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Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine - Marin Brewing Company

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 53
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 11-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is for pre-2009 vintages. Some subsequent bottlings contain brettanomyces and are labeled "contains brett."

Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine is a version of our Old Dipsea Barleywine that has been aged in Bourbon Barrels for about a year. This ageing contributes wood and bourbon flavors to the beer. The micro-oxygenation that occurs in the barrels mellows and smoothes out the high alcohol as dried and over-rip fruit characters evolve.
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Swentzel
4.24/5  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

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Christ.... This is one of the rarest beers that I'm ever going to get to try... Ditmier again throws down!! Eric... I am never going to be able to catch up the way you've been hitting it lately.

Little neck collar says #116/180... aged in a Heaven Hill barrel for 8 months.. bottled on 2/4/09.

Hazy deep brown... good tan head and nice retention... little lace.

nose is thick brown sugar and caramel that is balanced by bourbon and oak.. lite dark cherry with some sweet plum essence.. soooo much going on.

Flavor again has some good fruitiness .. more raisiny though than cherry or plum .... but vanilla and caramel really rock from front to back with a lingering bourbon finish.. some woody tannins help dry out the finish... pretty big body with a lite but certainly present carbonation.

I really liked this one and could easily make an evening and into the night with a single 22.... very nice.... incredibly complex and could age for at least a few years and never lose anything.

Thanks again Eric... awesome.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/5

Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bistro for their barrel-aged beer fest. This is one of the few beers I went back for multiple pours of. The body is chestnut-colored with good clarity. Low carbonation made for a pour with little head, just a small ring of bubbles. The aroma is full of caramel-vanilla goodness, tons of barrel character but the base beer has enough heft to shine through with aromas of dates, raisins, toffee and a hint of earth. The taste is just as impressive as the aroma; the fruity, earthy, toffee-like base beer is enhanced greatly by balancing woody tannins, rich caramel and hints of vanilla and spice. The mouthfeel is full with low carbonation, and despite the sweetness it's remarkably mellow and drinkable. This is a great example of how a little -bal aging can turn a decent American barleywine into something extraordinary.

Photo of KevSal
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory brew for the niners big win over the saints! Was planin on a king Henry but I think next week will be more appropriate, hopefully it's an NFC champs celebration beer rather than a great season niners beer lol

22 poured into four pint glasses

A- looks pretty good, pretty dark for a BA barleywine actually, almost looks like a BA stout. Half inch khaki head with a slight dark reddish hue.

S- the nose is pretty good. Sweet malts, vanilla and a nice bourbon notes. slight chocolate in the back ground.

T- tons of vanilla upfront. Lots of sweetness and slight dark chocolate in the back end again. Pretty decent alcohol burn in the finish that some might not like. Im really liking this guy.

M- Pretty heavy body, somewhat chewy. most BA barleywines and stout loose a bit of body in the barrel this guy seems to have kept a ton of body. I love my BA barleywine this thick. Decent carbonation as well.

O- hesitated on reviewing his guy with my blood pumping over this big win but this is still a very good beer. still running pretty hot, but I can see this one tastin pretty awesome a few months down the road, and hopefully down the road a few years as well. I need to get more of this guy before its all comepletey gone! Recommended.

Go niners!

Photo of Duomatic
4.15/5  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!).

Photo of JamesP123
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought the 22oz bottle direct from the brewery. Bottled 2-4-09. Aged in Heaven Hill Barrel for 8 months. Bottle #128 of 180.

A. Poured very dark brow, not able to see through. Very minimal head, almost non-existent with a slight amount of lacing.

S. Wow! The bourbon really comes through on this one. Basically smells like a toned down bourbon with a good dose of extra malts.

T. Kicks you right away with a big bourbon taste. Followed by a thick malty backround. Didn't taste any hops. Picked up more sweet malts as the beer warmed up.

M. Medium bodied for the style, not too thick. pretty much no carbination. Goes down smooth.

D. For the style this is very drinkable, but is very strong on both flavor and alcohol. Probably best enjoyed in smaller amounts.

Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

A: This is not a particularly attractive beer with a hazy mahogany color with very light carbonation and a small tan head.

S: The nose offers plenty of nice sweet caramel with the oak and bourbon providing a nice vanilla aroma. There are some nondescript dark fruits as well.

T: Like the aromas, this one is full of caramel and vanilla deliciousness. There's a nice toffee and molasses flavor as well, along with the nice bourbon and oak and raisins.

M: The beer is a bit warm, but the low carbonation and fairly full body provide for a pleasant experience.

D: I wasn't the hugest fan of the regular Dipsea, but I found that the barrel aging added quite a bit to it. I'm glad I've been able to try this one a couple times now.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I did not know this brew was so rare when I sampled it. I would've taken a larger pour (haha, only half-joking), had I known...

Unsure whether it is 2008 or 2009 vintage (wasn't my bottle) but it was aged in Old Fitzgerald barrels.

A - Pours a toffee-brown, a bit hazy, with soapy bubbles and not much lace.

S - Aromas of caramelized- and brown- sugar, dark molasses-y malt and a subtly spicy, earthy hop make for a nice and well-rounded nose. This seems a lot closer to the big lustrous flavors of an EBW than it does to the hop-centric ABW (bastardization.) I don't get a huge amount of booze or Bourbon, but there is an oak presence that lends itself toward port and sherry impressions more so.

T - Maple, molasses and caramelized sugar hit me first, followed quickly by the dry woody barrel flavors. Booze/Bourbon is well-hidden, but seems to have contributed buttery vanilla and toffee impressions. EBW seems the appropriate designation, as it is most in line with that style.

M - Silky smooth, with a cordial-like viscosity and a softly sparkling carbonation.

D - Highly recommendable, too bad it is so rare.

Photo of scottfrie
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/15/08- Had on tap at the Barrel Aged Fest at the Bistro in Hayward, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into sampler size glasses.

Appearance- Deep caramel brown colored pour. Very slight rim of white head with scant sticky lace trails.

Smell- Rich caramel nose. Just about all hoppiness in gone. Mild bourbon alcohol notes. Smells very sweet.

Taste- Just as in the aged Old Dipsea I had a few years ago, this one is rolled over to the English Barleywine style with virtually no hoppy notes. Instead is replaced by a very rich sugary caramel flavor and a decent punch of bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation level, sticky full mouthfeel and a touch dry at times. Seems a slight watery, but I'm nitpicking.

Drinkability- Great flavored Barleywine. Would highly recommend if seen on tap anywhere.

Photo of illidurit
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

RBSG09 bottle on the bus after the grand tasting. cquiroga said this was the Heaven Hill barrel version, one of only 190 bottles. Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights and a tan head. Aroma is big on caramel and molasses with dark fruity notes and a very smooth vanilla bourbon note. Flavor is also very smooth with toffee, vanilla, light booze, almonds, black cherry, and brown sugar. Totally silky on the palate. I loved it.

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  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

Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  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.

Photo of seeswo
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle reviewed from notes
Pours sugar-brown (you know when you see a lighter colored sweet beer, you can see these ripples or shimmers that tell you it is going to be sweet?) with a small tan head. Looks yummy to me. Smells vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark fruit - definitely appealing. The taste is fantastic, same as the nose - sweet, but not cloyingly so, with the bourbon-barrel flavor that comes off as booze and vanilla melding well with the Barleywine base. Really good. Still a bit of boozy heat, but combines well with lower carbonation and a creamy body. I found this beer to be very drinkable. A great combination and example of effective barrel aging.

Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, Heaven Hill version bottle #

Pours a deep mahogany that shows brighter amber when held up to light and a small bubbly off-white head that recedes quickly to a small collar.

The aroma is sweet with caramel malts and vanilla and the dryness from the barrels coming through as well. There is a watery bourbon aroma that leaves a slight burn in the nostrils with each whiff. Underwhelming aroma to be honest.

The taste steps it up a bit. There is the caramel malt backbone but there are some dark fruits that compliment the bourbon better than the more watered down aromas I'm getting. It's like rum-soaked raisins. The finish is sweet with brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slick - bordering on watery, even for a bourbon-barrel beer.

This is a very good barleywine, with the taste really standing out to me. The body is a little light for me and keeps it from being a world-class beer. It's extremely drinkable and one of the easiest-drinking BBBWs I've had.

Photo of Floydster
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 22 ounce bottles brought to the SeaofFloydster tasting by Carlos, there was the Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea (aged in a 20 year Old Fitzgerald barrel for 7 months) that was #127/180 and another version (aged in a Heaven Hill barrel for 8 months) that was #26/180, the best side-by-side tasting I have ever done, these beers were flat out awesome, consumed 2/28/09, reviewed from notes, drank both out of snifters

A-Medium to dark brown with some dark red as well, one inch tan head that left a great ring, awesome retention, some lacing
S-Sugar cookies, bourbon, plums, vanilla, oak, milk chocolate, butterscotch, sweetness, toasted bread, cake batter, dark fruits, rye, and caramel
T-Starts off with a bourbon twang, nice fruit and malt profile in the middle, bourbon dominates the finish without being overpowering, has a great vanilla character from the barrel, taste is so complex and makes the normal Old Dipsea seem like far less of a beer compared to the barrel aged version, the dessert-like flavors that come out later on and that were in the aroma are awesome and quite rare in barleywines, I really enjoyed how both variations of this brew tasted
M-Sweet, warming, roasty, boozy, and fruity mouthfeel, low carbonation that was very fitting and impressively avodided being syrupy, medium to full bodied, taste lingered a long time thankfully
D-Could drink a bomber of either of these easily and that is something to be said for a BA barleywine, increibly smooth and alcohol is hidden well, pretty light on the stomach somehow

Both of these beers were very similar but the Old Fitzgerald had a better nose while Heaven Hill had a more balanced and subtle flavor profile, this review is for a combined version of both with all the flavors and characteristics I got from both collectively, would love to have these again but not likely with less than two hundred bottles of each, what a great surprise these were, highly recommended

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours slightly hazy amber with copper edges and thin white head. The aroma is smooth bourbon booze and bright wood notes followed by molasses, vanilla and alcohol heat. The taste begins with bourbon and near bright wood followed by sweet ripe cherries, prunes and sugar stewed raisins. By midway and into the finish pleasing layers of molasses murmur to the surface.

Photo of vince4953529
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've grown to appreciate the bal-aged taste in a high-abv brew. I did not get to try some esoteric beers often but I believe this is one of them.

Tasted on a 1/13/11 morning with a book in my hand and classical music playing. Now this is how life should be lived.

22 oz bottled poured into the Bruery shot-glass, obtained from their Initiation Party (thanks drink1121 for the ticket).

Wonderful aroma, I got a little bit of green apple and raisin.

The trademark bal-aged taste is at full-throttle here; vanilla, raisin, sugar... it certainly did not disappoint. Usually not a big fan of American Barleywine, I found after aging this in a bourbon barrel this could passed to be a bal-aged-RIS, the flavor came out sublimely.

This brew costs significantly higher than the regularly barleywine. I really adored it, I wish they would release this again. But I know I have to pay the consequence after drinking a bomber of this after polishing off a 750 cc. of Fantome.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

2009 vintage

The beer is a hazy orange hue with a small, oily, beige head. The aroma offers plenty of oak, with additional notes of bourbon, butter, caramels, roast. The flavor brings lots of wood, a light tannic quality, caramels. Medium bodied with moderatley low carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Overall, this was pretty good.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a Brewery release only, Tasted @ Woodshop.

Very sweet, dark fruits, candi sugar comes to mind. Drinks very mellow, pours an orangish kind of color.
Its a bit harsh in the finish, but its a good barleywine.

(this was one of my quickest reviews ever, so much beer flowing @ Woodshop, had to keep it moving).

Photo of seaoflament
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Fro for helping me acquire a bottle each of these gems. I took both of these beers to have side-by-side at the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th. The first review is for the Bourbon BA Old Dipsea (aged in a 20 year Old Fitzgerald barrel for 7 months) #127/180. The second review is for the Bourbon BA Old Dipsea (aged in a Heaven Hill barrel for 8 months) #26/180. It was great having these two incredible beers side-by-side.

The Old Fitzgerald poured a dark brown with a ½ inch of foam, thin ring around the glass and good retention.

Brown sugar, caramel, oak, vanilla, and a touch of "green"barrel aroma. Toasted oak, toasted almonds, sweet raisins, and multi-grain bread...I'm loving this! The only other BA Barleywine that smells better than this one was the Pelican Perfect Storm I got to try a few hours earlier.

Oh wow! Sweet bourbon, raisins, vanilla cookies, butterscotch, caramel, sweet bread, and brown sugar. This is one tasty beer! Low carbonation but very smooth and easy to drink. One of the best BA Barleywines I've ever had along with the Perfect Storm.

***This is the Heaven Hill version next**

Poured a dark brown just like the Old Fitzgerald but very little head on this one. (4)

A little tamer than the Old Fitzgerald. Bourbon, brown sugar, toasted oak and dark fruits soaked in alcohol in the background. (4)

Tastes of brown sugar, bourbon, toasted almonds and coconut, sweet dark fruits in the end with some alcohol warmth. Just as good as the Old Fitzgerald, I know Jason liked the taste of this one more than the Old Fitz. but he agreed that the Old Fitz had a better aroma. (4.5)

Low carbonation that is more apparent in the finish. (4.5)
Also smooth and easy to drink. (4.5)

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4.29/5  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.

Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

RBSG09 Grand Tasting notes (thanks to whoever brought it). Heaven Hill version. This beer was a treat, even for someone who isn't the biggest proponent of bourbon barrel aging barleywines. A very nice melded, which is not to say weak, Bourbon flavor. The thick, rich malt flavor is sweet and fruity. Some hops were still evident in a peachy capacity, or maybe that was just malt complexity that I was confusing. There were also very nice notes of brown sugar and vanilla. My only criticism is that I find something a tad off about most bourbon-flavored sweet barleywines, and I strongly prefer a clean, dry oakiness if it's going to be barrel-aged.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine from Marin Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.