Wild Brunette | Barley John's Brew Pub

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86
very good
76 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Gots:
13
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 33
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 Fargrow
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TEdubbaD
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ilafan
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mdog
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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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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 maedhros09
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of RichH55
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewfisher
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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

Photo of hopazoid
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 SlightlyGrey
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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 Danegerous123
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mmulebarn
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Djsaturn1
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
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 josephwa
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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