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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niksko (351) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
Pours a very dark ruby red. It looks almost black until you hold it up to the light. A smattering of large bubbled off white head on top. Nose is milk chocolate, blackcurrant, sweet orange, and something slightly musty and chalky that I can’t quite pick. Flavor is pretty boozy, with lots of dried fruit, some caramel, redcurrant, and quite a bitter, very slightly piney and acrid finish. The sugar coats your lips as you drink and the beer is pretty heavy and viscous in the mouth. An interesting take on the barleywine. Not as sweet as the traditional versions, which much more hop flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16895) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
Draft @ Bishops Arms Savoy, Malmö. Pours a dark amber ruby color witha small off-white head. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy aroma. Sweetish malty piney hoppy bitter piney flavor. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6174) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
(Draught at Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 7 March 2014) Dark ruby colour with dense, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with dried fruit, red berries, caramel and marzipan. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit, caramel, red fruit and a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, with a certain malt sweetness. Thick and velvety mouthfeel. Tasty, with a touch of warming of alcohol, but still fairly well balanced. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (1341) - Turku, FINLAND - APR 17, 2014
Smell of candy. Very dark brown colour, mid-brown head. Aroma of hops, roasted malt, oak, pepper. Raisins in finish. Sweet with some alcohol bitterness. Flat carbon, oily texture.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7011) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 17, 2014
330 ml bottle. 235. BB 07/10/18. Malja, Kuopio, Finland. Dark reddish brown colour with a tiny off-white head. Fruity and resiny hops, sweet malt and alcohol in the aroma. The flavour is hops, bitterness, dark hops, sweetness and alcohol. Quite nice barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3848) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Really enjoyed this. Deliciously boozy. Thick and sweet. Teeth wobbling. Throat asserting. Very hoppy, but the bitterness is balanced mit the schweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghendrix (112) - Cardiff, WALES - APR 12, 2014
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014 Bottle, pours clear chestnut brown, thin white head. Aromas of apples, toffee, citrus, oak. Green apples at the back of the mouth in the finish, sweet caramel and alcohol during the sip. Bitterness is long in the finish, a little floral and with warming alcohol too. Slick and medium bodied. Quite tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (5457) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting.Pours clear dark amber with a tiny white head. Aroma is fruity, dark citrussy, and toffeish malts. Taste is malty , dark carame, fruity, very good and fresh, lovely beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2546) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
BrewDog lager alt for mange forskjellige øl, men denne er verdt å gjenta. Dufter og smaker av fiken og krydder. Skibsreder Ovesen er i ferd med å feste fortøyningene, vi nesten ved veis ende for i kveld.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Amber. Beige head. Fine aroma of American hops and grape fruit. Simirlarly well-balanced taste.


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