Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine - Coronado Brewing Company
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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
4/5 rDev +0.8%
I got this a while ago as an extra from Shane. Thanks dude! Served in a Cantillon tulip.
A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lacing. The body is a murky, turbid medium-dark brown body. Nice head, but ugly body.
S - Smells like a lot of brown malt, with milk chocolate, caramel, and nuttiness to it. Brandy and oak presence are on the lighter side of things, but impart a nebulous fruitiness to the caramel, honey, and cocoa malt bill.
T - Reminds me of malted milk balls, with notes of caramel, honey, and treacle, and fruitiness from both brandy and English ale yeast. Oak shows up in the finish a bit more.
M - Medium body that seems a tad undersized for 11%. Soft carbonation, creamy texture, and fairly low tannin presence for a barrel-aged beer. Fairly mellow for the ABV.
D - A pleasant beer in small doses. It's sweet, but not cloying although I can imagine it would start to fatigue after 6-8oz. Alcohol is well-hidden. I could have gone for a tiny bit more oak to balance the sweetness, as the flavor profile is more English than American. Best beer I've had from this brewery, so I hope they make it again.
11-01-2013 04:36:39 | More by MasterSki
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
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
4.25/5 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
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
08-21-2012 07:29:38 | More by corby112
3.48/5 rDev -12.3%
Thanks to Rhettroactive for this!
A. Pours a cloudy, dank ruddy brown. Quarter finger of cream colored head. Good lacing. Coloring is like a baby's diaper, though.
S. Roasted malt, raisin, caramel, toffee, oak, and a little tannic sweetness.
T. Caramel, raisin, some vanilla, oak, lots of alcohol burn.
M. Full bodied, thick, chewy, not overly complex, but good.
O. A decent barleywine with a heavy barrel influence. Solid, not great.
07-22-2012 00:32:22 | More by siege06nd
Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine from Coronado Brewing Company
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