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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
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#12,259
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
77
pDev:
9.54%
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Photo of Danegerous123
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Djsaturn1
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fargrow
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beckje01
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a gravity tap cask into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber, very still almost not movement once set down. The head was low as expected from a cask condition.

S- Mild smells... but the room smelled alot from the brewing they were finishing and cleaning up from, a wonderful smell but I couldn't really distinguish the beers smell too much.

T- Rich, really taste the wild rice with some nut flavors mixed in.

M- Smoth with a hint of carbination, really a wonderful feeling I could not ask for more from a beer in this area.

D- Very drinkale goes down well.

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer as a cask conditioned one I would have loved to have a second pint but as I was finishing my pint I watched them pour the last drop from the cask. The cask conditioning is new and this was the 3rd attempt and it was great the other two didn't come out as I'm told and they are hoping to add cask conditioning more regularly. I really can't wait for more cask beers.

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4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong Belgian-style brown ale named for the brewer's wife. My first taste was a "snit" provided gratis by the waitress, who called it her favorite, and I sample now from a growler.
Appearance: dark mahagony, with reddish highlights around the edges, adorned with a lush creamy thick soft-tan head, slowly drifting down and leaving lace.
Aroma: an incredible marriage of flavors, nuts, yeast, bread, roasty-toasty, some dark fruit, perhaps, and, with time, a greater chocolatey quality comes forth, rich and perfectly melded, for no one attribute comes forward over others.
Taste: nice spritzy buzz of hops and carbonation meets the lips, and rides on into the palate, good mouthfeel, wonderful flavor, medium in body, with a solid, woody finish. Cocoa still resides in the flavor, little nuttiness, and a certain sprucey, piney feel as well, as if a particular hoppiness is joining the party. A very unique flavor, with dates and raisins also showing themselves a bit, seems like a lower ABV Kasteel, but possessing it's own individual personality.
One very fine creation, from an interesting little brewpub. This is the beer they use to re-ferment into Rosie's Ale, world's strongest beer.

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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeezLynn
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer made with wild rice.

A-Clear, deep brown with a thin tan head that left spotty lacing.

S-A bit of sweet caramel malt and a fiant wafting of nuttiness.

T-Sweet caramel malt melding with the lovely nuttiness of the wild rice. No hop bite in this one...but it hardly matters the taste profile is wonderful.

M-Medium body with a lovley sweetness that covers the tounge without being cloying.

D-Totally! For a malty beer this one hits a homerun for me. A wonderful local take, with the addition of the wild rice, on an old stand-by. One of the best brown ales I have ever had.

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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is more brown at the top of the glass as it lightens towards the bottom to a darker amber, has a yellowish thin head that faded to a skim always present and leaves tons of lacing in tight sheets. Smell Is quite faint but very nice of hazelnut and roasty malts, with a touch of tang and vanilla. Taste is mild but rich tangy and roasty malts, mostly coming through from the midway point with a solid hazelnut and almond toastyness, a touch of vanilla noted and has a light earthyness coming through with a dark fruit sense in the finish. Which is quite nice, excellent finish on this one. Solid medium body, a slow start with a strong finish. Nothing to overwhelming, quite mild and smooth with just enough pep to make you notice your actually drinking it. Its a cross between a brown ale and a Belgian dark. An interesting brew and well worth having.

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Photo of edbeered
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear brown, good head.

Smell: Toast, light fruitiness.

Taste: Very interesting and very good! Fruity/floral taste to start, then some vanilla, light toasted bread.

Overall: I've lived in MN for 11 years but never got over to Barley John's. Now that they can from their brewery in WI I finally had their beer. This was miles better than I expected, as most brown ales are pretty boring. But the Wild Brunette had a really interesting mix of fruity and floral flavors. One of the best straight-up brown ales (not a porter) in MN.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewfisher
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its made with wild rice and you can totally taste it. Very nutty, chocolaty and a mild hoppy finish. Im taking home a growler.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Wild Brunette from Barley John's Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 77 ratings
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