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.

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Alanthebeerguy (213) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
Smells of toffee, barley, warm bread. Pours dark brown. Taste is toffee, alcohol, spice. Warming sensation. Not my style, little too toffee sweet, more of a sipping beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Bomber from local bottle shop. Dark reddish amber with modest tan head. Caramel on the nose. Don’t quite know what to make of this so-called "Barley Wine". Flavor-wise it just ain’t! Heavy caramel and chocolate roasted malt flavors are prominent, but it does not have the fruityness and hoppiness that I associate with the type. An easily drinkable strong ale, but not a Barley Wine in my opinion. I can’t recommend it, frankly.

WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - NOV 27, 2013
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 (15332) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
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 (2500) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2016 2015.12.12 - 2015 Phillips Snowcase Beer #12. 25.12.2014 - 341mL Bottle - 2014 Phillips Snowcase 7-3-7-3-14 - Really should have been saving these for a vertical flight. Rerate - 2013 Holiday Edition and Beer 13 in the Snowcase- December 13, 2013 - still very boozy on the nose, but much more interesting on the palate this time around - cool malty overtones with a little bit of noble hop grassiness. 5-3-7-4-14 3.3 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. 5-3-7-3-12 3.0

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.

Reimer96 (1743) - 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 there’s 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 it’s still smooth with the alcohol warming. Overall it’s a nice barleywine but a bit thin but smooth.

Sammy (12210) - 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.

RumRunner101 (918) - 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.

LarryBeast (616) - - 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 there’s 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.

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