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Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Brown Ale
Newport, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 2565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish. Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale is a blend of Great Western 2-row Pale, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Crystal 80 and Crystal 135, Carastan, and Beeston Pale Chocolate malts; hazelnut extract; Perle and Saaz hops.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 27, 2006
22oz bottle. Poured dark brown, almost still, into a British pint glass with a large, mostly-diminishing foamy tan head. Very nice, dense lacing. Could use a few bubbles to liven up the appearance but otherwise beautiful. Aroma is absolutely gorgeous: honey, hazelnut, toast, some coffee, butter note, background of raisins. Sweet. A feast for the nose! The flavor is comparatively indistinct.. I get coffee and a lot of toast with some assertive hop bitterness and muddled other flavors. Light alcohol (not unpleasant). I’m not tasting any hazelnut. Doesn’t feel like much in the mouth, thin and watery with no carbonation to speak of.. could definitely use more body, but quite drinkable at least. I’d get this again just for the nose, though!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apkerga (11) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Moderately malty with definate toasty/nutty notes as well as coffee in the aroma. Body poured a deep brown with a strong, lasting head that had medium longevity. Very good flavor for the style . Medium light mouth feel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
A fizzy yet fluffy ecru head forms and dissipates over a rich, ruby/mahogany body. Nuttiness abounds in the aroma with butterscotch and soapy florals. Prominent, flavorful nuttiness and roasted flavor with praline/pecan dominating. Hop bitterness is present yet gentle, not coming off as "rancid" as I have detected in other nut browns. Mildly syrupy body with an efferevescent tingle to enliven the flavors. Although on the lighter side, this is a nice "dessert" beer.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Bomber. Clear, medium brown with a small ring of a tan head. Nose is sweet malt, some light mocha notes, and, of couse nuts. I actually cracked 2 hazelnuts just to verify the flavors (not something I remembered well.) Flavor is also sweetly malty, more nuts and brown sugar flavors. Light mocha and milk chocolate notes. Mouth is slightly creamy. Lightly bitter finish. Excellent body! Insanely drinkable, and has been added to my "regular drinker" stable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Tap. Dark amber-mahogany in color with some cherry accents when put to candlelight. A dime-sized bubbling grey sheaf is all the head that we’ve got. Whole wheat bread and maple brown sugar sweetly waft up the nose, along with almond butter, sweet caramel ribbons and Honey Bunches of Oats with excessive maple syrup. Sweet, nutty concoction that thrives on maple syrup out of oak vats begins the flavor regime. Gentle, sweet slide that (rather than falling apart in the aftermath) thickens to impart a woodsy, tree bark and sweet honey roasted pecan characteristic. Controlled carbonation breaks way for cocoa nut butter - Nutella style - likely a byproduct of the principle hazelnut contention. Cookie crisp cereal and chocolate Honey Maid graham crackers reiterate a sweet, smooth spurge, and maple nut fudge prevails in its afterlife. Possibly the best nut brown I’ve ever had.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brigg (616) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2006
(Bottle) Dark brown body with a hint of red. Medium tan head. Very aromatic - nutty, slight alcohol, hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla, and honey. Sweet malt flavor with hazelnut. Only slight bitterness. Best nut brown ale I’ve had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2006
I had this as a ’Build" your own sample at the Flying Saucer with other brown ales. This was the best one of the bunch, but they did not have Samuel Smith to compare to head to head. Still a great beer with a smooth malty finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
This beer offers a nice hazelnut aroma with hints of oatmeal and caramel in the background. It is a brown solution with a cashew colored head and good lacing. This beer offers a sweet creamy taste of hazelnuts and oatmeal. This beer has a smooth rich characteristic that stays with it form introduction to finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
Hops and added flavour. If I am going to have this, it might as well be on-tap. Colour-brown. I can see it appealing to some people and transitioning from coolers. A bit too much on the sweet side for my palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Bottle. Bought for my father as a sub for New Castle. (He did not enjoy it!) Pours a deep opaque brown color with a thin off white flim across the top of the beer. Aroma is very nutty and lightly roasted. There are notes of chocolate in the finish. Flavor is very nice and soothing. Notes of nut, chocolate, very light fruit notes on the tail end. Finish is crisp and clean. Very nice brown ale.


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