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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 285   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


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MikaLukanainen (90) - POLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Pours deep mahogany with medium sized head. Citrus notes in the aroma appear at the beggining but fade quickly, overriden by caramel, toffe and, alas, alcohol. Caramel, plump and raisin are dominant in the taste of the beer, accompanied by strong alcohol notes that tend to linger on the palate. Only the last sips of the beer bring some relief from the alcoholic profile, or maybe I just had enough of them and stopped to pay any attention. It seems that barley wine isn’t my cup of... beer. Too astringent, to heavy, close to wine or caramel liqueur- that’s not my definition of beer. On the other hand, I have no problem with alcohol in baltic porters or imperial stouts so perhaps it is the beer that is not representative and simply badly balanced. Anyway, with my notes I tried to be subjectively objective, or obectively subjective (please delete as appropriate).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (3539) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle: Aroma is malty, yeasty and fruity. Molasses and dried fruits with pine notes. Reddish to dark brown color, brownish head. Flavor is malty, medium sweet with caramel and toffee notes, light alcoholic. Fruity with plums, dried fruits, also dark chocolate, sweets. Good balanced with a herbal hop bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
inbirraveritas (1292) - 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 (1690) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle from Rehill’s 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 (632) - 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 (11473) - 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 (682) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
33cl bottle @ home from Csak a Jó Sör, 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 (4355) - 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 (2235) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
On tap @ BrewDog bar, Göteborg. 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 (3488) - 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


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