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Central City Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine

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Brewed by Central City Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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on tap
available

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.25%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (260) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
Yes sir, I like it. For being 11.5%, mighty potentate hides its booze like homeless vagabond when the long arm of the law reaches out. A opaque ochre full of raisin, burnt toffee, leather and even some barrel-aged wine aromas. Tastes somewhat sweet with a lot of dark fruitcake and woodiness in the flavour. A very lightly oily mouthfeel, this barley-banger will hit the spot for Norse God and mortal scum alike.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hidden_Pooch (276) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
Pours a dark, murky brown with a long lasting tan frothy head. Aroma is of plums, nuts, sweets, and dried fruit. The taste is very complex with hints of grapes, plums, nuttiness, wood, citrus, and a certain sweetness to it. Has a full body that is surprisingly smooth and very low on the carbonation. It feels like a vinous bitter aftertaste and this beer hide its alcohol very well, but also gives you boozy warmth. A very interesting barley wine indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1141) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
Liquide brun-rouille, opaque, garnir d’une mince présence mousseuse qui se regroupe pour former un petit troupeau de grosses bulles. Avant toute chose, c’est du saumon fumé que je perçois au nez. C’est herbacé, boisé, acidulé par moment et à la toute fin, des effluves de sucre d’orge apportent un certain charme. À la première gorgée, c’est bon sans être remarquable. C’est sucré, c’est malté et ensuite, l’alcool, qui était pratiquement imperceptible, revient à la charge, comme un contrecoup. Les herbes, le bois et une pointe acidulée réussissent à se faire remarquer. Elle n’est pas très corpulente et je dirais même qu’elle est plutôt mince pour le genre. Embouteillée le 19 février (Gold Wax)(1076-160514)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (321) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Dark, slightly murky orange-brown pour. Fruity aroma and flavours. Winey notes, subtle citrus, and some dried fruits. Very thick and full-bodied, although light flavour considering the heavy texture. Very smooth. Tasty and well-balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YigSvartka (58) - Manitoba, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 No head served at cellar temperature. Pungent scent consisting of dried fruit, chocolate, cherries, and malt. Extremely robust flavour. Malt, cream, alcohol, chocolate, and fruit (namely cherry). Strong and heavy with lingering hops and bitterness. A big boy, but certainly a good one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2142) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Dark reddish brown body, large bubbles, not a lot of head or lacing. Sweet malt aroma, corn, vanilla, booze. Taste is strong booze, sweet malts, a touch of bitterness to round it out. A touch on the harsh side, but a rather nice barley wine overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1635) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
Pours a great thick iced tea color. Aromas are sweet and syrupy. Honey, corn syrup, brown sugar. This is smooth.. Both on the palate and in flavor. No booze detected. Sweet malts with some woodiness for a balancing bitterness. Nice!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dslam (34) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Poured from a keg. Dark brown and slightly mucky color. Minimal beige head. Beautiful deep aroma, I love it! Good amount of carbonation makes the beer come alive in your mouth. Leaves a light film and goes down easy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (444) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
[2008 Release] Poured from the tap. Murky amber brown with minimal beige head. Aroma of caramel and butterscotch with dark red fruit. Same flavour with warming alcohol and fig finish. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5640) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Hazy dark amber color with lasting ivory head. Dark raisin, toasted caramel, pit fruit aromas. Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Rich dark raisin, pit fruit, dark caramel flavors with warming spicy alcohol to finish____big barleywine_good.


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