Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead - Hangar 24 Brewery
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1.7/5 rDev -58%
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.
04-28-2012 18:34:33 | More by HopHead84
2.85/5 rDev -29.6%
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.
05-12-2013 03:56:04 | More by zhanson88
2.94/5 rDev -27.4%
"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...
08-04-2013 22:03:58 | More by kojevergas
3.33/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
02-17-2013 12:57:06 | More by Treebs
Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.