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Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine - Coronado Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 40
Gots: 18 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-14-2011)
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furthurgone

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-26-2012 03:55:24 | More by furthurgone
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 18:38:17 | More by sulldaddy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

3/4/4/4/3.5

Thanks Jeremy.... I never would have tried for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:27:17 | More by JohnGalt1
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MrHirschybar

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-12-2012 02:10:39 | More by MrHirschybar
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whatthehull

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - sludgy brown, half finger tab head and some decent lacing

S - brandy, sugar, vanilla, nice sexy sweet and funky yeast, red wine, slight bourbon, slight spIces, wood, soil, sweet dark and very ripe fruits, tons of malts and just such a nice booze note!

T - brandy! Sugar, on the back end tastes like a coffee note? Toasted and overly sweet malts, very fruity wine, OAK, earth, Belgian yeast, bready, vanilla, sweet flowers, toffee, chocolate, super nice bitterness on the back end and a slight very earthy and very bitter hop

M - full bodied, low acidity, medium minus balance, nice complexity and huge finish

D - I am a fan, I am not a fan of the stout/porter notes in the ale, everything else I love! Very, sweet boozy and goes down smooth! Not refreshing, but tasty

Final thought - $12 is not ok for the price! The nice 11% abv is rad! Age one, drink one fresh and drink one if you just want to get fucked up!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 09:57:09 | More by whatthehull
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hawkmage

California

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-31-2011 04:09:57 | More by hawkmage
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SageO

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-28-2011 03:13:41 | More by SageO
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-25-2011 21:00:51 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-23-2011 20:53:49 | More by Gonzoillini
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-19-2011 14:53:53 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-19-2011 07:31:19 | More by GRG1313
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rpaul2012

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-16-2011 03:18:53 | More by rpaul2012
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kevanb

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a wine glass.

A: Really sexy burgundy color, slight off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thick rim around the glass. Very thick viscous appearance as the beer sloshes about the glass, very opaque, hints of tan and rub red in the light.

S: Brandy sweetness comes off immediately, oak and vanilla come through as well followed by a very strong malt backbone. I detect tads of coffee, plum and the faintest of chocolate from the brandy sweetness. Nicely balanced and really intriguing, almost no heat from the alcohol, very well hidden in the nose.

T: A bit muddled and not as balanced as the nose, but still delicious. Lots of malt, big grain flavors come forward followed by nice toffee and nougat flavors. Some dark fruits appear with oak and sappy flavors, but the balance isn't as refined as the nose. It gets a bit muddled and the alcohol is very present in the flavor, no burn but a definite alcohol presence, but nothing NOTABLY brandy. Kind of wishing for a bigger brandy kick.

M: Nice syrupy texture, reminiscent of a strong ale like Double Bastard, but there is some unpleasant heat at times from the alcohol but no burn. Very smooth finish compliments this well.

O: Really lovely barleywine from Coronado. The brandy added a lot to the aroma, but not as much to the flavors as I'd like, but the flavors are still extremely pleasant and very enjoyable. Could use some age, but great fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 03:44:30 | More by kevanb
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Strong Ale 2011

Brownish in color with a finger of khaki colored head. The aroma is certainly of brandy. There is a bit of oak and vanilla in there, but not quite as much of the usual strong caramel/toffee aromas. Just sweet, really. Maybe brown sugar? The flavor is similar in that sense: very sweet. Some caramel and toffee notes, maybe some hop notes in the background. There is quite a bit of brandy flavor, though, which is nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 19:53:53 | More by womencantsail
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djaeon

California

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:35:28 | More by djaeon
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DavidEddie

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.9%

12-05-2011 03:40:49 | More by DavidEddie
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ehammond1


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 16:58:33 | More by ehammond1
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-30-2011 06:55:11 | More by Rollzroyce21
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dksl16

California

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-19-2011 16:06:55 | More by dksl16
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, a generous extra from JRSD. This one was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Coronado's Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine pours surprisingly dark. It's a very deep mahogany, just a shade or two shy of full on black. Three or so fingers of khaki colored head come together, and stick around for awhile. Lacing is pretty much non-existent. The nose is phenomenal, and is led by a strong aroma of caramelized brown sugar. There are also notes of toffee and booze soaked apricots and figs to keep things lively. The flavor shifts the focus to a caramel sweetness, and keeps the hot fruitiness. There's also a fairly present oxidation note that suggests both sherry and wet cardboard. The body is full, but not as much so as it could have been. The carbonation is nice and mild though, really letting the maltiness take center stage. I like the idea of a brandy barrel aged barleywine, and Coronado's attempt at it isn't bad, but I still can't help but fee there's some missed potential here.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 08:21:34 | More by axeman9182
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khumbard

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-16-2011 04:00:14 | More by khumbard
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-15-2011 05:23:04 | More by ithinkimasofa
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.2/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 21:02:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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HalfFull

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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..

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 06:28:47 | More by HalfFull
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 05:58:19 | More by largadeer
Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.