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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

180 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 164
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.19/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-08-2013 03:42:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

03-29-2014 16:35:27 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-26-2013 04:05:26 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-21-2014 10:26:47 | More by zestar
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-17-2013 18:48:52 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-07-2013 06:27:54 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-30-2014 02:03:49 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

09-01-2013 13:56:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

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
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-10-2013 01:18:16 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

06-07-2013 19:48:09 | More by largadeer
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oline73

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

01-28-2013 14:14:17 | More by oline73
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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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-08-2014 00:49:57 | More by XmnwildX12
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-18-2013 04:22:00 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-23-2012 00:03:38 | More by imperialking
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

03-17-2013 13:22:03 | More by barleywinefiend
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-25-2013 06:47:37 | More by drewone
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duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-21-2013 16:45:33 | More by duceswild
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

01-06-2013 01:45:50 | More by Gonzoillini
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-28-2013 23:27:18 | More by mdaschaf
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

12-14-2013 20:38:29 | More by billab914
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-13-2012 04:27:10 | More by Zaphog
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +1%

Bottle opened on 11.28.13

Thanks C!

A - Pours a very dirty brown, almost flat, just a few dark brown bubbles.

S - Tons of bourbon, some oak and a touch of chocolate.

T - Lots of bourbon and sweet chocolate.

D - Low carbonation with a medium to heavy body. Finishes sweet.

O - Tons of bourbon, nice sweet chocolate. Happy Thanksgiving!

12-29-2013 06:13:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.