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Wild Brunette - Barley John's Brew Pub

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Wild Brunette
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BA SCORE
87
very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
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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josephwa

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-17-2013 04:52:56 | More by mmulebarn
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Enola

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

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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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

10-06-2012 16:15:59 | More by NilocRellim
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-20-2012 03:19:11 | More by t0rin0
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

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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erwin08

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

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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blackie

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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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optimator705

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Wild Brunette {Wild Rice Brown Ale}
Barley John's Brew Pub
American Brown Ale
7.2% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
Sampled at the brewpub from a nonic pint glass

Appearance 3/5
Clear dark brown with no head whatsoever. Later, couple of swirls forced a tiny brown collar that left equally tiny lacing on the glass. Neither did the collar stick around, nor did the lace.

Aroma 3.5/5
Some sweet malts and a very unique aroma because of wild rice. No fruitiness or hop aroma. Not much of chocolate/caramel/nutty/toasty aromas either.

Taste 4/5
Slight fruitiness from malts and esters in the beginning. Firm bitterness in the middle from early hop additions, but the hop flavor is low, if any; hard to say. There's some stout-ish roasty bitterness and feel too. And a lot of taste that's from wild rice, which is very unique to this ale. Finish is medium-dry with a firm, lingering bitterness. Some alcohol warmth is noted. This beer needs more malts, or less hops and less alcohol, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel 3/5
A tad thin. For a brown ale with this ABV, I have to guess that the wild rice contributes quite a bit to fermentables given the body. However, I would either prefer more malts and a bigger body in this one, or less bitterness and a lower ABV, as noted with taste too. Also, this beer was pretty flat for its body.

Drinkability 4/5
Quaffable. But alcohol is on the higher side compared to body, for this style.

09-15-2010 01:16:03 | More by tewaris
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-22-2013 02:30:50 | More by XmnwildX12
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SwillinBrew

California

4/5  rDev +2%

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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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%

03-02-2012 22:24:45 | More by SweJon
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%

Deep and dark brown color with a thin tan head.

Nutty and malty goodness fills the nose. Touch of milk chocolate as well.

Rich and malty. Big malty and nutty flavor with hints of caramel, toffee and chocolate. Well hidden alcohol content. Very tasty.

Awesome smoothness due to the wild rice I'm guessing. Almost an oatmeal like quality. Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall well crafted beer that is of a high quality. For a brown ale, pretty unique and recommended.

06-20-2010 20:33:39 | More by jera1350
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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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AgentZero

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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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edbeered

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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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jrallen34

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

10-26-2010 01:02:57 | More by jrallen34
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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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Wild Brunette from Barley John's Brew Pub
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