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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Bottle (red wax, brett edition). Pours with a fading tan head over a murky amber body. Some alcohol legs. Aroma of bourbon, tanginess, pineapple (both fresh and caramelized), caramel, wood, lots of alcohol, persimmons, leather, toffee, chocolate, burnt toast, menthol, candied dates and cranberries. Taste is alcohol, wet wood, light tangy fruits, tannins, sweet, alcohol, loads of toffee, caramelized pineapple. Lively bubbles, creamy and warming,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6157) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, dark fruit and butterscotch. The flavor is brett, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and butterscotch. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bomber from City Beer in SF. Hmm so this beer was "intentionally" infected, was it? Interesting... A fairly nice pour, this beer has. The color is a deep translucent reddish-amber-brown, and a light beige head sticks around atop the beer for some time. Aroma is interesting. Your usual notes of caramel malt, toffee, bourbon, -bal, and vanilla are all there. Some hops as well. Then you get a slight bretty aspect that really isn’t too disconcerting at all. I’ll be damned. Flavor is mostly sweet, but there is just the slightest hint of cherry-like tartness. Huge caramel malts and toffee, smooth bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Very slight funk from the ’myces. Surprisingly smooth and slick on the ’feel given the brett presence. Feels for the most part like the usual version. Medium-full body with good carbonation level for the style. Fairly drinkable. I’m surprised to have really enjoyed this beer after expecting it to be a train wreck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Nose is funky sour green apple bourbon barrel, fruity candy notes. Dark auburn pour, decent ring of foam and lace. Green apple, dark fruit, bourbon, wood, funky brett. Nice way to disguise an infected batch - w brett. Well its nice, the brett dries, adds interesting cartb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-whit ehead. Has a sweetish malty woody bretty caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty fruity bretty caramel flavor with hints of wood and bourbon. Has a sweetish malty fruity bretty woody caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bomber with red wax shared by IrishBoy. Pours brown with a thin beige head and a cherry and alcohol aroma. There is a chocolate cherry flavor over a sturdy sweet malt base with a bourbon finish. Nicely aged and a good use of brett.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours a murky brown/red with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is tart cherry, dry brett, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon. Taste is tart fruit up front followed by bourbon with vanilla, some brett, darker raisin and sweet malt, and more dry brett with bourbon and a prickle from the alcohol. Smooth, coasting mouthfeel. The brett is secondary to the tart fruit flavors and bourbon. Very unique and enjoyable barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark cola brown with a small khaki head. Thick milk chocolate and caramel in equal proportion on the aroma, plus a little added brett fruitiness. Flavor is strong caramel, light toasted coconut, and depending on the sip, a burst of tart pineapple. Finish is very short and dry from the brett, almost too short actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
(22oz bottle thanks to BMan1113VR) clear rich medium brown with oily tan bubbles. Nose of honey, floral, brett, bourbon, wood and caramel. Taste of brett, floral, caramel, honey, butter with light alcohol and oily texture. Lower carbonation than expected. I didn’t think the brett would show through in such a big flavored beer, but it really did. Surprised me in a nice way, an interesting combination.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Thanks to Josh for sharing. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of tart cherries, brett, dark fruits and toffee. Flavor of toasted malt, dark fruits, oak, earthy, brett and tart cherries.

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