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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With Brett - Marin Brewing Company

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 58
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2009 and 2011 vintages have brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 05-26-2010)
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Upset about this one, I was in California and told this was a special gem and hard to find outside of that area so was excited to try it. Overall I would say fairly disappointing and forgettable. Immediate smell of sour fruit and alcohol and the taste was pungent with super sour fruit notes, strong alcohol and an unpleasant lingering of this sour fruit and overpowering alcohol sourness. I typically love barleywines but unfortunately wouldn't want this one again

alaimoa, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Pours without much of a head. Some off white foam. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon . Sharp bright alcohol flavor. Not a ton of oak. Some caramel.

Taste - Lots of caramel. Bourbon. Vanilla. No real oakiness. Some sharp acidic notes, but it doesn't taste like brett. Could just be barrel.

Mouthfeel - A little boozier than the regular version. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good stuff. Sharp flavors that work very well.

Alieniloquium, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009 bottle.

Pours a hazy brown color with a smallish light tan head that recedes to leave some very minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with some tart sourness and light oakiness. As it warms I get some more caramelized malt backbone and some dark cherry fruitiness. Comes across as muddled however.

The tastes begin with a solid toffee and brown sugar maltiness. Next you get a slight bid of tart sour cherries and an muddy vanilla bourbon induced flavor. The brett yeast adds a complexity to the flavor profile but doesn't come across as a harmonious melange. The oak and dark fruit flavors emerge more and more as it warms. Some hop bitterness still lingers in the background into the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a moderate to low carbonation. FInish is pleasantly dry thanks to the brett yeast.

Overall this was okay but not really a great beer. The brett yeast seems to have been asked to do too much to too hoppy of a base beer and the flavors fail to creat a harmoinous balance even after 3+ years. Drinks like less than 9% but you really dont want too much.

claspada, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Gonzoillini, Feb 09, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened during a BA Barleywine tasting.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with hardly any head. This one is just a little tart, due to the brett I'm sure. There is a pleasant sweetness throughout the taste with a slight bitterness in the finish. The bourbon note is rather mild but there is a noticeable alcohol burn. The sweet and tart notes work together, but this one didn't blow me away.

oline73, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a murky brown with a 1 finger tan head. A few blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- dark fruits, bourbon, brown sugar, some oak and vinous notes.

T- roasted malts, brown sugar, sour dark fruits, red wine, oak, and slight bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation.fairly smooth and has a slight dryness at the finish.

O- interesting and different beer. More BA Flanders Than Barleywine, but like the clashing styles.

kawilliams81, Feb 01, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared at the End of the World party. Thanks Andy! 2011 Vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear mahogany hue with a half finger light tan head that leaves light, faint wisps.

S - Nice aromas of bourbon, sweet malts, and light toffee. Light vanilla and oak along with soft figs.

T - Similar to the nose. Everything is quite light here with light raisin/fig notes, faint bourbon and oak, along with light sweet malts. Don't really get much Brett unfortunately.

M - Mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, lightly carbonated, slight bourbon, along with light booze.

O - Overall, a nice beer. Would have liked to see some Brett aspects in this beer. Very glad to have tried this beer.

rudzud, Jan 25, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy (don't remember your BA name) for this one, 2011 vintage.

Pours a nice fizzy head to start, fades fairly quickly, decent spotty lacing, mostly hazy ruby molasses color.

Nose starts with sweet malts and light bourbon, big sweet candy malts, light esters, some vanilla like oak and maybe a hint of bourbon, sweet toffee and molasses, some dark fruits fig and date like, and light earthy hops, and faint hint of bready funk.

Taste is lighter, sweet toffee, candy, caramel, molasses, light bourbon and toasty vanilla oak again, bit of raisin and fig like dark fruits, light spicy hops, light warming booze, faint hint of bready funk. Finish has light spicy hops again, sticky sweet, booze warmth and a little tingle, light candy sweet malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb, plenty of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, nice malts, bourbon, but the Brett is almost non-existant, just faint hints.

jlindros, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

duceswild, Jan 21, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz wax capped bomber. 2011 Edition. Served in a snifter.

Drinking side-by-side with a year old regular version.

Pours a darker root beer brown, and more opaque, than the regular version with almost no head. A ring of loose beige bubbles lines the glass. No real lacing.

Aroma of dusty oak along with funky peppercorn, some vanilla. Subdued molasses and brown sugar from the regular version. Dark fruits in background. A bit of bourbon and booze.

A little more bourbon in the initial flavor than the nose. Middle gets slightly briny, and some of the funky peppery notes emerge.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Fairly slick, and a little creamier than the regular version.

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, Jan 12, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

taste- raisin, cinnamon, bourbon, prunes, maple syrup

color- deep chestnut

clarity- pours clear and dark

smell- woody, winey, barnyard, dried fruit

body- the barrel aging mellows the alcohol and lends it a soft mouthfeel. subtle medium-length finish, some hop bite at the front of the mouth and the center of the tongue

appearance- very little carbonation, slightly off-white bubbly ring around the glass...faint hints of lace

overall impression- mellow, drinkable beer. i think i would have consumed this 6 months earlier to appreciate more aroma and body. almost seems like a good portion of the alcohol has fallen off in the weight of the beer but it creeps up on you. based on what i understood, recommendations were to let this beer sit a year after release...not sure i would do so in the future

notes and comments- very little carbonation when i popped the top

beer spy- healthy spirits, sf ca, january 2012, 750mL

glassware: tulip

NorCalYeti, Jan 02, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage at room temperature.

Had one last year but was too tipsy to review it so a year later I am taking another stab at it.

Pours a flat cola brown with a start of beige foam that made an appearance to the party but didn't stay long. Nothing overly impressive but that could be from the age on it.

The smell is great. The brett definitely shines through and jumps to the front of the nose. The sweet malt in the back is there but steps back from the critters taking over. Dark fruits abound with some light honey. The booze is still very present as well. I'm liking this.

The taste is a hybrid of a BW and sour. Almost switches from the aroma. The barleywine "fruit" is heavier while the critters are more subdued but definitely there. Slightly sour notes and mild funk. Slightly medicinal. Light banana. Bitter on the finish and a noticable boozy/warm tummy finish.

Slick mouthfeel.

Overall I was impressed with this beast. Much is going on here from first sip to last. If you like a Barleywine without the hoppy bite and a touch of funk, this is it. A little sweeter than some BW's but this works well. I may have held this longer than some, but the alcohol punch and blending of the ingredients was mighty fine in my book. Have a 2011 in the cellar and look forward to drinking that mid year 2013.

kaseydad, Dec 08, 2012
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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With Brett from Marin Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.