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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

196 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 169
Gots: 65 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: claaark13 on 12-13-2012)
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Photo of oline73
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.

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jeff for this bottle!
Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with almost no head. Carbonation appears to be almost non-existent.

S - Big bourbon and vanilla notes dominate the nose. There is a big overall sweetness and some noticeable alcohol as well. Some dark caramel, brown sugar and a hint of cocoa come through int he background.

T - Barrel up front - bourbon, oak and vanilla flavours come through nicely. A huge sweetness enters mid-palate with brown sugar, dark caramel, molasses, toffee and a hint of cocoa all coming through. Just enough warming alcohol is present to cut through the sweetness and create an excellent balance.

M - Medium body with some good viscosity. Very light carbonation.

Photo of JMRSN
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of imfrommichigan
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1706th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
375ml

2012 vintage
Thanks to ErikKoppin for this.

Shared with Afrokaze

App- Looked exactly like a dark merlot or another dark red wine. A deep garnet with a stillness and liquid fruit appearance to me. No bubbles or lace or stick.

Smell- A large portion of this beer smells like a port wine. Rich deep prickly alcohol and a bit of a dark fruits. Lost is the bourbon to me. This was too port/quad and dark fruit forward. No burn, no oak or any other bourbon additions. The ABV was hidden as it warmed.

Taste- This blew me away with the complexities. I'm rating a little low for lack of bourbon on it. More quad/port notes come out with a strong dark fruit and alcohol note to it. Much more sweet and ruddy than I thought. A little let down but was still good.

Mouth- A medium full body with a medium low carbonation. A huge lack of bubbles contributed to me rating this a bit low actually. Residual dark fruits, candy sugars and alcohols.

Drink- A good beer but a little less than what I was expecting. It didn't have the carbonation to give depth of flavors and pop.

Photo of davey101
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml black waxed bottle into a Founders 15th anny glass. Label has a section for bottle count and batch # but was never filled out. 2012 4 Elf release. Drinking this a day after having the regular version. Thanks again to steimie.

A - Pours a very dark red/brown body. Appears to be more translucent than the regular version due to the absence of any head. Initial pour yielded some large brown bubbles which lasted less than a minute. A swirl produces some clear alcohol legs but no bubbles. Sits very still.

S - I've heard some reviews saying the bourbon is tame. I really disagree here. Siting a foot away from the glass it smells like I smashed a bottle of bourbon on the floor. Caramelized dates are quickly over washed with wall of oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and warm alcohol. The bourbon is super intense. If you like bourbon you will love the aroma.

T - Raisins, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and fudge. Decadent and super sweet. Less savory than the regular version. Aftertaste is syrupy sweet with some faint notes of oak, vanilla and charred malt. Bourbon is less intense than the nose but the finish is warm and boozy. Again, does not feel like its 17% at all.

M - Thick and syrupy with little carbonation. The alcohol burn cuts through a bit providing a somewhat clean finish. A sipper, but not as daunting as most beers in this range.

O - I much prefer this to the standard version, and that beer impressed the hell out of me. Super rich and sweet with a well incorporated bourbon presence. Massive and decadent while remaining somehow approachable and enjoyable. Excellent beer!

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Mark000
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jjheinrichs
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of rjacobs6
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Auztan
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Photo of ROBSTARR
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of hannydawg
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of stevec32
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

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.

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.