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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4007) - 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 I’ve 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 (2862) - 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. Doesn’t 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 (2663) - 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 doesn’t 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 (4346) - 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 (1847) - 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 (375) - - 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 (5578) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4785) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Really a nice barley wine. Super subtle feel here for something so high in alcohol. Pours maroon without much head or lacing. Light citrus and some candied malt. Light booze and some lime zest and pepper. Finishes citrusy light sour with some sweetness. Tap at Churchkey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5311) - GERMANY - AUG 22, 2014
Tap at CBC 2014. Beer in the glass brownish, small head. Light alcoholic aroma. Starts intense spicy-alcoholic, woody, fruity hints. Finish less alcoholic, more malty notes, not too roasty. Not bad.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AshtonMcCobb (3413) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2014
375ml fancy looking bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - chestnut with a slight chink of red. Nose - apricots or canned mandarins in syrup. Maybe a spice note. Taste - orange tang and dried fruit and nuts. Palate - full bodied with a big tangy texture and a strong rich powerful finish which is there for at least a couple of minutes. Overall - outstanding, lovely beer!


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