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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
86
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
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 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.

warnerry, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 02, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -20.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of leprakhan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

leprakhan, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of pumptrick
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

pumptrick, Dec 24, 2011
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.

brotherloco, Dec 21, 2011
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.

Koufax21, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
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.

corby112, Mar 31, 2011
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.

steve8robin, Mar 20, 2011
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.

thatsfine, Dec 11, 2010
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.

BretSikkink, Nov 29, 2010
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.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2010
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.

emmasdad, Jul 15, 2010
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 29, 2010
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 29, 2010
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.

DIM, Jun 19, 2010
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.

100floods, Feb 18, 2010
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.

BigMcLargeHuge, Oct 06, 2009
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

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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 magictrokini
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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 cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 tonistruth
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- deep copper and unfiltered, light tan head about one finger tall, decent retent

S- dark and dried fruit, toasted malts, and graham cracker

T- well balanced and mellow, light itric hop flavor that is not very distinguishable, majorly toasted malts and graham craker flavors

M- smooth and rich, medium body

D- mellow and non offensive barly wine, nice balance of flavors though not very complex

tonistruth, Aug 21, 2008
Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale from Marin Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.