Mora2000 (6158) - 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. BMan1113VR (7930) - 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, blutt59 (6576) - 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 popery (2170) - 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. mpersinger (366) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Multiple taster pours from bomber at SR Beerfest (thanks to brewer Arnie):
Deep ruddy opaque pour with slight off-white lacing. Sweet dark malt and touch of candied pineapple in aroma. Rich caramel and fruitiness on nose, then some sweet cherry (not characteristic of this brett c strain) and light chocolate notes and bourbon hint, along with mellow alcohol warmth and touch of butterscotch coming through. Velvety palate with medium body, balanced.
Historically, this is the strain of brett from English stock ales, and this tastes like English ale yeast. The presence of some diacetyl works fine here, and would be present historically as well. I wonder if the complete absence of hop bitterness in finish (interesting since the base is barleywine) was the work of the brett, or only the aging? Should be interesting to try another 6 months on, but may be in its prime now (it was labeled ’09).
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a deep, oily caramel color with yellow edges; thin, off-white head with patchy lacing; slight viscosity. Solid levels of bourbon and caramel and dried fruits in the aroma, surrounded by some modest diacetyl and a strong presence of warming alcohol; not rough, but certainly alcohol strongly present and warming. Medium-full body; relaxed carbonation; lightly creamy, non-astringent, and slightly amounts of warming alcohol, but nothing harsh; lots of dense caramel, dried fruits, and a modest diacetyl note, mostly butterscotch; well-integrated alcohol presence, warming things; the pineapple / tropical fruit character from the brett is quite pleasant, but it still doesn’t quite dry this out to the degree that I’d like to see; ultimately a pleasant barleywine core, with light butter, light carbonation, and a modest brett and toasted barrel presence; pretty tasty, but a touch messy of a presentation. Medium finish, showing solid levels of butterscotch, caramel, and soft dried fruits; a touch sweet end. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
bottle shared by Kan with Mike and myself. Didn’t know what to expect from the brett addition to a bourbon barrel aged barley wine, so curious to try this. pours a bright brown with a small tan film head. healthy dose of brett in the nose. bourbon and vanilla more present in the flavor. really smooth and easy drinkin. bourbon and brett turned otu to be awesome compliments. really well balanced. nothing dominates, but the brett seems more prominent in the nose with barrel and typical barley wine undertones, while the bourbon characteristics shine in the flavor with brett more in the background. turns out to be a pretty awesome beer I’m happy to have tried. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Bottle provided by Kan, many many thanks! Mahogany hued with a fizzy small head and minimal lace. The wonderful nose displays light brett character, roasted, toasty, and caramel malts, some vanilla and bourbon tones, a hint of oak with some leafy herbal and minty hop vapours. The taste is every bit equal to the nose, nice malt profile with fruity, minty, and herbal qualities balanced very well by both the bourbon character and the light handed brett influence. I struggled to find what kind of spicy note I found but alas I settled upon marjoram. There is a moderate alcohol note upon the finish but so much to hinder my enjoyment of this well balanced yet complex flavor profile. The mouth feel has soft yet lively character with a bit of stickiness.pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
This is shockingly good but I do fear that with age that the brett may start to dominate and alter the spot on balance that currently exist. I say get one now and enjoy soon.
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 22oz bottle from Joey... Pours a dark muddy caramel brown with lighter brown edges and a thin light beige head... Nice bretty aroma right off the bat with tart pineapply Brett with an underlying sweet bourbon barrel Qnd vanilla component. Really nice aroma... Flavors are predominantly sweet with the underlying barleywine with bourbon barrel notes and some less subtle hints of fruity pineapply Brett character. A little boozy but still quite nice overall. As others said or at least my immediate party, well balanced between Brett, bourbon, and the base beer. joeneugs (6371) - 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.