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Thor's Hammer Barley Wine - Central City Brewing

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: astout on 09-26-2009

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Reviews by astout:
Photo of astout
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this today at Central City brew pub along with a tasting flight of some of their other stuff. I had absolutely no idea they even made a barley wine and it was not advertised, I asked the server and she said they still had a little bit left from their last and only brewing in february. She was not sure but thought that Gary would be brewing some up again this winter. Please note that this was on tap and months old when considering my review.

Pours a dark rich brown colour with a slight, very slight hazyness and zero carbonation or head.

Smell's of a combination of brown butter and toffee, very sweet and warming aroma with a slight alcohol small in the background.

On the palate it starts of with the sweet toffee and butter notes that dominate the nose but has a sneaky amount of bitter hop presence that comes in mid palate and lingers on the finish. Not an overly citric or piney hop flavour just a faint amount of spice and good bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the beer otherwise.

Has a rich buttery mouthfeel with no carbonation and good weight. Carries the acohol fairly well but you are still aware it is there especially in the finish.

Fairly drinkable barley wine but it really made me wonder two things; 1. what would this have been like 6 months ago? and 2. What sorts of fantastic things could happen if only these guys had a bottling line (ditto for their IIPA and Raspberry Wheat)

More User Reviews:
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml gold waxed bomber poured into tulip 21/6/14, big thanks towards Rutager for the personal whale

A dark reddish brown with a tight finger of tan foam that has decent retention and leaves a few random patches of lace

S herbal hops, heavy amounts of caramel and brown sugar, sugar coated raisins, figs, candy crusted nuts, a little booze, vanilla, more brown sugar, smells aged but I'm nearly certain this is a fresh release

T mimics the smell with just a hint of citrus peel and a little molasses, nutty with heaps of caramel, hops come out a little more, just a hint of pine resin, no complaints here

M thick and syrupy, a little heat, enough bubbles to give it some life, very sticky on the lips, just a hint of heat, herbal rind lingers for ever on the finish

O big and malty with hops making an appearance here and there, rich and sweet with well hidden booze, solid stuff

I've been hunting this one for a long, long time, I've seen the price tag on the shelf with no bottles behind it, trades have fallen through, missed out on a tasting where it was poured, I got my hands on the barrel aged version a ways back but still the original version had eluded me. I can't thank Rutager enough for the personal whale, I enjoyed the opportunity to finally drink it more then the beer itself, (and its damn good beer)

Photo of TangyNoGarlic
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice creamy rich dark beer....

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jcubz
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maplesyrup76
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011, first bottling of this fine brew which I've enjoyed on tap several times.

Appearance. Purs a rich and hazy burnt orange with a finger of thick, orange tinted head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Caramel, oranges, brown sugar and some piney, citrusy hops with a little booze and maybe just a little sweet spice.

Taste. Big sweet brown sugar and caramel, floral booze, a touch of molasses, and some pine and citrus in the bitter hoppy finish. Not too shabs.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied to say the least. Thick and a little sticky with some nice warming booze. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A nice tasting, hoppy barleywine that's really hitting the spot right now. I don't think I'll get to the BA version tonight (*hic*), but soon my pretty...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with medium retention with minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sweet caramelized malt with grainy cereal notes and some warming alcohol notes. Taste is dominated by sweet caramelized malt with some grainy cereal notes and a quite a bit of residual sugar. Body is quite full with good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Quite enjoyable but I could have done without the light grainy cereal notes.

Photo of itracy63
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dolphsexton
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Merlin68
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for this bottle. 2011 Vintage.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Swampy ruby/brown colour with half a finger of khaki coloured head.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee, raisins and some fruity notes.

T - Sweet and dry with dark caramel, brown sugar, dried fruit, raisins and figs. A very unique and interesting barleywine profile.

M - Medium body. Silky. Light carbonation.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by bobsy, forgot we had this one! Odd because it is quite a remarkable beer.

Pours a nice rich caramel brown with hints of amber and ruby, good head. Nose is rich (RICH) toffee and brown sugar, hint of dark fruits. You can tell this is going to be sweet. Taste brings you in, the sweetness balanced by a light bittering pinch from the hops. Toffee abounds, toast, dark plums, caramel, a nip of cocoa, a hint of earthy woodiness but not the normal accompanying dryness, bit of booze in the finish. Silky thick mouthfeel. A very rich treat, if anything I wish for a bit more balance in the hops and dryness but that's more personal preference than anything wrong, certainly in the English vein of the style. This is a really nice, deep barleywine, well deserving of accolades. Thanks for the opportunity to try this Rob!

Photo of DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of papat444
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to 4ster for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: A nice copper body with a decent head that leaves some lacing behind.

Smell: Rich, sweet candy; strong leather; mild whiskey twang; powerful dried fruits, foremost apricots.

Taste: Like alcoholic candy; sweet tempered by fusel alcohol; caramel; lots of pungent dried fruit; real full.

Mouthfeel: Gentle giant with a bite at the end; caresses the palate; bit sticky; warming but never too hot.

Overall: This is a great barleywine. Very happy to have had a chance to try this.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

**** Vintage 2011 **** bottle conditioned

A: Poured with only a minimal 1 finger of creamy beige head, it's a hazy tawny brew that glows a ruby red when held up to the light.

S: Bloom of alcohol with rum raisins and dark fruits, toffee, and dark malts, like a fruit cake spiked with brandy. Notes of spices, cinnamon & clove.

T: Dark toffee and sweet toasted malts, with lots of dark raisins and fruit married with a brandy alcohol presence.

M: Thick viscosity with a syrupy-creamy mouth feel and just a bare minimum of carbonation up front.

O: Thor's hammer is aptly named, it's a brew fit for a god, strong alcohol profile, bold taste and a thick creamy feel, there is nothing weak or mild about Thor's Hammer. It's a terrific sipper and would compliment a cheese platter. Get out your drinking horn call all your super-hero-friends and enjoy.

Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling courtesy of Jason, 650ml into a tulip.

Reddish brown, tan head with nice retention and lacing. Nose of candied dark fruits, caramel, toffee, alcohol and brown sugar. Taste has some hops, candied and caramel notes again, plums and some other similar fruit character. Medium full body, low carbonation. Alcohol is felt, but not too big on the palate. An excellent English BW.

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Idrankthat
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanderson
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Photchkiss
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkusFiligree
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of goalie35
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Thor's Hammer Barley Wine from Central City Brewing
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