Wild Brunette | Barley John's Brew Pub

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Barley John's Brew Pub
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 08-12-2003

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wild Brunette pours an opaque brown color, with a bubbly head. Light aroma, hints of sweet and earth. Flavor is rich, with a nice malty backbone with a small bite, and a very nice dry finish. Good body and finish. Overall, a top notch brown ale, big creamy flavors, with a good dry finish.

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Photo of Rstar
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty darn close to my favorite beer i had when i visited this rad little brewery. they do a great job with a lot of styles, but this is one of the more inventive beers that was on while i was there. its a strong brown ale, sort fo english in nature, but brewed with rice, which is where the wild aspect comes from, wild rice, this is not a wild beer in the yeast sense at all, this was definitely invented and up and running before wild ale was popularized in the united states, this is probably increasingly problematic for folks coming in here. the beer is great, the rice adds a cool nutty flavor to this that is perfect with the chocolate malts and the even darker roasted aspect, while it adds a neat starchy richness to the body that is unique in the style. its tame though, and still well within style boundaries in terms of the overall and experience, and not so weird as to only appeal on an esoteric beer audience. smooth and fuller bodied, awesome malt layers, and that distinct nutty rice thing all the way through. great recipe, great execution, one of the best i had in here! its been awhile since ive had an inventive brown ale. this hit the spot!

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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 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 cmsfish
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 einman
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npachl
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 ffshore545
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of uchty
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was sold on the for the fact that wild rice is used. I poured the pint can into a pint glass and found it to be steady. Really enjoy the subtle sweetness, with a wild rice spicyness. I was most impressed with the feel of it. Its smooth, but not too smooth, so the subtle wild rice flavor lingers. Something different and enjoyable.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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 kraticus41
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 couchsitta
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Evilyak
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

somewhere in the annals of beeradvocate magazine, there's a recipe for wild rice brat rolls. this beer might be even more minnesota than that recipe.

it's otherwise a reasonable looking brown ale that's otherwise unremarkable, but this sweet, nutty taste is all wild rice. kind of not what i'd want to drink much of, but very familiar.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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 ZAP
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decided to hit this again and much better one year later. Nice nutty malty brown ale..a touch of sourbreadyness....light chocolate and hints of caramel.

Low carbonation, high side of medium bodied...finishes a little sweet. Very enjoyable.

2/10/16 Score=3.08
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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Wild Brunette from Barley John's Brew Pub
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