Wild Brunette | Barley John's Brew Pub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barley John's Brew Pub
Minnesota, United States
barleyjohns.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 08-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.51%
 
 
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by GeezLynn:
Photo of GeezLynn
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Reddish brown, but head doesn't last.

Smell: Toast, caramel, chocolate, nuts and dark fruit. More dry than sweet.

Taste: More sweet than dry, with toasted malt, caramel, dark fruit and vanilla. A hint of spicy hops at the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full body. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Big Brown Ale. A little sweet, but lots of flavor.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at King’s Wine Bar L: Pours brilliant brown with a ½” tan foam cap that is finely bubbled and moderately persistent.
S: Nothing wild on the nose – some caramel, nuttiness and chocolate.
T: The palate follows the nose – I realize that the wild refers to wild rice rather than wild yeast and the wild rice does show up as a bit of nuttiness behind the chocolate and caramel flavors. The malt flavors are medium to medium high, the wild rice flavors are medium, the sweetness is mild, and the hops are medium to medium low. The various flavors balance each other well.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Very refreshing and drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and about a finger of beige head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A toasty and earthy malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, nuts, and rice. Barely malt scent of biscuit, toast, nuts, toffee, and caramel with some wild rice and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Also some hints of earthy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and earthy malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, nuts, and rice. Bready barley malt notes of biscuit, toast, grains, nuts, toffee, caramel, and wild rice along with yeast. Some sweet notes of brown sugar and vanilla. Some earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Brown Ale. The wild rice adds a nice earthy kick.

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Photo of optimator705
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of Hendrick24
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edbeered
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of MNAle
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby color, lightly carbonated. 1/2 inch or slightly less of a tan head that recedes quickly to a thin cover and collar. Slightly sweet but faint aroma. Nice caramel, slightly sweet taste at the start, smooth, creamy mouth feel, with a slight bitterness begins in the middle and continues into the finish and aftertaste, but less bittering than the IBU rating would have you expect. Despite this beer not having a big aroma, or a WOW character, it is a very good brown ale with just enough complexity for the style; I like this beer. It is pleasant, easy drinking, and has a very nice flavor. (caveat: I prefer English-style ales). The ABV is a bit high for an evening of drinking 3 or 4, but the feel and taste of this one will tempt you to do so anyway. Just drink it at home or have a driver. I'll be buying this one from time to time for sure.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Enola
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakenshield53
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Savoured at the establishment, arrived with little to no head, and don't really like the glasswear, but the lacing is pretty good. Otherwise, a great looking beer, dark reddish amber, almost a reddish brown.

~Can't really smell much other than the malts and maybe vanilla. Also a dark fruity aroma is present.

~This is a great beer. A very unique rice taste that I don't finid with many others, and malts are very present, not overly so, but very appropriate amount. I've had this beer quite a few times, and its a little more subtle than I remember, and thats no bad thing, though I like it more expressive. While I couldn't see any action, it was still live to the tongue, and comes off as a little nutty, perpahs due to the rice. My buddy says its brewed with rice. I think he's lying, don't think it tastes so much so. If it is, good job. Besides the malts and rice taste, I can pick up faint hop touches.

~Overall, this is a fantastic beer to enjoy alone, in a growler, at the pub with friends, with food.... really, any time. Its just a great beer to enjoy, whatever the occasion.

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Photo of erwin08
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Danegerous123
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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Wild Brunette from Barley John's Brew Pub
3.89 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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