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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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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 169
Gots: 67 | FT: 9
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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2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Steimie, Dec 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Rhettroactive, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Colosdog, Mar 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

egrace84, Mar 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

EgadBananas, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

cfaulman, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

pixieskid, Jul 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

beergorrilla, Dec 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

jegross2, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Gfunk720
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.

Gfunk720, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

mendvicdog, Mar 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

IrishColonial, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

oldp0rt, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ncaudle, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

CityofBals, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Florida9, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

mireland, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

ArdyExfor, Mar 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

phishphorce, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Flabbyjandro, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

DonFrap, Jul 09, 2013
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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.