Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
WheatKing (983) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
2013 small bottle. Pours copper without much head. Nose is toffee, alcohol. Flavour is mineral water with toffee and spicy alcohol. Quite sweet, muted apart from the booze. Aftertaste lingers and lingers. This is simply a malt liquor of ales; the appeal eludes me.
Ferris (1262) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - 2013 Holiday Edition - Caramel and toffee malts with a bit of vinous notes. Cloudy amber brown with a rich beige head. Vinous, dark sugary malts and lots of booze. The heavy booze burn finish is really overwhelming and makes this a pass for me.
bulldogops (782) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this in the cold fridge for way too long, so I put one of those crappy thermal stick on thermometres on it to make sure we were in flavour country. Figured a beer called trainwreck was worthy of #baddecisionstuesday. Big dark malty brown looking pour with a decent tan-ish head. Aroma is bourbon casky vanilla caramel, and booze. Medium carbonation, and high alcohol warmth. Little thin on flavour and overcompensated with pure boozy "trainwreck". Lots of malty notes lost in the resulting delirium.
andrewturba (735) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Reimer96 (843) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Sammy (7718) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bourbon aroma, its bourbon and caramel. Below average mouthfeel. Cloudy appearance. Its OK. Thanks for bringing.
RumRunner101 (565) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
LarryBeast (401) - - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Gerbeer (1233) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
DuffMan (5793) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.