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

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3.92/5
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66 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#10,690
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
66
pDev:
8.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
15
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of CraftFan5
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Central City Brewers 'Bourbon BA Thor's Hammer' @ 11.5% , served from a 330 ml bottle Day 18 Seasons Greetings & on tap at GCBF'17
A-pour is mahogany brown from the bottle to a murky brown in the glass without a head leaving no lace
S-bourbon
T-bourbon , hint's of barley wine
MF-no carbonation , full bodied
Ov-too much bourbon !!
prost LampertLand

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

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 JackieKu
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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 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 ClavisAurea
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

01/2015 bottle date. Served at cellar Temps in a snifter.

Appearance: murky, brownish red with a fast fading head of brown bubbles. Unimpressive.

Nose: char, oaky, dried fruit cake, coconut, tons of Barrel character, cherry juice,

Taste: very thin mouthfeel, follows the nose with all of the barrel character, cherries, dried fruits, some boozy notes, very drinkable. Coconut, slight nutty flavor, tobacco, no oxidation at all. No hop character. Tons of malty sweetness from either the Bourbon Barrel or malt bill.

Overall: first of all, tons of value for money; it's $12 for a bomber of BBA English Barleywine. Who can complain about that. I'm impressed with all the barrel character. I'll hold on to another for a while to see the change.

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Photo of PJT
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jkolls
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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 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 deNerval
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | 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 goalie35
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop_God
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with ruby undertones

S: raw booze. Dates. Burnt sugar. Hops.

T: brown sugar. Dried dark fruits. Hops. Oak.

F: mild carbonation rather thin mouth feel

O: pretty solid. Could use a bit more sweetness compared to the bitterness mixed with the booze but overall good

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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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Bourbon Barrel Aged Thor's Hammer Barley Wine from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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