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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 CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rustico's poured into sampler glass. Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of overripe fruit, caramel malts, oak, fig, and mixed nuts. Flavor of wood, toasted caramel malts, plums, berries, figs, molasses, oak, and hazelnut. Light-medium bodied, with a dry, boozy, sweet mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Kromes
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy brown color with a thin tan colored head and some lacing down the glass.

S: A sweet nutty, toasted malt aroma with some spiced rum.

T: Hazelnut flavor up front with a toasted malt flavor and some slight coffee and spice from the rum. Lingering nutty, slight coffee and spice flavor.

M: A little thin with low carbonation.

O: A unique beer with good flavors. Light and drinkable. Not my favorite beer from Rogue, but it is a pretty good brown ale.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a tulip pint glass. No bottling date.

Look- Opaque amber-brown with orange-gold highlights. Two finger parchment head that dissipated within a few minutes, leaving a pretty decent filmy layer that persisted until the glass was half emptied. Left a few traces of lace, but nothing to write home about.

Smell- Spicy and slightly nutty, just about what you would expect after reading the bottle. It actually makes me think of whiskey. I also get butterscotch and a touch of banana bread. Despite the strong aroma, it actually isn't that booze-y. I've had more than a few barrel-aged beers in my time, but this one's got a nose like nothing I've experienced before. Can't really say whether that's good or not at this point.

Taste- Subtle after the nose. The cask time really adds a spicy, fruity character to the ale. I get cherries, caramel, and white raisins, along with a hint of cane sugar and spice. Finishes faintly nutty and earthy, but quite mild. Aftertaste is slightly sour and spicy. Quite rum-like, actually- reminds me of the more than a few Cuba Libres I've put away in the past. It's tasty, no doubt, but not as big as I'd like. I feel that the aging added quite a bit, but took away slightly more - I couldn't even say with certainty that this is actually the same recipe they use for the hazelnut brown, as it hasn't got the malt/nutty profile I was expecting. Interesting for a brown, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, extremely light carbonation. Finishes a bit dry and it's a definitely on the watery side. Faint spicy warming sensation, which I wasn't really expecting at 5%. Goes down like mulled apple cider, so a bomber is more than enough.

Overall- An interesting brown ale. I feel like it's got a flavor profile more akin to a medium-dark Belgian, however. Malt is definitely not at the forefront of this offering, and the spicy/fruity/sour flavors are anything but subtle. I can't quite tell what to make of it, but I'm leaning towards "like", and I have to say I'm not generally partial to Rogue. I'd be willing to try it again, but I can't say definitively that it's worth the somewhat steep barrel-aged price.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a thumb of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread, pears, brown sugar, all fade as this warms

T: Slight nuttyness, pears, herbal hops, slight rum notes up front. Dryness, figs, plums & leafy hops as this warms, also some tart cherry. Finishes dry, figgy, with nutmeg, & candied fruit

MF: Light bodied, over carbonated, dry

An average brown ale, the barrel aging is half-assed. This either needed more time in the barrel, or they should've put something with more heft in them. A noble but flawed endeavor, I do think they had the start of a great Christmas/Winter ale but got too cheap with the malt bill. Still enjoyed some of the spice & fruittyness

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Photo of mptorpey
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Rich red color with a thick white head with heavy carbination.

Smell: Soft sweet smell with nuts, spice and red fruit.

Taste: Smooth light body with less hazelnut taste then the smell. Finishes with a short very sweet finish.

Over all a super unique beer maybe to unique for my tast don't know if I would buy more.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Body color is red with quite a bit of carbonation. Beige head to about light brown and very creamy. The dissipated head leaves some cream lacing and a ring around the glass.

The aroma is nothing but a strong woody, dark fruits, rum and hazelnut. They ain't kidding with barrel aging this!

The taste is weird. I don't get too much hazelnut on the taste. I get more of a tart saltiness with dark fruits. Not a big fan of this.

Crisp body, light but noticeable carbonation. Despite the tart taste it doesn't leave the mouth feel try. It's quite boring.

Nice looking and smelled quite nice. The taste has nothing to do with the way it smells. The mouth feel is blah. Huge let down.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle in a snifter

A: Pours dark cola with 2 fingers of light brown head that very very quickly dissipates. Leaves little lacing.

S: Brown sugar/caramel, toasted grains, touch of apple, just a hint of rum and hazelnut (you really got to look for it...)

T: What the! Completely different from the nose. It's pretty much soured. Apple cider, caramel, and very lite toasted grain with tart Granny Smith apple towards the end. Again there's just a very very light touch of rum and hazelnut. Really dull (except for the moderate tartness) flavor, just lacks any malt bone.

M: Water thin, light side of champagne-like carbonation. Hollow.

O: I took a gamble with this and it's definitely not worth it. Perhaps this was a lot better fresh, but right now it's a soured dull brown ale with just the hint of rum barrel. Don't bother buying this.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer. It definitely had the distinctive taste of coming from a spiced rum barrel. The taste's sweeter than your usual fare.

The appearance was dark brown, as you'd expect to see in a beer like this. The carbonation gave life to the head, but it fizzled down fairly quickly. The smell's sweet just like it tasted sweet!

I'm not so sure I can taste the hazelnut at all, but that's just me. However, it's clear that you could taste the sweetness and the rum coming through. It's definitely on the sweet side taste-wise, and there's a very, very faint roasted flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel's all right, but it could be a bit more thicker on your palate. It's a bit on the thin side.

Overall, I'd drink it again, but I'd probably have it served at a beer tasting party, rather than on my own.

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Photo of Briken
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy brown and thin tan head with little to no retention. Light nutty brown ale aroma with hints of spice. Spice rum and hazelnut taste with a lightly sweet, fairly clean finish. Light, thin moderate carbonation and slightly watery.

There’s more of what’s promised in this one than other John John ales I’ve tried. Light easy drinking yet solid rum flavors. Ultimately it’s a well flavored brown ale although the mouthfeel was a little of a letdown. It’s worth it if you can get it for the same price as their other beers but I certainly wouldn’t pay extra for it.

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Photo of mjurney
1.92/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber-brownish color, murky. Lots of carbonation. Thick head that stick around. Lacing looks good on the glass.

Vinegary. Some spice.

Very sour. Lots of lemon in the taste, I could detect some malts towards the end.

Light-medium. Tangy. Carbonation is light.


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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brownish murky amber into my snifter with almost one finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S - Not much here. A little nutty and a little malty with faint hints of rum.

T - Caramel malts, dry nuttiness, slightly bitter, not a lot to it, but good.

M - A little on the thin side with bright carbonation for how light it is.

O - Not all that exciting for what it's advertised as being, however it's a pretty tasty brown ale.

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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 EricCioe
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours nutty brown with a small off white head that leaves a bit of chunky lace. On the nose there are small quantities of hazelnut and acetone, surprising given the abv. In the mouth there is a twiggy note, hazelnut syrup, and the faintest bit of rum deep underneath. There isn't much here and what there is is thin and watery. The only beers I've had that are this thin are from the extremely underwhelming Atwater Block brewery, and Rogue certainly possesses a good deal more skill than they do. But it doesn't show here.

Overall, this isn't worth too long a look. The barrel adds nothing and it doesn't have enough body to be of interest by itself.

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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 asabreed
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: A quite gorgeous darker and hazy brown or amber or both depending on how you look at it in the light. A nice head sits atop the body of the brew, off-white, almost with some slight amber in there, and stays for a while, at about 1/4" to 1/2". The best part about the brew I would say.

Smell: It's not that it's bad or off or anything to me: it's just really, really faint, unfortunately. There's a bit of brown ale caramelization, and a bit of sourness, but not much else. Maybe some slight vinous characteristics or cider vinegar too.

Taste: How is this not a sour ale? It seems like it should be. I feel like this is closer to a Flanders Red than a hazelnut / rum type of concoction. The rum seems to be faint, if there at all, though post-finish there are some hints of bread and nuttiness, and mild caramelization, though the vinous, semi-sweet cider vinegar tandem is also there, though it's not bad. Then you tend to get some caramel and faint rum sweetness, but again, I'm baffled that the rum is so subtle. Seems like it would go pretty well, so I don't know if it's the barrels or what, but it's not as good as it can be, and I'm really not even sure if it's what they really intended.

Mouthfeel: Not thin, but not too thick, and not spritzy, but not creamy, as it achieves a nice balance with a lot of bubbles to cater to the beer's strengths as far as the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This was a weird experience for me. I didn't dislike the beer, but it seems not to be what's advertised, or very much unexpected for what it does seem to try and advertise. And for the $8 or $9 price tag, it doesn't seem as worth it. Maybe some more rum, a longer barrel time, or some amount of tweaking, whether it's more alcohol or not, would really make this a possibly pretty eye-opening brew. Can't say I necessarily recommend it, but I'm not saying to completely shy away from it either. I just expected and hoped for more. Maybe they'll do it again and make it better, and then I'll try it again.

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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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John John Hazelnut (Rum Barrel Aged) from Rogue Ales
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