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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2011
Dark brown pour. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, bretty horsiness with a bit of tropical fruit. I did not expect to like this, but I thought it was great. Flavor is rich caramel and dried fruits with some light chocolate dust and some brett dryness, and a touch of bretty twang on the finish. The brett melds pretty well with the barleywine and give it an added fruit character thats really interesting. Not overpowering, I kept going back for more. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Clear cola brown with slight foamy tan head. Tart cherry, wood, funky wool, molasses, brown sugar. Creamy carbonation, medium to heavier feel. Cherry, wet oak, brown sugar, cinnamon, cola, syrupy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
rich bretty notes, dry horseblanket with a layer of pineapple, some apricot. clear mocha in the glass. lots of fruit on the palate, juicy with more apricot and some banana. creamy caramel, very complex

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of wavers1. Pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Tart, Bretty aroma with some sweet underlying overripe plums. Solid body, sweet plummy, sweet vanilla woodish, quite a lot of Bourbon. No real bitterness. Lovely interplay between the Brett, the Bourbon and the booze. 170611

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
2009 (see picture) bomber shared by IrishBoy. Pours very dark brown with a transient beige head. Aroma of sour brett and cherry. Med+ body. Flavor is sour chocolate cherry. Brown sugar in the background. Excellent.

   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
On tap at Beer Revolution. It pours a murky brown color with an off white head. The aroma is very tart with cherries, and funk with milder notes of bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup, molasses, and a distinct brett wildness that sets this apart from the pack. It really doesn’t smell like a BA barleywine at all. The flavor is really interesting with a tart, fruity cherry flavor with notes of bourbon, maple syrup, molasses, and caramel. The brett is noticeable, but not dominate at this point. It seems perfectly balanced now, but it would be interesting to see how a couple years of age affects the flavor profile. Too bad I’m not that patient.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (2011) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Tap, City Beer Store. I like Old Dipsea a lot, and I enjoy the normal bourbon barrel version. The mild brett character makes this one a touch better, right now. It’s still a big sweet, thick barleywine. Both brett and bourbon barrel take a back seat to the barleywine flavors. Lots of sweet caramel candy malt and gentle hops. The time in the barrel takes the bit off the hops nicely. Some vanilla and oak - Heaven Hill barrels always seem to do good things for beer. It will be very interesting to see where this beer heads with age.

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