Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine - Coronado Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev -18.1%
Quite sweet, with a stickiness that stays with you. The honey and sugary flavors are all over this. There is almost a sour taste at first sip, which must be the dark side of that odd honey flavor. Sharper than many Barley Wines, in spite of the maltiness.
A distinct touch of wood along with some vanilla. The fruit goes through the spectrum. Tastes to me like canned plums, a light prune flavor, and apricot nectar. Caramel and candy flavors with a nose of fudge and mango. A glow of hops rises through the malt to add some prickliness.
Very warm in the mouth, the alcohol seems to fume as you sip. Finishes with a bitter twang and that boozy taste that is rather pleasant. From the 22 oz bottle.
05-12-2012 06:04:19 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev +0.8%
1256th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
No bottle date
I know I bought this from Total Wine but not sure what $$ was.
App- A very ruddy brown pour with some garnet mixed in. A nice medium two finger light khaki head formed and was gone. A small amount of residual cling.
Smell- A ton of huge honey notes on this one. A small hop tinge and a big blast of booze on the nose. A creamy brandy note was there as well.
Taste- Taking into account the added malts and hops for the style, this tastes an awful lot like Eclipse Brandy. This however had just a touch more cordial flavor to it with a bit of creaminess, a bit prickly and smooth all wrapped together.
Mouth- A fuller medium with a bit of a prickly medium carbonation level. Residual creamy malts and booze.
Drink- Tasty, not a top level BBBW but getting close to them. I would like another bottle to sit on for a while.
05-07-2012 15:06:25 | More by FosterJM
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
05-04-2012 14:16:54 | More by inlimbo77
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
22oz bottle into a tulip
A: Pours a muddy reddish brown with a nice tan head that fades to a ring and leaves tiny bits of lacing.
S: The nose has beautiful notes of raisins, apples, grapes, a bit of hops, rich cherries, and some vanilla. As it warms you can realy smell the brandy barrel influence.
T: The taste has good notes of apples, grapes, vanilla, brandy, and a touch of earthy hops on the finish.
M: The feel is medium bodied and a bit creamy.
O: Good but not great. The brandy barrels come through with some fruity grape and apple notes. Recommended if you're looking for something different other than the typical bourbon barrel varieties.
04-19-2012 02:02:21 | More by GregSVT
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
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
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
Thanks Brett (bdubleedublerun) for this generous extra in one of our trades. Shared at a tasting, this was a bomber poured into a snifter. The brew looks a hazed brown color with a cap of yellowish tan froth. It displays decent retention and revives with a swirl.
The smells of this brew comes across with a strong scent of earthy honey and an herbal quakity almost like green tea. It is a very familiar smell but not one I associate with beer. Across the back is a smoothness of sweet smelling vanilla and a bit of caramel.
Just like the aroma suggested, it tastes equally bold with a character of honey. A bit of green tea flavoring and astringency is felt through the body with an increasingly fusel alcohol character. It leaves an aftertaste that is a little spicy with oak and a flavor I associate with almost insence or cedar. Quite unique to say the least.
This is a medium bodied brew with a light to modest level of carbonation. Certainly unique that kind of grew on me but it's not something I would be able to sit down and enjoy an entire bottle of myself. This was a nice step off the usual path for a barrel aged barleywine. If you get the chance you should give it a try. Thanks again Brett.
03-06-2012 18:38:31 | More by stakem
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
A: Poured an amber color with good carbonation leaving a light dirty white cap
S: That distinctive toofee, caramel like smell with some pine needles
T/M: Mostly toffee and caramel with some Earthiness and wood. Some pine needles, lightly acidic and a subtle hop bitterness on the end. I really detcted no honey but felt it on the mouthfeel as it kept it sticky sweet and weighed on the tongue a bit.
02-19-2012 13:57:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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
Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine from Coronado Brewing Company
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