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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: 223
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 18.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Docer on 07-19-2009)
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Photo of ckollias


3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of a large snifter glass.

A: A hazy orange-brown ale with blonde highlights. Pours a thick one-finger white head that very quickly into a barely visible lace. No trail what so ever down the glass.

S: Mellow hazelnut smell with hints of rum in the background. Mild aroma of caramel and cocoa throughout.

T A slightly sweet ale with a hazelnut and rum flavor mix. Slightly boozy flavor.

M: Heavy body and very light carbonation.

O: Decent brown ale with a rum kick. Not my favorite beer from Rogue but was it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:19:36 | More by ckollias
Photo of Mora2000


3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:41:28 | More by Mora2000
Photo of crewfan16


3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewing from notes after the computer died the other day. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I am a fan of the hazelnut nectar, so I was excited to try this version.

a-sweet caramel and hazelnut. some spicy notes, like a nutty captain morgan

t-sort of what I expected as i read the bottle. hazelnut, lots of sweetness, malt and spicy rum flavor on the finish. something off putting about it and i think its the booziness of this brew

m-high carbonation but i dont mind it necessarily. feels pretty boozy as it gives a nice tingle on my mouth.

overall, I think the regular hazelnut nectar is way better. this is a nice thought, but i think it doesnt improve on the original at all. the boozy rum aftertaste seems to hide the delicious hazelnut. a decent sipper, but i dont know that I would seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 23:29:55 | More by crewfan16
Photo of Tartarus


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A&S: Pours a hazy reddish brown with a bit of head that dissipates quickly, and it left a ton of carbonation hanging on the edges of the mug before slowly disappearing. Smell is of dark fruits and nutty scents I'm gonna take a wild guess it's hazelnut as it's mentioned twice on the bottle below the title.

T&M: Taste is interesting. When it hits the pallate you get hazelnut-fruit-hazelnut-fruit and then an aftertaste of hazelnut. It's almost like it can't quite decide what it wants the dominant flavor to be. It's good, it's just not... great. Mouthfeel is light and a little thin with a lot of carbonation in the feel.

O: Pretty good. I'd get it again, but I don't know if I'd ever really crave it or go out of my way to pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 01:54:04 | More by Tartarus
Photo of shand


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic.

I absolutely love the base Hazelnut Brown Nectar, so I'm excited to give this a shot. Obviously, this is lower reviewed, but I still wanted to give it a shot. This one doesn't look nearly as good as the base beer. It's a lot murkier, and the head is tiny and doesn't retain well. The aroma is still just about as good, with a nice hazelnut base along with some spices from the rum. The taste? Eh, it's a nice experiment, but the rum barrel aging seems more to take the liveliness out of the base beer than really add anything to it. There's a little bit of spiciness, but the aging just really mellows the hazelnut aspect of the beer, and makes this just more of a traditional brown ale than anything exceptional. It feels a lot boozier than the ABV would let on. The tantalizing hint of hazelnut on the backend makes me want to keep drinking, but overall this is just a really mellow brew when compared to the flavor explosion (love it or hate it) of the normal Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and creamy, and the drinkability is fairly good. Overall, it's still a good beer, but why bother? The base Hazelnut Brown Nectar is just straight-up a better beer in every way, there's no reason to pick this off the shelf if the normal Hazelnut Brown Nectar is right next to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 05:16:32 | More by shand
Photo of zeff80


3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left a little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of hazelnut and some mild rum notes. A sweet overall aroma.

T - Strong hazelnut flavor with sweet caramel. The rum flavor is there but not as strong as the aroma.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A medium bodied ale.

O - This didn't really work for me. The rum made this a really sweet brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 18:30:59 | More by zeff80
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.68/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolate brown with a slight, tan head.

It has a sweet floral bouquet with honey notes and a delightful whiff of rum and coke.

Tastes of honey and nut backed by a subtle rum/coke flavor. Finishes with a sour bitter bite = very nice. This is one of the best brown ales I've had - the rum makes the difference.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 20:01:21 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap @ Rogue Ales Public House @ PDX and presented in appropriate glassware. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark chestnut color with ruby flarings and a frothy, off-white head that quickly fades to lacing. Aromas of caramel and vanilla with subtle hints of cocoa, hazelnuts and spice.

Thin bodied and heavily carbonated. Rich and nutty with flavors of caramel malt and roasted barley rising to the surface. Notes of vanilla, oak, hazelnuts and cinnamon soon follow. Barrel aging imparts a spiced rum character, a boozy quality that somewhat overpowers the taste profile. Finishes smooth and malty. An interesting American Brown Ale experiment, but one I'm not likely to repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 19:41:56 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of womencantsail


2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a dark amber/light brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells strange. A little bit sour, perhaps? Strange fruity notes along with oak and certainly some rum. Certainly malty with a bit of dark fruit. I don't get the nice nuttiness of the regular beer at all, unfortunately.

T: A slight burn of rum initially, followed by the flavor and a bit of oak. Again, the nuttiness of the brown ale is really covered up here. Sweet toffee and bread with the sweet hazelnut coming through ever so slightly. A little tartness here too. I'm not sure if it's the booze or if the beer is actually sour.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

O: Seems like all the John John beers have a weird trait to them (tartness). This one didn't work out, even though I really wanted it to.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 18:52:03 | More by womencantsail
Photo of birdypowder


3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

While I did not give this beer the highest ratings in the world I did admire the attempt to make an interesting beer that wasn't a monster. What I mean by this is most other breweries would never have gone through the trouble to barrel age one of their beers in something crazy like hazelnut spice rum barrels AND aimed to make the beer a lower ABV sessionable brew.

I'll admit I poured a bit aggressive, but a beautiful light tan head, at least two fingers, rose up and capped a gorgeous deep mahogany brew. The lacing was there but minimal.

A very mild sweet rum aroma greeted me first and once I got past that I was able to find a nutty, almost peanut butter like aroma. Some earthy and floral hop aromas fade in and out but unfortunately so does a slight butyric aroma.

Surprisingly light, the hazelnut and rum components are definitely not overdone. Instead, it's mellow like a lot of brown ales are with some caramel sweetness greeting you in the backend leaving a pleasant aftertaste. The conditioning is an issue though as in my opinion it is too light and detracts from the brew. Though it does aid the drinkability.

Light bodied for sure!

Drinkable and mildly interesting, I wouldn't turn one down but wouldn't seek one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:55:21 | More by birdypowder
Photo of DelMontiac


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured John John Hazelnut from a 22oz brown bottle into a Rogue Revolution pint glass. No indication of date on the bottle.

Nice mahogany brown color with a finger of off white head of larger bubbles that was gone in a flash. Zero lace, I repeat, zero.

The aroma is quite nice - nutty, sweet (think Tripel or Quad-like), strong caramel malty backbone, and this really lovely spice (think spiced rum or cider).

Flavors are interesting, but not exciting or mindblowing attributes here. The nutty flavor that the hazelnut extract provides is stronger than I imagined, but the booziness from the rum is fairly subdued. The spices mingle, and hang faintly in the back. The sweet malts take most of the spotlight followed by a tinge of chocolate and vanilla on the finish.

The feel is rather thin and lackluster. The carbonation leaves this brew at lightspeed. Started well, but ended nearly flat.

Glad I ran into this one, but doubtful I will seek it out again. Although, it's fairly fancy for a brown.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:47:36 | More by DelMontiac
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Happy Gnome I think.

Pours a lightly hazy reddish brown, neat colour, thin light tan head forms and settles to a thin ring around the glass and a thin layer, no real lacing.

Smell is weird, like vomit, light biscuit maltiness, rum spice, woody, slightly metallic, nutty and sweet, some caramel, weird and not very good.

Taste is same, not as rotten, sweet and malty up front, caramel, biscuit, nutty, woody through the middle, weird rum spiciness, some booze, interesting.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin, light bodied with medium carbonation. A bit of a mess, not good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 17:21:45 | More by Viggo
Photo of patreely12


4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - murky brown ale. some amber highlights. about 2 fingers of fizzy tan head, which dissolves to a ring of film.

S - not a whole lot to the nose. hazelnut, and a very light toasted coffee hint. slightest hint of rum.

T/M - really creamy malts up front. very inviting, they draw you in and make you want more. the malts are complemented by sweet caramel, rum and a very very light bitterness from the hazelnut. really no hop presence at all. this drink is really smooth from start to finish. the caramel and rum make their mark in the finish, the combination is almost cocoa-y. surprisingly light bodied almost watery, which is my only gripe. not much carbonation either.

Overall I really liked the flavors of this beer. the combination of light body, low ABV and great flavor make this really easy to drink. I could see myself sessioning this in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 03:40:12 | More by patreely12
Photo of CupcakeNY

New York

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a pint glass. Appearance was very soft-drink like--small head, very carbonated with a lot of bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass. Small, light brown head. Color was a bit like watered-down cola.

Smell had strong notes of rum, hazelnut, toasty notes

Body was surprisingly light; no alcohol noticeable, flavor was not intense at all; slightly sweet, or the perception thereof as it was not at all bitter, and the flavors of hazelnut, rum, caramel, raisins, while all very subtle are all sweet flavors, so it increased the perception of sweetness. But honestly, the beer does not have very much flavor. What is there is interesting and complex, but I almost wanted to boil it down a bit to concentrate the flavors and thicken the body.

Finish was clean, and this is a very easy beer to drink; not filling, not harsh or cloying, but not much of anything. Balanced, but a bit too bland for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 12:35:07 | More by CupcakeNY
Photo of clarkm04


3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby reddish brown muddy color. Medium carbonation with an off-white yellow head retention

S- Slight rum notes with spices and some nutty malts

T- Lackluster at the front. Middle area is spicy. Nuttiness and vanilla notes kick in on the backend of the taste to the after taste. The taste does improve as the beer warms in the glass but I still expected more overall flavor from this beer.

M- Flat and sits fine on the palate

Overall- Good but not as robust in the taste. I really desired more flavors and it seems overpriced for what I got. The beer does go down very well. It's definitely balanced but just not much there. As it warms it does tastes better

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 19:48:22 | More by clarkm04
Photo of Scotchboy


3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue John John Hazelnut

22oz Bomber, New Belgian globe Pours a cloudy brown & amber color. Head and carbonation went crazy on the pour but seconds later the head had dissipated completely. A quick swirl revives the off white wisps of head and leaves nice trails of lacing. Beer appears well carbonated.

On the nose I get Carmel notes and lots of figs and dates (is this a quad? I ask myself jokingly). Sweet but not artificial or sugary. The hazelnut is distinct but not overpowering. I also picked up on a distant banana smell and some bready characteristics.

The taste is less busy than the nose, I really only get hazelnut and the Carmel/bready malt back bone of the beer. Beer is very smooth and carbonated, with a nutty dryness towards the middle and back of each sip. There is a slight fruity sweetness as well. Beer is medium bodied and feels light.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 14:38:52 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of BretSikkink


3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange notes overtaking russet. Head is off white and served a little paltry. Not much in the way of lacing either. Slightly disappointing, but I didn't see the pour, and it's advertised as barrel-aged.

Very little aroma, either. Toasted malt, fairly wheat-bready, and that familiar hint of Nutella from the regular release. This John John release is much weaker than others I've had, although the line is spotty.

I would rather have a Hazelnut Brown Nectar than this one. The body is a little more syrupy, but thin, and also a little harsh with the carbonation. That may not quite make sense, but I find it slick and viscous without bringing the fullness I want. Somewhere in between "drinkable" and "desirable".

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 03:46:49 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of KidsDoc


2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into samuel smith pint glass. Consumed while in Bethesda, MD at a Medical Home Conference

A: amber/light brown with a 2 finger light tan head. recedes quickly to soft lace

S: faint nuttiness, spiced rum aroma, light malt presence in nose

T: Quite indistinct and disappointing - anticipated a great combination of a brown ale I love with a little rum kick but there was not much in the taste profile. More unfortunate was that this even tasted "hot" which was surprising.

M: ok - fairly light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Unexpectedly filling and overall not the most enjoyable of the John John series.

**if looking to try this series (though i have not done formal review - I recommend the Juniper/Gin barrel version, and even the Dead guy aged in bourbon? was good. This has been my least favorite by far in the set.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:33:43 | More by KidsDoc
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very cloudy brown (but not too), with about a 1/2 finger white head that dissipated within seconds.

S: It almost smelled like a pumpkin ale.... weird. Fairly sweet with a HUGE caramel presence. Brown sugar.... check!

T: Not much on the taste actually. It wasn't bad, but I was really expecting much more. Rum, with a good amount of Hazelnut, followed by more rum. Fairly predictable....

M: Thin actually, especially for a brew that prides itself on being part of a reserve series. The carbonation was low (which I felt was appropriate), but I actually expected MORE sweetness.

D: Nothing complex or memorable. I absolutely love the "Hazelnut Brown Nectar" and think of it at the top of its style class. However, this was very dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:39:21 | More by Chaney
Photo of Kakaraht

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown crisp looking nectar, with a thin tan head with no lacing that is gone before you even see it.

S: The hazelnut comes up first with a nice spicy oakiness in the background. There is a nice caramel and taffy smell of the wood.

T: The hazelnut is on the thin side, but that leaves room for the oak to impart its flavors, and for the malt. there is no hoppiness, but a nice light alcoholic burn that resides.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, clan finish.

D: Very smooth and subtle beer, a definite beer I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 02:41:55 | More by Kakaraht
Photo of WhiteOak


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper color with a faint haze. The dark tan head fades away to nothing, not even a ring or bit of lace.

S- Hazelnut aroma dominates, with a very faint hint of cinnamon toast. I don't detect any typical wood notes one would expect from rum barrel aging, but it still smells good, if straightforward.

T- Flavors of hazelnut, mild sweet spice, and sweet dark (but not over-roasted) malt. Lingering sweet, nutty pecan pie finish. I didn't get expected oak flavors, but it tasted quite good despite that.

M, D- Medium bodied. Good drinkability. I would consider this to make a good Christmas ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 20:54:42 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of Vec2267


2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:38:22 | More by Vec2267
Photo of AlexanderSelby

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not that into this beer. As a HUGE fan of the Rogue Hazelnut Brown, I expected the hazelnut rum barrel aging to exaggerate flavor, not subdue it. The head died out before I could say banana sandwich and the nutty aroma would be hard for a dog to get a whiff of. Also, the beer pours a very cloudy, opaque brown which is uncharacteristic for the style. The taste falls short, too. It is true that I was looking for certain things off the bat, such as a boozy warmth from the rum barrels, a sweet and spicy flavor from the hazelnuts and rum spice. Needless to say, I didn't get what I asked for. A few hints toward the back-end, if at all. After a few sips and abandoning all hope of a rummy brew, I came to it with a open mind. It is, in reality, a sessionable nut brown and not too much more. The spice is hidden behind the nutty smoothness, which isn't a bad thing, just not the outcome desired of a rum barrel aged brew.

I guess in reality if you just put this beer in front of me, I would enjoy it just fine for what it is: balanced, nutty with a inkling of vanilla and spice on the back end, mellow brown ale. But why settle for mediocrity when you are putting a lot of effort into the brew? I won't be purchasing this again unless it is on super-sale.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 20:57:14 | More by AlexanderSelby
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:34:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - caramel/brown iced tea color, a touch hazy. Some decent head tally at first, a bubbly manila color, but it fades back to a partial cover quickly.

Aroma - hazelnut on the pour, fades to a light nutty, somewhat metallic malt aroma.

Taste - an almost rye-like grain robustness. I was expecting a little sweetness to support the hazelnut, but none is forthcoming. As a result, the nuttiness doesn't have the depth I was hoping for. I am getting some hop bite on the swallow, it's playing off of the nut tannins. As my palate gets used to things, the hazelnut flavors develop. I still find them on the weak side but they are more present. Whatever spicing was supposed to be added by the rum barrels was a miss, outside of a vaporous abv note on the aftertaste. Not that it has to taste like hazelnut caramel candy, but Berghoff had better flavor than this.

Mouthfeel - crisp, decent smoothness and body.

Drinkability - For a series with expectation, I am disappointed. It's a decent drinkable brew, but not at all as memorable as a limited release should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 01:56:56 | More by brewdlyhooked13
John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged) from Rogue Ales
79 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.