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Brewed by Central City Brewers + Distillers
Style: Barley Wine
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Festival beer at the Great Canadian Beer Festival 2008. This strong ale is heavy and malty with lots of fruitiness. Having matured for one year at this time, the development of winey notes and complex flavours are very evident. This is the reincarnation of the classic Thor’s Hammer BW that brewmaster Gary Lohin made at former brewpub Sailor Hagar’s.

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3.3
drjoeng (1291) - SINGAPORE - JUL 16, 2017
11.5%ABV. Barleywine. Poured out brown amber. 28SRM. Nose has sweet waxy aromas which combined reminds me of fresh honeycomb. Other aromatic notes: honeyed or dried dates, sweet smoke like on a bourbon or whiskey, smoke and alcoholic fumes, medicinal with hints of Chinese medicine, liniment, Band Aids, adhesive dressing. Now that the label mentions walnuts, the aroma profile above could easily fit walnuts. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Palate has wild honey, honeycomb, treacle, molasses, Muscovado sugar and just straight brown sugar. Hops are just there and noble with a clean old wood flavor. The boozy palate is so obvious, I’m almost tempted to just forget mentioning it. Finish is woody and boozy.

4.5
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2017
[8995-20170121] 650mL bottle. Sweet candied dried fruits dipped in molasses aroma. Murky, dark ruddy brown body with a huge long-lasting creamy tan head and some lacing. Sweet molasses and candied fruits and smoked red wine flavour is all blended together in a lovely smooth caramel malt delight. Full body is enormously bold but not cloying. Delicious, possibly my favourite in a style I often don’t care for. (9/5/9/5/17) 4.5

3.3
Spab (3852) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2017
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a murky rust colour with small eggshell-coloured head. Aroma is boozy with raisin, caramel, candy sugar, ripe apple, toast and a bit of pepper. Flavour is boozy and sweet with toffee, candy sugar, dark dried fruit, some bright tree fruit, white pepper and toasted grains. Booze very present. Feels like some aging might be appropriate.

4.2
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2017
2017-01-21. Very dark brown body, nice frothy tan head. Aroma of English style Barleywine - moderate alcohol, dark fruit, toasty malt touches of caramel and treacle. Subtle touches of oxidation. 7++ Flavour is rich and big but subtle. Sweet overall, dry toasty malt accents, moderate bitterness and alcohol longer in the finish to keep it from becoming cloying. The middle is sweeter, notes of treacle and dark sugars. Smooth medium to full bodied palate, moderate carbonation, suits the beer. 3++ Very nice. 8/4/8-9/3-4/17+ 2014 vintage bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo.

3.7
lux_edwards (302) - - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle shared. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Taste is sweet and acidic. Palate is a little off-putting, but typical of barley wine. Overall an interesting beer.

3.8
AleRider78 (1146) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
600ml bottle from LCBO (11.5% abv on bottle) Pours an average size foamy bubbly beige head but doesn’t stick around very long. Lacing is ok. Has a cloudy dark amber appearance with some ruby highlights. A bit of sediments are visible. Aromas of rye, barley, roasted malts, caramel. Flavours are fairly varied as well, somewhat similar to aromas. But also some strong notes of resin, spices, dried fruits, caramel again. The alcohol is quite noticeable but is not offensive in any way. Subtle woodsy smokey notes. Can almost be a sipping beer, but can also easily be enjoyed in normal gulps. Wouldn’t recommend chugging in larger quantities. Full bodied. Slick and drying mouthfeel. Perfect winter warming drink but also a one beer rating night kinda brew. :p

3.7
Metalchopz (3395) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
2015 Vintage bottle from the LCBO. A little unfiltered, hazy deep amber colour with a small beige head that fizzes away quickly. Aromas of dark fruits with dates, plums and mild raisins. Caramel malt base and alcohol is present. The taste has these fruits, but not too strong, not too sweet. All because of the hops, which are stronger then most Barleywine I have tried. Some good bitterness in the finish creating some light dryness. Hints of rustiness from these hops. Seems to go away with time. A hoppier Barleywine that is decent.

4.1
beerplace (1702) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2017
650ml bottle from gift pack bought at The Gull. Vintage 2014. Pours an opaqie dark copper with a beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, mead. Taste is very sweet, pretty similar to the aroma. Very good.

3.5
UXO (1896) - CANADA - JAN 8, 2017
Appearance: slightly hazy amber-brown with a short loose beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, minimal patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: boozy caramel malt, dried fruit, nutty, vinous, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter, light tart. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate to low carbonation, lingering boozy bitter and lightly tart finish. (4/5) I didn’t try this when I first bought it new more than a year ago, but I’m sure the additional year’s (and then some) cellaring hasn’t harmed it any. Perhaps the slight resiny pine hop note would’ve been more pronounced when new, but I doubt it, since it was already aged a year prior to release. There’s no hiding the 11.5% ABV even with extended ageing, but that being said it’s not solventy or excessively hot. No major character changes took place between opening it chilled (~10ºC) and allowing it to sit at room temperature for over an hour. A solid and enjoyable sipper. (14/20)

4.7
n1940 (137) - Dunbar, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2017
650 ml bottle-2015 vintage. Quiet pour with modest carbonation and a vinous, dark fruit, and oak aroma. The beer has a deep amber colour, thin tan head, and no lace which is typical of the style. It has a rich and viscous barleywine start with oaky, vinous, malt, and caramel notes advancing into the middle. Long finish with coniferous hop notes and hints of dark dried fruit. A lingering warm alcohol glow at the very end. A great winter sipper! Definitely worth seeking out!


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