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Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine | Coronado Brewing Company

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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
 
 
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a 1/2 inch puffy tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and a brandy alcohol aroma. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, citrus zest, brandy, and some slight wood flavors. A mild bitterness and alcohol warmth in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a bubbly and crisp level of carbonation with a smooth but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged barleywine that is very tasty and well done.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AP for the generous extra.

Muddy reddish-brown appearance, with a surprisingly lively head that retains pretty well.

Mellow caramel malt and brandy nose. A lot of fruitiness from both the barrel and yeast, with somewhat of a stewed dark fruit character. Toasted coconut and cocoa appear as it warms.

Great palate, surprisingly balanced and subdued, with a big caramel malt backbone that supports layers of sweet dark fruit and toasted coconut. Medium-full body, a touch fuller than the Firestone 15 that preceded it. Slight booze on the palate that lends a touch of dryness to the finish, otherwise this is pretty damn mellow and ready to drink. Finishes semi-sweet, there's a mild bite from the wood and alcohol.

Quality stuff overall, I'm impressed, especially coming from Coronado.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 stakem
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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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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 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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber... Buckeyeboy busted out this bottle.. Thanks Jeremy...

Good barrel qualities... vinous and caramel.. thick oak and toffee... not a big brandy fan, but it seems to work in this respect...

Flavor is pretty standard American BW flavors.. lite caramel and toasty malt.. some slight pine hoppiness... a bit of burnt sugar creme caramel essence.. a bit of grapy brandy... booze...

body is about right... medium heavy with light/medium carbonation... pretty well done... I normally don't like brandy barrel aged beers, but this is not overdone and still pretty approachable...

3/4/4/4/3.5

Thanks Jeremy.... I never would have tried for this brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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 corby112
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color that's completely opaque with a one finger yellowish-beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is pretty complex with brandy barrel elements blended with dark fruit, earthy spice, citrus and leathery malt. Some dry, earthy oak, vanilla and a really prominent brandy character. Some boozy sweetness with hints of molasses, caramel apple, date, fig and raisin followed by leathery malt notes and subtle spice. Smells great.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and perfectly integrated brandy barrel flavor. Some dry, toasted oak, coconut, sweet brandy and vanilla followed by dark fruit, leathery malt and sweet booze. Hints of caramel, molasses and toffee along with some fig, plum, raisin and faint citrus. There's some leathery malt toward the finish but the sweetness from the brandy, spices and honey overshadows it a bit. Just a touch of boozy warmth after the swallow but the high ABV is excellently masked. It's hard to believe that this beer is 11%. A bit on the sweet side but really flavorful and dangerously drinkable.

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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 n2185
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark mahogany with a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: caramel, vanilla, and oak dominate with some toffee aromas following. There are also some raisin, grape, and alcohol notes as well.

T: vanilla, caramel, and oak are strong here as well. There are also strong raisin and dark grape flavors from the brandy. Light alcohol burn.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is lively on the tongue and has a bite to it.

O: a good beer overall, though I think it could use a year or two to smooth out.

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Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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