Barley Johns Brew Pub Reviews




jackl
3
Barley Johns Wet Hop Pale Ale
Sample @ ABR 2016. Golden pour with a small white head. Earthy, hedgerow-like hop character on the nose. Gentle spiciness. Sort of chewy, sweet malt backbone seems to be overly dominant. Some toasted grain. Peppery hop bitterness on the finish. Medium body, a bit oily.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Theydon_Bois
3.7
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Growler split at RBWG í16 hotel lobby share, big thanks to Jackl who I once enjoyed some cock action with while his sister watched, 01/02/16. Black with a good tan covering. Nose is chocolate, vanilla fudge, dark fruit rinds, light peppery spice, jammy berry fruit. Taste comprises black forest gateaux, chocolate log, red berry jam, tofee fudge, mollases, light roast. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a light boost. Solid impy number if a touch overly sweet for my liking.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

longshot
2.2
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Everyone seems to love this one. Letís disagree, aroma is pure alcohol...nothing worth smelling here. Pours dark black...love stouts so it has potential, unfortunately initial taste is alcohol, kinda like drinking a shot of whiskey. Aftertaste however does work itself out into chocolate, caramel and other dark flavors. Quite nice actually. In the end $8.9 a pint and $34 dollars a 4 pack not worth it. Many others considerably better at half the price....
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

gopherfan99
4.6
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Can; pours black with a thin mocha colored head; rich aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon with hints of wood, caramel, and dark fruits; taste is sweet dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and some wood notes; finish is dry and boozy with a hint of chocolate; excellent
Thursday, February 9, 2017

beermenow1
4.8
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Pours a dark brown with tan to white that dissapates rather quick. Aroma of chocolate,l coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. This beer us 13% ABV and tastes like it is!! Very strong yet smooth!
Monday, January 30, 2017

Ronritter
3
Barley Johns Warriors Passage IIPA
poured from keg at devils advocate pours amber with thin off white head nice imperial with a bit of funk to it
Saturday, January 14, 2017

deyholla
2.2
Barley Johns P-Funkus Sour Wheat
Sampled from the tap at All Pints North. Pours a cloudy golden peach with a white head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma has sweet wheat and an extremely acidic apricot/lemon note. Flavor is extremely acidic with notes of nail polish and a bit of apricot.
Sunday, December 4, 2016

Drake
4.1
Barley Johns Rosies Ale
Minnesota Trip Beer #150. Keg at the brewpub, 5/11/16. Jackl and I waited around for them to tap this and it was worth it! Clear dark red, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of soy, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses, strawberry, raisin. The taste is chocolate, toffee, raisin, vanilla, caramel, molasses. Full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol well hidden.
Monday, October 17, 2016

Drake
3.5
Barley Johns Across the Pond Barleywine
Minnesota Trip Beer #148. Keg at the brewpub, 5/11/16.Clear dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of cherry, toffee, lemon, mild toastiness. The taste is sugared lemon and orange, toffee. Medium bodied, low carbonation.
Monday, October 17, 2016

Drake
3.6
Barley Johns Second Flight
Minnesota Trip Beer #147. Keg at the brewpub, 5/11/16. Clear copper, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of citrus, yeast, pale malt. The taste is citrus, pale malt, tropical fruit, yeast. Medium bodied, low carbonation, mild lingering bitterness.
Monday, October 17, 2016

Drake
3.2
Barley Johns Barley Brown
Minnesota Trip Beer #146. Keg at the brewpub, 5/11/16. Clear dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of caramel and chocolate. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, mild fruits. Medium bodied, low carbonation.
Monday, October 17, 2016

Drake
3.6
Barley Johns Lightheart Scottish 80
Minnesota Trip Beer #145. Keg at the brewpub, 5/11/16. Clear dark red brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, cherries, mild chocolate. The taste is toffee, caramel, vanilla, mild cherries. Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth.
Monday, October 17, 2016

deyholla
3.3
Barley Johns Wet Hop Pale Ale
On tap at Stanleyís. Pours a clear gold with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has earthy grass and earthy pine with some straw and earthy grain backing. Flavor has earthy pine and grass with an earthy grains backing.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

JK
2.6
Barley Johns Melís Cream Ale - Strawberry and Sea Salt
All Pints North 2016. Orange color and low carbonation. Light aroma. some strawberry. On cask, I think it is a real ale, and I like the experimentation, but it is a cream ale and it is hard to do much with that style. Light strawberry in the aroma and flavor, some salt taste.
Sunday, August 28, 2016

JK
1
Barley Johns P-Funkus Sour Wheat
All Pints North 2016. Some haze in the color. Acidic aroma, and the flavor is so acidic that this is undrinkable. Just horrible. Something went wrong and this should not have been served. I expect more from Barley Johnís.
Friday, August 26, 2016

AWISLguy
4.3
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
On tap at Rayís in Tosa. Talk about a white whale!! Black pour, no head. Aroma has bakers chocolate, vanilla, caramel, light anise. Smooth and strong. The barrel kicks in harder down through the glass. Taste is big vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, some ash, some licorice. The vanilla/caramel trumps all down the glass. Somewhat alcoholly, the blend is solid, if a touch rough. solidly carbonated. Full bodied. Finishes well blended between bitter and sweet. Time to warm, or a bottle to age (or it turns out -- a CAN to age, as the Barley John rep says they will be releasing in cans in the fall), and this could be excellent. As it is, "just" very good. 16.8
Friday, July 1, 2016

drpimento
3.3
Barley Johns Maibock 2016
Amber color, small head, no lace. Mild aroma. Bittersweet flavor thatís kind of boozy, going to a bitter finish.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

jackl
4.1
Barley Johns Rosies Ale
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.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

csaso
3.8
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Tap, "Returns" - not much head, pitch black color, big alcohol aroma, sweet and roasty malt flavor, some woody notes come through from the barrels, some complexity in there, good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

csaso
3.1
Barley Johns 16th Anniversary Ale
Tap - average size foamy head, dark Amber color, semi sweet malty aroma and flavor, mild hop balance, some alcohol notes come through, not bad overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

csaso
3.5
Barley Johns Lightheart Scottish 80
Tap - big tan thick head, dark brown color, big nutty malt aroma and flavor, fair earthy hop balance, slightly creamy finish, pretty good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

JK
3.3
Barley Johns Breakfast of Champions Oatmeal Stout
Winterfest 2016. A solid beer, but I feel like it is nothing I have not had many times before. Well roasted grain, moderate coffee aroma and and flavor, making it bitter. the alcohol is higher than I expected, but it was hidden and I did not pick it up in the flavor or the aroma. Good coffee beer.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

islay
2.7
Barley Johns Across the Pond Barleywine
5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub in New Brighton, Minnesota. Consumed on 3-18-16. Bright, burnt orange to rust to copper. Nice color. Buttery, malty smell. Sweet taste with a lightly bitter finish. Too sweet for my tastes. Fruity Pebbles cereal and condensed milk. A bit juicy with a bit of spice. Improves on multiple sips. Medium body, lighter than I expected. Ultimately just too sweet.
Sunday, March 20, 2016

islay
3.1
Barley Johns Stockyard IPA
5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub in New Brighton, Minnesota. Consumed on 3-18-16. Medium to dark amber. Beige head. Nice color of the liquid. Malty, buttery aroma. Toffee and biscuit scents. Smells a bit fishy, unfortunately. Bitter flavor. On the sweet side for the style in its maltiness. Light to medium body. Unremarkable palate effects. Not bad but not good overall.
Sunday, March 20, 2016

islay
2.7
Barley Johns Breakfast of Champions Oatmeal Stout
5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub in New Brighton, Minnesota. Consumed on 3-18-16. Pours dark brown with very little head. Weak, grainy smell features a coffee scent. Coffee and prune flavors; coffee bean. I donít like coffee, but I think the malt or yeast isnít great in this. Medium body. Frothy in the palate.
Sunday, March 20, 2016

islay
3.4
Barley Johns 16th Anniversary Ale
5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub in New Brighton, Minnesota. Consumed on 3-18-16. Pours a dark amber to maroon. Nice color. Small amount of beige head. Liquid looks good. Sweet, malty smell. Carrot scent. Nice, toasted maltiness in the taste. Orange and carrot cake flavors. Surprisingly citric taste. Smooth and frothy in the palate. Medium body. Overall, not bad at all, especially for the style.
Sunday, March 20, 2016

djd07
4.4
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Growler, huge thanks to Jack for this! Pours black with small beige head thst diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roasted malt, cracker, chocolate, wood, bourbon. Thick mouth, chewy, bourbon, roast, dark chocolate, lingering sweetness, really enjoyed this one.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Leighton
4.2
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Growler shared during RBWG - many thanks to jackl. Pours deep black-brown with a creamy beige head. Big dark malt nose, some cocoa, scorched earth, raisins, burnt caramel. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with rich dark chocolate, some gooey dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, mild scorched earth bitterness, full bodied, oily and lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish, plenty of luxurious chocolate, further rich dark fruits, mild balancing bitterness. Great stuff.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

JulienHuxley
4.1
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Sample from a Growler. Black pour with thin white head. Aroma is rich and malty, molasses, light roast. Taste is rich, caramel chocolate flavor, sweet with light bitterness. Palate is full bodied, warming alcohol. Quite tasty.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

VsXsV
3.8
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Growler shared at hotel lobby fart share @ RBWG 2016. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of raw sugar, licorice, raisins, bourbon, chocolate and light coffee. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, raisins, bourbon and chocolate. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice, but not a 100/100 beer. Bit too boozy.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Art
4.2
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
750ml wide mouth growler. Unfortunately seems flat. Pours a dark brown black with a slight light brown head that dissipated nearly immediately. Aromas of candied dark fruits, tobacco, chocolate, ash/charcoal. Vanilla, caramel. Pretty darn complex beer. Taste is fairly rounded out but with a bit of an alcohol burn to it. Beer has a bunch of depth to it.
Sunday, January 31, 2016

jackl
4.1
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Keg @ Barley Johns. Deep brown with a tiny tan head. Nose is very rich. Huge accents of dark chocolate. Sweet bourbon. Vanilla and some woody, boozy character. Ashy. Flavor is fat, outsized, but somehow pretty balanced. Rocky road fudge offset by toasty wood. Mild dark fruit skin. Very oily and thick. Fun, luxurious stuff.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nsanders
4.4
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Tap at brew pub. Black with a clingy light brown head. Chocolate, caramel, salt, a little charred wood, vanilla, ashy and graham cracker. Salted caramel sweetness with a ashy dryness. Heavier body with a creamy feel.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Nsanders
3.7
Barley Johns See Ya, Rye!
Tap at brewpub. Deep orange with a clingy head. Malty, rye, honey and a slight tootsie roll note. Tastes sweet and malty. Light to medium body with a foamy feel.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

deyholla
4
Barley Johns Up in Arms
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber with an orange hue and a white head that dissipates to the edges and laces. Aroma has a good amount of tropical fruit with sweet citrus and light grains backing. Flavor has musty citrus with tropical fruits and a light grain backbone.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

jackl
3.6
Barley Johns See Ya, Rye!
Keg @ barley Johns. Amber pour with a small head. Aroma of toasted grain, some Orange peel. Nut bar, trail mix. Flavor is rich, a bit hot. Plenty of cheer cereal. Honey. Caramelized pear. Medium body, soft.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

jackl
3.5
Barley Johns Up in Arms
Keg @ Barley Johns. Amber pour with a small white head. Nose of melon, light citrus. Biscuity sweetness. Flavor is similar. Mild mango, melon, and seagrass. Light pine. Soft body, easy going.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

deyholla
3
Barley Johns See Ya, Rye!
On tap at the brewery. Pours a near clear amber with a gold hue and a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of sweet grains and rye with a bit of biscuit underlying. Flavor is sweet grain and biscuit forward with some rye towards the finish.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BVery
3.1
Barley Johns Dark Matter
Tap at Barley Johns. Very dark opaque / black pour with a dense creamy beige head. Roast aroma - quite nice. Taste is odd - roast, creaminess, lemon cleaner. Eh, not sure about this.
Friday, October 30, 2015

BVery
3.2
Barley Johns See Ya, Rye!
Tap at Barley Johns. Somewhat murky reddish amber pour with a small dense head. Fairly strong rye aroma. Palate has a little heft, mild rye spice with some sweet grains on taste.
Friday, October 30, 2015

BVery
3.3
Barley Johns Up in Arms
Tap at Barley Johns. Clear deeper orange pour with a minor clingy white head. This uses Amarillo and Warrior hops, and while I do get some citrus rind in here, Iím also getting some resin/spruce. Light and easy drinking with a bit of hop bite late.
Friday, October 30, 2015

BVery
3.1
Barley Johns O-Fest
Tap at Barley Johns. Mostly clear orange pour with a good sized head. Sweet grain and malt. Slick palate. Straightforward but pretty decent for the style.
Friday, October 30, 2015

csaso
3.6
Barley Johns Brown Ale!
Tap - good size foamy head, beautiful dark Amber color, nice nutty malty aroma and flavor, fair earthy hops, pretty good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

csaso
3.6
Barley Johns Bruegel de Blonde
Tap - average size foamy head, nice medium copper/Amber color, fruity aroma and flavor - mostly apples, lots of good peppery Belgian yeast spice going on, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

csaso
2.8
Barley Johns First Flight
Tap - small foamy head, clear medium gold color, pretty balanced aroma and flavor, earthy hops and semi sweet wheat, pretty dry flat finish, ok overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

pushkinwow
4.1
Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)
Growler from thomashall, shared with Lubiere and "little" Matt. Dark brown with a mocha ring. Vanilla bean, charred oak, bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, some almost burnt toffee. Moderate carbonation, full body, boozy, figs with some balsamic reduction, sweet, yummy, enjoyable but in smaller quantities.
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Bacterial
3.4
Barley Johns Warriors Passage IIPA 3.0
Murky amber pour with a slight head, on tap at the brewpub. Not bad, but also not as much hoppy goodness as I would expect from a double IPA that is near 10%.
Friday, July 31, 2015

Bacterial
3
Barley Johns Pils the Void
On tap at the brewpub. Nothing wrong with the beer, but also not doing anything special for me. Not bad boost for a pilsener.
Friday, July 31, 2015

theisti
3.9
Barley Johns Bruegel de Blonde
Half pint (10 oz) draft at the brewpub in New Brighton, Minnesota. The pour is orange copper, slight haze, with not much of an off white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, herbal and clove along with a softly sweet malt. The taste is super clean straw, grass, light sweet malt and the Belgian yeast notes carrying all of it. The palate is medium bodied with soft natural carbonation and the lingering yeast flavor. Really well executed.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Atom
3
Barley Johns Pils the Void
On tap at brewpub pours a hazy orange/golden with a small white head. Sweet bready aroma, light lager yeast, very light hops. Taste of sweet caramel bready malts, pils yeast, more sweetness, with faint hints of hops. Too sweet for me, lacking any distinct hop aroma or flavor. Labeled as a pre-prohibition Pilsner, tastes like a German Macro.
Monday, July 20, 2015