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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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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 52
Gots: 117 | FT: 12
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2014 batch, bottle 1260/7587

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a big, very dense light brown head. Good head retention and loads of thick lacing. Nice island of foam.

S: Nice rye whiskey aroma right off the bat. Brown sugar and light caramel. Lightly oaky. Mild raisins to boot. Love the smell of rye whiskey so I really enjoyed this.

T: Loads of rye whiskey up front. Nice sweetening caramel and loads and loads of oak. Get a piney hop flavor immediately afterwards. Quite a bit of what seems like oxidation in the middle. Like drinking dusty paper. Then comes toffee and caramel malt. Light bitterness in the finish with lots of pine and herbal spices. Oaky and piney in the finish. Oak lingers between sips with a brittle-like sweetness.

M: Heavy and sticky. Mildly bitter.

O: Huh, not sure how to score this one. I swear it's got signs of oxidation but only in the middle and lingering between sips. It's either oxidation or some sort of unfamiliar hop flavor is all I can think. I checked through the reviews and there were several mentions of oxidation so either other people are also getting tricked or there's some sort of odd off (or intended) flavor in this. It's really not that bad but the off flavors really stood out for me. They just really clash with the typical barrel-aged barleywine flavors (smooth, sweet, malty)

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottle 311 out of 7587, March 2014. Very mild pop off the cork.

A real nice thick creamy light beige creme brulee head, virtually thin like a sheet of ice, but standing tall with easily two fingers. Body is a bit murky brown and reddish colored, with a bit of clarity looking up from below. Pretty solid, with a real impressive head.

Nose is interesting. Whiffs of salt and that pickle brine smell. Faint soft caramel sweetness, a bit of salty butterscotch and tannic wood to match. Very impressive, it is however a bit clashing, and there's minimal hop aroma.

Palate comes pretty solidly. Real nice hints of milk and creamy candy bar chocolate. Hop sting finally makes an appearance, with a bit of bright flesh grapefruit that disappears and takes over with a apicy quality and pine hop sting. Much of the flavor is in the mid palate, the finish is almost flavorless and quite quick disappearing. Very dry. Mouthfeel has a touch of wetness, but the flavors still pop.

Overall though there is some real interesting notes and character here. No complaints.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from j47paco (thanks yet again!). March 2014 release. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours a ruddy mahogany with a one and a half finger off-white head. A modest layer of froth and a healthy halo persist, leaving a good bit of chunky lace.

Sweet, inviting aromas of vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel with a faint earthiness hiding in the background.

Taste follows the nose quite well with it's rich layers of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, caramel, mild oaken char, brown sugar, leather, fruit skins, hints of earthy floral bitterness, some rye-like spicey character and a little booze. Quite delicious, this goes down dangerously easily for it's double digit abv. The barrel aging definately tones down any bitterness but there's still just enough to distinguish this as American instead of English style.

Creamy medium full body with moderate carbonation. Pleasing, tongue coating aftertaste of bourbon, toffee, oaky vanilla and brown sugar.

An outstanding barrel aged barleywine with it's deep, rich flavors and full body. I've been thouroughly impressed with the couple of Hangar 24's Barrel Roll series that I've been fortunate enough to receive. Quality stuff that deserves a try.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hangar 24's Barrel Roll No. 004, barleywine aged in rye and bourbon barrels. 11.2% ABV.

A: Very dark plum red. Tons of suspended sediment. Nice haze upon opening. Tons of fine lacing, in a big swath across the side of the glass! About a finger of head.

S: Lot of spice and caramel on this one! Lighter (color-wise) rye smell, brown sugar, molasses, light sweet toffee, subtle oak, some Bourbon-y caramels, raisin.

T/MF: Wow! Deep, rye-laced sap dominates! Toasted marshmallow. There's a lot here I'm failing to identify! There's several layers of sweetness going on, picking up steam as it goes across the palate. Very smooth on the tongue! Toffee, doughnut glaze (with a slight doughy taste to compliment), caramel chews, sweet cream. Slight rye spiciness, fairly well hidden behind everything else. Slight raisin.

I must say: I was very worried this wouldn't be worth the money, since all the other Hangar 24's I've tried have been mediocre, but this is an awesome beer! Certainly worth the $18, atleast once!

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: Blue cheese cuts the sweetness dramatically, if that's not your cup of tea.

Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead from Hangar 24 Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.