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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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 234
Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: The rum element seemed to dominate the smell, with some malt and the brown ale nuttiness coming through, too.

T: Tasted of malt, rum, and the aforementioned nuttiness. The flavor is a bit on the thin side, with the rum taking too much of a center stage position. Not nearly as dynamic and flavorful as the original hazelnut brown ale.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a wildly uneven beer. It has some good qualities, but could have been better.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light cola brown, fairly clear, off white head leaves fast to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Spicy, something like nut shells, some nut too.

T - Classic brown ale, light though, and not much rum, barrel or nuts.

M - Light body, medium carb, fair balance. Just not much there.

D - Non obtrusive, easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy copper/amber color with almost no head

S: Nice notes of hazelnut, vanilla, malts, and some other spices

T: Opens with some nice maltiness, followed by hazelnut, vanilla, and spices. Spiced rum is most noticeable in the middle, but isn't boozy at all. Finishes with a nutty flavor that doesn't linger for too long

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Surprising amount of carbonation for a beer that was in rum barrels for 6 months...

O: This is a good beer, but odd for sure. For one, the abv goes down from the original Hazelnut Nectar. For two, like stated above, the carbonation is surprisingly high for a beer that was aged in oak spiced rum barrels for 6 months. Oh well. Either way, this is an interesting take on the original beer, and one that I'm enjoying quite thoroughly

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Photo of ShanePB
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Liberty Taproom, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark brown body with some reddish hues throughout. On top is a small, dense white head with a thin retention ring. Very minor lace sticks to the glass; let's just be honest, it's almost non-existent.

S: Hazelnuts, wood, slight rum notes, leather and touches of sweet cinnamon. The nuttiness to the beer is certainly the focus and while that may not sound enticing, it has an overall sweetness that makes it more inviting. Pretty nice but for touting being "rum barrel aged" I would have liked more of a rum presence to come through.

T: More hazelnut and chestnut come through up front, followed by wood (with a certain oak characteristic), white rum and slight touches of sweeter honey and vanilla. Again, it's a very nutty sweetness that's the focus of the flavor but I really wish the wood and rum notes would be able to stand out more to give it a robust, balanced profile.

M: Bubbly, not overly active though on the lighter end of a medium body. It does finish extremely clean and leaves a lingering nut flavor on the palate.

I was really intrigued when I saw this on the menu, but the descriptor made it sound a lot better than it was. Don't get me wrong, this was actually a very enjoyable beer and at no point did I want to stop drinking it. However, if you're going to barrel age something and label it as such, be sure it's actually imparting some flavor. Otherwise, you've got just another Brown Ale with some hazelnuts. Not a bad thing, just not what it was billed to be.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a one to one and a half finger off white tan colored head. The head recedes to nothing but a spotty skim. The aroma is very faint I got a caramel malt and a slight hazelnut smell. The taste was of caramel malt up front, the middle has a hazelnut coffee creamer taste with a touch of vanilla. The first part is uninteresting but the back end taste good. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was an okay beer, the aroma and front part of the taste leave a little to be desired. The backend though starts to make up for the taste.

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Photo of jsulko
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter

Pours a dark brown with a whitish head that disappears quickly

Smell of hazelnut and rum. Not much else in the smell.

Taste is heavy with the hazelnut but has an almost flat pop finish.

Thought I liked this one at a tasting, have been a huge rum fan. This is a pretty big miss to me.

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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 stephens101
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A minimal tan head disintegrates quickly with no residual lace to speak of. The color is a murky, reddish-brown. Has an aroma of chocolate malts, caramel, a little nutmeg and a faint earthiness. Tastes of caramel malty sweetness up front with cherries, some red hots candied sweetness and a light hop backbone. Has a bit of a light fruity aftertaste with some faint boozy notes from the barreling peeking in from time to time. Dry at the edges, medium bodied and smooth overall.

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

I wouldn't have guessed hazelnuts, though the first taste lets you know there is something strange about this beer. Not nutty, to me, in the usual sense. After a few sips the buttery taste becomes very apparent. Also some subtle sour flavors along with a dose of salt and bitterness. Not sweet but some richness. Hops are more in the front and fade away in the aftertaste. Hazy amber color.

Interesting, with the "what on earth is that flavor" nagging at you. My wife liked it a lot. Clean and very drinkable.

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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 vette2006c5r
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

John John Hazelnut pours a brown color, with very little fizzy head; looks like rootbeer. The smell has a bit of a hazelnut, and a sweet rum odor. The taste is interesting. There are hints of hazlenuts and rum flavors, a nie malty brown ale like undertone. I dont think I could drink alot of these, and it was a bit too carbonated. Overall this is an intresting beer, I found it good, but not that great, worth a try for the unquieness, some may like this one very much.

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Photo of kflorence
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown in color with hints of cherry and a golden sheen towards the edges of the glass. An ample, half inch of creamy off-white head sits atop that dissipates to a thin layer of cream. Carbonation looks ample with sparkling water qualities .

S: Aroma is similar to the Hazelnut Brown Nectar with lots of sweet, caramelized malts, brown sugar and hazelnut with the addition of oak and spice from the rum barrels. The aroma is much more subtle, however, than the non-aged version.

T: Sweet caramelized malts shine up front with lots of oak, spice, coconut, hazelnuts and a bit of molasses. The flavors are definitely more subtle than the original; the aging seems to have tamed this brew quite a bit as it's not as sweet or flavorful as it's original counterpart, but does posses a lot of oak and rum on the palate. Finishes very dry and crisp with a little sour apple bitterness and a lingering hazelnut and rum on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation and small, numerous bubbles that give the beer a more creamy, active but smooth mouthfeel much like a tamed sparkling water. I've never been a big fan of the mineral water mouthfeel in a brew, but it's pretty subtle here. A bit thin in substance, this one comes off a little watered down. The finish is a bit on the dry side for me, but remains quite drinkable and light on the stomach.

O: A bit disappointed in this one from Rogue as I'm a huge fan of the original. The additional flavors and aromas imparted from aging in the rum barrels seemed to steal away the bold, sweet, hazelnut flavor that was so prominent in the original. Everything felt a lot more subtle, which some may appreciate, especially fans of rum. I wouldn't stray away from this one, but I wouldn't seek it out either. Cheers!

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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 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 oline73
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with just a hint of off white head.

Smell: Slightly sweet and bready from malt. Just a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: Quite malty, but not too sweet. A bit nutty with some grain and a slight bitterness in the end. I wouldn't have ever guessed this was aged in rum barrels.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was pretty disappointed by this one. I think it was worse than the regular version and I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of aasher
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours an syrupy looking amber in color with a light off white head that dissipated within ten seconds. It smells of sweet candied sugars, cinnamon, spices, oak, and hazelnut. I don't get any rum though. It tastes of spices, cinnamon rolls, light wood, and has a light, light rum component. It's almost syrupy and artificial. It's just too spicy and the base beer isn't big enough. It drinks light and sticky. It's an average beer all around. The concept is there, but the execution isn't.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that leans towards a dark brown; when held up to the light it shows a not quite clear, bright amber color. The aroma smells nutty, somewhat fruity and of a deeply toasted caramel like character. It reminds me a lot of backed brown sugar on some sort of pastry, and also of amaretto (that same sweet, fruity, nutty character). Any alcohol and heat from the barrel is completely non-existent here. The more I smell this the more I get a nutty aroma from it; it is more than just simplistic hazelnut though as the malt also contributes to this and so does a light barrel woodiness.

Slightly sweet tasting, with a definite full body, this beer drinks like a chewy brown ale, despite its relatively low alcohol content. There is lots of caramelized and toasted malt flavors in this beer and it finishes with a hint of roast as well as a rich nutty flavor; this last really lingers on the palate along with a touch of bitterness. This leaves a tingling character on my tongue after each sip, I am really not sure what is contributing this, but perhaps it is from the Spice Rum Barrels that are for the most part non-existent in this beer.

Not a bad beer, but I would have never guessed this was aged in Spice Rum Barrels. It tastes too much like a Hazelnut Brown ale; if that was all this was then this is certainly a decent beer, I was just expecting a bit more. If I forget about any expectations this beer is actually quite drinkable and tasty; sure it is a bit simplistic, but it hits the spot if you are in the mood for a nutty brown ale.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Two finger brown tinged head, amber/brown color.

S: Hazelnut and spice is obvious. Additional malts.

T: The hazelnut and sweetness is in the aftertaste. Otherwise a pretty malt beer. Spices, rum and vanilla notes.

M: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: The hazelnut was very nicely done in this one. Maybe its the base taste that makes it a B beer but the flavor notes and aroma are the high points for this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazed brown color with a fat froth of tan head. Fades rather fast for the density of bubbles and does not leave much lace.

Fruity spice on the nose, like a fruitcake more or less with some woody/earthy accents. Caramel and toffee comprise the malt aromas. Light on the rum and pretty much no hop presence.

Taste is very different than the nose, surprisingly. Almost all traces of fruit disappear and the hazelnut really comes out nicely in the flavor, moreso than the regular Hazelnut brown they make. Rum is mild, but detectable if you look for it and the wood is there plenty and compliments the nuttiness well. It is an interesting experiment, and fun to try at least once.

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Photo of ckollias
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of a large snifter glass.

A: A hazy orange-brown ale with blonde highlights. Pours a thick one-finger white head that very quickly into a barely visible lace. No trail what so ever down the glass.

S: Mellow hazelnut smell with hints of rum in the background. Mild aroma of caramel and cocoa throughout.

T A slightly sweet ale with a hazelnut and rum flavor mix. Slightly boozy flavor.

M: Heavy body and very light carbonation.

O: Decent brown ale with a rum kick. Not my favorite beer from Rogue but was it was enjoyable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the spices (mainly nutmeg but also some cinnamon) as well as some brown sugar and some toffee from the malt. The flavor is very dry. I get some toasted malt notes with some cinnamon and nutmeg, some nuttyness and some alcohol. I also get some nice rum notes in the flavor, which add to the base beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good, but not as good as the unaged Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewing from notes after the computer died the other day. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I am a fan of the hazelnut nectar, so I was excited to try this version.

a-sweet caramel and hazelnut. some spicy notes, like a nutty captain morgan

t-sort of what I expected as i read the bottle. hazelnut, lots of sweetness, malt and spicy rum flavor on the finish. something off putting about it and i think its the booziness of this brew

m-high carbonation but i dont mind it necessarily. feels pretty boozy as it gives a nice tingle on my mouth.

overall, I think the regular hazelnut nectar is way better. this is a nice thought, but i think it doesnt improve on the original at all. the boozy rum aftertaste seems to hide the delicious hazelnut. a decent sipper, but i dont know that I would seek it out again.

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

A&S: Pours a hazy reddish brown with a bit of head that dissipates quickly, and it left a ton of carbonation hanging on the edges of the mug before slowly disappearing. Smell is of dark fruits and nutty scents I'm gonna take a wild guess it's hazelnut as it's mentioned twice on the bottle below the title.

T&M: Taste is interesting. When it hits the pallate you get hazelnut-fruit-hazelnut-fruit and then an aftertaste of hazelnut. It's almost like it can't quite decide what it wants the dominant flavor to be. It's good, it's just not... great. Mouthfeel is light and a little thin with a lot of carbonation in the feel.

O: Pretty good. I'd get it again, but I don't know if I'd ever really crave it or go out of my way to pick it up again.

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Photo of shand
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic.

I absolutely love the base Hazelnut Brown Nectar, so I'm excited to give this a shot. Obviously, this is lower reviewed, but I still wanted to give it a shot. This one doesn't look nearly as good as the base beer. It's a lot murkier, and the head is tiny and doesn't retain well. The aroma is still just about as good, with a nice hazelnut base along with some spices from the rum. The taste? Eh, it's a nice experiment, but the rum barrel aging seems more to take the liveliness out of the base beer than really add anything to it. There's a little bit of spiciness, but the aging just really mellows the hazelnut aspect of the beer, and makes this just more of a traditional brown ale than anything exceptional. It feels a lot boozier than the ABV would let on. The tantalizing hint of hazelnut on the backend makes me want to keep drinking, but overall this is just a really mellow brew when compared to the flavor explosion (love it or hate it) of the normal Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and creamy, and the drinkability is fairly good. Overall, it's still a good beer, but why bother? The base Hazelnut Brown Nectar is just straight-up a better beer in every way, there's no reason to pick this off the shelf if the normal Hazelnut Brown Nectar is right next to it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left a little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of hazelnut and some mild rum notes. A sweet overall aroma.

T - Strong hazelnut flavor with sweet caramel. The rum flavor is there but not as strong as the aroma.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A medium bodied ale.

O - This didn't really work for me. The rum made this a really sweet brew.

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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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