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
Outstanding
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 216
Reviews by Gfunk720:
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3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into a glass of no particular importance. Thanks to whomever sent this to me, though I can't exactly recall who.

A- pours a very dark mohogany brown, almost black. I can tell this is going to be low on carbonation as it pours with no head. A ring of brownish tan retains with a few bubbles.

S- smells of sweet brown sugar, dark fruits, and molasses. There are hints of bourbon and vanilla, with hit ouch of chocolate.

T- VERY sweet malt flavor hits initially. More brown sugar with hints of maple sugar. I can get some little notes of hops coming through but the sweetness is overwhelming. Finishes quite smooth though with no lingering sugar. What is strange is that I get very little barrel from this. Some vanilla and booziness, but little to no barrel.

M- cloyingly sweet at first. As I suspected it is a bit low on carbonation. The overall body is good for the style though.

O- overall this was nothing to write home about ather than its ability to mask a crazy high alcohol content. I found it to be overly sweet and a little flat, but still not bad. Some very nice molasses notes but otherwise somewhat one dimensional.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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