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Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine | Coronado Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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88 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
88
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
17
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a hazy amber color with little noted head.

Smell - The nose was largely defined by grapes, leaning toward tart grapes.

Taste - My first impression of the beer was grapey. It is slightly hot, with light caramel, honey, and mild malts, In the aftertaste, there was a modest alcohol burn. Despite the aging, there is still a bit of heat here.

Mouthfeel - There is a slightly thick quality, which allows clinging to the tongue.

Overall - The base beer seems smothered by the brandy. Still, I found the beer enjoyable.

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Photo of mportnoy
2.28/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Btip1969
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deNerval
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greg4579
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nicole309
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of beagle75
3.42/5  rDev -13%
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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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this a while ago as an extra from Shane. Thanks dude! Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lacing. The body is a murky, turbid medium-dark brown body. Nice head, but ugly body.

S - Smells like a lot of brown malt, with milk chocolate, caramel, and nuttiness to it. Brandy and oak presence are on the lighter side of things, but impart a nebulous fruitiness to the caramel, honey, and cocoa malt bill.

T - Reminds me of malted milk balls, with notes of caramel, honey, and treacle, and fruitiness from both brandy and English ale yeast. Oak shows up in the finish a bit more.

M - Medium body that seems a tad undersized for 11%. Soft carbonation, creamy texture, and fairly low tannin presence for a barrel-aged beer. Fairly mellow for the ABV.

D - A pleasant beer in small doses. It's sweet, but not cloying although I can imagine it would start to fatigue after 6-8oz. Alcohol is well-hidden. I could have gone for a tiny bit more oak to balance the sweetness, as the flavor profile is more English than American. Best beer I've had from this brewery, so I hope they make it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Rutager
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to mrbubbler for this 2011, b1 bottle!!

Appearance. Pours a murky reddish brown with some orange-amber coming through at the edges.Topped with a half finger of pale khaki head.

Smell. Big brown sugar, orange rind and caramel, some woody booze and slightly vinous.

Taste. Sweet brown sugar and lightly tangy oranges complete with the rind, and a decent amount of brandy and old dank wood.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, low+ carbonation.

Overall. A good barleywine but not as smooth as I like them. Big flavours for sure.

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SadMachine
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage acquired as an extra in a trade w/ Skrip. Thanks so much man!

A- Pours a dark amber/brown with ruby hues around the edges. A finger of off-white head dissipates to a thin cover that leaves some lacing.

S- The aroma is almost braggot like, with loads of rich honey, and a strong brandy presence. Sweet malt, prunes, and a bit of earthy hops are detected.

T- The taste is very mellow, with most flavors being subtle rather than in your face. Only a touch of honey is present early, but more later on. Some overripe apple and sweet malt in the middle, followed by brandy, a healthy dose of booze, and a bitter hop bite at the end.

M- The mouthfeel is not as thick as expected, but fine for the style. Very light carbonation, and it leaves a viscous coating on the mouth.

O- For the first brandy barrel aged beer I've had this was very pleasant. Perhaps a bit more subtle in flavor and abundant in booze than I would like, but I'd still drink this again if given the chance!

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DruRho
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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