blklab2007 (1862) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 red wax bottle poured a dark brown in color with a small light tan head that took some coaxing out. aroma has vanilla from the barrels, wet oak, light sweet bourbon, damp brett, and a light funk. mouth feel is thick and coating and has a low carbonation. flavor starts with sweet bourbon, thick malt, vanilla, wet wood, approaches dark fruit, and has some mild spiciness. the brett is subdued and although it has plenty of sweet bourbon there is little burn.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to vacax and jerz -
Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a white ring of suds.
Aroma: Sweet vinous port wine, cherry and funk.
Taste: Burnt brown sugar, sweet cherry, alcohol and wood.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, low carbonation, which in my opinion makes it perfect.
Overall: An amazing treat. The bourbon barrel and the hit of brett deserve a round of applause. They didnít step on each other, and contributed to a wonderful experience.
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Rustyham (1707) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool, sweet, bourbon and caramel. Icy, refreshing. Chewy. Very nice, ready to drink, smooth, and very balanced
changeup45 (1700) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. A bourbon barleywine with brett? Pours a deep brown color with some amber sneaking though and topped with a thin whispy off-white head. The aroma shows bourbon, cherries, caramel, vanilla, and very faint traces of dark fruit. Smooth bourbon and rich toffee flavors quickly joined by some cherry notes along with a touch of vanilla. Some welcoming spicy hops in the finish. Soft bourbon mostly throughout although it gives way mid palate to a fruity funky tartness but the brett is light. I must say, this is damn good. Even more impressive is that I wasnít all that crazy about regular Old Dipsea but this is a completely different beer. Well done Marin!
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is faded hops, oak barrels bourbon and a touch of funk. Flavor is oak, barrels, bourbon, caramel, faded hops, a touch of funkiness. Very well done.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Very impressed, im not a marin fan, but this one is very complex, nice levels of flavor, not cloying, very drinkable, toffee, and just a hint of funky dryness.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to psiweaver for a chance to try this. I think Iím reviewing the correct one. It has the same "2009 Bourbon Barrel Aged for Ten Months" sticker as the pic.
3.5 A: Super dark brown color. Nearly black. One and a half fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and doesnít leave any lacing.
4.0 S: Yep, this is the brett one. That was easy enough to figure out. Lots of funk in there and also some fairly assertive acetic acid. Perhaps the brett brought a few friends along as Iíve never had this much acid from brett alone. Brett is horsey and barnyard and with the bourbon there is leather, oak, and vanilla. I canít smell much of the underlying barleywine except for some plum and raisin fruitiness. The funk and bourbon are the main attraction here. As the beer warms a bit, caramel and toffee maltiness comes out as well as stronger bourbon aroma.
5.0 T: Wow. Iím really amazed at how well this beer comes together in the taste. I thought it would be a mess, but itís anything but. Somehow the brett, bourbon, and barleywine form a holy union of deliciousness. Barnyard funk is a perfect complement to the leather, oak, and vanilla bourbon. I never would have guess that to be the case. The acetic acid in the nose is hard to come by in the taste and I think itís absence is for the best. The barleywine gets to shine alongside the bourbon and funk this time. Rich toffee and caramel. Plum, raisin, currant, and perhaps even some black cherry. Booze is barely noticeable, but itís presence is well received.
4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy and very smooth. No problems here.
5.0 D: This is one hell of a beer. Thereís so much right with nothing wrong. Unlike a lot of bourbon barrel brews, the bourbon in this is complementary and doesnít steal the show. The addition of funk played out better than I ever could have imagined.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-04-2010 04:40:11
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by daknole. Pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of toffee/caramel, oak, bourbon, leather and apparently I called it... pineapple. Itís very strange but intriguing. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla and a touch of funk. Overall body is moderate and soft with a touch of warming alc.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown reddish color with a tan head. Smells more like a wild than a barleywine. Reminiscent of Odell Saboteur in some aspects but much better. Oaky notes ever so slightly. A very wild and different taste. Brett wild start, sweet raisins, dark fruit with very little hop characteristics. Smooth. Slight alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel.