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Trainwreck Barley Wine - Phillips Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-26-2012 06:46:44 | More by Vandelayindustri
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

2011 edition.

Appearance - Pours a dark and hazy mahogany brown with a thin white head.

Smell - Plum, cherry, toffee, spicy notes.

Taste - Plum and cherry shines through, with a bit of the fruity sweetness. The spicy notes are noticeable throughout. Very low bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied barleywine with some good carbonation to it. A little bit of fluffiness to it.

Overall - An interesting take on the barleywine by Phillips. Was really surprised with the plum and cherry notes (more fruit based than hops). The ABV is well balanced within the brew. I would like to see how this ages.

01-23-2012 05:32:14 | More by leaddog
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

A - hazy brown amber, thumb of tan head retained respectably with some lacing
S - big nutty malt with some toffee sweetness, mildly earthy with a faint hint of booze
T - strong nutty malt with hints of caramel, an light earthy and metallic hop flavour, high ABV is non existent in terms of flavour
M - medium body with a rich feel, no alcohol heat to speak of which is both a positive a negative in terms of what you'd expect for a barley wine
O - I agree with previous comments that this is a more of a strong nut brown ale than a barley wine, but the 10% is so well hidden that you can't help but be impressed

01-07-2012 04:52:11 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

650ml bomber poured into tulip 23/12/11

A clear reddish amber with lots of bubbles of all sizes feeding a large beige head that quickly falls to a thick film leaving a few partial rings of lace

S heaps of caramel with a little booze, some citrus and leafy tea bag with a little rum raisin

T what I smell but somehow there's even more caramel, the booze is completely gone, I'm impressed how well concealed the 10% is, just a little nutty on the finish with a bready aspect

M pretty thick and syrupy, mellow carbonation and a little sticky

O I wouldn't call it an American BW with not much in the way of hops but I liked the intense malty caramel aspect

this fresh bottle already tastes aged with little hop character and quite malty too begin with, also worth mentioning again is how little booze I can taste, very well hidden booze

12-24-2011 03:16:37 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Torontoblue

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-15-2011 15:37:05 | More by Torontoblue
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a clear deep almond hue, creamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap.

Toasty, nutty malt on the nose, mild tropical fruit esters.

The flavour is very clean for the style, but also very mild. Dry toasty malt character up front, some nuttiness in the middle joined by spicy, leafy hops, the latter of which carries things to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, silky smooth, moderate carbonation.

Honestly seems to me more of an Imperial Brown that a Barleywine, American-style or otherwise. Still enjoyable, it's a very clean beer, however misses the mark on the style the brewery was aiming for. The alcohol content is beautifully hidden though, very smooth for it's punching weight.

12-15-2011 04:38:40 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

650ml bottle, 2011 version. A good name and imagery for this style.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish amber hue, with two fat fingers of tight, silky foamy ecru head, which leaves a nice chain mail pattern of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of weirdly dry biscuity malt, kind of nutty, and very faint earthy, leafy hops - like a big ESB. The taste is really just more of the same - nutty biscuit malt, sweet, but not nearly overly so. A bit of black fruit arises as it warms, and the hops are fairly sedate, of the citrus and earthy variety. I'm questioning my powers of perception, because this has all the 'heat' of a standard brown ale, yet the label proclaims a full sawbuck's worth of ABV.

The carbonation, as advertised, is soft, but still lurking, the body dangling in the netherworld between a solid medium and full weight. The smoothness, well, it's just never in question, as clean as this thing is. It all finishes in kind, somewhat sweet, the nutty malt and mildly bitter citrus/leafy hoppiness slowly ceding the floor to a subtle, sneaky alcohol warming.

Well, not exactly the hoppy, big fruity malt monster that I was expecting, but more of a strong brown ale, or a simple version of an English style barleywine. Still quite drinkable, though, partly due to the booze taking a slow, lazy arc in getting around to making itself apparent - first in taste, unexpectedly, then in effect, in a much more predictable manner.

12-15-2011 04:02:01 | More by biboergosum
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -25.9%

2011 Edition.

A: 1/4" tan head that dissipated quickly over extremely dark brown liquid.

S: That nutty malt that Phillips is famous for as well as some citrus hops.

T: This may sound strange, but this Barleywine intially tastes like string beans to me. As it warms it tastes like shelled peanuts and molasses.

M: Medium viscosity and low carbonation.

O: I couldn't get over the taste. Not very drinkable.

12-12-2011 03:43:30 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-21-2011 04:19:58 | More by pudoo
Photo of EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-21-2011 03:34:41 | More by EskimoDave
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -28%

11-19-2011 23:18:41 | More by chickenm
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

650ml bottle thanks to EskimoDave, appreciate you sending this new incarnation of the barleywine.

Pours a reddish ruddy toffee brown, finger of khaki head. Nose is toffee, raisins, dark fruits, booze. Appealing enough.

Falls apart in the flavor dept. - a bit of a train wreck actually (why name your beer this?). Boozy as all hell, rough. Toffee, wood, dark fruits, toast, molasses. A little thin which only highlights the roughness of the booze. Light hop bite in the finish.

Phillips, I find, struggles with some of their bigger beers and this one is a prime example. Worse off than other incarnations, this one is not a bad beer but not a good one either.

05-02-2011 20:41:54 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Trainwreck Barleywine pours a deep red brown with a nice, slightly off white head. The aroma is sweet and malty, with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. There is a slight hint of citrusy hops.

The flavor is sweet, with more rich, caramel and molasses malt flavor. Bitterness is mild, but enough to balance the sweetness nicely. Some mild, earthy and slightly spicy hops show up in the end, along with a hint of alcohol. The alcohol flavor increases as the beer warms, but is mild for the strength.

12-13-2010 04:46:22 | More by ericj551
Photo of WalterWalter

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

Very powerful, of course. I'm not very familiar with barley wine but the character is quite different from other really strong beers I've had (e.g. Belgian Trappist ales).

This has a nice deep orange-red colour with just a little bit of foamy head with a good pour. Complex smell with suggestions of cider and caramel. Flavour is very malty and thick, with just the right carbonation - not fizzy, but not too flat. Full feeling. Slight hints of wine and fruit hiding behind the stronger tastes; reviewer below says "plums" and I could definitely detect that after thinking about it a bit. Bitter hops shine through after the initial malt attack and persist in the aftertaste; the hops taste is basically just bitter without citrus or cannabis tones (which is good, because it would probably clash with the heavy malty flavour of this beer).

Lots of alcohol, at 10%. The label warns you to be careful not to "lose your caboose!" which is an appropriate warning. I had a whole bottle to myself and it practically knocked me off my seat. I'd recommend sharing it!

12-11-2010 22:09:38 | More by WalterWalter
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

New barley wine from Phillips (seems like they either switch receipes or at least re-label every few years).

Dark copper with some mahogany hues. Creamy, desne but low profile head.

Alcohol and malt in the nose; brown sugar, raisins, wine and faint citrus in the nose.

Big wallop of malt taste with a bit of wine, plums and brown sugar. Slight sweet fruit taste. The alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth body, thick but not under-carbonated. A nice night-cap.

12-06-2010 05:12:08 | More by BDTyre
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Trainwreck Barley Wine from Phillips Brewing Company
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