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Trainwreck Barley Wine - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
On the ale side of the yeast divide, this year’s barley wine, Trainwreck, is set to derail your holidays in the best way possible. Providing a boxcar of big malts and rich, caramel aromas, Trainwreck will run you around the corner on two wheels. Available for a limited time, so don't miss the train.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-06-2010)
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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%

650 ml (2013 vintage) poured into a snifter over the course of an evening's paperwork (quality may suffer). A dark reddish mahogany with three or four fingers of foamy, creamy beige head. Some mucous-like coagulated proteins floating around. Oh well. Aroma is richly sweet, caramel, mixed fruits, nuts, and a decent dose of citrus and pine hops. Whoa. Taste evokes boozy raisins and dates, whiskey, coconut, toffee, peanuts, almond extract, peaches, maraschino cherries, cinnamon ... A given sip morphs from these sweeter flavors, including a little chocolate, to end dry, floral, and woody. Carbonation is quite mellow as advertized, with a fairly thick body even as the beer nevertheless remains quite smooth and drinkable. Some apple skin and flesh shows up late. Has the requisite American barleywine hoppiness, with some grapefruit, peach, and red berry notes floating above the candy bar sweet malts and some resin in the finish. NOT a super hot example of the style, my belly is warm but I taste minimal booze. I also cellared this bottle for almost seven months. Wonderfully balanced barleywine if on the mellow side.

CalgaryFMC, Saturday at 12:11 AM
Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Erik-P, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Larz_73
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Larz_73, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of ZachT
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

ZachT, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

YamagamiTravis, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Voonder
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%

650 ml bottle
2013

A - very dark brown with copper notes. foamy thick tan head, very beautiful, dissipates slowly lots of lace.

S - sweet, yeasty, earthy. some dark fruit flavours (raisins, plum). alcohol isn't evident. good solid nose.

T - very balanced, starts very sweet, almost chocolaty, a lot of sweet malts, chocolate and some caramel. nicely followed by bitters notes, plums and raisins present all the way through. Alcohol is perfectly hidden within this very flavourful beer.

M - carbonation is on the spot, beer is very smooth and balanced.

O - well, I enjoyed it very much. did not have high expectations and really it was very good. Not as yeasty as I would expect from barley wine, I would even say milder than an average barley wine, but very well balanced, smooth, very drinkable for ABV. Definitely having this again - winters in Calgary are cold and long, so probably on more than one occasion. Great job Phillips!

Voonder, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Derek, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Kmat10, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

From Rutager in this past summer's box. Always a pleasure dude =)

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Rust or maroon red with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a film and ring. A ring remains and produces some falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, and coconut with toffee and caramel on the nose. Dried fruit with a bit of booze as well. Bold and enticing for sure.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak and coconut up front and through the middle, into a boozy and sweet finish. Bold aftertaste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, sweet toffee and a touch of bitter-sweet chocolate. Booze and barrel flavors linger on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes a touch sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff for sure. Good flavor and feel and well balanced between barrel and base beer. Another solid beer from Phillips, and I'll be looking to drink more of their stuff in the future. Thanks again Rutager!

Jeffo, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to either chickenm or Rutager, can't remember who sent it to me!

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: 2 finger head with average retention atop a copper-brown body that slowly cascades as the pour progresses.

Smell: Musty, leather, dried apricots, pungent fruit, cranberries.

Taste: Light candy, dried plums, brown sugar, dry herbs, earthy minerals, mild candy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average. Medium body (barely), lacks fullness though does have an initial good impression.

Overall: Decent but nothing more really. Good aroma though.

papat444, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Sammy, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev +4.4%

604growler, May 26, 2013
Photo of LongRoad
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

LongRoad, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.64/5  rDev -5%

Thanks to Adam for this bottle.
2012 Vintage to snifter.

A - Medium to dark copper/brown with a thin layer of dirty white head.

S - Sweet bourbon, oak and a hint of vanilla dominate the nose with some sweet caramel, raisins and toffee.

T - The barrel dominates with bourbon, charred oak and vanilla flavours standing out. There is a big caramel presence from the base beer and some lighter toffee, raisin and date flavours.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%

2010 bomber.

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-brown with a thin, orangy-tan head.

Smell. Sweet caramel, some floral hops and a little bit of citrus.

Taste. Nice sweet caramel and some smooth caramel malts, the hops have really faded but there's a touch of citrus (mainly orange) and very little bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with low+, smooth carbonation. Just a touch sticky.

Overall. Very nice, easy drinking barleywine. I'm curious how this would taste fresh now, but I don't think it was a mistake by any means to age this one a while.

Rutager, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured from a 650ml bomber bottle. Pours a brownish orangey colour with a thin head. On the nose it's an interesting mix of coconut, chocolate, earth and alcohol. Taste is similarly boozy. There's a plenty of residual sweetness as well almost giving it a liqueur-like feel. Huge bitter finish. Probably will age well. Definitely an English-style barley wine, as it lacks some of the big hop aromas of the West Coast style.

CookstLiquor, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +11%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bumchilly25, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

4ster, Aug 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

shagal, Jun 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

trail77, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Huge props to joemcgrath27 for this gem... Looking forward to checking out another Phillips brew!

A - Pours a nice ruby red colour, two thumbs of big bubbled, fluffy beige head, solid retention and chunky lacing with little visible body carbonation.

S - Sweet caramel, musty greens, leafy hops, subtle spice notes with hints of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg with a peppery finish.

T - Nice caramel malt base, the leafy hop notes come through nicely as well, some raisins, and plum notes also coming through. Some mild molasses and hints of vanilla with a touch of ABV heat and sweetness on the finish.

M - A tad thin, which could be the result of its travels and aging. A carbonation lift would be nice, finishes wet.

O - A tasty barleywine and another winner from Phillips. These guys are cranking out some top quality ales, and this is no exception. Worth seeking out, and at 10% the alcohol is nicely hidden, making is dangerously drinkable.

andrenaline, May 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

schopenhauerale, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of MAB
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Not a bad little brew!

While it is *only* 10% alcohol, it does a decent job at being a barley wine in the other aspects.
Golden color, with a nice foam head.
Smells malty, as it should.
The taste is very nice. Sweetness followed by a slight bitterness. No alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is just right. Not too syrupy. Definitely not watery.
Overall, I gave it a better than average score, boosted a bit by the great flavor.

MAB, Mar 01, 2012
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Trainwreck Barley Wine from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.