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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
89
very good

265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 50
Gots: 113 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 04-12-2012)
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1/5  rDev -75.3%

dragonx2099, Feb 26, 2013
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1.7/5  rDev -58%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

4/27/2012

Thanks! Snifter.

A: Dark amber with a frothy beige head.

S: Intense fusel alcohol with some caramel and earth. The booze is harsh and there's some nail polish as well. Incredibly brash, harsh, and bland.

T: The taste is even worse. More fusel alcohol, reminiscent of grain alcohol. Really harsh with no redeeming qualities. There's a little caramel, I suppose, but any traditional barleywine notes are lost in a sea of booziness and astringency.

M: Incredibly thin and watery with low carbonation.

Overall: I expected a pretty good beer when I heard about this because I enjoyed the other beers in this series. I'm relieved I didn't buy a bottle of this. I don't know if it was this particular bottle or the beer in general, but this was terrible. Everyone dumped it out.

HopHead84, Apr 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.6%

gpleiss, Jun 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

ThatsThatDude, Feb 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

kscaldef, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of zhanson88
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottle 3730/5520.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep ruby color with quite a bit of carbonation. A good 1" of light khaki head forms, which has very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Smell of caramel, citrus hops, slight oxidation and bourbon, and a hefty dose of alcohol. Honestly is one grew on me after a while, and I'm still not a huge fan. Fusel alcohol really takes this one over.

Taste: Light caramel and oxidation come through first, followed by a big citrus hop punch that seems misplaced. A bit of bourbon and vanilla come through next. Finish is heavy with fusel alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is actually very pleasant, aside from the highly alcoholic finish. Right at medium bodied with high carbonation and very smooth drinking. Overall, I went from really disliking this beer, to warming up to it after a bit, to dislike again. Too much alcohol, and the citrus hops were not complemented well by the barrel.

zhanson88, May 12, 2013
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2.94/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"Barleywine style ale aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels." 2013 vintage. 12.4% ABV according to my bottle. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like the brewery but wasn't a big fan of Pugachev's Cobra. Bottle #3905 out of 8282.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of light khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a murky dull nontransparent dark brown. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Low vibrance.

Not much to look at, but I'm optimistic.

Sm: Vanilla, bourbon, a bit of wood. Not much rich toasty oak. No spicy whiskey. Brown malts. Biscuit malts. Toffee. Caramel. Cream. No yeast character, hop character, or booze. A mild strength aroma. Not very evocative - especially considering the style.

T: Caramel, toffee. A bit of vanilla. The bourbon isn't particularly evocative; just some vanilla. No toasty oak or anything interesting. The whiskey is similarly boring; no spiciness or anything of interest. Brown malts. No yeast character or hop character comes through. Some alcohol, definitely. A bit of cream. Vague hints of buried dark fruit. Largely imbalanced. Not much complexity or subtlety here. Kind of a mess. I like elements of it, but it's not gestalt or particularly cohesive.

Flavour intensity is above average. Flavour duration and depth are average.

I don't notice any off-flavours.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly creamy up front. Somewhat overcarbonated. Alcohol has a warm presence. Suits the flavour profile only generally; doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Thick. Not syrupy, fortunately.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but I definitely wouldn't get it again and it'll take effort to kill this bottle alone. A largely forgettable barleywine from Hangar 24. Not sure the bourbon and whiskey aging really did much. Wouldn't recommend it to friends. It'll get you drunk...

C

kojevergas, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

WVUbrew, Sep 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

facesnorth, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

djmichaelk, May 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

leodarko, Jun 21, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. Bottle # 2560/5520.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a light white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring.

S: Whiskey barrel, oak and dark fruit flavors. Light hopping with a tad of oxidation? A little paper.

T: Same as the nose with a touch more oxidized flavors. It's much more hot than the nose suggests as well. Sweet whiskey barrel, some light hopping, but mostly oxidation with whiskey.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level.

O: I've heard there's some bottle variation with Hangar 24 so I'm hoping that's the case here. I'd like to revisit in the near future.

Treebs, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

DanGeo, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

bccocx, Mar 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

skunk242, Aug 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

WeisGuy, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

arash1000, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

HollyHops, Oct 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

KevT, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

bird22, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

spoonsock, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Romulux, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

pmoney, Mar 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Liondiscs, May 29, 2013
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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.