Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29Bourbon Barrel Monster 29

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93
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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 169
Gots: 65 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: claaark13 on 12-13-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

This drank more like a dessert wine. I was afraid of the no carb before going into this, but it was magnificent. Smelled like caramel nips and booze. Taste wasn't boozy at all though. Intense caramel covered raisins. Toffee pudding. Some more dark fruit. Smooth, sticky and sweet. Definitely a bottle to share despite its size. It's very sweet, but there's a lot of layers to explore with each sip. I wish I had more.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a flat and very dark brown. Not exciting.

Smell - Brown sugar. Some darker malts. Raisins. Oaky. Bourbon.

Taste - Sweet as hell. Bourbon and some oak. Caramel and brown sugar. A bit of chocolate. Raisins all over the back end.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly thick. Boozy. No carbonation.

Overall - Intense. Too sweet for me. Another crazy beer from Dark Horse, but it's impressive in its own ways.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged up at 4 Elf 2012. I had it on tap, but this is a review of the 375ml bottle.

A - Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in the glass, with no head. Sticks very well.

S - Sweet dark fruits with a woody mild heat. Caramel notes come through as it breathes. The sweetness seems to keep the booziness at bay. As it opens up more, a hint of fresh cherries comes through. Really takes some effort to find the aromas.

T - Syrupy fresh dark fruits, cherries, plums, grapes and grape skin, underlying heat that helps clear the nose, fresh dark fruits again, caramel, slight heat and wood in the finish. There is a very slight heat on the palate after the finish. Very interesting and somewhat complex.

M - Thick, very thick. The lack of carbonation certainly helps that. Really nice.

O - I remember this being better on tap, but I also remember it being carbonated. That probably helped the aroma and certainly the appearance. The taste is very nice. I'm not certain that this is actually 17%, there's no way. I think it's ready to drink now. Aging may help it carbonate a little bit, but I don't think too much will happen. That's fine with me, it's great for a cold day.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Chris for generously sharing this!

Splashed into a taster glass, its a dark brown color with high clarity, little to no bubbles anywhere to be seen.

Boozy aroma, dates, raisin, alcohol sharpness is present. Some Port qualities, not getting any bourbon really. Alcohol heat sort of eclipses any complexity present, but it's not overbearing overall.

Sharpness is felt at first, but it rounds out a little as the beer is rolled over the palate. Dark fruit forward, dates, raisin, prune again, sort of a stewed fruit reduction. Boozy and flat, syrupy sweet and fruity. Overall not something i'd actively seek out, but it wasn't all bad considering the mammoth abv.

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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.