Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine | Marin Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea BarleywineBourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine
51 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea BarleywineBourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is for pre-2009 vintages. Some subsequent bottlings contain brettanomyces and are labeled "contains brett."

Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine is a version of our Old Dipsea Barleywine that has been aged in Bourbon Barrels for about a year. This ageing contributes wood and bourbon flavors to the beer. The micro-oxygenation that occurs in the barrels mellows and smoothes out the high alcohol as dried and over-rip fruit characters evolve.

Added by GClarkage on 11-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of kaseydad
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

Dirty brown pour with no lacing and a ring around the glass. Looks like prune juice.

The aroma showcases prunes, butterscotch, rubber and light booze.

Taste is a touch hoppy with some sweet caramel, candy and a dose of bourbon...with not much burn. I likey. Quick finish.

Silky, smooth mouthfeel.

Nice beer. The BBA definitely put a different spin on this and the flavor intensifies as it warms.

 413 characters

Photo of scottfrie
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a thin, very fuzzy, light tan head that quickly faded into a soft film.
S: Surprisingly sweet with smooth scents of bourbon, raisin, leather, toffee, leafy tobacco, and faint powdery chocolate.
T: Decadent flavors of leather, tobacco, bourbon, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, slight toast, leafy hops, and hop resin. Butterscotch finish, chocolate covered raisin and sweet dried fruit aftertaste.
M: Very thick and heavy mouthfeel, very low carbonation, and very slick due to low carbonation. No alcohol burn, super smooth and decadent mouthfeel.
O: I was blown away by how great this is. Completely underrated. Could use a few more bubbles, but really complex and mellow flavors.

 750 characters

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of portia99
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (2012) poured into a Brooklyn snifter

A - Pours a somewhat ugly, muddy brown color, thick and hazy, full of particulate. No head at all, just a vague attempt at an off-white collar.

S - Lots of bourbon up front, sweet caramel and brown sugar, toffee, mild tartness. Bourbon really dominates everything here.

T - Boozy, mildly tart/sour, hoppy bitterness, caramel and toffee. Bourbon dominates the flavor also.

M - Medium body, lower level carbonation, boozy, alcohol warmth. Bourbon from beginning to end here.

O - Pretty one dimensional and almost entirely bourbon in aroma and flavor. Not much of the base beer comes thru at all. Sipping my way thru this one slowly.

 685 characters

Photo of Newbiebeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml maroon waxed 2012 bottle poured into tulip 18/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A brownish amber liquid and even a dump down the middle gives only a thin film, not much for head or lace but looks like some pretty thick liquid although a little still

S vanilla, soft caramel, brown sugar, lots of wood and bourbon, some sugar coated raisins, faint coco, I get just a little booze, smells sweet and malty, I like it

T more of the same with lots of wood, bourbon and heavy amounts of caramel and brown sugar, just a little spice I can't place

M thick and syrupy but a fairly flat, not as sticky as I thought it would be with just a little heat, slick on the palate, woody finish

O smells and tastes great so the most important aspects are taken care of but it looks a little dead and needs some life in the mouth, I suppose I should be too hard on a BW aged on BB for a year for having low carbonation

I don't get any brett so I'm guessing this is the right listing, very solid brew but it could be absolutely amazing with a few tweaks. I'm not sure if I'd age this one further or not if I had a second, seems like its already peaked at its young age

 1,182 characters

Photo of ambruns1979
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Duomatic
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The standard version of Old Dipsea is pretty tasty, and has a good price-point, but the bourbon barrel version really moves this brew into a higher class of taste. Though not particularly daring, this barleywine represents a very solid barleywine recipe, combined with the well-executed addition of bourbon barrel aging. To my palette, this brew is a great example of how the end result can be much greater than the sum of its parts (good barleywine plus bourbon-barrel aging equals super-tasty!).

 497 characters

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a deep dark marronish brown in color with a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: whoa!! lots of booze heat upfront on the aroma with plenty of noticeable caramel, maybe a little dark fruit in the air, hints of molasses but definitely had lots of the bourbon qualities for sure.

T: The taste was a large combination of caramel sweetness with bourbon barrel character alongside some molasses, maple notes, hint of nuttiness, burnt sugars, a touch of chocolate tons of booze which was still as potent on the palate but had lovely vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, burnt sugary, bourbon boozy, slightly nutty, and sticky finish.

O: I honestly thought it was a great beer all around, although it was a bit to boozy for my liking it was still damn tasty.

 865 characters

Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a hazy mahogany color with good carbonation presenting a nice dirty white cap

S: Big caramel, dark fruits,vanilla, oak and bourbon.

T: Very much like the nose but the key to this beer is how well I thought everything played well together. No one tasting note was overly dominant. The dark fruits, graininess and cocoa of the traditional Old Dipsea was noticable and then you just pile some subtle bourbon, wood and vanilla in there.

M: Big body, medium carbonation, sticky sweet on the palate, coating and tasty

O: Marin nailed this!

 548 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea Barleywine from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 51 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.