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Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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Old Dipsea Barleywine Style AleOld Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-03-2002)
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Photo of Holland
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Holland, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wiseman Justin reporting:

Appearance: pours a mildly opaque amber with almost no head. It looks like it has a lot of carbonation going on as bubbles cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong. Molasses and alcohol hit you pretty hard. A lot of dark fruit going on, figs, prunes, and black cherries.

Taste: Kinda lacking in the taste department. This is going to sound harsh but I get some sweetness combined with rubbing alcohol. The taste is like the invisible man, whatever it taste like it's gone fast.

Mouthfeel: It feels thick initially but then like it's taste just pulls ninja and vanishes.

Drinkability: Low, like some of the quotes, this beer just, as a barleywine I am disappointed.

"If I didn't pour it, and i didn't feel bad about wasting it, I wouldn't finish it, it's the budlight of barleywines" - Wiselady Natalia

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 8 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I guess I'm spoiled as far as 'big' beers. I've had quite a few great beers from noted micros like Stone, Alesmith, Victory, DFH & Kalamazoo Bells.
This beer is an average barleywine. It didn't 'wow' me. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

jcalabre, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -20.6%

whartontallboy, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper color with virtually no head. The beer looked thick and syrupy. Lots of fruit, hops and caramel in the nose. Taste was balanced ok. Mellow hops and fruity alcohol and sweet malt. Some warmth from the alcohol. Some earthiness. A distorted barleywine..just didnt do it for me. Still not a barleywine that impressed me and I wouldnt buy it again. For the money many more bwines out this to shame. Had on tap and it is much better but out of the bomber...no thanks

barleywinefiend, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a chill-hazed, very dark caramel color. It poured with a medium sized sticky head.

s: Mild and frankly kind of bland. I smelled a little toffee, some heat, and, oddly enough, something that reminded me of apple sauce. Tea and potpourri came to mind as well.

t: This was an odd one. I'm not sure how old this was, but there was an obvious lack of hoppiness here. There may have been some herbal, English hops, but not very much. I tasted mildly sweet toffee up front. The finish tastes of tea-like, musty fruitiness. There was a lingering apple juice flavor that seemed out of place.

m: Medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

d: Thanks to BeerRun13 for the bottle, but I wasn't much of a fan. These guys make one helluva good wheatwine though.

DIM, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was not a huge fan of this one. Pours dark brown with a decent brown head. The aroma is fruity, perfumy, and a little rusty. The taste was a bit hoppy and sweet with nuts and prunes. There was a nasty taste in there as well, like stagnant water. I don't know, I've had better.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, odd that I haven't reviewed this yet, I've had it several times,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a medium off-white head, which leaves some solid spotty lace. Fair head retention.

S: Lots of dark fruit and malt character. Raisin bread, hint of cherrywood bark and leather.

T: Malt city, molasses, figs and raisins. Hardly a hop to be found though there is some solid backing bitterness. Fairly one dimensional and a bit of a cloying sugar play.

M: Medium to full-bodied, thin at times for it's style. Cloying, astringent at parts.

O: An OK barleywine, but it's somewhat disjointed and doesn't really know what it wants to do. Nowhere near the quality of it brother at Moylan's, so go with that one.

Halcyondays, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

9.0% according my bottle. Acquired last week at a local SoCal bottle shop. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've had a couple decent brews from this brewery.

Allowed to rest and warm following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Allowed to warm further over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head of good cream and thickness, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is dark solid black; not quite a jet black. I imagine it's an extremely dark caramel hue such that it appears black (much like how Guinness is technically a really dark ruby). No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit dark for the style, but generally appealing. There's nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Appealingly malty, with caramel and biscuit malt taking prominence. Delightful biscuity yeast. Malty sweetness. Minimal floral hopping; malts are the focus here. A bit of vanilla toffee. Maybe a hint of light raisin. Maple syrup. Brown sugar. Heavy fermented fig (but not in a dark fruit sense; it's lighter and less evocative). Bready. A bit of light grape. More subtle than anticipated. Well executed for the style. A moderate strength aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Heavy bready and caramel malts. Fig, raisin, light grape. A bit of maple syrup. Some brown sugar on the climax. Body is pure malt through and through. Minimal floral hopping lets malts take the spotlight. Fig is dominant. Sugary and sweet, maybe even a bit too much so. Biscuity yeast comes through. I don't get any alcohol. Toffee. I could see other reviewers calling this "leathery", but I wouldn't do so; it's got that ersatz molasses/caramel blend that renders it redolent of leather in a sense - but it doesn't taste like what I imagine leather does. It's not as subtle as the aroma led me to hope for. The promise of the aroma has gone unfulfilled here, but it's not severely disappointing. It just lacks the subtlety and complexity I'd expect of a good barleywine. I do like it, but it's far from unique or special.

Mf: Far too wet for a barleywine. Good thickness and smoothness. Has sufficient body. Decent palate presence; the depth of flavour is somewhat restrained here. Pretty good carbonation; perhaps a bit overdone - especially for the style. Sticky. A bit creamy, but it's insubstantial.

Dr: Hides its ABV well, but it remains a sipper. It brings nothing special to the table, so I imagine it will get lost in the crowd; there are a lot of good barleywines - and many are better than this one at this price point. I have nothing against it and would probably try it on-draught if there wasn't anything I hadn't had available. I don't smoke cigars, but I imagine this would pair well with them based on their aroma. A solid effort from Marin that at the very least makes me want to give their beers more chances. Quite drinkable for the high ABV. I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle by meself. Well played.

B-

kojevergas, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, 2009 vintage, picked up at The Bottle Barn in Northern CA.

Pours a deep, dark copper color that is completely opaque with only faint dark orange/mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger frothy yellowish beige head. Pretty good retention, slowly fading into a nice lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

The nose of this beer is still surprisingly hop forward with hints of earthy pine and dank, resinous oils as well as subtle hints of citrus fruit balancing out the sweeter malt notes. Earthy and lathery with lots of caramel and toffee as well as some biscuit and faint dark fruit, mostly fig and raisin. Slight alcohol but doesn't smell overly boozy.

Medium bodied and again, this beer is surprisingly still very hop forward. Unfortunately the hop profile isn't as complex as the aroma suggests. Earthy and bitter with lots of dry piny flavor but there isn't any of the sweet citrus character that I was expecting to add depth, complexity or balance. Underneath, there is a nice leathery malt backbone with prominent caramel flavor as well as hints of toffee, biscuit, raisin, fig, and grape. The ABV is well masked with subtle boozy sweetness but not much in the way of heat or warmth in the finish.

Overall, this beer is decent and pretty quaffable but it isn't as complex or balanced as I hoped with the strong hop presence overpowering the other flavors a bit too much.

corby112, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of pumptrick
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

pumptrick, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of leprakhan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

leprakhan, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

drewone, May 08, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of deNerval
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

deNerval, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of stephens101
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bubbly tan head slowly grows to about 1 finger in height and dissipates quickly leaving some small and scattered spots around the snifter. Color is a familiar cherry red with brown tint. Aroma consists of chocolates and cherries among some distant piny hops and a distinct herbal essence. The first thing I notice upon a sip is the creamy mouth-feel which leads straight into some hoppy and spicy notes, some cloying fruity sweetness, and some alcohol heat. A better blend on all the elements would be a favorable. After warming up a certain thinness envelops the beer, making it somewhat, let's say, uninteresting. While this is in no way a bad beer, and while it holds some promise, it doesn't seem to take full advantage of the opportunities the style presents as far as character of aroma and taste.

stephens101, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a nice amber hue with decent enough tan head that can throw up some spotty lacing from time to time. The aroma is full of figs, dates, prunes and cherries. It seems a bit bold and a bit too bright. The taste begins slick and sweet with malts and then quickly moving to fairly bold/bright notes of figs and cherries. Toward midway it picks up some raisins and another mild wave of smooth maltiness to go along with some sort of candi sugar that gives it just a bit of a beet sensation. The sweet malts attempt to pull the flavor together but they doesn't really make it. I think a year or couple of years of age will even this out and create a pleasing blended complex flavor.

BigMcLargeHuge, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thick brown and amber pour, carbonation was toned down, little head, looked thick. Aroma was sweet and earth to wood-like.

Minor amount of citrus in the flava profile, alcohol is there. Not the big hop profile you see with a lot of the big Marin beers. Caramel and toffee. A decent amount of the thickness remains sticky in the mouthfeel department, but I wouldn't really say its anything that makes the experience more enjoyable.

This is pretty much a straight up classical interpretation of the style, and is admirably done.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of StevieW
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich deep red-black color, thin white head. Smelled alot of roasted fruits, sweetness, plums, grapes. Not as bitter as I expected, alot sweeter. Definitly a sipping brew. It would have been nicer, had it been winter. Higher alcohol was noticble, thin feel. I'm not a big barleywine fan just yet, it was much easier to drink than the Young's Old Nick Barleywine, the only other one I can compare it to.

StevieW, Jun 01, 2002
Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For years, when I lived in California, this was always one of my favorite barley wines. I brought this one back from San Diego in early April, forgot about it until I scrounged a few bottles of BA dipsea with brett, put it in the fridge and promptly forgot it again. Tonight, I am finally trying this one again after a long absence.

Pours a nice dark ruby color, although the initial 3/4" medium tan head quickly retreats to the sides. Nice aromas of light brown sugar, red apples and cherries. On the palate, I get a little more brown sugar sweetness, along with dark cherries, plums and a little toffee. Pretty good, but there are better barley wines out there.

emmasdad, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of ChillMike
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a small tan head that leaves some nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Very pleasant aromas of sweet malts, caramel, fruits and a tinge of citrus. Quite nice.

T: Very sweet taste, almost a grapey/wine flavor, not too in your face. Pretty decent taste.

MF: A bit "flat" and I'm not really referring to the carbonation, that's just the word that comes to mind.

D: Not too bad, I'm sure I'll pick one up again, barley wines aren't a constant in my fridge anyways. Pretty solid effort from the folks at Marin

ChillMike, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of DogFood11
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost porter like appearance, on the dark end of things, healthy white head, coat like lacing.

This is a fairly balanced offering for the style. Caramel, Light spunky fruit presence. Hops are more of a moderate background balancer. Towards the end its sweet fruit again leading into a fairly

Its like night and day, I just sampled the SN Bigfoot barley and opened this to side by side them. Marin's offering is largely on the fruity, malted caramel side of the house and SN is huge hoppy citrus, young. You'd have to be a beer enthusiast to the millionth power to know these are in the same style because they are miles apart.

In the end I'd have to say this is a fairly easy drinking barleywine. If you want to ease your way into this style this may be a decent starter.

DogFood11, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep raisin burgundy color with a very fine roasted marshmallow head. Fallen almost completely, only stray pads of foam remain with a faint ring around the glass.

S: Fruit leather, caramel corn, vanilla, figs and vinous wood.

T: Very malty and slightly acidic. Some toffee and brown sugar which moves quickly to dark roasted fruits...sort of charred prunes, peaches and cherries. Mixtures of vanilla, oak and rose pedals. A strong and pronounced dirty bitterness begins subtely then moves towards the forefront, climbing until its the most dominant aspect of taste. Bit of alcohol bite at the end due to lack of age.

M: Full bodied with an ok carbonation

D: Not a fan of the dirty bitter aftertaste. This beer could use some age.

Westsidethreat, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a copper-brown color, ruby highlights. Small bubbles doing a honky tonk up the side of the rounded pint, but the head is not initially very full. Evens out to a smooth cap with large bubbles clinging to the rim. Not bad, rather like the dark nature.

Nose is surprisingly fruity, with a musty malt character backing up the upfront cherry note. Largely malty flavor with a hoppy finish. Initial notes of caramel stickiness, green apple, toffee, and coconut give way to an herbal grassiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and nice. The lacing sticks well, speaking to a pleasing level of carbonation. The finish is neither too bitter nor to abrupt. In general, a finely attenuated brew, crafted with care. Definitely an English-brown-ale spin on the popular hoppy American barleywine, but planted firmly in this latter tradition nonetheless. I recognized the bottle cap after purchase, and the quality fingerprints of Moylan's are all over this small brewery's offering.

BretSikkink, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Low and behold I have never reviewed though have partaken many times. Funny thing about this beer...I can find almost every other Marin Brewing beer at my local Bevmo except this one. Hmmm.

Pours a dirty chocolate brown color with a nice beige foamy head with no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is big time maple syrup.

Smells like I'm drinking Log Cabin in a glass. Brown sugar and boozy dark fruits as well. I like.

The taste is malty with a slight cough syrup aftertaste. Sorta bitter finish with a dosing of booze too.Somewhat disappointed after the great smell intro.

Mouthfeel is a tad watery but overall pleasant.

Overall I am going to age this beauty and see what happens. I was not overly impressed with this bottle as I have been in the past. A re-review may be necessary....after heading over to Marin County since it doesn't seem to hit the East Bay. Boo!

kaseydad, Apr 24, 2012
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Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale from Marin Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.