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Marin Old Dipsea Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine is a version of our Old Dipsea Barleywine that has been aged in Bourbon Barrels for about a year. This ageing contributes wood and bourbon flavors to the beer. The micro-oxygenation that occurs in the barrels mellows and smoothes out the high alcohol as dried and over-rip fruit characters evolve. Sometimes we add wild yeast for another layer of complexity.

2008 Vintage: Aged in 12-year Old Fitzgerald Barrels for 10 Weeks. *Unfiltered.
2009 Vintage: Aged in 20-year Old Fitzgerald Barrels for 10 months - bottled 01/09/09

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (6289) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2015
Sample at Sour Sunday 2015. Dark brown with a small head. Aroma and taste of dried fruit, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak and caramel. The mouthfeel was thick and the aftertaste long. A nice beer to sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monk191 (1459) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2014
A fantastic barleywine. Had the whiskey barreled version. Pours a super muddy brown with a thick tan head, pours almost like a nitro. Smells of caramel, vanilla, and whiskey. Taste is super creamy, with whiskey in the middle, and vanilla in the finish. Great dessert beer. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5078) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle. Somewhat murky dark brown, with a thin head. Sweet brown sugar, dark fruit, plum, raisin, prune, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some alcohol, and graham crackers. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7873) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2009: All the faults of the base beer are nearly gone in this big boozy rendition. Still darker than most, and maybe still a touch thin - but so stinking smooth you don’t care. Booze, vanilla and dark fruit mostly. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (5188) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle - 2011 vintage. Pours hazy ruby chestnut with a small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly with good lacing behind. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak, a bit of funk in there as well. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, a faint note of distracting tartness. Full bodied and hot. Good, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2014
This one poured a medium murky brown clor with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruits, and bourbon. Flavor was similar, Very well balanced and integrated BA barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2526) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. I didnt take note of the year. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a slight tan head. Aromas of caramel and vanilla and leather. Taste is slightly sweet with some heat from the bourbon. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1477) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle from a trade that was consumed for breakfast post Hunahpu Day in Tampa. Good morning! 2012 bottle. Snifter pour was extreme muddy brown with a thin slightly off-white head. Not much in lacing. Serious aroma of dark fruits and candies alike. Some booze on the nose but not bad. Also graham cracker and Nilla Wafers. The taste was bold. Serious dark fruits like prunes, dark candied sugars, heavy malts, graham cracker, Nilla Wafers, oak barrel, and booze. Full body, very mild carbonation. FInish is somewhat booze but well balanced and smooth. Creamy mouth feel. AWESOME B Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle from 2012:   Deep burnt brown sugar in color, thin sudsy off-white head, little lacing.   Huge sweet caramel biscuity aroma, bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker and dark pitted fruit.   Big sweet brown sugar and bourbon flavors up front, vanilla, graham cracker, caramel, toffee, and marshmallow.   Very warming, dark pitted fruit seems to come out as this one finishes.   Not all that bubbley, a little flat, but smooth and sweet.   Lingering dark pitted fruit, aged caramel, and bourbon.   This is one complex Barley Wine, and perhaps so far from the norm that its hard to say its actually a Barley Wine any longer.   Tasty as tits tho!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2013 On tap at Hamilton’s, pours a deep dark mahogany with as small beige head. Aroma of vanilla notes, caramel, and light bourbon. Flavour brings out quite a lot of bourbon barrel notes, vanilla, and caramel. Very complex, boozy and vanilla-like. An elegant, slow-sipper. Excellent stuff.

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