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Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine - Marin Brewing Company

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 53
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 scottfrie:
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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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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 TheSamKuehn
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.


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!).

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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 sweatervest27
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of brotherloco
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ambruns1979
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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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

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine from Marin Brewing Company
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