Siren Old Fashioned Barley Wine

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

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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We’re big fans of the classic old fashioned a 19th Century cocktail traditionally made by muddling sugar with butters then adding whiskey and a twist of citrus. This is our take with barley wine as the base as the base beer and the classic orange zest to serve. It’s been in barrels for 12 months picking up a well rounded bourbon profile with some vanilla and caramel sweetness. Bitters optional

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3.7
koleminer20 (4481) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2018
From notes. Enjoyed a pour down in Miami for Wakefest 2018 on February 17. The pour is a nice darker garnet-tinted brown color with a thicker light tan head and a couple spots of lace as it falls down to a thin film. The aroma is pretty decent. There is a nice toffee and dark fruit up front with a growing woodiness as it opens up. The bourbon kicks into overdrive after that. Shit. It’s like bitter bourbon and oak. The flavor matches pretty well. Dark fruits and toffee up front with a sweet bourbon and a growing bitter woodiness on the back end. There is a hint of cherry that stands out as well. The mouth feel is medium bodied and softly carbonated with a lingeringly smooth bourbon and bitter cherry happening on the finish. Not as much vanilla or caramel as I’d like, but this was pretty solid. 7 4 7 4 15

3.9
Alengrin (6189) - BELGIUM - APR 10, 2018
Barrel aged barleywine with orange zest by Siren, bottle shared with Craftmember. Thinnish, off-white, sparsely lacing moussy ring over a warm, lightly haze bronze beer with ochre edges and a deep ruby red hue in its ‘belly’. Aroma of candied cherries, ruby port, almond, toffee, maple syrup, pecan nuts, chestnut cream sauce, rum-soaked raisins, marmalade (which presumably represents the orange zest), muscovado sugar, whisky, some vanilla-ish oak, bourbon, Grand Marnier, dried prunes. Very sweet onset, bordering on cloying due to a lot of residual brown sugariness but in a noble, ‘candied’ way, reminiscent of fig compote, marmalade and yellow raisins; soft carbonation, thick, vinous mouthfeel as can be expected from a sweet English style barleywine. Thick caramelly, fudge-like malt body with thickly hazelnutty edges and a touch of chocolate to it, bit resinous, honeyish with that residual sugar sweetness persisting till the end, where the orange zest, malt and sugar sweetness, wood notes and warming, long alcohol effect all blend together in a Grand Marnier-like effect; hop bitterness in this whole story remains very much in the background. Very rich, complex, sweet and desserty, thick barleywine, absolutely great if you love this style, but perhaps just a tad too sweet and sticky for me personally.

4
gam (4223) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2018
Deep ruby pour small head mild carbonation aromas chocolate caramel bourbon dried fruit toffee boozy note port the flavours cherries toffee raisins plums very juicy tasting on the palate lovely rich bourbon rich fruits lovely to drink some vanilla good tastes throughout boozy notes very rich Barley Wine

4.3
cgarvieuk (27057) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2018
Cask at cloisters... Dark brown.. Small tan head.. Soft sweet caramel woody toffee malts nose... oily woody... Soft sweet chewy woody caramel chocolate..Deep tones of orange oils .. soft raisins ... Rich thick soft body... sublime..

3.7
RichTheVillan (8769) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2018
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark opaque brown pour with a thin light tan head, aroma has big bourbon and sweet fruits, taste is really sweet with big bourbon, sweet dark fruits, some bitterness, vanilla, pretty big beer.

3.8
kaserov (1289) - Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 11, 2018
UPDATED: APR 10, 2018 No sé quien se ha inventado, por enésima vez, la descripción de esta cerveza. En la botella no pone absolutamente nada sobre cereza o vainilla. Hace referencia a que la barrica de bourbon aporta notas de vainilla y el dulzor del caramelo, pero no dice que esté envejecida con vainilla ni cereza. Sí dice que se ha rayadura de naranja, pero el que ha subido la cerveza a Ratebeer ha preferido no leer la descripción e inventarse un par de cosas. Esto ya ha sido solventado, gracias a Dios. Ahora, lo que verdaderamente importa, la cerveza. Color marrón oscuro, algo granate si le da la luz, turbio y opaco, con capa de espuma marrón de un dedo de grosor y escasa retención. Carbonatación suave. Textura cremosa. Aroma a Oporto, Bourbon, madera, caramelo y miel, melaza y azúcar moreno. Caramelo, recuerdos de chocolate y melaza, pasas, azúcar moreno, miel, fruta madura, peladura de naranja, recuerdos de Oporto y Bourbon, madera. Muy dulce, el primer trago me hizo fruncir el ceño. A partir del segundo, me voy acostumbrando, aunque creo que podrían haber balanceado ese dulzor con algo de amargor final, alguna nota ácida o salina, no lo sé. Es un poco excesivo. Nos beneficiamos los amantes de lo dulce, pero el resto... Dudo que puedan dar más de dos o tres tragos. A sipper, como dicen. Not for me, la bebería por litros, si no tuviera la graduación que tiene. Final dulce y ligeramente licoroso, muy manejable. Postgusto dulzón, melaza, caramelo, madera y licor. Cuanto más bebe uno, más impresiona.

4.3
CraftHowl (586) - Bridgwater, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2018
330ml bottle sourced online from the brewery. Pours clear mahogany amber with a small tan head. Aroma: sweet, caramel, oaky bourbon, hint of vanilla. Taste: heavy sweet, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, moderate to heavy oaky bourbon barrel, dark fruits, sugar. Medium bodied, light carb, sweet finish. Rich & wonderful

4
Hoprider (834) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2018
Pours a rusty brown colour with almost no head. Bourbon and scotch.. orange, maybe fsint ginger, raisins and caramel malt. Taste is rich with caramel, raisins and bourbon. Initially has the orange biterness and alcohol burn which I dont really like. Could have done without the orange but it does fade over time. Full mouthfeel, medium suds. Aftertaste has sweet bourbon and dark fruits.

4.1
Gerbeer (4352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2018
330 ml bottle. Pours a mahogany color with light head. Rich aromas of brown sugar/toffee, dark sweet fruit, toasted malts and oaky bourbon. Rich sweet flavor same with additional orange peal and graham cracker. Sticky, thick. and sweet. Brilliant.

3.7
madmitch76 (27425) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2018
8th March 2018
Almost clear amber - brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is smooth and a little soft, reasonable fine carbonation. Sweet malts, good sweet caramel. Mild spice. Rich ripe sweet fruitiness. The mildest bourbon touch and very light spice on the finish. Tidy sweet drinkable barleywine. However a little old school salty bitterness would have gone a long way here.


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