Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #12 – Trainwreck Barley Wine 2015


Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #12

Trainwreck Barley Wine 2015 – Phillips Brewing, 10.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Here’s a little something to stoke your boiler. This year’s barley wine is full of rich malt flavours and mildly carbonated. Trainwreck should be served at cellar temp (8C) [cellar temp should actually be 13C/55F]. Careful not to derail your caboose.”


  • Style: Barley Wine
  • Taste: Thicker alcoholic sweet caramel roasted barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but not noteworthy.

Visual: Pours beer bottle brown with barely any head, a very thin layer of micro retention, lots of large CO2 fast streams.

Nose: brown sugar, caramel malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thick viscosity, micro fizzy, boozy-tangy

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness mixed with alcohol detection, sustained creamy, (MAIN) brown sugar, toasty-roasty barley malts

Finish: dark fruit, alcohol bitterness, alcohol throat warmth, dry hoppy bitterness, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Plenty of very sweet and alcoholic malts in this one. Some complexity in texture and alcoholic jolt, decently rounded. I probably won’t specifically remember this one but it was solid.