Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine | Coronado Brewing Company

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Brandy Barrel Aged BarleywineBrandy Barrel Aged Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States
coronadobrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 08-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
12.31%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
17
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of nicole309
2/5  rDev -49.7%

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2.28/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite sweet, with a stickiness that stays with you. The honey and sugary flavors are all over this. There is almost a sour taste at first sip, which must be the dark side of that odd honey flavor. Sharper than many Barley Wines, in spite of the maltiness.

A distinct touch of wood along with some vanilla. The fruit goes through the spectrum. Tastes to me like canned plums, a light prune flavor, and apricot nectar. Caramel and candy flavors with a nose of fudge and mango. A glow of hops rises through the malt to add some prickliness.

Very warm in the mouth, the alcohol seems to fume as you sip. Finishes with a bitter twang and that boozy taste that is rather pleasant. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of beagle75
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Immensely savory, due to combined efforts of honest layered dark crystal malts as well as umami that seems fermentation-affected. Boozy spirit and light smoke/roast work to edge out minor mixed stone fruit. Alcohol is plainly evident--spirituous aroma reaches out at arm's-length--but well-integrated.

T: Begins sweet, with dark mixed fruit and treacle. Acidity is high into the middle, which influences the fruitiness in a citrus direction. Moderate roast emerges as acidity fades, along with fruity spirit and minor diacetyl. Wet oak contributes its breath to the finish where acidity and treacle linger alongside mild bitterness.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Like most other strong ales tempered in a brandy barrel, this beer is a jumble of sensory qualities, favorable and not. The most off-putting of its characteristics--biting acidity--likely has nothing to do with the barrel it was aged in, however. Still, the oak and the brandy are well-represented against what would be a very appealing sweet brown barleywine--were it not for the overpowering tasted acidity.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for this!

A. Pours a cloudy, dank ruddy brown. Quarter finger of cream colored head. Good lacing. Coloring is like a baby's diaper, though.

S. Roasted malt, raisin, caramel, toffee, oak, and a little tannic sweetness.

T. Caramel, raisin, some vanilla, oak, lots of alcohol burn.

M. Full bodied, thick, chewy, not overly complex, but good.

O. A decent barleywine with a heavy barrel influence. Solid, not great.

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Photo of phingdong
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of HalfFull
3.59/5  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..

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Photo of deNerval
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown-maroon color, light brown head.

Fortified wine picked out first in the nose. Red grapes, some berry, sweet barley aroma, rich toffee and alcohol heat.

Caramel and butter flavor with a tannic finish. Nice toasted barrel flavor. Red grapes are backing everything up with some richness. Pretty good beer but not great.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/13/2011

On tap at Coronado Brewing Company. Thanks to the kind bartendress for allowing me to get a taster of this.

"Brewed with brown sugar and orange blossom honey. Aged for six months in oak brandy barrels. 1st 2011 release in our "Coronado Collection" barrel aged series of beers."

A: Murky orangish brown with a small fizzy white head.

S: Brandy and oak with aromatic pine. There's a lot of toffee and a touch of caramel. Brown sugar is evident

T: The beer opens with an upper moderate level of piney, earthy bitterness. This quickly segues into a robust toffee flavor with a little honey. The brandy flavor is well integrated. Finishes with brandy, toffee, and oak, with an aggressive resinous pine bitterness and a lot of booze.

M: Upper medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and sticky.

Overall: A nice and aggressive barrel aged Barleywine. It could use a little more brandy character, but still nice.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber color with good carbonation leaving a light dirty white cap

S: That distinctive toofee, caramel like smell with some pine needles

T/M: Mostly toffee and caramel with some Earthiness and wood. Some pine needles, lightly acidic and a subtle hop bitterness on the end. I really detcted no honey but felt it on the mouthfeel as it kept it sticky sweet and weighed on the tongue a bit.

O: Good

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Brett (bdubleedublerun) for this generous extra in one of our trades. Shared at a tasting, this was a bomber poured into a snifter. The brew looks a hazed brown color with a cap of yellowish tan froth. It displays decent retention and revives with a swirl.

The smells of this brew comes across with a strong scent of earthy honey and an herbal quakity almost like green tea. It is a very familiar smell but not one I associate with beer. Across the back is a smoothness of sweet smelling vanilla and a bit of caramel.

Just like the aroma suggested, it tastes equally bold with a character of honey. A bit of green tea flavoring and astringency is felt through the body with an increasingly fusel alcohol character. It leaves an aftertaste that is a little spicy with oak and a flavor I associate with almost insence or cedar. Quite unique to say the least.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light to modest level of carbonation. Certainly unique that kind of grew on me but it's not something I would be able to sit down and enjoy an entire bottle of myself. This was a nice step off the usual path for a barrel aged barleywine. If you get the chance you should give it a try. Thanks again Brett.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of DruRho
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine from Coronado Brewing Company
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