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Wild Brunette - Barley John's Brew Pub

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Wild Brunette
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87
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Barley John's Brew Pub visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-12-2003)
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Very dark shade of chocolate brown with thin reddish highlights.
S: Smells very sweet with heavy caramel and toasted/chocolate malts.
T: Somewhat unusual flavor for the style. The roasted, toasty flavors in particular really stand out. Plenty of sweet caramel, which is balanced with a slight bitterness that carries through a long and roasted finish.
M: Fairly light and smooth. Carbonation is low (which has been my experience with all Barley John’s beers, esp. growlers, which are tap-filled), but adequate for something this sweet.

A good beer that’s nice if you’re looking for a heavier, sweeter brown with a little character.

11-30-2011 04:46:50 | More by GeezLynn
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

10-06-2012 16:15:59 | More by NilocRellim
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optimator705

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-26-2012 22:42:35 | More by optimator705
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Very good brown based on much wild rice brown. That colour and very very lacey. A richness, a sourness, satisfying and unique. Above average mouthfeel. A sweetness which is not like rice, just the malt included. Drying aftertaste.A sipper, one to enjoy.Rated at 7.2% a.b.v. A must try.

11-21-2008 04:31:07 | More by Sammy
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Originally reviewed on December 4, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Somewhat dirty brown pour, with no head. Aroma of distant malt and some grain notes. Flavor starts off typical of a brown, with some chocolatey sweetness, then moves into some real finishes dryness. The great thing with this beer is the actual Wild Rice flavor at the end, with all the glorious grain flavor and some subtle spicyness. Unique. One of the first Wild Rice beers where I could actually taste Wild Rice.

12-01-2006 23:00:27 | More by CharlesDarwin
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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edbeered

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Served on tap at the brewpub, this pours a crystal clear brown color, with a white head and substantial lacing on the glass. The smell is of brown sugar sweetness. The taste is much the same, with brown sugar sweetness, and a caramel maltiness. The wild rice adds a refreshing crispness. There is no discernable hop flavor. The mouthfeel is full yet refreshing. It amazes me that the alcohol content is 7.5% alcohol, for there is no indication going by taste alone. This is a beer one can have many pints of(if you can handle the high abv), and is one of the many reasons to return to Barley John's.

09-07-2007 02:11:00 | More by edbeered
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a dark brown color with some ruby mixed in. Ample sized head that holds it's shape well. Sides of the glass are completely covered with lace.
A very potent aroma. Reminds me of soy sauce, but smells better than that.
This is a complex beer that is hard for me to put my fingers on the flavors. It taste a lot like Bojangles Dirty Rice. There is also a sweet nutty flavor and a cocoa kind of chocolate flavor in the finish. Again a very complex beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some warming from the alcohol.
The complexity of the flavors makes this a sipping beer, but a very good one at that.
Thanks to Beckje01 for the kindness to send the growler.

10-27-2006 01:24:34 | More by wcudwight
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blackie

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

didn't realize this was a wild rice beer until checking reviews on my mobile - it was obvious that there was something unique there, but it's a rarely used ingredient in beerdom

a: standard pint glass, the beer is mahogany in color with a light khaki head

s: smooth brown malts with a potent wild rice aroma - very earthy and rustic, nutty, somewhat sugary caramelized malts, lightly hopped, a bit cleaner here than on the tongue

m: body and carbonation both moderate

t: full brown malt body with loads of musty, earthy wild rice, lots of nuttiness from both the rice and sweet-toasty malts, thought it was messy at first but it begins to make sense with knowledge of the ingredient, lightly sweet in the middle before a light, earthy hop flavor moves in, nice lingering finish

d: like the creativity - a usually unimpressive style made a bit more interesting, overall this was an enjoyable beer, but a bit heavy to be more than a sipper

pint at the brewpub

08-31-2010 20:19:37 | More by blackie
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Enola

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

This beer was a darker amber. It had a fair head and some lacing. The smell was good but kindly hard to describe. The taste was smokey. Very smokey. There was some hints of the rice here as well. The mouthfeel was fair and the drinkability was alright. Overall, the beer looked like a barleywine, tasted like a smoked beer and had a taste that was like a science expierement.

Thanks to wcudwight for sharing his growler.

10-27-2006 03:07:58 | More by Enola
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Oakenshield53

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

I really, really like this beer.

I had tried everything else Barley John's makes before I tried this one, due to the wild rice component. I just wasn't eager for that, since I don't particularly like wild rice itself.

Nothing like what I expected - subtly, but very, complex. Complex in an organized way, I suppose. I had expected a roasty-toasty grain flavor profile, but that's not at all what you get.

Very dark brew, but a clean profile, fruity components balanced by a bit of savor on the finish.

When I go to Barley John's, a growler of Wild Brunette goes home with me.

08-29-2014 15:43:48 | More by Oakenshield53
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

A - Very brown beer with light, tan head. Good retention and some chunk lacing was left on the sides.

S - Caramel, with some dark fruits, and a little bit of berries. Brown sugar on the nose as well.

T - Wow, was not expecting this at all, actually put my beer down and rechecked my sampler to make sure I was drinking what I thought I was. Chocolate covered dark fruits, with a little bit of cherry in there. Not very roasty at all, but had a nice brown taste that at times reminded me of a porter. This was super complex, with some burnt sugar, nice malts, and a little bit of rice taste too it. Was shocked, and pleasantly surprised.

M - Medium bodied with lower carbonation, felt a little bit chewey.

D - I really liked this beer as something unique and different. It was easy to get down, although not sure how drinking large quantities of it would go over. Definately worth trying if you're there.

11-06-2010 14:43:20 | More by AgentZero
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Savoured at the establishment, arrived with little to no head, and don't really like the glasswear, but the lacing is pretty good. Otherwise, a great looking beer, dark reddish amber, almost a reddish brown.

~Can't really smell much other than the malts and maybe vanilla. Also a dark fruity aroma is present.

~This is a great beer. A very unique rice taste that I don't finid with many others, and malts are very present, not overly so, but very appropriate amount. I've had this beer quite a few times, and its a little more subtle than I remember, and thats no bad thing, though I like it more expressive. While I couldn't see any action, it was still live to the tongue, and comes off as a little nutty, perpahs due to the rice. My buddy says its brewed with rice. I think he's lying, don't think it tastes so much so. If it is, good job. Besides the malts and rice taste, I can pick up faint hop touches.

~Overall, this is a fantastic beer to enjoy alone, in a growler, at the pub with friends, with food.... really, any time. Its just a great beer to enjoy, whatever the occasion.

11-30-2005 02:02:14 | More by objectivemonkey
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erwin08

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

A: dark brown color with very little head.

S: smells of roasted grains and molasses.

T: rosted malt with a faint nutty taste finishing with wild rice flavor at the end.

M: smooth and medium body with a little alcohol burn

D: drinkable but the 7.5 ABV catches up with you.

01-23-2008 02:52:13 | More by erwin08
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Danegerous123

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

01-12-2014 06:50:35 | More by Danegerous123
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

My first beer made with wild rice.

A-Clear, deep brown with a thin tan head that left spotty lacing.

S-A bit of sweet caramel malt and a fiant wafting of nuttiness.

T-Sweet caramel malt melding with the lovely nuttiness of the wild rice. No hop bite in this one...but it hardly matters the taste profile is wonderful.

M-Medium body with a lovley sweetness that covers the tounge without being cloying.

D-Totally! For a malty beer this one hits a homerun for me. A wonderful local take, with the addition of the wild rice, on an old stand-by. One of the best brown ales I have ever had.

04-30-2008 12:32:09 | More by Deuane
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-13-2014 18:50:09 | More by mattmarka1
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josephwa

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.3%

01-09-2013 16:19:08 | More by josephwa
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SlightlyGrey

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-28-2014 01:53:06 | More by SlightlyGrey
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SwillinBrew

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

I had this from a growler thanks to beckje01.

I poured into my alesmith pint glass and wonderful hue of beef jerkey brown filled my glass. Deep with tinges of mohogany on the edge. The head was a light tan and rather thin but i attribute that to getting the growler shipped cross country. Pleasant aromas of toast bread, gruff roastiness and cut 2 x 4's fill my nose.

This taste rather unique. I get roasted malts, burnt toast, and a subtle nutty flavor; all nicely blended for a very pleasing taste.

Creamy and refreshing on the palate and quite thirst quenching leaving you yearning for more. I wish i easily get more of this.

11-17-2006 19:32:19 | More by SwillinBrew
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-24-2012 02:35:47 | More by Hopstout
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badelsman

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-10-2012 14:06:24 | More by badelsman
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-14-2012 00:37:29 | More by seeswo
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leedorham

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-26-2013 16:26:07 | More by leedorham
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

On tap at the brewpub. With wild rice. ABV was 7.2% compared to 7.5% as noted on BA.

A: deep copper color, very nice
S: earthy rice!, nice balance, a bit sweet
T: sweeter, rice noticeable, sweet but belies the 7.2% ABV, decent style brown ale
M & D: very drinkable

06-27-2010 18:19:21 | More by wisrarebeer
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Wild Brunette from Barley John's Brew Pub
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.