Shipwreck Circus | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MarkyMOD on 06-15-2014

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 30
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3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very boozy aroma, with dark fruit notes and some muted citrus hops. Almost phenolic, cough syrup notes surface.

There's a touch of maple sweetness and cocoa in flavour, but the muted citrus really dominates. The finish is woody and earthy. Becomes sweettart-like, with tart cherry mixing in. Seems a bit harsh in the aftertaste. Kind of grows on me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The palate shift that America is experiencing in beer flavor, trending drier, hopper and intensely flavored; has landed the collaborative efforts of Oskar Blues and Brewdog brewers squarely on the line that separate barleywine from imperial "black" IPA.

Shipwreck Circus pours an ominous toasty dark crimson with dense dark brown saturation through the center. Its blanketed froth thwarts a bouquet of citrus, pineapple, pinecone and freshly muddled herb and grass. Yet its initial taste is of toffee, lightly burnt toast, roasted pecan and hints of cocoa powder.

With the flavor spread unfolding across the middle palate, the malt-forward taste is met with an offset from grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and botanical tea leaf and the earthiness of heavy bread crust, toast and browned coffee bean. Its slight roasty, toasty taste provides a slight acidity to link with piney hop bitterness to easily contend with the hearty residual sweetness.

The balanced taste remains intact in finish despite the medium-fullness of the beer trying to close the session as sweetly as it started. The immense hop additions and slight acrid roast gives the finish a malty-dry finish with lingering citrus rib and spruce tips, both seemingly dipped in toffee.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft, at the Columbia Alehouse, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color with a finger of oatmeal-colored head that dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of roasted malt and dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and dates up front, followed by some candied sugar, dark molasses, vanilla, some subtle lavender, a touch of oak, and some piney, grassy hops.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma. Lots of roasted malt and dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and dates up front, followed by some candied sugar, dark molasses, vanilla, some subtle lavender, a touch of oak, and some boozy alcohol, all balanced beautifully with piney, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, smooth, viscous. With an ABV of 10.5%, there is quite a lot of pleasant alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an unbelievably awesome beer! Beautifully balanced between bready malt, sweetness and floral, bitter hops!

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Shipwreck Circus from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.21 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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