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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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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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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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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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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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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue John John Hazlenut

Appearance: Light brown in color with an off white head. Head recedes to a fine layer around the edges.

Smell: Nutty and malty. Pleasent enough and certainly makes me interested in taking another sip.

Taste: I expected a dominate hazlenut flavor and alot of sweetness, but what I got was so much better. A well balanced ale featuring a light nutty hazlenut flavor, caramel malts and some vanilla. The hazlenut is the most pronounced flavor, everything else is tame. Not overly sweet, well balanced, very flavorful and far from cloying. The only gripe I could possibly have is that there was not a whole lot of rum or oak barrel notes in the beer.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: This is a very nice brown ale that paired well with a variety of breads and cheeses. At $7.00 a draft it is a bit steep.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a smallish head.

Aroma is malty, nutty, and sweet sugars and vanilla.

Taste is malty, a little tart, nutty, and vanilla. Sweet rum here as well.

Body is light and the carbonation is crisp.

Overall, a very drinkable brown ale. I would drink a few of these at just 5%.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky, unfiltered brown ale body. Thin head with good retention.

S - Fall cookie spices in the nose. Nutmeg, all spice, and ginger bread.

T - Fall spices follow in the taste. Nutmeg, vanilla bean, sweet malt. Sweetness akin to milk sugar, with a milky mouth as well. Tart and sweet fruit skin. A good dose of nutty, chewy grains as well.

M - So creamy and soft. Tingly carbonation with a pretty clean finish.

O - The sweet cookie spices add a nice dimension to this brown ale, bringing in thoughts of fall.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of rel
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer with dinner. The look was average, but the smell got me excited. Nutty tones mixed with rum spices, and a lot of malts. The taste reflected that. Hops were not very present, but I think it was the right thing with all the layers of hazelnut and spice. The malts were delicious and well chosen to match the rum spices. I was craving more when I finished this bomber.

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Photo of patreely12
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of mmva321
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: I'm no that impressed with the look. It's clear with no visible carbonation. It's pretty much brown, darker and with a slight reddish tint. About two fingers of brownish/off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: As-advertised, which means it's awesome. A very earthy but also smooth and malty ale aroma provides the base that has highlights of hazelnut, rum and spices. Maybe a bit chocolaty as well.

T: A little more dull and flat than I would like. The taste, however, is solid and very well balanced, but it doesn't sing the way it should. The hazelnut is overpowering. It's a good flavor, but it drags the beer down. The Pacman yeast is the second strongest flavor, providing earthy tones and the malts round things out very well and make this a smooth drink. The hops, rum, spices and chocolate are only slightly noticeable and should be more present.

M: I've had a problem with the thinness of the John John ales, and while this one is still pretty thin, it's not an issue for me here. A bit more medium-bodied with slight carbonation.

D: The overpowering hazelnut doesn't ruin the flavor, but it does make the beer less pleasurable overall. So it's an average drink, good but not great and unfortunately less than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber brown. Nice puffy white head. Nice sweet aroma of hazelnut, and dark rum.Very nice flavor, warm spices and hazelnut mix with just a hint of the dark molases rum flavor. This is a really nice brown ale. Its a little flat in the mouth, could use a little more carbonation. Otherwise a real treat.

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