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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead - Hangar 24 Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

54 Reviews
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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 tanarm
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,832 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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... (570 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 Treebs
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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! (517 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 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 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 ehammond1
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (657 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 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 jmarsh123
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (1,046 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 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 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 claaark13
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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. (914 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 abraxel
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,030 characters)

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 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
*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. (1,365 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 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 BeRanger
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (653 characters)

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