BrewDog / Oskar Blues Shipwrecker Circus

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Keg and bottled, special
In collaboration with the awesome Oskar Blues from Colorado, we’ve created this big, twisted 10.5% American style barley wine. With big boozy aromas that’ll swirl round your nostrils and a sweet viscosity that’ll cover your tongue from top to tip, this is a beer for people who enjoy nonsense and walking on tightropes. Even when the Circus packs up and leaves, you’re left with a lingering warmth and bitterness playing in your month. - See more at:
Malts: Extra Pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Citra
Twist: American style Barley Wine brewed with Oskar Blues

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Arve_Christian (5225) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway. Dark amber color, ok foam. Aromas of hops, malt, caramel, dried fruits, toffee & light citrus. Full body & high complexity. Some sweetness, but balances ok- ends up a little bit on the sweet side. Enjoyable

flying_pig (1687) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2014
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5):
Strong & boozy with a dark fruits (dates/figs/plums) before the dark malts & chocolate come through. Warming alcohol aroma that thankfully isn’t overpowering. Traces of hops & pineapple appear in a very complex but excellent smelling beer.
Copper with red tinges, a lot lighter than expected. There’s a thin, 0.25cm head of fine bubbles that fades to leave quite a patchy lacing after 20 seconds.
Boozy with minor alcohol notes & sweetness with dark fruits standing out. Complex tasting with some plum, dates, raisins & dark cherries, some figs & citrus too; here is faint hops & pine in there as well. Spicy & warming with pineapple, some malts, caramel & chocolate.
Strong, boozy & sweet but it still managed to go down easier than than expected, helped by the great balance, not to mentione the warming & boozy feel that complimented the medium carbonation & dry finish.

A really nice collaborative effort between Brewdog & Oskar Blues, it’s definitely up there with the best I’ve tried from Brewdog & it went down a real treat & one that I’m slightly disappointed won’t ever be available again. Wonderfully complex & definitely boozy but the huge array of flavours managed to mask the vast majority of the alcohol & make the beer seem a lot easier to drink than a 10.5% beer should have done; a pleasure to drink.

Simonsen (1314) - NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Klar, mørk brun farget, lavt karbonert med en liten hvit skumtopp. Smaker malt, eik, brunt sukker,karamell,rosiner, honning med innslag av løv. Denne var utrolig god. Smaker noe alkohol

alexsdad06 (11238) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a dark reddish amber/copper color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has nice caramel malts, dark fruits with maybe a touch of alcohol. The flavor has caramel, dark fruits, and resiny, herbal hops, hoppy American barley wine, some alcohol, I would probably like this better with age.

onceblind (10893) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Murky chestnut hue with a lasting beige head. Lovely toffee and sweet leafy aroma. I’m getting some hoppy earthy resins with honey and toffee and raisin and light bourbon. Big flavor with leafy hop resins, delicious bitter raisins and dates, orange rind, and sticky sweet earthy toast and caramel malts. Outstanding.

mar (5457) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Can. Deep amber with red tint and a frothy head. Nose is chewy malts, sweet, sticky, toffee, rich dark fruits, and alcohol. Heavy on the palate, you can scrape this off your tongue, malts, toffee, light caramel, sweet, no hint of alcohol at all.

DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Dark brown, red, near-black color. Thin khaki head, leaves decent bits of lace. Bigger body, smooth lighter carbonation, kind of creamy with a good full feel, lightly slick in the finish. Dark fruit, some chocolate, and good c-hop.. .Grapefruit citrusy hop, mildly piney. Nice interesting unique flavor profile for a barley wine. Certainly American-style. Good tropical flavors. Moderate sweet, moderate to bigger bitter taste. Alcohol works just fine, just a mild warmth at the end, kind of pleasant. Tasty, interesting stuff.

k0mpsa (3181) - Tuusula, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle, thx to lambister. Clear dark amber color, white head. Aroma is double ipa style, sweet notes, citrus notes. Nicely sweet body, hops, malts, citrus. I think this is dipa like barley wine.

hawthorne00 (4198) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle, 14C. Clear deep amber with a fat beige coat. Layers of toffee, stewed and dried fruit, bread, a little waft of grapefruit and pine, marmalade. Nothing bad, but not terribly cohesive. Getting towards syrupy with lowish carbonation that’s about perfect for me for this sort of thing. Boozy but not not hot, more a slowish drinker than a sipper. Sweet with more dried and stewed fruit than toffee, strong bitterness that grips rather than bites. Will buy more if I see it - probably even better next Oz winter.

Maris (1613) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014
From a 330ml bottle on 11/10/2014 (shared by Butz with thanks). Pours a medium amber with a small head. The nose is primarily malty with lots of caramel and a touch of toffee. In the mouth, the malty (caramel, toast) and citrus fruit sweetness is quickly attacked by some big, aggressive hops, with more than a hint of grapefruit evident. You certainly get a bit of alcohol, with the 10.5% no real surprise. Full bodied and moderately carbed, this is a very nice hop forward barley wine.

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