Central City Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mahogany in colour, this bourbon-barrel aged barley wine is crafted from fine barley malt exuding deep, rich notes of dried fruit, plum and candy with a walnut ester. Best enjoyed lightly chilled. Enjoy is now, or cellar for 5 years or more.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (3422) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle 330ml. [2014 vintage] Pours hazy mahogany with low to no head. Aroma is of sweetness, fruits, bread. Taste is of bread, sugar, alcohol, bitterness, earth. Palate: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Overall: Good but quite boozy. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1610) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2017
Aroma is caramel, toffee, fig, roasted malts and some sweet bourbon on the tip. Taste is rich sweet malts, caramel, toffee and tea leaves. Slight clove on the tip and a hint of alcohol. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (973) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a murky deep dark mahogany with no head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, bourbon, figs, raisins, plums, brown sugar, oak and a hint of nuts. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, brown sugar, figs, raisins, plums, vanilla and oak with a warming bourbon finish. Full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. A pleasant surprise. This was actually pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3591) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2016
Pours a pretty clear red with a thin beige head/rim that leaves good lacing. Nose is of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, coconut and slight oxidation. Taste is more bourbon, caramel with some buttery angles now. Sweet but not too sweet, just right for such a brew. A little boozy as well. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel is a little syrupy. The alcohol gets to you after a while, this could certainly be 2-3% less ABV. A big beer that I found enjoyable but I’m not sure I could drink a full bottle to myself.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (8310) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2016
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! (2014 vintage) pours cloudy medium dark brown with a small beige cap offering some retention and lacing. rubber, sweet fruity caramel - few rotten red fruitiness though; cardboard and plastic, sweet bourbon barrels - coconut; chocolate powder, stinging alcohol. moderate carbonation - foamy at first; medium body - oily; sweet, boozy and woodsy-spicy finish. very american in its treatment - sweet bourbon rubber barley wine. o-k.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (5685) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2016
Bottle (330 ml), shared by mathieuc, thanks! Vintage 2014. Hazy dark amber with a medium off-white head, good retention, leaving little lacing. Aroma is boozy and earthy/mineral, dried fruits, candi sugar, bread and resin. Taste is sweet with alcohol, dried fruits, earthy/mineral, plum/figs, tobacco, raisins, bourbon and vanilla notes. Medium-full body. Moderate-medium carbonation. Dried fruits and alcohol finish. Harsh even after 2 years. Boozy, sweet and fruity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleRider78 (830) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2016
600ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an average size foamy bubbly beige head but doesn’t stick around very long. Lacing is ok. Has a cloudy dark amber appearance with some ruby highlights. A bit of sediments are visible. Aromas of rye, barley, roasted malts, caramel. Flavours are fairly varied as well, somewhat similar to aromas. But also some strong notes of resin, spices, dried fruits, caramel again. The alcohol is quite noticeable but is not offensive in any way. Subtle woodsy smokey notes. Can almost be a sipping beer, but can also easily be enjoyed in normal gulps. Wouldn’t recommend chugging in larger quantities. Full bodied. Slick and drying mouthfeel. Perfect winter warming drink but also a one beer rating night kinda brew. :p

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (528) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2016 A vintage 2013 bottle thanks to Leif. Among my top rating for any beer - up there with some legendary BWs and DIPAs. A soft tan head on a rich, dense mahogany body. A powerhouse nose featuring big raisins, apricots, slightly acidic fruit, wood, earthiness and bourbon. Front and centre is the bourbon burn. Dates, molasses, apricots, and butter step out and are counted early on in the taste experience. An undertone of fruity bitterness grows through the drink, with woodiness, smoke, candied fruit and tobacco adding to the rich, deep mix. A noticeable acidity and emerging bitterness keep toughening up the sweeter initial elements of this stupendous BW as you sip through the bottle. If the acidity is building over time, I opened this beast right on schedule. Pheuf.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (1144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2016
On tap at damn St. Augustine’s during P49/CC event. Pours a hazy copper with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Taste is very complex with bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits notes. Slightly buzzy. Very pleasant, excellent balanced barely wine. Amazing!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (4153) - Alingsås, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2016
sample from bottle, poured a hazy amber colour with a small off head on top. nose of sweet caramel malts, nuts, vanilla, sweet sticky bourbon, oak, dried plums, butterscotch, and toffee molasses. taste is sweet with quite some bourbon upfront. sticky mouthfeel. maybe just a little bit to hot


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