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Central City Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine

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


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.25%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RhetoricalAns (837) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2016
650 ml bottle. Mahogany pour, couple fingers of light beige head, great retention, plenty of lacing. Rich, sweet aroma, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, raisins, light bit of vinous alcohol. Taste is sweet, mild bitter finish though, decent kick of alcohol but its pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8506) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle. 2014. Dark mahogany beer with a cream head. Sweet caramel aroma with grapefruit. Caramel and grapefruit flavor with pine. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and grapefruit linger with pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (21720) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2016
15th January 2016
That’ll be me 20K then @ ChrisO’s. Thanks to Toby and the Kernel gang. Hazy reddish amber beer, small cream colour head. Palate is light, semi dry and has a fine crispness. Caramel malts, light. Rich dried fruits. Spice. A little creamy malt sweetness develops. Light finish. Spicy linger. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16660) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
Bottle split at Kenny 20K, thanks to Mother Arche’s Rote Boxe, 15/01/16. Very lightly hazed amber orange with a decent off white head. Nose is caramel, spice, figs, dark fruit rinds, fruit cake. Taste comprises rich fruit rinds, dates, toffee, light peppery spice. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a flash of booze. Adequate barley wine but far from a great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ffbot (340) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Pour is a still deep amber and purple, orange hints to it. Smell is like sangria, boozy fruit with a sweet and earthy presence. Taste is alcohol first then fruit, a large orange and grape presence. Intense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K tasting - London. Cheers! Pours clear ruby-amber with a white foam head. Very sweet, moderately boozy, with notes of old pine and ripe orange. Full bodied, chewy and oily, with fine carbonation. Warming finish, with rich bread, alcohol, ripe citrus. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjohnny (498) - - MAR 6, 2016
Fruity thick malty sweet aroma. Muddy caramel brown with a quickly fading light tan head. Thick and sweet like a good fruitcake. Lots of booze on the finish. Really really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (8933) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Many thanks to the Kernel krew for this one. Reddy caramel brown coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is toasted bread, jammy fruit, nutty malts, vanilla. Flavour is composed of nutty, vanilla, nutty, jammy fruits, Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, nutty, caramel. Harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5952) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle share at MadMitch’s Mad20K tasting. As ’Central City Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine’, 2014 vintage, 11.5%. Dark red, hazy, small ring of brown head, dotted lacing. Aroma is digestive biscuit, chocolate, sweet biscuity malt. Body is smooth, rounded, soft carbonation. Taste is sweet toffee, tangy redcurrant, booze. A touch sweet for my taste, but a decent beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2016

Bottle 650ml. @ [ madmitch76 - 20K Tasting ] - chriso & Boudicca House, London.

[ As Central City Thors Hammer Barley Wine ].
ABV: 11.5%. Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, bread, caramel, dusty malt, bourbon, moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, caramel, bread, alcocol, light prune - dried fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20160115]

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