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Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirstyrabbit (1102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle. Copper body, medium to small head. Hoppy and boozy aroma with carrots and gin. Not very coherent. Taste has some burnt rubber with boozy carrots and gin. Finish is dry and bitter with hops. The big bitterness prevents you from detecting any other tastes or flaws there may or may not be. This is a big boozy DIPA and not so much a Barley Wine. Completely unbalanced. Now my palate is trashed and I can’t rate any more beers tonight. I liked their other collaboration barley wine "Bitch Please" a lot more.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1057) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2014
330 ml bottle at home - pours golden amber with a fine eggshell white head. Aroma of super fresh hops (cheesy and weed :-)), guessing on Simcoe and/or Amarillo. The bitterness makes the body a tad sour, sweetness is not kicking through entirely, but there is a simmering smokiness as well (the typical Brewdog edge). Taste is hop pineness and dark choclate. Like it a lot, but would not categorise this as a typical barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nacho_1985 (88) - Málaga, SPAIN - MAR 24, 2014
Ipa especial, cerveza con mucho cuerpo y alta graduación ya que tiene 10,5 grados, color tostada y espuma poco densa, sabor fuerte debido a su graduación, muy buena cerveza

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29335) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2014
Bottled. A deep red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of fruits, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, alcohol, over ripe fruits, and malt, leadng to a dry alcoholic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (1928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2014
Sample from 33 cl. bottle. Dark amber colour with a dense, off-white head. Fruity aroma with citrus, chocolate, caramel malts and fruits. Some floral hops. Taste is light bitter. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Long lasting finish with fruits, citrus and rich caramel malts. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10236) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2014
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Dense beige head. Aroma. sweetness, herbs, flowers, caramel. Flavour. caramel, sweetness, herbs, flowers. medium bodied. ends light bitter and caramelly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (5876) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2014
33 cl bottle. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, fruit, caramel, alcohol and malty notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2014
33 cL bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, grapefruity. Pine and solid hoppy. Bitter and crisp hoppy. Dense and pine. Solid dry and bitter. Toffee and malty finish. Solid bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Osprey87 (1721) - WALES - MAR 21, 2014
5 month old bottle. Dark red / brown, a ring of bubbly white head. Aroma - slight pine, even slighter tropical fruit, alcohol based perfume. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste - slight pine and toffee, really light on the flavour, alcohol comes through as the main flavour. Doesn’t come across as particularly hoppy...just sharp and alcoholic. Not a fan of this. A big disappointment.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CloakedDagger (602) - - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a thick nutty broen with a beige head. Nose has a lot of nuts and christmas pudding as well as pretty severe alcohol. Rich and syrupy body, but there’s clearly a shitload of hops in there too for a rather hoppy finish. A very typical US-style Barley Wine - and a good one too. 200314


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