Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead - Hangar 24 Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at Eureka Burger in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, fruit, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a woody finish and a bourbon kick with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but I think this one smells better.
09-03-2012 21:42:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev -1.2%
On-tap at Bruery Provisions
Almost mahogany in color with minimal head. The nose is somewhat boozy. Lots of bourbon, wood, and vanilla, but good caramel and toffee, too. Quite a bit of brown sugar, as well. The flavor is sweet and boozy, as expected. A nice dark fruit aroma, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Good barrel charter of bourbon and vanilla, not that much wood, though.
07-31-2012 01:32:10 | More by womencantsail
3.81/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
01-26-2014 09:07:08 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
05-22-2012 04:16:17 | More by Mora2000
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. Cloudy dark amber with modest foam and a few stray bubbles in the tall tulip. Highly flammable if you dare stick your nose in it. Aromas of bourbon and caramel.
Some serious stuff. Hot with alcohol but big hoppiness as well. Kind of in a class by itself. An alcoholic drink more than a beer. The hops give it away, however, and it's quite bitter along with all the other intense flavors. Oranges along with the hops. Quite sharp with lots of woody barrel flavors. The rye seems to give a great spicy taste.
Brewery says they used English caramel malts and four American hops and aged for six months in oak rye whiskey and bourbon barrels. I can't seem to feel my tongue anymore. Time to switch to pig Latin.
05/18/2013 Update: Had the 2013 version (12.4%) on tap at California Kebab's first anniversary. Boozy and alcoholic with a serious whiskey taste. There is a dry sensation that is closer to a Belgian style. A bitter edge takes the sweetness down. So boozy it's like a dry liqueur.
04-12-2012 05:08:52 | More by mactrail
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours a deep amber with a medium white head, creamy looking, some solid lace.
S: Very sweet and malty, definitely reminds me of some young The Bruery Anniversary beers, most specifically Coton young. Big and in your face, pungent for sure.
T: Caramel and red fruit, some currant character, some cloying malt, but not too bad. No real ethanol play which was interesting and makes it much more drinkable now.
M: Full-bodied with some frothy carbonation, pretty smooth, cloying a bit as I said, but more drinkable now than a lot of barleywines this big.
O: Enjoyable, but I think a 6 oz. serving was plenty. This needs 2-3 years of aging for sure. Don't open until 2015.
07-15-2012 00:03:11 | More by Halcyondays
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
4.49/5 rDev +10.9%
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!
10-08-2013 21:02:25 | More by corby112
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-07-2013 21:17:03 | More by barleywinefiend
Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.