John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged) | Rogue Ales

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

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 234
Photo of q33jeff
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Aroma Is sweet hazelnut,mold, some fruit. Dark brown color, small head. Taste is rummy, sweet malt, some banana-esque, pumpkin-esque notes. Great flavor. A bit flat, but otherwise another winner from Rogue."

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Photo of ashleylake
1.39/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

this would have been better maybe if it was opened when it was supposed to be....It was sour (not a good sour) without any of the tastes that I was expecting... Drain Pour. I would like to have tasted this beer when it was released...I think about three years ago.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of mwilbur
2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
1.84/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Brown ale with a nice tan head. Head disappeared pretty quickly leaving no traces of lacing. Slightly cloudy but no sediment floating around.

S - Hazelnut, strong booze, brown sugar. Smells sour/tart with a lot of booze.

T - I sincerely hope this isn't supposed to taste like hazelnut vinegar. Yuck. I'm hoping this is an old bottle or something because this is disgusting. Not much else to say, I wish there was a positive because I really am a Rogue fan.

M - Sour on the tongue. Bitter beer face!!!

O - Not sure if what I got in the bottle was the intended flavor or not, but if it was it's one of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Caramel Brown color with white head.

Smell- Rum, toasted nut, toffee, and sweet malt.

Taste- I get a caramel nutty flavor up front followed by mellow rum notes. Works so well together. I wish there was more rum barrel aged beers to go along with bourbon barrel aged beers.

Mouthfeel- A light medium which is just a tad bit on the watery side.

Overall- Very complex flavors and smells makes for a solid beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks to be a deep brown, clear with amber tint. Head is minimal with a mild lace ring creamy and opaque in color.

S - Strong vanilla, mild nut, and Hazelnut. Caramel malts as well.

T - Sweet, subtle and balanced. Not sure why the low rating or even lower ABV (can rum barrel aging do that?) Light nut taste, balanced vanilla sweetness and some brown malt/hops in the finish.

M - My only complaint is more body. Session able ABV and barrel aged make for a light beer. Kind of chewy though.

Overall far from terrible and quite good. My second pour lead to more head so it's plenty carbonated for being old (got from the House of 1,000 beers for 5 bucks)

Worth trying if you love the regular version.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of GameChicken
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper to medium brown with little lacing on the glass...

S - Good hazelnut aroma with some aged/dried fruit...raisin..maybe a bit of cherry....

T - Somewhat disappointing. I had high hopes for this beer as I really enjoy the regular Hazelnut Brown Nectar...this seemed like a thinner version with some spice thrown in and I thought that the barrel aging mellowed the overall flavor of the beer....still fairly enjoyable and very drinkable...smooth...not boozy at all.

M - This beer was much thinner than I would have anticipated and I think that leads to some of the disappointment....

O - A decent one time buy...very drinkable and some hazelnut flavor if you like that...I do. Regardless, I had anticipated something more complex and it just didn't happen.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Valley Tap House, a solid new place in the South Metro with good food & very decent taps. That qualifies for a win/win down this way. Pint quaffed while having lunch & waiting for a new windshield to be installed.

Pours a muddied reddish brown, no head at all. Smell is elusive. Sweet. Something. Huh.

John John Hazelnut is a hazelnut bomb. Like drinking hazelnut syrup with a touch of vanilla & nicks of sweet malt. Maybe. Maybe not. Thin. The base beer isn't holding up to the hazelnut, but just bows & exits stage right. Rum? Unaware of it's presence. Not too tough to get through, as there really isn't much to it.

Haven't had a Rogue brew in some time, but remember what I have had fondly enough. Not much of interest going on here. Almost painfully average.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rustico's poured into sampler glass. Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of overripe fruit, caramel malts, oak, fig, and mixed nuts. Flavor of wood, toasted caramel malts, plums, berries, figs, molasses, oak, and hazelnut. Light-medium bodied, with a dry, boozy, sweet mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Kromes
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy brown color with a thin tan colored head and some lacing down the glass.

S: A sweet nutty, toasted malt aroma with some spiced rum.

T: Hazelnut flavor up front with a toasted malt flavor and some slight coffee and spice from the rum. Lingering nutty, slight coffee and spice flavor.

M: A little thin with low carbonation.

O: A unique beer with good flavors. Light and drinkable. Not my favorite beer from Rogue, but it is a pretty good brown ale.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a tulip pint glass. No bottling date.

Look- Opaque amber-brown with orange-gold highlights. Two finger parchment head that dissipated within a few minutes, leaving a pretty decent filmy layer that persisted until the glass was half emptied. Left a few traces of lace, but nothing to write home about.

Smell- Spicy and slightly nutty, just about what you would expect after reading the bottle. It actually makes me think of whiskey. I also get butterscotch and a touch of banana bread. Despite the strong aroma, it actually isn't that booze-y. I've had more than a few barrel-aged beers in my time, but this one's got a nose like nothing I've experienced before. Can't really say whether that's good or not at this point.

Taste- Subtle after the nose. The cask time really adds a spicy, fruity character to the ale. I get cherries, caramel, and white raisins, along with a hint of cane sugar and spice. Finishes faintly nutty and earthy, but quite mild. Aftertaste is slightly sour and spicy. Quite rum-like, actually- reminds me of the more than a few Cuba Libres I've put away in the past. It's tasty, no doubt, but not as big as I'd like. I feel that the aging added quite a bit, but took away slightly more - I couldn't even say with certainty that this is actually the same recipe they use for the hazelnut brown, as it hasn't got the malt/nutty profile I was expecting. Interesting for a brown, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, extremely light carbonation. Finishes a bit dry and it's a definitely on the watery side. Faint spicy warming sensation, which I wasn't really expecting at 5%. Goes down like mulled apple cider, so a bomber is more than enough.

Overall- An interesting brown ale. I feel like it's got a flavor profile more akin to a medium-dark Belgian, however. Malt is definitely not at the forefront of this offering, and the spicy/fruity/sour flavors are anything but subtle. I can't quite tell what to make of it, but I'm leaning towards "like", and I have to say I'm not generally partial to Rogue. I'd be willing to try it again, but I can't say definitively that it's worth the somewhat steep barrel-aged price.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of mptorpey
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Rich red color with a thick white head with heavy carbination.

Smell: Soft sweet smell with nuts, spice and red fruit.

Taste: Smooth light body with less hazelnut taste then the smell. Finishes with a short very sweet finish.

Over all a super unique beer maybe to unique for my tast don't know if I would buy more.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Body color is red with quite a bit of carbonation. Beige head to about light brown and very creamy. The dissipated head leaves some cream lacing and a ring around the glass.

The aroma is nothing but a strong woody, dark fruits, rum and hazelnut. They ain't kidding with barrel aging this!

The taste is weird. I don't get too much hazelnut on the taste. I get more of a tart saltiness with dark fruits. Not a big fan of this.

Crisp body, light but noticeable carbonation. Despite the tart taste it doesn't leave the mouth feel try. It's quite boring.

Nice looking and smelled quite nice. The taste has nothing to do with the way it smells. The mouth feel is blah. Huge let down.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle in a snifter

A: Pours dark cola with 2 fingers of light brown head that very very quickly dissipates. Leaves little lacing.

S: Brown sugar/caramel, toasted grains, touch of apple, just a hint of rum and hazelnut (you really got to look for it...)

T: What the! Completely different from the nose. It's pretty much soured. Apple cider, caramel, and very lite toasted grain with tart Granny Smith apple towards the end. Again there's just a very very light touch of rum and hazelnut. Really dull (except for the moderate tartness) flavor, just lacks any malt bone.

M: Water thin, light side of champagne-like carbonation. Hollow.

O: I took a gamble with this and it's definitely not worth it. Perhaps this was a lot better fresh, but right now it's a soured dull brown ale with just the hint of rum barrel. Don't bother buying this.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer. It definitely had the distinctive taste of coming from a spiced rum barrel. The taste's sweeter than your usual fare.

The appearance was dark brown, as you'd expect to see in a beer like this. The carbonation gave life to the head, but it fizzled down fairly quickly. The smell's sweet just like it tasted sweet!

I'm not so sure I can taste the hazelnut at all, but that's just me. However, it's clear that you could taste the sweetness and the rum coming through. It's definitely on the sweet side taste-wise, and there's a very, very faint roasted flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel's all right, but it could be a bit more thicker on your palate. It's a bit on the thin side.

Overall, I'd drink it again, but I'd probably have it served at a beer tasting party, rather than on my own.

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Photo of Briken
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy brown and thin tan head with little to no retention. Light nutty brown ale aroma with hints of spice. Spice rum and hazelnut taste with a lightly sweet, fairly clean finish. Light, thin moderate carbonation and slightly watery.

There’s more of what’s promised in this one than other John John ales I’ve tried. Light easy drinking yet solid rum flavors. Ultimately it’s a well flavored brown ale although the mouthfeel was a little of a letdown. It’s worth it if you can get it for the same price as their other beers but I certainly wouldn’t pay extra for it.

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Photo of mjurney
1.92/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber-brownish color, murky. Lots of carbonation. Thick head that stick around. Lacing looks good on the glass.

Vinegary. Some spice.

Very sour. Lots of lemon in the taste, I could detect some malts towards the end.

Light-medium. Tangy. Carbonation is light.


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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brownish murky amber into my snifter with almost one finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S - Not much here. A little nutty and a little malty with faint hints of rum.

T - Caramel malts, dry nuttiness, slightly bitter, not a lot to it, but good.

M - A little on the thin side with bright carbonation for how light it is.

O - Not all that exciting for what it's advertised as being, however it's a pretty tasty brown ale.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.72/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very good ale aged in spiced rum barrels. Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Smells of spiced rum, a little licorice and carmel. Great taste of carmel, hazelnut, brown sugar, alcohol, and a little vanilla through out with an Oaky, drying aftertaste. I dig this.

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Photo of EricCioe
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours nutty brown with a small off white head that leaves a bit of chunky lace. On the nose there are small quantities of hazelnut and acetone, surprising given the abv. In the mouth there is a twiggy note, hazelnut syrup, and the faintest bit of rum deep underneath. There isn't much here and what there is is thin and watery. The only beers I've had that are this thin are from the extremely underwhelming Atwater Block brewery, and Rogue certainly possesses a good deal more skill than they do. But it doesn't show here.

Overall, this isn't worth too long a look. The barrel adds nothing and it doesn't have enough body to be of interest by itself.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/3/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark nutty brown with a 1 finger light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Hazelnut and fall spices. Smells like an autumn beer.

Taste: Fall spices up front followed by a touch of bitter hops in the middle before ending with sweet hazelnut at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet with hazelnut dominating. I didn't detect any rum whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Very smooth.

Overall: Good beer overall. While I didn't catch any of the rum notes I expected, I still really enjoyed this one. Give it a try.

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Photo of asabreed
3.61/5  rDev +4%
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.

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John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged) from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 234 ratings