Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Monster 29Bourbon Barrel Monster 29
BA SCORE
4.2/5
215 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Monster 29Bourbon Barrel Monster 29
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
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
61
Trade:
10
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 30
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Chris for generously sharing this!

Splashed into a taster glass, its a dark brown color with high clarity, little to no bubbles anywhere to be seen.

Boozy aroma, dates, raisin, alcohol sharpness is present. Some Port qualities, not getting any bourbon really. Alcohol heat sort of eclipses any complexity present, but it's not overbearing overall.

Sharpness is felt at first, but it rounds out a little as the beer is rolled over the palate. Dark fruit forward, dates, raisin, prune again, sort of a stewed fruit reduction. Boozy and flat, syrupy sweet and fruity. Overall not something i'd actively seek out, but it wasn't all bad considering the mammoth abv.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of UnderJoath
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue with absolutely zero carbonation. Smells of molasses and bourbon. Tastes extremely sweet, almost cloyingly. Solid bourbon notes, caramel, and molasses. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side but still flat.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of oline73
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Pours a very dark brown color, this one almost looks like a stout. The smell is sweet with some dark fruit and a dessert wine like note. The flavor is sweet with carmel and dark fruit notes. I'm also getting some bourbon and roasted malt notes as well. The flavors combine and remind me a bit of dessert wine, just like the smell. There is an alcohol burn, but it's not as intense as I thought it would be. This is like a half stout half barleywine mix. There is no real carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jeff for this bottle!
Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with almost no head. Carbonation appears to be almost non-existent.

S - Big bourbon and vanilla notes dominate the nose. There is a big overall sweetness and some noticeable alcohol as well. Some dark caramel, brown sugar and a hint of cocoa come through int he background.

T - Barrel up front - bourbon, oak and vanilla flavours come through nicely. A huge sweetness enters mid-palate with brown sugar, dark caramel, molasses, toffee and a hint of cocoa all coming through. Just enough warming alcohol is present to cut through the sweetness and create an excellent balance.

M - Medium body with some good viscosity. Very light carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Bourbon Barrel Monster 29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 215 ratings
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