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 davey101:
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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml black waxed bottle into a Founders 15th anny glass. Label has a section for bottle count and batch # but was never filled out. 2012 4 Elf release. Drinking this a day after having the regular version. Thanks again to steimie.

A - Pours a very dark red/brown body. Appears to be more translucent than the regular version due to the absence of any head. Initial pour yielded some large brown bubbles which lasted less than a minute. A swirl produces some clear alcohol legs but no bubbles. Sits very still.

S - I've heard some reviews saying the bourbon is tame. I really disagree here. Siting a foot away from the glass it smells like I smashed a bottle of bourbon on the floor. Caramelized dates are quickly over washed with wall of oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and warm alcohol. The bourbon is super intense. If you like bourbon you will love the aroma.

T - Raisins, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and fudge. Decadent and super sweet. Less savory than the regular version. Aftertaste is syrupy sweet with some faint notes of oak, vanilla and charred malt. Bourbon is less intense than the nose but the finish is warm and boozy. Again, does not feel like its 17% at all.

M - Thick and syrupy with little carbonation. The alcohol burn cuts through a bit providing a somewhat clean finish. A sipper, but not as daunting as most beers in this range.

O - I much prefer this to the standard version, and that beer impressed the hell out of me. Super rich and sweet with a well incorporated bourbon presence. Massive and decadent while remaining somehow approachable and enjoyable. Excellent beer!

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Photo of riemster
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of vonnegut21
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