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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 332
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 56
Gots: 147 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (532 characters)

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

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. (382 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,027 characters)

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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.94/5  rDev -25.9%
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...

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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 billab914
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured a murky, dark, brown caramel color with thin but frothy tan head to it.

The aroma off the malty sweetness pretty well with notes of caramel mixing with a little cherry. I get some woody oak and a very modest bourbon presence to it. There is a hint of maple sweetness to it as well. Rich, smooth and pretty nice overall.

In the taste I get a little more of the woody oak throughout. It has a pretty bold American hop presence to it with the Bitter, resiny, dry hops really standing out as well. I get some mild bourbon and brown sugar in the finish. A little cherry and dark fruits to it as well. Pretty good overall

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being a little on the high side. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer but not quite great. The bitter, resiny, American hop profile was a little strong and the bourbon barrel a little light. Pretty good overall though. (983 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (698 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (1,174 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
1.74/5  rDev -56.2%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL C&C bottle to stemmed Russian River glass on 5/5/12
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-- Big up's to NoSignsOfPain for getting this out to me, stat --

A: Ugh, this one looks pretty damn ugly. Shitty cider brown in hue. A firm pour yields no real head. A mind tan collar follows with zero lacing.

S: Lots of sun dried dark fruits. I'm unable to locate any bourbon or spirit quality within the bouquet. A touch of pine-like hops linger in the background.

T: Mellow. Really, really mellow. For a 13.8% ABV BA Barleywine, this is as low key as you could ask for. It drinks like it's been in the cellar for two-plus years. Candied fruit, a touch of maple and some bittering hops hit the fore to mid. A bit of heat on the back, yet it's really well hidden.

M: Lacking proper carbonation. There's some to be sure, but not enough for a big beer like this. Decent texture, yet overall I find it rather oily and thin, where others may call it silky.

O: This reminded me a lot of a poor man's Bligh's Barleywine, yet not nearly as well put together. for a beer that was literally just released, it drinks like it's been cellared for quite a while. I think an additional six to eight months in barrels would have helped to up the complexity of the beer. Overall it's certainly not bad, but nowhere near the BA American Barleywine I was hoping it would be.

In a word: disappointing. (1,365 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short tan head on a dark brown body. Good alcohol legs, collar.

Big caramel goodness. Booze. Digging the BA aromas a lot.

Overall very sweet. Big time caramels. "Spicy rye". Booziness, some barrel notes. 13.8% eh? Seems about right.

Good medium-plus mouthfeel and well place carbonation.

Middle to the road BA barleywine. Glad I tried it, would have again but wouldnt seek out. Thanks SupeonaDeuces! (403 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dirty dark amber in color with a one finger off white head. The nose is very interesting. It features bourbon and spicy whiskey aka the rye but it has a lot of red fruit to it, namely slight cherry and a whole lot of grape. It's actually pretty vinous. The flavors are very sweet and a little aggressive. I get a lot of red wine notes paired with toffee, oak, grape, and vanilla. It's a little harsh and the alcohol is definitely present. It has a distinct grape character. Overall its not bad, just not spectacular. It drinks a little boozy and coats your palate, as it should. Overall this is decent, and worth a try but I.wouldn't seek it out. (664 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with amberish jighlights and a finger of frothy head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was lots of sweetness on the first whiff consisting of mostly caramel but with maple syrup notes. Lots of booze was apparent with a hint of oak.

T: the caramel character was more potent on the palate alongside oaky boozy, maple, and toffee notes. There definitely was lots of sweetness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet , caramel, oaky boozy and sticky finish.

O: it was pretty good all around and was way better than the bottled version. (636 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.10.13
Thanks jodan March 2012 89/5520

A - Pours a dark carmel brown with a two inch soapy tan head with good retention.

S - Bourbon, carmel, toffee, fades hops, vanilla.

T - Bourbon and wood up front, then some alcohol, carmel, and vanilla.

D - Medium carbonation and a medium body.

O - A hopped up carmel heavy and stronge bourbon BW. (359 characters)

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 xnicknj
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a clouded, ruddy, dark copper color with some brown undertones. Thin layering of beige head rests on top, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass while drinking.

Stark hoppy punch in the nose with resiny pine hops and citrus peel. Oaky bourbon and charred vanilla with some sweetness. Caramel, bread crust and boozy heat.

Bitter hoppiness up front with some citrus peel and piny resin. Sticky and sweet with charred oak and vanilla. The bourbon is prevalent throughout, resting on top of a sturdy bread crust and caramel malt backbone. Boozy heat towards the finish with another dash of pine hops.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I enjoyed the heavy-handed hopping on this one, and the blend of rye and bourbon barrel aging was a nice touch as well. (858 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MarkVegas for sending me this bottle a while back. The two other beers in the box were A/A+ beers - let's go for a triple! 750 ML glass, 2157/5520 split with my wife. Bottled in March 2012.

Before the pour, let us pause to admire the label. Gotta admit I care about labels on beer bottles as much as I do what type of pants Kobe Tai has on, but this one is exquisite. Great old-time-feel to it, nice illustration, a couple minutes worth of good reading. The pour is clay river bottom reddish, stirred up by a passing prop. After almost ten minutes of warming, the nose radiates vanilla & whiskey, with undercurrents of caramel & sweets. Well. It smells exactly like a world-class barleywine. Shall we?

Barrel Roll No. 4 - Hammerhead is a head-scratcher. The initial sip is weak & thin, a touch of wood & stale hops & watery malts, then the beer bursts open like a lanced boil. A tasty boil. Vanilla, oak, whiskey merge with headstrong caramel, all against a nutty background. Tired hops detract slightly. But every time I pick up the glass there's that weird, one-second pause before the flavor hits. Mouth is a touch flat. Drinkable - because I keep wanting to find out what comes with the next two degrees of warming.

My first taste of Hangar 15 & though this didn't live up to the Henry-esque nose, it's very good. Odd, but very good. (1,353 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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. (200 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 8/8 with the local group.

a - murky orange with an offwhite foamy head with spotty lacing. classic looking.

s - boozy barrel aged barleywine.

t - toffee. caramel. booze. whiskey heavy.

m - pretty hot, but considerring the ABV it is smooth as silk. you can feel heat, but not 13.8.

o - overall solid BA barleywine. nothing earth shattering but pretty smooth for such a big beer. this one could use some mellowing out still though. (445 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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! (550 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (801 characters)

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