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Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Dark brown, red, near-black color. Thin khaki head, leaves decent bits of lace. Bigger body, smooth lighter carbonation, kind of creamy with a good full feel, lightly slick in the finish. Dark fruit, some chocolate, and good c-hop.. .Grapefruit citrusy hop, mildly piney. Nice interesting unique flavor profile for a barley wine. Certainly American-style. Good tropical flavors. Moderate sweet, moderate to bigger bitter taste. Alcohol works just fine, just a mild warmth at the end, kind of pleasant. Tasty, interesting stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (2243) - Tuusula, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle, thx to lambister. Clear dark amber color, white head. Aroma is double ipa style, sweet notes, citrus notes. Nicely sweet body, hops, malts, citrus. I think this is dipa like barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3279) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle, 14C. Clear deep amber with a fat beige coat. Layers of toffee, stewed and dried fruit, bread, a little waft of grapefruit and pine, marmalade. Nothing bad, but not terribly cohesive. Getting towards syrupy with lowish carbonation that’s about perfect for me for this sort of thing. Boozy but not not hot, more a slowish drinker than a sipper. Sweet with more dried and stewed fruit than toffee, strong bitterness that grips rather than bites. Will buy more if I see it - probably even better next Oz winter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1307) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014
From a 330ml bottle on 11/10/2014 (shared by Butz with thanks). Pours a medium amber with a small head. The nose is primarily malty with lots of caramel and a touch of toffee. In the mouth, the malty (caramel, toast) and citrus fruit sweetness is quickly attacked by some big, aggressive hops, with more than a hint of grapefruit evident. You certainly get a bit of alcohol, with the 10.5% no real surprise. Full bodied and moderately carbed, this is a very nice hop forward barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4704) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 9, 2014
Dark mahogany color. Fairly hoppy nose, strawberries, citrus and caramel in the nose. Heavy mouth with lots of caramel and hops. Nice balance. A bit warming. Bitter finish. Pleasent without being outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (10522) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2014
One-third pint, keg at BrewDog Shepherds Bush. A small head that laced well. Deep rosewood coloured body. Inviting aromas of dark malts, earth, and fruit. Dark fruit, dark malt and dark berries in a well-blended taste profile. Lingering, solid stuff (London 24.09.2014).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (1542) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 30, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Belle couleur orangée, houblon et fruits jaunes au nez. Au palais on sent l'amertume et une pointe de litchi en finale. Alcool bien présent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (1480) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 28, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl à la brasserie, couleur ambrée orange, peu de bulle, mousse moyenne. Une bière vraiment étonnante le côté abricot cuit de la barley wine ressort bien et après grosse attaque sur le houblon avec une bien belle durée sur le litchi excellente.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5169) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle at BeerTemple. Pours dark copper brown with a big head. Citrussy, chocolatey and nutty aromas. Toffee, raisins, hints of marcipane. Seriously good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MisoW (2917) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 26, 2014
On tap at Hostinec Richtar Jakub. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma is roasted, hoppy, floral. Taste is sweet, roasted, raisins, plum. Really nice hoppy finish. This beer has a nice full body.


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