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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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4904) - 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 (5339) - 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 (3583) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (5501) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2014
375ml bottle shared with Ashton McCobb. Exactly 6 months in the bottle. Pours deep ruby chestnut, thin off-white head. Aromas of apricot, mandarin, some tinned prune, dried fruit and spice. Taste is chewy spice, more fruit, lots of dried fruit, mixed peel, total lack of the booze burn I was (kind of) expecting. Marzipan and mandarins. Not too sweet, wood notes coming through, balances out nicely as it warms up. Long finish. Really good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (6841) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle - Toffee and some booze with some plum. Cloudy copper with a decent white head. Caramel, plum and some heat on the throat. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle from CASK, Pimlico. Hazy amber with a thick beige head. Fruity aroma, hints of orange zest and rum. Complex fruity caramel flavours, hints of oranges. May even become more subtle with aging.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (3901) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
On tap at CBC 2014. Hazy amber with off white head. Aroma is fresh, of caramel, citrus, alcohol and booze with woody notes. Taste is rich, sweet, alcohol, caramel, apples and wood.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (7016) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2014
Draught at CBC 2014. Hazy amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, malt, dried fruit, hops wineous.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3488) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2014
Small beige head dark misty brown pour mild carbonation aromas rich fruits sugary boozy rich port cherries dried fruit toffee honey the flavours red wine dried fruits honey cherries raisin dried fruits caramel sticky note toffee bourbon touch lovely real palate pleaser plenty of boozy notes good balance the finish superb tastes boozy good fruits rich malts a lovely tasting Barleywine

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6872) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2014
375 ml bottle. Golden wax. Pours a dark hazy amber colour with a small white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity malts, berries, gooseberry bush, wood and caramel. Rich flavour of toasted malts, herbs, tequila, sweet caramel, wood, rum, raisin, some alcohol and red berries. Full bodied and oily mouthfeel. Very complex.


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