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Central City Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Brewed by Central City Brewers + Distillers
Style: Barley Wine
Surrey, Canada
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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4872) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
22 oz. bottle. It pours dark orange/red color with an orange head. The aroma has some rich maltiness, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, cherry and fig. Lots of dried fruit and bourbon. The flavor is full with caramel and dried fruit. Prunes, raisins, figs with a strong, earthy bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable, with a rather syrupy body. Very fruit forward. I could’ve used less bitterness and a less syrupy body, but pretty decent for the style overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sudomorph (994) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
2013 bottle. Pours a caramel ruby with a half finger of off white head. Aroma has great notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon barrel, dark fruits, and faint touch of tartness. Taste is a bit sweet with caramel, strong bourbon barrel, dark fruits, a bit of a tart fruit. Medium-full body with a medium-high carbonation. A bit syrupy in the mouth with a lively carbonation. Overall a pretty nice beer. Dart fruits with caramel, bourbon barrel and not a hint of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4533) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 15, 2016
Tons of caramel, marshmallow, milk chocolate, cherries, full bodied. Moderately sweet alcohol well hidden. Very nice

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (834) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2016
Visual: Pours cloudy reddish brown with no head and a few bubbles surfacing, super thin micro bubble ringed retention, suspended micro sediment. Nose: caramel oaked sweet barley malt, raisin. (lvl-6)-pungency Attack: thick viscosity, crisp-oily Mid-palate: alcohol heaviness, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) bourbon, biscuity caramel-toffee malt, plum-prune dark fruity Finish: sweet bourbon oaked maltiness, subtle bitter, soft alcohol warmth, walnut exhale. Summary: Incredibly smooth for a 11.5%’er, lots of bold flavour with a decent slick-crisp mouthfeel. A tad cloying halfway through, especially at the finish. An all-around solid brew; I have yet to try the non-barrel aged version, looking forward to it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
Rating #1416 25.12.2014 - 341mL Bottle #22 in the CC/P49 Mystery Box. Aroma is caramel, toffee, alcohol, bourbon. Pours a rich amber, barely there white head. Medium carbonation, heavy alcohol warmth. Not unbalanced though, this truly has a depth of character - would love to let this mellow for a year or 3. Hot at the moment, but full of vanilla, char, toffee notes that are very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2973) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2510) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (969) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7742) - 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.

4.1
   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 that’s just my taste. Anyways the brew is very complex with nice creaminess and full mouthfeel. With it’s 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 słodów. Zamieszane intensywniej, uwalnia aromaty zbliżone do winiaków, miodów pitnych. W smaku również 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.


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