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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Oakenator on 11-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 9
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barfootbandit
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of doktorhops
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Saturated dark amber colour, poured with small head, disappears quickly. Heavy malts aroma, some caramel, coffee, raisin and forest honey. Taste is well balanced, smooth with caramel, roasted malt, and dry fruits notes. Warm alcohol, finish is sweet, not enough bitterness. Sufficiently booze. Overall very drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of flyingpig
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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 -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%

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