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 IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, abv listed as 6.2%. Pours out a hazy mahogany hue, light cola hue when held to direct light, tight merrengue-like beige head with decent retention.

Clean toasty malt nose, some wood and earthy spice, reminds me of a pumpkin ale.

Sweet sugary character at first in the flavour, with toasty and nutty notes in the middle, earthy notes and dark dried fruits on the finish, then an almost creamy sweetness in the aftertaste. Dry nuttiness farther on into the aftertaste.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, thick and slick with moderate carbonation.

Points for the experiment, but I'd rather save my money and stick to the Hazelnut Brown Ale without all the interference. If it was higher in alcohol it'd make a good stingo.

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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 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 oberon
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep amber hued chesnut brown with a thinner quick to fade off white head.Caramel toffee and some light toastiness mainly in the nose,light vanilla shows thu lightly as well.A bit thin and on the prickly side at first in the feel department but it mellows after a bit.Flavors have more of the hazelnut presence I think than the aromas,lightly toasted hazlenuts and caramel toffee mainly,a decent earthy dryness in the finish to keep it from being overly sweet.Its a mellow tasting brown ale but it has some decent oaky/nutty flavors to it.

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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 JohnQVegas
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip.

Pours with an almost cola like consistency; murky, almost muddy brown color with an oddly yellowish fizzy khaki head on top that's gone before you know it. Really sub par in the looks department.

Nose is pretty good, however - hazelnuts come through with a nutty, milk chocolatey presence, with the spicing from the rum coming through pleasantly much more than the rum itself. Really, surprisingly nice nose considering my initial impression from the appearance. Fairly straightforward, not too complex, but what's here is pretty nice.

Taste isn't bad, though it isn't great by any stretch either. The rum has a much greater presence here - tangy, spicy, with a bit of that tropical vibe to it, and the hazlenuts in a supporting role underneath. Unfortunately, that tanginess, while it could be great for a full bodied, full flavored beer that could stand up to it properly, just overwhelms this one. Any richness or fullness promised from the beautiful hazelnut presence in the nose is completely missing. Not a bad beer, but one that sadly does not live up to its very high potential.

Mouthfeel is thin in body, with a carbonation that's way too spritzy, sharp, and bubbly. No creaminess, no "presence" - like the appearance, disappointing.

Drinkability isn't bad, overall. This is a beer that's just all over the place, as evidenced by the fact that no two categories got the same score. Interesting experiment, but falls short of what it could be.

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Photo of jsh420
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark hazy amber with a 2 finger tanish head that left spotted lacing all down the glass

Smells of roasted carmel malts and some spice

taste is good and I do not get any pacman yeast flavors that most rogue beers have

the hazelnut is there but its not overpowering - plenty of spice with rich toffee malts

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation

drinkability is good and this bomber hit the spot on this chilly fall night

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.87/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Let me preface this- While I may be a Rouge hater, I had some very high hopes for this beer. I love the hazelnut nectar and the idea of rum aging. This beer made me excited, I grabbed two bottles the instant I saw it.

I opened the bottle with some friends, and it was pretty much an epic FAIL. The rum flavor was present in small amounts, the nuttyness was muted, the beer was thinner than the original and overall, it tasted kinda tangy and insipid. I dont know what I'll do with the second bottle, probably bake some brownies then give them to somebody I don't like.

Rouge- Your on notice.

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Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at TJs...
Appears a hazy dark amber with a small beige head that quickly fades out. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hazelnut, nutmeg, cinnamon, and dark rum.
Taste is of the aromas with a sandalwood nutty flavor. Hints of the rum are found but it really seems lost in the balance.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, nutty, and spritzy along the palate.

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Photo of CascadeConan
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter

A - Inviting brown color, minimal khaki head that reduces to a film, no lacing

S - Very light buttery hazelnut, zero hops or other malt characteristics, slight vanilla note, nutmeg

T - This tastes like watered down hazelnut brown nectar

M - Thin, extremely light carbonation

D - I'm really disappointed in this beer. I'm a big fan of the hazelnut brown nectar so I'm not sure how they managed to screw the pooch on this one so badly. Be wary of the John John series.

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Photo of beagle75
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, dark maple with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very nutty with some toast and complex spiciness.

T: Begins with caramel and some toffee, followed by a burst of acidity and a hint of solvent complexity. Finishes slightly nutty with no detectable bitterness.

M: Light-medium viscosity, pleasantly creamy on the palate, with light carbonation.

D: This beer represents a welcome experiment with one of Rogue's most signature flavors. That said, it does not enhance the flavor of their hazelnut brown so much as simply alter it. Followers of the original should seek this out for the sake of comparison, while wood enthusiasts may find themselves let down. This beer is interesting compared to other American browns, and it doesn't sacrifice drinkability, but just be warned that it is not extreme, so much as slightly unusual.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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).

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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 ejyoung
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
2.37/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of THORN
3.62/5  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.

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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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John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged) from Rogue Ales
3.47 out of 5 based on 234 ratings.
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