Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine - Coronado Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.
S: Immensely savory, due to combined efforts of honest layered dark crystal malts as well as umami that seems fermentation-affected. Boozy spirit and light smoke/roast work to edge out minor mixed stone fruit. Alcohol is plainly evident--spirituous aroma reaches out at arm's-length--but well-integrated.
T: Begins sweet, with dark mixed fruit and treacle. Acidity is high into the middle, which influences the fruitiness in a citrus direction. Moderate roast emerges as acidity fades, along with fruity spirit and minor diacetyl. Wet oak contributes its breath to the finish where acidity and treacle linger alongside mild bitterness.
M: Medium to thick viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: Like most other strong ales tempered in a brandy barrel, this beer is a jumble of sensory qualities, favorable and not. The most off-putting of its characteristics--biting acidity--likely has nothing to do with the barrel it was aged in, however. Still, the oak and the brandy are well-represented against what would be a very appealing sweet brown barleywine--were it not for the overpowering tasted acidity.
03-09-2014 19:29:16 | More by beagle75
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4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
Muddy dark orange with purple and ruby highlights near the edges. The head is very thin and off-white, and eventually leaves the glass covered in sticky, oily residue and small dots of bubbles.
Complex, evolving, and sweet aroma consisting of caramel and toffee (lots of burnt sugar aromas), sweet brandy, vanilla, earth, wood. Complex, sweet--divine!
The flavor follows the aroma pretty similarly, though the brandy presence isn't as prominent in flavor as it is in the aroma, but the wood and earthy characters come through nicely. There's some pine and citrus hop presence, as well as huge burnt sugar caramel and toffee flavors. Moderately bitter, extremely delicious.
Medium to full bodied with low carbonation and a bit oily. Just about perfect.
A sublime barrel-aging effort from Coronado. I hope we see more of these delicious experiments from them.
11-30-2011 16:58:33 | More by ehammond1
3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
Classic bomber adorned with a white cap. I pour this Barrel Aged Barleywine into a, well, wine glass. The pour is rather deep in color and a muddled mahogany in the light. An initial cap of foam settles out to a moderate ring in a minute or so. A bit dark on the forefront.
Nose is rich with oak and with a slighlty disguised history as for the licquor at play. Yet vinous and brandy like in the end, along with some notes of carob and brown sugar and deep caramel.
Flavor is rich and endearing up front though a bit sweet and caramelly on the finish. Barrel notes are pleasant yet easily drown out any character the base beer might have had. The 11% is well hidden given the smoky barrel and the sweet delivery.
Overall a bit curious in the end. I think this beer will improve with a few years on it but will remain limited per se. Enjoy..
Look forward to future Barrel Beers from Coronado given the expanson in the works..
11-12-2011 06:28:47 | More by HalfFull
British Columbia (Canada)
3.84/5 rDev -3.3%
Big thank you to mrbubbler for this 2011, b1 bottle!!
Appearance. Pours a murky reddish brown with some orange-amber coming through at the edges.Topped with a half finger of pale khaki head.
Smell. Big brown sugar, orange rind and caramel, some woody booze and slightly vinous.
Taste. Sweet brown sugar and lightly tangy oranges complete with the rind, and a decent amount of brandy and old dank wood.
Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, low+ carbonation.
Overall. A good barleywine but not as smooth as I like them. Big flavours for sure.
10-03-2013 02:36:55 | More by Rutager
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
A: pours a dark mahogany with a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.
S: caramel, vanilla, and oak dominate with some toffee aromas following. There are also some raisin, grape, and alcohol notes as well.
T: vanilla, caramel, and oak are strong here as well. There are also strong raisin and dark grape flavors from the brandy. Light alcohol burn.
M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is lively on the tongue and has a bite to it.
O: a good beer overall, though I think it could use a year or two to smooth out.
04-05-2012 00:47:22 | More by n2185
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Slightly hazy amber... Buckeyeboy busted out this bottle.. Thanks Jeremy...
Good barrel qualities... vinous and caramel.. thick oak and toffee... not a big brandy fan, but it seems to work in this respect...
Flavor is pretty standard American BW flavors.. lite caramel and toasty malt.. some slight pine hoppiness... a bit of burnt sugar creme caramel essence.. a bit of grapy brandy... booze...
body is about right... medium heavy with light/medium carbonation... pretty well done... I normally don't like brandy barrel aged beers, but this is not overdone and still pretty approachable...
Thanks Jeremy.... I never would have tried for this brew.
01-15-2012 06:27:17 | More by JohnGalt1
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Thanks to AP for the generous extra.
Muddy reddish-brown appearance, with a surprisingly lively head that retains pretty well.
Mellow caramel malt and brandy nose. A lot of fruitiness from both the barrel and yeast, with somewhat of a stewed dark fruit character. Toasted coconut and cocoa appear as it warms.
Great palate, surprisingly balanced and subdued, with a big caramel malt backbone that supports layers of sweet dark fruit and toasted coconut. Medium-full body, a touch fuller than the Firestone 15 that preceded it. Slight booze on the palate that lends a touch of dryness to the finish, otherwise this is pretty damn mellow and ready to drink. Finishes semi-sweet, there's a mild bite from the wood and alcohol.
Quality stuff overall, I'm impressed, especially coming from Coronado.
11-12-2011 05:58:19 | More by largadeer
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
Bomber. 2011. Shared with mulder1010 and MrKennedy. Reveiwed from notes.
Murky brown with a beige head of moderate staying power. Leaves the odd bit of spotty lace.
The additives are straight to the fore, with orange blossom and brown sugar residing over notes of stewed plums, caramelised dates, molasses, pungent toffee and bready malts, and doughy yeast.
Similar, but bigger and better. The brandy barrel works effectively to prevent cloying sweetness from encroaching, and integrates nicely with the chunky strawberry jam and orange character.
Medium, with mouthwash-esque carbonation and mild booze heat. Could do with a ballsier body.
Classy stuff. Great example of barrel ageing and additives being employed smartly and in just the right proportions to complement and enhance the base beer.
10-03-2012 06:05:50 | More by spicelab
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours a dark hazy amber, almost brown color with a smallish fluffy, khaki colored head that leaves some spotty lacing. No hues when held up to the light.
Aromas begin with a decent amount of brandy characteristics; grape, dates, figs. Then you get the dark toffee and caramelized sugar/honey typical of the style. As it warms you get some lighter more boozy brandy notes; rum soaked raisins.
The tastes follow the nose but are slightly less complex. The same dark caramel, toffee and rum soaked raisins are present once again. Then in the background you get more of the oak and grapey brandy but not as much as I would have hoped. Maybe 6 months wasn't enough time in the barrel for this one. Also in the background as it warms I get a light bitterness from some American citrus/pine hops and a slight biting alcohol presence.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is simple, semi-sweet from the ample honey and brandy barrel aging, but the hop presence balances out the finish to prevent it from being overly sweet.
Overall this was a very high quality barrel-aged barley wine from a brewery which doesn't to much barrel aging to my knowledge so they deserve props there, but it falls a little short of being world class in my opinion. Maybe it needed a little more time to age to let those hops and alcohol fall out to showcase the base beer and the brandy goodness. If I could readily find this I would grab 2 or 3 more to cellar because I think this has great potential in say 6 mo to a year from now, but as of now it is just very good, not great.
04-03-2012 23:56:50 | More by claspada
4.72/5 rDev +18.9%
Bottle shared at Jerz and Vacax Halloween bottle share. Sorry I dont know the screen name of the gentleman who brought it.
Look: Pours a deep mahogany color has a 1/8 inch white head and no real retention
Smell: Notes of brandy and oak with a bit of toffee
Taste: The beer starts of like a typical barleywine with lots of malt toffee and caramel. It has some dark fruits that show up in the middle of the beer but for me the winner is the back end of the beer where the brandy character really comes through and shines and it is absolutely fantastic
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation
Overall: I really really enjoyed this beer. I thought everything about it was on point with the flavor really being the winner for me. Definitely would love to get my hands on more of this and I highly recommend giving this a try
11-07-2011 02:01:58 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
Dark brown-maroon color, light brown head.
Fortified wine picked out first in the nose. Red grapes, some berry, sweet barley aroma, rich toffee and alcohol heat.
Caramel and butter flavor with a tannic finish. Nice toasted barrel flavor. Red grapes are backing everything up with some richness. Pretty good beer but not great.
02-05-2012 23:43:27 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.14/5 rDev +4.3%
2011 vintage acquired as an extra in a trade w/ Skrip. Thanks so much man!
A- Pours a dark amber/brown with ruby hues around the edges. A finger of off-white head dissipates to a thin cover that leaves some lacing.
S- The aroma is almost braggot like, with loads of rich honey, and a strong brandy presence. Sweet malt, prunes, and a bit of earthy hops are detected.
T- The taste is very mellow, with most flavors being subtle rather than in your face. Only a touch of honey is present early, but more later on. Some overripe apple and sweet malt in the middle, followed by brandy, a healthy dose of booze, and a bitter hop bite at the end.
M- The mouthfeel is not as thick as expected, but fine for the style. Very light carbonation, and it leaves a viscous coating on the mouth.
O- For the first brandy barrel aged beer I've had this was very pleasant. Perhaps a bit more subtle in flavor and abundant in booze than I would like, but I'd still drink this again if given the chance!
05-25-2013 03:27:55 | More by SadMachine
4.58/5 rDev +15.4%
I sampled this brew at the Stone brewery outdoor bar. Served at 8 oz in a tulip snifter on draft. The beer arrives a clear chestnut hue with some ruby highlights and almost no foam or head.
The aroma is rich and malty with some ripe fruit or apricot and caramel and toffee. Pretty sweet aroma with maybe just a little boozy hit. I dont get any real assertive hop notes which is a little surprising for a west coast barleywine.
The first sip reveals a slightly oily textured average to larger body with minimal, spacious carbonation. The beer is sticky on my lips after each sip and definitely coats my palate as I drink the beer.
Flavor is sweet and malty with toffee and caramel and again some fruitiness. I think apricot fits here as well. The booze is amazingly well hidden making this a sneaky beer that should be sipped, but wont force you to do so. Hops are not a focus here and I think I get a little bit of pine and general vegetal background, but nothing in your face hoppy.
Very easy to drink and very enjoyable for this malty beer guy. I would recommend this beer to folks that like big beers. I docked the appearance only for minimal if any head retention from the pour. Give it a shot.
01-17-2012 18:38:17 | More by sulldaddy
Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine from Coronado Brewing Company
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