Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.94/5 rDev -6%
375mL waxed bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Kevan for the bottle!
(A)- Pours still in appearance (no bubbles or anything). Quite dark for your run of the mill barleywine in a kind of burnt sienna brown color. Slight hints of reddish highlights do peak through.
(S)- It has a big nose of dry but dense leathery oak and subtle cocoa with complex dark fruits. The smell significantly gets sweeter in a sugary sense as it warms.
(T)- Very big and rich sweetness overall. Some heavy leathery oak flavors throughout. Plenty of dark fruits amidst an extremely sweet finish in a sugary sense.
(M)- Sadly, this is almost completely flat, but there is alot of promise in this if it had a bit more carbonation to it. One positive thing is that despite its huge 17% ABV, this is relatively tame in heat, but not shy about its sweetness.
(O)- Overall, a bit disappointed in this despite how good it sounded, but it might need a bit more tweaking and getting it to carbonation could make this a really good barleywine. It could need a bit of time in the bottle, but unsure.
08-01-2013 21:06:11 | More by sweemzander
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours deep and dark brown leaving very little lacing behind with almost no carbonation throughout. The aromas picked up varieties of dark fruit, toffee, bourbon, and booze. The flavor was more of deep dark fruit/some tropical fruit with hints of toasted and roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. The barrel was paramount in the middle to end with notes of bourbon, oak, and faint vanilla. Sticky and sweet with a booze level that is quite apparent and did not overpower. Overall, a very fine example of an American bourbon barrel barleywine! This was too tough for me to come by to seek this out again.
07-22-2013 17:37:55 | More by CuriousMonk
Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.