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): 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:
#2,575
Reviews:
1,470
Ratings:
4,277
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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312
Gots:
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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear tan-brown body, coarse light tan head that fades to a mere ring. Smell is instantly appealing with semisweet toasted nuts and semisweet caramel, key prefix being semi; appealing to the shallow but not cloying to the sensitive. There is also a touch of vanilla and wood, as if it were oak-aged. The flavor gets approved for a loan on property in Yumtown; the focus is on sweet hazelnut/toasted nut extract, vanilla, caramel, and a balancing presence of wood, smoke, and burnt bitterness like a creme brulee; what is burnt, I do not know, as I am only a mortal human being. All I know is that the very sweet Nutella-verging sweetness has met its clandestine equal. Body is full and somewhat sticky, with moderate carbonation.
Welcome to Yumtown, USA. Much good. Just when I feared my sweetooth had been pandered to by cheap extracts, a rich, honest, complex, planned malt backbone and balancing bitterness/spice entered the framework and made it a balanced, mature brew. Guys, I'm not fucking around anymore, this is seriously good.

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Photo of Fordknox
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of judkinst
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unknown date, although a recent delivery.

Pours red-copper with a one finger tan head, holds a foamy cap, short-term lacing.

Strong hazelnut aroma, very nutty, buttery, heavy toast, somewhat sweet smelling, some caramel. A pretty unique and nice aroma.

Hazelnut also strong in the taste, maple syrup, dark bread, caramel, chocolate, some earthy hop bitterness for balance.

On the thin side, but still a bit syrupy, prickly carbonation.

The aroma is definitely my favorite aspect, solid Brown Ale overall.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, deep amber brown, with only a faint beige head dropping to a ring.

Nice smell - rich, sweet hazelnut, as advertised. Touch of brown sugar.

Tasted much thinner than the smell would indicate. Reminded me of unsweetened iced tea with lemon, and slight hazelnut coffee. Some earthy/dirt-like qualities as well.

Smooth on the mouthfeel, nothing bitter or overly sweet. Just a nicely balanced brown ale.

I'm not a big fan of brown ales, but this is a very easy drinking, pleasant one - especially if paired with the right foods. Enjoyed mine with a terriyaki marinated tilapia, and roasted asparagus.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of martyl1000
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear brown color with a fingers worth of light tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Lightly roasted malt and hazelnut aromas with a hint of cocoa.

Taste- Hazelnut and toasted bread flavor with hints of cocoa and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall- A good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed from the first swallow.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a ruby red brown with a small tan head. Some clumps of lace were left as the head stayed afloat. Aroma was simple but appetizing, caramel malt and a fairly strong nuttiness. A little on the sweet side. Flavors of caramel and the nuttiness combine for the majority of the flavor. Some notes of toastiness. Ends on a bitter nutty note. A bit light in the mouth, this is smooth and goes down easy. Complements the taste very well. Drinkability is good with the only knock being the sweetness would be a bit much after a few. A nice tasty and easy drinking treat.

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Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dalepryor
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of little_star
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MFMB
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cdkrenz
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was a birthday gift from my amazing wife, Krista. Thank you.

A - Minimal carbonation in a pale mahogany, transparent body. The head is rather frothy and starts out at a couple inches. It fades to an eighth of an inch where it maintains itself well in a light tan cloak.

S - The aromas are subtle indeed. The scent of earth and wood are most prevalent along side a hint of molasses. Based on the aroma I expect a rather aggressive taste.

T - Woody and slightly sweet before finishing with a trace coffee flavor. This is a very good tasting Brown Ale.

M - Smooth, it goes down very well. The lack of visual carbonation in the appearance is supported here with nearly no coarse texture to note.

~ I'm not a huge brown ale fan. However, this beer is very drinkable and offers a unique complexity not often found in the style. I was not a huge fan of the style because I had not tried this beer before today. The character of this beer is for what other Brown Ale brewers should strive to meet.

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Photo of Shadman
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 800th review of this beer...I hope there is some sort of prize offered...maybe a bonus 20 beer karma points....lol

Local beer store has 8 Rogue Ales in as their Feb Beer Club selections. This is one of them.

Slightly hazy with a reddish-copper brown hue when held up to the light. Creamy tan colored head. Lot's of sticky webs of lacing.

Even with a slight head cold I can pick out the complex blend of toasted and roasted malts and of course a rich nuttiness. Very nice!

Smooth, almost creamy first impression. The hop tends to make a few brief appearances, but this ale is all about the malts. Slightly chocolate, slightly mocha, definitely nutty, all in a package that blends virtually seamlessly without being overly sweet.

Even @ 6.2% ABV I could drink more than one pint of this nectar any day I could lay my hands on it. A must try brew.

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Photo of stevehagy
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of sommersb
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-26-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from World Market

Pours a cloudy medium brown color with orange/red highlights. I got a finger's worth of creamy tan head with an excellent showing of lace and a good amount of retention.

Aromas are fantastic -- rich and sweet malts are dominant and remind me of brew day for my homebrews. Smells of caramel and molasses combine with nutty and earthy notes. I could smell this beer all day long...

The taste features dark malts and chocolate, with some earthy, maple character. Other flavors are nuts, oak/wood, and roasted malts. A big and malty beer, but the sweetness doesn't overpower at all.

Medium-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is of nuttiness and sweetness, but is also balanced by the earthy hops.

Overall, this was a wonderful beer -- one I'd recommend and would seek out again.

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Photo of bobhits
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Held to the light this beer is a deep crystal clear amber, but without light it is a hazy looking reddish brown looking treat. A nice thick creamy head forms but the lacing is lacking (the pint glass I poured it in was squeaky clean) and the head falls after not too much time.

I’m really just smelling hazelnut and perhaps a hint of coffee (I have to admit the only time I’ve smelled hazelnut was in coffee so it’ a bit hard for me to tell where one ends and the other begins). A strong swirl of the glass gives off the caramel malt and a touch of perhaps toast. This beer is rather lacking in aromas over all and the aromas there are very subtle in nature.

One of the things I like most about brown ales is that they have the ability to be extremely complex. By their very nature they bring out chocolate, coffee, toast, hints of hops, and essentially can take on nearly any flavor in the stout, porter, and ale world. This beer is a wonderful example of that. There is certainly a nutty flavor here, toast, caramel, light hints of chocolate, perhaps a bit bready, and a hop finish that never turns bitter (no idea how old this bottle is) but adds a certain citrus element to the finish. That said there’s nothing intense, assertive, or aggressive out of this one. A bit more flavor than is required for a brown, but hardly anything getting into the imperial world

The beer pours a nice head, but really could use some carbonation, badly! It is on the line between being thick or being a nice easy to drink beer and I don’t care for that line here. Either make it lighter or make it a touch imperial. The middle ground doesn’t really work for me.

I hate to say this again, but Rogue stop charging these prices for your beer or at least stop bottling everything in bombers! At 7 bucks a bottle I can’t see any reason to ever come back to this beer unless on tap. This is a good brown ale and certainly worth trying, but the price truly hurts it. Good but not great and not worth the money.

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Photo of hreb
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The other day I picked up a 22oz bottle of Rogue's "Morimoto signature ale" series Hazelnut. As a long time fan of Rogue's Hazelnut Nut Brown Ale, I had to check it out. I didn't know if this was the same beer or simply a repackaging (BeerAdvocate indicates the latter -- this is simply an "alias" of the original Hazelnut Brown).

Cold beer is poured into UK size pint glass. Beer is very dark, nearly opaque brown, and appears rather stark in the glass, cloudless, with just a thin dark tan head on top.

Beer has a sweet, malty aroma. The label proudly proclaims 13 ingredients (this has no pretentious of being a "4 ingredient" real ale kind of ordeal). 9 of them are malts. Only one is an additive (hazelnut extract). 2 kinds of hops provide a really nice and needed balance from the sweetness of the beer. The fizziness is just right.

I'm not detecting any differences from the Hazelnut Nectar that I've come to love. This is a really great beer, and in my opinion, probably Rogue's best. The only thing detracting from its perfection is that it IS a little bit sweet. Not so much that it's annoying, but it might be a little bit much for a session beer.

I will also mention that it is a perfect accompaniment to my Sunday afternoon Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and lots of mustard.

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Photo of WVUbrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of gspeer711
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BJasny
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,277 ratings