Hammarby Syndrome - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KYGunner on 02-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed the next day.

Fairly clear deep brown, moderate frothy khaki head.

Sweet, lightly toasted malt and booze in aroma. Fruity esters are evident.

Flavor was also sweet, nutty, with floral and fruity esters in the finish. Alcohol was again prominent.

Body was moderate to a touch full, with fairly light carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

Fairly lackluster, by today's standards. A bit overly alcoholic, and the esters aren't enough to counter the malt sweetness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery red color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla and some fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer with some substance making it worth drinking for a while.

Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1/2 growler filled at Beverage world in Peekskill, NY.

Pours dark and muddy darker auburn amber. Minimal head, minor film and collar and no lacing left behind.

Kind of a musty/stale note on the nose.

Bread and more bread. Earthy and rustic in character. Some caramel, sweet malts, honey, with a dash of hot sauce/pepper somehow mixed in.

Drying hops in the finish.

Meh, not one I would I would travel too far to seek out...

Photo of SvenHayden
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep copper. A reddish brown hue. Sexy like a whiskey. Not much foam. no lacing.

Aroma: has a slightly fruity aroma, like a date or dark cherry. With a touch of pine. When you know there is Spruce in it, you can definitely smell it.

Taste: surprisingly smooth! You can not tell that its 8%. Nice maris otter maltiness and a nutty kick. Maybe a tiny bit tart at the end. The Willamette hops are nice & mild. Well balanced in this recipe.

Mouthfeel: surprisingly thin. Not uncomfortably so
Just not a beer you have to chew, especially for all its flavor & alcohol.

Overall its a surprisingly smooth malty experience, with a fun Dance between nutty notes & mild pine notes.

I dig it a lot! Ill look for this wherever Brooklyn is sold.

Photo of scootny
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An acquired Ghost Bottle. Quite pretty in the glass. Clear brownish amber with a yellowish off white head that foams up quite nicely. Alas it fades too quickly and leave decent but not impressive amour of lace. It does however, stay covered as I drink. Smell is lovely almost Belgian in quality. Darksh fruit notes invoke a BSDA. Plum and figs caramel and toasted malt that shows bit of Maris Otter and the spelt that is a signature of this brew. At the same time lighter fruits and citrus hints flow. Some pine and citrus as well as pepper. A decidedly fusel alcohol sweetness shows as it warms but is well tucked as it pours initially. Taste is lovely with a Belgian like malt complexity. Maris Otter gives a touch of biscuit to go with the sweet brown bread and caramel/toffee grains. Spelt shows in the lightning of the malt. Maybe a note of banana here and there but more dark grape and figs at first with a hint of the plum from the nose. Next is alight melon juiciness with cantaloupe being prominent. Some alcohol and heat in the finish. Peppery spiciness. Spruce fronds show as the hops give a firm piney bitterness with a bit of coffee cake cinnamon lingering. Feel is nicely weighted with a mild carbonation. A bit of slickness. Just another great beer from the Brooklyn crew. Easy drinking while not hiding the abv. Complex enough for sipping but delicious and light enough to get happy with. Not real sure of the category being the right one but I'm not sure of what else it could be.

Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a tawny amber hue that held a a dense cap of ivory foam

The aroma was sweet with molasses, nutty pecans, malt, caramel and praline. There were citrus like notes of orange and lemon but it was just undertones and not overt.

The flavors were sweet themselves but tended to the thick and creamy. Molasses and pecans give up a praline like sweetness with bits of caramel malt. There is some pronounced alcohol tones but they are more towards the spicing of this ale than off putting.

The feel is full with a syrupy and creamy texture but then a sprite finish.

I genuinely enjoyed this and felt it held some real flavor and body and wasn't a whim by the brewer.

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good, bar-pour head that settles to rim bubbles. No lace.

Sweet aroma with a touch alcohol nose. No notable hop nose.

Definitely leans to the malt side. Lots of nuttiness and moderate toast and biscuit. Here, there is some hop counterbalance but even the aftertaste is more malty. The body is above average but the carbonation is very high albeit with very fine bubbles.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish copper color with a white head.
Smell of finely kilned malt, toffee, caramel and toast.
In the taste, brown sugar, toast, caramel and some earthy, woodsy notes. Fair bitterness for all the malty flavor going on. The alcohol is present but not overbearing.
Medium bodied, well carbonated brew that finishes semi dry and bittersweet.
Overall, this is like an American Ale answer to a German Doppelbock. Big, malty and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Remember as an eight year-old and entering the gates of your favorite amusement part- that exhilaration, that euphoric, that giddy feeling inside? Apparently it happens to adults too. And apparently there's a name for it- Nope, not the Amsterdam Syndrome, but rather the Stockholm Syndrome. So when a brewer walks into such experience, they are going to make a beer about it!

Built with the traditional grains of Sweden, "spelt" leads the way as the ale pours a deep golden with near-orange and near-peach hues ribboning through. Its creamy tall column of foam offers ivory-type density as the froth blankets the glass wall to wall. Its long retention yields broken lace behind. Its haze suggests something of a darker Weissbier.

Toasty and bready aromas leap out immediately and allows for a husky grain character to stand out to the nose. Backed with the bready-sweet notions of shortbread, fruit flavors begin peaking through. Peach, apple, apricot and orange all give a certain "Fruit Roll-up" scent before a peppery spice arrives. Its supple earthen character blends well into a sprucy citurs note heading into taste.

Its taste celebrates a balance of malt and grain to near perfection. Grainy-sweet in its start- the taste of steely caramel, bread crust and nutty whole wheat breads gives a hearty refinement to ride alongside its rustic taste. Somewhat of tropical and orchard fruit- the beer's center is juicy, full and and seemingly drippy bright with tangy fructose. Its peppery finish seems rye-like as its flavor of husk, pecan and crust invite a peppery balance. As late complexities of citrus peels and pine needles weave in, the ale finishes peppery-sweet- again somewhat like wheat beers.

Its medium-full texture is very creamy due to its residual bready sweetness and its ample carbonation. Fluffy like "Circus Peanuts" on the palate, the slow separation of bubbles from malt allows for a slow and consistent fade to a semi-dry finish with that much needed pang of pepper, grassy hops and sprucy resin.

Ok, so maybe no epiphany was had with this luscious ale, but it reintroduces the notion that spelt belongs in today's creative craft beer world. Unique and rustic is its charm and can offer a wonderful experience that you can't get without these time honored Scandanavian-inspired brewing techniques.

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew. This beer is brewed with Spelt, Spruce tips and Honey. Reading the description of the brew seemed interesting. The taste is a little better, but tasted really good. Worth a try while its around.

Photo of Brad007
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I wasn't expecting much from the growler bar at one place. That's why I was surprised to see this available.

Pours a medium amber with a one-finger head into my glass.

Has a strong malt presence with a muted hop presence. Similar to an American Strong Ale in a sense.

Indeed. This is a hop-forward beer with only a touch of hops and lightly-buttered malt.

FInishes clean and thin at the back of the throat. You can't really tell how strong it is so drink carefully.

I'm not sure what they were trying to do here. It's drinkable but nothing special.

Photo of JGam115
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber with off white foam. Dried mangos, brewers candi sugar, faint nutmeg. Sweet upfront quickly fades to lite body.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep copper-orange color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavies of a lightly toasted malt smell mixed with some caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas are some light fruity notes and a bit of hop aroma in the form an earthy and citrus smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a with a sweet caramel and toasted bread flavor along with some flavors of a slightly grainy nature. Along with these tastes are some nutty flavors and some more light fruit flavors of an orange and pear flavor come to the tongue as the flavor moves on to end of the profile. As the fruit flavors increase to the end, some other flavors of a light citrus and pine flavor join in the profile and end up producing a rather smooth and lightly hopped and sweetened flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather light. Both the slightly thicker body and lower carbonation really accentuate the sweet and bready /roasted flavors nicely and make for a nice smooth feel.

Overall – A very enjoyable and quite drinkable brew. A good one to try if you get a chance and one I wouldn't mind if it made its way into the regular Brooklyn lineup.

Photo of mothman
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beige head. Color is amber of course.

Flavor profile: fairly fruity. Oranges and cherry. Caramel and toffee malts with molasses. Candied sugar. Brown sugar. A lot of malts here. Sweet

Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Super Sub & Six Pack on 5-17-14

A - Read amber caramel color with one finger of frothy off white head, medium lacing
S - Caramel sweet malt, roasted nuttiness, very singular aroma
T - Big nutty flavor, huge malt bomb, very little hops in here to balance it out.
M - Creamy, yet a little dry.
O - Decent beer, one-dimensional.

Photo of SavvyStudent
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours with visible lacing and carbonation right off the bat. 25% clarity with a light-brown color.
S: Not too much on the nose that makes this stand apart. Basic sweet grains and floral essence.
T: A roasted malt start with a coriander and herbacious sweetness undertone. Some bitter granola and orange-ish hint. Really balanced and not all a single punch.
T: bitter granola,
M: surprisingly drinkable for 8%. Once again get the carbonation but no awkward aftertaste.
O: I never know what to expect out of these "swedish and Nordic Ales" but this was a very drinkable offering. Very drinkable and refreshing for the style with a nice light-brown ale feel. The slight herb profile lightens it even more to make this a solid beer.

Hammarby Syndrome from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.