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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85
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-03-2002)
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Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kaseydad
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased 8/2010; listed at 9% abv

A - Pours a clear deep amber with two fingers of tan head. Head has good retention before settling to a 1/4" cap. Small amount of lacing.

S - Lots of dark dried fruit in the aroma, with raisin and fig. Also a big brown sugar presence, some dark bread and a bit of alcohol. Pretty nice overall.

T - Quite sweet throughout, with brown sugar and caramel. There is some hop bitterness that comes in midway, but the sweetness persists. With more than a year and a half on it, not surprising that the hops are quite subtle. Some alcohol in the taste as well. Pretty good, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

M - Sticky sweet medium/full mouthfeel that transitions to bit of dry bitterness on the finish.

O - Pretty good barleywine, but ratcheting down the sweetness a bit would be a nice change.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of leprakhan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of pumptrick
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of brotherloco
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz capped bomber. 2012 bottle aged for a year in the cellar. Served in a snifter.

Drinking side-by-side with the barrel aged version.

Pours a hazed root beer brown with a razor thin beige head. Settles to a thin ring. No real lacing.

Aroma of molasses and brown sugar along with some sherry like oxidation. Dark fruits. Small amount of booze.

Flavor has a dry birch beer quality at first. Gets a touch sweeter through the middle. Roasty notes emerge in the middle and through the finish.

Medium-full bodied with fairly low carbonation. A very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

I like both versions of this beer and don't think I have a favorite. The barrel aging and brett make the variations fairly different.

Photo of Koufax21
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split this one at my table at the Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA. It poured a deep copper color with a 1 1/2" yellowish cream colored head. It smelled of rich caramel and dark colored fruits. The taste was excellent. Big fig, raisin, toffee, and bready malt flavors. Great carbonation on this thin to medium bodied ale. I do love me some Barleywine!!! This was a warm BW but just didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a work trip to CA. Glad to get to the west coast. 22oz bottle...

A: A super dark beer with deep red ruby highlights shining through. A 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Some sweet sugary malts followed quickly by some nice caramel and toffee in the middle. A hint of breadiness on the backend. Good.

T: Kind of more like a scotch ale here. Some buttery alcohol bit upfront. Some sugary malt follows in the middle with some caramel and roastiness on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A nice creamy finish. Very good.

D: Goes down good.

All in all, this is a decent beer. It almost has like a Hi-C flavor blended in. It's good, but a hint too much sweetness. Not horrible, but s good beer. No need hunting, but try if you have access.

Photo of thatsfine
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz pour of the 09 vintage

A: Dark brown with a one finger, light brown head. Inviting to say the least.

S: The smell is mostly caramel malts. Sweet smelling but not overdone. Fruity and earthy.

T: Sweet and malty at first, with a nice balancing hop taste on the back end. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but is a really nice compliment to everything else the beer is offering.

M: Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Pretty mellow, not much carbonation.

D: This goes down pretty nicely. It's not something to drink fast but is something to sip all night.

Notes: I will be searching for bottles of this. I am definitely interested in how this ages over a few years. The alcohol became more evident as it warmed, which was a nice way to spend a cool evening on the patio. Expensive, but worth it.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of DIM
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of 100floods
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Pours a dark ruby red, almost dark amber. Still some carbonation left in this beer, most notably in the mouthfeel. Aroma's a dark fruit and sugar, maybe even some hop trying to cut through, but barely.

It tasted heavy of dark fruit, light-medium body. This beer is for sure on the sweeter side. Again, some bitter, even slightly sour notes that don't agree with the sweetness. I'm gonna go ahead and say this is a bitter sweet barley wine, for different reasons. I've had numerous incarnations of this brew (just the regular version) and it's plesantly inconsistent every year, but always leaning towards the sweeter side of things. This vintage seem to taste better younger from what i remember. This bottle is good, but a little misleading. It wants the best of a american BW, but there's kind of a english aspect, too. It's definitely original, but not one of the best.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
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

Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale from Marin Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.