pintbypint (2582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml brown bottle. Medium brown orange coloured beer with a thin tan head which fades to a skiff on the surface. Seems to be a little hazy. Light toffee aroma, brown sugar, a little fruity. Flavour is of caramel, hazelnut, light rum notes. Bit of woody dryness in the finish, touch of alcohol, trace of rum spiciness. Low bitterness. Soft mouthfeel/texture, carboantion is light. Decent.
Damico (2547) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma of delicious sweet cinnamon, cloves, and spiced rum, I love it. It pours dark amber thick with a nice tan head. The flavor of as delicious balanced sweet and spicy brown ale. The body is lighter and the ending on the palate is a bit bland and malty.
BVery (6069) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap. Amber - red pour. Minimal head. Aroma is mildly nutty. Taste is nut, rum, but kind of bland.
CheersMate (1308) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle from a Whole Foods in Seattle. I canít believe that they actually had this. This beer has a nice brown appearance. Itís a bit more effervescent than I thought it would be. Damn the head was there, and then it quickly went away. I smell the rum and a subtle nut aroma, but the awesome aroma of the original hazelnut brown ale has been drowned out. It doesnít have that boozy pure rum aroma, but you can definitely smell the rum. Light nut flavor along with a little rum. Iím not really a fan of this. Pass me a regular Hazelnut Brown and weíre in business. I donít understand how aging this in rum barrels could have made it worse, but it did. It has a very thin texture. Iím a little pissed I spent $10 for this.
NachlamSie (2749) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from BBM. Pours a deep amber shade with a small white head. I was expecting this to be over the top with hazelnut considering how overwhelming both their hazelnut rum and hazelnut brown nectar are. The aroma is, however, rather subdued. Some nuttiness is certainly apparent, but I wouldnít immediately assume the addition of hazelnut flavoring. The mild aroma also has some musty hints and toast. I get the hazelnut flavor after taking a sip, it reminds me more of their rum than of their brown nectar. But still, itís well in check and only highlights the beer rather than overwhelming it. I like the beer well, but in the end itís basically just another brown ale (though well made): a style that I canít get overly excited about. It is a neat alternative to their standard brown ale, I suppose.
jtclockwork (8170) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish brown. Nose of baked cookie, spiced rum, medicine, ginger and brown sugar. Taste of ginger, spiced rum, baked bread and brown sugar.
BrewDad (4889) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz Bomber Ė Gravity Beer Market Ė Olympia, WA
Aroma Ė Dark malt aroma light barrel and nut aromas. Very light.
Appearance Ė Dark brown in color, Clear, with a thin head.
Flavor Ė The dead guy part comes out good, the barrel again is light and the nut is also the same. Failed in my opinion
Palate Ė Good dry finish with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall Ė The beer just misses the mark. I think they are going to fast and the overall mix is not working well. Too light in Barrel and nut flavors.
J_man (697) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts off with a very chocolatey, hazelnut aroma, bright clear copper/tan color and a slightly off-white head. You definitely get the hazelnut in the taste along with a almost a boozy flavor and a woody spiciness (most likely from the rum barrels). A little dryness and coffee bitterness. Not much body or flavor other than this, but a nice milk chocolate and spice aftertaste. Now that itís warmed up a bit, the flavors are more pronounced and intermingled whereas when it was cold, there was a sharper division of them and it tasted more bitter and tannic. Much better served at cellar temperature and gets more enjoyable as you drink it.
obguthr (3750) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2010
2.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft: Butterscotch and vinegar smell. Clear garnet, thin yellow head. Metallic, some oak, light nuttiness, and maple syrup. Buttery finish. Thin mouthfeel that feels even thinner, given the flavor of but absence of rum.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a quite dark brown in color with very little head or carbonation. Aroma is mild of roasted malts, some oak/vanilla and a tiny bit of hazelnut. Flavor is disappointingly weak... some roasted malts, some woodiness and rum with hazel nuts at the very end. The other John Johnís were *much* better than this one... almost like they cut some corners... I wonít buy this one again. Give me the John John Whiskey Barrel any day!!