corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy dark plum color with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing.
Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with a decent barrel presence countered by leathery malt, toffe and dark fruit. Hints of dry oak, bourbon, vanilla and spice followed by notes of dark cherry, plum and grape.
Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence that slightly overpowers the other notes. Lots of dry oak and alcohol flavor but not much heat, vanilla or sweet bourbon. Could use more body and bourbon flavor. The barleywine flavor is overpowered with subtle leathery malt, toffee and caramel and there’s also a strong dark fruit presence. Becomes more complex but as it warms but is still lacking in bourbon flavor. It is becoming more dry and spicy but still not balanced enough.
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is wood spice, alcohol, and a little funky yeast. Taste is malty, musty dark fruit, and a ton of wood, light caramel, and alcohol.
djd07 (5360) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is brett and bourbon. Medium mouthfeel with caramel and fruity malt. Easy to drink a very complex Barleywine from Marin.
nimbleprop (5568) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy, caramel brown with some cloudy off white head. Nose has caramel, red wine vinegar, sour cherries, ketchup, light wood, some vanilla. Sweet caramel flavor, cereal, vanilla, cherries, coconut, some strawberry, cake icing, brown sugar, wood pulp, toasted oak, some rum. Medium bodied, smooth, sweet, tart finish. Really good.
Rustyham (1781) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool, sweet, bourbon and caramel. Icy, refreshing. Chewy. Very nice, ready to drink, smooth, and very balanced
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 12/17/11 from a waxed and capped 22oz bomber bottle sent to me in a trade by wavers1. Pours deep, hazy, copper brown, with an average tan head that slowly recedes to very thin, spotty lace. The nose is a nice mixture of dry brett and caramel/maple malt, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor is lightly sweet with maple, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla up front, moving to a ton of dry, spicy, barnyard brett, and bourbon. The body is full with a somewhat creamy texture, light carbonation, and a long, caramel, whiskey, and dry brett finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks. Poured a clear dark orange-brown color with an off white head. Smelled of raisin, toffee, and booze with a fruity Brett note. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and subdued lemon Pez flavors.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A funky, oaky, tannic crazy big beer. Fantastic stuff
How: Bottle 22oz. 2009 vintage, red-wax top. Consumed when approximately 1.5 year of age. Bottle sent to me by changeup45, thanks a lot Gary
The look: Cloudy very dark burgundy topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose has a rather strong brett presence with a fun fix of rich toffee, green apples, oak, light bourbon, grapefruit skin, more… Somehow the nose doesn’t feel all over the place, this is a nice complex and original aroma. Tastes is just as complex and original. Toffee, oak tannins, tart fruits, earthy wood, fresh oranges (!!!), acetic acid, vanilla, and I could go on and on… With all the brett, oak tannins, and other stuff I almost didn’t feel any sweetness and alcohol. The unexpected tartness of this barley wine almost makes it refreshing. I’m beginning to think that there is a lot of potential in those funky bretty barley wines. We have a local beer doing something similar (Benelux Noël en Fût de Chêne avec Brett) that is pretty kick-ass too, but this Dipsea brett is even better, incredibly complex and totally “out there”. I loved that beer. Oh, and by-the-way, there was almost no bourbon presence in this beer. This was a fantastic experiment that Marin Brewing must make again. And if you’ve never written to a brewery threatening to kill yourself if they don’t brew a certain beer again, then you’re clearly not me.
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-whit ehead. Has a sweetish malty woody bretty caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty fruity bretty caramel flavor with hints of wood and bourbon. Has a sweetish malty fruity bretty woody caramel finish.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle on 11/26/10.
dark coppery brown with a spotty pale brown head.
it smells of toffee candy, grapefruit, dust, spice and slate.
the flavor is the same only with a touch of bourbon barrel and a bite of acidity on the finish. the brett really doesn’t come through until the aftertaste. even then it is very mild.
rich medium body steers clear of sticky.7/4/7/4/16