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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11576) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2010
22 ounce bottle courtesy of Bankhead. Thanks! Pours a clear cranberry color with a thin brown head.Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of bourbon, toffee, spicy hops, berry notes and a faint bit of brett. The taste is bourbon, toffee, a bit of brett, some cherries and berries, maple and a slight vegetal note. Medium-full bodied. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Thanks Joey! The beer pours to a deep brown body with a very thin off white head. The aroma is lightly sour with a tobacco and subtle bourbon barrel and smoke. The flavor is bourbon, caramel, sweet toffee, subtle sourness from the brett. Also a light smoke. The palate is medium bodied. Lightly tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Many, many thanks to Blake for bringing this! Poured rich, deeper brown with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up bright fruity Brett upfront with grass, earthy notes, and clover honey beneath.. warm and sugary, always going back to the Brett. The flavor found bready and fruity sweetness at the core, with fruity Brett, bourbon, and a touch of oak laced throughout.. finished a little tart with nice doses of malt and barrel. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. spicy and drier.. nice flow to it... interesting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Shenandoah Throwdown, 22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver. Clear red-brown body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Brett, bourbon, some cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla/Bourbon, some chocolate, cherry. Sticky medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a lightly hazy brown with a thin white head. Light funky and faint vanilla. Light chocolate. The brett on here is very faint. More vanilla and bourbon and a bit of booze on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
(22oz bottle dipped in red wax, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted coconut, bourbon, grass, cherry, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, toasted bread, and subtle butterscotch. Flavor of bourbon, cherry, wood, coconut, earth, caramel, toffee, chocolate, some pineapple, burnt toast, and raisins with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Thanks to vacax and jerz - Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a white ring of suds.

Aroma: Sweet vinous port wine, cherry and funk.

Taste: Burnt brown sugar, sweet cherry, alcohol and wood.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, low carbonation, which in my opinion makes it perfect.

Overall: An amazing treat. The bourbon barrel and the hit of brett deserve a round of applause. They didnít step on each other, and contributed to a wonderful experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
(22oz bottle thanks to BMan1113VR) clear rich medium brown with oily tan bubbles. Nose of honey, floral, brett, bourbon, wood and caramel. Taste of brett, floral, caramel, honey, butter with light alcohol and oily texture. Lower carbonation than expected. I didnít think the brett would show through in such a big flavored beer, but it really did. Surprised me in a nice way, an interesting combination.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6154) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, dark fruit and butterscotch. The flavor is brett, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and butterscotch. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Great beer.

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