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John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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very good

475 Ratings

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 22
Gots: 24 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dark, dark red amber in the Crooked Line tulip. Beautiful bubblefest and a creamy off-white foam. Very swirly in the glass and spritzy in the mouth.

This has an unusual musty and woody flavor. It's big and crazy with malt and caramel. Deep, dark roasted grain with a smooth mouthfeel and a sweet taste. Tangy and hoppy after the kiss of malt. Bitterness creeps up along with the wet barrel sensation. Some brown sugar and scorched caramel, but a surprisingly more dry finish.

A wintry powerful brew that is a little off-putting at first, and a little hot at the end, but it's an interesting variation on Barleywines. Better than most of the Mad River stuff, in my opinion. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a nice chestnut brown with an inch of dark tan head that recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of toffee, dried fruits with an indistinct hint of hops.

Flavors follow through the aromas. The hops come more into focus, with hints of pine and candied citrus peel.

Medium to heavy bodied with a sweet finish. Moderate carbonation with a lingering aftertaste
of burnt sugar and bitter citrus along with some alcohol warmth.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's a hoppy barley wine that makes for a nice winter warmer.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a light chestnut with visible sediment and a fingers worth of tan head

S-caramel malt, toffee, rum soaked raisins, plums and cherries, and a small amount of hops

T-similar to the smell, lots of caramel and toffee, rum soaked fruits, and ends with a light bitter finish

M-medium body, medium carbonation, bitter finish left on the tongue

Overall I thought this was pretty good, better than the BA scores suggest. Really nice aroma, maybe a little on the hot side, but not overwhelming.

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3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2011 batch.

A: Pours a clear dark red with some brown in there. Decent frothy tan head. Nice thick walls of lacing left behind from the slowly fading head. Great retention as well.

S: Very mild aroma. Almost don't get anything. A little orange marmalade maybe? Touch of stinging alcohol.

T: Interesting taste. It's kind of a sharp orange flavor initially, mixed with some raisins and toffee. Bready in the finish with some toasted malt and a little wave of bitterness from the hops. Somewhat harsh alcohol heat in the aftertaste. Orange flavor is odd, almost artificial or medicinal. Like someone dropped some tang in this.

M: Fairly heavy and thick.

O: Huh, very unusual barleywine. A bit unnecessarily harsh and almost no aroma. Not a bad barleywine, just unusual flavors and not quite right. It was okay, I drank all of it but it was kind of a mess if I'm honest.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.