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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Barrel Roll No. 4 HammerheadBarrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead

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BA SCORE
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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 56
Gots: 135 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 04-12-2012

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Ratings: 311 | Reviews: 56
Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Whisky barrel taste and aroma very evident. Very boozy but, that's how I like it.

Photo of Jaysauras
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark, frothy, and profound looking. Not as dark or opaque as a stout or porter, but a more thin almost red/black color to it.

S: Booze is evident, but at almost 14% what else can you expect? However, there is a fantastic bourbon barrel aroma that accompanies a fairly nice fruity aroma. It's a very nice blend of wood distilling and dark fruit, like cherry, grape or blackberry.

T: The taste is tremendous. While it can be heavy on the booze flavor, it has an immense amount of complexity. The whiskey and bourbon flavors are prevalent, but the nice fruity flavors that craft the beer are the subtle but outstanding backing band. It layers the spice of cinnamon, rye whiskey, and bourbon, between the sweetness of dark berries and fruit.. These layers make the overall flavor truly breathtaking.

F: It is heavy. For sure. No way around it. This is best sipped, best taken in a small 4 or 6oz. It has a spicy kick from the alcohol to it which make it fairly tingly to the tongue. But make no mistake, this is a kick you in the ass beer that will knock you out if you are not prepared. It is not smooth or easy drinking, but it is worth it.

O: Exceptional. One of the best beers I have had. While I am not a fan of the Hangar 24 standard brews, they continue to kill it on their special releases, local fields series, and seasonals. This is the second of the Barrel Roll series I have tried (Pugachev's Cobra) and am going to make a point of heading there whenever a special release is available. The complexity of barleywine and old ales has always been a great thing to me, and Hangar nails this one. Very well done, amazing blend of flavors, and overall an outstanding beer.

Photo of beermeplz
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. Lacking body and still pretty hot. Does the job ok if you're craving some bourbon barrel character, but the cost is too high for what it is. There are better/cheaper options out there...will look elsewhere for beers of this style.

Photo of Furlinator
2.82/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2015 vintage.

Heavy booze in the aroma and in the taste. Faint molasses sweetness and rye spice but, this is a booze bomb. Disappointing.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blind Lady Ale House and served in a snifter. Dark caramel color, wispy head. Aroma of bourbon barrels, vanilla, nice smell. Flavor follows the aroma quite closely, this is a very good beer.

Photo of Raziel313
2.77/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Extremely light mouth feel. Tastes of cheap bourbon

Photo of Catracho5
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip Year 2014

A: Dark brown, tan head, really murky, cloudy, not much head, lots of tiny bubbles, some minor lacing.

A: Slight bourbon, oak, rye aromas on the nose, definitely picking up the barley wine characteristics, caramel malts, booze, not a lot on big aromas, very nuanced, mellow.

T: Slight bourbon, oak, rye, caramel, toffee, sugar flavors, picking up the heat, it finishes really dry, the rye spice lingers with some hop bitterness, straight out the fridge it's really bitter but as it warms the bitterness subsides but still awkwardly bitter.

M: Medium body, dry finish

O: I was expecting more from this beer, but it has a rye spice hop bitterness flavor that I don't typically get in a barley wine. Maybe it's from the rye barrels and the addition of four hops and the dry hopping. It's not bad but there are better barley wines out there, even non BA barley wines, it's complex but it is not smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler into tulip glass.
Half finger of head as drank left a little lacing behind.
As I poured into glass the color was a caramel color but settled into a light coffee color.
Smell was a wow factor lots of things hit me but I really felt like I was smelling candy perhaps a toffee.
Good taste but quickly disappeared quickly. Bourbon seemed to be at the front.
This is the first beer that I really felt I was chewing it was a mouthful.
Loved the scent more than the taste but it is a solid beer that I was glad to try. Most likely will not go out of my way to buy again.

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Draft @ Ale Arsenal. Pours a dark amber to brown in color with virtually no head. Aroma is mostly bourbon and oak with some caramel and dark fruits. Palate of caramel, brown sugar, bourbon and oak with a hint of vanilla and rye. Fairly solid barrel-aged barley wine, although not nearly the best I've tasted.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a clear, brown color with some ruby hints. Thin, tan, foamy head. Aroma is very sweet. Lots of barrel character which acts as a counter punch to the thick, syrupy sweetness. Caramel, oak, toffee and sweet candy. Also smells very alcoholic and hot. The flavor is more of the same. Oaked caramel, vanilla and toasted sugar. High octane. Hot and sweet. Softer carbonation. Body is full and chewy. Not sure if this one has enough complexity to forgive the hot sweetness. It's pretty good but a bottle shared by multiple mouths was the way to go here.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Nose: rye spice, some clean smelling herbs, a hint of citrus, vanilla and bourbon and a hint of smoke. Pours deep chestnut with a slight haze under a 1” slowly dissipating tan cap. Very rich lace. On the palate it is big rich and creamy with vanilla, malt sweetness, big bourbon flavors and a pleasant alcohol warming on the finish. Despite the big alcohol, the beer is incredibly smooth finishing with a bitterness that suggests a dash of Peychaud’s Aromatic Cocktail bitters in a glass of bourbon and soda with some simple syrup on ice – except the beer boasts much finer softer carbonation, a chewier body, deeper complexity and a much better balance.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

appearance: caramel brown, a little hazy. Quite a big head for such a big beer. Very messy lacing sticks to the glass.
smell: not getting a lot of in your face bourbon and whiskey> this is a more subtle barrel aged American. A strong American nose with the barrel treatment adding a depth made up of subtle vanilla, spice, and caramel. A damn fine nose.
taste: not quite up to the nose but still very nice. slightly bitter finish.
overall: Smooth, very drinkable.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks Mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a very deep ruby-amber-brown. Yep, sticking with that. Pretty darn clear and a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Big sweet bourbon, raisins, toffee, old wood barrel and a drop or two of port.

Taste. Toffee and raisins, not nearly the level of boozy bourbon that comes through in the nose, but a nice complimentary amount, woody vanilla,

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium and soft feeling carbonation.

Overall. Very nice barleywine. Didn't notice the abv until after I opened it, shall be an interesting evening!

Photo of LaneMeyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from a bottle

Nice and hazy, just how I like it. Beautiful brown color hard to describe. Very little head.
Smells of sour cherry, raisins, cinnamon bread with frosting, chocolate.
Big bourbon flavor, cherry, vanilla, spices, finishes with that ethanol taste.
Mouth feel is nice. Not too light.
Overall tasty. Not as good as Sucaba. Wouldn't buy it again for the price.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a cork & cage top. There is no bottling date, but the label is marked to indicate that this particular beer is from March 2014. Poured into an enormous rotund 33 oz snifter, making me feel like I need a smoking jacket to enjoy this beer. It's so hard to resist swirling the beer too.

Appearance - Pours a murky taupe brown that allows just enough light to pass through to reveal some more reddish, russet hues to the overall body. The head builds to about a finger--maybe a finger and a half--before shrinking fairly quickly back down to a generous film that is close to a half finger thick in places, but is bare liquid in others. Inconsistently splayed. Lacing is sudsy and lingers, and when I do tip the glass, it reveals pretty good legs.

Smell - Oh boy, I'm excited to drink this one based on the smell. Harder to detect right out of the fridge, but as it warms I get all sorts of notes of vanilla and light caramel and just enough astringency to provide a boozy bite to the aroma. Underlying it all is a bit of pungent piney hops and of course, a pleasantly spicy bite from the rye grain whiskey barrel. Some notes of oak and tannin as well.

Taste - Unfortunately, the booze peeks through a little more aggressively on the taste than it did in the nose, which serves to muscle out some of those wonderful sweet notes of caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. The hoppiness that was subtly present in the aroma is also more prevalent in the taste, but with less specific pine characteristic and more of a generic bitterness that actually plays nicely with the sweetness of the beer. As with the smell, the rye provides it's unique stamp on the beer, with just a note or two of spiciness and vanilla. The oak is lost a bit in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied and slightly viscous, with a low amount of carbonation, with just enough to prevent the beer from becoming syrupy on the tongue. A sweet finish lingers well after the beer is gone.

Overall, a great beer. If I'm being honest, I have a bit of a soft spot for BA barleywines as well as rye whiskey barrels, so the only way I wasn't going to like this one was if it was pretty bad. As my first opportunity trying a beer from Hangar 24, I'm certainly curious to try more, should they present themselves to me.

Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml of the 2014 bottling, poured into a FFF/DMC snifter 6/21/2014.

A- Clear, dark brown body with a one finger tan head, virtually no retention, no lacing. Pours thick and syrupy.

S- Molasses, rye whiskey, dark fruits, raisins, brown sugar, toffee.

F- Toffee, rye whiskey, dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, molasses. Sweet barleywine with notes of the whiskey barrels used here. It just doesn't come together very well as I'd expect it to.

M- Fuller bodied, low in carbonation, sticky and slick. A bit boozy in taste and feel.

O- Decent example of the style; it is certainly a very sweet and boozy barleywine but it seems like such a chore to drink in comparison to the better rated barrel-aged barleywines out there. I'd suppose I'd say it's fairly messy and not particularly well-executed.

Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2014 batch, bottle 1260/7587

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a big, very dense light brown head. Good head retention and loads of thick lacing. Nice island of foam.

S: Nice rye whiskey aroma right off the bat. Brown sugar and light caramel. Lightly oaky. Mild raisins to boot. Love the smell of rye whiskey so I really enjoyed this.

T: Loads of rye whiskey up front. Nice sweetening caramel and loads and loads of oak. Get a piney hop flavor immediately afterwards. Quite a bit of what seems like oxidation in the middle. Like drinking dusty paper. Then comes toffee and caramel malt. Light bitterness in the finish with lots of pine and herbal spices. Oaky and piney in the finish. Oak lingers between sips with a brittle-like sweetness.

M: Heavy and sticky. Mildly bitter.

O: Huh, not sure how to score this one. I swear it's got signs of oxidation but only in the middle and lingering between sips. It's either oxidation or some sort of unfamiliar hop flavor is all I can think. I checked through the reviews and there were several mentions of oxidation so either other people are also getting tricked or there's some sort of odd off (or intended) flavor in this. It's really not that bad but the off flavors really stood out for me. They just really clash with the typical barrel-aged barleywine flavors (smooth, sweet, malty)

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottle 311 out of 7587, March 2014. Very mild pop off the cork.

A real nice thick creamy light beige creme brulee head, virtually thin like a sheet of ice, but standing tall with easily two fingers. Body is a bit murky brown and reddish colored, with a bit of clarity looking up from below. Pretty solid, with a real impressive head.

Nose is interesting. Whiffs of salt and that pickle brine smell. Faint soft caramel sweetness, a bit of salty butterscotch and tannic wood to match. Very impressive, it is however a bit clashing, and there's minimal hop aroma.

Palate comes pretty solidly. Real nice hints of milk and creamy candy bar chocolate. Hop sting finally makes an appearance, with a bit of bright flesh grapefruit that disappears and takes over with a apicy quality and pine hop sting. Much of the flavor is in the mid palate, the finish is almost flavorless and quite quick disappearing. Very dry. Mouthfeel has a touch of wetness, but the flavors still pop.

Overall though there is some real interesting notes and character here. No complaints.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from j47paco (thanks yet again!). March 2014 release. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours a ruddy mahogany with a one and a half finger off-white head. A modest layer of froth and a healthy halo persist, leaving a good bit of chunky lace.

Sweet, inviting aromas of vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel with a faint earthiness hiding in the background.

Taste follows the nose quite well with it's rich layers of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, caramel, mild oaken char, brown sugar, leather, fruit skins, hints of earthy floral bitterness, some rye-like spicey character and a little booze. Quite delicious, this goes down dangerously easily for it's double digit abv. The barrel aging definately tones down any bitterness but there's still just enough to distinguish this as American instead of English style.

Creamy medium full body with moderate carbonation. Pleasing, tongue coating aftertaste of bourbon, toffee, oaky vanilla and brown sugar.

An outstanding barrel aged barleywine with it's deep, rich flavors and full body. I've been thouroughly impressed with the couple of Hangar 24's Barrel Roll series that I've been fortunate enough to receive. Quality stuff that deserves a try.

Photo of TruePerception
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hangar 24's Barrel Roll No. 004, barleywine aged in rye and bourbon barrels. 11.2% ABV.

A: Very dark plum red. Tons of suspended sediment. Nice haze upon opening. Tons of fine lacing, in a big swath across the side of the glass! About a finger of head.

S: Lot of spice and caramel on this one! Lighter (color-wise) rye smell, brown sugar, molasses, light sweet toffee, subtle oak, some Bourbon-y caramels, raisin.

T/MF: Wow! Deep, rye-laced sap dominates! Toasted marshmallow. There's a lot here I'm failing to identify! There's several layers of sweetness going on, picking up steam as it goes across the palate. Very smooth on the tongue! Toffee, doughnut glaze (with a slight doughy taste to compliment), caramel chews, sweet cream. Slight rye spiciness, fairly well hidden behind everything else. Slight raisin.

I must say: I was very worried this wouldn't be worth the money, since all the other Hangar 24's I've tried have been mediocre, but this is an awesome beer! Certainly worth the $18, atleast once!

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: Blue cheese cuts the sweetness dramatically, if that's not your cup of tea.

Photo of richj1970
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with 2-3 finger tan colored head that stuck around for a decent amount of time and left some nice lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, vanilla, red wine, dark fruits.

T: Nice blend of caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits with just of bit of hop bite. A bit of oak and bourbon coming through at the end.

M: Full bodied and fairly thick but nicely carbonated for a brew of this ABV.

O: Very nice barleywine. I may have to pick up another bottle when I go back to Vegas next month.

Photo of BierJager89
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours an opaque mahogany with a white ring of head.

S: Dark fruits, red wine must, vanilla, coconut, caramel, toffee in the nose.

T: Vanilla up front, followed by a wave that oscillates between wine must and orange and rye, coconut and vanilla. A touch of alcohol. Delicious.

M: Full bodied and smooth, with a slight alcohol tingle. Perhaps a tiny bit flat.

O: Few flaws pull down this magnificent beer. Definitely recommended if you like barrel aged barleywines.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, darker amber color with a small cap of creamy off-white head that laced the glass nicely. Aroma was bourbony and barleywiney, sweet with caramel malts, some notes of spice and candied fruits. Lots of dark malty sugars in the taste--toffee, caramel, etc.--big bourbon, notes of oak, toasted coconut and vanilla, some earthy and resinous hop bitterness coming in mid- to end-palate. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, sweet and boozy and a little messy, but could mellow out with more age. Good overall.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured medium brown, like a caramel and toffee in colo,r with amber highlights, nice dirty white cap, good retention for the style and minimal lacing

S: Nice hints of toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak and light cocoa

T: A nice blend of toffee, caramel upfront which is the mainstay of the beer. The barrel brings a very light bourbon, vanilla and oakiness to the mix which is understated not underwhelming. The base beer is very strong. A booze sting is prevelant throughout. There is a light residual sugar sweetness on the body and finish as well. The finish is sweet toffee and caramel candy, light bitterness and lingering sweetness on end with a hint of vanilla

M: Medium, medium-full body. well carbonated for style being low-medium. A nice sweetness, decadent and creamy texture

O: Very good. I would compare this Blighs Dry Dock anyday.

Photo of corby112
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at KnB Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pours a hazy and very dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Great retention for the style and ABV.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Great barrel presence in the aroma.  Lots of spicy brandy and bourbon along with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut.  Nice leathery malt backbone with vinous dark fruit notes and caramel sweetness.  The barrel character is perfectly integrated into the notes of the base beer.

Full bodied with a strong barrel character and plenty of spicy booze but it's nicely integrated into the barleywine flavors.  Strong dry oak presence with lots of brandy, spicy bourbon, vanilla and toasted coconut followed by leathery malt, caramel sweetness, alcohol and vinous dark fruit, notably date, fig and plum.  Really well balanced with excellent barrel integration.  Complex and flavorful yet very easy to drink considering the high abv.  Slight heat and warmth in the finish without being harsh.  Plenty of delicious spirit without becoming overwhelmingly boozy or overpowering.  Excellent!

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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.