Bourbon Barrel Monster 29
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Monster 29Bourbon Barrel Monster 29
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Style:
American Barleywine
ABV:
17%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.95%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
216
From:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  160
Gots
  59
SCORE
93
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 216
Reviews by FosterJM:
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3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1706th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
375ml

2012 vintage
Thanks to ErikKoppin for this.

Shared with Afrokaze

App- Looked exactly like a dark merlot or another dark red wine. A deep garnet with a stillness and liquid fruit appearance to me. No bubbles or lace or stick.

Smell- A large portion of this beer smells like a port wine. Rich deep prickly alcohol and a bit of a dark fruits. Lost is the bourbon to me. This was too port/quad and dark fruit forward. No burn, no oak or any other bourbon additions. The ABV was hidden as it warmed.

Taste- This blew me away with the complexities. I'm rating a little low for lack of bourbon on it. More quad/port notes come out with a strong dark fruit and alcohol note to it. Much more sweet and ruddy than I thought. A little let down but was still good.

Mouth- A medium full body with a medium low carbonation. A huge lack of bubbles contributed to me rating this a bit low actually. Residual dark fruits, candy sugars and alcohols.

Drink- A good beer but a little less than what I was expecting. It didn't have the carbonation to give depth of flavors and pop.

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4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This drank more like a dessert wine. I was afraid of the no carb before going into this, but it was magnificent. Smelled like caramel nips and booze. Taste wasn't boozy at all though. Intense caramel covered raisins. Toffee pudding. Some more dark fruit. Smooth, sticky and sweet. Definitely a bottle to share despite its size. It's very sweet, but there's a lot of layers to explore with each sip. I wish I had more.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep, dark black. Very little head that dissipates instantly.

S: Bourbon, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Lingering sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden.

T: Sweet, syrupy vanilla bourbon. Roasted malt. Dark chocolate and mild hops in the back end. Very tasty.

M: Flat and syrupy, but I don't mind that in this style. Big, bourbon barrel aged beers can survive being a bit flat.

O: Very tasty beer. This is allegedly 17% ABV, but you'd never know it from drinking. This is a sipper of a beer, but very, very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to opening my other bottle in a year or two.

EDIT: Opened a second bottle 8/10/13 and it was significantly worse than the first... not sure if there's huge bottle variation or this thing just fell off a cliff. Score indicates average of the two experiences in case I just got one bad bottle.

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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 216 ratings