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 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 atsprings
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
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.


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Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of jwolf217
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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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 Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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 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 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 slaintemhor
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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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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