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


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Here’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
Pour ruby tan head decent lace. Aroma quite sweet, spices, caramel, butterscotch, slight dark fruit. Taste quite malty, butterscotch, caramel, citrus, pine, cereal. MF medium body fine carb. Very balanced tasty with a good malt body balance by bitter very well done. Thanks Manuchamp!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
650ml brown bottle. 2011 vintage. Deep amber colour, thick and creamy cap that is off white in colour. Lots of clinging lace. Nose has a bright sweet citrus element featuring peels of orange and lemon, slight perfumey. Flavour has toffee malt, light nuttiness, suggestion of earth, finishes with a leafy hearbal tone. Relaxed bitterness. Smooth drinker, the 10% alcohol is integrated well, this never feels like a boozy or heavy brew, although it is full bodied. Carbonation is pretty soft and even. Overall I enjoyed this brew, it’s not as bold as some of it’s American counterparts, bitterness level was a little underwhelming, but considering it’s price point ($7.99 cnd) this is a beer that is more than welcome in my fridge. Can’t see this aging particularly well, but I like my barlewyines young anyway.

   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 Phillips’s 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5762) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
650ml bottle pours a deep amber color vigorously with 2 fingers of off-white head which leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Mild aroma of caramel. Taste is much better with a full malty sweetness and enough bitter hoppiness to balance things out and some alcohol to warm things up on a cold winter’s day. This is a solid barley wine which I truly enjoyed.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1826) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle to chalice Caramel, pepper, spruce Dark red with a thin creamy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2016
2016-08-28, bottle from Liberty Wine on 10th Ave, Vancouver, vintage 2011, 5 years old, 6-3-6-3-12=30
Dull brown color, with no head; indeed it has low carbonation; the body is thinning and the signs of oxidisation show up; a bit nutty; quite shallow, 30 points is even generous.

2011-03-08, bottle at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, vintage 2010, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Dark amber color, clean, with a generous creamy head. Very light malt aroma in the beginning; then some nice creamy and cheesy aroma appears, and this is more interesting. The mouthfeel is very soft, the body is well built and round; there is some malt and caramel flavor but not impressive; correct bitterness, but without noticeable hop character.
A good powerful drink, but hardly a Barley Wine, not American nor English, without the necessary Barley mellow flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1789) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Bouteille 650 ml. Vancouver. 10%. Couleur brune foncé rougeâtre, mousse beige crémeuse. Arôme de malt caramel, porto, fruits. En bouche, douce et soyeuse, alcool, fruits rouges mûrs, caramel. Finale sans amertume, malt et un peu d’herbe. Très bonne.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Pours a mostly clear brown with a large tan head That slowly settles and leaves lace all up the glass. Aroma is kinda weak... It consists of sweet dried fruits, caramel, biscuits and faint alcohol. Flavour is fruity, caramel, sweet maltiness, biscuits, some chocolate, soft alcohol mixed with a mild hop bitterness. Not as bad as a lot have been saying though I herd it was boozy so left it in the cellar for a couple years and it?s a bit thinner than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oldschool_Mike (321) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle into snifter. Pours a clearish reddish amber colour with no head. Aroma is a little fruity. Taste is jammy with a little alcohol.

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