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Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 261   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2992) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Tap, copper pour, white head, nose is boozy, taste is boozy, more caramel than ever.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4619) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2014
On tap@Beertemple. 25cl sample. The aroma has some raisin, toffee, prunes, not too much hoppiness, booze. Clear, copper-brown coloured beer with a thin, white head. The taste is medium sweet with some bitterness. There is raisin, sugar cane and booze in the taste mainly. Full and powerful, but lacking complexity and balance. Nice, but not a star.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8264) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 6, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv malzig, hopfig, reifes Obst. Geschmack sehr malzig, überreife Früchte, Alkohol, hopfig bitter im Abgang.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
mikske79 (1248) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - SEP 6, 2014
Wauw, zo slecht heb ik ze nog niet veel geprobeerd. Dit is echt niet te doen, dit drink ik nooit meer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep ruby, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves a little lacing. Resin and fresh herbal hops, berry notes and toffee malt make up the aroma. Resin and spice hops up front give way to full-bodied toffee and port. A little alcohol warmth mixes with berry notes in the finish. A very enjoyable barley wine.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CraftBeerNick (990) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Keg at Beer Temple, 3rd September 14. This is too sweet for my taste, not my thing

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingvit (251) - - SEP 3, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 Aroma: coffee, chocolate, caramel, raisin, rum, dry plum, citrus; Appearance: dark pale red, minimal head; Taste: intense bitterness, medium sweetness, medium sourness; Palate: bitter finish, full body, soft carbonation, thick texture Slightly alcoholic bitterness, intense aroma, a truly extreme beer bearing some similarities to Libertine Black Ale

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kauge (341) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle from Õllepood nr 1 Gambrinus in Tartu (€ 5,50), August 2014. Batch 235. Pours a deep dark mahogany or copper with a light head that retains well and leaves some lacing. Nose is hops, caramel, red berries, plums, autumny earthiness. Downright awesome. Gets maltier as it warms. Taste is... that’s heavy stuff here... more malty, boozy, ripe autumn fruits, slight liquorice. Full body, viscous syrupy texture, medium carbonation. Very long, bitter, malty, boozy finish - also dry and a bit winey even. Overall a sweet and boozy barleywine yet somehow it’s neatly balanced and terribly enjoyable. Perfect for a cool Sunday night at home or a hot Friday night at a bar with good company.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1866) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Tap at brewdog shepherds bush. Pours a dark red caramel colour with an off white head. Aroma has caramel, light fruit cake, a little honey... Medium to full body, light to medium carbonation. Sweet with light treacle, lemon, fruit cake, light sherry, some booze... Too sweet for me, but nice enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (370) - - AUG 23, 2014
Shared a bottle with Rik at home 21-8-2014 while watching soccer. I really liked this beer. It’s like a more compelling version of Alesmith Grand Cru. Sweetness combined with a strong alcohol taste and hints of bitterness. The sweetness is rich and boozy. It reminds me of brown sugar and raisins. The taste is grabbing and dominant, like that.


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