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BrewDog / Oskar Blues Shipwrecker Circus

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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Keg and bottled, special
In collaboration with the awesome Oskar Blues from Colorado, we’ve created this big, twisted 10.5% American style barley wine. With big boozy aromas that’ll swirl round your nostrils and a sweet viscosity that’ll cover your tongue from top to tip, this is a beer for people who enjoy nonsense and walking on tightropes. Even when the Circus packs up and leaves, you’re left with a lingering warmth and bitterness playing in your month. - See more at: http://www.brewdog.com/product/shipwrecker-circus#sthash.e9vrs12U.dpuf
Malts: Extra Pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Citra
Twist: American style Barley Wine brewed with Oskar Blues


4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MMJL (169) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAR 19, 2015
Zapach z butelki to pochodzące od chmielu cytrusy – głównie pomarańcza i mandarynka. Jest trochę ziołowości, takiej ciężkiej nalewki oraz słodowości w angielskim stylu. Piana dosyć wysoka, jasnobrązowa, może i niezbyt zwarta, ale trzyma się całkiem długo. Piwo jest brązowe w barwie, ale pod światło prezentuje głęboką, piękną i klarowną czerwień. W aromacie ze szkła nadal dominują mandarynki, słód się jeszcze nieco uwypukla, dochodzi lekki karmel. Smak jest niesamowity. Tak jak w przypadku dobrego berley wine być powinno – nie zawsze łatwo jest przekonać samego siebie, że to co się właśnie pije to piwo. Jest dosyć słodkie, co jednak jest kontrowane wyraźną goryczką o charakterze przywodzącym na myśl ziołowe wódki. Nieco owocowości wniósł tutaj chmiel, co ciekawe pojawia się też wrażenie takiej lekkiej paloności, która nie wiem w jaki sposób miałaby się tu znaleźć. Wysycenie jest niskie, całość jest aż gęsta w odbiorze, dosyć wymagająca i nisko pijalna, co jednak pomaga skupić się na tym piwie i oddać się w całości degustacji. Trudno uniknąć skojarzeń z bardzo mocnym winem, czy wręcz z lekkim miodem pitnym.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scottishchris (331) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle from way back, prolly Cornelius. Batch 235. BB 07-10-18. Deep ruby, small beige red head. Malty caramel nose. Medium body, oily and sweet. Caramel and prunes, light resin, boozy. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1158) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2015
31.7.2014. Very dark colour. Aroma of very sweet malts, resin, pine. Taste is also very sweet with intense malts, fruits, bread, earth. Too sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3709) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear brown pour, almost no head. Aroma is quite spicy, some alcohol, plant hops, licorice, caramel and some ripe fruits. Flavor is quite bitter, spicy malts and quite strong. Nice balance and a decent body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (9953) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Can shared at a tasting. Pours a hazy copper with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, stone fruit, citrus, lemongrass, tropical fruit. The taste is tropical fruits, citrus, caramel, toffee. Medium bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantumnuss (51) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Caramel, chocolate, grass, nuts, vanilla, citrus, ,resin, bready, dry fruits like plums and raisin but also alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7134) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Bouteille 33cl, batch# 235, BB 07/10/2018. Brune foncée-cuivrée, col fin blanc-cassé voire café au lait. Arôme est légèrement fruité noir, note de houblons US entre agrumes et pin le tout gardant cette signature de Oskar Blues. Pointe épicée en rétro. Palais est malté pâle, caramel, léger chocolat et grains. Fruité aux notes d’agrumes avec un léger sucré en fin de bouche. Je note peu l’apport du Citra au profil tellement reconnaissable. Pointe rappelant le soja avec un complément fruité noir.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (306) - Montesarchio, ITALY - FEB 13, 2015
Interessante ibrido. C’è un naso vinoso, bello carico, con note di liquirizia e prugna ed un po’ di terra. È parecchio luppolata rispetto alle solite barley wine. In bocca dolcezza iniziale ma ancora tante bollicine, non si doma facilmente al palato ma il sapore è splendida. Buona birra, da verificare invecchiata.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBlueSky93 (275) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle from Brewdog. Pours dark brown, small tan head. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, raisins. Initial caramel, then toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, raisins. Finish of bitterness from the hops with some real strong roasted malts. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
330 mL bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass. Pours deep toffee with a small tan head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big toffee, along with brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit, a hint of chocolate and raisins. The flavour is moderately sweet with molasses, chocolate, figs, raisins, toasted malts and soft balancing hops. The finish is long and balanced between complex malts and a nice hoppy bitterness. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a syrupy texture. Overall, a very nice barley wine with nice malty complexity. 2015-02-05


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