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Brewed by Siren
Style: Barley Wine
Finchampstead, England
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RATINGS: 93   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bammers54 (58) - Camberely, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2014
from Keg, 2 days after the launch, loads of attack, the initial aroma, picking up the tequila and whiskey barrel aging, super smooth for such a high ABV, very drinkable and not cloying, this is a pretty near perfect example of barrel ageing and blending, excellent

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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (4001) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2014
Keg at CBC clerko Siren Maiden do. Hazed rich red chestnut brown with a steadfast cream coloured creamy head. Beautiful. Aroma is whiskey sherry, some dried fruits. Some hot alcohol and nuts. Flavour is dried fruits, raisin rum, oak and touch of caramel. Body is full and smooth low carabomation. Lingering warming and wood. So much depth and complexity. Really tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (16117) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
10th March 2014
Craft Clerkenwell. Keg. Deep amber - red beer, small but persistent cream coloured head. Palate is comparatively light and dry and little crisp. Light malt base, touch of toffee. It seems like a fairly neutral base barleywine here, which I am guessing was the intention because it allows the excellent barrelling and blending to shine. Touch of Tequila limey tang, nice red wine fruits and a touch of bitter wood. This is followed by light fruity whisky and a vague mellow pink grapefruit. Finishes smooth and light with the red wine coming back almost Port like. Lovely. So pissed off that Ryan is pissing off.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, sweet toffee and caramel, fruity, boozy, vinous.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AshtonMcCobb (2945) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (1985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Keg at the Siren Tap Takeover at CBC Clerkenwell. Hazy chestnut brown with soft reddish edges and soft very creamy off white head. Nose is soft bourbon, light Armagnac, orange rind, slight orange liqueur, caramel, toasty malt. Taste is alcohol, bourbon, soft wood notes, orange citrous rind, citrous fruit, little bit of prune and raisin, caramel, toasty malt. Very soft and smooth and ultimately drinkable. I really like the softness. It’s not hard like American barley wines. Probably one of the best BWs I’ve had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7704) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle from Siren, Friday 7th March 2014 directly from brewery, consumed at home Tuesday 18th March 2014 I picked this up from the brewery the day before the launch and worked hard not to be tempted into drinking this before the Craft Launch. Aroma is a little musty and with an interesting distinct spicy herbal woodiness then there is a little alcohol soaked dark sugar thing going on. Huge warmth floods through, very soft, silky smooth. Sour, tangy and with more than a nod to cointreau. Stunning sweet orangey citrus that is pummelled by the warmth from of the alcohol, it is marvellous, really great, with lots of warm, spicy damp woodiness So many nods towards spirits, so wonderfully fruity, despite being a Barley Wine it has nods to a big IPA and there is a pithiness. Love it but think it may develop to be even more intriguing. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov17 4.1

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niall73 (1873) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle at home. Aroma is lovely - sweet dark fruit - dates, figs boozy raisins and rum, touch of grass too. Medium to full body, mild carbonation. The sweet rummy fruitiness switches gear towards boozy woody dryness in a flash. It might leave a touch dry, but its a treat.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopRedHead (393) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a muddy orange with creamy off white head. Immediate aroma of cherries, red grapes, oak, figs, caramel. Off the Richter. Flavours are more centered around the oak, lots of toffee, vanilla, rum, raisins and dark fruits. Lingering chewy sweetness. Lots of oak in this one, but it’s very good.


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