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Trainwreck Barrel Aged Barley Wine - Phillips Brewing Company

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Trainwreck Barrel Aged Barley WineTrainwreck Barrel Aged Barley Wine

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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: leaddog on 12-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by schopenhauerale:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle - this isn't all that easy to find in Alberta - you apparently have to find a store that has new stock, as this uses the same SKU as the regular Trainwreck.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, somewhat rocky beige head, which leaves some broken hilly lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of sweet caramel/toffee malt, nougat, astringently fibrous barrel wood, fleshy bar-top nuts, and a simmering spiced whisky booziness. The taste is big, bready caramel malt, a touch of saltwater taffy, a creamy, earthy nuttiness, all a deluding prelude to a hefty Bourbon onslaught - vanilla, more caramel, subtle green spice, and a prominent boozy woodiness. Some peppy, near-overrun bitter citrus/leafy hops eventually burble up to the point of recognition.

The bubbles are rather sedate, but not out of it entirely, the body just on the weak side of medium weight, and adequately smooth, the sass of the barrel wood leaking through to here as well. It finishes on a sweet roll, the caramel malt, vanilla, and generic fruity notes all hushed to a certain degree by the lingering, and still understated BAB (big-assed booze).

A decent enough, if somehow oddly thin (no other word seems to leap out at me right now) barrel-aged barleywine, the flavours all conversely on the full side, mostly. The wood is the star here, for better or for worse, and does have its challenges - the overly astringent woodiness first and foremost on that list. Worth a try, though, especially if you have a sample of the original version to compare it to.

Photo of Rutager
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

2012 bottle that I just hadn’t got to but it’s a good night for barleywine so trainwreck it is!

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber brown with almost a half finger of off-white head.

Smell. Big sweet vanilla and caramel, some fresh oak.

Taste. Big oaky vanilla, slightly tannic, bourbon, some toffee and booze.

Mouthfeel. Slick and almost full bodied, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Very boozy and oaky. Not really my thing.

Photo of DamageCase76
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mattsander
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Good clarity, chestnut-ruby, little to no head but appropriate. Nice

S: Sticky-sweet maple-toffee, toasty coconut, some nuttiness, fruity malt and unfortunately a pretty significant booze vibe. I think this beer will age very nicely.

T: This beer is definitely pretty hot at this point, but its young. Lots of nice flavors in here, but the thin-ish body and booze mask them.

M: A little watery for the abv, I think it could use some more risidual sweetness.

O: This is a tasty beer now, but the hot booze detracts from them. I'm putting 5 bombers in my cellar, and I am confident these will mellow out nicely over a few years.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 edition - barrel aged.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with a finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Bourbon, plum, cherry, vanilla, caramalts, leafy hops.

Taste - The bourbon flavour really comes through, highlighted by vanilla, plum, cherry and caramalts. Subtle leafy hops. Bourbon flavour shines through right to the finish. Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Overall - For my first barrel aged barleywine, this might be a little bit bourbon heavy for my taste. It was a decent effort although it would be more enjoyable if the ABV was slightly hidden. Still worth a try for those who would like to compare last year's batch (which was not barrel aged).

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/12/12

A clear dark amber when held to the light, a short lived thumbs width of foam hangs around for a couple sips leaving some random lace

S the barrels strong with some bourbon, vanilla and lots of wood, there's some candied fruit and hazelnut with a heavy blast of caramel

T the booze comes out in a big way in the mouth, almost has a solvent thing going for it, reminds me of nail polish with lots of wet moldy wood and nutella spread, leaves something to be desired and is a pretty big step backwards from the nose

M mellow bubbles and some body but a fair amount of heat and the aftertaste reminds me of a freshly polished table

O this one started out well but didn't do well after that, too boozy and just has a slightly off flavor, I finished the bottle no problem but I wouldn't grab a second

perhaps it just needs some age but it might take years to kill the booze and even then I'm not sure it would be anything special. I'm a little surprised how different the nose was compared to the flavor, perhaps my bottles not quite in perfect condition.

Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ZachT
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Trainwreck Barrel Aged Barley Wine from Phillips Brewing Company
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