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 Knuckles
1.86/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Apparently this was my weekend for artificially sweetened brown ales. First the Longboat Double Chocolate Porter, and now this. My wife works in the county clerk's office, and has a process server come in on a regular basis raving about this beer. I am not one who enjoys extract flavored beers, but we picked this up anyway just so she could tell him she tried it, and get him off her back.

Appeareance: My wife poured it, and didn't do a great job on my glass. She got the perfect head in hers, and mine looked like an espresso snowstorm. Nice umber colored pour. No, I don't really know what umber looks like. It just sounded complimentary for a beer I basically hated.

Smell: Hazelnut latte. For the record, I drink my coffee black.

Taste: Not as bad as the Longboat. This one almost has a hint of beer flavor to it, but it really is overpowered by the sweetness of the hazelnut. Gives it almost a sweetened iced coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Seems a bit thin to me. However, I don't drink many browns (read: any browns at all), so I don't have anything to compare it to. I'll go with my ever-expanding gut.

Drinkability: I couldn't finish the glass. Didn't want to finish the glass, and my wife didn't finish hers. I'd say that out of the 22 ounces in that bomber, we drank maybe 8 combined, and it was 8 too many. I seriously don't know how people can drink this. It's painful.

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Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 22 oz brown bottle into a chimay chalice.

This beer pours a deep carmel color with a 1/2 inch head. You can smell the hazelnuts in this brew and some other nuttyness mabey almonds.

Taste is malty no real noticable hops here a bit bitter on the finish. The head dissapears fairly quickly with minimal lacing. A medium bodied beer but very tasty. The taste of the nuts really explodes in your mouth. A good desert beer. If I can find this brew again I will buy some more for sure.

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Photo of karst
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark redish brown with dense 1 fingered persistent head in a pint glass.
Aroma of caramel, nuts and mild chocolate.
Flavors similar with beautiful blend of dark crystal malts and hazelnuts peaking in and out of chocolate and sweet caramel malts. Saaz hops just noticable but essental to the flavor complexity. Full body with round dextrinous mouthfeel.
No worries about strong overbearing spices or malts. Just a little soft hazelnut lingers for a pleasant goodbye in the bittersweet finish.

Very drinkable paired well with brownies or any sweet desert.
Thanks Jason and Jenifer.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish-brown color, no head to speak of. Aroma is full of nuttiness and cocoa notes. Flavor is nuttiness out the wazoo, with some chocolatiness and light bitterness. Sweet at the start, it nonetheless finishes a wee bit dry, with a lingering hazelnut taste. Soft, creamy texture and moderate body.

An interesting beer, but a bit too much in the hazelnut category for me.

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Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown/ruby coloration. Little head unfortunately, but still a nice looking beer. This brown ale has quite the unique and potent aroma. Sweet maple, toasted malt, bread, pastry, hazelnut - like a nectareous dessert. Taste is also sweet, nutty, even fruity (apple?) in the finish. Rich and flavorful, smooth, thick, and robust with light carbonation.

I might sound crazy but I could see this going very well with waffles or french toast. Very sweet and full-flavored yet, perhaps a bit much. I'd probably have to switch it up after a glass or two. Still, you have to respect Rogue for not creating your typical brown ale.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is great. It pours dark mahogany with nice deep ruby red tones. Tan head that was small, and short lasting. Nothing special about the lacing or head, but the color is very nice. Smells deliciously malty, with sweet roasty and toasty hazelnut nuttiness. Definitely some maple syrup and caramel scents that blend very well with the nutty malts. It tastes great + has an extremely smooth mouthfeel. The beer tastes malty balanced with sweetness at first followed by roasted nutty tastes, some caramel, and finishes with hints of bitter fruit. I could drink many many many more of these. The beer is full bodied in flavor, and so very ultra smooth.

The tastes blend together amazingly. + I also don't think the beer is too sweet at all, though it is very sweet. This would be great with desserts, in fact great as a dessert. This beer is now one of my favorites.

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Photo of packetknife
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystalline dark brown with a thick frothy head that held, laced well. The nose smells of caramel candy, perhaps sweet chocolate. The nose ~feels~ weird too as you can tell it's fizzing away. Tons of malts, perhaps a bit overly matled, a bit roasty, pleasantly smooth though. The carbonation was good and it already had a thick feel to it. Reminds me of some cold coffee concoction you might get a Big Bucks.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep reddish brown with a light brown head. Smell is wonderfully rice and full of hazelnuts. Notes of caramel and chocolate are noticed too. Taste is great. Every bit as good as the Morimoto was, maybe a bit richer. Almost like drinking a less chocolate laden nutella. Very rich and a bit sweet. Makes a wonderful after dinner drink. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Drinkability is good, but perhaps a bit rich for every day consumption. Might even go well with a roasted pork or game dish if it featured nuts.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some orange tint. A 2 finger head and very good lace. A nice rich malty smell but not a heavy roasted smelllike a porter or stout. Maple and nut aromas are abundant. A slightly roasted malt dominates with flavor with strong maple and nut flavors. A slight coffelike bitterness hits in the aftertaste. Slightly buttery with medium carbonation and good drinkability. A nice session beer.

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Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color with mild orange highlights. The beer was topped by a decent tan colored head that receded quickly back into the beer. The nose has a lot of caramel malt with a finish of toffee The taste is more sweet than I expected. Over the top on caramel, it comes close to chocolate. There is a little fruit on the finish in the form of pears and apples. This beer is well rounded, why can’t all brown ales be like this?. Smooth, very rich mouth feel. Extremely high drinakbility. Wow.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well lookie here: A big bomber gives up the ghost with mahogany brown hues topped off by 1/4" of craggy dark khaki head cap.

Oooo that smell: Waffles and syrup scents lightly meander to the nose. Sweet caramel and fuzzy cocoa malts.

Tastes like chicken: Sugary Maple syrup flavors overtake the palate. Buttery taste with some light pecan nuttiness and delicate cinnamon. Lingering spice cake like flavors stick around for a bit. Leaves a hazy fuzzy feel with cocoa and light chocolate notes.

Can ya feel it? Medium bodied with s sticky lip smackin' sugary tack.

Gas 'n go: If there is a better brown out there , I'd be curious to try it. That being said, this is a good brown but on dimensional and cloying. I won't try this again, but it was cool to try. Forgetable, but not regreatable and edible.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber hued brown with nice nut colored head which quickly settles to a fine lace.

Smell: Hazelnuts are overpowering, that is all I can make out....

Taste is . Nutty goodness that is very smooth and balanced. Just enough hops to keep the malts from getting out of control.

This is definitely a dessert beer albeit a good one. Definitely worth a try. Cheers.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 Oz. bomber. Bought this one fresh, going to have to try this one again some time

A: Pours a clear brown color. Smallish head sans lacing.

S: I like to go fishing. I've spent many many years doing it. This beer smells like Lake Wilhelm. The (I'll officially name it here) Wilhelm smell tends to overwhelm everything else. Faint nutty smells. No hoppy aroma to speak of. WTF went wrong here?

T: Nice malty flavors. Hints of the hazelnut come late in the tasting.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Alcohol feels about right for the stated ABV%.

D&N: Nothing special here. I'll give this beer another go in a few months. The Wilhelm smell is just creeping me out. Shame to say, but the rest of the bottle in the fridge has a date with the sink.

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Photo of palliko
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep burnt sienna with ruby trim, beige foam and lace. Aroma screams MALT! along with a scent of mixed nuts and plums. Initial taste has sweet roasted malt, hazelnuts blending into leafy hops and burnt chocolate. There is an understated hint of dark fruits. Medium body and good carbonation. Perfect with something sweet.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from 22 oz. bomber
deep opaque brown color with a thick tan head that faded fast. lacing slid back down glass into the brew. roasty malt smell that was sort of singular but faint. roasted hazlenut taste with sweet malt and some chocolate notes - very rich. bitter hops tail wrapped around sweetness in the finish. smooth yet substantial mouthfeel. well-balanced but i would drink it more as a treat than as a session beer. would be good paired with sweet foods i bet.

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Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

probably the best brown ale i have had to date but i haven't had them all ;)
pours very deep mahogany brown with a nice 1 inch head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.
smell is nutty sweet, hazelnuts, caramel malts and brown sugar with hints of earthiness perhaps from hops.
taste was sublime. big hit of sweet malts followed by a nice nutty taste that lingers on the tongue and a hoppy essence at in the background is just enough to keep this one in balance. Finshes sticky yet very smooth with a light crispness in the end.
very very enjoyable. I'm sorry I waited so long to give this one a try.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the most interesting beers that I have tasted in awhile. There was a forum thread going on a little while ago that talked about the last beer that "wowed" you and this is one, so I guess I have to reset my counter.

Besides coming in the typical looking Rouge 22oz. bottle, this beer pours out in a very hazelnut shade. I can't lie, the most impressive thing about this beer is the initial hit at your tastebuds.

It's sweet, but not overly so, and has a VERY distinct hazelnut flavor. I mean come on...do you think they would have named it that if it hadn't? Just a great nutty flavor that lasts for a good 2-3 seconds on the sip and settles into the palet very smoothly.

Little harsh aftertaste but that's quickly relieved with another quick sip. :)

This is my favorite Rouge offering that I've had.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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 palma
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark brown body with a reddish hue. Lasting tan head. A good looking nut brown.

Nose: Molasses, walnuts and hazelnut. Very pungent. Just a wonderful aroma.

Taste: Walnuts. Malty with just enough bitterness. Smokey. Very sweet malt backbone. Finishes with lingering coffee and cocoa flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel. A little sticky.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking, though the sweetness may limit you somewhat.

A great dessert beer.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:
Very dark brown, nearly opaque with cherry highlights. Thick, foamy, tan head. It smells of wood and alcohol with a vague sweetness. Upon tasting, you get a blast of sweetness: perhaps dark chocolate. Then, there's a nutty taste which is quickly drown by alcohol taste. Fades into a grassy finish. Very drinkable in taste, but the alcohol content was too much for me to drink too much of it.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much head that's yellowbrown. Beer is dark brown. Nose gives hints of the mentioned hazelnut but is mostly sour& carramelic/choclate. Some hops and litle roasty. Taste is very dry and sour, roasty, portlike hazelnut liquor with dry andlightbitter aftertaste. Good brew but mouthfeel misses fullness& body of malts that darkbeers normally have. Easy drinkable.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Pours a deep red-brown with huge peanut colored head. Head dies down to a thin 1/8" layer that sticks around for most of the beer.

Smell is very nutty (hazelnut) and also malt and some dark figlike notes.

Taste is again nutty, with nice malt middle. There is a noticable hop presence near the end, but the roasty/nutty elements take over again for the aftertaste.

Nice solid beer to have once in a while, though it may be a little hard to pair with things.

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Photo of BigPapaLager
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very easy to drink beer, I often buy at my local. For some reason its the only Rogue they sell. Pours a deep amber, the nose is very fruity. This beer tells me to relax. Nice and malty, I have tis beer close to me when I need it. Good brew.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown hue with a thick tan head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is hazelnut, milk chocolate and toffee, very appealing nose. Taste is very malty, flavors of hazelnut, milk chocolate, caramel and a light hint of hops bitterness. Finish is slightly sweet and nutty, mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and moderately carbonated. A huge brown ale from rogue, highly drinkable but complex.

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Photo of RealityDeviant
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 22 oz. bomber from River City Cellars.

Appearance: Looks an appetizing, ruddy brown under the light. It has a cream-colored head that it retains partially after first being poured.

Smell: There are strong chocolate malt and hazelnut aromas in the nose. I also detect a note of caramel. Altogether, the beer has a creamy and slightly fruity smell to it that reminds me of the prune aroma of Russian kvas.

Taste: I seems to me that Rogue must use some of the same malts in its Shakespeare and Chocolate Stouts, because the chocolate and caramel flavors are familiar, if more subdued. Still, the balance is somewhat pleasant, although the chocolate wins out over the caramel. The chocolate gives way to a sweetness that hints at plums or prunes. The hops are noticeable, but not at all obtrusive. Finally, there’s the bit of hazelnut in the flavor that tops it all off.

Mouthfeel: With medium to low carbonation and little hops, this goes down quite smoothly. Still, it seems that it has a much thicker body than some of the other brown ales I’ve had. I feel a bit like I just drank a stout.

Drinkability: I could drink this with some nice, Texas barbecue or chocolate cake. I’m almost ashamed that I didn’t have any of either on hand when I had this. It turned out to be rather drinkable, though. I didn’t have any problem getting through the bomber.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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