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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: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5755) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Draught @ CBC’14
Aroma is soapy with some caramel and fruity hops. Flavour is very soapy with gooseberry bush and herbal bitterness. Also some fruity hops and caramel. Bitter in a harsh way, hides the ABV well though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3818) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Draught @ CBC 2014

Pours dark orange with a thick white head. Aroma of caramely malts, some wood, oak, hops and vanilla. Taste is smooth, sweet and malty with some caramel, toffee and oaky notes. Finish is smooth and sweet with some caramely maltiness. Okay, quite smooth barley wine.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfroms (288) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle shared with the Danes. Pours reddish and sherry-like, a cloudy reddish caramel color. Aroma is vinous and slightly tart: sweet malts, peach, red wine, bourbon. Taste is a little hot, with notes of caramel, lemon peel, sherry-like oxidation, hazelnut, lingering booze. Interesting sherry notes but not super into this.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
AndySnow (3783) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: NK Bar, Stockholm.
Appearance: Hazy dark amber colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Apricot, caramel, some alcohol.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Sticky, fruit, alcohol.
Comment: Aroma is nice, flavour is just wrong. Had to get a few other opinions on it, but it wasn’t infected or miss-brewed. Just too much hops in a beer that shouldn’t have it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13548) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle at home - Easter Tasting. Cloudy amber - white head. Wooden, raisins, peppery, fruity, sweetness, citrus, light acid, licorice, oak, grapes, chocolate, caramel notes, peppery, nice drinkability - for a barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3201) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 19, 2014
On tap at Söder om Småland. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Sweet and VERY bitter. Aromas of burned caramel, lots of oak, milk chocolate and some nuts and dried cherries. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Very bitter finish with more oak.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2014
Bottle at Sodar om Småland. Hazy orange-red colored with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of oak, dried fruits, vanilla and caramel. Sweet and fruity flavor of caramel, sherry and oak with notes of hops, dried fruits and vanilla. Sweet and hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brontebeach (158) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
From bottle. Pours murky brown. Nose rich, smooth and balanced but with an alcohol tinge although after a while in the glass this fades. Promises more of a heavy hollow through, but is actually quite delicate although the aftertaste is short lived and perhaps lacks the complexity one would wish. Good though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (1651) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle. Cool label. Hazy chestnut brown with a forever lasting medium sized tan head. Fruity nose, Dry, tannic, wooden, earthy. Fruity notes of lime, pear, golden raisins. Fruity barrel notes in direction of triple sec, chardonnay, muscatel. Warming alcohol. Light toasted and bready malts. Full body, oily/light sticky texture, soft carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and bitter. A different barley wine with the barrels dominating while the malt base being somewhat neutral. Really an experience, but also a bit rough and tannic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2323) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Murky deep brown liquid with a reddish hue and small light tan head. Aroma of raw sugar, dried fruit, wood, bourbon, toffee, light chocolate, tangerine and citrus. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of raw sugar, raisins, bourbon, light chocolate, tangerine and citrus. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice.


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