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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
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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 Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from City Beer Store. Good grapey-winey aromas. Brown colour with some brown head. Above-average, creamy mouthfeel, caramel malts. Bourbon, and some coconut, a bit of peat in finish.Nicely done, great for style,very drinkable. A tad boozy, a bottle is a lot of booze.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

t0rin0, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

9% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch puffy tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small streaks of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasty malt, brown sugar/toffee, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of toasty malt, toffee, dark fruit, and a bit of char/roast on the finish. There is a slight roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a smooth but flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good barleywine but it suffers a bit from the mouthfeel.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bottle cellared at 55F for roughly 2 years. From memory, it's much softer and far more round than a freshly packaged bottle with less noticeable alcohol, a smoothed bitterness, and a less "sticky" maltiness (as well as a touch less carbonation). If you have it, let it rest! It'll be worth it in the end.

Marin always delivers beautifully malty beers, and the Old Dipsea is no exception. It pours a slightly hazy (with visible particulate in suspension... it IS bottle conditioned), deep chestnut body with an orange cast and ruby highlights. The frothy tan head holds exceptionally well (particularly given its 9.6% abv), and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The nose offers a sweet caramel maltiness; a good whiff of light fruit (peach, dull tangerine, coconut, apple) from the yeast and hops and alcohol; and a touch of grassy and leafy hops that lay mostly in the background. The mouthfeel is superbly smooth and pillowy-soft with a moderate carbonation and full body. In the flavor, hops and fruit greet you upfront before the luxurious malt starts to warm and take over with its rich, caramel nougat and light toffee notes (there are even hints of coconut). Just as quickly, however, its bold bitterness crashes through and carries it into a lingering, dry and bitter finish that's drizzled with residual light caramel malt, and splattered with leafy and gently fruity hops (must be the Styrians!). As with any large beer, the alcohol content limits the actual amount that you can drink, but you'll really enjoy sipping this one on the back porch on a cool fall night or with a good movie. Especially when it warms! Very nice!

NeroFiddled, May 19, 2005
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a slightly cascading, initially three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head that has some staying power. The beer is a clear, dark, purple tinged, deep amber color that shows some ruby hues around the edges if held up to the light. The aroma is a rich mix of malt and hops; aromatic notes of caramel, toffee, sweet citrus, bergamot, caramelized-candied orange peel, tangelo, lychee and a touch of warming citrus brandied alcohol overtones towards the end. Biscuit malt notes, slightly roasted soda crackers are noticeable in the finish if you really dig for them.

This beer has a medium fullness to it, that is perhaps a touch light for a barleywine, but given that this predates the Double IPA phenomenon, it is quite appropriate. The malt sweetness really accentuates a candied orange peel-like flavor; fresh, vibrant and citrusy, this is a really clean, fruity hop character. The beer finishes with a toasty malt character, as well as a lingering sweetness and a touch of balancing bitterness. The bitterness is not at all abrasive, but does have a hint of astringency to it, perhaps accentuating a touch of herbal pine-like character, and even hints of dusty cocoa powder.

This is a really nicely crafted Barleywine; it is not the biggest or the baddest, but is clean, well balanced and quite vibrant tasting. It is quite quaffable too, which at 9% is certainly a bit dangerous. One of the better Barleywines I have had in a while. Actually it is one of those Barleywines that I think is meant to be drunk young, as I don’t think it will improve with any real age to it.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2007
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 XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +5.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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 GClarkage
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

04/20/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. Vintage 2004, although not dated on label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lightly murky brandy colored pour. Light 1/4 inch head with light streaks of lacing.

Smell- Dark fruits and sweet candies galore. Raisins, prunes, plums and figs. Don't forget about the sweet caramel, milk chocolate, toffee and light nutty whiff.

Taste- So much caramel and toffee intermixed together. Fruits aged and soaked in alcohol. Almost has a light brandy flavor. Maybe even a touch woody. Light and minimal hops, but they are there. This one is all flavorful malt. That and the nice milk chocolate coating it puts on your tongue.

Mouthfeel- Just a touch to much carbonation for an aged bottle. Other than that, very smooth, creamy and coating.

Drinkability- This is one of the most flavorful barleywines I have had the pleasure of consuming. I wonder how this tastes fresh? This one was aged almost 2 years. Nice change of pace where you aren't bombarded by hops. Super malty and delicious. Almost found it to be more of an english style than an american barleywine. Whatever...it was damn good.

GClarkage, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

imperialking, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

drewone, May 08, 2012
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 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 Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from my cellar aged between two and three years. Very nice- cellaring has been kind to this beer. Pours a murky brown with a thin ring, not the most attractive beer at this point. Smells surprisingly earthy with a touch of fruity and piney hops. I'm surprised that the hops are still so noticeable after so much time. A few vinous sherry notes at the end. Tastes very full bodied and still fruity along with some sticky pine notes, some sherry, and a sweet finish. Very smooth and rich while still mellow. Quite nice still.

Georgiabeer, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a maple Syrup Thick deep brown beer with a light brown head. Opaque reddish brown beer that passes light just barely.

Smell is sweet and very malty with a fruit and pine scent that is a lot like Bigfoot kicked up a bit. Cherries, prunes and Papaya in the smell. Faint soy sauce aroma; this does smell a lot like a Baltic Porter.

Taste is sweet and VERY malty with a good fruit and figs flavor at the beginning. Slightly figgy and pruny with a good hop bitterness that doesn't take over, as many West Coast Barley Wines are known to do. Not that this lacks for hops and they provide some really tasty flavors themselves. Hop flavors are all tropical; Pineapple and Papaya are the strongest with some pine and a bit of citrus but not much. Good tasty and malty Barley Wine.

Mouthfeel is bordering on syrup.

One of the better Barley Wines I have tasted. This is comparable to SN Bigfoot after it has aged for 4 years, except this is fresh. This isn't a beer in the style that will likely get better with age; it is ready now and very tasty and balanced.

Zorro, Apr 15, 2006
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 Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper. Nice off white head. Thick collar.

Smell - I had Raspberry Eisbock before this, so it smells like raspberries. Behind that is a ton of caramel.

Taste - Thankfully I can discern the beer from the raspberry. Much more caramel. Some hops. Brown sugar.

Mouthfeel - Dry, never sweet. A little light. No bitterness.

Overall - Good barleywine. Just shy of excellent.

Alieniloquium, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the first beers I sampled from this brewery, and I think I have found another source for quality brews somewhat close to home. The color on the pour is a very deep garnet or ruby red if you like, with the head mountainous in size, creamy in its consistency and as the head dissipates, it leaves a fine sheet of lace to cover the glass. Over ripe pineapple tones hits you first, then the light yeast and malt tones, fresh, sweet even some alcohol noticed, complex is a good word for this beers nose. Ambrosial at the start, the top is middling to full and the finish pleasantly acidic, perkily hopped, dry long lasting aftertaste and the high ABV, certainly warms the tummy, quite a pleasing beer if you are into “Robust”!

Gusler, Dec 22, 2002
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is very sweet and malty with dark fruits and hints of caramel. Not much in terms of hops to note in the nose.

T- The taste starts off extremely smooth and very sweet side with some toffee and brown sugar with some alcohol coming on in the finish. The taste is pretty solid, but I would have enjoyed it even more with a greater hop bitterness in the finish to balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Old Dipsea is pretty damn drinkable considering the high ABV. It is a solid barleywine that is definitely recommended.

cjgator3, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of those familiar looking Marin Bombers screamed “you have not tried me yet – so buy me” from the Shelf. I hadn’t even seen this one before, so it was immediately snaffled.

It has the usual generic Marin Brewing Co. label; this one has a dark brown border with the words “Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale”. Listed as 9.0%ABV on the front label. Oh-oh!

Appearance: Dark cherrywood ebonious color with deep copper aspects. When backlit it has a massive auburn hue. A small, but smooth looking tan-brown collar-like head laces the glass with smattered rings & cobwebs.

Nose: One word, Malt-ethanolic. The label recommended serving this at 50-55°F, I did – but whatever temperature you prefer – the malt and alcohol just shines through this baby. Has a slight vinuous aspect as well.

Taste: Dominantly powerful alcoholic introduction coats the mouth with a huge flavor-packed malty backbone. Some dark skinned fruitiness mixes with chocolate raisins in the middle. The finish has a bitter hoppiness that bites hard at times. Very warming.

Drinkability: This is 9.0%ABV, and it certainly does not hesitate to let you know this. But it has a smooth strong malty dimension that takes the rough edges of the alcoholic compounds that can ruin a strong beer. The bitter-hop finish rounds off the harshness – a great strong beer with a good Drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Extremely powerful alcohol presence that dominates a malty mouthfeel. Highly warming with a bitter hoppiness and a rich malt vinegar turn at times, *very* nice.

Overall: This ‘SO’ reminded me of some Strong Cask Old Ales (Bullards Old) and other Xmas Beers that I used to drink in England over the years; the ones that have a powerful smack of alcohol and truly warm you. Many do not like the ‘alcohol’ aspect of Strong Ales & Barleywines – but I do. Another great beer from Marin, I’ll keep the other 2 bottles I have for a cold night, well that is if I ever experience one here in Long Beach, CA.

Bloody Fantastic!

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

popery, Feb 03, 2013
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Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale from Marin Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.