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:
This award-winning, bourbon-barrel aged 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.


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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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of ILOVEHAM
1/5  rDev -74.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of deonreds
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MattXT
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Very flat and disappointing. Nov 21, 2014 bomber.

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Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of kjyost
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hot. Overly boozy. Unbalanced. Needed blending with a less potent batch.

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of souvenirs
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure: I haven't been a fan of barrel-aged beers so far, and I didn't choose this one to drink, but instead got it as part of the Parallel 49 / Central City advent calendar.

A: Chestnut brown, minimal head.
S: Boozy. Mostly I pick up the bourbon.
T: Sweet and heavily alcoholic.
F: A bit heavier. Carbonation on the lighter side.
O: Hardly my new favourite, but it's probably good for what it is.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, day 22 of the Parallel 49/Central City Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown. Saving the better stuff for last, it would seem.

This beer pours a murky, dark dishwater brown colour, with one measly finger of weakly foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of melting iceberg lace around the glass as things, slowly, slowly recede.

It smells of rather acerbic booze-tinged barrel notes - cheap American rye whiskey, grainy wooden staves, and a subdued caramel/vanilla sweetness - mixed 'n matched black orchard fruit, demarara sugar, sultana raisins, molasses, relatively weak bready caramel malt, a certain underdeveloped mustiness, and mild earthy, weedy, and leafy hops. The taste is again replete with more of a Jack Daniels corn whiskey astringency, one which I don't feel the need to pick apart here, over an otherwise enjoyable grainy, bready, and somewhat doughy caramel maltiness, with some soft plum and besotted raisin and cherry fruit, dark sugar syrup, understated musty yeast, and a game, but overmatched leafy, weedy hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite low and out of the picture for the most part, the body a dense medium weight, and more smooth than I might have initially imagined - only the booze seems poised to take away the nice things here. It finishes on the sweet side, natch, but very much in the form of a shot of bargain whiskey, where a lot of alcohol gagging comes along as part of the deal.

Hmmmmm...not all that much of a well-rendered BBA BW experience - mostly because I question the veracity of the 'Bourbon' part of the equation (look it up). Acrid, astringent, and not integrated to a point where I can sit back, sip away, and say 'right-o lads, now how about that economy of ours?'.

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Photo of leaddog
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle - 2013 Vintage 11.5%

Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut brown with two fingers of bubbly off white head.

Smell - bourbon, slight woodiness, sweet caramel malts, toffee, plum, raisin, fig, earthy hops, and booze.

Taste - Starts off with the bourbon/slight woodiness, then goes into the sweet caramalts, slight toffee, plum, raisin, and figs . The earthy hops finish off the beer with a slight warming from the booze. One sip I get more malts and another I get a balance of both flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with pleasant touch from the bourbon along with a slight sweetness from the plum, raisin, and figs.

Overall - A barleywine with a good malt and dark fruit presence. The bourbon flavours are displayed adequately in this brew, but I was hoping that the barrel would of been more consistent in each sip (one sip getting all malts then the next getting a nice balance of both bourbon and malts/fruits). Some minor adjustments would make this more of a stand out.

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Photo of DamageCase76
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep chestnut brown. Sandy-colored head retains at a quarter inch. Spotty lacing.

S: Toasty barrel scents waft from the glass. Bold oak. Some bourbon and woody vanilla. Toasted chestnuts. Very sturdy malt backbone of dark and chewy caramel, brown molasses, milk chocolate, and figs. Maybe even some coffee tones. Spicy alcohol in the background.

T: Brash oak. Big bourbon flavors are a bit rough. Char and caramel from the barrel. Woody mustiness. Fat malt body brings dark and chewy caramel, molasses, chocolate, and nutty tastes. Figgy. Earthy hop spice, quickly. Spicy alcohol. Trailing malts and wood in the finish.

M: Big, thick, and chewy. Slight syrupy texture. Some oaky astringency. Warming alcohol. Prickling carbonation.

O: The barrel gets a little too brash and forward, kicking the balance out of whack.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deNerval
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle #177 2012 vintage poured into tulip 11/5/13 thanks Rutager for yet another want

A dark amber with lots of slow moving streams of bubbles going up the side but just a short lived finger of tan foam that leaves no lace, looks thick though with the pinprick bubbles struggling to get to the surface

S caramel, vanilla, raisins, plum, lots of brown sugar and booze, slightly nutty and woody but I get a little bourbon but smells more like a Tennessee Whiskey if you know what I mean, I'm not sure I like the barrel choice with this one and I'm curious to know what they used

T tastes like a shot of JD was was added to this one, I sound like I'm being harsh but I do like it but I don't quite love it, a little sweet and still has some heat, nutty raisins and brown sugar are strong

M thick syrupy liquid, some heat and a little sticky on this lips, soft carbonation and lingering nutty booze on the finish

O decent beer but I regret not sitting on it for a while, and by a while I mean several years. respectable stuff but a few areas could be improved on to make it something special

I'd like another bottle to sit on because I could see this improving drastically with some age behind it. everything's starting to come together but not quite there yet, I'd like to try the original version to see if the barrel helps or hinders

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JGlitz87
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Deep ruby-brown with about a finger of medium tan head which dissipates down to a thin layer within a minute or two.

S: Great boozy nose with hints of dried red fruits. Perhaps a hint of vanilla as well.

T: Opens with a great boozy vanilla and bourbon taste, with the dried fruit aspects coming out strong in the latter half of the sip. A rich and slightly nutty malt taste also comes through.

F: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Smooth.

O: This was a decent beer. Perhaps a little too boozy.

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Photo of Idrankthat
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IMFletcher
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's good flavors in here, but they're masked by an overwhelming barrel presence.

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Photo of artemh
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of likeablepaper
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber in colour with a creamy tan head that quickly dissipates. Sweetness on the nose, to me it it smells slightly of fruits and caramel. Booziness slightly overwhelms the oak notes from the barrels. Not a huge Barley Wine fan but, the barrel aging definitely is a nice addition to this ale, even if the booze is slightly overwhelming on the palate.

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Photo of Jkolls
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IanSpindler
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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