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:
4,172
Reviews:
1,444
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
301
Gots:
843
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,172 |  Reviews: 1,444
Photo of Chaz
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a minimal off-white head and with minimal lacing, almost to the very top of the glass. Very clear and a coppery medium-brown in color, with average visible carbonation. Nose offers up indistinct fruit, along with broad strokes of hazelnut (natch) and vanilla. No hop presence on the nose (and minimal hops throughout), and a very light touch of diacetyl. Big notes of vanilla, hazelnut, and cocoa across the palate on the first sip. Root beer notes, and some light butterscotch. The indistinct fruit on the nose is about the only fruity quality I detected here . . . maybe light berry notes? Sweet, rich, and not at all dry . . . it's a bit fuller-bodied than an English brown ale, too, leaning more towards a robust porter. Alcohol is fairly buried by the hazelnut (extract?) in this one, and at 6.2% is pretty firm, so given that fact the drinkability is quite good. Body and mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, which is to be expected from a Rogue brew in good condition (fresh), this leans toward full-bodied due to its higher level of sweetness / dextrose. And when I say sweet, think confectioner's sugar, cane sugar, treacle . . . marzipan. A bit of spiky, oily hop would actually improve this brew in my mind, but I prefer balance in a mid-strength brew. A bit too sweet for me overall, but with good drinkability nonetheless. Definitely a dessert beer and one to pair with desserts and sweets. Served chilled (tap-line cold) in a tumbler.

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Photo of cooler4life
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful. Chestnut autumn brown. Slightly cloudy. 1/4 finger head.

S: Harmonious. Nutty, maple, sweet. The smell teases me with just enough to make me want to pursue.

T: Strong hazelnut influence initially, a tart twinge, then as it courses down the palate, caramel, toffee, and coffee.

M: This is a tightrope walk. On one side, the flavor encourages me to speak fondly, but on the other, the lack of overall mouth presence and carbonation sends a warning flag.

O: What better to accompany a Sunday brunch than some Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Pancakes + Breakfast Scrambler + Hazelnut Brown Nectar = Win

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice medium shaded brown (not as dark as most which is nice). good finger and a half of fluffy slighty browned head sits on top and just stays put. laces very well down the glass.

S - big notes of cream and nuts with coffee in the back as well. well that pretty much sums up exactly what they were going for with the name.

T - the coffee and nut tastes are a lot more subdued than the nose led me to believe. they are definitely there and taste great but i was expecting them to be overpowering and they are not. some caramel notes in there as well. its a very good brown ale no doubt about that.

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation. the one main issue i have with it is it feels a bit watered down overall.

O - this is one fine brown ale and definitely worth checking out. its everything it says it will be.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown, with tan head. The head fell to a quarter inch bead.

The aroma was mostly malty, with slight roasty undertones. Not much hop aroma.

Tasted very well balanced sweet malt to roast malt. Vanilla and hazelnut notes with slight coffee aftertaste. No hop flavor, but enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Medium body, with a slight chewiness. Well balanced, very drinkable.

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Photo of Stebow1289
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Chicken_bear
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red in color, nice head.
Subtle baked-goods nose.
Typical brown ale taste quickly followed by dry, pleasant nutmeg flavor and other notes. A little sweet, but balanced nicely. Aftertaste quickly subsides into a dry mouthfeel.
Half way through, it became VERY nutty.

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Photo of wretchedabyss
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikecap
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium brown from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Two fingers of whitish head fade fairly quickly leaving some solid chunky lacing on the glass.

Smell: HInts of sweet malt, a bit of coffee and definitely some nutty characteristics. Very inviting aroma for a brown and I do sense the hazelnut.

Taste: Nuttiness up front with some toffee and caramel and a bit of roastiness. Not too much bitterness and more malt forward but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low bitterness and low to moderate carbonation. Nice texture and easy drinking.

Overall: A very tasty and drinkable brown ale here from Rogue. A lot of their stuff seems to be hit or miss, but this is one worth trying.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown, nice tan head with modest bubbly head, lace does not retain. Aroma and taste closely aligned; nutty, buttery, toffee, raw grain. Moderate leafy and tea like hops in the finish. Medium body. Soft but piercing carbonation. It becomes smoother as it warms. A solid brew.

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Photo of ronricorossi
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of datalager
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chrisjws
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass and enjoyed... Head rentention wasn't all that great and there was minimal lacing on the glass.

Color was a nice nut brown color tinged with gold.

The scent was a bit dissapointing though, kind of thin. A slight aroma of caramel and malts came though but not as much as I expected. Maybe my sinuses are acting up...

This ale did deliver well on the flavor though. Good caramel malts and a slight zing of hops throughout. The smoothness of the ale covers up the alcohol.

All in all, this is a pretty good offering by the guys from Rogue brewing. I like this brew a lot better than the Dead Guy ale, although the little skeleton on the Dead Guy ale does look cool and remind me of Mictlantecuhtli...

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Photo of mkmarth
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyingpig
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Whole Food Market, Giffnock:
A real surprise to me, unusual but highly drinkable with a solid hazelnut & plenty of sweetness. The balance was good & the beer smooth,a really impressive offering from a beer I wasn't particularly looking forward to either.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of holder45
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MJSFS
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. The beer poured a red-tinged brown. The color's very nice, but the patchy, wispy ghost of a head is kind of distracting.

The smell was weak and underwhelming. I'm picking up some concentrated hazelnut, like the stuff the barista squirts in your coffee. A little malt. That's about it. It's weak, if harmless.

But then the taste makes me forget all about the weak smell. This beer shines where it counts. Up front is a malty, nutty sweetness. The middle is a hint of herbal hoppiness to balance. The finish is all hazelnut, which tastes more natural than it smelled. There's biscuit throughout, and a little woodiness.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, and the carbonation is low. I paired it with food, but I think it would have been better on its own. Still, this is a unique, delicious brew. Nice job Rogue.

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Photo of Mxsluis
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip, pours a nice murky brown color, with about a finger's worth of foamy-looking head that dissipated quickly, leaving some spotty lacing.

S - Nutty, malty and s trong caramel notes.

T - Good hazelnut flavor, but also has a strong chocolate flavor. Bready and sweet malts near the end.

M - Creamy, with mild carbonation. Nice and full-bodied.

O - A pretty decent brew. Not really what I'd go for normally, but as of yet, I haven't drank a Rogue beer that I haven't liked. It's worth a junior-college try.

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Photo of Adam_Lifts
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy beer the color of brown shoe polish. The head is yellow and very bubbly like a fine sponge. I does rise a few fingers above the beer but faded to almost nothing.

A surprisingly nutty smelling beer, I know the label screened on the bottle says it's got a hazelnut aroma but this is way more pronounced then I ever expected. Think nuts slightly roasted in a pan with a touch of brown sugar and a slice of wheat toast crisping up. Very nice.

The taste is sweet and malt dominated with a heavy touch of that hazelnut extract flavor. It's a good combination that is a little on the sweet side but still very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation. Very good because more of that CO2 acidity would really distract from the flavors. The beer has a some weight to the body and is very satisfying to drink. A very fine beer from a brewery I've almost always been disappointed with. Tasty and worth keeping around.

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

If you like dark beer and Frangelico liqueur then this beer will do you right. Pours to a thin off-white head and hazy, dark brown color. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Flavor is a complementary blend of hazelnut essences and a well-made brown ale: Starts with chocolate and bittersweet (hop contribution?) malt notes fading to a nutty aftertaste that reminds me of Frangelico and cocoa. Finishes roasty and nutty. Really good choice for hazelnut fans.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,172 ratings.
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