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 sweemzander:
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3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

375mL waxed bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Kevan for the bottle!

(A)- Pours still in appearance (no bubbles or anything). Quite dark for your run of the mill barleywine in a kind of burnt sienna brown color. Slight hints of reddish highlights do peak through.

(S)- It has a big nose of dry but dense leathery oak and subtle cocoa with complex dark fruits. The smell significantly gets sweeter in a sugary sense as it warms.

(T)- Very big and rich sweetness overall. Some heavy leathery oak flavors throughout. Plenty of dark fruits amidst an extremely sweet finish in a sugary sense.

(M)- Sadly, this is almost completely flat, but there is alot of promise in this if it had a bit more carbonation to it. One positive thing is that despite its huge 17% ABV, this is relatively tame in heat, but not shy about its sweetness.

(O)- Overall, a bit disappointed in this despite how good it sounded, but it might need a bit more tweaking and getting it to carbonation could make this a really good barleywine. It could need a bit of time in the bottle, but unsure.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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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%

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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