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

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Thor's Hammer Barley WineBourbon Barrel Aged Thor's Hammer Barley Wine

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very good

18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 47
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 06-10-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 47
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Photo of mchegash
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Deep ruby-brown with about a finger of medium tan head which dissipates down to a thin layer within a minute or two.

S: Great boozy nose with hints of dried red fruits. Perhaps a hint of vanilla as well.

T: Opens with a great boozy vanilla and bourbon taste, with the dried fruit aspects coming out strong in the latter half of the sip. A rich and slightly nutty malt taste also comes through.

F: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Smooth.

O: This was a decent beer. Perhaps a little too boozy.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 vintage (11.5% ABV) 650 ml bottle

A pleasant, albeit boozy bourbon barrel barley wine. Lots of dried fruits and prune and a little nuttiness in this. The barrel wood is present in the nose. Mild carbonation with the sweetness expected in the style. I would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of LDuke
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of samtrillo
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, day 22 of the Parallel 49/Central City Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown. Saving the better stuff for last, it would seem.

This beer pours a murky, dark dishwater brown colour, with one measly finger of weakly foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of melting iceberg lace around the glass as things, slowly, slowly recede.

It smells of rather acerbic booze-tinged barrel notes - cheap American rye whiskey, grainy wooden staves, and a subdued caramel/vanilla sweetness - mixed 'n matched black orchard fruit, demarara sugar, sultana raisins, molasses, relatively weak bready caramel malt, a certain underdeveloped mustiness, and mild earthy, weedy, and leafy hops. The taste is again replete with more of a Jack Daniels corn whiskey astringency, one which I don't feel the need to pick apart here, over an otherwise enjoyable grainy, bready, and somewhat doughy caramel maltiness, with some soft plum and besotted raisin and cherry fruit, dark sugar syrup, understated musty yeast, and a game, but overmatched leafy, weedy hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite low and out of the picture for the most part, the body a dense medium weight, and more smooth than I might have initially imagined - only the booze seems poised to take away the nice things here. It finishes on the sweet side, natch, but very much in the form of a shot of bargain whiskey, where a lot of alcohol gagging comes along as part of the deal.

Hmmmmm...not all that much of a well-rendered BBA BW experience - mostly because I question the veracity of the 'Bourbon' part of the equation (look it up). Acrid, astringent, and not integrated to a point where I can sit back, sip away, and say 'right-o lads, now how about that economy of ours?'.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of souvenirs
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure: I haven't been a fan of barrel-aged beers so far, and I didn't choose this one to drink, but instead got it as part of the Parallel 49 / Central City advent calendar.

A: Chestnut brown, minimal head.
S: Boozy. Mostly I pick up the bourbon.
T: Sweet and heavily alcoholic.
F: A bit heavier. Carbonation on the lighter side.
O: Hardly my new favourite, but it's probably good for what it is.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours very dark brown, with almost no head. Pours almost like chocolate milk.

S: smells sweet and malty. Definite bourbon smell.

T: strong chocolate and bourbon. Drinks very different from most bba barleywines and I think it's that the carbonation is very low. Almost takes some of the bite out of it and makes it very smooth.

M: again with the lowered carbonation, but it is very smooth and the finish is slightly boozy and very rich. I feel this is a very easy aged barleywine to drink, probably dangerously so.

O: picked this up on a whim, had never seen it not heard of it but this is a pretty nice beer. Has a completely different feel from most barrel aged barleywines. Also almost no hops makes it smooth too. I feel this would get very caramelly with age.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #106.

Appearance. Pours a murky orangy-brown with almost a finger of thick, orange tinted head.

Smell. Sweet bourbon and brown sugar, piney hops, some oaky vanilla and a little citrus.

Taste. Sweet brown sugar, some piney hops, raisins and caramel. The finish has some bitter, woody pine resin and bourbon.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied, warm and a bit sticky. Medium-low fine carbonation.

Overall. A nice barleywine that could probably mellow with some time. I prefer the base beer, but bourbon barrel junkies would probably really enjoy this.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Beervana for the bottle!
650ml bottle - 2013 Vintage 11.5%

Pours dark brown with a short one finger of fizzy, caramel head with short retention and no lacing. Big wack of boozy bourbon and vanilla followed by raisins, plumes, brown sugar, molasses. The taste is also booze soaked with a big bourbon and vanilla presence, lots of residual malt sweetness, brown sugar, raisins, prunes and finishes with a faint bitter, metalic aftertaste. A big thin on the feel with low (but not in a bad way) carbonation. A nice beer, but still a bit all over the place.

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Photo of DamageCase76
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sia478
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Birmz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Idrankthat
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BWood
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour a nice head, thin ring of retention shows some lace.

Vinous aroma with bourbon, figs and dates.

Taste is fairly boozy and a little brash. Demerara sugar, golden raisins, dates, figs, with a woodsy finish.

Body is extremely smooth and creamy, light residual sweetness with a drying finish.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Terrific barrel-aged barleywine, well balanced and showing good but not dominating barrel character. Rich caramel and brown sugar maltiness, lesser fruity notes, very mildly bitter on the back end but enough to clean things up a bit and keep the beer from cloying. Med-full bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and only slightly syrupy.

I'm a huge fan of this style and this one sticks out for being so harmonious and so down right tasty. I finished the bomber pretty easily but then again, I seem to be able to do that these days...

Major knock for being a real eyesore, super murky brown swamp water color....small cream colored head that despite sufficient carbonation doesn't hang around for more than a few seconds, and no lacing. Nonetheless I would absolutely buy this one again if I see it. Recommended for fans of the English BW style.

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Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IMFletcher
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's good flavors in here, but they're masked by an overwhelming barrel presence.

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Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leaddog
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle - 2013 Vintage 11.5%

Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut brown with two fingers of bubbly off white head.

Smell - bourbon, slight woodiness, sweet caramel malts, toffee, plum, raisin, fig, earthy hops, and booze.

Taste - Starts off with the bourbon/slight woodiness, then goes into the sweet caramalts, slight toffee, plum, raisin, and figs . The earthy hops finish off the beer with a slight warming from the booze. One sip I get more malts and another I get a balance of both flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with pleasant touch from the bourbon along with a slight sweetness from the plum, raisin, and figs.

Overall - A barleywine with a good malt and dark fruit presence. The bourbon flavours are displayed adequately in this brew, but I was hoping that the barrel would of been more consistent in each sip (one sip getting all malts then the next getting a nice balance of both bourbon and malts/fruits). Some minor adjustments would make this more of a stand out.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Thor's Hammer Barley Wine from Central City Brewers + Distillers
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