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BrewDog / Oskar Blues Shipwrecker Circus

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

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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7050) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 25, 2014
bottle, from the beergeek shop. clear dark purpley brown with a slender head; somewhat medicinal aroma, hints of menthol, cough syrup; jammy flavours - stewed strawberry, some citric hop presence, some warming alcohol; pretty decent

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2014

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

[ As BrewDog / Oskar Blues Shipwrecker Circus ].
Clear light dark brown - orange red color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, sweet sugary, dried fruit, moderate to light heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, sweet hops, light alcoholic. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, spicy malt - hops, hoppy, sweet malt, caramel, alcohol, dried fruit. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20141208]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (1725) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
December 20, 2014. Bottle at home, best before 2018.
Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel notes, dried fruits, floral notes and alcohol. Taste is light to medium sweet, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. A bit sharp and unrefined. Medium bodied.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zacgillbanks (2560) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6842) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (1833) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1095) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
spokeydonkey (30) - somerville, 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.

4.1
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MikaLukanainen (38) - 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).


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