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Brewed by Siren
Style: Barley Wine
Finchampstead, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed to celebrate Siren’s first anniversary. The 2013 vintage is the first in a series that will feature a different blended barrel-aged barley wine each year.

Available in keg and bottle.


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackafholmes (661) - - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle from brewdog bar, Sheffield. murky Maroon with not much head. Aroma is complex, natural prune and plum you always get with barley wine, but with woody okey flavours and some zesty spicy notes too. Taste is sweet and sour, with spicy bitterness and alcohol warmth. Quite prickly and a medium body with oil. Really like this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3844) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle at home from urban taphouse
number 1111 for 2014, happy New year all!
hazy dark chestnut brown. Fruity sultanas and rum on nose. Full bodied, sweet, toffee, low carbonation, caramel, fruit. Rich proper barley wine

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
[6990-20141219] 375mL bottle. Fruity malt and sweet grains aroma. Hazy, brown amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Grainy toasted malt and sweet dark fruity bread crusts flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(w/ Ferris, jercraigs)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
2014-12-19. Hazy murky brown body with a modest bubbly beige head. 3+ Aroma is fairly alcoholic, toasty caramel malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, fairly alcoholic, lingering bitterness in the finish, it is much more bitter than expected. Average plus bodied palate, light carbonation. Ejoyable but I’d prefer more of the sweet malty base and less of the bitterness personally. Bottle from Valhalla’s Goat, Glasgow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2014
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014 enjoyed on a bench in the park. A neat glowing warm and deep amber one this with a impressive and lacing mild beige head. Lots of aroma! Sweet and caramelly nose, toffee, vanilla biscuit. Really nice. Oh, this tastes nice also. Not sweet at all based on the aroma, really wood dry. Espresso powder with some licorice, mild fruity and really powerful with a little warning bourbon tail . Yeah, really nice indeed! 02.05.2014

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fredd_an (195) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Liten krona. Doft av torkad frukt & karamell, godis av typen vinigummi. Smak av fruktgodis, tänker på båtar. Torkade plommon, ton av torkad aprikos? Något Chokladig karaktär. Malt & alkoholsötma. Dock märker man ej av alkohol styrkan. Godis för tungan. Medelfyllig, knappt nån humlighet. Eftersmaken är också medelfyllig. Inget strävt som ligger kvar som i en amerikansk barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (753) - SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Complex nose mostly reminiscent of candy apple and a chrystalline royal chestnut brown colour. Slightly dominated by a fizzy furry mouth feel, there is a dry thinnish medicinal quality before finishing with a quick almost bitterish cognac týpe dried fruit end. Very potent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1134) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
375ml bottle. Dark, hazy brown with a couple fingers of head. Aroma shows off the spirit barrels. Lots of oak and grape skin. Taste starts with sweet brown sugar and dark fruits, then moves into drier and oakier areas. Bit of a flat, oily feel to it. Quite a distinctive creation, but not up there the best barleywines I’ve tried.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3058) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Un nez mentholé frappe l’air ambiant et disperse ses sucres multiples et ses vapeurs d’alcool. Des tanins profonds se cachent derrière le caramel, le beurre d’érable, noix de cajou et abricots séchés. Douce et longue amertume,

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle. Amber color. Malty vinous aroma. Malty sweetish, vinous flavor with whisky notes. Mellow caramelly. The alcohol is well hidden. Lacks some balance but otherwise a very good beer.


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