Advent Beer Review #17 Thor’s Hammer Barrel-Aged Barley Wine from Central City

20161219_032351.jpgFrom the label:

Our limited edition bourbon barrel aged Thor’s Hammer is matured for 1 full year. Mahogany in colour, this award-winning barley wine is  crafted from the finest barley malt. Exuding deep, rich notes of dried fruit, plum, and figs, with a walnut ester. Decant to remove the sediment of lees. Enjoy chilled now or cellar for 5 years or more.

Stats: ABV: 11.5%; IBU: 85

This beer pours out a very dark brown, with no head and no lacing.

The nose is bourbon, rich malt, dried dark fruits, oak, nuts, and booze. The palate is very similar, with bourbon, malt, raisins, plums, caramel, walnut, vanilla, brown sugar, and oak. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with very light carbonation, and a sweet finish.

This is a very good  barley wine, that I have found benefits from aging. When fresh, the esters, booziness, and oak notes can overpower the barley. I feel like the bottle-conditioned version provides a more unadulterated version of the beer.

I have to say I’m a little disappointing they suggest enjoying it chilled. This beer should be served around 8-12C. In fact, I ran mine under hot water to get it to temperature, as my apartment is so cold!

It’s nice to see a full Central City beer in this pack, rather then the more commercial Red Racer. I’m surprised to see this appear so early, as I thought this would be the last beer. Now I’m as to curious abut what they have lined up for the the last few days!

Rating: 4.25/5