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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29Bourbon Barrel Monster 29

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

176 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 160
Gots: 69 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: claaark13 on 12-13-2012)
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Steimie

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

12-17-2012 02:55:29 | More by Steimie
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Mhalloran


2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

07-22-2014 03:32:36 | More by Mhalloran
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -28.4%

12-14-2013 20:27:45 | More by Rhettroactive
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Colosdog

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -28.4%

03-16-2013 12:07:03 | More by Colosdog
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egrace84

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.4%

03-25-2013 04:01:17 | More by egrace84
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

05-11-2014 21:46:12 | More by EgadBananas
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cfaulman

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

05-11-2014 21:05:43 | More by cfaulman
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pixieskid

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

07-20-2013 08:58:23 | More by pixieskid
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-22-2012 10:19:36 | More by beergorrilla
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jegross2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

02-13-2014 05:18:49 | More by jegross2
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into a glass of no particular importance. Thanks to whomever sent this to me, though I can't exactly recall who.

A- pours a very dark mohogany brown, almost black. I can tell this is going to be low on carbonation as it pours with no head. A ring of brownish tan retains with a few bubbles.

S- smells of sweet brown sugar, dark fruits, and molasses. There are hints of bourbon and vanilla, with hit ouch of chocolate.

T- VERY sweet malt flavor hits initially. More brown sugar with hints of maple sugar. I can get some little notes of hops coming through but the sweetness is overwhelming. Finishes quite smooth though with no lingering sugar. What is strange is that I get very little barrel from this. Some vanilla and booziness, but little to no barrel.

M- cloyingly sweet at first. As I suspected it is a bit low on carbonation. The overall body is good for the style though.

O- overall this was nothing to write home about ather than its ability to mask a crazy high alcohol content. I found it to be overly sweet and a little flat, but still not bad. Some very nice molasses notes but otherwise somewhat one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:43:14 | More by Gfunk720
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

03-19-2013 02:23:08 | More by mendvicdog
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-14-2013 20:32:02 | More by IrishColonial
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

03-10-2013 18:19:37 | More by oldp0rt
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

01-23-2014 23:03:41 | More by ncaudle
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

01-30-2013 03:57:03 | More by CityofBals
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Florida9

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

01-06-2013 01:51:23 | More by Florida9
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

I'm gonna put this out there right away: This stuff was very similar to the non-barreled version, so the following words are going to, in large part, resemble those from my review of the aforementioned non-barreled edition. Just sayin'. Anyway, this stuff pours a deep sunset garnet-amber topped by a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises boozy molasses, candied orange peel, and plenty of bourbon. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bourbon continuing to power through. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, the barrel definitely helped things, but not enough to elevate this stuff to anything close to greatness.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:32:29 | More by TMoney2591
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:56:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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emerge077

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:36:22 | More by emerge077
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mireland

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

07-31-2013 17:45:16 | More by mireland
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ArdyExfor

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

03-06-2014 04:57:48 | More by ArdyExfor
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

02-18-2013 00:14:14 | More by phishphorce
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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

11-18-2013 00:05:29 | More by Flabbyjandro
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

07-09-2013 22:43:38 | More by DonFrap
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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.