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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 159
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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vonnegut21

New York

3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:02:11 | More by vonnegut21
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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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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

01-06-2013 14:14:08 | More by enelson
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:56:17 | More by homebrew311
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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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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 20:09:08 | More by MarcatGSB
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seeswo

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-30-2012 13:34:04 | More by seeswo
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-29-2012 00:00:16 | More by RuckusDu
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KevSal

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 07:39:51 | More by KevSal
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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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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

12-22-2012 10:19:36 | More by beergorrilla
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-21-2012 08:09:03 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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beerhan

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

12-20-2012 19:17:53 | More by beerhan
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-20-2012 03:53:20 | More by denimdemon
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Brew33

Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 16:43:11 | More by Brew33
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avschmitt

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-17-2012 03:32:40 | More by avschmitt
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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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dblab33

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

12-15-2012 16:45:37 | More by dblab33
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JLG193

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-15-2012 03:58:21 | More by JLG193
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Savearth

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

12-14-2012 13:12:52 | More by Savearth
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strangebrew321

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-14-2012 04:28:17 | More by strangebrew321
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Marti403

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19.3%

12-14-2012 01:52:14 | More by Marti403
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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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claaark13

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged up at 4 Elf 2012. I had it on tap, but this is a review of the 375ml bottle.

A - Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in the glass, with no head. Sticks very well.

S - Sweet dark fruits with a woody mild heat. Caramel notes come through as it breathes. The sweetness seems to keep the booziness at bay. As it opens up more, a hint of fresh cherries comes through. Really takes some effort to find the aromas.

T - Syrupy fresh dark fruits, cherries, plums, grapes and grape skin, underlying heat that helps clear the nose, fresh dark fruits again, caramel, slight heat and wood in the finish. There is a very slight heat on the palate after the finish. Very interesting and somewhat complex.

M - Thick, very thick. The lack of carbonation certainly helps that. Really nice.

O - I remember this being better on tap, but I also remember it being carbonated. That probably helped the aroma and certainly the appearance. The taste is very nice. I'm not certain that this is actually 17%, there's no way. I think it's ready to drink now. Aging may help it carbonate a little bit, but I don't think too much will happen. That's fine with me, it's great for a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 00:38:32 | More by claaark13
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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.