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Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine - Marin Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea BarleywineBourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 52
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is for pre-2009 vintages. Subsequent bottlings contain brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 11-19-2008)
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Reviews by Pahn:
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage. Thanks to BA KevSal for trading me this bottle!

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch offwhite head that dissipates quickly, leaving a tight ring of lacing. Pours a dark brown/maroon and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: Is there brettanomyces in this? I'm not sure, but there's an acetic, sour cherry-ish smell in the bottle.

In the glass there's aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and that same slightly acetic, slightly sour cherry thing--that particular note reminds me a bit of Supplication. Not sure if there's some wild yeast or bacteria action here, but happily I don't care; I loved Old Dipsea with Brett and I love uninfected barrel aged barleywines. Win-win.

Smell is consistently inviting and good, but could be a little bolder and more complex. The Supplication note gets stronger with time (more sour cherry than acetic acid; barely acetic at all).

Taste: Sour cherry-like flavor up front, quickly transitioning to a very rich and malty back end. Awesome mouthfeel, really compliments all these chocolate toffee candybar and vanilla pastry flavors. The oak is a lot milder than in some barrel aged beers, but the flavor marriage is amazing.

This beer tastes like melting down some vanilla Giggles Cookies and a Twix, with some alcohol heat and a really slight sour cherry note. There's just enough bitterness to avoid any too-rich problems. Alcohol heat is more felt in the chest than tasted, but it's there in the (long) finish. Along with the beautiful pastry flavors, there's some smoke, leather, and molasses keeping things interesting.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. The body and carbonation level combine to yield a pillow-soft feel--excellent. The almost-dry finish isn't bad, but that and the occasional almost-chalkiness are all that keep this from being a 5.0.

Also, a lot better than the 09 brett version, which had a slightly unpleasant thinness.

Overall: This is my kind of beer. There's a lot of distinct flavors, but they match so well that you don't really think of them as distinct, and they're all delicious. Barrel influence stops well short of being overdone, and the overall flavor is unique.

Regarding "Is there brett in this?" I don't believe there is, but I wouldn't be surprised if infection issues arise. The point strikes me as moot, since all the flavors currently in the beer are good, and the 09 Brett version was also really good.

I seem to have started a tradition of trading for this beer (both times due to generous, unsolicited offers by awesome California beer traders). I'm thinking that this tradition needs to continue, as Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 07:31:23 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

Dirty brown pour with no lacing and a ring around the glass. Looks like prune juice.

The aroma showcases prunes, butterscotch, rubber and light booze.

Taste is a touch hoppy with some sweet caramel, candy and a dose of bourbon...with not much burn. I likey. Quick finish.

Silky, smooth mouthfeel.

Nice beer. The BBA definitely put a different spin on this and the flavor intensifies as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 16:32:25 | More by kaseydad
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4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a thin, very fuzzy, light tan head that quickly faded into a soft film.
S: Surprisingly sweet with smooth scents of bourbon, raisin, leather, toffee, leafy tobacco, and faint powdery chocolate.
T: Decadent flavors of leather, tobacco, bourbon, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, slight toast, leafy hops, and hop resin. Butterscotch finish, chocolate covered raisin and sweet dried fruit aftertaste.
M: Very thick and heavy mouthfeel, very low carbonation, and very slick due to low carbonation. No alcohol burn, super smooth and decadent mouthfeel.
O: I was blown away by how great this is. Completely underrated. Could use a few more bubbles, but really complex and mellow flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 22:38:23 | More by scottfrie
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-28-2014 01:42:57 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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4/5  rDev -5%

12-22-2013 06:43:50 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (2012) poured into a Brooklyn snifter

A - Pours a somewhat ugly, muddy brown color, thick and hazy, full of particulate. No head at all, just a vague attempt at an off-white collar.

S - Lots of bourbon up front, sweet caramel and brown sugar, toffee, mild tartness. Bourbon really dominates everything here.

T - Boozy, mildly tart/sour, hoppy bitterness, caramel and toffee. Bourbon dominates the flavor also.

M - Medium body, lower level carbonation, boozy, alcohol warmth. Bourbon from beginning to end here.

O - Pretty one dimensional and almost entirely bourbon in aroma and flavor. Not much of the base beer comes thru at all. Sipping my way thru this one slowly.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 22:58:49 | More by portia99
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4/5  rDev -5%

11-03-2013 01:09:08 | More by Newbiebeer
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml maroon waxed 2012 bottle poured into tulip 18/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A brownish amber liquid and even a dump down the middle gives only a thin film, not much for head or lace but looks like some pretty thick liquid although a little still

S vanilla, soft caramel, brown sugar, lots of wood and bourbon, some sugar coated raisins, faint coco, I get just a little booze, smells sweet and malty, I like it

T more of the same with lots of wood, bourbon and heavy amounts of caramel and brown sugar, just a little spice I can't place

M thick and syrupy but a fairly flat, not as sticky as I thought it would be with just a little heat, slick on the palate, woody finish

O smells and tastes great so the most important aspects are taken care of but it looks a little dead and needs some life in the mouth, I suppose I should be too hard on a BW aged on BB for a year for having low carbonation

I don't get any brett so I'm guessing this is the right listing, very solid brew but it could be absolutely amazing with a few tweaks. I'm not sure if I'd age this one further or not if I had a second, seems like its already peaked at its young age

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:31:43 | More by wordemupg
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-10-2013 16:44:47 | More by ambruns1979
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-24-2013 20:30:56 | More by BAsbill
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4/5  rDev -5%

06-06-2013 05:59:12 | More by 2beerdogs
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4/5  rDev -5%

05-16-2013 03:14:19 | More by Pecan
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-13-2013 09:15:08 | More by AlexChillton
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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The standard version of Old Dipsea is pretty tasty, and has a good price-point, but the bourbon barrel version really moves this brew into a higher class of taste. Though not particularly daring, this barleywine represents a very solid barleywine recipe, combined with the well-executed addition of bourbon barrel aging. To my palette, this brew is a great example of how the end result can be much greater than the sum of its parts (good barleywine plus bourbon-barrel aging equals super-tasty!).

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:54:47 | More by Duomatic
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-04-2013 23:15:14 | More by jvillefan
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-10-2013 16:33:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-25-2012 01:55:20 | More by t0rin0
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a deep dark marronish brown in color with a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: whoa!! lots of booze heat upfront on the aroma with plenty of noticeable caramel, maybe a little dark fruit in the air, hints of molasses but definitely had lots of the bourbon qualities for sure.

T: The taste was a large combination of caramel sweetness with bourbon barrel character alongside some molasses, maple notes, hint of nuttiness, burnt sugars, a touch of chocolate tons of booze which was still as potent on the palate but had lovely vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, burnt sugary, bourbon boozy, slightly nutty, and sticky finish.

O: I honestly thought it was a great beer all around, although it was a bit to boozy for my liking it was still damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 07:06:11 | More by Gobzilla
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-26-2012 00:55:19 | More by Exiled
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4/5  rDev -5%

06-17-2012 17:22:14 | More by whallgren
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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a hazy mahogany color with good carbonation presenting a nice dirty white cap

S: Big caramel, dark fruits,vanilla, oak and bourbon.

T: Very much like the nose but the key to this beer is how well I thought everything played well together. No one tasting note was overly dominant. The dark fruits, graininess and cocoa of the traditional Old Dipsea was noticable and then you just pile some subtle bourbon, wood and vanilla in there.

M: Big body, medium carbonation, sticky sweet on the palate, coating and tasty

O: Marin nailed this!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 13:18:53 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

02-18-2012 19:26:29 | More by leschkie
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

02-15-2012 20:13:26 | More by sweatervest27
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 aged in bourbon barrels for 10 months. Mine says 9% ABV.. 22oz blt into over-sized snifter..

Tiny head that disappears quickly and very little carbonation.. dark bourbon brown.. Smell delicious! Caramelized hops and sweet bourbon..

Tastes exceptional! Tasting all those great things i just smelled with added complexity.. dark, delicious fruits and coconut finish. little carbonation but not taking anything away from the flavor. smooth mouthfeell and alcohol is hidden.

I'm happy i found this one and will get it again when i see it

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 07:32:13 | More by Swentzel
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

02-06-2012 05:12:16 | More by Rckmo10
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine from Marin Brewing Company
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