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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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4.2/5
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215 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by claaark13 on 12-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
215
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
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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4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Urbancaver for setting me up with this bottle.

A cool waxed 375 ml bottle.

Pours a very dark brown with red highlights. Very few bubbles appear in the glass, a nearly still beer. Looks heavy and syrupy. The aroma is fantastic. Truly a kaleidoscope of malt flavor. Deep toffee and raisin notes. Sherry, bourbon, figs, prunes, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Wow! So complex. Alcohol is present in the nose but subdued.

The flavor is just outstanding. Follows the nose quite closely. Big sugary malt flavors. Toffee, caramel, bourbon, oaky as all get out. Smooth, integrated flavors that all stand out yet seemlessly work together. Alcohol is brilliantly masked. How they made a 17% beer this smooth and drinkable is a wonder to me. Absolutely incredible. It has to be a 5. Incredible. The mouthfeel is heavy and coats the mouth. Carbonation is very low but it absolutely works here.

Overall, a stunning beer. Took me by complete surprise. I'm very fortunate that I have more bottles. I can't wait to see how this beauty ages.

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4.66/5  rDev +11%
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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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 215 ratings
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