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Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
4.07/5
Exceptional
4,228 Ratings
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:
#2,401
Reviews:
1,457
Ratings:
4,228
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
884
Trade:
3
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,228 |  Reviews: 1,457
Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a one finger light tan head. Minor lacings. Aroma is bready and hazelnut.
Taste is lightly sweet malts, nutty, light cocoa, some earthy hops. Mouthfeel is average, drinkability is very good. Nice medium dry bittersweet finish. Very nice pour highly recommended beer.

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Photo of byrd
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fizzy light brown head. Head reduces to a smooth layer of fine bubbles. Body is clear dark red, almost garnet, in color. Malt aroma is light, yet is still a bit toasty with notes of caramel. Hops are quite light, but noticeable. Smooth malty start with light caramel and nutty notes. Hop notes pick up towards the end, but are mild. Chocolate and roasted notes follow and linger alternating their influence with the hops. Seems to have some cream soda notes that come in from time to time. Very drinkable. I’ve had this one a couple times already, and have enjoyed it each time.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, rich brown(amber in the light) with a light brown head.

Smells of hazelnut, honey, slight floral bouquet, malt, yeast, and plumb as it warms.

Nice carbonation sting gives way to hazelnut followed by a faint honey flavor. Finishes dry, woody, and nutty. Plumb is detected as it warms. A very solid, tasty brown ale.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: brown, with some head but not much, and not that good head retention.
Smell: Full of hazelnut taste.
Taste: Very nutty, a lot of hazelnut. Not too sweet though. Also, a little bit watery for a "nectar". If left out a little bit, the hoppiness starts to come out more.
Feel: Light-medium body. Some hoppiness aftertaste.

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Photo of AdamSteve
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as impressed as I was with the bottled version.

Average brown ale appearance, slightly soapy head with not much volume. Not unattractive color, very rich. Good lacing definitely knocks the score up a notch.

The aroma seems very muted and a little weak. Mostly sweet, biscuity malt, with no sign of the hops or the hazelnut.

The flavor is just so good. A bit like a nicely flavored coffee in that it doesn't let the flavor overtake the drink. Toasted malt up front, slightly sweet, with a pleasantly full mouthfeel for style. Carbonation is excellent, and allows the hazelnut on the finish to expand on the palate and stick around, maximizing its usefulness.

Very impressive hazelnut character, mild and unobtrusive but inarguably present, it's a very nice piece of balancing work done by Rogue.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a very pretty red tinge when held up to the light with a single-finger off-white head. The smell is lots of malt with some nuttiness and candy sugar. The taste is about the best I've seen in a Brown Ale. It's a mellow ride that starts with some caramel malt that gives way to some hazelnut in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a very tasty beer with no problems in the drinkability department.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Hazelnut brown body with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving light lacing.

S - Malty with obvious hazelnut aromas.

T - Hazelnut leads in the taste with some caramel and chocolate notes and a good balance.

M - Medium body, very light carbonation, very smooth.

D - Extremely drinkable beer, either as a session or on its own.

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Photo of Cold_1
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of walleye
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a mahagony with a nice tan head. witch some nice lacing. aromawhat else but hazelnut, honey, brown sugar, malts, a nice nuttyness, plums and raisins. flavor unfortunately they were weak, but did get some hazelnut, honey and just a touch of coffee.

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Photo of fitz284
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EPICAC
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrNuggets
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TooleBurger
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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 -2%
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 Kingcarson
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very strong hazlenut smell and taste. Stronger then I would have liked at first.

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Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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 -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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 -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,228 ratings
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