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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks. Poured a clear dark orange-brown color with an off white head. Smelled of raisin, toffee, and booze with a fruity Brett note. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and subdued lemon Pez flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (3542) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle shared with Matt, courtesy of Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! A: Hazy, reddish brown color with very little head. The head hastily withers to a thin, wispy layer and leaves virtually no lacing. S: Sweet malts, toffee, alcohol, an atypical scent that must be brettanomyces. I am quite unfamiliar with brett in this context, and find this beer quite intriguing. T: The beer is decent tasting. The flavor is unusual, but not off-putting, like I feared. Of course, itís malt heavy with some nice toffee notes. Bourbon comes through in the finish. M: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation and warming alcohol in the finish. D: A fun and interesting beer. Iíd have this again. This is a good bottle to share a few ways. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-02-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle provided by Agentzero, drank from a perfect pint glass...Medium to dark brown pour, lots of amber though. The head is ok, not much to talk about...The nose is caramel, brown sugar, oak and brett. The brett doesnít add anything to this, seems too forced...The taste is not that good, molasses, burnt sugar and brett. Alex kept saying Dr. Pepper, I get that in terms of the sweet notes. Reminds me of Jackie Oís captain barley heart, this is just not as successfully done. Leave the brett out of barleywines, at this one, because it doesnít enhance the experience. Skip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3425) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle thanks to Collin. Murky brown pour with a white head. Caramel and boozy bouquet. Sweet and a bit thin in the body with caramel, booze, cola, and dark fruit highlights. Average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
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.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
2009 bottle on 11/26/10. dark coppery brown with a spotty pale brown head. it smells of toffee candy, grapefruit, dust, spice and slate. the flavor is the same only with a touch of bourbon barrel and a bite of acidity on the finish. the brett really doesnít come through until the aftertaste. even then it is very mild. rich medium body steers clear of sticky.7/4/7/4/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
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.

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