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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. Youíll 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."

Editorís 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2011
Dark brown pour. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, bretty horsiness with a bit of tropical fruit. I did not expect to like this, but I thought it was great. Flavor is rich caramel and dried fruits with some light chocolate dust and some brett dryness, and a touch of bretty twang on the finish. The brett melds pretty well with the barleywine and give it an added fruit character thats really interesting. Not overpowering, I kept going back for more. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle provided by Agentzero, drank from a perfect pint glass...Medium to dark brown pour, lots of amber though. The head is ok, not much to talk about...The nose is caramel, brown sugar, oak and brett. The brett doesnít add anything to this, seems too forced...The taste is not that good, molasses, burnt sugar and brett. Alex kept saying Dr. Pepper, I get that in terms of the sweet notes. Reminds me of Jackie Oís captain barley heart, this is just not as successfully done. Leave the brett out of barleywines, at this one, because it doesnít enhance the experience. Skip.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
A: The beer pours an opaque mahogany color with almost no head whatsoever. Just some tan foam that forms with the vigor of the pour. S: Butter? Yes, definitely butter on the nose with some sweet vanilla and butterscotch. Some toffee, bourbon, and oak are there and there are some undertones of tart fruits, specifically sour cherries. T: The tart fruit flavors are a bit more noticeable here on the palate. Seems to be mostly sour cherries and plums for the most part. Definitely some caramel and toffee with less butter than was evident on the aroma. Certain some bourbon, vanilla, and oak, too. M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation and an alcoholic warmth/burn. D: Too bad this beer has gone down this road because the "regular" bourbon barrel aged one is quite good. Seems that the bugs that were "added" to this beer have really begun to take over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to psiweaver for a chance to try this. I think Iím reviewing the correct one. It has the same "2009 Bourbon Barrel Aged for Ten Months" sticker as the pic. 3.5 A: Super dark brown color. Nearly black. One and a half fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and doesnít leave any lacing. 4.0 S: Yep, this is the brett one. That was easy enough to figure out. Lots of funk in there and also some fairly assertive acetic acid. Perhaps the brett brought a few friends along as Iíve never had this much acid from brett alone. Brett is horsey and barnyard and with the bourbon there is leather, oak, and vanilla. I canít smell much of the underlying barleywine except for some plum and raisin fruitiness. The funk and bourbon are the main attraction here. As the beer warms a bit, caramel and toffee maltiness comes out as well as stronger bourbon aroma. 5.0 T: Wow. Iím really amazed at how well this beer comes together in the taste. I thought it would be a mess, but itís anything but. Somehow the brett, bourbon, and barleywine form a holy union of deliciousness. Barnyard funk is a perfect complement to the leather, oak, and vanilla bourbon. I never would have guess that to be the case. The acetic acid in the nose is hard to come by in the taste and I think itís absence is for the best. The barleywine gets to shine alongside the bourbon and funk this time. Rich toffee and caramel. Plum, raisin, currant, and perhaps even some black cherry. Booze is barely noticeable, but itís presence is well received. 4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy and very smooth. No problems here. 5.0 D: This is one hell of a beer. Thereís so much right with nothing wrong. Unlike a lot of bourbon barrel brews, the bourbon in this is complementary and doesnít steal the show. The addition of funk played out better than I ever could have imagined. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-04-2010 04:40:11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle shared by the one and only Dak during Black Friday tasting. Dark burnt caramel pour with ruby highlights. Lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses. The brett really didnít increase the complexity of the brew and was hardly noticeable...still a solid brew without it popping up. Medium mouthfeel although a little boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Thanks to psiweaver and hopsbreath for getting me out bottles of this. A: Pours a moderate mahogany with a nice tan head and very minimal lacing. S: Not too much going on here considering how much really should be going on here. A bit of the Brett comes through along with a bit of malt, but not much bourbon. T: Brett comes in a bit, as does the malt. Again, not too much--if any--bourbon character. Not sure if this just isnít well balanced in general, or if itís at that point of limbo where the Brett is starting but hasnít brought through enough character to really carry the beer. M: A bit dry and a bit hot. Fairly thick. D: Fairly low. I just canít figure out where this one is going. Luckily Iíve got more to cellar, so Iím thinking (or maybe hoping) that Iím just getting to this one at the wrong time in itís development. Looking forward to revisiting this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-05-2010

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole. Pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of toffee/caramel, oak, bourbon, leather and apparently I called it... pineapple. Itís very strange but intriguing. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla and a touch of funk. Overall body is moderate and soft with a touch of warming alc.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown. Loads of molasses, bourbon, brown sugar and a very distant funky aroma. Flavor is sweet and bourbon heaven with some very light funk mixed in. Not much brett, just enough to leave you wishing for a bit more..but its delicious either way!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is faded hops, oak barrels bourbon and a touch of funk. Flavor is oak, barrels, bourbon, caramel, faded hops, a touch of funkiness. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Bottle, sampled on a few occasions. Pours a murky, deep caramel brown with a creamy off white head. Nose holds light brett funk, some faint tropical fruits, caramel, toffee. A very interesting brew.

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