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Thor's Hammer Barley Wine - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Thor's Hammer Barley WineThor's Hammer Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
89
very good

26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 100
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 18.78%
Wants: 38
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style | ABV
English Barleywine | 11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: astout on 09-26-2009

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 100
Reviews by liamt07:
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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)

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TangyNoGarlic
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice creamy rich dark beer....

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Photo of BCborn
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Tmappin
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GRG1313
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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...

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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Merlin68
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Day 22 of the Parallel 49/Central City advent calendar. 330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy brick brown with a thin ring of beige head around the edges of the glass that leaves hilly horizon lace as it recedes.

Smells awesome. Freshly baked Italian bread, dried orchard fruit, pancake syrup and bourbon whiskey.

Tastes of heavy dark cake, spiced preserved fruit, candied nuts, dry tobacco, boozy wood and faint, shell-shocked hops.

Feels rich, thick and creamy. Full bodied with mild carbonation.

Verdict: Highly recommended. I tend not to like barleywine, but this is a goddamn winner.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a good bourbon barrel barleywine, English-style, but it was not elite. Dead flat in the glass, cola-brown color. Aromas of bourbon and wet, overripe fruits waft up. Pours like liquid caramel. Tastes of booze and dark, moldy fruit; vanilla and wood weave throughout; lighter airs of bourbon whiskey touch the roof of the mouth; medium-weight, and smooth, with some flash of heat up front, but muted after that first sip. Enjoyable drinking - I mean, who complains about a bourbon barrel barley wine, right? At about $12 though, this is something to get your hands on. Cheers.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Thor's Hammer Barley Wine from Central City Brewers + Distillers
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.