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Phillips Trainwreck Barley Wine - Barrel Aged

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


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (1176) - Calgary, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
Slightly cloudy amber pour with small off white head. Aroma of malts, toffee, vanilla, oak and butter. Taste of caramel, toffee, malts, butter, slight vanilla and a faint bittersweet hop finish. Full bodied, lower carbonation. Not a bad barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1825) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
2012 bottle to tulip Chocolate, caramel, oat, and malts. Dark amber with a thin creamy tan head. Taste is malts, bourbon, pepper, pine, and oak. After sitting for 2 years, this is not at all boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle, from the 2014 Snowcase. Very hazy medium brown, low beige head. Very strong aroma of rum and coconut, underlying caramel. Caramel, oaky vanilla, coconut-- all the flavours here are okay, but the finish is hot and alcoholic, which eclipses any enjoyment I may have found in this. The barley wine style does not appear to be Phillips’ strong suit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (1138) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Deep, slightly cloudy amber brown pour, light tan head. Aroma is very oaky, buttery with caramel and some subtle fruit. Flavour is lighter than expected, vanilla and caramel with some fruit and an odd bitterness; not hoppy, but more of an alcohol bitterness. Somewhat odd, not all bad but strange.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oldschool_Mike (321) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle into snifter. Pours a clear copper colour. Aroma is woody. Taste is woody and alcohol that mellows out into a sweetness. Decent beer -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
I hate barley wines so sorry for the negative rating. Funky smell, funky taste, not a fan of the style in general.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5731) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
341ml bottle poured vigorously a finger of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits with some caramel and alcohol. Taste is a caramel malty and dark fruity sweetness with a citrusy herbal hop bitterness finishing with some alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This one is from the Snowcase pack and if same as original release may be aged more. Still, not the best barleywine I have tried, but still a decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to Brad. Brown, small white head. Aroma is all barrel, boozy, vanilla, a bit of hops. Flavor is all barrel, mild barleywine full of boozy barrel. Hints of cardboard. Not terrible, not great either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrewturba (1190) - 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 (1743) - 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.

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