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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 263   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, weíve created this big, twisted 10.5% American style barley wine. With big boozy aromas thatíll swirl round your nostrils and a sweet viscosity thatíll 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, youíre 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
inbirraveritas (1258) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 11, 2014
Draught. Reddish dark brown colour, small and lasting yellowish head. Liqueurique nose. Intensive aroma ruled by molasses and dried fruits combined with pine and alcohol, mouthfeel is oily. Long and warming, earthy-toasty-grapefruity finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1470) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle from Rehillís of Jesmond. Pours deep ruby with a tan head. Lovely fruity aroma. Rich taste with lots of boozy fruit, sherry, liquorice and spice followed by a lingering bitter finish. Really full bodied. Extremely good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brenhophead (595) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2014
330mL bottle. Pours a deep marhogarny with a milk chocolate head and a massive fruity/spice, toffee apple like aroma. A massive toffee like sweetness as it hit the palate with lots a resinous pine to follow and a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11088) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Tap sample. Poured clear reddish brown color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and small hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (507) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
33cl bottle @ home from Csak a Jů SŲr, Budapest. Body is clear, deep ruby-brow, Head is medium, creamy, brownish, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is dried fruits, alcohol, citrus, Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, mild coffee, Taste is medium to heavy sweet, medium roasty bitter, light alcohol sour. Finish is chocolate, dried frits, roasty bitter-sweet, hoppy, heavy alcohol in my throat. Full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation. Heavy dessert beer, slightly imperial stout-ish, full aroma, alcohol is present but not that disturbing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (4153) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle 33cl, A clear amber beer with medium head. Nose is intense on candied orange, hops resin and pine. Aroma is very sweet, caramel and chocolate touch, hops resin, pine, overripped fruits, anise touch, licorice, almond. Good body and good complexity and quite easy to drink for this alcohol level.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2165) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
On tap @ BrewDog bar, GŲteborg. dark amber with a tiny tan head. malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Full body with a long bitter sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3280) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway. Dark amber color, ok foam. Aromas of hops, malt, caramel, dried fruits, toffee & light citrus. Full body & high complexity. Some sweetness, but balances ok- ends up a little bit on the sweet side. Enjoyable

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1004) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2014
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5):
Strong & boozy with a dark fruits (dates/figs/plums) before the dark malts & chocolate come through. Warming alcohol aroma that thankfully isnít overpowering. Traces of hops & pineapple appear in a very complex but excellent smelling beer.
Copper with red tinges, a lot lighter than expected. Thereís a thin, 0.25cm head of fine bubbles that fades to leave quite a patchy lacing after 20 seconds.
Boozy with minor alcohol notes & sweetness with dark fruits standing out. Complex tasting with some plum, dates, raisins & dark cherries, some figs & citrus too; here is faint hops & pine in there as well. Spicy & warming with pineapple, some malts, caramel & chocolate.
Strong, boozy & sweet but it still managed to go down easier than than expected, helped by the great balance, not to mentione the warming & boozy feel that complimented the medium carbonation & dry finish.

A really nice collaborative effort between Brewdog & Oskar Blues, itís definitely up there with the best Iíve tried from Brewdog & it went down a real treat & one that Iím slightly disappointed wonít ever be available again. Wonderfully complex & definitely boozy but the huge array of flavours managed to mask the vast majority of the alcohol & make the beer seem a lot easier to drink than a 10.5% beer should have done; a pleasure to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Simonsen (725) - NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Klar, mÝrk brun farget, lavt karbonert med en liten hvit skumtopp. Smaker malt, eik, brunt sukker,karamell,rosiner, honning med innslag av lÝv. Denne var utrolig god. Smaker noe alkohol


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