Phillips Trainwreck Barley Wine - Barrel Aged

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


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Heres a little something to stoke your boiler. This years 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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pictoman (1004) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (16507) - 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 Ive ever had, but its not totally out of whack. The problem of course is that when youre being asked to invest your liver in a bomber of barley wine, youre probably going to want a bit more payoff than just "its okay."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (3287) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (1204) - 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 (1943) - 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 (9920) - 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 (1215) - 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 (363) - 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 (6022) - 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.

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