Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Hereís a little something to stoke your boiler. This barley wine is full of rich malt flavours and deep caramel aromas. Mildly carbonated, Trainwreck should be served at cellar temperature (8C). Be careful not to derail your caboose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1638) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Pours a clear ruby red color with a thick foamy white head and tons of lace. Aroma is faint, but thereís caramel, vanilla, bourbon, bread and dried fruits. Taste is caramel, bread, dates and plums with a nice malt backbone. Carbonation gives the impression of burnt malt but itís still smooth with the alcohol warming. Overall itís a nice barleywine but a bit thin but smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2015 Bourbon aroma, its bourbon and caramel. Below average mouthfeel. Cloudy appearance. Its OK. Thanks for bringing. Had later on a 4 year Ageing. Somewhat thin though smells good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RumRunner101 (898) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
On tap. Murky brown pour with a small amount of brown head. Aroma is sweet with pitted fruits, caramel, bread. Full bodied and quite sticky. Flavour is also sweet with dates, plums and a nice bready malt backing. The finish is more burnt malt. Not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LarryBeast (611) - - DEC 21, 2012
650ml bottle. Deep ruby-brown with foamy white head. Bourbon-like aroma with caramel, hazelnut, oak and earthy, metallic tones. Malt-first taste gives it some sweetness, though thereís a mild, piney hop presence too. Medium-bodied, a little thin and fizzy with a long boozy/sweet finish. I bet it improves with age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Gerbeer (2566) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
650 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours brown with medium head. Aromas of nuts, grass. roasted malt, and a touch of toffee. Not much of a nose for a barley wine. Flavors of burnt sugar, unsalted peanuts, and alcohol. Very bitter mid to finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (8316) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Ugh. This beer was so disappointing, I donít even want to put the energy into my usual rating routine of appearance, aroma, etc. It was basically a mouthfull of hot caramel with dirty/earthy.gritty intrusive elements. And it was THIN to boot! How does a 10% beer come across as thin?! This one did. Finish is hot with intrusive alcohol. What the fuck is happening to Phillips and their big bottles? I guess on the positive side, this beer was appropriately named.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
650ml bottle purchased in December 2011 in Calgary, AB. Colour: Medium-dark brown with medium white head. Nose: Malt displays lovely chocolate syrup notes. Hops are muted but slightly citrusy. Some salt water traces and distant clove. Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitter, medium sour. Not powerful but encompassing caramel. Malty middle and then a bitter/sour swashbuckle on the finish, with a slight trace of skunk. Alcohol is hidden well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
patricks110 (2226) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
Ruby red pour with a two finger thick foamy white head atop. Nose is rather bland with a bit of a biscuity malt and some hops?? A few caramel and toffee aromas and nutty malts with some alcohol warmth. The taste is pretty boring actually. Muted malts and a mild hop with no resin. Some fruits and toffee notes. The finish has a bit of alcohol, but not much for 10%. Overall, a weird barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
Another solid release like every year from Phillipsís barley wines. Delivers on all accounts, without overwhelming you with a boozy bomb. Mild hoppiness and malty balance. Every year, never lets me down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VertBaconStrips (2223) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
Appropriate name for this.... thing. Looks to be deep amber, ultra clear with a small bubbly head that lives as a skim forever. Itís 3:30am and I think technically Iíve been asleep for 4 hours... had to take the contacts out 2 times to clean them so I wasnít seeing a fog. And now.. Iron Maiden 1985 Rock in Rio full concert..... never gonna sleep tonight! Smelly things in my nose holes: toffee, sweet caramel, some earthy woody stuff, mild cooked veggies.. or maybe just the water they were boiled in - this is a big malt mash up. Not a big fan but I will say itís nice not having buckets of random hops in for once. Sensitive nobules on mouth steak report the following: well, reports are spotty at best but this much is told - lots of sweet malts.. maybe too sweet, citrus stuff and the same thing Iíve noticed in every Phillips brew Iíve had that has been shipped to Alberta in the past while - something that either tastes powdery or feels gritty... I donít like it. Itís a fucking mystery. Caramelly earth things, pine bits, other stuff and what not... pretty straight forward. I started off not really minding this beer but thinking itís sub par. I donít think that anymore really as me and this beer have hit it off and we are going to see a chick flick tomorrow. If all goes well and I get the label wet enough maybe Iíll get it off.

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