Barley Johns Rosies Ale
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 4.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
The original Wild Brunette is infused with three separate additions of candi sugar and champagne yeast to reach the monolithic alcohol content of 23%!
Lab tests subsequently determined the alcohol content to be ~18%

2016 batch confirmed by the brewery to be 13.6% ABV.

crowderm's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Think I may have snagged the last glass of a 5 gallon batch last night. As someone who has been a long-time fan of the Wild Brunette, I was pretty excited to see a triple fermented version of this classic on the draft list. What impressed me most about this beer was how well in maintained the original flavor profile of the Brunette, despite being over twice as alcoholic. That being said, this beer is certainly more intense. Awesome flavors of dates, prunes, raisins. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Astonishingly easy drinking for a beer that clocks in at 18%. Truly world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Keg @ Barley Johnís. Deep reddish Amber pour with a fairly effervescent head. Nose is is pretty rich. Caramelized prune. Toasted grain and dark chocolate. Candy sugar. Chocolate. Flavor is rich and chewy. Nice fruity accents. Prune, raisin, plum. Earthy grain. Singed grass. Mild glowing heat on the finish. Delicate and nuanced. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2015
On tap at GTMW 2014, pours a clear dark amber brown with a thin off white head, the aroma has a ton of stuff going on, vanilla, toffee, caramel mixed in with some sweet berries, what the heck, the flavor is sweet on the front end but has a fruity touch to it with lots of caramel and dark fruit flavors coming through, honestly couldnít tell this was even over 10%, wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11480) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest on 08/09/2014: Murky reddish-brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes gradually to a film. Patchy lacing. Aroma of berries, caramel malt and yeast. Full-bodied and syrupy with flavors of dark fruit, molasses, earthy yeast and caramel. The finish is sweet with a rich malt and fruit aftertaste. Really good all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours a cloudy amber-brown with an oily light tan head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and dark fruits. Flavor is caramel, toffee, malt, vanilla, cranberry, raisin, and plum with woody notes and alcohol present but relatively masked. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2014
5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Consumed on 6-10-14. Listed as "Rosies Old Ale" but with the same ABV as "Rosies Ale" here. Pours a medium to dark brown, even maroonish color with a small amount of beige head. Opaque liquid. Strong aroma of raspberry, plum, and liqueur. Super sweet flavor features coffee, mocha, molasses, and raisin elements. It is so sweet that it is btter, if that makes any sense. Dry and tangy at the same time. Full, heavy body yet soft and surprisingly lively in the palate. Could it be a bit too sweet? Regardless, it is a wonderful beer that drinks more like a great port, ice wine, or cordial. I do prefer the barrel aged version that I had a few years ago, but that statement is a tribute to the overwhelming greatness of the barrel aged version rather than a criticism of the standard. Itís a great sipper. Normally I am put off by excessive sweetness and imbalance in favor of maltiness in my beers, but this beer goes so far into sweet maltiness that I come around full circle to loving it, and I should emphasize that it does indeed have prominent dry, bitter, and tangy (i.e., non-sweet) notes. I wish I had taken more notes, because this is certainly a beer for contemplation and the written words that emerge from that process, but , alas, I was distracted by enjoying the moment of good conversation and great beer. Kudos to Barley Johnís for years brewing this world class, very strong, unquestionably outstanding beer and its variants.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nsquishee (638) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours a dark brown-red color. Tastes like prunes, cherries, brown sugar, and port wine. Very much like port wine. Best barleywine Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (2099) - Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Tap - small foamy head, very dark amber/almost black color, complex malty alcohol aroma and flavor, not as strong alcohol as you would expect from 18%, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2014
On tap from the brewery on Feb. 5 served in (a first time for me) port wine glass thing. Amazing complexity here. Dark brown color, no foam, no lacing. Sweet but not in a bad way. Notes of multiple things going on here. Expensive but worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Sampled at Winterfest. Deep amber - brown pour. Sweet caramel and candi sugar. A bit boozy but I like that. Great brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Tap at BJ. Nose is soft brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Flavor is outstanding - mildly sweet, rich cake-like notes of molasses and marmalade. Light alcohol bite, some sherry notes and slight bitterness. Finish has mild alcohol in the cheeks and light roasted flavors. Not the biggest beer out there, but the biggest Iíve ever tasted. A complex and truly fascinating ale.

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