robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2007
Brown Color with Tan Head. Even Malted Aroma. Initially Sweet and Carbonated...Malts...with a Slighty Nutty Presence..Some Suggestion of Wild Rice and Spices. Very Smooth Overall...Light Dry Aftertaste. Nice Even Hops to Balance This Brown Out. Overall a Nice Step Up From a Session Without the Pretension. marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Creamy aroma with malty accents. Reddish brown color with frothy tan head. Bitter taste balanced by sweeter roasted malt and creamy yeast flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Good. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Light brown pour w/ a small dense tan head & some nice lacing. Mild aroma some light almost bourbon tones over some carmels and a touch of nuts. avg palate. Flavor is very odd for a brown. Some sugars & carmels over a dry grain w/ some walnut and still those touches of whiskey seem to be present. Decent brew. jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Tap @ brewpub. A medium brown color with a nice light brown head. Rich malts, the way a brown ale should be but often is not, with some hops and chocolate.
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2006
I certainly didn’t mind the choice of hops, which gives it a subdued quality and brings out the caramel malts. Brown with amber in the light. Very drinkable, which is not to say completely boring, though it isn’t one I would remember for a long time. Appropriately carbonated; slightly watery feel. Not bad. (on tap at brewpub)
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Dark brown with crimson edges, fluffy tan head, good-sized and staying...
Soft, cocoa & nut-toned aroma...
Full-bodied, caramel flavor, dry and earthy....a very nice blend, not nearly as sweet as that style of brown that comes from the town that needs no more coals.
Nicely balanced, gritty, and dried out, eventually....smooth, very, judiciously smooth.
A quality brown ale, that I didn’t mind drinking in the least.
JCS (4) - New Brighton, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2006 does not count
It is a sweeter version of a dark mild beer. Dark brown in color. Chocolate & Roasted Malt flavors are evident. I very good beer. Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 On tap. This brew had a strange combination of sensations, being unappetizing to look at, boring to inhale, but increasingly interesting in flavor and texture as the pint went down. Nearly black in color with no head, appearing as RC cola. Aromas of bread and vanilla, and musty water gave way to unique flavors like cranberry, maple, and currant. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit acidic and tart. It’s no wild brunette, but Barley John’s deserves a cheer for making two brown ales that break the mold, while most brewers don’t make even one. Satisfying in a plain way.