poisoneddwarf (1911) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured into dimpled mug. Pours amber with a medium fast dissipating head. The spiced rum really comes through in this beer. It actually smells quite a bit like a pumpkin beer or a heavily spiced Christmas brew. Definitely some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are present here, along with that awesome hazelnut aroma that Rogue’s original beer has. Makes me want to try some of that Rogue Hazelnut Spiced Rum. Taste is actually pretty bland compared to the aroma. It’s mildly sweet with some faint sour and bitter notes coming up halfway through the drink; boozy alcohol is noticeable. I think it needs to warm up a bit...Highly carbonated, thin-bodied, watery. Somehow, aging this beer in these rum barrels actually diminished the orignal Hazelnut Nectar’s flavor. How is that? Addendum: letting it warm up a little did open up more flavor, upping my taste score from 6 to 7. The body becomes fatter as well. Still, this beer is lacking something, when I know that Rogue could have created a truly spectacular beer here. It’s good, just not excellent, which was what I was expecting.
DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Rerate from fresh bottle from Wegman’s, 2011 vintage. Pours hazy caramel with minimal off-khaki head and nose of malt, hops, mild hazelnut. Tastes malty, spicy, nutty, like a slightly spicy nut brown ale, with the hazelnut being the highlight. I have to ask; "What the hell is a hazelnut spiced rum barrel?" Did they raid Captain Morgan’s? Palate is medium to light, not complex. Overall, the beer remains mediocre, as has become the norm for these assclowns, who are apparently more concerned with coming up with aliases and pretty packages than making great beers.
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light chestnut pour with a small eggshell head that left relatively quickly. Aroma is subtle nuttiness with caramel and toffee. Flavor also shows subtle hazelnut, honey, and malty biscuit. Unfortunately, the alcohol is recognizable even at its 5.6% ABV...quite distracting and really kills the beer. Medium mouthfeel.
SSSteve (3917) - - SEP 23, 2010
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
22oz bottle. murky brown under a very small, quickly diminishing, white head. not really getting much aroma but a slight malty, nutty, caramel scent. palate is highly carbonation, fizzy, watery, light....terrible. flavor is oaky, boozy, hazelnut extract, mineral water. no cohesion or balance. under-developed. the worst of the series.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Faint aroma of slight spice, slight toffee, slight hazelnut, and a hint of wood. Poured deep amber/brown/rust in color with a small, loose, beige head that disappeared. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, hazelnut, slight caramel, nut, slight toffee, and a hint of spice. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, nut, hazelnut, and slight spice finish.
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown, no head. Smells like hazelnut coffee with vanilla added. Which is nice. Flavor is a mix of hazelnut, coffee, vanilla, maybe some moalssess, maybe some smokey notes. Which is also nice.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma is spicy, nutty, and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is toasty malt, nuts, hint of smoke, and spice.
bhensonb (12149) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from South Bay Drugs. Pours ruddy copper with a foamy 3 finger beige/tan head. Aroma seems spicey. Mildly so. Light caramel notes. Medium body with frothy carbonation. The flavor is rummy. Nuttiness comes right after. Then some sharp spice - like you’d get at xmas or in a mixed drink. But the flavor keeps coming back to a greasy nuttiness that does suggest hazelnut. Yep. It does. Maybe my least favorite John John so far. Hard to beat the juniper version!
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown and rusty red with a yellowish khaki head. The nose is strong toffee with some of the hazelnuts. Then there is also bread and a little bit of rum. The taste has a fair amount of the rum and a little of the spice. Then there is alcohol and toffee. This is nice and a little dry. Nicely done, but it comes across as a little more alcoholic than it is listed.