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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a lightly hazy brown with a thin white head. Light funky and faint vanilla. Light chocolate. The brett on here is very faint. More vanilla and bourbon and a bit of booze on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Many, many thanks to Blake for bringing this! Poured rich, deeper brown with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up bright fruity Brett upfront with grass, earthy notes, and clover honey beneath.. warm and sugary, always going back to the Brett. The flavor found bready and fruity sweetness at the core, with fruity Brett, bourbon, and a touch of oak laced throughout.. finished a little tart with nice doses of malt and barrel. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. spicy and drier.. nice flow to it... interesting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9912) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle shared by John, thanks! Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet grain, caramel, light fruit and bourbon. Flavor had growing sweet grain and caramel with a bit of light fruit and bourbon. Didn’t really notice any brett characteristics, but still enjoyed the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks. Poured a clear dark orange-brown color with an off white head. Smelled of raisin, toffee, and booze with a fruity Brett note. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and subdued lemon Pez flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle… Pours hazy and caramel-colored with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head that dissipates faster than you can say “quick.” The bouquet is a blend of oaken funk, medium-dry sherry, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. The flavor is lightly tart and mildly sweet, providing far less caramel and bourbon that the barrel aged base beer. This version is more attenuated than the regular BBA Dipsea . Less body and more carbonation. There is still a load of bourbon flavor without a lot of bourbon heat. A bit thin in places, this version. The finish is sweet and faintly tart with hints of brown south Florida cane sugar and a nice splash of bourbon. Dries out a good bit afterward. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3301) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle thanks to Collin. Murky brown pour with a white head. Caramel and boozy bouquet. Sweet and a bit thin in the body with caramel, booze, cola, and dark fruit highlights. Average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (33990) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Bottled. A hazy dark amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, brettanomyces, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of bourbon, wood, alcohol, malt, caramel, and brettanomyces, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11896) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2011
bottle at papsoe tasting. clar dark red amber, smooth light yellow head. wild yesaty bretty aroma, red berries, malts. flavor is sweet malty, faint brett, red fruits, caramel, a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6469) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 Bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, Muddy brown pour with bubbly foam, woody, sweet maple and whiskey aroma, flavors of whiskey, sour caramel, oak and some heat on the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Dark, mohagany wood stained transparency. Nose is a tart experience with some candy sugar highlights and a vinious background. Flavors combine a somewhat chalky barleywine character with a lively brett influence. Nothing comes out as wow, but it all fits together without creating any issues. Hoppy bitterness in the finish but beforehand its pretty mellow and whatnot. Not offensive but not wow.

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