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John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

John Barleycorn Barleywine AleJohn Barleycorn Barleywine Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

447 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 447
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%


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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Ratings: 447 | Reviews: 346 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by BeerRun13:
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BeerRun13

California

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with some floaties & just visible bubbles. An agresive pour still ony produced a thin film that quickly faded to a ring.
Malty and raisiny in the nose. Something in there reminds me of those Red Hot candies.
Strong malty flavor with a slight alcoholic kick. Nice hop flavor and bitterness. Bittering with a slightly spicy finish.
Full malty body with moderate carbonation. Very warming alcohol down the throat. Bittering finish.
A sipper for sure, but pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 23:06:46 | More by BeerRun13
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.