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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. You’ll 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."

Editor’s 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11940) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2011
bottle at papsoe tasting. clar dark red amber, smooth light yellow head. wild yesaty bretty aroma, red berries, malts. flavor is sweet malty, faint brett, red fruits, caramel, a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11937) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11653) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10883) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle… Pours hazy and caramel-colored with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head that dissipates faster than you can say “quick.” The bouquet is a blend of oaken funk, medium-dry sherry, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. The flavor is lightly tart and mildly sweet, providing far less caramel and bourbon that the barrel aged base beer. This version is more attenuated than the regular BBA Dipsea . Less body and more carbonation. There is still a load of bourbon flavor without a lot of bourbon heat. A bit thin in places, this version. The finish is sweet and faintly tart with hints of brown south Florida cane sugar and a nice splash of bourbon. Dries out a good bit afterward. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (10543) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle shared by John, thanks! Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet grain, caramel, light fruit and bourbon. Flavor had growing sweet grain and caramel with a bit of light fruit and bourbon. Didn’t really notice any brett characteristics, but still enjoyed the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9565) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Pours deep reddish brown with white head, aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, and brett funk. Taste is smooth aged hops, leading into molasses, vanilla, bourbon, and brett funk. Good, nothing else like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bomber with red wax shared by IrishBoy. Pours brown with a thin beige head and a cherry and alcohol aroma. There is a chocolate cherry flavor over a sturdy sweet malt base with a bourbon finish. Nicely aged and a good use of brett.

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