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

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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:
136
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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Photo of sofasound
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of MarkusFiligree
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Jotora
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcubz
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Merlin68
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Docrock
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Central City Brewpub, 10 oz serving in a snifter:

A : deep mahogany colored with minimal head that dissipated rapidly. Nice lacing as well.

S : beautiful caramel malt, hint of plums and a deep nuttiness. Only a hint of the alcohol content is evident.

T : wonderful, nice and thick, everything that was on the nose is present, plums, some light candy character and a deep earthy nuttiness like an English walnut, not a flavor I usually get in Eng Barleywines.

M : thick and just slightly chewy. Minimal carbonation which was the only low point of the beer but not overly detracting considering the abv. Very smooth.

O : an outstanding example of a non BA English Barleywine. Can't wait to try the BA version! Well done Central City.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
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 DaPan
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MicTar
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maplesyrup76
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

**** Vintage 2011 **** bottle conditioned

A: Poured with only a minimal 1 finger of creamy beige head, it's a hazy tawny brew that glows a ruby red when held up to the light.

S: Bloom of alcohol with rum raisins and dark fruits, toffee, and dark malts, like a fruit cake spiked with brandy. Notes of spices, cinnamon & clove.

T: Dark toffee and sweet toasted malts, with lots of dark raisins and fruit married with a brandy alcohol presence.

M: Thick viscosity with a syrupy-creamy mouth feel and just a bare minimum of carbonation up front.

O: Thor's hammer is aptly named, it's a brew fit for a god, strong alcohol profile, bold taste and a thick creamy feel, there is nothing weak or mild about Thor's Hammer. It's a terrific sipper and would compliment a cheese platter. Get out your drinking horn call all your super-hero-friends and enjoy.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, big thanks to bobsy for sharing this rarity!

Pours a muddy orange brown, relatively opaque and cloudy, thin tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick to the glass.

Smell is intense, hugely caramelized and malty, toffee, raisins, rum, some wood, lots of dark fruit, alcohol, a bit of vanilla and bourbon, biscuit, more caramel, dates, a bit of weird fruitiness but I'm digging it.

Taste is similar, tons of caramel and toffee, Werthers candies, bsicuit, raisin and date, some alcohol, a bit of wood, more rum/bourbon booziness, vanilla, more toffee, very rich and decadent flavour.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty chewy, with low carbonation. Wow, this is a big barleywine. Maybe more in the Hardys Old ale vein, but pretty fantastic stuff, thanks Rob!

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Photo of bobsy
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canadian Brewing Awards beer of the year.

Pours a deep oak with a small hazy off white head that left some decent lace spots. Big sweet malt nose that screams toffee. Lots of brown sugar, some diacetyl and warmin alcohol. Just the part...

Good toffee taste, with a nice sweetness that combines well with the warming alcohol, but is also cut by the presence of some leafy hops. Really, really nice balance and a satisfying flavour. Chewy, smooth body is just right.

Hard to say whether this is the best beer in Canada, but its certainly a contender.

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Exeter
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beervana
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crow
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: Slight head over deep amber liquid.

S: Sweet malt dominates the smell profile.

T: Sweet malt with a nice addition of a bitter hoppy presence.

M: Medium viscosity and low carbonation.

O: Very tasty and drinkable. Sweeter than most barleywines I have had, but that is fine by me.

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Photo of papat444
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to 4ster for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: A nice copper body with a decent head that leaves some lacing behind.

Smell: Rich, sweet candy; strong leather; mild whiskey twang; powerful dried fruits, foremost apricots.

Taste: Like alcoholic candy; sweet tempered by fusel alcohol; caramel; lots of pungent dried fruit; real full.

Mouthfeel: Gentle giant with a bite at the end; caresses the palate; bit sticky; warming but never too hot.

Overall: This is a great barleywine. Very happy to have had a chance to try this.

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Photo of Electros
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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