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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.

No notes at this time.
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Nose shows heavy caramel and bready malt, a little golden syrup and some sultanas as well as a bit of booze.
Very malty flavours too but with a fair whack of hops too. A lot of caramel, but then the pine and grapefruit rolls through. This combined with the booze detracts from the experience.
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Rich Barleywine. Deep brown to red color with a decent head and spotted lacing. Aroma is sweet - caramel or candi sugar. Bottle says best before 2018 but I'm liking this one fresh. Well hopped and with the strong barley malt presence this is a powerful combo. Wonderful brew. Will probably be excellent still for years to come.

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330ml brown glass bottle with branded white pry-off pressure cap acquired at a Budapest bottle shop for 1500 forents and served into a Zlaty Bazant glass in me friend's gaff there. Reviewed live. As a Colorado boy, expectations are high. Batch 235. BB: 07-10-18. 10.5% ABV. Label is appealing. Review is truncated a the environment was not ideal.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: No head forms as it's poured.

BODY: Dark amber colour. Translucent and glowing. Nontransparent. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated. Not unique or special for a barleywine, but appealing and well within style conventions.

AROMA: Heavy malts. Plenty of sweetness. The beginnings of some marshmallow character; I imagine this would develop well with age. Toffee. Caramel. Sweet raisin and fruit notes - mainly fig. Maybe some pineapple in there too - but not the hoppy pineapple character I despise in imperial IPAs. Candi sugar.

Definitely on the sweeter side, but it has the maltiness you'd expect. Not a fantastic aroma for a barleywine, but generally appealing.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable. It's pleasant enough, and mild in strength.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Syrupy malts with accompanying sweetness. Sweetbread, caramel, and some buried raisin make an appearance, but sadly no toffee. Fruity hops surface. There's some mild booziness, but nothing intolerable. Quite sweet; maybe this needs some aging. It comes off pretty simple for a barleywine, and isn't real well-balanced by any means. It's not a mess, but it lacks sufficient cohesion. Certainly not a gestalt or subtle build. There just isn't a whole lot going on given the style - which demands intricacy.

I do like it in a general sense. Average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Smooth, wet, syrupy, thick, and full-bodied. It's filling, and while it does have alcohol warmth, it's not too much of a sipper. Well-carbonated. Not oily, gushed, astringent, or harsh. Texture suits the taste decently. Overall presence on the palate is fair.

OVERALL: Fine for a barleywine - just not at this price. I'm glad I split this with a friend. I wouldn't want to down it alone. It's adequate for the style, but doesn't bring anything to the table to entice the discerning drinker. Pretty middle-of-the-road. It's not unremarkable, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Maybe 2-3 years of age are in order. On the high side of average at best.

I was ready to love this given Oskar Blues' involvement, but sadly it's not up to par.

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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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