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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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BA SCORE
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276 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 51
Gots: 115 | 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:
Beer added by: mactrail on 04-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

appearance: caramel brown, a little hazy. Quite a big head for such a big beer. Very messy lacing sticks to the glass.
smell: not getting a lot of in your face bourbon and whiskey> this is a more subtle barrel aged American. A strong American nose with the barrel treatment adding a depth made up of subtle vanilla, spice, and caramel. A damn fine nose.
taste: not quite up to the nose but still very nice. slightly bitter finish.
overall: Smooth, very drinkable.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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!

Photo of sia478
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Hallertau
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of firstlighthiker
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Markopolus
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of LaneMeyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from a bottle

Nice and hazy, just how I like it. Beautiful brown color hard to describe. Very little head.
Smells of sour cherry, raisins, cinnamon bread with frosting, chocolate.
Big bourbon flavor, cherry, vanilla, spices, finishes with that ethanol taste.
Mouth feel is nice. Not too light.
Overall tasty. Not as good as Sucaba. Wouldn't buy it again for the price.

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rybarra
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of trippytbta
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Thomas_562
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.21/5  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.

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of xhuang61
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Btip1969
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of srgj88
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of PretzelCity
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.