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Central City Thorís Hammer Barley Wine

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


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RATINGS: 54   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 Thorís Hammer BW that brewmaster Gary Lohin made at former brewpub Sailor Hagarís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Thick beastly gold waxed 22oz bomber (11.5% ABV) pours with a slightly murky brown to amber body that supports a nice tan head of foam. The aroma offers up smooth sweet malts, prunes, sweet raisins and a thin spicy licorice sensation flowing into a touch of molasses and toffee off in the background. The taste delivers a smooth red carpet of slick drool inducing richness. Yum! It starts with slick sweet malts and a sense of molasses sweetened roasted malts just as sweet dark fruity esters consisting of prunes and fig and raisins rise up toward midway. Into the finish smooth sweet molasses and toffee and other luscious residual sugars help close this out. In the background from time to time lurks a malt sweetened pine hoppiness that really helps lend further depth and balance here. Solid smooth sipper. Iím delighted I have about 18 more ounces to go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shorlin (721) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 17, 2015
2014 vintage. Fairly clear Ruby brown with a ring of lasting carbonation. Aroma is deep dark fruit, plummy with alcohol. Taste is decent, sweet opening, round to a bitter finish with a touch of alcohol. Pretty full bodied, burnt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
[Bottle (330ml) shared with HogTownHarry & GregClow -- c/o GregClow] Aged somewhere around 8 years. Pours a deep amber-brown with a small semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma and flavour: Wow -- this is almost 8 years old?! You wouldnít know it. Malty along with dark fruit, hops, port, soy sauce, wine and more -- so, so good. Syrupy mouthfeel. Average bodied. This was awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
A dark amber Barley Wine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with vinous notes, light bourbon, light licorice, alcohol warmth, very nice and classic, very much to style. In mouth, big complex Barley Wine with vinous caramel malt, floral hops, resinous and piney, treacle, loads of alcohol warmth, very nice and complex. Bottle at Mondial 2015.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle sample at mondial 2015.rich mahoney wth lace sheet. Roma of rune. Taste walnut and rune. Full outhfee.l. dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
George999 (292) - Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2015
From the bottle the poor is dark brown and cloudy with a thin white head, the aroma is alcohol and smells a little sour and barrel aged, the taste is malty and roasted and woodsy, thereís a strong after flavor of alcohol and the mouth feel is heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, 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 thereís a lot of sweet caramel and brown sugar. Good orange zest. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3023) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, 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. Thereís 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. Thereís 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 didnít mind the "coffee" part in it but donít know if that was intentional or not. Oh well, think I would still have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1240) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (482) - 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.

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