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

Added by Docer on 07-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 234 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of bigmoose125
5/5  rDev +44.1%

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.89/5  rDev +40.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

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 Chickenhawk9932
4.64/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Issaquah brewhouse.

Smells like superintense hazelnuts. The regular hazelnut brown only kinda tastes like hazelnuts. It's the same way a chocolate sout only kind tastes like chocolate--it's a type of barley, mostly, that has some chocolate complexities.

This beer, on the other hands, smells like Hazelnuts. Like those candies that come wrapped in gold foil.

It tastes like the same kind of candied, chocolatey nutty goodness, only it's backed up by a lightly vinous and heavily spicy complexity. It's a damp flavor, actually more like gin than like rum, and it finishes on an endearingly odd blend of nuts, brown barley, rosemary, and molasses. Gorgeous.

Why is it that I'm the only person who seems to enjoy these John John beers? Is it because their rarity and high price make reviewers expect higher ABV beers? I just don't know. I've never before found myself standing so firmly against the critical consensus.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.57/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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Photo of Docer
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Red tinted copper body with a nice haze and a filmy head.

S- Hazelnuts soaked in apple cider

T- Sweet doughy flavors like teacake and sweet rolls

M- A bit under-carbonated but nice and smooth

D- Sweet and simple with a drinkability that goes with what you want. Hops-this is a pale ale. Malt-this is a brown ale

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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 BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of adam42381
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 GabrielM
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - nice deep caramel color with 1/2inch white head on top.

S - hazelnut, maple, maybe a bit of the whiskey and some caramel and vanilla.

T - it's decent, but a little lacking. I was expecting some more body and more pronounced flavors of both the whiskey and hazelnut. Each are there, but pretty weak. Not as much depth as I would like.

M - good carbonation, nice mellowness.

D - this is a nice brew and definitely a sessionable brown ale. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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