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:
4,201
Reviews:
1,451
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
860
For Trade:
3
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Photo of fitz284
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EPICAC
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy ruby-brown with a dense, half-inch, light brown head that thins to a persistent, smooth, one-eighth inch layer.

Smell: There's a little bit of roastiness against a nice caramel and hazelnut aroma. There's a slight metallic hint that isn't great.

Taste: Caramel and toasty malts, hazelnut nuttiness, and a subdued, but firm bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied, with significant carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavor full and very drinkable, a good session beer.

Overall: Nicely balanced and not too sweet.

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance – Nice opaque dark brown color. Looks warm, like it has some substance.
Smell – Nutty, fruity, interesting aroma. Some milk chocolate, caramel, bit of earthy hops. The hazelnut adds an interesting aspect to the standard malty brown ale aroma.
Taste – Chocolate maltiness, but not too roasty. Definite nuttiness, biscuit, bready with a bit of leafy hops buried underneath.
Mouthfeel – Smooth but dry and a bit light on the palate. The aroma hints to a much fuller brew, but this one is not too heavy on the palate.
Overall - Really a solid brew from Rogue. I can see why this one is so highly rated. Very interesting aroma and flavors going on with high drinkability add up to a great option in the brown ale arena.

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Photo of BMart
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrNuggets
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is has the same ingedients and messurements as the Hazelnut brown nector, but with slightly higher lovibond (colour). Although its been a year since my last brown nector It seems to me the morimoto version has a slightly bigger hazelnut flavor.

Pours deep brown with a head that vanishes into a small amount of tan lacing very quickly. Modest smell of hazelnut and hazelnut.
Almost coco like taste while in the mouth. Then big hazelnut flavor squashes what ever else is trying to show through. Hazelnut takes off his coat and sticks around for a while. Im sure some hops are in there somewhere trying to break free. Finally hazelnut bids me farewell leaving behind, as the bottle states, a smooth malty finish.
Sweetness takes the drinkability down a notch.

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Photo of moundbz
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TooleBurger
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you want to drink a nutty beer, this is it. This has got some serious NUT!

a: nice dark brown appearance, with very little head

s: the smell did it for me, it was nutty and delicious

t: tastes just like it smells, almost a disappointment based on the exceptional nose

m: again, very good taste, just like the smell

d: i could have drank a few of the larger bottles before getting gutfucked!

A great nutty beer!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Deep caramel color, little head, no lacing. This ultimatley hurts the beers overall "smell" rating.

S. See above.

T. This is where this beer scores major point. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Taste like a dessert in a glass.

M,D,N Great taste beer. I often look at brown ales as sort of a novelty. Not sure why...this beer is a reminder of how good they can be. Review was a bit short becasue I lost the first review in transisition.

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Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Excellent color, but not much else going on to stimulate... A dark brown mahogany... Dark, but not quite opaque... Foamy head quickly disappears, leaving no lace...

S - Hazelnut is noticeable of course, but also toffee and a hint of coffee... Very malty... Buttery notes exist as well... Great smell, but wish it were a tad stronger...

T - Malt... Chocolate... Smokey flavor... Mild hops... Burnt popcorn... Nut flavor is subtle and doesn't dominate... Complexity comes in layer...

M - Rich and smooth... Medium bodied...

D - Excellent brew... Rich & complex, but not overpowering...

Looking at some of the other rankings, I feel like I'm doing this brew a disservice... I truly enjoyed it and thought the scent and taste were excellent, but a little subdued... I wish the scent and taste would have had a little more punch to it... That would have put it over the top...

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Photo of Plissken
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Say what you want about Rogue, but Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a tasty beer. I say that because I’ve had it multiple times in the past and enjoyed it on every occasion. I’ve never had the opportunity to sit down and really review it, but I’m sure it will hold up under some scrutiny now:

A: Reddish-brown body that shines in the light only slightly. After an aggressive pour, the head rises a big and silky tan. Retention could be a little better, but the lacing that’s left is commendable. It’s not an overly-impressive look, but appearances aren’t everything, of course.

S: This is where things get good. At first whiff, a myriad of dreamy sweets fill the nose – maple cream candies, chocolate mousse, hazelnut truffles. The sticky sweetness of it all is bigger than everything else, which I don’t mind at all; the sexiness of the nose is in the sugars, and that’s ok. There are some hints of barley and slight roasted grains that come through, too, but they end up getting engulfed before they can make a reasonable attempt at presentation. Thus, the nose remains a haven for lovely residual sugars.

T: This one is an easy drinker, for sure. The sweets are foremost on the tongue; hazelnut, coffee cream, chocolate, and pure brown sugar are the main markers. The fruit tastes of the malts are bigger than I remember, too - they add a significant portion of strawberry cream notes to the mix. The grains aren’t all good, though, duly noted as I get a slight hint of stale, fabricated malt tastes toward the finish (just like in Dead Guy Ale); I'm getting hints of bran flake cereal now and again. However, the aftertaste is saved by the yeasts – bright and lemony, they add a zest that carries the factory malts to a crisper, more refreshing finish.

M: Like the other Rogue beers I’ve tried, it’s thin. It slides right over your tongue to the back of your throat without even a hesitation; I guess some people call that “drinkability.” I feel a little differently about that word, though, especially when it comes to a palate that would have been so great with a thicker presence.

O: What Rogue advertises, they do; I’ll give them that. They don’t sell this as a porter, a stout, or even an imperial ale; it’s a brown ale or a “nectar,” as the bottle puts it. While this may not be the thickest, most jaw-dropping beer you’d ever have, they do work the flavors out really well. It’s a very pleasant drinking experience, especially as a accompaniment to food; if you need something sugary enough to satisfy your sweet tooth during a meal, but light enough to be refreshing, this beer’s for you.

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Photo of Walbert_Neto
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nordbier
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Light poor ½ tan head. Light carbonation. Color brown/ amber.
S. Hazelnut, apple, citrus, stout.
T. A wall of hazelnut, coffee stout.
M. Watery, crisp, slightly sticky.
O. Very good I enjoyed it very much. The down falls of this beer is that the mouth feel is very watery. Definitely try this one.

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Photo of CPAles
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swanfungus
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yelterdow
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served at just over fridge temperature in a nonic.

Appearance- Pours a clear reddish brown, creating a loud and boistrous two-finger head. After about two minutes, the foam reduces to a thin cap, eventually dissipating almost completely. Nothing here in the way of lacing at all.

Smell- Wonderfully earthy, aromatic hazelnut aroma that really emphasizes the "nut" aspect rather that a sweet or spicy element. Better and even more authentic than most hazelnut coffees I've tried.

Taste- A riveting sourness initially, almost as if a lemon wedge were placed in a cup of espresso. The bready malts then go on to carry the nutty flavors, while the hops balance nicely with their mildly bitter finish. During and after the swallow, the aforementioned citric character lingers for a moment and adds closure to the tasting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabilty- Smooth and perfectly carbonated going in... the texture expands and softens in the mouth without being gassy. The swallow is easy and delicate, while still having enough body to complement the rich, hazelnut flavors that abound.

A satisfying drinker, and the nutty character is never overdone or overexpressed. Short of the 6.2% ABV, it would make a delicious social beverage for repeated consumption.

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Photo of inxy
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful huge fluffy 2 inch light tan head, dies down semi-quickly but leaves quite a bit of foam on the glass on it's way down. Lacing is really just foam so far, but lots of it. Amber resin colored, held up to light it's stop light red. Kinda hazy, but not much visable carbonation at all.

Guy on the bottle looks like Mike Mogis. Very cool.

S - Sweet and creamy. Hazelnut monin syrup. Malty malt.

T - Hazelnut for sure. I used to be a Barista at a coffee shop, and it tastes like the hazelnut syrup we used for lattes, only better. Milk Chocolate, roasty malt, subtle chickory undertones. Hoppy sourness in the background.

M - Super creamy. Super smooth. Barely any prickle, which suits it nicely.

D/Overall - It's a great beer for sure, but I couldn't do it too often. I'm a hazelnut freak, and I seek out hazelnut ingredients in everything I consume, but this is too sweet to drink all the time. Don't get me wrong, the sweetness is very well balanced and I enjoy it thoroughly, but I'm afraid it could get old over time. Still, this is a great beer for special occasions and entertaining.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Amber/brown in color, with a rather short head of tan foam.
Aroma-Hazelnut, faint chocolate
Taste-Chocolate milk, hazelnut, light coffee. A bit thin-bodied but nice overall flavor.
Sessionable. Not overdone, subtle and tasty. A nice match for an aged hunk of Gouda.

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Photo of billydee
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,201 ratings.
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