Siren Maiden 2014

 
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90
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Formerly brewed at Siren
Style: Barley Wine
Finchampstead, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The goal for Maiden is to celebrate our love of experimentation and the impact of wood and time on a beer. A big barley wine is brewed and then split into many different barrels with varied spirits and wines and differing types of wood to impart a wide palette of flavours. Then after a year has gone by we would then bring them back together and craft a blend that would bring complexity and balance. The base beer was the first batch brewed in 2014, which was a solid american style hoppy barley wine. This was partly used in the 2013 release and the rest was used to top up the barrels from our first year release. New barrels including red wine, sauternes, banyuls and whisky were then also added to the mix. This year, along with our own team of brewers and back of house team, we asked for help in putting together the blend from Andrew at Le Grappin & the team at East London Liquor Company. The day started off with a discussion about the beer and the vision for the project, making it clear to everyone that we were looking for the best possible beer from the day, not to make sure we make the most out of all the barrels we had. Then both of our guests were invited to talk about their process for creating and blending when working in their own field. A sample of each of the barrels were laid out in front of us, including the base beer for what will become Maiden 2015, and we all tasted each and every barrel made notes, discussed and tasted some more. A few of the barrels had picked up some Brett, and some of them in a very nice way, however, Maiden is not about brettanomyces so these barrels were kept aside for future projects. After a full afternoon of tasting and discussion, the time for talking was over, we each put forward our individual favourite blend for a vote. The decision was not easy, there were many different approaches taken with each resulting in different highlights and accents, but a majority vote won through. The process of taking the beer out of the barrels (leaving 10% in for the next year), blending and bottling has now been done. Just over 5000 bottles are now conditioning nicely waiting for their release on the 7th March at our party. We are really excited about how this years blend has turned out, and the addition of the Wine, Banyuls and Sauternes has really added a depth to last years batch.

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3.4
Ungstrup (39109) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2017
Draft at CBC 2015. A hazy amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of alcohol and over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol and over ripe fruits, leading to a bitter finish.

3.3
Shark_Pants (781) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2017
375ml bottle from Cotteridge Wines during a 2016 business trip. Pours hazy red-brown with nice beige head that recedes to a film. Prominent oak character in the aroma, caramel and toasted notes, maybe some marmalade. The taste is quite sweet - lots of caramel, toffee and rich maltiness, lots of oak tannins, vanilla, vinous character, herbal hop bitterness, a little orange marmalade. Rich and decadent mouthfeel, low carbonation, sweet finish, warming (but not spicy) booze. Pretty decent barley wine but perhaps a little heavy handed on the barrel character.

3.5
Evilkniamhel (1053) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2017
From bottle. Nose of roasted malts, brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate biscuits. Taste is full bodied, coffee, very sweet, bitter finish.

3.5
saxo (20028) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are rich malt, fruits, caramel, hops and burnt sugar. Light boozy, sweet caramel finish.

4.4
alex_leit (5363) - Minsk, BELARUS - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle. Brownish amber color, cream-colored foam. Aroma: oak, whisky, wine, raisins, candied fruit, dried figs, spirits. Taste: whisky, vanilla barrel, red wine, port wine, raisin, plum wine, very warming.

4
bhensonb (16146) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Capped/wrapped 500 from Craft Beer Kings. Pours very hazy brown with some bubbles. Aroma is wood, wine, brown sugar. Full bodied. Flavor starts very brown sugar/treacle, shows some wood and arguably wine, and then goes back to the sugary stuff with some flavor that seems wood/sauterne (which I haven’t had for some years). Flavor is a rather complex thing. Heat not really noticeable to me. Pretty interesting and flavorful sipper.

2.6
AdmiralVernon (1200) - SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2016
A: Deep dark brown with some red notes and a thin off white lacing. N: Raisins, caramel, grapefruit, hint of liqourice T: Raisin, yeast, boozy, wet oak O: Boozy and not really my thing...

3.3
zvikar (6632) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 28, 2016
CBC2015, Pours orange to brown with a small head, aroma of apples, caramel, honey, flavor of honey, caramel, acetaldehyde, medium bodied

4
aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2016
Raisiny aromy, caramel and a hint of smoke in the aroma. The taste is a lot of raisin with some caramel and wood. A tiny bit to much wood for me.

4.5
janubio (1003) - SPAIN - JUN 23, 2016
Pours a brown colour, with a small head that fades leaving a good lace. Aroma of red fruits, wood, caramel, wine, whiskey, citrus. Medium to full body, creamy, good cabonations. Taste is smokey, wood, red fruits, milk chocolate, whiskey. Exceptional.


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