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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead - Hangar 24 Brewery

Barrel Roll No. 4 HammerheadBarrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead

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BA SCORE
90
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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 04-12-2012)
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abraxel

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - I wasn't really planning to review this until I poured and saw how gorgeous a beer this is... it pours a dark mahogany, with ruby shining through the edges, and a dense, creamy, luscious head that rose slowly, sinks slowly, and is leaving heavy trails of lacing.

S - Mmm... this smells delicious. Smooth bourbony vanilla mixed with a nice amount of burnt caramel. There's a little something else, something almost spicy -- could that be the rye whiskey? Barely a hint of alcohol. This is right up my alley.

T - Whoo, lotsa alcohol (though what else would you expect?). I get a lot of rye and a hint of bourbon, opposite of the smell. Nutty, caramelly malt makes up the base, supporting the liquor.

M - Nice and thick, with a sharp alcohol bite. Carbonation is minimal.

Overall, I like this beer. It's a solid BA barleywine. I made the mistake of pouring it into a Kuhnhenn tulip, though... this smells something like Kuhnhenn's Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia, but just can't live up to the comparison. Still good, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:18:55 | More by abraxel
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 04:16:17 | More by Mora2000
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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
*From notes

-- 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:04:07 | More by Rhettroactive
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billab914

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 16:24:09 | More by billab914
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HopHead84

California

1.7/5  rDev -58%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 18:34:33 | More by HopHead84
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BeRanger

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this thanks to Tenchi221. Poured into my Great Lakes Snifter 10 ounces at a time.

A: Pours brown, nice khaki/offwhite colored head comes through, about 1.5 fingers. A decent amount of lacing but nothing spectacular.

S: Very delicious - rich in vanilla, caramel, toffee, malts as well as the bourbon. Very good smell to it, the boozy smell was very minimal given the high ABV.

T: Just as the nose, very rich - everything comes through in a good balance. Finishes clean, no real harsh alcohol bite.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Very smooth.

O: I really enjoyed this BA Barleywine. This was a first from Hangar 24 and I wasnt disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 00:38:55 | More by BeRanger
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Drinkerofales

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2942/5520

Well, something special here. Barrel aged barley wines are quickly becoming a favorite. Glad to see something new in the store, especially special releases as this one.

Pours very opaque brown, no light shines through. A thick dense khaki head forms and leaves thick oily lacing, and is well retained by the constant supply of bubbles sliding up the snifter.

Smells of bourbon, rich, vanilla, woody, boozy, with hints of the whiskey as well. Very strong.

Taste is complex, bourbon, whiskey, roasted malts, wood, vanilla, and while it has ok balance, I feel this the least balanced part of the beer.

Feel is wicked evil smooth. While there is no attempt to hide the huge ABV, it's still drinks rather well. Thick viscosity reminds me of the Sucaba(Abacus).

As mentioned, this is very reminiscent of other BABW's, not as good as some, but better than others. I will get another to age.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 18:56:19 | More by Drinkerofales
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mrelizabeth

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Local Habit. A bit pricey for a 10 oz, due to its 13.8 abv. ($8.50)

a- opaque red, short off-white head.

s- barley, barley, barley. whiskey. little to hint that you are about to drink a beer.

t- sweet barleywine, then rye whiskey. lots and lots of whiskey. there are some hops hidden there, somewhere.

m- thick and mysterious. whiskeybeer.

o- sipped this badboy on a cold night in San Diego. perfect for warming up your tongue. tastes like they were able to leech out some of that devil's cut in those rye whiskey barrels. brilliant and tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 21:25:50 | More by mrelizabeth
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srandycarter

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky dark apple juice, tan head, slow to leave, lots of spotty cling lace.

S - Sharp boozy note, surrounded by sweet malt and bittering hops.

T - Cooked fruits sweet malt and booze, some bitterness at finish.

M - Medium body, great carb, huge flavors.

D - Not a session, but so tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:58:03 | More by srandycarter
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mactrail

California

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 05:08:52 | More by mactrail
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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
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