Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zacgillbanks (3434) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Bright red-brown in colour with a sweet red fruity flavour, burnt toffee and currants followed by sweet almonds, cola ice pops and rich chocolate and earthy, roasted notes on the finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mjp12 (880) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
One of my favourite brewdogs, and that is high praise! Multi layered, complex aroma, toast, spruce, citrus, earthy, dark nutty brown colour, with a head that soon sinks. Sweet but bitter taste, itís obviously full of booze, but the hops make it difficult to just sip, I want to glug away at it. Itís not a straight barley wine, for me itís something far more interesting. Love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
InPivoVeritas (404) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Nice deep brown with ruby highlights. Small brownish head. Great aroma of lemon, oranges, resin, candies, maple syrup and toast. Starts sweet but nice, medium-high bitterness counters it. High viscosity, kind of syrupy character. Nice booze note. Awesome mouthfeel. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingvit (405) - - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (5909) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Murky chestnut hue with a lasting beige head. Lovely toffee and sweet leafy aroma. Iím 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Melnis (329) - LATVIA - NOV 14, 2013
Aroma: sweet, hops, fruits, glue Dark amber Magnificent palette, sweets and salt. Natural apricots Muuuuuust try once again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (4163) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Really enjoyed this. Deliciously boozy. Thick and sweet. Teeth wobbling. Throat asserting. Very hoppy, but the bitterness is balanced mit the schweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fkoolen (638) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle @ home. Dark reddish brown, slim beige creamy head. Imperial nose with big toffee, caramel and honey tones along with hoppy fruitiness. Taste is likewise: big malted, sweet flavours beautifully combining with deep hoppy tropical and citrus fruits and a nice bitterness. Great flavours, complex but still balanced. As it warms, it gets more stout-ish with roasted coffee and chocolate tones coming up along with wine-like properties (red fruits, boozy, more dry). Dry, lingering fruity finish. Oily but soft mouthfeel, big body, medium-low carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (3362) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 19, 2014
Tap at RJ. Aroma is rich malty, caramel, but showcasing generous use of American aroma hops. Citrusy, orange, light resiny. Clear dark brown to ruby colour with stable head. Taste is initially cloying with caramel, chocolate and fruits, but after a moment gets cut through by decisive citrusy and zesty hoppiness, finishing balanced with long duration. Not a beer for faint-hearted. Glorious American barley-wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radzik5555 (602) - Gdynia, POLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Butelka 0.33L.
Wygląd: Rubinowe, klarowne z iskrą. Piana obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, kremowa, trwała. Ładnie koronkuje.
Aromat: Intensywny aromat amerykańskich chmielůw, dojrzałe owoce egzotyczne, melon, marakuja, papaja i winogrona oraz nuty żywiczne. W tle odrobina nut melanoidynowych i ledwo wyczuwalny alkohol.
Odczucie: Niskie wysycenie, ciało wysokie-, faktura oleista.
Smak: Początek słodki, słodowy, karmelowy. Na rozwinięciu owocowość od chmielu, melon, winogrona, rodzynki. Do tego ciemne pieczywo. Na finiszu pojawia się spora, grejpfrutowa goryczka oraz alkohol.
Całość: Bardzo dobre, smakuje i pachnie jak bardzo mocne imperialne IPA.

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