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Wild Brunette - Barley John's Brew Pub

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87
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
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

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Beer added by: Jason on 08-12-2003

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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 21
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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Oakenshield53
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Danegerous123
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Djsaturn1
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has been a favorite since John opened the pub 11 years ago. One of his flagship brews brewed with wild rice. It is a favorite.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GeezLynn
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub into a tasting glass...A dark brown with tons of blood red highlights. A light tan head that is creamy, great retention, medium lacing...An aroma of caramel, dark fruits, and grainy rye character that I believe is the rice. No typical brown flavors of roast or nuts...An awesome taste that makes you go, wtf, where did those flavors come from? Fruits with a distinct chocolate covered raspberry taste, a lighter version of a kre. Grainy rice on the back. Alcohol is hidden well. As it warms the brown ale flavors start to come through, light roast and nuts.

This is an awesome and unique beer that is a must try. Not only does it taste great but it keeps you guessing throughout.

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Wild Brunette from Barley John's Brew Pub
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.