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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottled shared by JoeMcPhee, I think. The brewers of this beer did a great thing, they were able to show the drinker how hard it is to make a pretty crappy barleywine. Itís not easy but Butte Creek nailed it. And Train Wreck is the perfect name for this beauty. The beer is a dark orange/amber color, of course very plain, they should have tried to make it pale clear to hit all the low points. The aroma is filled with astringent alcoholic cherry. The first sure sign of a bad barleywine. The taste is kind of empty icky malts. thatís it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2484) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2008
bottle, from Cary Wholefoods. bought several months back, drank 1/3/08. Good aroma, sweet. Vanilla, toffee, maple, grainy, cardboard, citrus-lemon/grapefruit, little earthiness. Clean copper color, good head that faded to a ring. Good lace. Bitter sweet flavor, mainly bitter, with occassional sweet streaks. Medium body, a thinner ceamy mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. Could of mellowed abit more as I thought it was a tad hot. Flavor got better as it warmed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a rich amber color with sudsy off-white head that lasted a while and left plenty of lacing in the glass. The aroma is strong with a citrus and sweet malt bouquet. The flavor up front is very hoppy biter; the impact of this beer is that it is an IPA or IIPA because of the bitterness. Besides the biter there is a taste of grapefruit, raisins, and walnuts. The mouthfeel is smooth and full, with good carbonation. The finish is long with lingering bitterness. Overall: this is a great beer to come home to after a hard day at work. Recommended.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Light brown with almost no head. Earthy hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel and alcohol taste with a big hoppy presence and decent bitterness. Gets better as it warms.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
Deep ruddy amber beer. Slightly sweet rich toasted malt aroma. Chewy sweet, caramel and toast with a soft toffeeish character as well. Fairly dirty and rancid backnotes behind the otherwise solid malts. Well-named, really.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2008
bomber 07 Vintage. Shared with Cyn after grading for me and coding for her. A reward of sorts. Pours copper orange with a tan head that faded to a ring. The nose is sweet and relatively light. Taste is sweet, but bitter way way too bitter for me. taste is hot and not so nice, it ainít a 52 percentile for nothing, this barleywine is severly flawed. Oh well...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Poured a slightly hazed amber color with a small mostly white head. The aroma was malty, sweet and fruity with light citrus hops. It had a kind of sweet cherry aroma. The flavor was sweet and fruity with earthy notes and stiff bitterness. Medium to full bodied and fairly warming. The name is close.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
22 oz bottle from Pizza Portís bottle shop. A crystal clear mahogany is for the color while a small patch of head and slight lacing will occur. In the nose, a dark malt and delicate sweetness carries the aroma for a well induced scent. The flavor is mildly hoppy and sweet with caramel but nothing special or anything Iíd like to taste again.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Got this in a 22 oz bottle. Poured dark copper with slight head that evaporated in a short while but left some decent lacing. Adquate carbonation. Nose alcohol and malt. Flavor pretty malty and slightly sweet with a little hopiness, but not much (if youíre a hop-head anyway). Overall it is pretty smooth and very drinkable. Nice flavor. the 10.6 ABV co-insides with the label .. "you wonít walk away from this one" If you drink one of these 22 ouncers, give someone your car keys for about an hour or so. Absolutely worth drinking and having again, even for a hop-head itís enjoyable, but donít expect an IPA-Like Hopiness because itís just not there.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wegro (330) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Pours a reddish copper with a crappy head. Smells matly and hoppy. Has a lot of sweet malt in the flavor, some raisin and other unexpected stuff. Good amount of hop bitterness to balance the sweet barley wine malts. Goes down a lot smoother than I expected, the alcohol isnít overwhelming in the taste or finish. So far barely wines arenít a favorite style of mine but this wasnít too shabby.


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