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Shipwrecker Circus - BrewDog

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Oakenator on 11-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 9
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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. A dark murky color similar to a brown or dark amber ale with aromas of hoppy-pine and dark fruit. Not much honey in the smell or taste as seen in other barleywines. Very boozy taste with hints of plum, fig, and raisin. A good amount of hop character as well to add some crispness. Again very alcoholic. Overall an excellent beer but I would have preferred to drink this beer after some aging. Great to see a collaboration between two awesome breweries.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I told you the beers leading up to #500 were going to be BIG beers, and it doesn’t get any bigger than BrewDog, brewer of the BIGGEST beer of all time sold in a taxidermied stoat or squirrel*: The End of History. Weighing in at a brain-crushingly, for beer at least, 55% ABV - I would love to have gotten my hands on a sample of this, however as there were only 12 bottles made and sold at brain-crushingly prices I will never get to try that beer... but I have their 10.5% ABV Shipwrecker Circus... Yay!

Poured from 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Mahogany brown, like my bookcase with its mahogany bound books and trinkets of mahogany, with a thin beige lace ring where there was once head. 6/10.

S: The nose is a cacophony of sharp pine resin and bitter orange hops with a burnt sugar and treacle base from the malts. Style-wise this is an American Barleywine for all intents and purposes - I mean the hops alone scream “American!”. Another whiff reveals a hint of sweet dark plum. 8/10.

T: Flavour profile flattens out quite a bit, not nearly as hoppy as expected, but it comes through with a viscous roasted malt taste back to front. A lot easier to drink than expected. The profile has characters of dark treacle, a woody note, roasted coffee and mild pine hops accentuating a slight bitter finish. This combination lends it a very earthy and woody appeal that was not anticipated in the aroma. 8/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied, fairly viscous with hop oils dancing around the glass on first pour, the carbonation is understandably flat. 7/10.

D: This one turned into a real sipper with the charm of a good single-malt scotch... damn I love beer, and I love scotch too, which is how Shipwrecker Circus won me with its wiles. That said - if you’re strictly a beer person, and the idea of drinking a fine single-malt is akin to slicing your own leg off with a hacksaw to get out of a film analogy, then you probably won’t want to try Shipwrecker Circus, if however woody/smoky/earthy characters intrigue you and you want more of those things - Shipwrecker Circus is your beer. 8/10.

Food match: Would have to be something opulent: like black truffle squid with golden caviar and rose hip.

*I understand the extreme specificity of this criteria.

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Not quite English, not quite American... therefore what temperature to drink at :-)
Good complex ale tho

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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5):
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.

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.

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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

A - Copper with a medium Tan head, dissipates quite quickly leaving a ring around the glass. Some dotty lacing.

S - Some booze, sweet malts, marshmallow, figs and other stone fruit. Some hints of Pineapple and dried Apricot.

T - Toffee, Liquorice, Toasted Marshmallow, Dates, Plumb and Fig. Some booziness and sour Pineapple on the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, finishes sweet.

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