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Vinaceous - Hangar 24 Brewery

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Murrhey on 02-14-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that fades to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and wood. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, fruit, and wood. There is a woody aftertaste with each sip that lingers on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good and interesting beer in terms of the ingredients.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

zestar, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

GRG1313, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours blood red in color with a finger of off-white head. A weird combination of smoke (maybe the char from the oak?) and grape. Heavily toasted malts with some sweet caramel and fruit coming through. Sweet with a decent grape character but fairly watery. A touch of toast along with the dark fruit character.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -44.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

SocalKicks, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Attractive dark copper color. Big foam in the Aventius bulb-top, but settles down to a nice lacing and foam. Plenty spritzy and foamy in the mouth.

This is sort of a tongue biter. Lots of woody and tannic flavors, plus the sharp taste. The grapey flavors are quite interesting but get odd with that touch of burnt butter. Some sugary tastes along with a harsh sensation. Ends on quite a bitter note. This is intriguing but not very drinkable. Quite winey when you take a sip after letting it sit for a few minutes.

You have to like the Old Ale style, and to me they seem to always be a challenge. This one is very sudsy and that adds to the palatability. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

mactrail, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $7.49. "Old Ale brewed with Red Wine Grapes Aged on French Oak." 8.70% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate; I love a good Old Ale but I'm not convinced Hangar 24 is the right brewery to pull it off. Looking forward to finding out.

Served chilled; I don't like my old ales too cold - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger light khaki colour head - thin and fizzy - with little to no cream. Retention is average (~2 minutes). Body colour is a rich transparent amber. Translucent as well. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks right for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Lovely red grape notes, with bright luscious berries and buried toasty malts. Brown sugar (most prominent on the finish). Maybe a hint of raisin. A bit vinous, but nowhere near as much as I anticipated. I love the wine-redolent hints of grape and grapeskin; they're a highlight here. Malty and appealing. Surprisingly well executed, actually. A moderate strength aroma. Spot on for an Old Ale. Maybe Hangar 24 is a better brewery than I thought.

T: Pleasant berries, refined red grape notes (including supple grape skin), and pleasant toasted malt notes - which are nicely accentuated by the addition of well-executed brown sugar. The oak is here, bringing out just a hint of vanilla - but mostly serving to guide and bookend the flavour. I do want more oak; it's far too buried here. Malty build without too much sweetness. The bright berries are dominant, lending it a fruity somewhat refreshing character. It's well balanced across the board, but ultimately it just doesn't have the complexity or level of subtlety needed to truly excel. Still, the flavour profile is good for an Old Ale and I rather like it. Good depth of flavour. Any hop character is minimal and floral. Caramel is limited. No yeast character comes through, nor does any real alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with slight coarseness to coax out the flavour a bit more. There was thought put into this, and it shows. Carbonation is a touch too high, but it's very forgivable. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well. Not as hard as you'd expect (in terms of water hardness).

Dr: A very drinkable little Old Ale. I wish I had a proper snifter or tulip for this. It'll be a little tough to kill this bottle alone; I wish I had a friend or two to help - but it's a solid Old Ale. The flavours make it something of a sipper. A surprisingly good Old Ale from Hangar 24, but there are far better Old Ales out there at a better price point. North Coast's Old Stock Ale comes to mind. This would be a good beer to try if you've never had an Old Ale but you like barleywines. It's not as harsh as many Old Ales, but as a result it's less memorable. I won't be getting it again, and I don't think it's worth cellaring, but it is a nice attempt at the style. Hides its ABV pretty well, to boot. Give her a spin if you're in an Old Ale mood; you won't be disappointed. You also won't be impressed.

High C+

kojevergas, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours mahogany with a small light tan head. Solid retention, light lace.

S: Maple bars, some blueberry and grape jam.

T: An interesing mix of flavours for sure. Real nice brown sugar character, but not overly sweet. The Mourvedre grapes do their thing adding some earthiness and blueberries, and a clear 'grape' component. A complex drink, very tasty.

M: Medium-full body, well structured, never cloying which was surprising. Elegant soft carbonation.

O: This was a joy to try, The best I've ever had from Hangar 24.

Halcyondays, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +11.7%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

drewone, May 19, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +11.7%

DoubleJ, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish body. Big khaki head. Nice retention. Thick collar.

Smell - Fruity. Grapes. Musty. Sweet and caramelly.

Taste - Sweet with some grapey fruitiness. Caramel. Not a complex beer.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Sweet. Medium body.

Overall - Just not an impressive beer. Too sweet and uncomplex.

Alieniloquium, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Gobzilla, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1705th Review on BA
Growler to Hangar24 glass
1L

App- When this pours out its more of a purple color. It had a lot of ruddy browns and red mixed in. The center was fairly dark and then had less dense edges. The head was a nice puffy off white head. A nice amount of cling and lace.

Smell- The aromatics on this one were nice. They were pretty straightforward and semi balanced really. The opening notes are of oak and some grape skins. A bit of a quad like sugar plum fruit aroma came next and was tied together with soft malts and a bit of oak.

Taste- I enjoyed this one. Lots going on in the glass with malty old ale booze and then a bit more soft malts. A lot of sweet fruits with a good amount of grape and wine like booze flavors.

Mouth- A very medium soft body on this one. Felt like aerated wine to me. The carbonation was fairly light and creamy. A lot of residual dark fruits and oaky grape skins.

Drink- I'm glad I have a bottle to sit on and let meld a bit more. This is a bit young IMO.

FosterJM, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -16.2%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark ruby with a thin light brown head that doesn't leave much behind.

Sweet aroma full of grape syrup, earth, wood, and alcohol. This smells incredibly sweet.

The flavor is cloyingly sweet and syrupy with sticky flavors of caramelized grapes. It's like a overly-sweet, incredibly boozy version of grape Kool-Aid. Strange, and not very good.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

A very strange beer, and probably not one I'd want to try again.

ehammond1, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Reddish prune color. Not much head. No lace.

S - Faint smell but not much. Probably still too cold. Slight malt, slight spice.

T - Sweet malt core, very malty. Very little hops, some spicy backbone.

M - Nice full mouth. Med to full body. ABV well hidden. Nice balance.

D - One is enough for sure.

srandycarter, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ste5venla, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The bruery provisions

Look: Dark brown with orange highlights and a 1/4 inch off white head and just ok retention

Smell: Rich and malty with some brown sugar

Taste: Pretty simple and was expecting more from what I had read about the beer. Upfront is the same maltiness that nose carries with some brown sugar and oak on the finish. I have just one question Where the hell are the grape notes??

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation and a bit silky

Overall: Good beer maybe one of my two favorites from Hangar but I feel like the flavor is just missing something

DarthKostrizer, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Hanzo, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a ruddy brown color with ruby highlights. A one finger creamy light brown head forms immediately.

S: Lots of concord grape juice and skin. A pretty decent amount of booze, leather and brown sugar.

T: starts with some ripe grape sweetness, but quickly tails into a dry, boozy mess. Burnt raisin skins, burnt brown sugar and straight boozy heat. Way hot for not being that high in ABV. May need a little time.

notchucknorris, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3/5  rDev -16.2%

2beerdogs, May 13, 2013
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Vinaceous from Hangar 24 Brewery
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