bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Plovmand (6913) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BBB63 (6426) - 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.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A funky, oaky, tannic crazy big beer. Fantastic stuff
How: Bottle 22oz. 2009 vintage, red-wax top. Consumed when approximately 1.5 year of age. Bottle sent to me by changeup45, thanks a lot Gary
The look: Cloudy very dark burgundy topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose has a rather strong brett presence with a fun fix of rich toffee, green apples, oak, light bourbon, grapefruit skin, more… Somehow the nose doesn’t feel all over the place, this is a nice complex and original aroma. Tastes is just as complex and original. Toffee, oak tannins, tart fruits, earthy wood, fresh oranges (!!!), acetic acid, vanilla, and I could go on and on… With all the brett, oak tannins, and other stuff I almost didn’t feel any sweetness and alcohol. The unexpected tartness of this barley wine almost makes it refreshing. I’m beginning to think that there is a lot of potential in those funky bretty barley wines. We have a local beer doing something similar (Benelux Noël en Fût de Chêne avec Brett) that is pretty kick-ass too, but this Dipsea brett is even better, incredibly complex and totally “out there”. I loved that beer. Oh, and by-the-way, there was almost no bourbon presence in this beer. This was a fantastic experiment that Marin Brewing must make again. And if you’ve never written to a brewery threatening to kill yourself if they don’t brew a certain beer again, then you’re clearly not me.
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
nimbleprop (5790) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.