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

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4.1/5
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Thor's Hammer Barley WineThor's Hammer Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada
centralcitybrewing.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Matured for nearly a year, this award-winning barley wine is mahogany in colour and crafted from fine barley malt exuding deep, rich notes of dried fruit, plum and candy with a walnut ester.


BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,075
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
151
pDev:
8.54%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of TheDoctor
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: 2015

A:
Pours a relatively cloudy maple syrup color with a small beige head that is short-lived. Meh retention; specks of lacing. (3.75)

S:
Red fruits, whiff of tartness/oxidation, caramel, well-done toast, milk chocolate. (4)

T:
Caramelized sugar, dark bread, rich medium roast malt flavor, mellow nutty caramel-alcohol finish. (4.25)

M:
Sticky and full-bodied, meek carbonation with a lasting sticky, boozy finish. (4)

O:
Tasty barleywine.
Not as layered as some of the greats (but it has aged a bit so who knows). It is nice and rich. A little bit easier on the toffee than I expected with some nice fruity brightness that adds some depth. A nice beer that I'd have again. (4)

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage bottle.

Chill hazed brown ale with near no head.

Smells very fruity. Lots of berry scent. Strong scent of raspberry and tannin. Bottle says it should have a walnut scent and I could agree with that. Mild sweet scent but mostly I smell berries.

Starts out and malty with caramel and berries. Mildly bitter with a clear walnut taste. Pretty much it is walnuts and berries in malt syrup.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall interesting, but not all that. Just don't spend much more than $10 for the bottle.

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

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Clutch28
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep mahogany with a tannish head that disappears quickly.

Aroma: Vannila, oak, caramel, hint of cinnamon, figs.

Taste: Carmel covered walnuts, vaniila, cinnamon spiced dates maple syrup. Sweetness is very evident but can get cloying.

Mouthfeel: Little to no carbonation on the tongue for me, beer sits heavy.

I can see why this is a raved beer but for me while very good, it lacks balance and the sweetness can get cloying quickly. A sipping beer with a cigar or pair it with cheese or something and take your time.

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Photo of MAB
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow; this is outstanding.

Beautifully dark, unlike most barley wine. Nice head and good head retention.
Tastes of malt and even more malt. Slight roasted flavor. A touch of bitterness for balance.
Carbonation and mouthfeel is near perfect. Great alcohol buzz but not as much burn as I would have thought.

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Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cracked open a 2014 bomber, knocking out a big Want I've had on my list for a long time. Black cherries, vanilla, tobacco, and assam tea on the nose. Oxidized tea dominates the palate, with molasses, saltwater taffy, and walnut oil.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Central City Brewers 'Thors Hammer' @ 11.5% , on tap at GCBF'18 , and the 2014 vintage 650 ml bottle/silver wax , part of Brewer's Reserve Gift Pack
A-pour is a dirty brown from the tap/bottle to a mahogany in the glass with a dissapating thin beige head leaving a minimal lacing along the snifter
S-bottle conditioned (nice/enjoyable esters) versus barrel aged (too much bourbon)
T-complex start , (figs , plums & dried fruits) caramel malt finish , warming
MF-ok carbonation , big full bodied , good/great beer buzz
Ov-so nice to not be dissapointed in a beer you've wanted for so long , believe the hype , respect the awards , great beer
prost LampertLand

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

Photo of CraftFan5
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reinmogard
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wax-sealed bomber purchased at the LCBO in late 2016; bottled Dec 2 2015 and served at cellar temperature. Loved the BBA variant, but this is the first time I've tried the base barleywine. Hopefully 1.5 years and change is long enough to mellow this beast out.

Pours a deep-hued, crystal-clear garnet colour, topped with scantly more than a half-cm of light tan-tinted head that promptly melts away within a minute's time. Very little lacing, with only a thin collar remaining otherwise; looks the part, I guess. The ethanol fumes coming off this one are palpable on the nasal membranes, obscuring nutty hints of almond and walnut, and underlain with syrupy burnt toffee sweetness and fruitier undertones of raisin, fig and date.

Phew - this is an intense brew, with a complex flavour profile and an unabashedly potent alcohol presence. Bready malts, toffee, burnt caramel and brown sugar sweetness come together with an array of (mostly) dark fruit flavours, ranging from prune/plum and raisin, to Medjool date and fig, to red apple flesh that has begun to brown from oxidation. Finishes with a 1-2-3 combo punch of herbal licorice, woodsy vanilla, and tongue-numbing ethanol warmth which lingers into the boozy-sweet aftertaste. Nearing full-bodied, and pairing minimal carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel that leaves a slick feeling behind on the palate. A quality sipper if there ever was one.

Final Grade: 4.04, an A-. Thor's Hammer is simply a fantastic barleywine. The alcohol is a central feature of its personality, on both the nose and palate - so if you're not in the mood to tolerate some burn, you'd best stick with a less aggressive brew. The intelligent course of action would have been to split this bottle, but I'll give this excellent barleywine the respect it deserves and stay up late sipping my way through the entire bottle before calling it a night.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a dark brown color with no head and no lacing. The smell started off with a huge coffee aroma and moderately dissipated to a light dark fruitiness. As it continues to warm, a nice sweet caramel rolls over top of a light tobacco. Light woody and a light vanilla enter in as well. The taste was moderately sweet through the dark fruits. The coffee shows its face just a little bit and then levels out to the tobacco, light woody and vanilla. There’s a sticky sweet woody aftertaste leading to a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. There’s barely any carbonation in this beer, so it rolls extremely smooth across my tongue. Overall, a bit different for a barleywine to me. It might lack a little bit in appearance but makes up for the aroma and taste. I didn’t mind the "coffee" part in it but don’t know if that was intentional or not.

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Photo of Jlang2012
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with a frothy tan head. Plenty of lace ridges blanket the glass. Toasted caramel, prunes, cherries, figs, vanilla, rum in the nose. Giant bready, stewed fruit, butterscotch notes mix with a warming booziness in the taste. The mouthfeel is very full bodied, veering on syrupy, with a light carbonation. Dark malts and fruity notes in the long finish.

A fantastic, intense, complex barleywine. A must try for any craft beer fan.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bf_89
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jotora
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaPan
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjrider
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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Thor's Hammer Barley Wine from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 151 ratings