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Central City Thorís Hammer Barley Wine Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Brewed by Central City Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Mahogany in colour, this bourbon-barrel aged barley wine is crafted from fine barley malt exuding deep, rich notes of dried fruit, plum and candy with a walnut ester. Best enjoyed lightly chilled. Enjoy is now, or cellar for 5 years or more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4141) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
650ml bottle pours mahogany in color with a finger and a half of off-white head that retains well and leaves some spotted lacing behind. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, raisin, bourbon, wood and cereal grains. Taste is a grainy malt and raisin fruity sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness finishing with some bourbon and wood on the palate. A tasty barley wine which is very smooth going down, belying its 11.5% ABV. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, vintage 2012
Beautiful red-mahogany color, hazy, with small creamy head. Aroma of malt, oak, chestnut, with light vinous vein. Full bodied; full malty flavor, some fudge, moderate sweetness, the oak is present but not oppressive, there is a pleasant fruity accent; strong bitterness, in balance with the sugars and with the warming alcohol.
As good as an American Barley Wine can get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (661) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
Rouge foncťe avec une petite mouse marron. LíarŰme fort de malt et bourbon avec un peu de fruits noir. Le goŻt et comme líarŰme sont: fort de malt, plein de bourbon et un peu de fruits noir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Dark amber with a small pale head. Aroma is raisins, dates, honey, caramel, oak, bourbon. Slick mouthfeel, full bodied, sweet on the palate with a long sweet finish. Taste is dates, brown sugar, honey, caramel, oak, bourbon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2012
In short: A boozy sweet straightforward BA barley wine offering brutality but no complexity. Below average.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh (maybe too fresh) a month or two after the release, split three-way, not your fault Matt!
The look: Cloudy brown body topped by a small beige head.
In long: Nose is very sweet malts with a medium bourbon presence and also an annoying perfumy character which I can only associate to to Jack Darnielís. Taste is very straight forward, heavy sweet malts, plenty of toffee, lots of booze, some greasy hazelnuts, burnt brown sugar, medium bourbon presence with the perfumy JD character. No hops presence whatsoever. Too sweet, boozy and overall brutally simple for me. Not sure if some age could do it some good, all I can say is that fresh this beer didnít amount to much. If the actual Thorís Hammer was be as well put together as this beer, the Avengers would get their ass kicked by One Direction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (861) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Deep amber, white head fades fast. Big raisin nose. Taste is raisin, molasses, port. Very good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
Bourbon barrell aged from bottle. Pours brown with good head. Well carbonated. Aroma is sweetness and slight bourbon sourness. First sip is tangy sweet and tart. Aftertase is slight dark fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6259) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 650mL bottle, split with Glouglouburp (!). Pours a hazy dark amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of moderate woody bourbon barrels (but the cheap Jack Danielís kind) and perfumey notes. Flavour has a bit of paint thinner qualities initially, a lot less sweetness than the regular Thorís Hammer - still with caramel sweetness, sweet fruitiness and candied sugar - but more subdued due to the perfumey barrel presence. I prefer this to the regular barely due to the cutting down of the sweetness, but I canít but help think they were cheap barrels with those perfumey notes coming through. Decent attempt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 650ml bottle #166 of 348 pours a deep brown colour with a medium brownish colour head that dissipates quickly. Strong wood bourbon aroma hint of nut. flavour is light fruity plum raisin, with a hint of wood and decent bourbon spice. I like the hand written numbing and signed by the brew master on the label

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