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Marin Old Dipsea Barleywine Bourbon Barrel (Brett)

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
"In May 2009 we brewed a special batch of Old Dipsea Barleywine and aged it for 10 months in 4 Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. We added a special strain of wild yeast or brettanomyces to further ferment and add complexity. You’ll notice an extra fruity character resembling pineapple and a tanginess not found in our standard Old Dipsea. We have bottled 100 cases and wax sealed the crowns."

Editor’s note: This batch can be identified from the the 2009 Heaven Hill and Old Fitzgerald releases by being released in 2010, being red wax dipped, with a white sticker that says "Bourbon barrel aged for ten months 2009."
2013 vintage - 10.8% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3426) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle thanks to Collin. Murky brown pour with a white head. Caramel and boozy bouquet. Sweet and a bit thin in the body with caramel, booze, cola, and dark fruit highlights. Average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle… Pours hazy and caramel-colored with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head that dissipates faster than you can say “quick.” The bouquet is a blend of oaken funk, medium-dry sherry, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. The flavor is lightly tart and mildly sweet, providing far less caramel and bourbon that the barrel aged base beer. This version is more attenuated than the regular BBA Dipsea . Less body and more carbonation. There is still a load of bourbon flavor without a lot of bourbon heat. A bit thin in places, this version. The finish is sweet and faintly tart with hints of brown south Florida cane sugar and a nice splash of bourbon. Dries out a good bit afterward. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Deep ruby brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is of toffee, bourbon, caramel. prune and a light lemon tartness. Taste is of brett, caramel, bourbon, and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark cola brown with a small khaki head. Thick milk chocolate and caramel in equal proportion on the aroma, plus a little added brett fruitiness. Flavor is strong caramel, light toasted coconut, and depending on the sip, a burst of tart pineapple. Finish is very short and dry from the brett, almost too short actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8572) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream head. Yeast and light tart aroma with light earthiness. Caramel and yeast flavor with light brett. Medium bodied. Caramel and yeast lingers with light brett.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours a murky brown/red with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is tart cherry, dry brett, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon. Taste is tart fruit up front followed by bourbon with vanilla, some brett, darker raisin and sweet malt, and more dry brett with bourbon and a prickle from the alcohol. Smooth, coasting mouthfeel. The brett is secondary to the tart fruit flavors and bourbon. Very unique and enjoyable barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (3543) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle shared with Matt, courtesy of Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! A: Hazy, reddish brown color with very little head. The head hastily withers to a thin, wispy layer and leaves virtually no lacing. S: Sweet malts, toffee, alcohol, an atypical scent that must be brettanomyces. I am quite unfamiliar with brett in this context, and find this beer quite intriguing. T: The beer is decent tasting. The flavor is unusual, but not off-putting, like I feared. Of course, it’s malt heavy with some nice toffee notes. Bourbon comes through in the finish. M: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation and warming alcohol in the finish. D: A fun and interesting beer. I’d have this again. This is a good bottle to share a few ways. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-02-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
2009 (see picture) bomber shared by IrishBoy. Pours very dark brown with a transient beige head. Aroma of sour brett and cherry. Med+ body. Flavor is sour chocolate cherry. Brown sugar in the background. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bomber with red wax shared by IrishBoy. Pours brown with a thin beige head and a cherry and alcohol aroma. There is a chocolate cherry flavor over a sturdy sweet malt base with a bourbon finish. Nicely aged and a good use of brett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bomber from iowaherkeye. Nose is berries, bretty funk, toffee, and bourbon. Clear very dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is toffee, fruity, light sweetness, only a slight bit of brett, and candisugar.

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