Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.73/5 rDev +12.9%
Huge thanks to Urbancaver for setting me up with this bottle.
A cool waxed 375 ml bottle.
Pours a very dark brown with red highlights. Very few bubbles appear in the glass, a nearly still beer. Looks heavy and syrupy. The aroma is fantastic. Truly a kaleidoscope of malt flavor. Deep toffee and raisin notes. Sherry, bourbon, figs, prunes, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Wow! So complex. Alcohol is present in the nose but subdued.
The flavor is just outstanding. Follows the nose quite closely. Big sugary malt flavors. Toffee, caramel, bourbon, oaky as all get out. Smooth, integrated flavors that all stand out yet seemlessly work together. Alcohol is brilliantly masked. How they made a 17% beer this smooth and drinkable is a wonder to me. Absolutely incredible. It has to be a 5. Incredible. The mouthfeel is heavy and coats the mouth. Carbonation is very low but it absolutely works here.
Overall, a stunning beer. Took me by complete surprise. I'm very fortunate that I have more bottles. I can't wait to see how this beauty ages.
12-18-2012 16:43:11 | More by Brew33
4.65/5 rDev +11%
375 ml black waxed bottle into a Founders 15th anny glass. Label has a section for bottle count and batch # but was never filled out. 2012 4 Elf release. Drinking this a day after having the regular version. Thanks again to steimie.
A - Pours a very dark red/brown body. Appears to be more translucent than the regular version due to the absence of any head. Initial pour yielded some large brown bubbles which lasted less than a minute. A swirl produces some clear alcohol legs but no bubbles. Sits very still.
S - I've heard some reviews saying the bourbon is tame. I really disagree here. Siting a foot away from the glass it smells like I smashed a bottle of bourbon on the floor. Caramelized dates are quickly over washed with wall of oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and warm alcohol. The bourbon is super intense. If you like bourbon you will love the aroma.
T - Raisins, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and fudge. Decadent and super sweet. Less savory than the regular version. Aftertaste is syrupy sweet with some faint notes of oak, vanilla and charred malt. Bourbon is less intense than the nose but the finish is warm and boozy. Again, does not feel like its 17% at all.
M - Thick and syrupy with little carbonation. The alcohol burn cuts through a bit providing a somewhat clean finish. A sipper, but not as daunting as most beers in this range.
O - I much prefer this to the standard version, and that beer impressed the hell out of me. Super rich and sweet with a well incorporated bourbon presence. Massive and decadent while remaining somehow approachable and enjoyable. Excellent beer!
01-21-2013 20:49:55 | More by davey101
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
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured from 375 ml waxed bottle into Kuhnhenn tulip.
A: Pours a very deep brown, not quite black. Has some lighter color around the edges. Very little carbonation and head, but what is there are quite large bubbles that dissipate very quickly, leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass. There is very no lacing to speak of, but a couple swirls yields quite the color on the sides of the glass, very thick coating. Wow.
N: Like a glass of brandy, without a huge alcohol presence. Just crazy amounts of caramel and vanilla coming from the glass with a great hint of dried fruit, oak, and a bit of bourbon but not overwhelming. Again, the booze is very subdued.
T: Beautifully sweet milk chocolate with awesome notes of raisin, toffee, oak, and the bourbon plays a very limited supporting role. Very, very nice.
M: Wow. The lack of carbonation is perfect honestly. Once it hits your mouth, the carbonation is sufficient, and really helps with this wonderful mouthfeel. Creamy texture, with a really nice finish.
D and O: This is a great beer. They hit on a great Barleywine when a rival Michigan brewery had a very close to miss recently. It's a bigger than life Barleywine, but freaking fantastic. It's not overly boozy for being so high in ABV, and it drinks amazingly easy. A real treat. I plan on drinking a few more of these, and laying a few down for many years. World class...
This is the second bottle I have opened, and both have lacked carbonation, but actually the carbonation present is ample.
01-02-2013 20:09:08 | More by MarcatGSB
Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.