John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged) - Rogue Ales

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John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged)John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 07-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar aged in Rogue's Hazelnut Spiced Rum barrels."

13 Ingredients:
Harrington, Klages, Brown, Carastan 13/17, Crystal 70/80, Crystal 135/165, Beeston Pale Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ malts; Saaz and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops; Hazelnut Extract, Free Range Coastal Water & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

34 IBU
77 AA
3.2º Lovibond
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Reviews by asabreed:
Photo of asabreed
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: A quite gorgeous darker and hazy brown or amber or both depending on how you look at it in the light. A nice head sits atop the body of the brew, off-white, almost with some slight amber in there, and stays for a while, at about 1/4" to 1/2". The best part about the brew I would say.

Smell: It's not that it's bad or off or anything to me: it's just really, really faint, unfortunately. There's a bit of brown ale caramelization, and a bit of sourness, but not much else. Maybe some slight vinous characteristics or cider vinegar too.

Taste: How is this not a sour ale? It seems like it should be. I feel like this is closer to a Flanders Red than a hazelnut / rum type of concoction. The rum seems to be faint, if there at all, though post-finish there are some hints of bread and nuttiness, and mild caramelization, though the vinous, semi-sweet cider vinegar tandem is also there, though it's not bad. Then you tend to get some caramel and faint rum sweetness, but again, I'm baffled that the rum is so subtle. Seems like it would go pretty well, so I don't know if it's the barrels or what, but it's not as good as it can be, and I'm really not even sure if it's what they really intended.

Mouthfeel: Not thin, but not too thick, and not spritzy, but not creamy, as it achieves a nice balance with a lot of bubbles to cater to the beer's strengths as far as the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This was a weird experience for me. I didn't dislike the beer, but it seems not to be what's advertised, or very much unexpected for what it does seem to try and advertise. And for the $8 or $9 price tag, it doesn't seem as worth it. Maybe some more rum, a longer barrel time, or some amount of tweaking, whether it's more alcohol or not, would really make this a possibly pretty eye-opening brew. Can't say I necessarily recommend it, but I'm not saying to completely shy away from it either. I just expected and hoped for more. Maybe they'll do it again and make it better, and then I'll try it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep amber hued chesnut brown with a thinner quick to fade off white head.Caramel toffee and some light toastiness mainly in the nose,light vanilla shows thu lightly as well.A bit thin and on the prickly side at first in the feel department but it mellows after a bit.Flavors have more of the hazelnut presence I think than the aromas,lightly toasted hazlenuts and caramel toffee mainly,a decent earthy dryness in the finish to keep it from being overly sweet.Its a mellow tasting brown ale but it has some decent oaky/nutty flavors to it.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the spices (mainly nutmeg but also some cinnamon) as well as some brown sugar and some toffee from the malt. The flavor is very dry. I get some toasted malt notes with some cinnamon and nutmeg, some nuttyness and some alcohol. I also get some nice rum notes in the flavor, which add to the base beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good, but not as good as the unaged Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

Photo of WCBCFrank
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Hazelnut Brown and I was excited when I purchased this...Off-white head retreats gently to the typical slightly murky brown. The original Hazelnut has a perfect dense and sweet flavor; John John has that mild spice thanks to the barrel treatment. I can imagine other breweries overkilling the spice, but Rogue being Rogue gets right on the money.
I agree with other reviewers who describe the initial sip as non-descript, but during the swallow the flavor comes forward with a mixture of toasted malts and light hops.
Would I buy it again, I would probably buy the original Hazelnut first, but then reach over and grab one.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a slightly dense but clear glowing brown body with a tan thick film of head that last a bit. There is a few hints of carbonation gliding to the surface.
S- The soft toasted malt hint has some spiced rum hints and a chocolate malt note in the finish.
T- There is a slight tartness with a hint of chocolate malt that has some toasted malt qualities to it. The finish takes on a stale spice taste that lingers for a moment. As the beer opens up there is a full brown malt flavor that is watery with a taste of hazelnut in there aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big fizz that scrubs the finish.
D- The hazelnut flavor is soft and blends with the stale spice flavor to make this beer a little unappealing. The spice rum hints are soft and the brown ale beer is even softer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ingredient stats on the bottle available this side of the 49th are slightly askew from those stated here, including, most prominently, an ABV of 6.2%...

This beer pours a slightly muddled ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of foamy pale beige head, which leaves zip in the way of lace as it fades away. It smells of sweet bready/biscuity malt, a bit of nutmeg, clove, and mild boozy wood barrel. The taste is more sweet bready malt, and a dry, almost gingerbread/pumpkin pie spiciness, supplemented by an earthy woody character. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, smooth, and just a tad cloying. It finishes off-dry, the nutty malt still stronger that the proffered miscellaneous dryness .

I very much like the hazelnut, in fact, it's my favorite nut, and by that metric, there ain't no hazelnut in this here beer. A shame, that. Much more a fall Oktoberfest/Winter Spice offering than the titular barrel promise, but in my experience, rum is rather quiet in its influence on any manner of aged content.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This meets the mark of brown ales. It is opaque brown,with some brown ring. The aroma is apricot more than malt. The carbonation is right there from a fresh bottle, brown sugar with a little sourness in the finish. Some rum,like the brown sugar. Ok drinkability.

Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thing ring of lace around the glass leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is pretty good. A lot of malt with the some hazelnut notes coming through. I can also pick up a little bit on the barrel aging and some spices as well. The aroma Reminds me a little bit of a pumpkin ale.

T- The taste starts out nutty with a good dose of malt and caramel. The finish is pretty dry and slightly nutty. There is also a good amount of spices. The taste like the aroma reminds me a bit like a pumpkin beer.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good punt of carbonation.

D- Overall. John John Ale is another solid beer from Rogue that I'm glad I tried. Definitely worth a try. Recommended.

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a thumb of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread, pears, brown sugar, all fade as this warms

T: Slight nuttyness, pears, herbal hops, slight rum notes up front. Dryness, figs, plums & leafy hops as this warms, also some tart cherry. Finishes dry, figgy, with nutmeg, & candied fruit

MF: Light bodied, over carbonated, dry

An average brown ale, the barrel aging is half-assed. This either needed more time in the barrel, or they should've put something with more heft in them. A noble but flawed endeavor, I do think they had the start of a great Christmas/Winter ale but got too cheap with the malt bill. Still enjoyed some of the spice & fruittyness

Photo of RRC87
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light clear amber with just a ting of rose color.

S: Dominated by booze. It smells sickeningly sweet like they took rum and added brown sugar to it.

T: Not much flavor. I do get some of the sweet rum flavor but also get a hint of cola. It tastes a little like club soda.

M: Thin and watery made worse by the fact that it is to carbonated.

D: It is super easy to drink as there isn't much to it. It doesn't have much flavor and it is very thin. I could drink a bunch of it, but I wouldn't choose to do so.

Overall: Not impressed. Proof that barrel aging doesn't necessarily equal good.

Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a smallish tan colored head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is sweet. It has a brown sugar sweetness with some vanilla notes. I don't pick up much, if any, hazelnut or the spiced aspect of the rum. However, it does have a very nice aroma. The taste is of chocolate malt, some toastiness, a nice subtle vanilla flavor from the rum barrels, some hazelnut but nothing overwhelming like hazelnut coffee. The taste is surprisingly light, kind of has a vanilla coke thing going on. I am giving the feel grade a lower score (3) not because I don't like it necessarily but I think it takes away from the flavor of the beer. The feel is light, not watery, and very carbonated. Too carbonated for the style in that it brings a seltzer water type of consistency to the beer, though it doesn't feel watery, weird. The carbonation just kind of burns the flavor away. I think this beer drinks very well, very crisp from the carbonation. The flavors are good but subtle. I like it, I would probably buy it again.

Photo of GRG1313
2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is a perfectly stored bottle from Hi Times and tasted shortly after being removed from its cooler.

Pours a beautiful dark clear copper red with a nice but thin and quickly fading light tan head.

Nose has a red wine fruit forward fruity nose that is pleasing and inviting albeit light and not very forthcoming; a hint of hazelnut because you're looking for it and no rum or wood character at all.

Mouthfeel is thin and much more "Rogue like" than the John John in Gin barrels. Mouthfeel is watery, diluted, light carbonation and not inviting or inspiring.

Flavors are faint, light, simple and boring. In fact, the flavors are so weak as to be almost non-descript. Tastes like weak lager. Light watery yeast and a hint of hop and malt. No hazelnut, no rum no wood in the flavors whatsoever.

A "dirty water" finish and little else. I opened a second bottle from another case. Same review.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy brown color with an inch tan head. Head retention is good with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, nuts, caramel, and a bit of rum. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the bitter flavors are a lot stronger than I expected. The sweet flavors come out more as the brew warms, but the overall bitterness of this beer surprised me. Mouthfeel is light/medium, it seems a bit thin at times. It also has moderate carbonation and it's slightly dry. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and goes down easy enough. I think this is a decent overall brew. Not impressive, but not bad either.

Photo of jsh420
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark hazy amber with a 2 finger tanish head that left spotted lacing all down the glass

Smells of roasted carmel malts and some spice

taste is good and I do not get any pacman yeast flavors that most rogue beers have

the hazelnut is there but its not overpowering - plenty of spice with rich toffee malts

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation

drinkability is good and this bomber hit the spot on this chilly fall night

Photo of Gobigvt7
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

a - white, lacy head overtop of a robust brown body, slightly amber. some legs.

s - this smells a lot like the normal hazelnut nectar, but with a hint of barrel. faint nuttiness and not much else. Barrel/vanilla/alcohol is more significant while I'm drinking a swig.

t - the first thing I'm getting, which is surprising and awesome, is sour. A 3/4 on a 10 point scale, but still...sour. Love it! Whiskey notes, lots of barrel. Some nougaty vanilla, which comes more when I smell while sipping. Nutty malts, less so than the normal version. Very little hops, but enough to balance.

m - pretty light mouthfeel, no booze aside from the barrel notes.

o - I'm actually a little pissed that this beer is only 5% when the normal Hazelnut is 6.2%. I'm not even sure how that is possible, but it apparently is. That being said, this is a really drinkable and delicious semi-sour brown.

Photo of Docer
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged on tap at the PIB... wonderful ale and a must have...

- Great candied brown and copper color, rather clear but molasses rich.... light bubbly peach and amber head...

- Sweet smell, bit of nut, rum, and ester... some vanilla notes as well.. truly unique and something I think they should continue to brew and age...

- Slight spice, nut, oak, and vanilla notes.. all blend together very well and make a very drinkable and delicious ale... I wish most of Rogue's bottled stuff was this good...

- Sweet and mouth watering... the balance of flavors makes for a super high mouth feel..

- Goes down like buttery sweet toffee.. wonderful, and smooth, and light to boot... can I have a keg of my own please!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 from Brewforia... UGGGHHHH.. $9!! Not excited about the pricetag.. but I was lucky enough to try this at the '09 Pints for Prostates Rare Beer event that I pulled the trigger tonight.. I really liked it last time.

Thin off white head atop a nice lite walnut brew... no lace.. no real retention...

Nose shows the hazelnut essence, but honestly not as much as the regular brew... This brew seems to show a distilled version of the original brew (no fun or pun intended)... The original brew is definitely more "nutty", but this is more approachable for me.

Nice nuttiness and good barrel presence throughout.. background caramel and toasty malts help push the label promises forward.. pretty thin in body..

I am having a hard time with this one... with the hazelnut, I for some reason want a bigger body... I was expecting more "nutty" qualities.. but I am sorta digging it because it seems more refined...

Meh... Interesting... I would have liked to see more barrel presence.. much more... but this is okay and a fun beer... fun.. but too expensive for more than MAYBE a second go around...

I remember really liking this one alot more.


Photo of Vec2267
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: copper brown in color, little to no head that fades almost instantly

S: a hint of spice, not much else

T: spice, ginger perhaps, hints of molasses, rather muted

M: the beer feels dead, lacking in carbonation (aging I guess)

D: rather bland, nothing bad, just nothing to bring me back

Given this beer blind, I would have guessed a very weak barley wine, certainly not a brown ale.

Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy brown with very little head. Not a lot of lacing here.
Smell is light hazlenut and just a touch of the rum. I am getting a charred malt and a candy cherry like aroma.
Taste is a little watery but the flavors come pretty quickly. Some bitterness but mostly a rum spice of some sort.
Mouthfeel is watery because of the low abv but this is a clean brew with just a tad of stickyness.
Drinkablilty is pretty good with this offering from Rogue.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange brown with a light head and minimal lacing. Light nutty malt aroma. Strong hazelnut and mild malt start and middle. Dry finish with a light memory of hazelnut. Not memorably different than the Hazelnut Brown. Not sure if the barrel aging changed that much; perhaps a slight bit mellower.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had the chance to try this one on tap at barleys last night. my last big night out before a month long beer stop. served cold and into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/07/2010.

the pour was a nice medium brown color with a smooth even head of lace that was tinged the slightest color of off white. decent lacing but a fairly bare top.

aroma is light run notes, lots of roasted malts and hints of brown sugar that all seem to play off each other quite nicely and leave a pleasant, earthy air to them. a bit lighter then i was expecting but it seemed to work as each sip let the flavor bounce around the tongue and lead to warm run notes, dark malts, lots of sweet notes and a touch of spice in the finish.

overall not the most interesting of beers from rogue i have ever ha but i certainly cannot complain.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Got this bomber on sale from the local Binny's earlier. This bottle is slightly different than the one pictured, with slightly different stats listed on the side. 33 IBU listed, etc. Stoked to have landed this bottle, either way, since I enjoyed the Rogue John John Dead Guy Ale quite a lot. I've never had either the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar or Rogue Hazelnut Spiced Rum

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just over two fingers of creamy tan head on top of a dark ruby colored body. Head settles down to a ring of foam quickly and some suds.

S - Nose is quite tame. The yeast is what jumped out at me initially. Slight hint of funk. Possibly oxidized? Lots of bready malt presence, and any actual hazelnut is hard to conjure, but it is in there. Bananas and cream. Hazelnut smells begin to become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T - Taste follows the nose, only backwards. Creamy banana, malt roast, and a disappointingly subdued hazelnut character. The effects of the rum barrel aging are pretty nonexistent.

M - Mouthfeel is ideal. Smooth, creamy, wet, nice medium body, and good carbonation. A bit of nuttiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, definitely fell short of my expectations. The effects are the barrel aging are ridiculously nonexistent, almost as if it accomplished nothing. Aside from that, the beer itself is sort of a let down with a much more maltier approach than I would have liked. Lackluster 5.00% abv is also a let down. Nice to have tried it, but not a beer I would want again.

Rogue John John Ale (Hazelnut Rum Barrel Aged) ---3.5/5

Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, abv listed as 6.2%. Pours out a hazy mahogany hue, light cola hue when held to direct light, tight merrengue-like beige head with decent retention.

Clean toasty malt nose, some wood and earthy spice, reminds me of a pumpkin ale.

Sweet sugary character at first in the flavour, with toasty and nutty notes in the middle, earthy notes and dark dried fruits on the finish, then an almost creamy sweetness in the aftertaste. Dry nuttiness farther on into the aftertaste.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, thick and slick with moderate carbonation.

Points for the experiment, but I'd rather save my money and stick to the Hazelnut Brown Ale without all the interference. If it was higher in alcohol it'd make a good stingo.

Photo of mwilbur
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Bottle opened with a loud "pbssst!"...hinting at things to come. Pours a murky brown with overly massive 5+ inch light tan head (over half the glass) even with a careful pour. Decent retention.
S: Sweet caramel malt, hazelnut, and a hint of spicy black pepper.
T: Opens with an almost soda-like sweetness and carbonation...a bit off-putting. Then it turns toward a more light raisiny lambic. Extremely odd.
M: Overly fizzy. Light body.
D: I don't think I've said this before, but this was one weird beer. I think the aging in the hazelnut spice rum barrels threw this one for a loop. An unfortunate disappointment from an otherwise solid brewery. DP.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazed brown color with a fat froth of tan head. Fades rather fast for the density of bubbles and does not leave much lace.

Fruity spice on the nose, like a fruitcake more or less with some woody/earthy accents. Caramel and toffee comprise the malt aromas. Light on the rum and pretty much no hop presence.

Taste is very different than the nose, surprisingly. Almost all traces of fruit disappear and the hazelnut really comes out nicely in the flavor, moreso than the regular Hazelnut brown they make. Rum is mild, but detectable if you look for it and the wood is there plenty and compliments the nuttiness well. It is an interesting experiment, and fun to try at least once.

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John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged) from Rogue Ales
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