Wild Brunette | Barley John's Brew Pub

Wild BrunetteWild Brunette
BA SCORE
64.5%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 76 ratings
Wild BrunetteWild Brunette
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,458
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
76
Liked:
49
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
9.56%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 33
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of ZAP
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce can from the new Wisconsin brewery....I've been to BJ's many times but it has been awhile since I had the Wild Brunette....really can't remember enough to compare brew house version to canned version.

This is interesting and very sweet. A real unique flavor that borders on being "off"...kind of a BO type aroma and flavor if that makes sense..I expected a little more nuttiness but this is pretty syrupy sweet with notes of vanilla...

Overall, I'm happy with the four pack I bought but it falls short of being recommendable. It's interesting and worth trying in the cans I would think.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Enola
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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 NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Beerlover
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maedhros09
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown/ruby, little head retention
Smell: malty, fruity
Taste: Fruity caramelly malt-dominated with some tartness, a little spiciness, and a very mildly bitter finish.
Feel: Full bodied with typical carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed the first few sips of this, but it was ultimately too malty and somewhat one-dimensional for my taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four-pack of 16 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. No canning stamp that I can see, though these did show up at the store for the first time about two months ago. Poured right from the fridge into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a root beer brown--semi-opaque and red-tinged at the edges--with about two inches of very dense khaki head that sticks around for a good long while and leaves significant lacing on the glass.

S: Pretty nondescript nose on this one: there are some roasted malt notes, though they aren't particularly assertive. In the mix--and, I assume, owing to the presence of the wild rice--is an adjunct aroma that's best described as earthy. Perhaps a touch of stewed corn with its accompanying sweetness. Subtle metallic notes present, as well.

T: Well, I should probably begin by saying that this could be an older can than I think: there is a definite, off-putting metallic taste to this brew. That being said, this one begins with subtle roasted malt notes, along with a slightly sweet flavor from caramel, chocolate, and bready malts. The roasted quality builds into the middle, as some astringent hop presence is felt, as well. There and toward the back, some of that wild rice flavor comes through a bit, registering as an earthy, slightly sweet adjunct in the mix. The back end is more bitter than I expected, with that hop flavor accompanying the roasty and sweeter malts into the aftertaste.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one drinks more watery than I would like. While it had substantial head, the carbonation is lacking in the body. Just slightly astringent and bitter, with a clean finish. I just wanted this one to have more creaminess than it did.

O: This is my first Barley John's beer, and I'll certainly have to try and get my hands on a fresher can; this review will obviously have to be considered in light of the fact that it might have just been out of date. What's there--when the off metallic notes are set aside--is a brown ale with some nice complexity, though it lacks in terms of assertive flavor and body. For those interested in beers brewed with adjuncts like wild rice, this one is worth a try (just be sure to get it fresh).

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Photo of Benish
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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 Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a tallboy into a nonic. Never managed to make it up to New Brighton, so I'm glad they've started to can. I don't think there's any way I'd pick up on the fact that this was brewed with wild rice if I was tasting this blind. Pours a clear dark reddish amber copper, with a minimal head and not much lacing. Modest nose, but I get some dark fruit, vanilla, both of which have some sweetness, and then some toasted grains. Taste is fairly sweet, adding some caramel to what one gets in the nose, and subtracting the fruit. Not much of a hoppy edge that I was looking for, and not much by way of chocolate or nutty notes that I find in my favorite Browns, nonetheless, this is good. Especially on the back end, it doesn't entirely come together for me, and the feel is a little lackluster....I'd love a little more of a hoppy bite and/or more layers of malty goodness. This is still an enjoyable (if sweet) quaff.

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Photo of MNAle
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Dave2234
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erwin08
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Ristaccia
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ilafan
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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 HoistinBrews
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tewaris
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wild Brunette {Wild Rice Brown Ale}
Barley John's Brew Pub
American Brown Ale
7.2% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
Sampled at the brewpub from a nonic pint glass

Appearance 3/5
Clear dark brown with no head whatsoever. Later, couple of swirls forced a tiny brown collar that left equally tiny lacing on the glass. Neither did the collar stick around, nor did the lace.

Aroma 3.5/5
Some sweet malts and a very unique aroma because of wild rice. No fruitiness or hop aroma. Not much of chocolate/caramel/nutty/toasty aromas either.

Taste 4/5
Slight fruitiness from malts and esters in the beginning. Firm bitterness in the middle from early hop additions, but the hop flavor is low, if any; hard to say. There's some stout-ish roasty bitterness and feel too. And a lot of taste that's from wild rice, which is very unique to this ale. Finish is medium-dry with a firm, lingering bitterness. Some alcohol warmth is noted. This beer needs more malts, or less hops and less alcohol, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel 3/5
A tad thin. For a brown ale with this ABV, I have to guess that the wild rice contributes quite a bit to fermentables given the body. However, I would either prefer more malts and a bigger body in this one, or less bitterness and a lower ABV, as noted with taste too. Also, this beer was pretty flat for its body.

Drinkability 4/5
Quaffable. But alcohol is on the higher side compared to body, for this style.

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Wild Brunette from Barley John's Brew Pub
Beer rating: 64.5% out of 100 with 76 ratings
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