Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Barrel Roll No. 4 HammerheadBarrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by mactrail on 04-12-2012

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 367
Photo of BierJager89
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours an opaque mahogany with a white ring of head.

S: Dark fruits, red wine must, vanilla, coconut, caramel, toffee in the nose.

T: Vanilla up front, followed by a wave that oscillates between wine must and orange and rye, coconut and vanilla. A touch of alcohol. Delicious.

M: Full bodied and smooth, with a slight alcohol tingle. Perhaps a tiny bit flat.

O: Few flaws pull down this magnificent beer. Definitely recommended if you like barrel aged barleywines.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
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

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Photo of cvm4
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

629 out of 3905 Bottles

A - Pours a cloudy amber in color with a very light tan head. Faint lacing around the glass.

S - Sweetness up front of caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. It's not overpowering but a great compliment to the bourbon that follows. It may just be me, but when the beer warms the rye whiskey spice comes forward with some oak.

T - Oak and bourbon that's followed by vanilla. The sweet (caramel & brown sugar) flavors in the smell are present but not as noticeable. I'm not getting the hops as others have noted?? Really complex flavors as it warms.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

O - I'd buy again and should have bought two so I could put one down. This is a pretty good beer that some thought went into.

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Photo of tanarm
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy deep amber. Ok lacing. Not the most inviting but it is a barrel aged brew.

Aroma is caramel up front, toasty back note. As it warms, spice from the wood emerges.

Glorious toasted oak and bourbon notes come forward. Caramel takes a back seat, although it comes around in the finish to balance things out. Nicely done. Increasingly complex as I sip. Spice notes from the wood emerge.

Body is medium, not too thin, but not cloying for the high alcohol percentage.

Overall very nice offering. Would definitely age well, but this is enjoyable fresh.

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2252/3905

A: Pours a dark reddish murky tan, with a nice fluffy cream colored head that faded after a few minutes with decent lacing.

S: Boozy bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, and charred oak barrel (written on the bottle so it was in my head).

T: Initially, dark fruit overtones and a strong spicy rye whisky barrel dominate the palate. Spice on Spice on Spice continues to unfold, interplaying with a pleasant citrusy hop bitterness, balanced with some bourbon in the middle. The charred and spicy whisky character continues to give this beer a serious zing, but just when it almost begins to taste too spicy and one diminutional, the sticky sweet carmel and dark fruits (I get fig and date) arrive to save the day. All of this comes to a climax with a strong alcohol burn at the finish, and a nice hop bite, beautifully complimented by the sticky mouthfeel.

M: Sticky sweet and viscous, about as heavy as a barleywine gets. Crisp carbonation is kept in check by the heavy body. Like heavy velvet on the tongue.

O: It seems many aren't a fan of this particular brew, but I thought it was really interesting. Mouthfeel was superb, and it was spicy as hell - something I wasn't expecting. The zing of the rye whiskey barrels took the forefront, and was boosted even more by a slightly fruity yet bitter hop character, but subtle notes of bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, and a touch of caramel allowed this beer to remain amazingly interesting. I would have liked more from the nose, but the taste was unique and it was a delight to drink. No doubt a massive alcohol heat to it, and I am sure it will do well after a few years in the cellar, but I don't mind huge beers with a nice heat to them, and so this one was nothing but a pleasure to sip on. Great nightcap after one too many cups of coffee studying for midterms.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.88/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes

A - Pours a murcky brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates at a good rate. Lacing is minimal...

S - Caramel, bourbon, some spice, and a hint of mild hops. Scent is very inviting...

T - Caramel and toffee up front with wood, vanilla, bourbon, and a hint of hops in the mix. Rides the sweet malt wave throughout. Alcohol is not overwhelming, but is a little harsh on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Solid, but probably my least favorite of the Barrel Roll series beers I have tried...

Cheers...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a dark copper with a 2 finger light tan head. Huge trails and leopard spotting of lacing covers the glass.

S- toffee, caramel, bourbon, some leather, citrus and pine.

T- toffee, bourbon, bitter pine with some bitter citrus rind as well.

M- medium body and carbonation. Light feel for a BA Barleywine, and has some creaminess.

O- just a ok BA Barleywine. I don't know why brewers dry hop BA beers. It doesn't work well with the barrel aging, stop it!

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Photo of maximum12
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mrhirshybar for the bottle!

Pours a cloudy brown with mahogany hues. Small off-white head leaving clumps of retention.

Very boozy and sweet aroma. Loads of caramel and brown sugar along with a ton of wood, a little coconut and spice perhaps from the brand of whiskey used.

Booziness overpowers the sweet. Some burnt caramel, but otherwise not overly sweet. Boozy but a little bit unbalanced. Whiskey and bourbon clash a bit with the base beer and the spiciness is a bit weird, but better as it warms.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation levels are medium which is on the higher side for this style, but it works.

Not my favorite, but there is potential. Fresh it is a bit unrefined and flavors don't meld quite as much as I'd like, BUT if the spice fade, the booze integrates a bit better and the rich toffee and caramel come out a bit more with age which are all things I could see happening with this, it'll be good down the line so hold onto these for a bit longer. Enjoyable now, but I could see this being much better in six months.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schmaltzy hooks it up. Poured at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip, shared with aasher.

A - Murky brown with red-orange hues. White head turns into lacing. Sticks very well. Pretty light in the color, the the rest looks great.

S - Spicy malts, some fruit, more of a light red fruit like a cherry than a raisin, mild sweetness. Caramel notes as well.

T - Spices show through here as well with the rye. Caramel, similar fruits from the nose, more spicy caramel with a little bit of oak. Barrel stays in the finish. Underlying sweetness helps keep this in balance.

M - Thicker side of medium, good for the style.

O - This is a very interesting take on the style, as the rye barrels presumably are what create many of the spiciness coming through. There is a little bit of the flavor that I find to be a little light from the body, but it really is a very good beer. The spicy fruit notes are very unique.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.