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Central City Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine

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

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.25%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Festival beer at the Great Canadian Beer Festival 2008. This strong ale is heavy and malty with lots of fruitiness. Having matured for one year at this time, the development of winey notes and complex flavours are very evident. This is the reincarnation of the classic Thor’s Hammer BW that brewmaster Gary Lohin made at former brewpub Sailor Hagar’s.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12349) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle @ home. Ruby pour with a white head. Brow. Sugar and a bunch of toffee, toast, and caramel. Pretty good woody hops, pine, and a little citrus. Flavor is kind of bitter, but there’s a lot of sweet caramel and brown sugar. Good orange zest. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2515) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle dated from November 21, 2014. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a dark brown color with no head and no lacing. The smell started off with a huge coffee aroma and moderately dissipated to a light dark fruitiness. As it continues to warm, a nice sweet caramel rolls over top of a light tobacco. Light woody and a light vanilla enter in as well. The taste was moderately sweet through the dark fruits. The coffee shows its face just a little bit and then levels out to the tobacco, light woody and vanilla. There’s a sticky sweet woody aftertaste leading to a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. There’s barely any carbonation in this beer, so it rolls extremely smooth across my tongue. Overall, a bit different for a barleywine to me. It might lack a little bit in appearance but makes up for the aroma and taste. I didn’t mind the "coffee" part in it but don’t know if that was intentional or not. Oh well, think I would still have it again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (944) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
Aroma is apple, plum, sweet malts, caramel and candy sugar. Some definite whiskey notes full here. Taste is quite full with a deep rich roasty maltiness that is met by sweet dark fruits from the whiskey barrels and a light well balanced hopiness that has a faint bitterness. Appearance is a murky amber with a thin pearl head that retains poorly.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (440) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Comes from the 2013 vintage @ 11.5%. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a 1 finger of tan head that leaves a bit of clouds and no lace. The taste is brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits and the taste of a barrel. Very warming. I will buy another one to cellar it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeZasada (296) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Bomber bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a thin tan head. Significant aroma - sweet and sour malt notes. Taste is malty and sweet - notes of toffee, a slight earthy bitterness. Beer is thick, with a noticable warming mouthfeel. Finish - some hops - grassy - with sweet tones. Pretty good. Could use more hops though. Kind of reminds me of a thicker version of Innis and Gunn.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4568) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1157) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Raisins, caramel, apple cider, orange, plum, grape and booze. Sludgey reddish brown with a thing creamy tan head. Taste is apple cider, caramel, pepper, orange rind and grapefruit bitterness, and alcohol. This is pretty harsh. It might have done better with some more time to sit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (924) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
Bouteille 650ml (Gold Wax), gracieuseté de Damon lors du CanBIF Fall 2014. Couleur acajou presque opaque, mousse beige foncée fuyante. Arôme de malt caramélisé, caramel, fruité, torréfaction léger, alcool. Goût d’alcool, sucré, malt caramélisé, légère amertume, noix rance, caramel brûlé, âcreté en arrière-goût. Carbonatation faible, corps moyen-dense. Pas particulièrement facile à boire.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2190) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Light mahogany with light brown head. Some booze, light raisin, toffee, some caramel, mild tannins, butterscotch, moderate carbonation and body, slightly sweet and boozy, tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
Head retention is good, and there’s also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and a bit of sweet booze. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also some bready/grainy malt noticeable. It’s very sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s very smooth and has moderate carbonation.


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