Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by tewaris:
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
Courtesy lurchingbeast, thanks for this wonderful beer!
A still mahogany hued liquid with the consistency of honey... I was not aware at all what this beer was so it came as a pleasant surprise, barleywines being one of my favorite brews. Aroma is chocolate and toffee with sweet alcohol in the backdrop. Tastes magnificently bittersweet with tons of caramelized sugar and, again, chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with virtually no carbonation; a rich maltiness lingers. The barrel character is restrained and well integrated.
Absolutely fantastic and highly recommended.
06-16-2013 08:13:13 | More by tewaris
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
01-14-2014 02:56:42 | More by Alieniloquium
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
12-13-2012 00:38:32 | More by claaark13
3.74/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
02-17-2013 01:36:22 | More by emerge077
4.63/5 rDev +10.5%
Thanks to Jeff for this bottle!
Poured in to tulip.
A - Poured black with almost no head. Carbonation appears to be almost non-existent.
S - Big bourbon and vanilla notes dominate the nose. There is a big overall sweetness and some noticeable alcohol as well. Some dark caramel, brown sugar and a hint of cocoa come through int he background.
T - Barrel up front - bourbon, oak and vanilla flavours come through nicely. A huge sweetness enters mid-palate with brown sugar, dark caramel, molasses, toffee and a hint of cocoa all coming through. Just enough warming alcohol is present to cut through the sweetness and create an excellent balance.
M - Medium body with some good viscosity. Very light carbonation.
01-26-2013 16:53:56 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.