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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1511) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Gad! What a day of treats! Starting with the Hair of the Dog dock sale at 0555hrs., then one heck of a tasting in the evening! Yet another zymurgistic delight courtesy of, "hannont"!! Colour... dark brown with no head at all. Nose... very sweet with brown sugar out the wahzoo! Palate... dark brown sugar, molasses, toffee galore, dark corn sirup, and a lovely long coat for my soft palate and throat to wear this winter!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
2008 vintage on-tap at Bistro’s Barrel Aged Festival 09. Honey brown color with a light haze and small head. The aroma is just bursting with rich caramel, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and dried fruit. The flavor is similar and very smooth; warming but not really hot. Full bodied with low carbonation. The oak is subtle but the overall impression is decidedly very influenced by the beer’s time in the barrel. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2009
22oz bottle from Joey. Orange label with no bottle number... Pours a mostly opaque muddled caramel brown with a quickly dissipating light beige head... Aroma of semi-assertive bourbon and wood with added notes of caramel/toffee... Flavors are of a similar tone. Sweet overall with a light spicy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel and body has somewhat thinned out. Still pretty solid overall albeit somewhat boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
On tap at Taps grand opening. This ’06 aged brew was one of the best, perhaps the best, I’ve had. Excellent, excellent palate to go with a smooth malt base and solid hops. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2009
22 oz bottle. I think this was the Heaven Hill version. Foggy brown with a ring and a dot of foam. Nose is caramel, cardamon, orange peel, ginger and whiskey; beautifully integrated. Soft and milky with a slight tang and alcohol warming. Taste is bourbon, raisin, caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Smooth, dry finish with vanilla, wood and grass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Thanks Mike for sharing! Bottle pours dark amber color with off white head. Aroma is booze, caramel, and oak. Viscous mouthfeel. Flavor is ash,wood, bourbon, the caramel was like it was made by a candy maker, and finished with the bourbon flavor. I liked the finish the best. I got a sense of the bourbon and what it tasted like as it melded with the other flavors. Just brilliant!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2009
650ml bottle
Thanks to Mike I think for cracking this open though it could have been someone else. This is my first experience with Marin and hopefully not my last. While bourbon barrel aging big beers is not novel when done right the results are fantastic. This is no exception though I might place it just short of world class.

Aroma / Appearance - Ruby red with little carbonation the body is a rich blend of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. I picked up a bit of something a bit off that came through despite the heat of the alcohol and barrel.

Flavor / Palate - Tasting like warm caramel icing followed by a rinse of bourbon this is big and complex. The hops have taken a back seat to other aspects including in the warm but smooth finish. A decent example of how to properly age a barleywine I think this one has potential to make a name for itself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours a murky caramel-color with a small, creamy, white head. Hurricane-like, swirling retention. The nose is an intoxicating swirl of oak, whiskey, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The tangy, sweet flavor offers caramel, bourbon and a rumor of oak. There is a lot of bourbon flavor without a lot of bourbon heat. The lengthy finish is sweet and tangy and bequeaths lingering, rich notes of brown sugar and whiskey. Big time thanks to daknole for sharing his bottle of this world class beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Pours a cloudy opaque dark brown with a creamy, beige head. Aroma has lots overripe fruit, bourbon and licorice allsorts. Quite full-bodied, again lots of caramel and overripe fruit. Sweet caramel and a warming alcohol in the finish. Absolutely no bitterness. 110709

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2009
(A couple 22oz bottles) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and toffee. Flavor of caramel malt, hops (herbal), dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon.

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