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Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 261   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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4288) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle @ joes. Dark amber colour with no real head. Smells vegetables, sweet, malts. Tastes sweet, hops, barley wine. Full body, soft carbo.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamedra (559) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 1, 2014
Láhev 330 ml. Aroma je vcelku příjemné, lehce ovocné s nádechem ořechů. Pěna je zlato bílá, jemná, nízká a nedržící. Barva samotného piva je rubínová. Chuť je velmi výrazná má nádech ovocného likéru se silným alkoholovým podkladem, finiš je středně hořký, alkoholový a držící. V ústech pivo působí plně, má střední říz a je překvapivě dobře pitelné. Tento barleywine je opravdu velmi chutný a i přes svojí mohutnost je dobré pitelnosti.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeevan (42) - - MAY 23, 2014
Well it is about time to re-visit this. I was a bit disapointed when I first had it fresh. Bottle from on-line shop. Big hoppy malty aroma. Gorgeous deep rusty amber colour. Hop dominated upfront taste. Bitter. Not really the traditional Barley wine character that I adore. That said, as a malty imperial IPA, in the USA style, it’s pretty enjoyable. Ticks all the boxes for something special before retiring upstairs. Took my time with this one whilst listening to Bill Callahan. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybion (75) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml, from brewdog’s online shop. Pours (very) dark red/ruby with a small amount of light tan head. Aroma is largely reminiscent of pineapple juice for the most part, with a large fruity or citrus-y hop presence. Small caramel note which I’m going to assume is the malt, but this is largely drowned out. Taste has a stronger malt character too it, with prominent notes of toffee and caramel, which unlike the aroma is more balanced against the hops, which provide a comfortable level of bitterness throughout. As with the aroma, the taste is ever so slightly reminiscent of pineapple juice for me. Absolutely no detectable alcohol until the warmth sets in; highly impressive for a 10.5. Very smooth mouth feel with minimal carbonation; really quite impressed by this one overall. Makes me think of a more malty double IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14104) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle from the BottleDog and drunk at home. Clear mahongany lasting beige head. Don’t know quite what to make of this. Hides the alcohol very well. A touch of milk chocolate a touch of grapefruit hop. Malty. It’s not a big and showy barley wine, it’s a decent malty syrupy barley wine with some decent hops on the end and some tannin as well to give structure. Dryness counters the sweetness from the malt and alcohol. Still I mean it’s sweet but with a tannin hoppy finish. Definitely interesting. Good mix of sweet and bitter and almost a little sour with the tannin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Very deep red, beige head. Fruit, sherry nose. Malty, spicy, lods of hops, balances on a high level.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1291) - Bodř, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a deep reddish brown colour with a big, beige head. Hoppy aroma with grass, some pine, dried fruit and grapefruit. The flavour has more pine along with grapefruit and dark berries. A little dry in the end. Slick mouth feel, and has a medium to heavy bitterness. A very aromatic and tasteful BW but is very dominated by the hops. Feels a bit one dimensional.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidtjm (566) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2014
Tap at BrewDog Manchester. Dark pour with a small foam head, aroma is citrus, pine, malt. Taste is roast malt, citric acidity, strong hops. Wonderful

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (3029) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle shared @ Haket. Pours deep amber with a creamy reddish beige head that leaves some sticky lacing on the glass while dissiapting. Smell is malty and tiny fruity with caramel, biscuits, oily grapefruit rinds, moist grass, resinous wood, orange peal, lemon peal, alcohol, liquorice fudge and hints of marzipan. taste is very sweet, bitter, malty and tiny fruity with biscuits, caramel, chocolate fudge, oily citrus peal, alcohol, sweet dark brad, caramel, dried black currants, moist grass, resinous wood and hints of glues. Mouthfeel is round, oily bitter, sticky sweet, boozy, slightly astringent and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter, malty and tiny fruity with biscuits, caramel, oily citrus peal, moist grass, pine, alcohol and resin. Bit weird...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle at home from some on line fucking beer pedler, 14/05/14. Clear reddish amber with a good sized light tan head that collapses with a couple of minutes to a thin covering and bubbleworks. Nose is leafy hops, caramel, dark fruit peel, bubblegum, booze fumes well evident - dont light a match near this one! Taste comprises bozey Christmas cake, rich toffee, light minerals, plummy resonance, prune juice, brown sugar, boozey lickings. Full body, fine carbonation, sticky close, hop presence and trace of tropicana present. Think this one is growing on me a little as it warms, maybe not! Ok barley wine, but lower end, just a little unrefined and harsh throughout.


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