Barley John's Wild Brunette Wild Rice Brown Ale

RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
My signature brown ale is inspired by a special lady. It has rich toasted malt, soft chocolate and dark fruit flavors, with subtle vanilla notes. It is complex and smooth, and just like that wild brunette, simply Phegnomenal.

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twindadplus2 (747) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2017
Deep brown with a creamy beige head. Nutty, spicy, sweet aroma, Creamy roasted chocolate malt flavor with a hint of spice. Full bodied and thick with a creamy, spicy finish.

StoutBeerReviews (306) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2017
chalky and thickish, strong punching flavor, seems sorta unbalanced. not as smooth as i was hoping for. still pretty good for the abv.

Carlisle (881) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2017
Can (16 oz). Pours dark brown with light beige head that dissipates. Nose of caramel and peanuts. Bread crust and caramel with nuttiness. Crisp finish. Medium body. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Tallboy can from The Malt Shoppe, 9/24/16. Clear dark brown, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of rice, tart cherry, caramel. The taste is toasted malt, caramel, rice, cherry, grape, nuttiness. Thin-medium bodied, refreshing.

ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Canned some time between June and August, 2016, drunk 9/14/16.
Big, dark beige head tops a mahogany body with strong garnet highlights and a high clarity. Retention is moderate.
Lots of nuts (hazelnuts primarily), acidity (melanoidins, yeast) and light chocolate-vanilla notes (roasted barley). There’s just a touch of fudge, with a smattering of alcohol, as well, and otherwise it’s clean. Maybe a touch forceful, overall, though a very high strength of aroma.
In the mouth it’s lightly sticky, with lots of fudge and vanilla character, moderate caramel and a big melanoidin-like acidity full of plums, berries and prunes. The alcohol comes on rather coarsely, however, and the sugars build up a bit too much, as the carbonation is rather flabby/unfocused and unable to lighten the palate. Just a bit too much intensity of flavor, which may have been ok were it not for the alcohol, which really puts the nail in the coffin.

MNAle (242) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Dark ruby color, lightly carbonated. 1/2 inch or slightly less of a tan head that recedes quickly to a thin cover and collar. Slightly sweet but faint aroma. Nice caramel, slightly sweet taste at the start, smooth, creamy mouth feel, with a slight bitterness begins in the middle and continues into the finish and aftertaste, but less bittering than the IBU rating would have you expect. Despite this beer not having a big aroma, or dominating taste profile, I like this beer. It is pleasant, easy drinking, and has a very nice flavor. (caveat: I prefer English-style ales). The ABV is a bit high for an evening of drinking 3 or 4, but the feel and taste of this one will tempt you to do so anyway. Just drink it at home or have a driver. I’ll be buying this one from time to time for sure.

crossovert (14233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2016
473ml can. For its abv it isn’t as dark as expected, it is boozy and sweet, some roasted and cocoa notes but not too much going on.

shigadeyo (3856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2016 The aroma is smoky like bacon or maybe like Beggin Strips dog treats; brown color with a small khaki head; candy malt and fairly sweet, smoky finish with a nice earthy bitterness and a slight herbal/medicinal quality in the aftertaste; medium body, smooth; different and pretty good. 16 fl oz can from Gilbert’s Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI.

Lemke10 (996) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2016
This pours a murky brown color with a slight head. The aroma is sweet with malts, hints of toasted ingredients. The taste is big, bold, and smooth. Lots of complex and rich flavors going on that are well balanced. Lingers on the taste buds with dark fruits and a hint of vanilla as described. Very nice!

JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 29, 2016
Light brown body with a hint of copper. Modest sized beige head. Light caramel and marzipan scents. Sweeter start with some raspberry and dark chocolate. Middle has a bit of spice (a bit like rye), not sure if its from the rice of hops. Hints of smoke and I’d have to say wild rice in the finish and linger. A fun and much better than average brown ale.

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