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Wild Brunette - Barley John's Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
87
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-12-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Oct 31, 2014
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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.

Oakenshield53, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

SlightlyGrey, Aug 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Danegerous123, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

mmulebarn, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

leedorham, Jul 26, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Djsaturn1, Jan 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

josephwa, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

seeswo, Aug 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

optimator705, Jul 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Hopstout, Jul 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

badelsman, Jul 10, 2012
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SweJon, Mar 02, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

GeezLynn, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

AgentZero, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

jrallen34, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

tewaris, Sep 15, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

blackie, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

wisrarebeer, Jun 27, 2010
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Wild Brunette from Barley John's Brew Pub
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