Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2009
hopscotch (11048) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
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.
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! Papsoe (25063) - 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 bu11zeye (13029) - 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. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle #16 from iowaherkeye. Damn what a beauty. Pours a nice cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is pure sweet bourbon, caramel and oak. Flavor is so well rounded. Smooth and sweet with such wonderful bourbon notes. Vanilla flavors, brown sugar, oak, and more. Damn this was amazing. I wish I had more of this!!
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2009
22oz bottle, Heaven Hill Barrel. Huge thanks to Daknole for busting out this super rare beer. Pours hazy brown with a small beige head. Nose is intense caramel and brown sugar. A little cinnamon and a whiff of bourbon and smoke. Fantastic nose. Flavor is intense fruity caramel. Layers of vanilla and chocolate, a little bit of brown sugar and molasses. Bourbon on the back end. No real alcohol bite even as it warms. This is super balanced with perfect carbonation. Probably the best American Barley Wine I’ve had. Simply outstanding. yespr (44797) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark orange to brown with a small off-white head. Smooth and fruity barrel aged aroma. Light eye burn. Vanilla and chocolate malt flavoured. Mild wooden and vanilla finish. Very smooth. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Name: Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale, BA
Date: July 11, 2009
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: hazy dark amber, scant head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and vanilla aroma
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, nice bourbon, sweet vanilla, balancing oakyness, touch of alcohol
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
RBSG09 bottle on the bus after the grand tasting. cquiroga said this was the Heaven Hill barrel version, one of only 190 bottles. Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights and a tan head. Aroma is big on caramel and molasses with dark fruity notes and a very smooth vanilla bourbon note. Flavor is also very smooth with toffee, vanilla, light booze, almonds, black cherry, and brown sugar. Totally silky on the palate. I loved it. beastiefan2k (3901) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Shared by jhenry04, I think, at RBSG’09 Grand Tasting. Has a thick dark brown color. Aroma is molasses, alcoholic raisin, and well more alcohol from the barrel I guess. All the alcohol becomes a bit astringent but the big sweet things underneath it are cool. The flavor is bit different where the alcohol becomes that astringent cherry but the underneath big sweet malts come off as brown sugar. In the end its a BA barley wine, so it is what it is...........