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

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 56
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 05-26-2010

2009 and 2011 vintages have brettanomyces.
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Reviews by kawilliams81:
Photo of kawilliams81
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think my favorite thing about bourbon barrel aged beers is the different elements of the bourbon that shine, depending on the style of beer. Dipsea does not disappoint in the slightest.

copied from the improper place---

The nose is almost of a red wine, very fruity and sweet. The taste is as sweet without being cloying and complex without being pretentious. Notes of toffee and caramel are pretty dominant. 9.5% abv is nothing to sneeze at, but in the current bal-age market is actually pretty low.

All in all, I think dipsea is dope. I want more. I think I will get more. Tomorrow.

(upon second drinking today, I was even more impressed. The bourbon is so perfectly integrated. it's not a beer with bourbon notes, its a strange beer/bourbon chimera. great stuff)

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-01-2010 23:02:56

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, dark fruit and butterscotch. The flavor is brett, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and butterscotch. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Great beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Blue Palms with koufax21, bonerhog & my monster. Pours out looking like muddled homebrew with its murkiness and lack of head. Brown. Aroma, oxidized sweetness, enjoyable, heavy, mild soggy wood.

Taste, didn't taste oxidized, which is a mixed bag when it comes to barleywines anyways, sometimes its nice, sometimes not so nice. A bunch of caramel. A little bit of leather. More like an English barleywine, or maybe somewhere in between, because it isn't like the hops aren't there, but the bitterness isn't there either. Marin leans English in their styles anyways. Sweet booziness, was this a bourbon barrel or a brandy barrel, because I'd lean brandy if I didn't know better. Brett character didn't reveal any drying aspect, couldn't really get a mouthfeel for it. Low carbonation levels reveal a little bit of coconut.

Overall, a good option for $15 a bottle at a bar in Hollywood. Nice to see a barleywine made that isn't as big as can be.

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm so this beer was "intentionally" infected, was it? Interesting...

A fairly nice pour, this beer has. The color is a deep translucent reddish-amber-brown, and a light beige head sticks around atop the beer for some time.

Aroma is interesting. Your usual notes of caramel malt, toffee, bourbon, -bal, and vanilla are all there. Some hops as well. Then you get a slight bretty aspect that really isn't too disconcerting at all. I'll be damned.

Flavor is mostly sweet, but there is just the slightest hint of cherry-like tartness. Huge caramel malts and toffee, smooth bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Very slight funk from the 'myces.

Surprisingly smooth and slick on the 'feel given the brett presence. Feels for the most part like the usual version. Medium-full body with good carbonation level for the style.

Fairly drinkable. I'm surprised to have really enjoyed this beer after expecting it to be a train wreck.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 22oz bottle ordered at Toronado for a surprisingly reasonable price of $20. This was the Brett version.

Appearance – Pours into a supplied tulip with a cloudy dark red hue (well I think it was…it was pretty damn dark in the bar). About a finger of off white head bubbles up after the pour.

Smell – A nice funky smell from the brett mixed in with sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, tannins, and vinegar. As the beer warms a cherry aroma begins to waft from the glass.

Taste – I rather enjoy “infected” Barleywines. I enjoyed 2008 BA Decadence, had an infected BA barleywine at LadyFace a few days before this beer, and wanted to try this for that very reason. That said, this was rather pleasant. The brett is not so in your face to detract from the barleywine, but lends a nice bite to the beer that keeps its sweetness in check. You get a slight pucker with the initial sip that tastes like tart dark cherries. Then the vanilla and oak kick in, along with burnt molasses and caramel. As the beer warm the bourbon shows its self a bit more (though it is not overly prominent in this beer) along with the oak.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – I polished ¾ of the bomber off myself then gave the rest to a random guy who had been eyeing it (he was quite stoked to get it and was enjoying it when I left). The beer was easy to drink for such a high ABV. It was also easy to consume due to the brett cutting the normal overt sweetness from big barleywines. Should have bought another to go, but was not thinking at the moment. I would have this again for sure. I did pick up a 2011 “non” infected version so I’ll have to open that eventually to see how it compares.

Photo of largadeer
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by chswimmer. Thanks, Craig. This is the 2009 vintage aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for 10 months with brettanomyces, which was released in 2010. The only thing that differentiates this from the regular Old Dipsea is a sticker over the label that says "Bourbon Barrel Aged for Ten Months" with the vintage printed in the center.

The body is a chestnut brown color, dark but translucent with good clarity. It's topped by a small off-white head.

It smells quite unlike previous batches of Barrel Aged Old Dipsea. It's leathery and fruity with a very apparent bourbon presence. There's a tart cherry character right up there with the bourbon and oak, a bit of sweet toffee and a somewhat uncharacteristic whiff of cola that reminds me of Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke.

Lightly sweet, caramelized malts and cherry-like fruit flavors hit the tongue first, but it has many layers of flavor. Bourbon, pineapple, leather, and an ever-present note of cola. Rich and full bodied with a dry, tannic mouthfeel and a lingering tobacco and oak finish. This slightly exceeds expectations, but only because it sounded like a trainwreck to begin with. I'm disappointed that they messed with a good formula.

Photo of vacax
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby brown and around a finger of thick, rich caramel colored head with lots of retention, fair lace. Aroma is richly complex with malts, toffee, maple, even a bit of coffee, then the brett character adds another twist with red berries and a rustic character that meshes very well with the bourbon.

The initial flavors I get are a lovely combination of bourbon and butterscotch, not boozy or cloying, a very nice balance between malt and alcohol, which is what a barleywine should be all about. Maple are also there and a pervasive, yet attractive funk is there that brings out some fruit qualities. The finish has juniper berries, butterscotch chips, and a long caramel malt endnote. Full body, maybe the barrel thinned it out just a touch though, despite the lovely head (which is indicative of carbonation) I found this one settles into my desired level of low-moderate CO2.

I was a little concerned about the brettanomyces character in this beer, why mess with a perfectly sound formula? Well, I can admit that this works exceptionally well. The funk is light and highlights the malt, and the bourbon is present but never quite takes over. I have had this twice in the last week, it is drinking wonderfully fresh, highly recommended. It will also be interested to see where the brett takes this beer, though I do think it is ready to drink now.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage aged for 10 months in bourbon -bals -- looks just like the profile pic above with no mention of brett

a - pours a turbid deep brown color with a one-inch caramel head, decent retention and lacing, very cloudy

s - big charred oak and bourbon aroma, caramel/brown sugar, light red wine notes underneath the bourbon -bal aroma, hints of black licorice and mint, surprisingly

t - caramel and brown sugar along with a unique light tartness up front from the brett, midpalate and finish dominated by big charred oak and bourbon flavors, a bit hot, the brett character is very light and is overwhelmed by the bourbon and smokiness, surprisingly dry on the finish

m - full-bodied with moderate carbonation, about spot-on for the style, nicely balanced finish and on the dryer side for the style, big alcohol warming

d - not overly drinkable, but for the style, pretty good, the balanced finish adds to the drinkability, but the big bourbon flavors detract a little

I was skeptical of this beer based on the description despite the good reviews. It surprised on the good side, but the -bal aging was taken a bit too far for my palate. I really like the base beer and the previous sample of the -bal aged Old Dipsea that I've had, but it seems the -bal aging overwhelmed this incarnation a bit. That said, still a very good beer and I like the light influence of the brett.

Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to psiweaver for a chance to try this. I think I'm reviewing the correct one. It has the same "2009 Bourbon Barrel Aged for Ten Months" sticker as the pic.

3.5 A: Super dark brown color. Nearly black. One and a half fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and doesn't leave any lacing.

4.0 S: Yep, this is the brett one. That was easy enough to figure out. Lots of funk in there and also some fairly assertive acetic acid. Perhaps the brett brought a few friends along as I've never had this much acid from brett alone. Brett is horsey and barnyard and with the bourbon there is leather, oak, and vanilla. I can't smell much of the underlying barleywine except for some plum and raisin fruitiness. The funk and bourbon are the main attraction here. As the beer warms a bit, caramel and toffee maltiness comes out as well as stronger bourbon aroma.

5.0 T: Wow. I'm really amazed at how well this beer comes together in the taste. I thought it would be a mess, but it's anything but. Somehow the brett, bourbon, and barleywine form a holy union of deliciousness. Barnyard funk is a perfect complement to the leather, oak, and vanilla bourbon. I never would have guess that to be the case. The acetic acid in the nose is hard to come by in the taste and I think it's absence is for the best. The barleywine gets to shine alongside the bourbon and funk this time. Rich toffee and caramel. Plum, raisin, currant, and perhaps even some black cherry. Booze is barely noticeable, but it's presence is well received.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy and very smooth. No problems here.

5.0 D: This is one hell of a beer. There's so much right with nothing wrong. Unlike a lot of bourbon barrel brews, the bourbon in this is complementary and doesn't steal the show. The addition of funk played out better than I ever could have imagined.

Photo of realmpel
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome. I'm docking it in the smell category because it is pretty much odorless, but the taste is perfection. Somehow the sweet bourbon character of this barleywine has managed to meld with the pineapple characteristic which I assume comes from the brett. There is a bit of alcohol in the finish. I'll hold onto my second bottle and see where that goes.

I'd like to try the regular version of this one.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a finger of head. Aroma is a nice blend of citrus hops, caramel, toffee, and lemon zest. Wouldn't think this was a barleywine if I didn't know any better.

The flavor is much more barleywine-like, however it seems to be at a midway point between the American and English styles. Wow, this is tasty! Lots of citrus hoppiness but not much bitterness. A nice caramel sweetness. Some chocolate and oak notes. Extremely flavorful yet well balanced.

The body is full and carbonation is low and appropriate. Overall this is just a fantastic beer. Very unique, and it reinforces my faith that the barleywine style can be among the best in the world when done right.

Photo of DaveHS
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 2010 release, aged 10 months in Heaven Hill barrels.

Poured into a Belzebuth 3oz tasting glass. The color of dark stained wood, with a thin khaki head. No lacing.
The nose is as lush and inviting as you'd expect from a high quality barleywine. Ginger snaps, dates, bourbon oak, vanilla, bread pudding, light, almost undetectable phenols.
This stuff is freaking delicious. Light touches of cherry, pie crust, and butterscotch pudding play against flavors of pecan, caramel malt, and bourbon soaked wood.
The mouthfeel is soft yet thin, medium-bodied with just enough mellow carbonation to hold the whole thing together.
Wish this was available year round.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to psiweaver and hopsbreath for getting me out bottles of this.

A: Pours a moderate mahogany with a nice tan head and very minimal lacing.

S: Not too much going on here considering how much really should be going on here. A bit of the Brett comes through along with a bit of malt, but not much bourbon.

T: Brett comes in a bit, as does the malt. Again, not too much--if any--bourbon character. Not sure if this just isn't well balanced in general, or if it's at that point of limbo where the Brett is starting but hasn't brought through enough character to really carry the beer.

M: A bit dry and a bit hot. Fairly thick.

D: Fairly low. I just can't figure out where this one is going. Luckily I've got more to cellar, so I'm thinking (or maybe hoping) that I'm just getting to this one at the wrong time in it's development. Looking forward to revisiting this.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thank to Thorpe for giving this to me during my bachelor weekend. Shared with the Rejects NYE.

A - Brown bodied beer that lightened on the edges. Not a lot of head, but some minor lace left on the sides.

S - Well, "with Brett" is accurate. There's also some bourbon present, fruit cake, bit of sugar. Not really what you're expecting with a barleywine.

T - Brown sugar, fruits, bit of yeast. Not a ton of wood, seems the bourbon has been buried a little by the brett. Little bit of sourness on the end.

M - Medium bodied, pretty carbonated.

O - Different, but not necessarily different good. Not sure what I was expecting from a brett BA barleywine. If this is the norm, I think the process of making this is complicated enough that it's not worth the effort. Decent beer, but I'd rather just have a traditional one without the brett at this point.

Photo of waltonc
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried this courtesy of Joey Schlitz a couple weeks ago when we snuck a bottle into a wedding reception. Enjoyed it so much I had to get more. Pours dark brown with tan head. Smell is great and just gets better the more this warms - tart cherries, bourbon, and caramel. Reminds me of some quads actually, such as Pannepot (but with bourbon), or Boulevard BBQ. Flavor matches - sweet, clean tartness, bourbon, leather....Outstanding. I was very skeptical of how this would turn out with brett, as I just didn't think a sour barleywine would be good. But the funk is very restrained and clean. No sweaty socks in here. Body is thick with medium carbonation. A highly drinkable brew. The only barrier I see to drinking endless amounts of this in a session is eventual regurgitation due to high ABV.

Photo of crusian
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the jug in san fran...
Pours a nice rich dark brown with less than one finger of tan head.

Smells like it is infected, or a sour, whichever is your poison. Hope i am not disappointed in this. Not a huge fan of sours, and this smells like that. Distinct sour cherries.

Taste is considerably different from the nose, significantly different. Slight bourbon, nice oak, nice barleywine...just the tiniest hint of sour...just enough to make it interesting. Barely present.

Oddly enough, as it sits here, the nose has pulled chameleon on me, can't say I have had a beer like the head goes down, the sour nose is completely gone... Now the nose is bourbon and oak...quick swirl, and sour dominates again.
Transformer beers are awesome! Lol.

Photo of tjfinkle
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009 according to a sticker on the label. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Very dark cloudy brown with some slight lacing, just enough to know the beer had some decent carbonation, but not leaving a thick head. This beer smells like an interesting combination of sweet and woody with some nice dark fruits. The bourbon is definitely noticeable.

My first taste of this beer yielded a nice up front sweetness followed by some nutty and woody flavors. The bourbon flavor compliments the sweet barleywine flavor quite well and leaves a bit of heat on the palate from the alcohol.

Well balanced beer. The carbonation was a little on the low side for my liking, but that is to be expected for a beer of this type. Overall a very delicious beer. Holding on to a couple of these and looking forward to see what they do with a little time.

Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours an opaque mahogany color with almost no head whatsoever. Just some tan foam that forms with the vigor of the pour.

S: Butter? Yes, definitely butter on the nose with some sweet vanilla and butterscotch. Some toffee, bourbon, and oak are there and there are some undertones of tart fruits, specifically sour cherries.

T: The tart fruit flavors are a bit more noticeable here on the palate. Seems to be mostly sour cherries and plums for the most part. Definitely some caramel and toffee with less butter than was evident on the aroma. Certain some bourbon, vanilla, and oak, too.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation and an alcoholic warmth/burn.

D: Too bad this beer has gone down this road because the "regular" bourbon barrel aged one is quite good. Seems that the bugs that were "added" to this beer have really begun to take over.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I didn't realize this beer had brett's until I poured it. This is a unique spin on barleywine.

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish-undertones. Creamy head leaves a light tan ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: Tart cherries. Big buggy bretts. Spicy and sourmash southern bourbon style aroma. Tobacco. Medium dark chocolate malts. Spicy zesty and savory.

Taste: Malty. Sweet and sour. Cola and licorice. The bourbon oak is the big player in this this along with brett's. I get chocolate malts in the big. The hops don't come through big. The finish has cinnamon. Think Belgian sour, like an Oud bruin.

Mouthfeel: Medium, chewy. Malted. Decent alcoholic bite.

Overall: A big drink with a lot of choices for the palate. Bretts, bourbon, strong alcohol and chocolate malts. Sip with appreciation.

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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