Central City Brewing Co. – Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine (2014)

Site Score
8.3
Good: Mid-sweet, nice hop, not overly boozy
Bad: Waiting for this to age will not be easy
User Score
8.6
(5 votes)
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Central City Brewers & Distillers - 2014 Thor's Hammer Barley Wine Review

Central City Brewing Co. – Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine (2014)

The Thor’s Hammer is back for another year of fighting for the survival of Earth. In 2014 this Central City Brewer’s bottle conditioned Barley Wine tips the scales at 11.5% and wears a golden crown of wax which is waiting to visit your cellar well through the winter. This year’s Thor’s Hammer pours a cloudy, deep and dark amber colour topped with a finger and a half of lacing head. Through the overlying head comes a caramel-infused, cop centric aroma with a kick of alcohol. The balance is rather exquisite but the beer is forecast rather large. The flavour starts off smooth for being so young with a caramel like sweetness that ads great body. The hops build rather quickly into the central booziness of the beer. The finish is a combo 1-2 punch of hops and alcohol in a relatively smooth package. This year’s Thor’s Hammer is very good right now and that will only improve. The beer is great but with a year or two spent in your cellar this Barley Wine will turn into something fantastic. Don’t believe me? give it a year or so and find out for yourself!

Alcohol – 11.5%
IBU – 90 (estimate)
Size – 650ml bottle
Price – $12.50 (Craft Beer Retailer)
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Central City Brewers & Distillers - 2014 Thor's Hammer Barley Wine Review
Central City Brewers & Distillers - 2014 Thor's Hammer Barley Wine Review
Central City Brewers & Distillers - 2014 Thor's Hammer Barley Wine Review
Central City Brewers & Distillers - 2014 Thor's Hammer Barley Wine Review

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Central City Brewing Co. - Thor's Hammer Barley Wine (2014), 8.6 out of 10 based on 5 ratings

2 Comments

  1. mikescraftbeer
    May 8, 2014, 12:21 pm

    This beer is already aged in bottles one year and is the only BC one that is pre-aged for you. Saying that a Barleywine will always be better with age. A well made 6 year old Barleywine is exquisite.

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  2. Terry
    May 8, 2014, 5:10 pm

    This is one of those one’s I truly look forward to every year, so glad I can buy and age in bottles and buy at the Brewery versus having to go to the pub on Dec 24th to fill growlers. So amazingly good with blue stilton or blue cheese.

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