of chocolate and spice.

Medium body, smooth and creamy, a little chewy, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty decent brown ale, lots of good flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle, this is a fuller-bodied, darker, more fulfilling beast. The times I've had it on tap, and now, growler, it was still quite alright, just noticeably lighter-bodied and fizzier. Is this the fault of those who set up the CO2? I've had similar experiences with other Rogue ales on tap. I should put an end to this nonsense the only way I know how: blind rage and merciless violence. OR! I'll just get what I can out of it and move on. Kinda like broads.

I do love the head from a growler pour and this may be the first to fail to wow me. The very last couple of pours gave me sweet head, but it sadly didn't last long or leave much of a cap. The liquid itself had a, what I like to call, suede appearance to it brownness. Rusty brown. Unfiltered lovely haze.

The main draw for this beer is its busting nut character. Hazelnut decadence. That didn't fail to disappoint here, both in fragrance and flavor. But that was about it, even after a good 45 minutes with the growler sitting out. The malts were at a significantly, albeit likely only marginally, reduced level compared to the bottle. Reduced enough that, while there was decent balance between the nut and malt, some of the body, depth, and chocolate tones were markedly toned down. No significant bitter to note - balanced nicely. Good flavor by the last of it, but yes lighter overall.

This really ended up drinking more like an English Brown - medium-light body and clean. Still, certainly not as weak as say a Newcastle. Take away the nut and you have something like a slightly chewier Sam Smith Nut Brown. Nut bad (okay, I meant to write "not", but I'll leave it, a-ha!), definitely sessionable.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a pint of nearly dead still brew. Murky brown, no clarity, no head.

Caramel and nuts dominate in the aroma.

Sweetness of the malt, combined with caramel, some brown bread, light bitterness, and a strong finish of hazelnut. Nothing cloying, very tasty. Finish isn't long, which i good, and palate clears to the nutty side.

Mushy brew. Soft. Needs more carbonation.

Easy to go down, tasty, and a good one to start the night with. Not sure about food pairings, but this was a good first pint.

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

Dark brown, creamy foam with a good nutty aroma.
Smells like hazel nut coffee.

Makes me crave coffee, even though I rarely drink coffee.
That says a lot coming from a non coffee drinker. Beer is taking me to the dark side.

My new mouth rinse.
The sweetness of it covers the alcohol level. You would not think it is 6.2
Recommended to all coffee lovers, it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours clear dark brown with little head

S- nutty and sweet, hazelnuts light coffee and even coconut?

T- sweet and hafruits, light fruits and some cocoa in there. Lots of flavors but nicely balanced.

M-tiny tiny carbonation that sits well on the tongue. Smooth and feels good

D- awesome. A little sweet for my palate but definately drinkable. Tasty well balanced and nothing too bold.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very deep brown in color with dark red hues. Phenomenal rocky brown head. Excellent retention. Sticks around for a long time. Good amount of lacing as well. Not too much but a noticeable amount. Very aromatic nose. Extremely nutty and toasty. Sweet caramel and natural grains notes make an appearance. Brown sugar also comes to mind. Taste is caramel coffee like with some nutty undertones. There is a slight bitterness in the middle but sweetens up a bit with and almond like alcohol taste in the finish. Very good. Mouth feel medium bodied with a smooth velvet finish. Hell. This is one awesome brown ale. Drinkability is 10 out of 10. Very aromatic and tasty.

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Photo of bens0n
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear, but not hazy deep amber/ruby color with a small amount of off-white head that leaves some lacing on the glass but dissipates pretty quickly.

I can pick up on a nutty but sweet smell with some hints of caramel in the mix. The smell is not intense, but its very balanced and pleasant.

This beer opens up with a maltyness which turns into a sweet, then nutty flavor. Its more of a sweet caramel-ish flavor than nutty. It has a certain crispness to it from the dry finish. Its an interesting flavor, not as nutty as I was expecting but still very good. The carbonation is pretty sharp, but this beer is still very drinkable and easy to put down.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a hazy dark mahogany brown with amber edges around the top and bottom edges. Many lines of bubbles rise up from the bottom, pooling into the thin light tan cap that is left by the half-inch head. Gobs of sticky lacing coat the inside of the glass from the remnants of the head. Nose is full of very sweet smelling barley malts, along with a subtle, almost ephemeral undertone of hazelnut. Caramel is also evident with nuances of wheat and mocha. Not too much hoppiness.

It's light and malty through and through, from start to finish. There's a slight breadiness that comes through as the beer washes over your palate, followed by a light smattering of nuttiness and caramel. Hops make a very brief appearance on the back end as a fleeting bitterness as the brew leaves your tongue. Just a very mild tasting experience, on the whole. It was almost lager-like in nearly every aspect, especially the finish.. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, which is pretty disappointing. A little too much carbonation leaves the mouth somewhat dry.

Sweet beers are right up my alley, so I was looking forward to indulging in this beer. Unfortunately, it was quite a disappointment in almost every single way. The taste is far too mild to be truly enjoyable and it's just way too thin. Makes for easy enough drinking, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this brew any time soon.

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Photo of Glibber
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers ever. Dark brown color with a small 1/4" white head that laces the glass. The smell is sweet and nutty and mimics the actual taste of the beer. Tastes of light coffee up front, but sweet caramel and almond on the back end. It is tough to stop at just one of these, and got my normally non adventurous travelmates addicted as well (sampled at the Portland airport)

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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 magine
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy, dark caramel brown color with a thick fluffy light tan head. Head settles to a nice wispy lacy island. Nice lacing the whole session. Good looking brew.

Brew smells nutty; hazelnut, caramel, barley malts, chocolate. Some hops are also detected. Very good smelling brew.

Brew is medium and gets smooth in the middle. Creamy, malty and nutty. Can detect the hazelnut for sure, chocolate and barley in there as well. Brew finishes slightly dry, way smooth. Really drinkable brew here. Wow very, very good stuff here.

This is a damn fine brew. A fantastic brown ale. This is some serious sessionable stuff here. My wife stole half my brew. Brew is great in every aspect. Another top shelf brew from Rogue.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I usually review on the spot and I did but my review was deleted. I'm going to go by memory this time around.

Look: Ruby Raspberry and a khaki head.

Smell: Hazelnut upfront and some oats.

Taste: Totally blew me away! Sweet hazelnut, honey, toffee and I'm thinking some oatmeal. They mentioned chocolate in the ingredients but more of a milk chocolate stout flavor. I did not expect this delicious taste from what I smelled. Hands down one of the best by Rogue and best tasting beer I've had in a while.

Mouth Feel: Medium in body. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Felt great in the mouth and going down. Left the mouth feeling a little dry at the end.

Drink Ability: I could drink this all night. Not filling. Delicious tasting. No booze taste at all. I wish I bought another one so I could drink some more now.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,202 ratings.
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