Marin Old Dipsea Barleywine Bourbon Barrel (Brett)

Serve in Snifter


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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. Youll 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."

Editors 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2319) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark cola brown with a small khaki head. Thick milk chocolate and caramel in equal proportion on the aroma, plus a little added brett fruitiness. Flavor is strong caramel, light toasted coconut, and depending on the sip, a burst of tart pineapple. Finish is very short and dry from the brett, almost too short actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2010
2009. Brett. From Wavers1. Thanks! Ruddy, reddish brown. Dark, cloudy and beautiful. Aroma of sour funk (brett), tart cherry, charred caramel, and cola. Big oaky flavor. Massive wood, raisin, fig and bread. The big brett captured in nose is more subtle, as the flavor is more heavily dominated by the ten month bourbon aging. A simply beautiful version of a barley wine style I dont enjoy as much as many do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
rich bretty notes, dry horseblanket with a layer of pineapple, some apricot. clear mocha in the glass. lots of fruit on the palate, juicy with more apricot and some banana. creamy caramel, very complex

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (2123) - 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. Its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2010
2009 red wax bottle poured a dark brown in color with a small light tan head that took some coaxing out. aroma has vanilla from the barrels, wet oak, light sweet bourbon, damp brett, and a light funk. mouth feel is thick and coating and has a low carbonation. flavor starts with sweet bourbon, thick malt, vanilla, wet wood, approaches dark fruit, and has some mild spiciness. the brett is subdued and although it has plenty of sweet bourbon there is little burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to psiweaver for a chance to try this. I think Im reviewing the correct one. It has the same "2009 Bourbon Barrel Aged for Ten Months" sticker as the pic. 3.5 A: Super dark brown color. Nearly black. One and a half fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and doesnt leave any lacing. 4.0 S: Yep, this is the brett one. That was easy enough to figure out. Lots of funk in there and also some fairly assertive acetic acid. Perhaps the brett brought a few friends along as Ive never had this much acid from brett alone. Brett is horsey and barnyard and with the bourbon there is leather, oak, and vanilla. I cant smell much of the underlying barleywine except for some plum and raisin fruitiness. The funk and bourbon are the main attraction here. As the beer warms a bit, caramel and toffee maltiness comes out as well as stronger bourbon aroma. 5.0 T: Wow. Im really amazed at how well this beer comes together in the taste. I thought it would be a mess, but its anything but. Somehow the brett, bourbon, and barleywine form a holy union of deliciousness. Barnyard funk is a perfect complement to the leather, oak, and vanilla bourbon. I never would have guess that to be the case. The acetic acid in the nose is hard to come by in the taste and I think its absence is for the best. The barleywine gets to shine alongside the bourbon and funk this time. Rich toffee and caramel. Plum, raisin, currant, and perhaps even some black cherry. Booze is barely noticeable, but its presence is well received. 4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy and very smooth. No problems here. 5.0 D: This is one hell of a beer. Theres so much right with nothing wrong. Unlike a lot of bourbon barrel brews, the bourbon in this is complementary and doesnt steal the show. The addition of funk played out better than I ever could have imagined. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-04-2010 04:40:11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Cool, sweet, bourbon and caramel. Icy, refreshing. Chewy. Very nice, ready to drink, smooth, and very balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Thanks to vacax and jerz - Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a white ring of suds.

Aroma: Sweet vinous port wine, cherry and funk.

Taste: Burnt brown sugar, sweet cherry, alcohol and wood.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, low carbonation, which in my opinion makes it perfect.

Overall: An amazing treat. The bourbon barrel and the hit of brett deserve a round of applause. They didnt step on each other, and contributed to a wonderful experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. A bourbon barleywine with brett? Pours a deep brown color with some amber sneaking though and topped with a thin whispy off-white head. The aroma shows bourbon, cherries, caramel, vanilla, and very faint traces of dark fruit. Smooth bourbon and rich toffee flavors quickly joined by some cherry notes along with a touch of vanilla. Some welcoming spicy hops in the finish. Soft bourbon mostly throughout although it gives way mid palate to a fruity funky tartness but the brett is light. I must say, this is damn good. Even more impressive is that I wasnt all that crazy about regular Old Dipsea but this is a completely different beer. Well done Marin!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is faded hops, oak barrels bourbon and a touch of funk. Flavor is oak, barrels, bourbon, caramel, faded hops, a touch of funkiness. Very well done.

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