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Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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

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Reviews: 1,428 | Ratings: 4,100
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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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into the CBS snifter.

A) Deep brown with a full finger of khaki colored head, which settled quickly to a wispy dusting. Just a bit of lacing.

S) Darker malt and lot of malt sweetness. Plenty of nutty aroma, hazelnut as implied. There is caramel, vanilla, chocolate.

T) Fantastic hazelnut presence and a hint of milk chocolate, which got me craving a Ritter Sport milk chocolate bar with hazelnut cream. This has just a hint of hops, but really this is delightfully malty.

M) Medium body and moderate carbonation. This was just silky smooth, with an excellent nutty aftertaste.

O) This is certainly one of the best Brown Ales I've had the pleasure of drinking, right up there with Samuel Smith's Nut Brown. If you enjoy Brown Ales, this is a must try.

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

Pours a brown-amber color with a 1 finger off-white head. The aroma is great. A strong hazelnut rush and a hint of coco. The beer follows the aroma. Rich hazelnut malt is the showcase in this beer. There are also secondary chocolate, caramel and vanilla malts present. Great rich and creamy malts throughout. Light hops show near the finish, but it finishes sweet as the malts take over again. Great creamy mouthfeel and a good drinkability.

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

A wonderful beer. This beer has a caramel/toffee/hazelnut flavor that is fantastic and complements the brown ale perfectly. I gave a sample to some non-BA friends and they were all floored along with me.

This beer is sweet but not too sweet, and has a mice malt backbone (as an english brown should).

This beer is fantastic and worth every penny. World-class, this is an instant favorite of mine.

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

A - Pours a hazy brown/garnet body with a tan head that forms a solid collar of bubbles.

S - Honey, bran cereal, caramel, graham crackers, bready malt, brown bread.

T - Brown bread crust, honey kissed cereal grains, sweet rice, roasted cane sugar, soft hazelnut and bits of light toffee, minor hop bitterness.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied.

Very focused flavors here. Delicate yet refined. Good texture and very enjoyable on any occasion.

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

650ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a dark ruby-brown hue with a thin tan head and moderate lacing.

Smell is light yeastiness, buttermilk pancakes, and pecans. A hazelnut aroma develops after a few sips.

Taste is roasted nuts, crystal and chocolate malts, earthy hops, and a brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied with a smooth, dry finish and lingering nutty afters. Well executed.

This is one of my favourite brown ales. The complex flavours and aromas keep you guessing while you're drinking the beer, and this is better than most English and Canadian browns that I've had. I'll be buying this often over the winter.

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

A. Poured a dark clear copper with a short off white diminishing head good lacing on the glass.

S. Hazelnut, malt, leaves, maple

T. The hazlenut is the star of the flavor, nutty, and earthy, maple and sweet but then the bitterness hits, and lasts. Really a great balanced brew.

M. Medium bodied lots of carbonation sweet and sticky on the tongue, great duration.

D. A really good brew I expected the sweetness however I wasn't ready for the bitter finish. Great balance and a good brew.

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

A: Crimson-mahogany in color with a decent sized light brown cap that sticks around a little while before fading to decent film over the top.

S: Buttery toasted hazelnut aromas are predominant with a lightly sweet chocolate aroma. Intense, yet balanced. I smelled this beer for a good 5 minutes before taking a sip.

T&M: Solid flavor. A sweet, yet lightly toasted nutty flavor is followed by bittering from some earthy hops. The finish is long, subtle, and pleasant with a faintly roasted chocolate flavor, some remaining toasted hazelnut, and just enough hop flavor to keep it balanced. The body is light to medium with a slightly silky feel to it.

D: Perhaps a tad sweet to go over a 4, but it's still pretty darn quaffable. The last few Rogue beers I've had have really knocked my socks off--I'm ready for some more!

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Photo of chinchill
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in a stemmed stubby flute.

A: A fine dark brown color; Cloudy with a sudsy/creamy head. Head has only a short life.

S: Aroma of light malt is nearly buried under the powerful aroma of roasted hazelnuts.

T: A remarkable nutty flavor; unusual, but true to the "Hazelnut Brown" label. Markedly nutty; more so than any beer I can remember. This component is mainly hazelnut but there is a bit of generic roasted nut flavor there too. It finishes with an extravagant roasted hazelnut and malt flavor, with hints of chocolate, oats, and spicy hops. Excellent bitter/sweet balance.

M: smooth; rather full bodied; excellent, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a world-class nut brown ale. Not to be missed by any beer aficionado, this is an easy-drinking beer I'll be recommending to others.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,100 ratings.
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