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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
(22oz bottle dipped in red wax, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted coconut, bourbon, grass, cherry, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, toasted bread, and subtle butterscotch. Flavor of bourbon, cherry, wood, coconut, earth, caramel, toffee, chocolate, some pineapple, burnt toast, and raisins with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
22oz bottle shared thanks to Josh! Poured a medium mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of woodiness, brett, some lighter bourbon, light smoke, and some nuttiness. Tastes of bourbon, dark fruits, roast, caramel, and light brett.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Thanks to Josh for this one. Pours a nice brown color with a small amount of head. Has woody, brett and malt smell to it. Has the taste of bourbon, malt, light brett, and wood. Very nicely done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
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!

   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.

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