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

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13393) - 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 (3152) - 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 (20742) - 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 (156) - 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 (1607) - 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 (2271) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermearjay (33) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle into snifter. murky orange, off white fading head. Caramel, dried fruits. Super smooth body in the mouth, bouncing complex flavor, alcohol up front, some citrus, orange, dryness puckering in the cheeks. Sophisticated dry tail, will only improve in complexity with age I feel. wonderfully done, not ball breakingly amazing, but very solid barley wine style with a twist.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Coliniusmonk (1) - Dorset, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Lovely thick taste followed by an Check out Siren Maiden 2013 at @ratebeer http://ratebeer.com/b/254526/ hit of flavour that is almost sour followed by the warmth of alcohol from the 11% abv. The aftertaste is complex with the aging process clearly adding a whisky oak flavour. Less sweet than other barley wines which makes this behemoth of a drink much easier to quaff. Definitely something to look out for.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2094) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 6, 2014
Bottle - fuzzy reddish brown with a small thin beige head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty caramel, toffee, butterscotch, some herbal notes, some dark dried fruit (raisin), nice mouthfeel, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 6, 2014
Bottled. A murky brown beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, wood, brettanomyces, and alcohol, leading to a dry finish.


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