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John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged) - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 18.55%
Wants: 3
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:
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.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3.2º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Docer on 07-19-2009)
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on Friday at the Boulder Liqour Mart, on a whim, even though I had been unimpressed the night before at GABF. Poured into the glass a nice medium brown color, with a little light tan head. Aromas of cinnamon, anise, clove and light brown sugar. On the palate, well nothing, save for a light spiciness near the end. Once again, Rogue has managed to underwhelm me, providing me a beer that, although not unpleasant, is instantly forgettable, memorable (ala dad's little helper, john john dead guy) only for it's near lack of flavor (good or bad).

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:16:42 | More by emmasdad
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have thoroughly enjoyed the first two offerings of the John John series from Rogue. Lets see how this one goes.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges cocoa brown with with bright, brilliant amber highlights and hues. Toasted grain colored head of decent size, but the substance of the head is more similar to that of soda, although not quite as thin and wispy.

Aroma is quite pleasing. Smells very seasonal. Plenty of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Smells like a mix of fresh gingerbread and pumpkin pie. Like the gin version, not much rum flavor, but I do get tons of the spiced flavorings.

In my homebrewing, I use a brown ale as a base for my yearly, seasonal Pumpkin beer. IT seems that is a great style of beer for the seasonal spices. More of the seasonal flavors. Quite creamy as well. Cinnamon, nutmeg and plenty of toasted grains. This beer strongly resembles many of the "pumpkin" beers on the market with the pumpkin pie type spices. This one, however, seems to be very balanced. Creamy and medium bodied.

Another winner from the John John series. Perfect for a fall day watching UNC play football. A top nothc "pumpkin" beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 19:54:29 | More by SaCkErZ9
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ejyoung

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a carmel color with an off white head that quickly disappears. Smells of nuts and spices. I'd almost think it was a pumpkin beer based on smell. The taste is underwhelming. Some hazelnut, rum and oak. Not much body to it, but I could drink a bit of this pretty easily. It's an okay beer but I wouldn't pay 8.99 for it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 03:54:32 | More by ejyoung
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a shaker pint.

A: Cinnamon colored body with some golden highlights. Short-lived head leaves only a thin ring of foam. Not a visually appealling beer for the most part.

S: Sweet malt with loads of carmel and a little butterscotch. Faint hint of nondescript nuttiness.

T: Similar to aroma. Sweet malt. Carmel. A touch of vanilla from the rum barrels. Nutty, but not distinguishable as hazelnut. Just enough hop character to add balance. Mild spice note. Biscuit-like finish.

M: Mild carbonation. Soft feel.

D: No reason not to have more than one, however, I did find this a bit boring.

I'm not a big fan of Rogue, not because they don't make solid beers, but because I feel like its a bit overpriced. This isn't a bad beer, but I'd probably opt for the standard Hazelnut Brown Nectar instead of this version. Glad that I tried it. All in all I think the John John series has been a letdown to this point.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:36:53 | More by AdamGarcia
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philbertk

Washington

2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--John John Ale--Ale with Natural Hazelnut Flavor Aged in Hazelnut Spice Rum Barrels--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.15% ABV. 33 IBU's. (2.5 / 5.0) Brown Ale? Lacy rich foamy light tan lasting head. Cloudy bright rich red ruby brown shade color. Loose sediment dust. Weak hazelnut hop rum EtOH hint front. Slightly creamy mild sweet thin light chocolate nut slightly fruity doughy bland body. Mild hop Rum EtOH end. Rum seems to weaken rather than enhance flavor. Sampled 9/17/2010. 2-$9.99 Each purchased @ The Ballard Market, Seattle 9/11/2010.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 20:53:16 | More by philbertk
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THORN

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into snifter. Served arounf 45 F.
A: Cloudy brown with no head. CO2 trails release from bottom of snifters.
S: Nuts, cinnamon, and molasses.
T: Hazelnut, cumin, and toasted malts.
M: Very light on tongue.
D: Flavors don't blend well together. Too spiced without clarity in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 02:38:29 | More by THORN
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearanc is clear and ruby/brown with decent initial head retention that doesn't stick around too much.

Smell is wonderful. Hazelnut comes through with a good portion of rum flavor. Some coconut flavor comes through well. I smell a slight bit of vanilla. Sweet toffee notes as well.

Taste is very malty. Toffee caramelly sweetness with some coconut undertones from the rum. It's so well balanced and aged perfectly.

Mouthfeel has fairly low carbonation, but it's super to enhance the maltiness.

This beer is very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 02:02:40 | More by jasonjlewis
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atsprings

North Carolina

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

22oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp brown with a thin khaki head that slowly diminishes to a ring. Aroma is toasted malts, caramel and a slight amount of oak. The taste is caramel, toffee, hazelnuts and mild wood and rum. The beer is quite light and crisp. This is certainly a better beer than the regular Hazelnut Brown, but was not quite what I hoped it would be.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:19:13 | More by atsprings
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

3/3.5/3.5/3/4

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 09:26:45 | More by JohnGalt1
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eatabagofbooger

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a snifter.

A: Deep, beautiful caramel color with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Very spicy, kinda fruity, kinda nutty. Mild Alcohol aroma. Lots going on here, but I'm having trouble placing most of the flavors.

T: Brown sugar (but somehow not terribly sweet), nuts (particularly hazelnuts), spices. Vaguest hint of tartness. Nice, and very unique, but not amazing. Subdued, but noticeable pine hops.

M: Surprisingly dry and light for a beer with so little hop flavor. Carbonation is pleasant.

D: Pleasant, but not phenomenal. I'm glad I tried this beer, but I probably won't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:37:58 | More by eatabagofbooger
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jera1350

Minnesota

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

Murky lighter brown body with a tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Quite nutty nose with some wood, caramel popcorn and a hint of rum.

Wow, really disappointed with this one. Really, pretty bland. It has a light nutty brown ale taste, but even that is pretty subdued. A hint of toasted oak with a some spicy rum in the aftertaste. Gets much better as it warms, but the flavors could be beefed up in my opinion.

The body is less than medium and seems to be a bit overcarbonated.

Again, this one is a huge disappointment to me. Loved the JJ Dead Guy and the JJ Juniper was a letdown as is this one. It's like the spirit barrels sap all of the flavor and add very little to the beer itself. For the price and what this is, I say skip it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:12:40 | More by jera1350
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Halcyondays

California

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber with a soapy off-white head, mild lace.

S: Smells a lot like a butterum candy. Lots of caramel and nuts, the spiced rum barrels are evident.

T: Moderate hazelnut and caramel candy, a tasty beer, but I found the nose much more interesting. Malt dominated, very light hop note in the finish.

M: Soft carbonation, a bit thin at times. Clean and smooth.

D: A nice effort, but it seems to have lost much of the hazelnut flavour that made the original great. I do like that Rogue is experimenting with barrel aging lower ABV beers though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2010 00:56:19 | More by Halcyondays
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Gobzilla

California

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: poured amber brown with ruby highlights that had no head on the top and no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the spices pop out on the first whiff and it reminded me of pumpkin spice with cinnamon. I also did get rum notes, slight malts, and faint vamilla but the spice was the most potent.

T: I finally got some hazelnut character on the palate alongside rum, vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin notes. There was also some underlying oakiness coming through on the backend with light wheat notes.

M: the brew was light to medium body with absolutely no carbonation but had a sweet, spice, and watery finish. It really surprising for a beer like this.

D: it drank good but was a bit dissapointing on multipl levels. The beer was super flat but a little tasty and did not accent the flavors of the OG hazelnut brown.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 07:03:49 | More by Gobzilla
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

full disclosure: i'm a huge fan of rogue hazelnut brown, so i'm looking very much forward to this beer...

poured fairly aggressively from the bottle a nice clear and deep mahogany brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger big bubbled short lasting head that left little retention and lace.

aroma of toasted, candied pecans, but it's a very mild aroma, not rich and thick.

a bit thinner than the standard hazelnut brown, almost wish i had both sitting side by side to compare... however, the hazelnut is evident, but the sweetness is a bit muted by the oak and dark nutty pecans. as it warms a bit, the rum flavor comes further forward.

highly carbonated, thinner than expected, sweet malts, no bitter hosp detected.

drinkable enough i suppose.

thumbs up, but it's not up to challenging its standard hazelnut brown brother.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 00:46:04 | More by robwestcott
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jwolf217

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I want to start off by saying I really liked this beer.

If you like hazelnut flavoring, it's a slam dunk. If you don't care for it, you might want to pass it up because the hazelnut flavor is a kick in the ass. It doesn't quite live up to my favorite hazelnut beer, the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but it adds a welcome difference, which is the spiciness. The aging process in the rum barrels gives it a nice spiced undertone, and this is coming from someone who absolutely hates the mention of spiced rum. The hazelnut flavor also matches well with a mocha-ey character.

Don't wanna beat a dead horse here, but like BEERchitect said, I too felt like I wanted more out of the beer. Its almost like it didn't pack enough of a punch - like there wasn't enough behind the initial flavors.

Having said that, I highly recommend this beer, and will probably enjoy it more as the days get shorter.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2010 02:42:43 | More by jwolf217
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very savory and sweet, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Ale takes on a facelift with added spice, alcohol, and complexity because of the rum barrel aging.

The aroma takes on a very distinct peanut britle nose with buttery toffee, roasted pecans, deep caramels, and the very sweet and subtle scent of rum-like alcohols.

Flavors of toffee, hazelnuts, and melded chocolates lead a sweet start into an even sweeter finish. But the woody, nutty, spicy flavors seem to give a much needed variety and complexity to the one-dimensional base beer. This beer is richer, more robust, but still with the finess noted in the Hazelnut Ale.

Somehow, I always want a richer body out of the oringal Hazelnut and I do so here as well. Medium throughout, but the alcohols seem to take on a bitey and thinning feel here. Not unpleasant, but I need the beer to give me more tooth.

A delicious Brown Ale that takes on a decidedly sweet flavor and feel. With emphasis heavily on the hazelnut additions, this rum-aged version is better decorated at the peripheries.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 02:20:30 | More by BEERchitect
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Brad007

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild, slight burgundy color with a two-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma has a good hint of hazelnut in it followed by a hint of brown sugar as well.

Taste has a pronounced hint of hazelnut and rum upfront. Warms the throat.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering rum spice that dominates.

This is certainly an interesting variation on the style. The incorporation of rum spice enhances an otherwise average brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:34:35 | More by Brad007
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a deep mahogany reddish brown with thick creamy tan head.

Nose is spicy to say the least. Fresh, woody hazelnuts are dominant. Vanilla too.

Palate is crisp and sharp from the alcohol. Woody, dried, freshly shaved hazelnuts and toasted oak. Some milk chocolate flavors and cinnamon stick and light molasses. Finish a lot rounder than the palate and more balanced.

Notes: An interesting beer, but not something I'll return to often. I can see this settling down in the cellar after a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 05:27:37 | More by SFLpunk
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Small, off-white head on a thinnish ruby to amber body. Lacing is soapy, moderately sticky. Aroma is certainly nutty, hazelnut is clear but surrounded more by other miscellaneous nut flavors as opposed to the original hazelnut offering where one nut dominates. Hard to say exactly what affects the barrel has had but the beer is most certainly different. More complex, flatter in taste and mouthfeel, smoother yet than the original, impressive considering how smooth the original is. I must say, I feel that Hazelnut Brown Nectar is the most delicious brown ever made and this one is a wonderful treatment of a masterpiece.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 08:15:54 | More by KickbacksSteve
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy brownish orange color with good carbonation and a dirty white head

S: Plenty of hazlenut

T: Has a sweetness, rum feeling, sordove slippery, rum is noticable and it had a gin type feel as well. SOme hazlenut in there, maple, nuts and rum taste beginning and end.

M: Nice, malty, light booze, sordove acidic and a bit of sting

D: Good

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 21:43:57 | More by barleywinefiend
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CampusCrew

Florida

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: brwn in color simialr to regualr one
Smell: toasty, nutty flavors
Taste: I drank the unbarrel aged next to this and I thought it drank better, rum was hidden and didnt show much

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 17:51:10 | More by CampusCrew
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slaintemhor

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Portland International Beer Fest in summer of 2009. The colour was amber-brown with about a 1/4 inch head. The aroma was redolent of pie spice, sailor jack and sweet malt with a hint of rum. On the palate the spices became more distinct with clove, cinnamon, and ginger, and of course there was the rum aspect and even some hints of cola.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2009 02:03:19 | More by slaintemhor
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Docer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 01:12:41 | More by Docer
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John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged) from Rogue Ales
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