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Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine - Coronado Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 41
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of djaeon
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a syrupy brown with little head and spotty lacing.

S: Molasses, maple, fig.

T: Dark fruits, maple syrup, light brandy flavors. Absolutely delicious!

M: Velvety smooth. Odd for a barleywine, but fits this beer perfectly. A little viscous. Slightly boozy. Love it.

O: I really hope I'm able to get more of this! I have a new favorite barleywine!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

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.

Photo of brew3crew
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchill's for bear republic night

A-orangish color body with white whispy head

S-can't really get anything. Might be the glass

T-not much brandy character. Sweet barleywine malts and sugars with just a touch of brandy.

M-medium body and smooth

O-very pleasant suprise. Would,d want more

Photo of corby112
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color that's completely opaque with a one finger yellowish-beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is pretty complex with brandy barrel elements blended with dark fruit, earthy spice, citrus and leathery malt. Some dry, earthy oak, vanilla and a really prominent brandy character. Some boozy sweetness with hints of molasses, caramel apple, date, fig and raisin followed by leathery malt notes and subtle spice. Smells great.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and perfectly integrated brandy barrel flavor. Some dry, toasted oak, coconut, sweet brandy and vanilla followed by dark fruit, leathery malt and sweet booze. Hints of caramel, molasses and toffee along with some fig, plum, raisin and faint citrus. There's some leathery malt toward the finish but the sweetness from the brandy, spices and honey overshadows it a bit. Just a touch of boozy warmth after the swallow but the high ABV is excellently masked. It's hard to believe that this beer is 11%. A bit on the sweet side but really flavorful and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. Bottle date reads: 09/19/11 (I think, ?). Got this via trade with barfdiggs back in January. Poured this into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a murky, reddish brown color. Initially about a half finger of nice tight bubbles light tab head. Already getting some nice lacing. Looks nicely bottle carbonated. Definitely seeing some alcohol feet.

S: I smell sweet delicious malts. I am getting some nice vanilla, toffee, caramel, etc. I take it the vanilla is coming from the barrel. There are also some dark fruits: raisins, prunes maybe. You get some booze, but drinking a little cold it's not too bad.

T: I actually get a little hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue, and it sticks with you for a while. Then you get some of that brandy barrel flavor. It's a nice pleasant surprise from the bourbon. You get vanilla and sweet toffee flavor. The back end is like sucking on a delicious caramel. The finish is long without being too sweet. You do get some booze in the back end though. Definitely some back throat warming.

M: It's a full bodied beer that doesn't drink like it. It's a nice smooth, cold still, mouthfeel.

Photo of spicelab
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a 1/2 inch puffy tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and a brandy alcohol aroma. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, citrus zest, brandy, and some slight wood flavors. A mild bitterness and alcohol warmth in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a bubbly and crisp level of carbonation with a smooth but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged barleywine that is very tasty and well done.

Photo of SadMachine
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.