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Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 264   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Simonsen (728) - NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Klar, mørk brun farget, lavt karbonert med en liten hvit skumtopp. Smaker malt, eik, brunt sukker,karamell,rosiner, honning med innslag av løv. Denne var utrolig god. Smaker noe alkohol

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5904) - Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a dark reddish amber/copper color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has nice caramel malts, dark fruits with maybe a touch of alcohol. The flavor has caramel, dark fruits, and resiny, herbal hops, hoppy American barley wine, some alcohol, I would probably like this better with age.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Murky chestnut hue with a lasting beige head. Lovely toffee and sweet leafy aroma. I’m getting some hoppy earthy resins with honey and toffee and raisin and light bourbon. Big flavor with leafy hop resins, delicious bitter raisins and dates, orange rind, and sticky sweet earthy toast and caramel malts. Outstanding.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Can. Deep amber with red tint and a frothy head. Nose is chewy malts, sweet, sticky, toffee, rich dark fruits, and alcohol. Heavy on the palate, you can scrape this off your tongue, malts, toffee, light caramel, sweet, no hint of alcohol at all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6979) - 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 (1362) - Järvenpää, 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 (2552) - 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 (1025) - 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 (3365) - 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 (8497) - 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).


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