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
88
very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 327
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 4.79%
Wants: 55
Gots: 146 | FT: 16
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: mactrail on 04-12-2012

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 327
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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) (1,338 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Raziel313
2.77/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Extremely light mouth feel. Tastes of cheap bourbon (51 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of freshflesh
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is definitely that of a barrel-aged beer. I get a lot of bourbon and whiskey notes, as well as some toffee, caramel, brown sugar and molasses. The flavor is also very nice. I get some pine from the hops, as well as some brown sugar, molasses, caramel malt and whiskey. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice. (425 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of Lofreqwave
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fo1ksguitar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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. (660 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

A much darker appearance than I anticipated: very dark amber with some ruby and near-purple edges, along with a small khaki colored head, leaving sticky spots and an oily sheen down the glass.

Rich, expressive aroma: lots of burnt sugars (caramels, toffee), definite wood, bready sweetness, mild alcohol presence, and a little bit of dark fruit presence.

The flavor is relatively balanced and drinkable for a beer of this heft: big notes of caramel, toffee, fruit cake, and oak. Mild vanilla, though not as much as I like to find in barrel-aged barleywine.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Very enjoyable. (657 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Zonian1
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of mrelizabeth
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Local Habit. A bit pricey for a 10 oz, due to its 13.8 abv. ($8.50)

a- opaque red, short off-white head.

s- barley, barley, barley. whiskey. little to hint that you are about to drink a beer.

t- sweet barleywine, then rye whiskey. lots and lots of whiskey. there are some hops hidden there, somewhere.

m- thick and mysterious. whiskeybeer.

o- sipped this badboy on a cold night in San Diego. perfect for warming up your tongue. tastes like they were able to leech out some of that devil's cut in those rye whiskey barrels. brilliant and tasty beer. (567 characters)

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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.