Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine | Coronado Brewing Company

Brandy Barrel Aged BarleywineBrandy Barrel Aged Barleywine
BA SCORE
76.1%
Liked This Beer
3.93 w/ 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
Liked:
67
Avg:
3.93/5
pDev:
12.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
17
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of spicelab
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. 2011. Shared with mulder1010 and MrKennedy. Reveiwed from notes.

Murky brown with a beige head of moderate staying power. Leaves the odd bit of spotty lace.

The additives are straight to the fore, with orange blossom and brown sugar residing over notes of stewed plums, caramelised dates, molasses, pungent toffee and bready malts, and doughy yeast.

Similar, but bigger and better. The brandy barrel works effectively to prevent cloying sweetness from encroaching, and integrates nicely with the chunky strawberry jam and orange character.

Medium, with mouthwash-esque carbonation and mild booze heat. Could do with a ballsier body.

Classy stuff. Great example of barrel ageing and additives being employed smartly and in just the right proportions to complement and enhance the base beer.

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Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of phingdong
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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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Photo of siege06nd
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
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 dmsohyea
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jbuddle
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

1256th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

No bottle date
I know I bought this from Total Wine but not sure what $$ was.

App- A very ruddy brown pour with some garnet mixed in. A nice medium two finger light khaki head formed and was gone. A small amount of residual cling.

Smell- A ton of huge honey notes on this one. A small hop tinge and a big blast of booze on the nose. A creamy brandy note was there as well.

Taste- Taking into account the added malts and hops for the style, this tastes an awful lot like Eclipse Brandy. This however had just a touch more cordial flavor to it with a bit of creaminess, a bit prickly and smooth all wrapped together.

Mouth- A fuller medium with a bit of a prickly medium carbonation level. Residual creamy malts and booze.

Drink- Tasty, not a top level BBBW but getting close to them. I would like another bottle to sit on for a while.

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Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. Bottle date reads: 09/19/11 (I think, ?). Got this via trade with barfdiggs back in January. Poured this into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a murky, reddish brown color. Initially about a half finger of nice tight bubbles light tab head. Already getting some nice lacing. Looks nicely bottle carbonated. Definitely seeing some alcohol feet.

S: I smell sweet delicious malts. I am getting some nice vanilla, toffee, caramel, etc. I take it the vanilla is coming from the barrel. There are also some dark fruits: raisins, prunes maybe. You get some booze, but drinking a little cold it's not too bad.

T: I actually get a little hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue, and it sticks with you for a while. Then you get some of that brandy barrel flavor. It's a nice pleasant surprise from the bourbon. You get vanilla and sweet toffee flavor. The back end is like sucking on a delicious caramel. The finish is long without being too sweet. You do get some booze in the back end though. Definitely some back throat warming.

M: It's a full bodied beer that doesn't drink like it. It's a nice smooth, cold still, mouthfeel.

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Photo of Vermonthiker
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a muddy reddish brown with a nice tan head that fades to a ring and leaves tiny bits of lacing.

S: The nose has beautiful notes of raisins, apples, grapes, a bit of hops, rich cherries, and some vanilla. As it warms you can realy smell the brandy barrel influence.

T: The taste has good notes of apples, grapes, vanilla, brandy, and a touch of earthy hops on the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied and a bit creamy.

O: Good but not great. The brandy barrels come through with some fruity grape and apple notes. Recommended if you're looking for something different other than the typical bourbon barrel varieties.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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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Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76.1% out of 100 with 88 ratings
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