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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 169
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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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to t0rin0 for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice barrel aged aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

zestar, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

acurtis, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

GRG1313, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Knapp85, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

JAHMUR, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

largadeer, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
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
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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.

emerge077, Feb 17, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Pours a very dark brown color, this one almost looks like a stout. The smell is sweet with some dark fruit and a dessert wine like note. The flavor is sweet with carmel and dark fruit notes. I'm also getting some bourbon and roasted malt notes as well. The flavors combine and remind me a bit of dessert wine, just like the smell. There is an alcohol burn, but it's not as intense as I thought it would be. This is like a half stout half barleywine mix. There is no real carbonation.

oline73, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

mendvicdog, Mar 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

imperialking, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

drewone, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a sluggish dark brownish color with no carbonation providing a small and very faint dirty head hich fades immediately

S : Heat, dark fruits, chocolate, old wood, some soy in themix. Big and complex.

T: Boom, in your face flavor in a abrasively good way. Chocolate covered, bourbon dipped dark fruits all the way, I feel the lack of carbonation only accenuates the body and deep rich flavors. A nice head on this with a underlying soy note in th mix. Finish is BIG, sweet, hot, sticky and down right gnarly!

M: It has a triple bock like feel,big body, hot and sweet. Flat as Hell.

O: Not sure ifh lack of carbonation is by intent or what, either way it can slay even the biggest palate and person, including mine and me. Wow.

barleywinefiend, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

duceswild, Jan 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Gonzoillini, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

mdaschaf, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

billab914, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Zaphog, Dec 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 12, 2013
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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.