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
centralcitybrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by astout on 09-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
137
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 34
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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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Photo of FadetoBock
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

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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%
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 -4.4%
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

Photo of dertyd
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of tomb_ride
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of maplesyrup76
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Boozecamel
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of itracy63
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dolphsexton
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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