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Thor's Hammer Barley Wine - Central City Brewing

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BA SCORE
92
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 30
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 19
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Jeffo
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Rutager last summer. Cheers dude!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Had this one and the bourbon barrel version together.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, fizzy, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a ring only. Mahogany red in color, clear, with no carbonation evident. A light ring remains but no real lacing.

SMELL: Caramel malts with lots of fruity aromas. Dried fruits, red fruits, berries, raspberries, toffee aromas and spicy alcohol on the nose. Complex and interesting.

TASTE: Boozy for sure. Caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with lots of dried and red fruits and spicy alcohol as well. Big and boozy finish of raspberries, more dried fruits, toffee sweetness, brown sugar and lots of spicy alcohol. Minimal bitterness and very sweet and boozy.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down okay with a scratch at the swallow and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Boozy and overly sweet. That said, there are lots of interesting and complex sweet flavors for sure, but some more bitterness as balance would make this more enjoyable to drink. In other words, the malt bill works well, but the hops could be re-worked a little. Still, a good beer that I was glad to try, though I would definitely take the barrel aged version of this nine times out of ten.

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joberlander
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dull mahogany hue with a hazy clarity and a sudsy head that immediately disperses into a tight ring around the shoulders. Nose expresses ethanol, wood and prunes with vinous notes on the end. Taste isn't too bad - a bit dull, but less caustic than suggested by the nose with the addition of burnt sugar notes which follow the vinous/acidic figgy/pruney character. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. Light-medium in body with a slight acidity and an almost still carbonation. Finishes with just a kiss of residual heat. Overall, I have to say that I did enjoy this beer. It doesn't have the punch in the face flavor that a JW Lees puts out, but it's drinkable without being cloying while still getting it's point across. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden as well. Not a beer I would recommend cellaring - I could see this one oxidizing fairly quickly.

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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)

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3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage. A muddy dark brown color with five towering fingers of frothy beige foam, recalls tan dish suds or sponge toffee with bigger bubbles. Leaves a slick buttery lacing on the glass.

Assertive aroma that hits sweet, nutty, vinous, and boozy domains ... Whiskey barrel, plum/prune, raisin, burnt sugar, brown apples, hard biscuits, dry nuts. The alcohol is not concealed here. Flavor is a curious combination of nutty, woody, and tart/astringent vinous notes. Huge walnut flavor as advertised along with concentrated prunes, figs, apples, and pears. A little molasses and vanilla. Quite dry and tannic yet thick and reasonably chewy. Robust booze on the palate. Low key carbonation. Finishes semi-dry, with lingering burnt sugar and dark sour fruit notes.

I don't know ... Has ample depth of character yet not my favorite barleywine. Dare I say that this is overly nutty and sour, which produces a bit of a clash. YMMV.

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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, deep amber, thin ring of retention, leaves a little leg.

S: Plenty of alcohol in the aroma, dark fruit, toffee, candied pineapple, vanilla and a hint of spice.

T: Alcohol is up front, golden raisins, dates, toffee, light caramel, marmalade, good bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, fairly full body has a drying alcohol finish.

D: A bit of a brute. I'd love to see this in a bottle, as it would surely benefit with age.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spree92
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10oz. goblet at room temp. A cloudy, deep red that had a small head. Heavy alcohol aroma with belgian yeast, dried fruit and caramel. The warmth of the alcohol was very strong in the taste. There was also the dryness of the chewy yeast.
A very heavy beer, the high% was a bit to prolific for my taste, but perfect for a nice barleywine.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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

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Thor's Hammer Barley Wine from Central City Brewing
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