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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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 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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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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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 mattmarka1
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of ZAP
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
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 jera1350
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark brown color with a thin tan head.

Nutty and malty goodness fills the nose. Touch of milk chocolate as well.

Rich and malty. Big malty and nutty flavor with hints of caramel, toffee and chocolate. Well hidden alcohol content. Very tasty.

Awesome smoothness due to the wild rice I'm guessing. Almost an oatmeal like quality. Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall well crafted beer that is of a high quality. For a brown ale, pretty unique and recommended.

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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 KarlHungus
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Re-review 2/24/17, original score 3.85)

This beer pours a solid brown color. The head is a half inch height, and recedes into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and toffee. The taste is similar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture. Overall, this is a pretty simple beer, but it has no real faults.

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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 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 tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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 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 RichH55
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of Hendrick24
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fargrow
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerlover
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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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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