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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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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 51
Gots: 114 | FT: 11
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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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a cork & cage top. There is no bottling date, but the label is marked to indicate that this particular beer is from March 2014. Poured into an enormous rotund 33 oz snifter, making me feel like I need a smoking jacket to enjoy this beer. It's so hard to resist swirling the beer too.

Appearance - Pours a murky taupe brown that allows just enough light to pass through to reveal some more reddish, russet hues to the overall body. The head builds to about a finger--maybe a finger and a half--before shrinking fairly quickly back down to a generous film that is close to a half finger thick in places, but is bare liquid in others. Inconsistently splayed. Lacing is sudsy and lingers, and when I do tip the glass, it reveals pretty good legs.

Smell - Oh boy, I'm excited to drink this one based on the smell. Harder to detect right out of the fridge, but as it warms I get all sorts of notes of vanilla and light caramel and just enough astringency to provide a boozy bite to the aroma. Underlying it all is a bit of pungent piney hops and of course, a pleasantly spicy bite from the rye grain whiskey barrel. Some notes of oak and tannin as well.

Taste - Unfortunately, the booze peeks through a little more aggressively on the taste than it did in the nose, which serves to muscle out some of those wonderful sweet notes of caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. The hoppiness that was subtly present in the aroma is also more prevalent in the taste, but with less specific pine characteristic and more of a generic bitterness that actually plays nicely with the sweetness of the beer. As with the smell, the rye provides it's unique stamp on the beer, with just a note or two of spiciness and vanilla. The oak is lost a bit in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied and slightly viscous, with a low amount of carbonation, with just enough to prevent the beer from becoming syrupy on the tongue. A sweet finish lingers well after the beer is gone.

Overall, a great beer. If I'm being honest, I have a bit of a soft spot for BA barleywines as well as rye whiskey barrels, so the only way I wasn't going to like this one was if it was pretty bad. As my first opportunity trying a beer from Hangar 24, I'm certainly curious to try more, should they present themselves to me.

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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.

Stevedore, Jun 22, 2014
Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.