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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Brewed and bottled on the wrong side of the tracks by Butte Creek Brewing company, Chico, Ca. Certified Organic by C.C.O.F.

You'll be lucky to walk away from this one!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Train Wreck looked like a pretty good barley wine that exhibited a standard orange amber color. The carbonation was a little higher than average, and as a result a foamy two finger head topped the pour and stayed put. The smell was standard issue, the sweetness of the malt came across like raisins and mixed berries, and the hops were piney and resinous. The taste was a lot mellower than the smell suggested. The sweet and sour flavors seemed to be at a drinkably mild level than out to strip the enamel off your teeth. The level of bitterness was quite low, and left me wanting more of everything at the end of each sip. On a plus note, the alcohol was craftily hidden until evidenced as belly warmth. A little tinny in the mouth with none of the tongue coating qualities, and therefore little to no aftertaste. Approachable and well crafted, but ultimately not on par in terms of satisfaction compared to the bolder versions of the style coming out of others.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet sugary caramel with a hint of grapefruity hops. First sip had some sweet malt to it, but a lot of citrusy bittering hops and a big, warming finish, but after a few sips, the beer started to meld together a little better. The sweetness came out to balance the bitterness and both worked to mask the alcohol. After my first sip I didn’t think I’d be finishing the 22oz bottle, but I’m more than half way there and showing no signs of stopping.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (773) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Pours frothy bubbly head, which doesn’t last too long. Cross between amber and yellow in color. Kind of hazy. Malty nose with tones of alcohol. VERY pronounced alcohol in flavor, with a hoppy aftertaste. Body is average, not overly thick like some barleywines can be. Hopes are there, but not crazy like in a Bigfoot. Heavy alcohol in the aftertaste and on the palate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle: Pours a murky brown color, a little head. The nose is brash with a caramel and bread debacle along with a starchy and piney hop conundrum. Alcohol is up there, and it’s spotted all over the place. Initially, mid drink, full after palate. Lingering. The bitterness sneaks up the rear and overpowers the otherwise tame malt body. Not that great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
This Barleywine pours a deep copper color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied barleywine. Malts are caramel and sweet, touch of biscuit and fruit. Hops are grapefruity and piney. The taste is sort of like the name, it is sort of a train wreak at the moment. Big brash malts and big ass hops collide in a flavor explosion with your palate stuck in the middle. That said, it is a well balanced beer and has both a good malt backbone and a good hop profile. This beer would really benefit from a year or so in he bottle. There is a very definite alcohol flavor as well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of alcohol bite.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
A decent barleywine. Very hoppy up front with a lingering warmth from the ample (10.6%) alcohol. I would like to try this again when the weather is cooler.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2416) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle Pours a clear light mahogany with a modest off-white head. Some white lacing. Sweet BW carmel and brown sugar aroma but not very big. Flavor was malty and sweet, wth lightly roasted notes and caramel with enough bitter hops to balance. Fairly high ABV but the rather subdued flavors don’t wuite keep up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Bottle: Pours a copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Citrus and piney hops with a malty sweetness in the aroma. The taste is plenty of citrus and piney hops, some malt presence, and caramel. I like a hoppy barley wine, so this one is quite drinkable. Thanks to Indiana_Red for sharing this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
22 oz. bottle- color of translucent mahogany, with a good cream colored head - nose of nice hops, brown sugar , and alcohol – taste of slight hops , molasses , prunes , and way too much alcohol - body is creamy with some texture when one get past the alcohol burn , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of raisins , slight hops , red fruit , caramel , and alcohol – this beer is green defiantly needs age

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SSSteve (3768) - - APR 21, 2007
2007. hazy amber/orange color with a large yellow head. hoppy, fruity aroma with a hint of caramel. flavor is hoppy with a good caramel malt with a bourbon-like finish. strong alcohol presence. definitely needs some time to age.


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