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John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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John Barleycorn Barleywine AleJohn Barleycorn Barleywine Ale

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460 Ratings

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Same recipe each year. ABV varies slightly 9.5-11.0%

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-26-2004)
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

09-01-2014 03:01:41 | More by wrightst
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-30-2014 03:02:33 | More by paulish
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-17-2014 02:49:10 | More by KAF
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-04-2014 23:51:14 | More by irishpride
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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

A- Decided to try it from a wine glass. Very strong bold look. It's a bit lighter in appearance at the top. It had a deep brown almost dark toffee color. A very muscular look to it.

S- Roasted Barley smells very fine and smooth. If it tastes like it smells, it will go down easy. I don't smell the booze. It's has a confident aroma, an almost I'm better than you feel. Again, very masculine, in a suave sense.

T- The taste sweeps in letting it self be known. As suspected, much like the aroma it's like Fabio from a romance novel. It holds a welcoming bitter aftertaste that I can enjoy. A bit of a deep chocolate after taste.

M- Heavenly. I've not had a barley wine with this much distinction and just makes my mouth feel good. Light, but not too light. I can tell it's a high percentage, but it's telling me, "Don't worry, you'll enjoy this", in a not so creepy way.

A gentleman's beer, dark, handsome, intelligent, confident something I can be proud to drink. This is a fantastic beer, it really improved my attitude after a long day at the office. Even if you've never had or usually don't enjoy this style, I highly suggest to pick it up.

06-19-2014 01:59:30 | More by Dan_McNeely
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District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev +10.2%

Bottle from RussianDragon. Thanks Dave!

2012 Vintage

The beer is slightly murky with a chestnut brown body and a half inch of tan head. Aromas include toffee, dates, booze, malt, perhaps prunes or raisins. Thick body with a mild but present sweetness. Big flavor with malt complexity, a touch of brown sugar. A nice beer to sip and savor.

06-15-2014 04:21:06 | More by Huhzubendah
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz Bottle from the Total Wine Palm Desert CA for $3.50 - 2012 edition

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/molasses/toffee, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, molasses/toffeel, and hops. There is also some vanilla, some burnt notes, and anise.

Overall - Pretty solid stuff. The booze is well hidden and there is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Maybe a little thin for a barleywine, but lots of great flavours. A wood aged version of this would be excellent I'm sure.

06-10-2014 01:33:25 | More by spinrsx
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-04-2014 00:53:53 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-31-2014 08:29:45 | More by zestar
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-24-2014 17:16:05 | More by robear
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-24-2014 12:57:39 | More by Latarnik
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-07-2014 04:26:40 | More by 2GOOFY
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

04-29-2014 17:59:11 | More by atrocity
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-08-2014 12:27:56 | More by Wesleyfroda11211
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-06-2014 18:25:24 | More by SocalKicks
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3.64/5  rDev -2.4%

Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor store. Bottle is from 2011 and store cellared, so anywhere from a little over 3 years old. Never heard of this brewery before, I like the label though (different from the BA pic).

A&S: Almost opaque garnet colored beer. Lots of unfiltered specks floating around. Light tan head that doesn't hang around or leave lacing. Not a whole lot of aroma coming off this beer, but includes sweet maltyness, some alcohol, lacking a hops presence (not surprising with the aging).

T&M: This beer has got to be pretty bitter fresh even after 3 years aging, must be pretty brutal fresh. Alcohol presence is great with this amount of aging. Heavy on the malts with hints of carmel and apple cider. Kind of a nutty finish. Has sweeter elements of an English Barleywine and the bitterness of an American Barleywine. Semi-dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation. Pretty palate cleansing, no real chewy lingering effects.

Overall: Without having it fresh, this seems like a good one to site on so it can cool. Not spectacular, but not bad. At less than 3 bucks and 11% ABV it is work a try, but I personally wouldn't buy it again. Admittedly, this is my favorite of the two barleywine styles.

04-06-2014 03:35:27 | More by minterro
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-28-2014 16:43:12 | More by beerhast
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

03-22-2014 01:08:15 | More by NCStateAE
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

03-21-2014 23:51:38 | More by Goldndomer
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

03-17-2014 00:43:18 | More by ToddGingerich
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

12oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with just over 1 fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: Dark fruits, caramel/toffee, cinnamon, bakers chocolate. Pretty sweet, with some balancing booze. Components are very nice, but its fairly mild.

T: Fig like dark fruits, toffee, vinous notes, bakers chocolate, some bitterness. Tasty

M/D: Full bodied, appropriate carbonation, ABV is very well masked, drinkability is good.

O: A solid barleywine. I really enjoyed this one. Worth checking out, for sure.

03-15-2014 03:22:26 | More by zac16125
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-12-2014 23:16:55 | More by sia478
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

02-12-2014 04:04:27 | More by jaydoc
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John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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