Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Draft at The Brass Tap - U Square. Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that laces the glass. Has a big fresh hop character, with straw, grass, lemon, and fresh herbs, balanced by caramel and sweet malts. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Maybe this one was mislabeled at the bar; he said it was a special double IPA from Oskar Blues, and it drank like one. Weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (5083) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
330 ml bottle. Clear dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, floral, light peat. Tastes of dark fruit, peat, caramel, toffee, light smoke. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (2114) - oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 25, 2014
Botella de 33 cl de la internacional tomada en el momento el 17-10-2014. Lote 235 hasta 07-10-2018. Color ámbar muy oscuro, cerezo con espuma beige oscuro que desaparece al poco y casi por completo. Cuerpo medio con 10.5 vol que le dan una buena sensación alcohólica. Sabores y aromas de maltas caramelizadas con final amargo notable y duradero.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
spokeydonkey (75) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Dark storyline in color with thin lacing. Aroma is roast and a bit of alcohol. Taste is dominated by sweet malts. Palate is the high point as it is silky. Finishes sweet with mild hops for the style and lingering alcohol heat. Too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rudat1992 (11) - Dortmund, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2014
Reddish brown color and a medium cappuccino head. Fruity inserted plums in rum and sherry aroma, it also leaves a touch of coffee taste. Very good barley wine beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RaijinSen (296) - POLAND - NOV 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2015 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (4021) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
inbirraveritas (1438) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (2737) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brenhophead (681) - 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.

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