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): 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:
#2,455
Reviews:
1,462
Ratings:
4,246
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Ratings: 4,246 |  Reviews: 1,462
Photo of Calvarro
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of beerinator
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby brown. Nice tan head with slightly wimpy retention.

Aroma: Light coffee notes, balanced by toffee sweetness in the smell. Also smells of toast.

Taste: Roasty malt disappears a bit to a moderately full mouthfeel. There is a hint of cherry and nuttyness on the tongue. The nuttyness overpowers most of the other flavors, and the finish is a slight lingering toasty bitterness.

Notes: This is a solid brown. The nuttyness keeps the burnt flavors at bay, and makes the finish a bit smoother than some browns.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been a sucker for hazelnut beers after falling in love with Rogue's hazelnut ale. The smell of this beer is mostly sweet, like artificial sweetener with a hint of alcohol. The taste is light, and doesnÂ’t really take shape til about 3/4 of the way through. It has kind of a syrup-like consistency, but that sweet hazelnut taste adds such a wonderful kiss to the brown taste. It is basically non-existent for the majority of the mouthfeel, but after the beer goes down the aftertaste is totally dominated by it. Quite a special beer.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this many times but never got around to reviewing it. It used to be one of my favorites when I first got into the micro scene and the cap was popped in NC.

Pour produces a medium brown body and a big, fluffy head that was gone somewhat quickly, leaving some lacing.

Smell is of sweet caramel, toffee, light roasted malts. Also somewhat nutty.

Taste is very interesting. Again, sweet, sugary caramel and toffee are present. The hazelnut if very present as well as candy corn, which I've always picked up in this beer.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light. Smooth though interrupted at times but a little much carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A unique take on a brown ale. Not necessarily the best out there but Rogue did a good job with this one.

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Photo of aaronblain22
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattcrill
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with mild carbonation. A nice head that quickly dissapates. Smells of nuts, coffee, and malt abound. Nice balance of carbonation, roasted malt, and coffee. Very tasty brew overall. I would agree with others that this is a nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a single 12 ounce bottle from City Swiggers as part of a six pack mix.

It poured a deep ruby red when held up to the light. The head was average and a touch soapy on the edge.
The smell produced coffee and a strong hazelnut aroma.
The taste was extremely pleasant. A later of sweet coffee/hazelnut/vanilla with a touch of caramel. None of which were overpowering. However, for a brown ale the body was a bit thin.

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Photo of aaronh
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All this talk about hazlenut brown lately made me decide i should try it out, since it's been in the fridge for a month. I poured the entire bottle into a 1L glass, and it produced a deep hazy brown color, topped by a deep cream colored that shows good retention. Very nutty aroma that is comprized of hazlenut, caramel, nice roasted malt, some earthy hops and a bit of chocolate. The taste is a lot like chocolate covered hazlenuts, and it even has that slightly sharp nut aftertaste. Good coffee notes and some chocolate as well. Not as sweet as I expected, but still very good. Lack of sweetness probably actually helps the drinkability and the overall enjoyment of this beer. The mouthfeel is solid, but not as rich as some other browns. Still good though, as it is by no means thin. Drinkability is pretty darn good. Not sure where this ranks in my overall browns, but I'd guess a little behind Avery, DFH and Troeg's. A very solid beer.

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Photo of aristeros
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Second time I've grabbed a bottle of this and I'm slightly biased towards the style.

Pours a caramel brown, brown and a deep copper in the light, opaque, a bit hazy. One finger head vanishes quickly with a little lacing. Some mild coffee and a bunch of hazelnuts in the nose. It's like a cup of coffee, and my hand can't figure out why the glass is cool.

A light, creamy sweetness--just short of too sweet--on the front end, and you can taste the hazelnuts and some notes of roasted flavors. Evokes toffee, you expect more coffee notes from the smell and it's there, but the taste is a surprise. Slightly syrupy, low carbonation. Some malty notes on the back end.

It packs a few surprises and has character. Wouldn't pair with foods so much as leave for drinking after I've eaten. Very refreshing. I've come back to this one, and will again.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber picked up from Riley's here in Madison. One bottle left so I had to give it a try. Looks beautiful out of the bottle, a deep roasty brown with a big tan head with some staying power. Smell is very subtle, roasted malt with some nuttiness. Taste was subtle as well with roasted coffee and sweet malt flavors with a nice hazelnut finish. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety. Definitely a good session beer, could have drank it all night. Was a little more subtle than I was expecting, but overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanty76
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ShanePB
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for about $8 CDN. Produced July 25, 2016. This edition is advertised at 5.6% ABV.

Appearance - pours a most clear honey brown color with some amber hues. A decadent and fluffy finger and change of light beige head is poured with impressive staying power. Some frothy lacing sticks around the sides of the glass for a good long while.

Smell - nuts and honey are the initial impression with some gentle smelling coarse grain in the background. Not a lot else, but light and an easy to digest aromatic bouquet.

Taste - nuts are certainly the focus with some gentle grassy hops and a sweetness that is reminiscent of honey. Could be a little caramel in there too but the sweetness is rather restrained, giving for a very wholesome taste.

Mouthfeel - super smooth and light bodied for a near 6% ABV brew. Carbonation is active but melds nicely. Feels like a very good nut brown ale.

Overall - this delight reminds me of another of my favourite nut ales, the one from Samuel Smith. Light bodied, easy drinking with a great flavor profile and an attractive aroma, what's not to like other than the price. Certainly worth a Try and probably a repeat tasting as well.

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Photo of dedalus
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks gorgeous in the glass. ruby-brown, with a big, fluffy, healthy head of custard-colored foam.

the scent is almost identical to a wee heavy: lots of raisiny, rummy, burnt-sugary character with none of the massive hop aromas that i tend to expect when i pop the cap off a rogue.

the flavor is very surprising. the hazlenut is much more assertive than i expected. it almost overpowers the beer. but it's nice to get a beer that advertises its use of an adjunct that actually incorporates that adjunct's flavor into the beer. dfh's punkin' ale? no pumpkin flavors at all. lots of spice but no pumpkin. sam adams' cherry wheat? lots of cherry cough syrup, but no cherry. the rogue comes through here, delivering what it promises. according to my bottle the brewers used hazlenut extract, and i can't help wondering how the beer would be different if real hazlenuts were used (if that's even feasible. i know what tastes good, but i don't know the first thing about brewing). but the overall impression is that of a thin-bodied wee heavy with a liberal dousing of hazlenuts.

the finish is rather abrupt, and certainly malty. the hazlenut returns briefly before the end.

quite a departure for the rogue brewery. restraint in the hops department, no restraint in the adjunct department.

in the end, there is too much hazlenut to make this beer bearable past the one bottle point. i can see coming back to it in a few months, but unless you're a confirmed hazlenut fetishist, this will be an occasional indulgence, rather than a stanby. although i wonder if i'd think differently if i were drinking this with food ...

cheers,

s.d.

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Photo of Diogorc
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan-tinged garnet with off white film. Red liquorice and faint nut on the nose.
Raspberry jam and some brown toast and a sweet hazelnut finish and no hops that I notice. Medium, some chew, round.

Perfectly medium body and flavor. A substantial presence but still very drinkable. Just a bit too fizzy to be great. I could drink this all November.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. No freshness dates or anything like that. Nice, painted label art.

Pours a very nice-looking, clear ruby-brown. Lace the color of the tan on the bottle art patches the glass sides un-sparingly. Smell is fresh, light roasted brown malts, with a bit of mineral and chocolate. Taste is clean and subdued. Hazelnut at the beginning, a bit of sweetness throughout. Finishes slightly bitter. Feels a bit tannic from the nuts and malts. Drinks good. A calm, easy-going brown ale.

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Photo of Wildman
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a nice very dark amber color with a tan head, that did subside with some lace. Nice faint malt smell to it. Slight hazelnut smell to it, some coffee aroma to it. The flavor is what hits you. Because of the hazelnut, you would have to put this not only as a brown ale, but a spice beer. The hazelnut taste was very good and quite pronounced. It was so heavy with that taste, you wonder if that adds to the body to it as well as the mouthfeel. Good flavor, but the strong hazelnut and carmel aspects to this might throw some. Worth checking out.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bomber @ Albertsons of all places. Poured into a snifter a dark brown color, light tan colored head, light lacing. Some aroma hops are easily detectable, as is the expected hazelnut smell. Taste is, as you would expect, very nutty, much like a latte with hazelnut syrup added. Some choclate & coffee notes accentuate each other nicely. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit dry on the finish. Very well rounded and solid ale with a unique flavor.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose on the beer is really sweat chocolate, like the taste of a chocolate wafer. There is also a small presence of the usualy maltiness from a brown ale. The beer is a very dark red/brown, with a good sized head and decent retention; a bit of lacing as well. The taste of this beer is like a beefed up version of the nose. It has the awesome chocolate wafer flavour mixed with a some more bitter chocolate flavours. The taste is quite sweet, but the bitterness balances it really well. The beer is middle of the road for mouthfeel, could be a bit thicker to go with the flavour. Somewhat drinkable because of the sweetness.

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Photo of kots84
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Reddish brown creamy head.

Smell - Not a lot on the nose. Some haze nut but that pretty much it.

Taste - The first thing I taste is warm milk. After a second it roasted coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - A little thin but good carbonation.

Overall - A great beer. One of my go to.

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holland
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: brown with a thick amber head because I poured it at room temperature. Kept lacing throughout

S: malt, light hazelnut, faint caramel

T: tastes of much malt, some hazelnut, and a bit of that caramel smoothness

M: Creamy and smooth for its type, even with high carbonation since I served at room temperature

O: well put together, and the hazelnut isn't as prevalent as I had feared.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,246 ratings
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