John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

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84
good
517 Ratings
THE BROS
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John Barleycorn Barleywine AleJohn Barleycorn Barleywine Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States
madriverbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Same recipe each year. ABV varies slightly 9.5-11.0%

Added by DOCALYN on 09-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
517
Reviews:
364
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
30
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 517 |  Reviews: 364
Photo of DavidR_9
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled in 2014, heavily poured into a belgian tulip glass. The heavy pour creates a half inch of tan-khaki colored head on top of a deep reddish-brown body. Dark fruity aroma with a small hint of alcohol. The taste was really pleasant and balanced with darker fruity notes of tamarind and maybe a hint of dates. Not much of a lingering aftertaste, the alcohol definitely becomes more prominent as the brew warms up. Overall an enjoyable brew when served cold right out of the refrigerator.

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Photo of sjrider
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
4.87/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 2007 bottle in August 2016 and it had held up wonderfully. Lot of caramel left in the thick body of the beer. Smell was a little odd, but the flavor allowed me to look past that.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage, enjoyed on 11/20/2016.

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Photo of ledouge
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deNerval
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of instinct2
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle. Lot of butter flavor that worked well.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served in a snifter, the brew is muddy brown and has a frothy looking khaki colored, finger width head. Good retention, leaving a thin, consistent film across the top. Thick sheets of lace coats most of the glass, with a pattern of spots making up the rest.

Smell - Fermented fruit with plenty of underlying apple cider vinegar.

Taste - Thankfully more fruity and less vinegar on the tongue. Fermented red apple, moderate citrus, fair tobacco spice and bit of leather. Light astringency creeps up in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Creamy texture with a slight tingle, then a dry finish.

Overall - Its a quirky one, but it has its charms. The aroma is definitely the low point, but thankfully that vinegary character isn't as prevalent when drinking. Might be one worth aging.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travolta
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, some malts. Taste is fruits, malts, some sweetness. As it warms, the alcohol takes over and dominates the flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.54/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.28/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Red and brown with a shit ton of sediment and whatever else floating around. Lacking head, 1/10" maybe. Tan. Aroma was hot. Hot alcohol. Feel the burn.

Taste jeez, this is brutal heat. Gritty liquid, not quite sand territory, but damn if some of this malt wasn't 'malted'. The raw. Body seems too thin for the heat.

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Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown and hazy with two plus fingers of light tan head. Good amount of lace as head falls.
Smell is ripe plums with some molasses.
Taste is same fruits with some bitter hops as the liquid warms. Kind of reminds me of fall holiday breads and cakes.
Mouthfeel is full and good carbonation. Finish is on the sweet side but not too much. Alcohol is felt more than tasted.
Overall a very nice Barleywine Ale.
My bottle lists abv. at 10% not 11%. The label says this is the 2014 version.

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Photo of BbyDigital
4.67/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe it when I saw how low this beer scored from the Bros and the community in general. the only thing I can reason out is that its not a traditional style of barleywine. I understand that angle but I have to disagree on rating this beer and just 'good'. Tons of flavor start to finish from ripe fruit to citrusy piney hops. This beer at 10% abv is absolutely delicious and trusted sources tell me it gets even better with age which, if true, would make this a good candidate for a medal in a "Best West Coast style Barleywine"

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Photo of Pranqfan
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2012
(A)- Pours a deep mahogany color. Some off-white froth and lacing
(S)- Big leathery resin notes with brown sugar and fig
(T)- Leathery fig meets brown sugar with some resinous hoppy notes
(M)- A good carbonation level. Quite hoppy and bitter but loaded with some sweet and rich characters too
(O)- Nice with a few years on it, but could go even longer with what I see in the glass

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy Chestnut with copper highlights, slight head, delicate lacing, low head retention, very dense but clear.
S: malt, dark fruit, not much hop, esters, maltiness is intense, no diacetyl, no DMS.
T: Rich malt balanced by alcohol and hops, strong malt and dark fruit balanced by alcohol. Hops are strong but compared to the malt, not prominent.
F: Full body, chewy but not syrupy, low to moderately low carbonation
O: While hoppy, the big malt dominates and the hops are not as prominent as an American IPA.

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Photo of Links41
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 517 ratings.
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