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Trainwreck Barley Wine - Phillips Brewing Company

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very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
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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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-11-2014 07:32:28 | More by Erik-P
Photo of Larz_73

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-04-2014 05:17:12 | More by Larz_73
Photo of ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-09-2014 07:03:13 | More by ZachT
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-01-2014 07:31:59 | More by YamagamiTravis
Photo of Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%

650 ml bottle

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!

12-27-2013 05:02:28 | More by Voonder
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-16-2013 03:22:48 | More by Derek
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-30-2013 00:38:39 | More by Kmat10
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

10-11-2013 19:06:47 | More by Jeffo
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Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1%

***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.

06-27-2013 18:07:20 | More by papat444
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-21-2013 23:55:12 | More by Sammy
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-26-2013 05:36:54 | More by 604growler
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-17-2013 01:07:59 | More by LongRoad
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

01-30-2013 03:07:34 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

01-06-2013 03:17:00 | More by Rutager
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

12-27-2012 22:52:53 | More by CookstLiquor
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2012 06:41:10 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-29-2012 02:55:16 | More by KalanM
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-30-2012 02:54:48 | More by bumchilly25
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-19-2012 19:29:48 | More by 4ster
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-24-2012 03:36:29 | More by shagal
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-06-2012 03:30:57 | More by trail77
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

05-04-2012 01:08:33 | More by andrenaline
Photo of schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-30-2012 06:32:46 | More by schopenhauerale
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

03-01-2012 19:42:18 | More by MAB
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Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

650ml bottle poured into a 22oz snifter. 2011 vintage.

A - Pours a deep ruby color with a small light tan head about two fingers high. Minimal head retention, and no lacing to speak of. The color is quite nice though, and the bottle design is fantastic.

S - Cherries, oak, and barley malt upfront. Not much spice and hop presence in the nose, this beer is almost all dark fruits here. Dried cherries, black currant, and light raspberries too. It's got a yeasty character, almost Belgian. Lots of nice toasty malt in the background working with the fruitiness.

T - Okay, now this really reminds me of a Belgian ale. Lots of dark fruitiness, with Belgian candi sugar, cola syrup and yeast. Finishes sweet and slightly bitter at the same time. Big cherry character in this one. Definitely some dried cherries, along with currants, raspberries and plum. Lots of caramel malt and nuttiness as well. Herbal hop character is present but subdued, allowing the malt and dark fruit to take center stage and create a nice sweet flavor profile. For a barley wine, it doesn't have much herbal bitterness or phenolic spiciness in the finish, but the malty goodness is really great here.

M - Nice lively carbonation without feeling prickly, and a smooth and hearty body. This is another area where this one bears some similarities with Belgian ales; it's got a similar smoothness to the body and carbonation. Only con here is that it does get a bit sticky and syrupy, but the alcohol is masked extremely well, and this tastes no where near a 10% ABV brew.

D - As far as barley wines go, this one seems a little off; but I'm not much of a barley wine fan anyways, so I don't really mind. Although this may not be really true to style, I enjoy it a lot. Lots of great malty flavor and dark fruitiness, which I loved. I'll definitely be looking for this one again.

02-12-2012 03:30:48 | More by Converge
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Trainwreck Barley Wine from Phillips Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.