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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream head. Yeast and light tart aroma with light earthiness. Caramel and yeast flavor with light brett. Medium bodied. Caramel and yeast lingers with light brett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Bottle (red wax, brett edition). Pours with a fading tan head over a murky amber body. Some alcohol legs. Aroma of bourbon, tanginess, pineapple (both fresh and caramelized), caramel, wood, lots of alcohol, persimmons, leather, toffee, chocolate, burnt toast, menthol, candied dates and cranberries. Taste is alcohol, wet wood, light tangy fruits, tannins, sweet, alcohol, loads of toffee, caramelized pineapple. Lively bubbles, creamy and warming,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (7851) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Pours hazy deep amber with a creamy off white head. The aroma is dry brett, sweet caramel, light roast, dark fruit and bread. The flavour is sweet malty, bread, brett, fruit and sweet caramel. Long dark fruity finish.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (7488) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2012
22oz bottle pours a hazy, caramel brown with some cloudy off white head. Nose has caramel, red wine vinegar, sour cherries, ketchup, light wood, some vanilla. Sweet caramel flavor, cereal, vanilla, cherries, coconut, some strawberry, cake icing, brown sugar, wood pulp, toasted oak, some rum. Medium bodied, smooth, sweet, tart finish. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Brett made its appearance as soon as I popped the cap on this one.   Deep ruby in color, large finely bubbled light beige head, nice lacing.   Looks the biz.   Brett on the nose, right up front, followed by a nice biscuity malty sweetness.   Bourbon isn’t real noticeable until I take my first sip.   Brett is fleeting, up front, Bourbon reigns in, leaving behind a sweet malty biscuity backside.   Not really heavy, a little viscous, and certainly smooth.   I expected this one to be a bit hotter, but its really easy to take in.   I guess the age did that ey?   Backside actually shows a little hops.   Body and mouthfeel are full to moderate.   As I mentioned earlier, not realy heavy but its smooth.   Brett seems to be mainly in the aroma and right up front, Bourbon swings in behind, does stick around for a bit, Brett fades, leaving a nice english style Barley Wine with a little hop gift at the backside.   This was a treat, if not a heavy one.   Seems fairly refined.   Actually wished it was a bit hotter and thicker, but thats the masachist in me talking.   Great stuff, Brett adding a very interesting flair!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 Bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, Muddy brown pour with bubbly foam, woody, sweet maple and whiskey aroma, flavors of whiskey, sour caramel, oak and some heat on the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6155) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Nose is funky sour green apple bourbon barrel, fruity candy notes. Dark auburn pour, decent ring of foam and lace. Green apple, dark fruit, bourbon, wood, funky brett. Nice way to disguise an infected batch - w brett. Well its nice, the brett dries, adds interesting cartb.

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