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

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Thor's Hammer Barley WineThor's Hammer Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by astout on 09-26-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
111
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 111
Reviews by Jeffo:
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3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TangyNoGarlic
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip.

Caramel color on the pour. Blonde hues. Oatmeal head and lace. Film remains almost throughout as I drink the brew. 4.25

Smell is a bit on the soy sauce tip but also caramel, faint port wine, raisin and dark fruit. 3.5

Taste is a major step up. Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit. Rich and sweet in flavor. Delicious. 4.25

A light spicy hop bite, but otherwise sweet, rich, full in body. Incredibly easy to drink. 4.25

2 years (this was from May 2014) did this incredibly well. Excellent.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml, gold wax sealed bottle, the 2014 vintage. We've had the barrel-aged version in Alberta for a while now, but not this, no, not this. Matured for a whole year in the bottle, how nice of them.

This beer pours a hazy, murky, and dark red-brick brown colour, with one flabby finger of somewhat puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of heavy summertime windshield bug splatter lace around the glass as things quite slowly sink away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, toffee pudding, sauced-up black orchard fruit, reduced brown sugar syrup, a bit o' that under the basement stairs in your folks' old house thing, a touch of edgy yeast, herbal and leafy hops, and a hovering, ready to pounce phenolic booziness. The taste is rather sweet caramel/toffee/treacle malt, more baked demerara sugar, orange juice concentrate, pithy red grapefruit, macerated prunes, chocolate-covered cherries, a slightly yeasty mustiness, some strange earthy nuts, and more herbal and leafy green hoppiness, with that lurking alcohol a brick wrapped in old socks.

The carbonation is fairly subdued in its seemingly put-upon frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, but for that weirdly bitter herbal and musty character lounging about like its Dad owns the place. It finishes sweet, but at least in a more or less moderated sense - all that caramel and friends facing some duly lingering hoppy, musty, and dry martini offsets.

Well, Thor's Hammer is indeed one solid-ass thwack across the palate - lots of robust and complex flavours abounding, and with a morphing 23-proof alcohol measure that seems more in league with Loki. Cool to finally be able to try, and on an appropriately cold and drink yer sorrows away sort of evening at that. Skål!

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Photo of Tmappin
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcubz
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sofasound
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GRG1313
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maplesyrup76
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of itracy63
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dolphsexton
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Merlin68
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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