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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle shared by the one and only Dak during Black Friday tasting. Dark burnt caramel pour with ruby highlights. Lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses. The brett really didn’t increase the complexity of the brew and was hardly noticeable...still a solid brew without it popping up. Medium mouthfeel although a little boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Bottle, sampled on a few occasions. Pours a murky, deep caramel brown with a creamy off white head. Nose holds light brett funk, some faint tropical fruits, caramel, toffee. A very interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
22oz bottle shared by Sean (DuffManSW), thanks big time bro. Rating #40. Very clear dark amber/red color with a light tan head. Tart and fruity aroma, I wasn’t sure which one this was till I smelled it, brett version for sure. Sweet and fruity flavor, very mellow at first until the alcohol started to heat up the back of my throat, but still very smooth with not a lot of tartness at all, this if pretty freaking delicious. Thanks again Sean. (1420)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Pours a dark brown with orange hues and a tan head. Aroma of dark toast, dark fruit, leather, brown sugar, brett an toasted oak. Flavor is very much the same and is sweet. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is wood spice, alcohol, and a little funky yeast. Taste is malty, musty dark fruit, and a ton of wood, light caramel, and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Pours a hazy dark plum color with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing. Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with a decent barrel presence countered by leathery malt, toffe and dark fruit.  Hints of dry oak, bourbon, vanilla and spice followed by notes of dark cherry,  plum and grape. Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence that slightly overpowers the other notes.  Lots of dry oak and alcohol flavor but not much heat, vanilla or sweet bourbon.  Could use more body and bourbon flavor. The barleywine  flavor is overpowered with subtle leathery malt, toffee and caramel and there’s also a strong dark fruit presence.  Becomes more complex but as it warms but is still lacking in bourbon flavor.  It is becoming more dry and spicy but still not balanced enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
22oz bomber, brewed May ’09, released May ’10--the last ’09 labeled batch was released in ’09, but brewed in ’08. Anyways, picked up from the brewery for ten bucks, all wax dipped and fancy (unlike the ’09 release). Also had this at Boonville, but didn’t 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 doesn’t seem as prevalent in the flavor, though this still doesn’t seem to have the awesomeness of last year’s batch either way. I’m 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 would’ve wanted. Still very tasty, though last year’s 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. I’m interested to see how much they bretted this, and how it’d be in a year/two years. . .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2618) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Tasted on 12/17/11 from a waxed and capped 22oz bomber bottle sent to me in a trade by wavers1. Pours deep, hazy, copper brown, with an average tan head that slowly recedes to very thin, spotty lace. The nose is a nice mixture of dry brett and caramel/maple malt, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor is lightly sweet with maple, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla up front, moving to a ton of dry, spicy, barnyard brett, and bourbon. The body is full with a somewhat creamy texture, light carbonation, and a long, caramel, whiskey, and dry brett finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Dark, mohagany wood stained transparency. Nose is a tart experience with some candy sugar highlights and a vinious background. Flavors combine a somewhat chalky barleywine character with a lively brett influence. Nothing comes out as wow, but it all fits together without creating any issues. Hoppy bitterness in the finish but beforehand its pretty mellow and whatnot. Not offensive but not wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to someone via trade. Poured deep amber with a beige head. Aroma was cherry, caramel, dark fruit, and cinnamon. Flavor was pretty much the same as the nose. Wonderful use of brett in this beer.

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