Phillips Trainwreck Barley Wine - Barrel Aged

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

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   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.

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3.3
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2017
My Bottom Line:
Simple caramel, alcohol silkiness and straightforward oaken notes merge in this slick but forgettable Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the copper mist.
-Malt flavors are direct, but well developed.
-Carbonation is smooth enough to let the malts take over.
-Complexity is lacking for such a strong brew. And the dessert factor isn’t generous enough for my tastes.

Bottle.

3
omhper (25740) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2017
Bottled at Ottawa gathering. Almost clear copper colour, small head. Caramelly nose. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Lots of caramel, some syrup. Bready. Long bitter finish.

3.1
Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2017
An orange amber barleywine with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with light vinous notes, light woody notes, alcohol warmth, a tad cloying. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with light butterscotch, light mineral notes, light woody notes, alcohol warmth, OK. Bottle at Per’s Almost gone tasting, March 2017.

2.6
pictoman (1212) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2016
Poured from 650mL bottle [oak aged 2016]. Amber brown with light beige head. Light vanilla, toffee, light alcohol. Definitely a trainwreck of a barley wine.

3.3
Oakes (18794) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2016
Amber-brown. Thin, bubbly head. The aroma is malty, with caramel, stewed fruits, and a light oaky note. Sweet up front, sticky caramels, light fruitiness, and then finishing more with strong oaky and alcohol notes. Not the best-balanced or most refined barley wine I’ve ever had, but it’s not totally out of whack. The problem of course is that when you’re being asked to invest your liver in a bomber of barley wine, you’re probably going to want a bit more payoff than just "it’s okay."

3.5
cfrancis (3574) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2016
Pours dark cloudy brown with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet toffee, bourbon, raisins and malt. Taste has low carbonation, slightly syrupy, sweet toffee and bourbon. It was a 2010 bottle so any heat from the alcohol has nicely smoothed out. It might be a bit too sweet but I know some barley wines tend to go that way. I have a 2014 bottle which I want to compare this to. Still a nice sipper.

3.4
maley1 (1301) - 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.

3.4
dfearnley (2315) - 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.

3
DuffMan (10664) - 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.

3.3
ljthiessen (1438) - 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.


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