csaso (2284) - Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Tap - small foamy head, very dark amber color, malty/nutty aroma and flavor, smooth drinking - good overall BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Nice head and lacing as I drink this dark amber pour. The aroma is pleasantly sweet and malty with a very fresh character. The body is vaguely chocolatey. portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Pint at Barley John’s. Unclear brown copper pour with a thick frothy kahki head and leaves a nice sticky lacing. Aroma is faint nuts and roasted burnt malt. Taste is very malty with some sweet caramel, nuts and dark fruit and finihes nice and bitter hop note (nice). Palate is medium creamy feel with solid carbonation and finishes chaulky. Very nice brew! bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2010
Pours a dark amber with a small, off-white head. Weak aroma of caramel malt and some breadiness. Flavor is malty with more of a bready taste and hints of sugar, caramel, syrup, and fruits with a lightly bitter finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good. IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pour was dark amber. Had a medium dark fruity taste and a medium or so malt bill. Had the average hops for an ale and a nice floral finish. Good brew. Would drink again.
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2008
scent of fruit and barley. taste of hops and fruit. nothing too special about this one. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Draft at the brewpub on Barley John’s 8th Anniversary (3/16/08). 6.6%. Poured a cloudy brown-orange color. The head was off white. Earthy aromas of moss and dried leaves greeted the nose. Smelled a bit like Autumn. This earthiness carried over into the flavor. I tasted wet stone, fall leaves, and green leafy hops. Dry on the tongue with moderate hop bitterness that peaked at about 6 out of 10. Not flashy, but a nice beer nonetheless. islay (2734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2008
2008 edition, listed as 6.6% ABV. 16 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Tasted during Barley John’s 8th Anniversary celebration on 3-16-08. Bready aroma of toasted malt and citrus. The smell is weak and hard to pin down. Pours a hazy, dark, reddish brown with a cool, bright, orangish gold hue. Small amount of near-white head. Malty, pleasant taste that reminds me more of an English old ale or strong ale rather than any sort of Irish brew. The taste is less toasty than the aroma and alleged Irish heritage suggest, and the beer is sweeter than I expected. Medium body. Smooth and creamy in the palate. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing. Barley John’s Anniversary Ale is a solid though unspectacular beer. A stronger and more interesting aroma would greatly help this product. Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 16, 2007
Hand bottle received in Mystery swap 2.0. Alot of malt to this one, pours with a slight head, and dark color. Some dark fruit to this one, but malt dominates, an enjoyable brew!
Almost tastes like a port wine. Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
From Growler drunk 4/21. Very dark brown nearly black with lacing type head. Roasted malt and fruity banana aroma. Alittle thin and watery. The flavor was of strong roasted malt. Some creamy notes also detected. Bitter finish. Got better as it warmed.