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Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
1,423 Reviews
Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,423
Ratings:
4,062
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
Wants:
289
Gots:
792
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 1,423 | Ratings: 4,062
Photo of mydeadguy
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bomber, this one poured a deep clear ruby brown with an inch of tight tan head withplenty of lace. The nose is a healthy dose of malt and balanced hops with hazelnut and roasted notes, very alluring. The taste is heavy n the malt with roasted hazelnuts, hints of maple syrup, and earthy hops. the finish is rounded out with malts and slight hop bittering. This is really quite a fine drink, smooth and rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation that goes down easy. I had it solo, but could imagine this pairing with a number of different foods from appetizers to desserts.. well done..

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Photo of HappyBivouac
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the bomber a mahogany red-brown, mostly opaque and with a creamy light tan head. A little bit of sticky lacing. One of the better-looking brown ales I've seen. Smell is dominated by a musty smell of hazelnut and toast, with slight notes of bitter chocolates.

Again, I swear this beer is like breakfast! It tastes like toast with a rich, sweet hazelnut butter spread on it. The hazelnut & toasty flavors are freaking delicious, but they dominate this beer through and through. It becomes a bit one dimensional after a while. There is some detectable hop in the finish and a "musty" character, but that's it. A tasty brew, but falls a bit short in keeping my interest. It's very nice, thick & creamy in the mouth and hardly carbonated, which does some nice things with the flavor but carbonation could be bumped up.

Something about this beer just doesn't feel "complete" to me. I normally love hazelnut, but I think that it might be taking a bit too much away from this as a beer. Tasty--just an odd feeling that what I'm drinking needs a little extra kick of some sort.

EDIT: I'm bumping up the "smell" score. After a while of having the bomber out, slowly making my way through it, the room smells absolutely wonderful! That's a plus, for sure.

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - medium brown, slightly reddish tint. Thought it would be darker. Nice tan head, no lacing on mine once it dissipated.

S - smell is great on this one. Hazelnut dominates this one (I admit, it's my favorite creamer in my coffee, plus I've always got Frangelico on hand), but you also get maple syrup, molasses, toffee, even buttery aromas...I feel like I'm about to have a creme brulee or something, smell is totally dessert and in my opinion, the best part of this beer.

T - wonderful. Got this because I'm normally into heavier beers but wasn't feeling it today, and this was great. Not too sweet at all--smells like dessert but this isn't a dessert beer. You can definitely taste the hazelnut, but it's not too over-the-top. There's a bit of coffee in there as well, but it's not overly bitter. Deliciously malty.

M - delicious, very smooth. Carbonation is just right.

D - great. I won't have any problem putting away this bomber. Best brown I've had, I think. Not my favorite style at all (though now I want to try more), but I'd definitely drink this again when the mood strikes.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.42/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not sure what everyone else is getting from this to rate it so high. I find it has a good color and a decent smell, a little sweet with a strange nutty/malty/chocolate. The taste a little strange, nutty, slight sweet and a little bitter. A very thin, watery feel. Overall drinkable but not a good beer. But who knows it could of been a old bottle, since rogue refuses to date its beer. Wouldn't get again.

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Photo of balconybrew
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonick from the 22oz. bomber. Pours beautifully creating a brown, slightly hazy orange, with a significant head. Nutty aroma. Minimal to no hops. The taste was creamy, with a nutty finish and no hops. Mouthfeel is almost ideal.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
2.06/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

This beer has a really big rateing ... That is not good, the reviews have to be coming from people that loved Boones Farms back in the seventies, or some of these cherry flavored Vodkas. There are great beers on here that have low rateings and novalty brews with high scores.

I enjoy bold experiments with craft brewing, ...but extracts make me want to gag. I do not believe the beer was brewed with any actual "Hazlenuts" at all!

So.... it was brewed in a way that put the hazlenut taste in the back of the throat, and it did have a bold malted honey taste, but I found myself just trying to get through it and find something else to wash that taste out of my mouth.

Rogue is one of my favorite breweries, this selection was not for me.

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Photo of biophiliadude
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into Pilsner Glass

Let it warm up and breathe a little bit.

A: Cloudy brown, red-orange hues in the light. 1/8 inch head that quickly dissolves into rivers of tan foam.

S: Waffle, caramel, honey, apple

T: Syrup, much more bready than I expected, slight caramel, slight hazelnut, and slight overall nutty malt.

F: Bubbles, abrasive

D: Too much bread for me, but an interesting take on the American Brown Ale.

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Photo of Transatlantic
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice hazy brown color with a creamy inch head that dissipates with time. Lacing is pretty good as well.

S - Nutty, caramel, burnt sugar...can't say i'm smelling the hazelnut though.
Edit - But after first taste, the hazelnut shoots all through your nasal passages.

T - Very nutty, very caramel like, very sweet. There is a slight hop bitterness towards the back of the mouth, but it isn't very powerful. The hazelnut smell really kicks in through the nose.

M - Medium bodied, tastes stick to you very well.

D - This is overwhelmingly drinkable. If they weren't as costly as they are, i'd be downing these more often.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Looks brown and lazy.

Smell - Sweet, malty, and other brown ale smells.

Taste - Its nice. The hazelnut flavor is well mixed with other typical malty brown ale flavors. There is a very slight hop presence at the end. I didn't really get the overwhelming hazelnut other reviews talk about.

Mouthfeel - A bit fizzy on the tongue. Overall ok.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a dark brown, darker then your normal brown ale, but as dark as a porter, it looks velvety and you cant see much light shining through. Smell is hazel nut, obviously, general nut smell as well as vanillia and a little bit of coffee. There is a bit to much of hazel nut flavor for my taste, if it it was a bit more subdued i would like the taste more. There are definate nut/vanillia coffee taste to it. Mouth feel is great, thick and creamy. It ranks low on drinkability due to the overbearing hazelnut flavor. A good overall beer, not something i could drink all the time, but could go very nicely as a desert beer, though the bottle has a picture of a cow and a pig, i assume suggesting to be drank with those two meets, but for me i could see it going real well with coffee ice cream with hot fudge on and nuts on top. ,aybe a beer float with some vanillia ice cream, the thick texture would lend well to that.

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Photo of justincolts
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light but solid head, a dark brown, caramel coloring. The head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a think layer. Has the smell of caramel, malts, and maybe something like a raisin aroma. Upon tasting it has an excellent, light, solid, but not overbearing nutty brown, malty, caramel flavor. Very satisfying. Enough subtlety to not scare one off, but enough flavor to know its good. Very solid, yet not heavy mouthfeel. More of a sipping beer because of its complexity and quality, but go ahead and put a couple back.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a burnt orange/light brown body, small light-tan head with some retention and thin, clingy lacing

S: A caramelscotch hazelnut with faint sweetness

T: Very roasty tasting hazlenut flavor with roasted caramel secondly, roasted aftertaste with notes of roasted malts and chocolate aftertaste

M: Medium, bubbly carbonation, tingly on the tongue. Just a little too much.

D: This one is difficult for me...it's got so much carbonation and roasted, almost smoked or burnt nut taste, not a sweet taste, that lingers in the burps. Not a beer that I could drink more than one of in a sitting.

I really wanted this to taste fantastic and was disappointed, especially with the price factored in. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of corylew
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one solid beer. Even without the hazelnut, the mouthfeel, density, taste and smell are all spot on with what you expect from an American brown ale. Then the twinge of hazelnut mixes with the toasted malts giving a medley of balance and flavor. Upon hearing the term nectar one would think this would be a sweet or heavy beer. It's not.

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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 WAP
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an attractive dark-brown with a thin head that left minimal lacing. The smell was very nice, and filled with nice caramel and hazelnut notes.

Taste was very nice, sweet caramel with a nice nuttiness. The finish held some sweetened-coffee notes. Mouthfeel was quite nice, but I think the sweetness takes away from overall drinkability here. After a couple of servings, I was longing for something with some bitterness to balance out.

Very nice offering, but not the best session beer for me.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Brewing Hazelnut Brown Ale

T- ¾ inch thick foam, nice rich brown color.

S- Nice malty, sweet caramel smell.

T- First strikes me with balanced malt and the sweetness of the caramel, with just a hint of earth. Nice woody after taste. Mid palate there is nice dark fruit, fig or plum? After my first couple of sips I thought it might be too much for a bomber, but it surprisingly drinks very smoothly. This was a fun beer to run into, so earthy and malty. I keep looking for hazelnut, however even without it this is a killer beer. Very impressive!

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Photo of AlesRTasty
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours dark brown with amber tints. little to no head retention
S - chocolate malt, hazelnut...a little like candy
T - sweet, hazlenut and chocolate much like the aroma. light hop flavor.
M - light carb, medium body
D - this is alright, no my cup of tea. The hazelnut is a bit sweet to me so I can't imagine drinking much of this.

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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 porter17
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely the little brother of the Rogue Chocolate Stout. A very drinkable beer, with a nice hint of the same great chocolate aroma that pervades the stout. This brown also has the same great hint of chocolate on the palate, smooth and tasty. A more dinkable beer than the stout, it has greater appeal to people who seek a beer that is not as bold as the stout.
Another great success by Rogue.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Rogue Ales Brewery

Appearance:
Transparent brown with reddish hues make up the color. There is a fast falling white head leaving no lace, but a thin foam ring forms around the outside.

Smell:
Very nutty indeed, there is a trace of dark chocolate. Overall, the scent is an excellent roasted nut aroma.

Taste:
Toasted nuts and malt fill the flavor up front. The flavor is consistent, then adding a slight suggestion of alcohol. This is followed by a sweet nutty finish balanced with a miniscule hint of hops makes for a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel:
Light body with small amounts of carbonation. It is not watered down. However, it is not thick or chewy. I find it appropriate for the style.

Drinkability:
One of the most nutty nut browns I have tasted. Can't chug it, but wouldn't want to. The bomber is enough to share, but, again, wouldn't want to. This beer is deliciously nutty and I will gladly polish it off.

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Photo of McD0uche
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured section of Brown Nectar bomber into a pint glass:

A: Pours a splendid dark, reddish-brown with excellent density. Light patches through the sides at odd angles, revealing medium carbonation. A massive, billowy head foams up about 3 fingers thick. The retention is superb. No lacing noted until the very end.

S: Smells delicious. Deep caramel, hazelnut, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Like butter and syrup. A rich and inviting smell that beckons a taste.

T: Robust, tangy, and boozy. Good mixture of caramel and roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate notes play in the end. The taste wasn't entirely what I was expecting after the smell, but it's still pleasant.

M: Surprisingly light, with a touch of carbonation. The flavor travels well. It's a bit oily, but finishes medium-dry and on a bitter note.

O: Quite impressive. Brown ales aren't generally my "go-to" beer, but I'll most definitely be tracking this one down in the near future. Outstanding.

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Photo of MVassar
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An appealing reddish-dark brown, like a rich sherry or molasses. Plenty of roasted malt, toasted almonds, and caramel in the nose. Tastes of chocolate and hazelnut flavored coffee, without cream. Medium finish. I'd like a touch more depth, but it's darn tasty stuff. A bit too bubbly at first, but a smooth finish. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of stawn
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a deep ruby brown with minimal creamy head that dissipates quickly.
Smells lightly of sugar and faint nuttiness (yes that's a word) ;)
Might be just this bottle, but smell is almost non existent.
First taste is mild with some bitterness hitting the middle of the tongue. It's quickly surpassed by nuts and a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel tastes thin, but it works well for this beer. The hops linger around a tad longer and then fade away, begging for another quaff to be taken.
The hazelnut is distinctive but is accompanied by its friends; honey and smokey. The hop oils dominate the experience, but each sip sneaks in another element to puzzle over.

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Photo of Ave
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I picked up this 22oz bottle of happiness based on the high level of regard I have for the Rouge moniker, & it lived up to ever bit of that heritage in stellar fashion. When it poured out, it was only so-so in appearance. It could have had a bit more head to it, perhaps a more vigorous pour next time (& there WILL BE a next time). It did have a very nice dark brown color & a slightly cohesive velvet texture to it, but the fun really starts once you get your nose close to it. At first I thought it was just a rebottling of the standard Rouge Hazelnut, but no no, this beer is clearly a large step ahead of its older brother. The nose is full of sweet nutty caramels, with delicate roasted autumn spice. That velvety texture is seamlessly caried through to the tongue, & it has a luscious feel in the mouth. Not a lot of hopiness, that however seems to be consistent with the style, but the flavor is just out of sight. Lightly sweet, smooth caramel malts & a finish that leaves you fully satisfied, but still wanting more. I hope they keep this beer in circulation, because I’ll be looking to stock up.

Ave

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Photo of Seeker41184
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/11/10

A: Golden Caramel and brown color with little head.
S: The smell of hazelnut and malt are extremely noticeable here.
T&M: Up front, you taste a flat, nutty beer with little to no carbonation at the end. The aftertaste is where this beer becomes amazing. Your mouth is left feeling silky with hazelnut and toffee abundant.
O: This beer becomes light as air to drink and is excellent in the winter, and probably would be a great summer beer as well.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.
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