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
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 06-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
16
For Trade:
2
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Photo of JackieKu
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ZachT
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beervana
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! Served at 10deg C in a chalice.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in a minute. Medium brown colour and has a ton of chunks floating around in it.

S- Bourbon. Not a ton but it's definitely there. A lot of heat as well though.

T- Sweet and roasting good. Has a barley wine hit at first then bourbon then ash. Nice complexity. They should try a scotch barrel one day. Bet you it would be a huge success.

M- Syrupy sweet going in and creamy down. Dries out and that ash is there. Nice!

O- Nice brew. The bourbon just finishes this brew off well. Super complex and I sure would like to see them continue with more barley wine varients.

Food Pairing

This wonderful big bold barley wine went well with....... Peppercorn roasted pork loin. Super opening up of the succulent pork and spicy pepper corns.

Enjoy

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Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Niceroad77
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyerzrule
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep mahogany with moderate head and moderate retention. Not a lot of lacing. First sniff is malt sweetness but the hops and barrel become more pronounced as he beer warms. There's almost a slight cherry note. There's a lot to taste here. Very malty upfront, with toffee leading the way but also some dark cherry and dries fruit sweetness. Woody and piney bitterness follows and the barrel flavor is dominant by the finish. A slight tough of alcohol heat warms the throat at the end. Quite an interesting beer.

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Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 BWood
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corson
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.5% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit, wood, bourbon, and red wine aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit, wood, bourbon, and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with definitely bourbon barrel aged qualities, but I am also getting some red wine ones as well.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of beerinmybelly
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 samtrillo
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutager a while back. Huge thanks for this one set dude!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2012
Bottle 114 of 348
Drunk along side the base beer.

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. Exactly the same as the base beer.

SMELL: Caramel malts with lots of fruity aromas. Dried fruits, red fruits, berries, raspberries, toffee aromas and spicy alcohol on the nose. Very much the same as the base, but with some light oak and bourbon mingling with the aroma from the base beer. Great balance, complex and quite interesting. Really nice.

TASTE: All the base beer elements under a blanket of bourbon, oak and vanilla. This is a great example of a barrel aged barleywine. Some nice caramel and toffee sweetness, with dried fruits and spicy alcohol in there as well. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and coconut from the barrel aging dance with the sweet caramel and toffee, dried fruits and brown sugars from the base barleywine. Very well balanced with a wonderfully flavorful and lingering finish. Less hot and the barrel aging has made the sweetness more manageable somehow. Excellent stuff.

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. Very little heat lingers.

OVERALL: Here is an example of barrel aging really done well. The bourbon and oak flavors compliment the sweet base beer really nicely, taming the heat and managing the sweetness wonderfully. Very well balanced with a great feel for the style, this is one well worth seeking out. I hope to see this stuff again sometime, and if you get the chance, don't hesitate to give it a shot. Well worth the effort and very much recommended. Thanks again Rutager. Pure class here.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle received a few months ago in a CANBIF exchange - I'd like to again extend my appreciation to Farees for helping me tick this longtime 'want'. Dated Sept 18 2014, listed at 11.5% and served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, opaque brownish colour, with reddish highlights and visible chunks of sediment. A half-finger of loose, frothy, beige-tinged head lasts about 60 seconds before fading off entirely, leaving behind a modest-looking collar of foam and a few wisps on the surface. Big bourbon notes and ethanol fumes on the nose, with additional notes of plum, red grape, fig pudding, amaretto, molasses, oak and vanilla.

An intense beer - 'subtle' does not seem to be in its vocabulary. Rich malty flavours of toffee and treacle are readily apparent, intermingling with ample dark fruit flavours - plum and prune, dates, fig, with suggestions of black cherry and almonds. Mellow bourbon flavours come through on the back end, amidst plenty of woody oak and vanilla. Boozy-sweet finish with some char, some cocoa, and a pronounced ethanol note that warms the mouth and esophagus. Full-bodied, with low carbonation levels and a very smooth, slick, fulfilling texture in the mouth. A delicious sipper.

Final Grade: 4.12, an A-. I've never been much of a barleywine guy, but I've got to say that I am absolutely loving this bottle of BBA Thor's Hammer. The bourbon and oak comes through with moderate force, as do the rich malt bill and high alcohol content - yet they're all working together in perfect harmony, preventing any single element from dominating the others (or causing the flavour profile to become overbearing or cloying). Very impressive stuff - I can't thank my CANBIF sender enough for shipping this rock-solid strong ale to Ontario. Cheers!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" tan head that dissipated quickly over a deep mohagany liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Bourbon, toffee, oak, sweet malt, raisins and figs.

T: Quite boozy. This is the first bottling and it has been barrel aged for 18 months, so I think this could use some bottle aging; because beneath the initial booziness the taste is pretty amazing. Bourbon, oak, caramel malt, figs, raisins and some bitter hop presense in the finish.

M: Some drying from the alcohol, medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: The booziness is a little strong on this one out of the gate which affects the drinkability. This makes sense considering it was barrel aged for 18 months. However, like many good strong beers I think cellar aging it for a minimum of 6-8 months would be well worth the wait.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 pagesofphotographs
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sia478
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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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