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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: 287   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Keg at BrewDog Shepherd’s Bush - London. Pours clear, bright ruby with a creamy mellow beige head. The nose holds a good dose of caramel, oily pine, berries and ripe citrus. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with some striking alcohol, toasted grains, aged toffee, gooey pine, orange, caramel, bread. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation; chewy. Warming and sticky on the finish, with more ripe and gooey citrus, berries, caramel, faint butterscotch and bread. Very tasty overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3099) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2015
On tap at Stong Ale Fest - 2015. Pour is murky brown with a big tan head and good lacing. Caramel, earthy, hoppy, some huskiness, dark fruits, grass, and somewhat tangy aroma. Taste is caramel, grapey, brown sugar, some alcohol, somehwat herbal, grassy, and oaky with a touch of heat on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. OK.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MMJL (178) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scottishchris (350) - 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 (1292) - 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 (3730) - 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 (9999) - 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 (56) - 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 (7156) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (334) - 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.


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