popery (1219) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, City Beer Store. I like Old Dipsea a lot, and I enjoy the normal bourbon barrel version. The mild brett character makes this one a touch better, right now. Itís still a big sweet, thick barleywine. Both brett and bourbon barrel take a back seat to the barleywine flavors. Lots of sweet caramel candy malt and gentle hops. The time in the barrel takes the bit off the hops nicely. Some vanilla and oak - Heaven Hill barrels always seem to do good things for beer. It will be very interesting to see where this beer heads with age.
mpersinger (327) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple taster pours from bomber at SR Beerfest (thanks to brewer Arnie):
Deep ruddy opaque pour with slight off-white lacing. Sweet dark malt and touch of candied pineapple in aroma. Rich caramel and fruitiness on nose, then some sweet cherry (not characteristic of this brett c strain) and light chocolate notes and bourbon hint, along with mellow alcohol warmth and touch of butterscotch coming through. Velvety palate with medium body, balanced.
Historically, this is the strain of brett from English stock ales, and this tastes like English ale yeast. The presence of some diacetyl works fine here, and would be present historically as well. I wonder if the complete absence of hop bitterness in finish (interesting since the base is barleywine) was the work of the brett, or only the aging? Should be interesting to try another 6 months on, but may be in its prime now (it was labeled í09).
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep, oily caramel color with yellow edges; thin, off-white head with patchy lacing; slight viscosity. Solid levels of bourbon and caramel and dried fruits in the aroma, surrounded by some modest diacetyl and a strong presence of warming alcohol; not rough, but certainly alcohol strongly present and warming. Medium-full body; relaxed carbonation; lightly creamy, non-astringent, and slightly amounts of warming alcohol, but nothing harsh; lots of dense caramel, dried fruits, and a modest diacetyl note, mostly butterscotch; well-integrated alcohol presence, warming things; the pineapple / tropical fruit character from the brett is quite pleasant, but it still doesnít quite dry this out to the degree that Iíd like to see; ultimately a pleasant barleywine core, with light butter, light carbonation, and a modest brett and toasted barrel presence; pretty tasty, but a touch messy of a presentation. Medium finish, showing solid levels of butterscotch, caramel, and soft dried fruits; a touch sweet end.
Loineshawn (3012) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by Kan with Mike and myself. Didnít know what to expect from the brett addition to a bourbon barrel aged barley wine, so curious to try this. pours a bright brown with a small tan film head. healthy dose of brett in the nose. bourbon and vanilla more present in the flavor. really smooth and easy drinkin. bourbon and brett turned otu to be awesome compliments. really well balanced. nothing dominates, but the brett seems more prominent in the nose with barrel and typical barley wine undertones, while the bourbon characteristics shine in the flavor with brett more in the background. turns out to be a pretty awesome beer Iím happy to have tried.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by Kan, many many thanks! Mahogany hued with a fizzy small head and minimal lace. The wonderful nose displays light brett character, roasted, toasty, and caramel malts, some vanilla and bourbon tones, a hint of oak with some leafy herbal and minty hop vapours. The taste is every bit equal to the nose, nice malt profile with fruity, minty, and herbal qualities balanced very well by both the bourbon character and the light handed brett influence. I struggled to find what kind of spicy note I found but alas I settled upon marjoram. There is a moderate alcohol note upon the finish but so much to hinder my enjoyment of this well balanced yet complex flavor profile. The mouth feel has soft yet lively character with a bit of stickiness.
This is shockingly good but I do fear that with age that the brett may start to dominate and alter the spot on balance that currently exist. I say get one now and enjoy soon.
pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 22oz bottle from Joey... Pours a dark muddy caramel brown with lighter brown edges and a thin light beige head... Nice bretty aroma right off the bat with tart pineapply Brett with an underlying sweet bourbon barrel Qnd vanilla component. Really nice aroma... Flavors are predominantly sweet with the underlying barleywine with bourbon barrel notes and some less subtle hints of fruity pineapply Brett character. A little boozy but still quite nice overall. As others said or at least my immediate party, well balanced between Brett, bourbon, and the base beer.
joeneugs (2625) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beer Revolution. It pours a murky brown color with an off white head. The aroma is very tart with cherries, and funk with milder notes of bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup, molasses, and a distinct brett wildness that sets this apart from the pack. It really doesnít smell like a BA barleywine at all. The flavor is really interesting with a tart, fruity cherry flavor with notes of bourbon, maple syrup, molasses, and caramel. The brett is noticeable, but not dominate at this point. It seems perfectly balanced now, but it would be interesting to see how a couple years of age affects the flavor profile. Too bad Iím not that patient.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, brewed May í09, released May í10--the last í09 labeled batch was released in í09, but brewed in í08. Anyways, picked up from the brewery for ten bucks, all wax dipped and fancy (unlike the í09 release). Also had this at Boonville, but didnít like it as much as the pretty well flawless last batch. Clear deep ruby with a small beige head, fair retention. Flavor definitely has the funky fruit brett (more fruity--more specifically pineapple--than funky) notes in there (not dominant, but there nonetheless), moderate bourbon backtones with some light caramel malt and raisin sweetness. The flavor adds a light earthy element and some booze-soaked wood--the brett doesnít seem as prevalent in the flavor, though this still doesnít seem to have the awesomeness of last yearís batch either way. Iím getting some very light milk chocolate notes. Not getting much tang--just a little fruitiness as far as the infection/inoculation goes. The finish is semi-dry, lightly boozy, with bitterness peaking at a 3. Light carbonation with a thinner body than I wouldíve wanted. Still very tasty, though last yearís was absolutely sublime (less hot, blended better IMO, etc.). This did definitely grow on me, and I like it much more than what I had in Boonville. Iím interested to see how much they bretted this, and how itíd be in a year/two years. . .