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Phillips Trainwreck Barrel Aged Barley Wine

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


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Here’s a little something to stoke your boiler. This year’s barley wine is full of rich malt flavours and aged in bourbon barrels. Mildly carbonated, Trainwreck should be served at cellar temperature (8C). Careful not to derail your caboose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrewturba (920) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Pours a clear darker brown with a fair dense creamy tan head that sticks nicely up the glass. Aroma is sweet dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, bourbon and light alcohol. Flavour is bourbon, warming alcohol, definitely a bit harsh but not un characteristic of bourbon, caramel, oak, vanilla, brown sugar and some biscuits. A bit harsh on the taste and mouth feel though I think I’ll save my other bottle for another year to let it mellow out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reimer96 (1064) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Pours an amber color with ruby red highlights and a nice fluffy brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice pleasant bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, dates and slight alcohol. Taste is biscuit, burnt sugar and an overwhelming amount of alcohol. I really want to enjoy this one but the booziness just kills it. At least the original is drinkable while being thin. Aroma this has the potential to be better but they need to get rid of half the harsh boozy flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (3004) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Thick on the barrel here. Booze and barrel aroma is huge and controlling. Pours reddish brown with ok lacing and head. Astringent and oaky finish. Malt in aroma as well. Brought by Liam or Pino (can’t remember).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
WheatKing (1162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
Intense is the word of the day. Very dark hardly any head. Nose is alcohol more than anything else, some caramel and fruit, flavour is biscuit and alcohol, finish is alcohol. Well the top raters like it more than the locals, feel bad for bashing home-town beer, but this is insane, it tastes as almost as strong as a harsh whiskey. Had this last night after a bottle of Shiraz so we were prepared for intense flavours, but wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear medium amber - red brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, bread, nutty, chocolate (bourbon - vanilla), light roasted. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130223]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted mqlty, caramelish. Light spiced. Dry malty and light floral. Bitter and dry herbal finish. Ends dry bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRatKing (84) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle to tulip. Pours a deep dark ruby with a very frothy tan head. Aroma of smokey bourbon, background of sweet malt and toffee. Waiting on the head to settle a bit before I can get at the actual tasting. No, really; it was a hand’s worth of head rather than a few fingers. Dooo do do doo. Alright, it’s down a bit. Certainly not a lightweight in flavour; hits you with a fist full of oak and caramel, though the flavours don’t seem to last very long. Mild carbonation gives it a nice, creamy texture. I can’t say that this is my kind of style, but it is certainly a good way to mix things up a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013
2013-02-23, bottle from Legacy Liquor Store, Vancouver, 7-4-7-3-13=34
Dark mahogany color with creamy beige head. It has evident bourbon / vanilla aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth; the ordinary Trainwreck doesn’t provide much flavor, but the cask is well present; caramel flavor with moderate residual sweetness; quite high alcohol perception.

2013-01-22, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-5-7-3-13=35
Dark amber color with creamy head. Strong Bourbon aroma. It has some nice malt and caramel flavor, with a very strong and pleasant Bourbon vanilla presence; correct bitterness, with an impression of vegetables in the end, and some boozy character; medium sweetness. Maybe a bit cloying overall.
Not yet a classic, but the barrel made wonders to the dramatic original Trainwreck ;-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JHunter (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a very dark copper colour with a slim head. Strong aroma dark fruit light oak vanilla notes. Flavour is strong oak barrel and dried fruit and overbearing alcohol which takes over most of the beer. maybe some ageing would help mellow this one out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
650mL bottle, pours a dark amber / mahogany with a small beige head. Nose brings out dark fruits, some woody barrel qualities, and brown sugar - nothing offensive on the nose at least. Flavour is incredibly boozy and barrel-heavy, with notes of vanilla, port / sherry liqueur, bourbon, brown sugar, and shitloads of alcohol which makes it feel more like 15%. Certainly more complex than the base beer, with some nice vanilla notes from the barrels; however, the booziness is so whacked, I don’t know how they could have intended this. Marginally better than the base beer, overall. Phillips’ booziest beer. Almost like gasoline. Very flawed, but still better than the shitty regular Trainwreck - man, Phillips’ barley wines sure are grandiose messes.

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