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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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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4396) - 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 (1081) - 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 (811) - 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 (2101) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (465) - 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 (409) - 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 (1349) - 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 (517) - 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 (108) - 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.


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