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
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17
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy amber, almost brown color with a smallish fluffy, khaki colored head that leaves some spotty lacing. No hues when held up to the light.

Aromas begin with a decent amount of brandy characteristics; grape, dates, figs. Then you get the dark toffee and caramelized sugar/honey typical of the style. As it warms you get some lighter more boozy brandy notes; rum soaked raisins.

The tastes follow the nose but are slightly less complex. The same dark caramel, toffee and rum soaked raisins are present once again. Then in the background you get more of the oak and grapey brandy but not as much as I would have hoped. Maybe 6 months wasn't enough time in the barrel for this one. Also in the background as it warms I get a light bitterness from some American citrus/pine hops and a slight biting alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is simple, semi-sweet from the ample honey and brandy barrel aging, but the hop presence balances out the finish to prevent it from being overly sweet.

Overall this was a very high quality barrel-aged barley wine from a brewery which doesn't to much barrel aging to my knowledge so they deserve props there, but it falls a little short of being world class in my opinion. Maybe it needed a little more time to age to let those hops and alcohol fall out to showcase the base beer and the brandy goodness. If I could readily find this I would grab 2 or 3 more to cellar because I think this has great potential in say 6 mo to a year from now, but as of now it is just very good, not great.

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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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Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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 litheum94
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cbanker
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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 CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of furthurgone
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this brew at the Stone brewery outdoor bar. Served at 8 oz in a tulip snifter on draft. The beer arrives a clear chestnut hue with some ruby highlights and almost no foam or head.
The aroma is rich and malty with some ripe fruit or apricot and caramel and toffee. Pretty sweet aroma with maybe just a little boozy hit. I dont get any real assertive hop notes which is a little surprising for a west coast barleywine.
The first sip reveals a slightly oily textured average to larger body with minimal, spacious carbonation. The beer is sticky on my lips after each sip and definitely coats my palate as I drink the beer.
Flavor is sweet and malty with toffee and caramel and again some fruitiness. I think apricot fits here as well. The booze is amazingly well hidden making this a sneaky beer that should be sipped, but wont force you to do so. Hops are not a focus here and I think I get a little bit of pine and general vegetal background, but nothing in your face hoppy.
Very easy to drink and very enjoyable for this malty beer guy. I would recommend this beer to folks that like big beers. I docked the appearance only for minimal if any head retention from the pour. Give it a shot.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of whatthehull
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - sludgy brown, half finger tab head and some decent lacing

S - brandy, sugar, vanilla, nice sexy sweet and funky yeast, red wine, slight bourbon, slight spIces, wood, soil, sweet dark and very ripe fruits, tons of malts and just such a nice booze note!

T - brandy! Sugar, on the back end tastes like a coffee note? Toasted and overly sweet malts, very fruity wine, OAK, earth, Belgian yeast, bready, vanilla, sweet flowers, toffee, chocolate, super nice bitterness on the back end and a slight very earthy and very bitter hop

M - full bodied, low acidity, medium minus balance, nice complexity and huge finish

D - I am a fan, I am not a fan of the stout/porter notes in the ale, everything else I love! Very, sweet boozy and goes down smooth! Not refreshing, but tasty

Final thought - $12 is not ok for the price! The nice 11% abv is rad! Age one, drink one fresh and drink one if you just want to get fucked up!

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Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of SageO
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rpaul2012
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of kevanb
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a wine glass.

A: Really sexy burgundy color, slight off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thick rim around the glass. Very thick viscous appearance as the beer sloshes about the glass, very opaque, hints of tan and rub red in the light.

S: Brandy sweetness comes off immediately, oak and vanilla come through as well followed by a very strong malt backbone. I detect tads of coffee, plum and the faintest of chocolate from the brandy sweetness. Nicely balanced and really intriguing, almost no heat from the alcohol, very well hidden in the nose.

T: A bit muddled and not as balanced as the nose, but still delicious. Lots of malt, big grain flavors come forward followed by nice toffee and nougat flavors. Some dark fruits appear with oak and sappy flavors, but the balance isn't as refined as the nose. It gets a bit muddled and the alcohol is very present in the flavor, no burn but a definite alcohol presence, but nothing NOTABLY brandy. Kind of wishing for a bigger brandy kick.

M: Nice syrupy texture, reminiscent of a strong ale like Double Bastard, but there is some unpleasant heat at times from the alcohol but no burn. Very smooth finish compliments this well.

O: Really lovely barleywine from Coronado. The brandy added a lot to the aroma, but not as much to the flavors as I'd like, but the flavors are still extremely pleasant and very enjoyable. Could use some age, but great fresh.

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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 NickMunford
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a syrupy brown with little head and spotty lacing.

S: Molasses, maple, fig.

T: Dark fruits, maple syrup, light brandy flavors. Absolutely delicious!

M: Velvety smooth. Odd for a barleywine, but fits this beer perfectly. A little viscous. Slightly boozy. Love it.

O: I really hope I'm able to get more of this! I have a new favorite barleywine!

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Photo of DavidEddie
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine from Coronado Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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