Marin Old Dipsea Barleywine Bourbon Barrel (Brett)

 
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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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

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3.9
joeneugs (6372) - 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.

3.9
riversideAK (6265) - 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.

3.8
thirdeye11 (6162) - 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.

3.9
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.

4.5
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
In short: A funky, oaky, tannic crazy big beer. Fantastic stuff
How: Bottle 22oz. 2009 vintage, red-wax top. Consumed when approximately 1.5 year of age. Bottle sent to me by changeup45, thanks a lot Gary
The look: Cloudy very dark burgundy topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose has a rather strong brett presence with a fun fix of rich toffee, green apples, oak, light bourbon, grapefruit skin, more… Somehow the nose doesn’t feel all over the place, this is a nice complex and original aroma. Tastes is just as complex and original. Toffee, oak tannins, tart fruits, earthy wood, fresh oranges (!!!), acetic acid, vanilla, and I could go on and on… With all the brett, oak tannins, and other stuff I almost didn’t feel any sweetness and alcohol. The unexpected tartness of this barley wine almost makes it refreshing. I’m beginning to think that there is a lot of potential in those funky bretty barley wines. We have a local beer doing something similar (Benelux Noël en Fût de Chêne avec Brett) that is pretty kick-ass too, but this Dipsea brett is even better, incredibly complex and totally “out there”. I loved that beer. Oh, and by-the-way, there was almost no bourbon presence in this beer. This was a fantastic experiment that Marin Brewing must make again. And if you’ve never written to a brewery threatening to kill yourself if they don’t brew a certain beer again, then you’re clearly not me.

3.3
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Thanks to psiweaver and hopsbreath for getting me out bottles of this. A: Pours a moderate mahogany with a nice tan head and very minimal lacing. S: Not too much going on here considering how much really should be going on here. A bit of the Brett comes through along with a bit of malt, but not much bourbon. T: Brett comes in a bit, as does the malt. Again, not too much--if any--bourbon character. Not sure if this just isn’t well balanced in general, or if it’s at that point of limbo where the Brett is starting but hasn’t brought through enough character to really carry the beer. M: A bit dry and a bit hot. Fairly thick. D: Fairly low. I just can’t figure out where this one is going. Luckily I’ve got more to cellar, so I’m thinking (or maybe hoping) that I’m just getting to this one at the wrong time in it’s development. Looking forward to revisiting this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-05-2010

3.9
nickd717 (4996) - 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.

3.8
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Deep ruby brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is of toffee, bourbon, caramel. prune and a light lemon tartness. Taste is of brett, caramel, bourbon, and oak.

3.8
TomDecapolis (4636) - 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.

4.2
IrishBoy (4252) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bomber from iowaherkeye. Nose is berries, bretty funk, toffee, and bourbon. Clear very dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is toffee, fruity, light sweetness, only a slight bit of brett, and candisugar.


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