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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 167
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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Photo of rjacobs6
5/5  rDev +19%

rjacobs6, Jan 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

Auztan, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

thebigredone, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of founder26
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage poured into snifter

A- pours dark, like a stout. Absolutely no head, if you can get a head on this beer you got skillz.

S- having this after king henry its pretty similar. Lots of bourbon, chocalate, vanillla, figs, dates, raisens, smooth and no burn

T- followed nose, lots of chocalate and bourbon

M- this is where the beer falls short to me, flat as a door, very syrupy, needs a bit more carbonation which probably wont happen since this was bottled a month ago.

O- if this beer had carbed up I would put it right up there with king henry, but alas it hasnt so I give it this score. Cant see age really helping it either

founder26, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of ROBSTARR
5/5  rDev +19%

ROBSTARR, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of hannydawg
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

hannydawg, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of stevec32
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

stevec32, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep, dark black. Very little head that dissipates instantly.

S: Bourbon, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Lingering sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden.

T: Sweet, syrupy vanilla bourbon. Roasted malt. Dark chocolate and mild hops in the back end. Very tasty.

M: Flat and syrupy, but I don't mind that in this style. Big, bourbon barrel aged beers can survive being a bit flat.

O: Very tasty beer. This is allegedly 17% ABV, but you'd never know it from drinking. This is a sipper of a beer, but very, very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to opening my other bottle in a year or two.

EDIT: Opened a second bottle 8/10/13 and it was significantly worse than the first... not sure if there's huge bottle variation or this thing just fell off a cliff. Score indicates average of the two experiences in case I just got one bad bottle.

vonnegut21, Jan 08, 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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

enelson, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is slightly darker than the non ba version. Aroma is malt forward with heavy molasses and maple, vanilla, and oak all come through. A bit of heat on the nose. Taste is sugary with heavy vanilla and a bit of oak. The barrel does favors for this brew, enjoying it much more than the base. The flavor is smooth throughout the finish with no burn. Carbonation is nearly vacant with a hefty body. Overall, lots going on here with a nice mellow finish. The barrel tames this hefty brew.

homebrew311, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Florida9, Jan 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Gonzoillini, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MarcatGSB, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

seeswo, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

RuckusDu, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of KevSal
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to dblab for this beast of a brew! Against all concerns of proper carbonation I decided to open this guy up any way, gonna go big every night till the new year. Good decision

375ml into 2 tulips split between the father in law.

A- pours a deep dark brown with a ring of bubbles (maybe I should have given it time to carb?) looks like prune juice in the glass.

S- huge! Carmel and dark fruits right in front. Hint of vanilla and almost a brandy like presence from the booze in the back.

T- worries put to rest. Much more carbonation than I anticipated. Huge dark fruits, sticky raisins, dark cherry and slight grape (brandy quality), chocolate brandy on the back end, booze is present but no where near as close expected. Works very well with the flavor profile in this case. Decadent.

M- mouthfeel is huge! Probably near the biggest you can get, the low carbonation adds to the sticky immensity of this beast. Rich flavor remains long after each sip.

O- this was definetly an enjoyable brew. I can't believe it sits at 17% doesn't seem as hot as black Tuesday by a bit. The qualities it brings forth are definetly unique. The dark fruits remind me of some of the qualities found in quads. Reminds me quite a bit of midnight suns Venus.

If your lucky to try this guy try it with a piece of dark chocolate, they definetly compliment each other well. Give it a good while to breathe after you open it, the complexity really shines through.

Really appreciate the chance Dan!

Happy holidays ba!

KevSal, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

imperialking, Dec 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

beergorrilla, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

beerhan, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

denimdemon, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Brew33
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Brew33, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

avschmitt, Dec 17, 2012
Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.