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Rogue John John Ale (Spruce Gin Barrel)

Name – Rogue John John Ale (Spruce Gin Barrel)
Country – United States
Type – Spiced Beer

Appearance – Poured a very hazy orangish color with a big white head.

Smell – Citrus like hops with a hint of juniper berries in there.

Taste – More of the citrus hops with a bit of a malt backing.  You can pick up the juniper again and bit of the spruce.

I was looking forward to this one when it was announce because gin is one of very few liquors I actually enjoy.  But I had no idea what to expect as I’ve never heard of a beer being aged in a gin barrel before.  Well luckily I didn’t have that high of hopes because I really got no hints of gin in the smell or taste.  You could probably make an argument that the juniper and slight spruce taste were from the gin but I don’t know.  I’ve had beers with those flavors before and they weren’t aged in gin barrels.  Definitely didn’t get any barrel taste to it.  I guess what we are left with here is the regular Rogue Juniper Pale Ale.  That’s pretty much what it tastes like to me.  While it was enjoyable as just a beer I am a little let down by the lack of gin presence considering the John John Dead Guy was very bourbon present.  Oh well I guess.

Overall Grade – C+

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  • Reply Casey

    I felt the same when I tried this one. I’ve heard that the John John Dead Guy Ale falls short in the same way, it tastes just like a regular dead guy.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Lost

    Just a coincidence that you and “Beer Drinker” from DailyBeerReview reviewed the same beer in consecutive days? Doing your shopping together? 🙂


    June 30, 2010 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Mike

    @Casey – I sampled the John John Dead Guy at the Jupiter festival. I definitely got bourbon out of it but I wasn’t impressed.

    @Lost – No coincidence. It’s a pure conspiracy!! Conspiracy I tell you!

    June 30, 2010 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Ed Roberts

    I completely agree with your review. I had high hopes for this beer especially after the @RogueAles twitter account sent me an @ message when I announced it’s arrival saying I would be impressed with it. I got little to no barrel influence. I preferred the John John Dead Guy. Mike, note, that one was aged in Rogue’s whiskey barrels. Rogue spirits doesn’t make a bourbon yet. They make whiskey, gin, and rum right now.

    July 1, 2010 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Mike

    Ah okay. Bourbon is a type of whiskey though. 🙂

    July 1, 2010 at 9:58 am
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