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)