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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Photo of palliko
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep burnt sienna with ruby trim, beige foam and lace. Aroma screams MALT! along with a scent of mixed nuts and plums. Initial taste has sweet roasted malt, hazelnuts blending into leafy hops and burnt chocolate. There is an understated hint of dark fruits. Medium body and good carbonation. Perfect with something sweet.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's hard for me to rate this beer and not just praise everything about it. If you haven't had one, stop reading, get up and go get one. Its damn expensive and its worth the price

Pours a dark brown colour with no head

Smells like chocolate milk, expresso, peanut butter

Tastes like hazelnuts, malt, some hops in the background, creamy, finishes very smooth, very little bitterness

Palate is buttery, creamy, with a good fizzy carbonation. Good balance even in the mouthfeel

Very drinkable, even with all the flavour I can drink a few of these.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. on the underside of the bottle, printed in hard-to-see black ink: 011 D-1 1306 ? (hard to say for sure)

tasted in early june 2009

dark brownish amber. clear gemstone quality. 2-finger light tan head, fades to thin but constant layer. great lacing, especially further down the glass.

aroma: malty and... NUTTY! quite a blast of hazelnut. hints of roast, almost chocolate, but mostly that lovely blend of caramelized maltiness and hazelnut fragrance. touch of fruity apple esters, whiff of english hop. trace of phenols in back.

taste; woohoo! malty caramel and lots of hazelnut! like the syrup you add to your coffee. a creamy, nutty character. lovely. just touches of esters and phenols, with mild to moderate english hop bitterness to balance. elegant.

medium body but very smooth, w/ just a touch of astringency in finish. mild to moderate carbonation gives tingle, lift and creaminess.

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Rogue and couldn't wait to see this beer on the shelf at the local wine and spirits store. The big old 750 mil was a great bottle to share and sample.

A - A nice dark brown ale. Not to cloudy like some. Not really as heavy as others either.

S - The dark roasted hazlenut was the front with lots of sweet chocolate behind it.

T - Wow. It was much lighter in taste. A great brown ale with a hint of hazlenut. Definitely not overwhelming at all.

M - Nice and creamy with tons of bubbles. Great finish creamy upfront then fades slowly away.

D - It would be a good beer to drink with dinner but not an all the time beer. A little light for my brown ale tastes.

Overall a a great beer and cant wait to pair it at my next beer tasting. Thanks Rogue.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a partially hazy brown/coppery color and doesn't appear to have a whole ton of bubbly carbonation rising to the top. The head is somewhat disappointing though, as it is rather shallow to begin with and the tan colored foam disappears rather quickly into a skirmish of bubbly patchwork. The lacing is also not as good as I thought it would be, as some patchy clumps of head do cling to the side of my pint glass but slide right back into the brew.

S- The aromas are quite nice, there being a noticeable rich malty scent with sweet cooked brown sugar mixed into the background. The hazelnut is there too, but it isn't the overpowering aroma that I thought there might be....just subtle essence! I also notice a slightly yeasty aroma the really helps smooth out any bitter notes that there are on the finish.

T- The flavors follow the aroma closely and very well! Again, rich caramel sweet malt is the dominant flavor with a hint of milk chocolate and toasted brown sugar. There is an Earthy nuttiness that compliments the sweetness overall on the palate and helps to add a mellow dryness to the beer. The finish is a blend of lingering hazelnut and bitter hops. Very nice indeed!

M- This has a very smooth character, with very creamy carbonation hitting the palate. This is a medium-full bodied beer and is probably one of the most well rounded beers a person will come across I believe! This really is a brown nectar and is like velvet desert on the palate!

D- Outside of the initial appearance, this beer has it all! It is full flavored and very well balanced with the hazelnut flavor at just the right amount, the alcohol is essentially non-existent, and is so sleek on the palate. I will most definitely purchase this again and highly recommend this beer! Rouge has put their spin on the brown ale style and more than hit a home run with this!

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Photo of drunklewddude
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. Pours a deep brown with light head. Smells a lovely malty with hazelnuts. Taste a perfect balance of mild bitter nuts and sweet brown sugar. An excellent beer.

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Photo of NickHalden
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Smells of Hazelnut, malt, hop, and light cocoa. tasting the beer the first thing that strikes me is the hazelnut and malt. It finishes with a hop and malt taste with a good mouth feel. A really good brown ale and I would buy again.

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Photo of Seeker41184
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/11/10

A: Golden Caramel and brown color with little head.
S: The smell of hazelnut and malt are extremely noticeable here.
T&M: Up front, you taste a flat, nutty beer with little to no carbonation at the end. The aftertaste is where this beer becomes amazing. Your mouth is left feeling silky with hazelnut and toffee abundant.
O: This beer becomes light as air to drink and is excellent in the winter, and probably would be a great summer beer as well.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler glass

A- Pours a clear reddish-brown, with a thick head and good lacing

S- Smells like hazelnut and caramel.

T- Has flavors of hazelnut and caramel, with maybe some chocolate or even coffee notes on the finish.

M- Goes down easy, but not a light-weight either.

O- A good beer to have on hand, especially if you love the taste of hazelnut. A solid brew.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be standard for Rogue but it's the first time I've seen a brewer list right on the bottle by name all of the malts and hops as well as the strain of yeast used in creating this interesting brew (And what's up with the "Oregon free-range water"??? :-)

The beer poured a deep brown with a light tan head. The foam shrunk down quite quickly leaving only a little bit of fizz in the brew itself. Without a doubt the nose of this brew is its best quality - there's a very pleasant, sweet mixture of soft malt, chocolate and nuts. There was just enough malt and hop in the smell to let you know this is an ale rather than a cup of hot cocoa but just barely.

The taste follows suit but isn't quite as exceptional as the smell. There's a solid malt backbone of sweetness with some fruit notes, a mild hint of coffee or smoke that you'd expect in a brown ale and very pronounced flavors of chocolate and vanilla. The nut flavor isn't quite as strong as it is in the nose but it's hard to miss. There's a very light hopping to this brew, enough to dry out the tongue but that's about all. Mouthfeel is a little on the oily side, adding to the hot chocolate sensation - more carbonation, more hopping or more bitter malts would have actually improved the experience quite a bit.

All in all a very tasty brew and one I'll certainly be seeking out again. My biggest fear was that this would be a novelty beer: "Oh, look! We put nuts in our nut brown ale!" but those fears turned out to be unfounded. The hazelnut extract was a good compliment to the brown ale and was in appropriate proportions so as not to be overwhelming or distracting.

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

Pours a reddish mahogany. Big tan, bubbly head.

Very nutty malt aroma with a molasses sweetness, sweet brown bread. Very nice.

Dark malt right up front with a real toasted brown bread character. Noticeable, but subdued, bittering hops kick in after a little bit, accentuated by a dry roastiness. Piece de resistance is the sweet hazelnut that dominates the finish. Not overly sweet, it comes across as a sort of hazelnut flavoured coffee.

Nothing bad to say about the mouth feel. Slightly creamy, great carbonation.

This is a fine, fine beer from one of my favourite brewers.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazelnut Brown Nectar brewed by Rogue Ales, with an ABV of 6.20% This ale pours out a light brown color with a nice off white head. The smell is rich with flavors, you pick up on sweetness of hazelnuts, grains , and malts. You also pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it rich , with flavor. There is a lot going on in this brew, you pick up on the malts and grains. The aftertaste is a smooth hazelnut flavor. Hazelnut Brown Nectar has a real nice balance to it , there is nothing overpowering about this brew. You really don't pick up on the 6.20% ABV of this brew. The mouthfeel is bold , rich, full bodied , and refreshing. Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a smooth drinking brew, Rogue Ales did a nice job with one, I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving Hazelnut Brown Nectar a 4.5 out 5.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint.
Appearance- Light reddish / brown with a decent head that leaves some pretty good lacing.
Odor- Some nut. Some sweet malt.
Taste- Complex taste. Some hazelnut (of course) with sweet malt. Some caramel sweetness as well. Finishes as it begins with nutty sweetness.
mouthfeel- Some richness and body to it. Not overly heavy and thick.
Overall- An excellent brown ale in my opinion. Very complete and steady from first taste to last.

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

Appearance: Pours a marvelous crystal clear, ruby-brown color with a creamy biege head.

Smell: Hazelnut! What a great aroma. I pick up on a touch of sweet malt as well.

Taste: What an incredible not-quite-traditional brown ale! Has a slight sweetness to it and goes down with a very 'soft' hazelnut aftertaste. Very rounded and smooth in flavor. Considering it's a Rogue, the absence of massive hop flavor is suprising.

Mouthfeel: Great medium body, with a smoothness and soft finish.

Drinkability: Very high. Goes down very easy and isn't so sweet that you couldn't drink a few pints. The hazelnut flavor is just enough...it doesn't overpower at all.

One the best, if not the best, brown ales I've ever encountered. A very worthy competitor to Samuel Smith's Brown Ale.

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Photo of tvv375ia
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice auburn with 2 finger head that faded away to a small cap with a little lacing

S-lots of hazelnut and carmel

T-much the same as the smell with some more toffee falvors added

M-a little on the light side for the flavors

O-really nice beer for dessert

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

Pours a nice light brown with a golden color in the light.

The smell is of nice nutmeg and carmel with hops in the back ground real nice.

The taste is amazing light and sweet. Nutmeg is definitely in the front with caramel and hop bitterness in the back this is a great beer probably one of my all time favorites. Just crisp clean and an all around great brown ale.

The mouthfeel is light and esay to put away great session beer.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy light brown color, half finger off-white head, minimal carbonation.

S: Hazelnut aroma all the way.

T: Hazelnut taste all the way. Malty finish.

F: Highly drinkable, smooth.

O: Great desert beer.

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

A- deep rosewood/garnet with scarlet highlights up to a light, otherwise dark buckeye brown. the foam is nice and creamy with its short life, but it dumps enough thick lace behind to keep me happy.

S-- smells like a classic quality brown ale. a little chocolate, some nice toasty aromas but with the perfect smooth creaminess of a hazelnut liqueur like frangelico. it's soft and festive and buttery and i could sit here and smell it forever. underneath are soggy macerated fruits like fig and date, berries, and sweet dark cake and some of those fererro rocher chocolate candies. some caramel and a slight tartness too. no hops, no yeast, just varied levels of roasted malt and fragrant hazelnut oil.

T- a quick taste of hazelnut briefly intrigues me before a bomb of malt goodness provides a distraction. woodsy, cocoa, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, burnt cake stuck to the bottom of the pan, sweet tobacco, dark sour berries, bitter wood, and a sharp hop bite followed by an earthy english hop flavor. sweet creamy aroma followed by bold intense flavor are like night and day sharing only the hazelnut in common. as the roasted toasted cocoa coffee flavors fade, the hazelnut creeps back in and without much sweetness, lingers on with a very natural flavor and a mild pleasant bitterness.

MF- full and smooth, with just under medium carbonation. feels too thin if its too cold. slightly powdery, a bit of alcohol dryness at the end makes the particulates more evident. could there be chunks of hazelnut in here? the palate is left relatively clean but for a light oily hazelnut feeling.

D- brown ales haven't always been my favorite, but combined with hazelnut and some good solid hops, this version really appeals to me and would kick some serious ass when paired with anything containing toasted nuts or seeds. or even chocolate for that matter.

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

Pretty good beer. Aromas of roasted nut, caramel, and some fruity notes. Very subtle hints of chocolate.

Taste follows the nose. Nice roasted character. Nutty... with loads of caramel flavor from all the crystal malts included. Nothing too overly aggressive. Sort of sweet of front that gets cut down to a nice dry finish.

Very nice tasting beer. Highly drinkable.

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

Appearance: A great apperance. A nice brown color, good because it's a brown ale. The head was tan and nice.

Smell: Roasted malts. Hazelnut is forefront in the nose. Very nice.

Taste: Hazelnut is the forerunner in the taste. It isn't overpowering but balanced very well. There is a little bitterness and a little dry but it is balanced very well.

Overall a great beer. I would love to have this in my fridge all the time.

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

At judging for WCBF

A - Dark brown pour, with medium, mocha colored head.

S - Did somebody say hazelnuts? And medium-roast coffee malts.

T - Hazelnut, hints of milk chocolate, and medium roast coffee malts.

M - Gritty (but in a good way), smooth, and balanced quite well.

D - Wish I got to drink more. Too bad though...

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Photo of pants678
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a crimson brown with a two finger head that's off-white. It's not cloudy, rather clear, in fact I can see right through it. I remember it being darker from the tap, but that could well just be bar lighting.

Smell: hazelnut--that distinct, huh?

Taste: hazelnut--go figure. This is dead on. A little smoky, but that's just initially. Sticks on the tongue momentarily to present carmel hints. No back of the throat aftertaste. Gone, just as quick as it was there. I should have something to feast on to accompany this.

Sits perfectly for a brown ale, carbonation is just right and it seems to gain some density on the tongue, which is nice. Frothy.

It's drinkable, I could enjoy a few of these. Not too light, not too heavy. Not porter smooth, but that's not what I'm looking for with a brown.

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

I dind't think this was awesome in the bottle, but this past week on tap at Redbones...it was delicious. Pour was dark brown with reddish highlights. I thought it had a roasted nutella smell to it. Taste was nice flavors of hazelnut, coffee, and chocolate all rolled up...I sorta got Tootsie Roll flavor off the beer. A flavorful beer that was in good shape, and if I saw on draft would get again, it beat the bottle version.

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Photo of maek228
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got a 22 oz. bomber of this....the picture on the bottle is truly to be appreciated.

Appearance: a brownish color....more dark brown than anything. decent head with good retention.

Smell: sweet malts, some mild coffee notes, hazelnut or course....god this smells nice

Taste: this one tastes like Nutella and sweet malts....has a nice dry finish which is the perfect compliment to the initial taste. well done

Mouthfeel: Easy on the palate

Drinkability: Drink up bitches

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

Brown pour with a tan head, good retention.

Aroma is nutty, chocolatey, sweetish, and generally incredible

Okay, so this beer has the following profiles working for it, balancing out quite well: there is a chocolate profile, then some nutty flavors, and a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is great. A bit "buttery", if you can apply that to a beer. Its not got a huge body, but its a certainly a rich bodied beer. And because of all these, its very drinkable.

Highly recommended

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