fiulijn (13532) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
vadie (537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rouge foncée avec une petite mouse marron. L’arôme fort de malt et bourbon avec un peu de fruits noir. Le goût et comme l’arôme sont: fort de malt, plein de bourbon et un peu de fruits noir.
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 Darniel’s. 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 didn’t amount to much. If the actual Thor’s Hammer was be as well put together as this beer, the Avengers would get their ass kicked by One Direction.
Steasy66 (807) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber, white head fades fast. Big raisin nose. Taste is raisin, molasses, port. Very good.
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mcberko (5375) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 Daniel’s kind) and perfumey notes. Flavour has a bit of paint thinner qualities initially, a lot less sweetness than the regular Thor’s 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 can’t but help think they were cheap barrels with those perfumey notes coming through. Decent attempt.
JHunter (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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