Mass Extinction Ice Barley Wine | Phillips Brewing Company

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Mass Extinction Ice Barley WineMass Extinction Ice Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DaftCaskBC on 01-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Duke
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mass Extinction pours a dark red amber, mostly clear with a touch of sediment, and with a small white head which fizzled away quickly and entirely, leaving no lacing at all. I see no carbonation.

Smell: I'm reminded of the grains used to make Polish vodka. This isn't a bad thing, mind you. Also in there are nuts, big sweet malts and a good shot of booze. There might be some banana in there, if I'm not going crazy.

Taste: I think Mass Extinction is surprisingly complex. I taste sweet fruits teaming up with booze, so the first tastes remind me of a fruitcakey vodka, but the friendly hops and the wheezy booze kick in shortly afterward, rounding the beer off nicely.

Mouthfeel: There's virtually no carbonation in my glass, and the beer feels moderately thick.

Overall: This is one of the sweetest beers I can remember having, and the sweetness makes it unique. I could very well imagine having one of these - only one - with sashimi.

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Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of bylerteck
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a liquor store in Vancouver. From notes.

A - Poured amber and bright. Mild carbonation, no head and no lace with obviously no retention.

S - Lot's of dark fruit, hops, alcohol, boozy fruitcake and resins.

T - Boozy dark fruit and hops. Burnt caramel, sugar, and a slight medicinal note.

M - Very light carbonation, medium to full body with sweetness and some bitter hops in the finish.

O/D - Very complex but not in a spectacular way. Not bad but not altogether good. Drinkable but didn't live up to my expectations.

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Photo of ericj551
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mass extinction pours a bright, deep red brown with almost no head. The aroma is sweet, nutty, slightly toasted malt, with plenty of boozy alcohol. The flavor is syrupy sweet with more intense, grainy nuttiness. Herbal hops pop up with a moderate bitterness. There is a sharp, fruity sweetness and a bit of slightly astringent chocolatey character. The finish is cloying with tons of harsh alcohol. Overall the beer is interesting, but hard to drink, maybe it could use a little time.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red and brown body. Big foamy head that settles down quickly a leaves just a thin film. Rich malt scent: nuts, hints of toffee. Definite fruitiness; raisins, plums. A faint hint of space. Fruity-malt taste. There's definitely a nuttiness and almost a fruit cake taste. Brown sugar, raisins, candied fruit bits. Even at 12% the booze is just a hint. This does take on a sort of eisenbock characteristic - similar malt profile; maybe due to the brewing process.

Smooth, slightly thick body. Low carbonation, and as this warms it smooths out quite a bit.

This isn't bad, but certainly not the best barleywine I've had. I'd be interested to try one that's been laid down, but I'm not sure this is really worth putting away.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely thick dark brown liquid with minimal to no head.

S: Nutty malt dominates the smell profile. It smells like shelled peanuts.

T: Sweet toffee malt, nutty flavours and some vanilla dominate the taste profile. There is a hint of dark fruit flavours in the background that is quite faint. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Thick viscosity and non-existent carbonation.

O: This is the first ice barleywine I have tried. Frozen three times, I must say this is a huge improvement over the Trainwreck barleywine (which I thought tasted like fresh string beans). Although I'm sure this is more expensive to make, this is so much better than the Trainwreck barleywine that the brewers would be better off competing with local BC barleywines by making this their go to beer of the style.

Although Phillips doesn't have the accolades that Driftwood and Central City have, every now and then they come out with a limited release that blows my mind. This, the Blueberry Pail Ale and the Double Barrel Scotch Ale are those beers.

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Mass Extinction Ice Barley Wine from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 8 ratings