Trainwreck Barley Wine | Phillips Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
On the ale side of the yeast divide, this year’s barley wine, Trainwreck, is set to derail your holidays in the best way possible. Providing a boxcar of big malts and rich, caramel aromas, Trainwreck will run you around the corner on two wheels. Available for a limited time, so don't miss the train.

Added by BDTyre on 12-06-2010

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phillips Brewing 'Trainwreck' Barley Wine @ 10.0% , 2016 vintage served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is amber from the bottle/squealer to a dark amber in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the snifter
S-oak , malts
T-big warming barley wine , lots of caramel malt
MF-decent carbonation , full bodied
Ov-glad I bought a couple to age , as this beer needs some time to mature
prost LampertLand
2016 vintage + 1year , the caramel has mellowed a bit , so has the oak , still enjoyable

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonCorbett
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brand new 2016 Vintage... couldn't wait to try it.

Appearance: Dark and rusty red oxide like the body on a 1949 Ford pickup truck that has spent the past half century alone and forgotten beside a 2 century old oak tree in the back 40 of a farmer's field in Perry, Alabama. The head is an average finger of sun-faded white, loose, and craggly with an medium-slow dissipation and the constant and deep that leaves a finely knitted mesh of lace during the swirl, but settles back down onto the surface.

Aromas: Good sturdy oak logs that have been freshly chopped (probably from the big oak tree that was camouflaging the Ford). Some sweet caramel malts, but plenty of fruit vinuous tang as well. The Ford engine that is the 10% is completely missing.

Taste: I think the oak is the shop head here - slapping around the junior mechanics - Malt and Hop - keeping them in line and working together, they like to horse around, giving each other a few friendly jabs of coffee or dark cacao. And Ms. Yeast, the shop's receptionist, drops by in the middle of the work day to drop off some freshly baked and slightly toasted bread. Very delightful.

Palate: The body is still fairly sturdy, though I found a few spots where it's shell had thinned a bit. But the wheels of carbonation have not seized up at all, retaining plenty of fine and smooth effervescence. And once the ol' bitty starts to be roll out of the pasture, there is very nice warming feel, as the sun finally breaks the shade of woody oak to warm up the back of the palate and throat.

Overall: Aesthetically I loved it (can you tell?), though because I had to try it right away I do want to compare what it will taste like in 2 or 3 years. So I hope I will remember this, the next time around - that it was really great, but you can tell as well that it could still use a few more years of maturing.

Pairing: I like barley wines because they are easier to pair sometimes just because of their wine-like demure. So I think just a cheese-focused hors d'oeuvres platter is the way to go with Trainwreck this year.

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Photo of Shakyamunibrewda
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful american style barleywine, drank after one year of ageing so the hops were more subdued and allowed the malts and other features to shine.

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Photo of MilkLeg
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of likeablepaper
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adhallick
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBryn
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Barley Wine ... darn, the local pub stopped carrying it!

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Photo of jmdr
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured a nice dark reddish brown with a head that stuck around and laced the glass well. The nose was a sweet caramel, with some dried fruit and malt. Taste leaned towards a sweet brown sugar, molasses with dates and figs coming to the forefront, like a nice plum pudding. There was a hint of chocolate and vanilla as well. It was lightly carbonated and the 10% ABV was pretty well hidden.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%

650 ml (2013 vintage) poured into a snifter over the course of an evening's paperwork (quality may suffer). A dark reddish mahogany with three or four fingers of foamy, creamy beige head. Some mucous-like coagulated proteins floating around. Oh well. Aroma is richly sweet, caramel, mixed fruits, nuts, and a decent dose of citrus and pine hops. Whoa. Taste evokes boozy raisins and dates, whiskey, coconut, toffee, peanuts, almond extract, peaches, maraschino cherries, cinnamon ... A given sip morphs from these sweeter flavors, including a little chocolate, to end dry, floral, and woody. Carbonation is quite mellow as advertized, with a fairly thick body even as the beer nevertheless remains quite smooth and drinkable. Some apple skin and flesh shows up late. Has the requisite American barleywine hoppiness, with some grapefruit, peach, and red berry notes floating above the candy bar sweet malts and some resin in the finish. NOT a super hot example of the style, my belly is warm but I taste minimal booze. I also cellared this bottle for almost seven months. Wonderfully balanced barleywine if on the mellow side.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Larz_73
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ZachT
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Voonder
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle

A - very dark brown with copper notes. foamy thick tan head, very beautiful, dissipates slowly lots of lace.

S - sweet, yeasty, earthy. some dark fruit flavours (raisins, plum). alcohol isn't evident. good solid nose.

T - very balanced, starts very sweet, almost chocolaty, a lot of sweet malts, chocolate and some caramel. nicely followed by bitters notes, plums and raisins present all the way through. Alcohol is perfectly hidden within this very flavourful beer.

M - carbonation is on the spot, beer is very smooth and balanced.

O - well, I enjoyed it very much. did not have high expectations and really it was very good. Not as yeasty as I would expect from barley wine, I would even say milder than an average barley wine, but very well balanced, smooth, very drinkable for ABV. Definitely having this again - winters in Calgary are cold and long, so probably on more than one occasion. Great job Phillips!

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Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Rutager in this past summer's box. Always a pleasure dude =)

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Rust or maroon red with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a film and ring. A ring remains and produces some falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, and coconut with toffee and caramel on the nose. Dried fruit with a bit of booze as well. Bold and enticing for sure.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak and coconut up front and through the middle, into a boozy and sweet finish. Bold aftertaste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, sweet toffee and a touch of bitter-sweet chocolate. Booze and barrel flavors linger on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes a touch sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff for sure. Good flavor and feel and well balanced between barrel and base beer. Another solid beer from Phillips, and I'll be looking to drink more of their stuff in the future. Thanks again Rutager!

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Photo of papat444
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to either chickenm or Rutager, can't remember who sent it to me!

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: 2 finger head with average retention atop a copper-brown body that slowly cascades as the pour progresses.

Smell: Musty, leather, dried apricots, pungent fruit, cranberries.

Taste: Light candy, dried plums, brown sugar, dry herbs, earthy minerals, mild candy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average. Medium body (barely), lacks fullness though does have an initial good impression.

Overall: Decent but nothing more really. Good aroma though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of LongRoad
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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Trainwreck Barley Wine from Phillips Brewing Company
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