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

bottled
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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed to celebrate Sirenís 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Backlog rating. Tap at CBC Clerkenwell, Maiden launch. It pours a deep murky orange color with a large off-white head. Aroma is extremely intense, sweet, bold and complex, with notes of ripe tropical fruit salad, toffee, port wine, alcohol, fig and dates. Taste is again very sweet with big juicy hops, with notes of tropical fruits, banana, toffee, wood, caramel, dried fruit, red berries and cognac. Full bodied with sticky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Overall, punched a truck-load of flavour, but is clearly very sweet and a sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1606) - SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2014
Ok. Good six months on this now.

Quite a bright, of murky amber. Juicy prune, little cinnamon and five spice and creme brulee. Soft pear, brassy middle and a soft balmy mouthfeel. Light buzz of dark berries. Smooth and keen. Finishes without even a nod towards the ABV. linger is warming copper, squeaky and still resonatingly keen. Bottle, Cornelius.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2014

Bottle 375ml.

[ As Siren Maiden 2013 ].
Unclear matt medium to dark amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, wood, dried fruit, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, dried fruit, caramel, oak, wood, light alcoholic. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140418]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4037) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. I had a brilliant review lined up for this last night, but Iíve forgotten it. The beer was obviously very nice. They should sell it in 3 litre bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2949) - FINLAND - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle 37,5 cl. Murky brown in color with a small off-white head. Notes of garden flowers, dark fruits and wooden oakyness in aroma. Chocolate, sweet brown sugar, oak and dark semi-sweet fruits are present in taste. Bit of some vanilla and warm alcohol notes appears towards the end. Doesnít feel too cloying and thus this brew is quite enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2702) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2014
Dark reddish amber with a fat coat of beige head that never disappears. Aroma of toffee, orange peel, lime, almonds, spices, red wine vinegar. Some alcohol. Full bodied, creamy texture. Sweet, but dries out a fair bit towards the end. Finish is woody, bitter and boozy but not hot. Rather more dark, dried fruits and red wine than toffee, quite a lot bitter orange, lime and some spices. Very interesting beer - the beer seems to be just a supporting player to various barrel-related flavours and doesnít have much grunt or depth of itself. But the barrel things are complicated enough (whisky, Sherry, Cointreau? - I dunno) that no one thing really dominates and the beer-as-support-player thing works pretty well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (4479) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
(bottle) hazy ruby-brown colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of brown sugar, dill and spicy kebab, with a hint of caramel, some light oak, earth and alcohol. flavour is more alcohol, dill and caramel, with notes of herbal hops, yeast, some chalk and a light sweetness. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (1894) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
a pretty interesting version of a barleywine, sort of sweet, not too hot, kinda dry caramel-y.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
graham_murphy (401) - - AUG 24, 2014
Impressively smooth given the ABV. Taste of wine and wood on a beer that is a little sweet but not too malty or hoppy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5660) - Utah, USA - AUG 23, 2014
RBESG grand tasting part 2
Cloudy amber with a medium sized off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is woody and alcohols. Flavors are woody, caramel and bourbon
Nice


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