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Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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4.07/5
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4,229 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:
#2,409
Reviews:
1,457
Ratings:
4,229
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
311
Gots:
884
Trade:
3
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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 Morris729
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a tall fluffy light tan head that slowly fades into a ring of lace. Nose is buttery toffee and caramelized malts along with some fresh brewed coffee. Medium in body with a milk chocolate silky smooth texture. Taste begins with toffee and molasses followed by a bit of hazelnut liqueur and dark chocolate. Some mild hop bitterness comes across towards the end leaving a rather dry finish. Pretty nice brew but Rogue has many superior beers.

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Photo of beaulabauve
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours smooth dark brown with a small beige head.

Big malty nose, mild sweetness, woody and nutty, plenty of hazelnut

Similar to nose with big maltiness, roasted hazelnuts, buttery.

This is jam packed with hazelnut. Good change of pace in the world of brown ales.

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Photo of shoretaxi
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThinkAgain
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of chrisjws
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Hazy amber/dark brown color with a thin off white colored head.

S: A very strong nut and malt aroma. Very aromatic, which you typically don't get in a brown ale. There is also a slight hop aroma.

T: Sweet roasted malt and hazelnut with a touch of earthy hop. The hazelnut really comes out in the finish along with a little bit of an acidic feel. I keep thinking I also taste a touch of chocolate and caramel.

M: About right on the carbonation and a full mouthfeel. The finish is really smooth.

D: Definitely one of the best brown ales I have had. Very drinkable.

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

Pours a clear deep orange-brown with a good head and decent lacing.

Smells of cocoa, nuts, vanilla, brown sugar, malt.

Very sweet taste. Cocoa, milk chocolate, nuts, malt, vanilla, even citrus. Flavor interesting, but not incredibly strong. I could do with a little more boost to it.

Mouthfeel a tad thin for me, but quite smooth and crisp.

Very drinkable, a little different, but it works.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ahommell
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Shawnspl
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep rosewood/garnet with scarlet highlights up to a light, otherwise dark buckeye brown. the foam is nice and creamy with its short life, but it dumps enough thick lace behind to keep me happy.

S-- smells like a classic quality brown ale. a little chocolate, some nice toasty aromas but with the perfect smooth creaminess of a hazelnut liqueur like frangelico. it's soft and festive and buttery and i could sit here and smell it forever. underneath are soggy macerated fruits like fig and date, berries, and sweet dark cake and some of those fererro rocher chocolate candies. some caramel and a slight tartness too. no hops, no yeast, just varied levels of roasted malt and fragrant hazelnut oil.

T- a quick taste of hazelnut briefly intrigues me before a bomb of malt goodness provides a distraction. woodsy, cocoa, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, burnt cake stuck to the bottom of the pan, sweet tobacco, dark sour berries, bitter wood, and a sharp hop bite followed by an earthy english hop flavor. sweet creamy aroma followed by bold intense flavor are like night and day sharing only the hazelnut in common. as the roasted toasted cocoa coffee flavors fade, the hazelnut creeps back in and without much sweetness, lingers on with a very natural flavor and a mild pleasant bitterness.

MF- full and smooth, with just under medium carbonation. feels too thin if its too cold. slightly powdery, a bit of alcohol dryness at the end makes the particulates more evident. could there be chunks of hazelnut in here? the palate is left relatively clean but for a light oily hazelnut feeling.

D- brown ales haven't always been my favorite, but combined with hazelnut and some good solid hops, this version really appeals to me and would kick some serious ass when paired with anything containing toasted nuts or seeds. or even chocolate for that matter.

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Photo of Guitars_and_beer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of John
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, moderate head. Hazelnut, vanilla and caramel aroma. Taste is a blend of the hazelnut that greets at the onset, caramel and a grainy, malty, body verifying character swirls around in the middle, vanilla finishes it off. Malted milk balls come to mind. A gentle swirl regenerates the head and releases a fresh waft of the unique bouquet. Body light-medium, carbonation level is smooth and unobtrusive. Best consumed at cellar temperature. Rogue gets thumbs up on this brew and deserves credit for their creativity.

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Photo of nzerbe
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaywalsh20
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PJCarnell
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Icemann383
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gosox8787
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Deep medium brown with some nice ruby red highlights. One finger beige head with some decent retention.

Aroma: Hazelnut and roasted malt. There's some sweetness that balance the nuttiness and the slight smoky char really well.

Taste: Hazelnuts (obviously) and some nice light some notes. As in the aroma, nice balance of sweetness and nuttiness. Some astrigent flavors near the end, but a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with medium body, but the bottle I'm drinking is a little flat.

Drinkability: With the moderate ABV and nice clean flavors, I find this to be really enjoyable to have a couple of. Definitely does not meet the definition for sessionable, but I think I could have a lot of these in one sitting.

Overall, I find Rogue can be a little hit or miss, but I really like this beer. Definitely one of my new favorite brown ales. Definitely glad I picked one up.

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Photo of kguard
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of entenduintransit
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,229 ratings
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