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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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"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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle from the jug in san fran... Pours a nice rich dark brown with less than one finger of tan head. Smells like it is infected, or a sour, whichever is your poison. Hope i am not disappointed in this. Not a huge fan of sours, and this smells like that. Distinct sour cherries. Taste is considerably different from the nose, significantly different. Slight bourbon, nice oak, nice barleywine...just the tiniest hint of sour...just enough to make it interesting. Barely present. Oddly enough, as it sits here, the nose has pulled chameleon on me, canít say I have had a beer like this...as the head goes down, the sour nose is completely gone... Now the nose is bourbon and oak...quick swirl, and sour dominates again. Transformer beers are awesome! Lol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. A bourbon barleywine with brett? Pours a deep brown color with some amber sneaking though and topped with a thin whispy off-white head. The aroma shows bourbon, cherries, caramel, vanilla, and very faint traces of dark fruit. Smooth bourbon and rich toffee flavors quickly joined by some cherry notes along with a touch of vanilla. Some welcoming spicy hops in the finish. Soft bourbon mostly throughout although it gives way mid palate to a fruity funky tartness but the brett is light. I must say, this is damn good. Even more impressive is that I wasnít all that crazy about regular Old Dipsea but this is a completely different beer. Well done Marin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Dark, mohagany wood stained transparency. Nose is a tart experience with some candy sugar highlights and a vinious background. Flavors combine a somewhat chalky barleywine character with a lively brett influence. Nothing comes out as wow, but it all fits together without creating any issues. Hoppy bitterness in the finish but beforehand its pretty mellow and whatnot. Not offensive but not wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bomber from City Beer in SF. Hmm so this beer was "intentionally" infected, was it? Interesting... A fairly nice pour, this beer has. The color is a deep translucent reddish-amber-brown, and a light beige head sticks around atop the beer for some time. Aroma is interesting. Your usual notes of caramel malt, toffee, bourbon, -bal, and vanilla are all there. Some hops as well. Then you get a slight bretty aspect that really isnít too disconcerting at all. Iíll be damned. Flavor is mostly sweet, but there is just the slightest hint of cherry-like tartness. Huge caramel malts and toffee, smooth bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Very slight funk from the ímyces. Surprisingly smooth and slick on the ífeel given the brett presence. Feels for the most part like the usual version. Medium-full body with good carbonation level for the style. Fairly drinkable. Iím surprised to have really enjoyed this beer after expecting it to be a train wreck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Thanks to Josh for this one. Pours a nice brown color with a small amount of head. Has woody, brett and malt smell to it. Has the taste of bourbon, malt, light brett, and wood. Very nicely done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, dried fruits, caramel malts, smoke, leather, cocoa, and wine notes. Taste of pine, tobacco, caramel malts, dark fruits, light wildness, and a sweeter finish with some alcohol as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Thanks to Josh for sharing. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of tart cherries, brett, dark fruits and toffee. Flavor of toasted malt, dark fruits, oak, earthy, brett and tart cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
22oz bottle shared thanks to Josh! Poured a medium mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of woodiness, brett, some lighter bourbon, light smoke, and some nuttiness. Tastes of bourbon, dark fruits, roast, caramel, and light brett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Very impressed, im not a marin fan, but this one is very complex, nice levels of flavor, not cloying, very drinkable, toffee, and just a hint of funky dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Brick red dipped bomber, marked 2009. Pours a deep, hazy, cola brown color. A small, smooth head of beige foam settles to a swirly film with a pronounced, small-bubbled edge. Thin, tall, diagonal flares of lacing jut out from the body, clinging hard to the glass. The nose is enticing, showing a brown sugar, toffee, and molasses malt base, with a bit of cocoa richness and a beautiful, oaky bourbon kiss. Brett imparts itís signature earthy, wild dryness, but it remains expertly controlled. The wood is clearly well seasoned, as hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice provide interesting depth. Peanut skins are an interesting and welcomed twist. Flavors are right on par, deliciously rich with caramel and toasted toffee, with a bit of cocoa roast, and a hint of earthy smokiness from the molasses. The barrel imparts vanilla and toasty spices, while sassafras root lends a root beer-esque quality. Thereís a sour mash twang to the bourbon that is really enjoyable. Bretty dryness is present, but delicate, bringing with it a subdued, dusty earthiness that effectively cuts down the sweetness of the malt. Concurrently, the barrel and Brett have thinned the palate a bit, but not entirely, creating an excellent balance between drinkability and satisfying substance. Itís one of the more drinkable elite barleywines Iíve ever had, yet it doesnít feel thin. Carbonation is soft but active, and the finish brings both sweetness and dryness. Excellent beer. I tend to agree with BBB63 that this brew is great now, and is probably not likely to improve. Still, I might get some more to try to prove myself wrong.

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