Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With Brett
Marin Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With BrettBourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With Brett
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American Barleywine
Ranked #133
Ranked #10,183
3.98 | pDev: 15.08%
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With BrettBourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With Brett
Notes: 2009 and 2011 vintages have brettanomyces.
Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour, yields no head. Unattractive. Aroma was old sweet wood and oxidized malt.

Taste, was all over the place. Plenty of caramel and musty leather and wood notes. Hopping not obvious or all that discernable. Brett didn't really take hold like I would have expected after this amount of extended aging.

Enjoyed this with my baby and friends.

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Photo of alaimoa
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Upset about this one, I was in California and told this was a special gem and hard to find outside of that area so was excited to try it. Overall I would say fairly disappointing and forgettable. Immediate smell of sour fruit and alcohol and the taste was pungent with super sour fruit notes, strong alcohol and an unpleasant lingering of this sour fruit and overpowering alcohol sourness. I typically love barleywines but unfortunately wouldn't want this one again

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Pours without much of a head. Some off white foam. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon . Sharp bright alcohol flavor. Not a ton of oak. Some caramel.

Taste - Lots of caramel. Bourbon. Vanilla. No real oakiness. Some sharp acidic notes, but it doesn't taste like brett. Could just be barrel.

Mouthfeel - A little boozier than the regular version. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good stuff. Sharp flavors that work very well.

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Photo of claspada
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009 bottle.

Pours a hazy brown color with a smallish light tan head that recedes to leave some very minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with some tart sourness and light oakiness. As it warms I get some more caramelized malt backbone and some dark cherry fruitiness. Comes across as muddled however.

The tastes begin with a solid toffee and brown sugar maltiness. Next you get a slight bid of tart sour cherries and an muddy vanilla bourbon induced flavor. The brett yeast adds a complexity to the flavor profile but doesn't come across as a harmonious melange. The oak and dark fruit flavors emerge more and more as it warms. Some hop bitterness still lingers in the background into the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a moderate to low carbonation. FInish is pleasantly dry thanks to the brett yeast.

Overall this was okay but not really a great beer. The brett yeast seems to have been asked to do too much to too hoppy of a base beer and the flavors fail to creat a harmoinous balance even after 3+ years. Drinks like less than 9% but you really dont want too much.

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Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened during a BA Barleywine tasting.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with hardly any head. This one is just a little tart, due to the brett I'm sure. There is a pleasant sweetness throughout the taste with a slight bitterness in the finish. The bourbon note is rather mild but there is a noticeable alcohol burn. The sweet and tart notes work together, but this one didn't blow me away.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a murky brown with a 1 finger tan head. A few blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- dark fruits, bourbon, brown sugar, some oak and vinous notes.

T- roasted malts, brown sugar, sour dark fruits, red wine, oak, and slight bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation.fairly smooth and has a slight dryness at the finish.

O- interesting and different beer. More BA Flanders Than Barleywine, but like the clashing styles.

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared at the End of the World party. Thanks Andy! 2011 Vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear mahogany hue with a half finger light tan head that leaves light, faint wisps.

S - Nice aromas of bourbon, sweet malts, and light toffee. Light vanilla and oak along with soft figs.

T - Similar to the nose. Everything is quite light here with light raisin/fig notes, faint bourbon and oak, along with light sweet malts. Don't really get much Brett unfortunately.

M - Mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, lightly carbonated, slight bourbon, along with light booze.

O - Overall, a nice beer. Would have liked to see some Brett aspects in this beer. Very glad to have tried this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy (don't remember your BA name) for this one, 2011 vintage.

Pours a nice fizzy head to start, fades fairly quickly, decent spotty lacing, mostly hazy ruby molasses color.

Nose starts with sweet malts and light bourbon, big sweet candy malts, light esters, some vanilla like oak and maybe a hint of bourbon, sweet toffee and molasses, some dark fruits fig and date like, and light earthy hops, and faint hint of bready funk.

Taste is lighter, sweet toffee, candy, caramel, molasses, light bourbon and toasty vanilla oak again, bit of raisin and fig like dark fruits, light spicy hops, light warming booze, faint hint of bready funk. Finish has light spicy hops again, sticky sweet, booze warmth and a little tingle, light candy sweet malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb, plenty of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, nice malts, bourbon, but the Brett is almost non-existant, just faint hints.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz wax capped bomber. 2011 Edition. Served in a snifter.

Drinking side-by-side with a year old regular version.

Pours a darker root beer brown, and more opaque, than the regular version with almost no head. A ring of loose beige bubbles lines the glass. No real lacing.

Aroma of dusty oak along with funky peppercorn, some vanilla. Subdued molasses and brown sugar from the regular version. Dark fruits in background. A bit of bourbon and booze.

A little more bourbon in the initial flavor than the nose. Middle gets slightly briny, and some of the funky peppery notes emerge.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Fairly slick, and a little creamier than the regular version.

I like both versions of this beer and don't think I have a favorite. The barrel aging and brett make the variations fairly different.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

taste- raisin, cinnamon, bourbon, prunes, maple syrup

color- deep chestnut

clarity- pours clear and dark

smell- woody, winey, barnyard, dried fruit

body- the barrel aging mellows the alcohol and lends it a soft mouthfeel. subtle medium-length finish, some hop bite at the front of the mouth and the center of the tongue

appearance- very little carbonation, slightly off-white bubbly ring around the glass...faint hints of lace

overall impression- mellow, drinkable beer. i think i would have consumed this 6 months earlier to appreciate more aroma and body. almost seems like a good portion of the alcohol has fallen off in the weight of the beer but it creeps up on you. based on what i understood, recommendations were to let this beer sit a year after release...not sure i would do so in the future

notes and comments- very little carbonation when i popped the top

beer spy- healthy spirits, sf ca, january 2012, 750mL

glassware: tulip

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Photo of kaseydad
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage at room temperature.

Had one last year but was too tipsy to review it so a year later I am taking another stab at it.

Pours a flat cola brown with a start of beige foam that made an appearance to the party but didn't stay long. Nothing overly impressive but that could be from the age on it.

The smell is great. The brett definitely shines through and jumps to the front of the nose. The sweet malt in the back is there but steps back from the critters taking over. Dark fruits abound with some light honey. The booze is still very present as well. I'm liking this.

The taste is a hybrid of a BW and sour. Almost switches from the aroma. The barleywine "fruit" is heavier while the critters are more subdued but definitely there. Slightly sour notes and mild funk. Slightly medicinal. Light banana. Bitter on the finish and a noticable boozy/warm tummy finish.

Slick mouthfeel.

Overall I was impressed with this beast. Much is going on here from first sip to last. If you like a Barleywine without the hoppy bite and a touch of funk, this is it. A little sweeter than some BW's but this works well. I may have held this longer than some, but the alcohol punch and blending of the ingredients was mighty fine in my book. Have a 2011 in the cellar and look forward to drinking that mid year 2013.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Blue Palms with koufax21, bonerhog & my monster. Pours out looking like muddled homebrew with its murkiness and lack of head. Brown. Aroma, oxidized sweetness, enjoyable, heavy, mild soggy wood.

Taste, didn't taste oxidized, which is a mixed bag when it comes to barleywines anyways, sometimes its nice, sometimes not so nice. A bunch of caramel. A little bit of leather. More like an English barleywine, or maybe somewhere in between, because it isn't like the hops aren't there, but the bitterness isn't there either. Marin leans English in their styles anyways. Sweet booziness, was this a bourbon barrel or a brandy barrel, because I'd lean brandy if I didn't know better. Brett character didn't reveal any drying aspect, couldn't really get a mouthfeel for it. Low carbonation levels reveal a little bit of coconut.

Overall, a good option for $15 a bottle at a bar in Hollywood. Nice to see a barleywine made that isn't as big as can be.

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Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark plum color with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing.

Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with a decent barrel presence countered by leathery malt, toffe and dark fruit.  Hints of dry oak, bourbon, vanilla and spice followed by notes of dark cherry,  plum and grape.

Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence that slightly overpowers the other notes.  Lots of dry oak and alcohol flavor but not much heat, vanilla or sweet bourbon.  Could use more body and bourbon flavor. The barleywine  flavor is overpowered with subtle leathery malt, toffee and caramel and there's also a strong dark fruit presence.  Becomes more complex but as it warms but is still lacking in bourbon flavor.  It is becoming more dry and spicy but still not balanced enough.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy Sean from the CA!

Pours a dark reddish brown with less than a fingers worth of light tan head. The head thins out to a thin layer of lace. Nothing left on the glass.

The nose is tart, cherries, sweet, bready malt. Basically smells like a I am entering a sour brew. I am extremely curious right now. There is a subtle vanilla and oak aroma presented by the barrel but the tartness dominates.

The taste lacks almost all the qualities noticed in the nose. The tartness is nearly noticed and the smooth, rich bourbon notes come in to play. There is an abundant amount of caramel and vanilla that are contributed by the rich, toasted barrels. There is an extremely light tart note that is similar to tart cherries. This flavor is subtle.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a certain carbonation that is similar to that of a wild ale. There is a decent amount of carbs but the smooth bourbon characteristics shine over all.

Overall, this was a huge surprise as far as aroma and flavor. The nose offers a sour and tart beer and the flavor is almost completely different. Very unusually, unguided, and unexpected. WOW.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour provided by myself at the blind barrel aged barleywine tasting hosted by DarthKostrizer.

2011 vintage with Brett.

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and dark fruits that have been soaking in alcohol. Taste is the same with an alcohol kick in the throat with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but it’s pretty boozy in my opinion. Also, I cannot detect the Brett that is supposedly present in either the smell or taste.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Pours a very murky, dark brown color with hints of red and purple. Small off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is immediately funky and acetic. Tart dark fruit aromas with hints of cherry and oak barrel. Then you get a little bourbon, but more of a tart aroma with sweet dark fruits, which I'm really liking. A hint of vanilla and brown sugar as well. Taste tasty stuff here. Easily, right away I can say the best beer from Marin I've ever had. Immediately, I get just the slightest red wine vinegar taste, immediately followed by sweet dark fruits and tart cherries. Mellow bourbon flavors and chocolate throughout each sip with some warming alcohol burn. Nice oak and brett characteristics. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit sticky/chewy. Drinkability is pretty darn high for this big beer. Overall, a fantastic beer. Give it more of a sour kick and a little less booze flavor, and I believe this beer would taste similar to Cuvee de Tomme.

Edit: Had to edit the overall score. As the beer warmed and I drank more of it, I realized the booze was a little unbalanced. Still a solid beer though.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 22oz bottle ordered at Toronado for a surprisingly reasonable price of $20. This was the Brett version.

Appearance – Pours into a supplied tulip with a cloudy dark red hue (well I think it was…it was pretty damn dark in the bar). About a finger of off white head bubbles up after the pour.

Smell – A nice funky smell from the brett mixed in with sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, tannins, and vinegar. As the beer warms a cherry aroma begins to waft from the glass.

Taste – I rather enjoy “infected” Barleywines. I enjoyed 2008 BA Decadence, had an infected BA barleywine at LadyFace a few days before this beer, and wanted to try this for that very reason. That said, this was rather pleasant. The brett is not so in your face to detract from the barleywine, but lends a nice bite to the beer that keeps its sweetness in check. You get a slight pucker with the initial sip that tastes like tart dark cherries. Then the vanilla and oak kick in, along with burnt molasses and caramel. As the beer warm the bourbon shows its self a bit more (though it is not overly prominent in this beer) along with the oak.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – I polished ¾ of the bomber off myself then gave the rest to a random guy who had been eyeing it (he was quite stoked to get it and was enjoying it when I left). The beer was easy to drink for such a high ABV. It was also easy to consume due to the brett cutting the normal overt sweetness from big barleywines. Should have bought another to go, but was not thinking at the moment. I would have this again for sure. I did pick up a 2011 “non” infected version so I’ll have to open that eventually to see how it compares.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I didn't realize this beer had brett's until I poured it. This is a unique spin on barleywine.

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish-undertones. Creamy head leaves a light tan ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: Tart cherries. Big buggy bretts. Spicy and sourmash southern bourbon style aroma. Tobacco. Medium dark chocolate malts. Spicy zesty and savory.

Taste: Malty. Sweet and sour. Cola and licorice. The bourbon oak is the big player in this this along with brett's. I get chocolate malts in the big. The hops don't come through big. The finish has cinnamon. Think Belgian sour, like an Oud bruin.

Mouthfeel: Medium, chewy. Malted. Decent alcoholic bite.

Overall: A big drink with a lot of choices for the palate. Bretts, bourbon, strong alcohol and chocolate malts. Sip with appreciation.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark copper/brown (rust) hue, pours nearly flat with little lacing to speak of.
S: Upfront sweet bourbon barrel notes (caramel, oak) with notes of vinegar like sourness towards the end.
T: Starts off very caramel-like and sugary opening up in the mid-palate to a vinegar flavor, while being wrapped in a blanket of bourbon barrel quality goodness. The acetic acid quality is overwhelmed by the beers sweetness. Alcohol is barely noticeable with only a tinge of warmth towards the finish. Barely any bitterness.
M: Very low carbonation (almost flat) and tongue coating. While I enjoyed the body I would have preferred some more carbonation to liven up the flavor.
O: A nice flavor profile change and definitely something interesting and worth trying. Minor flaws keep this beer from being a stand out.

"It aint Coor's Light but it'll do."

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/15/12 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one. 2009 vintage into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits, and toasted malts. Not really getting any bourbon in the nose, but there is a ton of brett. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of brett, caramel malts, toffee, fruity malts, toasted malts, roasted malts, bourbon, and wood. Little bourbon here, and a ton of brett again.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer; I imagine they got exactly what they were looking for as there is a ton of brett, but the nice caramel and toffee of a barleywine still comes through. Would like to have to it again.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: VERY Murky brown that barely lets any light through. Light brown head that mellows down.

S: HEY Brett! That's really all I can get out of it. Will this be sour? Some caramel, toffee and smoke, but yeah under tons of brett sourness, so maybe not even.

T: Surprised that this isn't sour. Good legs of caramel malts, alcohol, and nuts. Finishes with some unique brettness that isn't like anything I've come across yet. Has a lot of characteristics of an English strong ale.

M: Thin. Smooth. Low carbonation.

O: Monkey wrench brew. Good and would probably try again but atypical and not what I was expecting for the style or even knowing it was spiked w/ brett.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thank to Thorpe for giving this to me during my bachelor weekend. Shared with the Rejects NYE.

A - Brown bodied beer that lightened on the edges. Not a lot of head, but some minor lace left on the sides.

S - Well, "with Brett" is accurate. There's also some bourbon present, fruit cake, bit of sugar. Not really what you're expecting with a barleywine.

T - Brown sugar, fruits, bit of yeast. Not a ton of wood, seems the bourbon has been buried a little by the brett. Little bit of sourness on the end.

M - Medium bodied, pretty carbonated.

O - Different, but not necessarily different good. Not sure what I was expecting from a brett BA barleywine. If this is the norm, I think the process of making this is complicated enough that it's not worth the effort. Decent beer, but I'd rather just have a traditional one without the brett at this point.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Bottle shared by Brad, thanks!

A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge. Small beige head.

S: Leather, grape, and plum meet caramel and bread. Light sourness and some toffee. Bourbon is faint.

T: Caramel and toffee with bread and plum. Light leather notes accompany oak and bourbon. I get some grape and date, as well as an earthy bitterness.

M: Upper medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not something I would care to drink again, but I neither loved nor hated this it.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Waxed 22 oz bottle shared by Adam.

Pour is very nice, until I remember this is BA barleywine. a BBW should not look this way. A relatively clear, slightly murky ruby brown with a large, frothy tan head and streaky lacing. Aroma smells like sour chocolate covered cherries? Or like Adam said, wet paper towels? Interesting. Not bad, but not right. Also reminds me of McKenzie's Oer Faulte. Body is thick and smooth with very light, fine carbonation. Finish is drier than expected for a BW from the brett we assume. Flavor is initially american BW; very sweet and malty, almost cherry like with minimal hops. Finishes with a candy-ish liquor and slight dry funk. Interesting and drinkable, but the bourbon, brett and barleywine don't exactly contribute in the ways expected. I would happily try this again, but can't claim to have enjoyed this.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours an opaque mahogany color with almost no head whatsoever. Just some tan foam that forms with the vigor of the pour.

S: Butter? Yes, definitely butter on the nose with some sweet vanilla and butterscotch. Some toffee, bourbon, and oak are there and there are some undertones of tart fruits, specifically sour cherries.

T: The tart fruit flavors are a bit more noticeable here on the palate. Seems to be mostly sour cherries and plums for the most part. Definitely some caramel and toffee with less butter than was evident on the aroma. Certain some bourbon, vanilla, and oak, too.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation and an alcoholic warmth/burn.

D: Too bad this beer has gone down this road because the "regular" bourbon barrel aged one is quite good. Seems that the bugs that were "added" to this beer have really begun to take over.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With Brett from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 94 ratings