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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
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 wasn’t all that crazy about regular Old Dipsea but this is a completely different beer. Well done Marin!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10847) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown. Loads of molasses, bourbon, brown sugar and a very distant funky aroma. Flavor is sweet and bourbon heaven with some very light funk mixed in. Not much brett, just enough to leave you wishing for a bit more..but its delicious either way!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle (Vintage 2009) at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - offwhite head. Fruity, red berries, nutty, vanilla, bourbon, crispy bretty, dryness, wooden notes, caramel, acid notes. Sparkling feeling.

   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (361) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Multiple taster pours from bomber at SR Beerfest (thanks to brewer Arnie): Deep ruddy opaque pour with slight off-white lacing. Sweet dark malt and touch of candied pineapple in aroma. Rich caramel and fruitiness on nose, then some sweet cherry (not characteristic of this brett c strain) and light chocolate notes and bourbon hint, along with mellow alcohol warmth and touch of butterscotch coming through. Velvety palate with medium body, balanced. Historically, this is the strain of brett from English stock ales, and this tastes like English ale yeast. The presence of some diacetyl works fine here, and would be present historically as well. I wonder if the complete absence of hop bitterness in finish (interesting since the base is barleywine) was the work of the brett, or only the aging? Should be interesting to try another 6 months on, but may be in its prime now (it was labeled ’09).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
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 didn’t step on each other, and contributed to a wonderful experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6062) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, dried fruits, caramel malts, smoke, leather, cocoa, and wine notes. Taste of pine, tobacco, caramel malts, dark fruits, light wildness, and a sweeter finish with some alcohol as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle shared by Baker. Thanks! Pours murky amber color with off white head. Aroma is dark caramel, sweet sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of brett is noticeable in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is more barleywine. Sweet caramel, a great bourbon and vanilla mix, and finishes with a touch of brett. It adds an interesting dimension to an already outstanding beer. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13072) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, carmel, fruittiness, light barnyard and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, fruittiness, barnyard and light leather with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.

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