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Central City Thorís Hammer Barley Wine - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by Central City Brewers + Distillers
Style: Barley Wine
Surrey, Canada
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2914) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 22, 2015
Dark maroon body, bubbly head, quickly fades, some soapy lacing. Dried fruit, bourbon, corn, vanilla aroma. Taste is rich sweet, malty, no bitterness, a touch of dry boozy fruit. Silky palate. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2472) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 18, 2015
Nice barrel aged beer. Pours a mahogany colour with slow forming off white head. Aromas of oak, funk, booze, dark fruits. A bit of tang in the flavour. Funk, wood, booze, molasses, dark fruit, cheese, hints of vanilla. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (903) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Murky dark brown pour with very little head. A bit dark for a barleywine, both in appearance and taste - kind of roasty, some caramel and chocolate along with some sweet sugary and bready notes. A touch of bourbon and a sharpness in the finish. Not much carbonation. Even though this is a 2-year-old vintage it tastes pretty fresh and a bit hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7462) - Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2015
22 oz. bottle shared by b3shine. Pours dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor had sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, there was a slight tart/funky/off bit like there was a hint of infection, wood, some barrel character, some warming and slightly boozy alcohol, this was solid enough especially when the slight off character disappeared.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GraffitiVandal (150) - Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
ENG: 650ml 2013 Vintage bottle from Sherbrooke Store in Edmonton, aged since January 2015, poured into the Teku glass. Very dark brown color with red highlights, massive, creamy beige head and a nice lacing. Appearance for 5+. Aromas are pretty deep and sweet. Strongly nutty, mahogany, licoricey, toffee, maybe even more like a maple syrup. Some malty background. When stirred stronger, some kind of mead-like, or fortified-wine-like notes appears. Tastes very sweety too, even sticky, strongly caramelly, strongly roasty, oakey, dried plums and a bit smokey (but just perfectly balanced). Bourbon barrel notes are, I think, very perceptible especially in the aftertaste. Very oily texture, a bit carbonized - but just slightly, with full body, it gives you an amazing impression. Overall it might be a bit too sweet, but thatís just my taste. Anyways the brew is very complex with nice creaminess and full mouthfeel. With itís 11.5% abv you can barely feel the alcohol in it. Very smooth brew.

PL: Butelka 650ml z serii 2013 Vintage, kupiona w Sherbrooke Store w Edmonton, leżakowana od stycznia 2015, przelana do Teku. Brunatna barwa z czerwonymi przebłyskami, piana kremowa, masywna, gęsty lejsing. Wygląd na 5+. Aromaty dość słodkie lecz głębokie. Mocno orzechowe, machoniowe, lukrecja, toffi, może nawet bardziej syrop klonowy. W tle nieco słodůw. Zamieszane intensywniej, uwalnia aromaty zbliżone do winiakůw, miodůw pitnych. W smaku růwnież bardzo słodkie, wręcz lepkie, mocno karmelowe, mocno palone, dębowe, śliwkowe i nieco wędzone (jednak perfekcyjnie zbalansowane). Nuty beczkowe są moim zdaniem najbardziej odczuwalne w posmaku. Piwo mocno oleiste, nieco nasycone, z pełnym ciałem, odczucie w ustach jest bardzo głębokie, co wszystko razem daje naprawdę imponujące wrażenie. Podsumowując piwo może wydać się nieco za słodkie, jednak jest bardzo złożone, kremowe, dające pełnię odczucia w ustach. Przy zawartości alkoholu na poziomie 11.5% jest on praktycznie niewyczuwalny. Bardzo "gładkie" piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2015
2013 vintage bottle shared by b3shine - thanks again, Beau! Pours a hazy amber color with a finger of beige head that lasts a long time and leave some trailing lace in the glass. Notes of brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, toast, vanilla, figs, oak, and chocolate. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet, warming, sharp mouthfeel, the sharpness from both the hot alcohol presence and surprisingly high carbonation for a barrel-aged barley wine. And still, I liked this quite a bit. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2015
2013 vintage 650ml bottle shared by Ratebeer friends. Pours with an aggressive bigger khaki bubbly head, slowly reduces. Hazy brown red color. In the nose, seems like a touch of brett or something funky in there. Flavor is nicer than the nose though. Pleasant dark fruit, some caramel, touch of chocolate. Mild spiciness. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, very mild bitter, just a mild bit of warmth. Bigger body. Kind of slick texture. Lighter carbonation. Solid BA barleywine, though just a bit of sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5357) - 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 (4060) - 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 (1542) - 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.

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