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Central City Thorís Hammer Barley Wine Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by Central City Brewers + Distillers
Style: Barley Wine
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy dark brown color ale with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with some vanilla and bourbon notes with quite a bit of residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by too much residual sugar notes with some bourbon and vanilla notes, light apparent alcohol and caramelized malt notes. Body is full with limited filtration and medium carbonation with some alcohol being apparent. A bit too sweet and un-balanced for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle: Poured a murky brown with beige head. Aroma is alcohol nose burning, with vanilla, fruits, and bourbon. Taste is strong plum, caramel malts, vanilla, and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle from Belmont Station. A: Murky dark brown, bubbly cappuccino head that is not in the slightest bit inviting, lacing. N: Toffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, walnuts, biscuit, oak, slightly burnt brown sugar, plum, earth floors, touch of raisin, and some floral elements. T: Big sweetness and some burnt wood and bitterness. M: Alcohol is noticeable, medium body that should be bigger, a light tickle of carbonation. O: A loud barleywine with a prevalent barrel note. Iím enjoying it, but itís not the highlight of my BBA barleywine experience, either. Pretty good for a good price, but Thor didnít send MjŲlnir to Earth, either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pictoman (778) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
Poured from the tap. Murky Amber brown with minimal beige head. Fig and stone fruit, bourbon noticeable, subtle molasses. Full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (871) - - MAR 29, 2015
Bomber, 2014 vintage. Sweet dark fruit aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Pours deep mahogany in color with a thin tan head with very little lacing. Starts with excellent dark fruit flavors with some caramel and nutty esters. Finishes quite smooth with good vanilla and bourbon flavor as well as a little bit oak. Nice bourbon barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7554) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle from Corti Brothers, Sacramento. Pours dark reddish brown with an attractive beige head and a fruit and vanilla aroma. There is a full-bodied dark fruit and molasses flavor with lots of candi sugar and a dry slightly bitter finish. There is a nutty aftertaste with a warm alcohol trail. This beer seems to be grossly underrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12452) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bomber from Total Wine in Folsom, CA. Pours hazy dark copper with a beige/tan head. Aroma of alcohol and dark fruits. Supported by some brown sugar. Med body. No, near full. Flavor is dark fruit, treacle/brown sugar, and darned if that walnut ester description isnít right. Wouldnít have gotten that without the suggestion, but... The dark fruit does tend towards plummy. So whereís the bourbon? Whereís the barrel? The bourbon is taking last place behind the other flavors, and the barrel seems to get lost in the treacle. So itís rather straight forward at first impression, but gets more complicated with time (as it warms). Iíve certainly had tastier BA barley wines, but this one is pretty good, if you just relax initial expectations.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbudd19 (886) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle. Apperance is muddy brown with thick head. Aroma is very floral, powdered sugar, caramal, and a touch of rubber. Taste is bitter caramel, butterscotch, oak, a touch meatlic, with a hot boozey finish. There is for sure a bit of off flavour in this, not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thb (751) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
My reaction to this was like the kid in Charlie bit me. This is a beer. Almost visceral reaction to it. And itís good. Really nutty. Chocolate, fruits. A lot less caramelly than other barley wines Iíve had. Lots of flavour. Booze is there, but not like 11.5% would suggest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Murky maroon body, almost blood-tinged vermillion, with a thinnish head. Woodsy, wine aroma with the influence of syrah and cabernet barrel along with the expected bourbon nose. Berry, bourbon flavor suffuses the palate, visited as well by woody and strong red wine components. Juicy, berry and wet wine finish. Quite enjoyable richness and fullness throughout.

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