Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale | Marin Brewing Company

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Old Dipsea Barleywine Style AleOld Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale
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Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 03-03-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
92
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.91%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 92
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of those familiar looking Marin Bombers screamed “you have not tried me yet – so buy me” from the Shelf. I hadn’t even seen this one before, so it was immediately snaffled.

It has the usual generic Marin Brewing Co. label; this one has a dark brown border with the words “Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale”. Listed as 9.0%ABV on the front label. Oh-oh!

Appearance: Dark cherrywood ebonious color with deep copper aspects. When backlit it has a massive auburn hue. A small, but smooth looking tan-brown collar-like head laces the glass with smattered rings & cobwebs.

Nose: One word, Malt-ethanolic. The label recommended serving this at 50-55°F, I did – but whatever temperature you prefer – the malt and alcohol just shines through this baby. Has a slight vinuous aspect as well.

Taste: Dominantly powerful alcoholic introduction coats the mouth with a huge flavor-packed malty backbone. Some dark skinned fruitiness mixes with chocolate raisins in the middle. The finish has a bitter hoppiness that bites hard at times. Very warming.

Drinkability: This is 9.0%ABV, and it certainly does not hesitate to let you know this. But it has a smooth strong malty dimension that takes the rough edges of the alcoholic compounds that can ruin a strong beer. The bitter-hop finish rounds off the harshness – a great strong beer with a good Drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Extremely powerful alcohol presence that dominates a malty mouthfeel. Highly warming with a bitter hoppiness and a rich malt vinegar turn at times, *very* nice.

Overall: This ‘SO’ reminded me of some Strong Cask Old Ales (Bullards Old) and other Xmas Beers that I used to drink in England over the years; the ones that have a powerful smack of alcohol and truly warm you. Many do not like the ‘alcohol’ aspect of Strong Ales & Barleywines – but I do. Another great beer from Marin, I’ll keep the other 2 bottles I have for a cold night, well that is if I ever experience one here in Long Beach, CA.

Bloody Fantastic!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fairly clear garnet in color with a thin halo of a head. The aroma is a very nice toasty malt with fruity notes and hints of the alcohol to come. Taste starts off with a rich, sweet malt, develops some toasty notes mid-palate, a nice light (apple?) fruitiness and just a hint of pepper. Finishes with spicy, flavorful hops. Alcohol presence is very mild. Rich, full-bodied, and extremely well-balanced. This was a true pleasure to drink. Loved it!

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Photo of Gusler
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the first beers I sampled from this brewery, and I think I have found another source for quality brews somewhat close to home. The color on the pour is a very deep garnet or ruby red if you like, with the head mountainous in size, creamy in its consistency and as the head dissipates, it leaves a fine sheet of lace to cover the glass. Over ripe pineapple tones hits you first, then the light yeast and malt tones, fresh, sweet even some alcohol noticed, complex is a good word for this beers nose. Ambrosial at the start, the top is middling to full and the finish pleasantly acidic, perkily hopped, dry long lasting aftertaste and the high ABV, certainly warms the tummy, quite a pleasing beer if you are into “Robust”!

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Photo of StevieW
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich deep red-black color, thin white head. Smelled alot of roasted fruits, sweetness, plums, grapes. Not as bitter as I expected, alot sweeter. Definitly a sipping brew. It would have been nicer, had it been winter. Higher alcohol was noticble, thin feel. I'm not a big barleywine fan just yet, it was much easier to drink than the Young's Old Nick Barleywine, the only other one I can compare it to.

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Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale from Marin Brewing Company
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