Limited Winter Release. (99 cases of 12 650ml bottles made)
Review Based on Vintage 2011 brewed in aprox December 2011 released on late November 2012 and consumed on December 1st 2012. Central City is one of the few breweries to age their barleywine in house for a year before releasing.
From Central City Brewing (Red Racer Brewing) in Surrey BC comes “Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine (Vintage 2011)” a bottle conditioned beer that has been aged for almost a full year before release! This beer pours a cloudy deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma of this brew is of sweet dark fruits such as prunes, malts, toffee, mild chocolate and hops. The flavour shows characteristics of sweet dark fruits, cherry, strong bitter hops, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, tons of malts and alcohol. The beer has a smooth mouthfeel and picks up strength at the tail end. This beer starts cold in your mouth and turns warm as it hits your throat. This is a slow sipping and amazingly tasty beer! I have a bottle of this vintage put away in the cellar for consumption at least a year down the road! Thor’s Hammer has a commanding alcohol content of 11.5% which like his hammer, it should not be taken lightly! Barley Wine’s should be aged as they reduce the alcohol flavour and increase the other flavours of the beer. With that in mind I can not wait to try the next 2011 Vintage when I decide it is time. This beer has opened my eyes to an amazing style of beer!
Commercial Description: Made with the best ingredients, with uncompromising standards, this Barley Wine is fermented traditionally within our tanks, and then conditioned for up to a year in its bottle. Enjoyed for up to five years after brewing.
Food Pairing as per Central City: Desserts, spicy dishes, breads.
This beer was part of Mikes Craft Beer’s Barleywine Tasting. It was highly regarded by all tasters involved.