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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fiulijn (20992) - 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.

mcberko (18434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 650mL bottle, pours dark amber with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits, bready malts, spices and hops. Flavour of wood, grains, subdued hops, caramel and dried fruits. Grains and spices dominate - not a very good barley wine at all.

Oakes (18209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
Hazy amber-brown. No head worth worrying about. Aroma is an assortment of stewed fruits. Some light malty-fruity stuff, but faint and without any distinctive character. Overall bland.

Ferris (16106) - 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.

Sammy (12485) - 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.

DuffMan (10551) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Ugh. This beer was so disappointing, I don’t 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.

reebtogi (6330) - 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.

CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchant in James Bay. Pours a dark brown body with a medium, dissipating beige head. Fairly thin in texture and really doesn’t display the characteristics of a 10% ABV barleywine at all. Fig and toffee notes with a strange cantaloupe undertone. Lacking complexity, some dough notes. To me this seems like a fortified doppelbock . Very cloying and one-dimensional. Seems the Phillips barleywine loses some of its character each year?

presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
Trainwreck? That’s what I thought last night when I pulled it out of the fridge so I put it back for a Friday night. Bottle. Dark copper but clean and thin enough that you can see through. Very thin head. Light woody hop nose with light alcohol not considering the ABV. Much thicker malt flavour is surprising and very pleasant. Light malty toffee up front turns quickly to dark coffee-chocolate toffee flavour. A hint of candy and fruit in the finish. A very light 10%,. Malty and delicate at the same time. Very nice. Kind of a Double ESB if not a really complex BW.

tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
Toffee, caramel, fresh baked bread, some yeast and wafts of alcohol in the nose. Clear chestnut brown body is topped by a decent white head that recedes rapidly to a thin cover and ring with some nice lacing. Flavour is quite sweet up front with lots of caramel, biscuit and nutty notes. Floral and perfumey hop flavours and moderate but pleasantly lasting bitterness. Some grainy character in the aftertaste. Medium body is quite dry with fair to moderate carbonation. Somewhat astringent. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in December 2010.

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