Barrel Roll No. 1 Immelmann Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
Hangar 24 Brewing

Barrel Roll No. 1 Immelmann Bourbon Barrel Aged PorterBarrel Roll No. 1 Immelmann Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
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Porter - American
4.24 | pDev: 10.61%
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Barrel Roll No. 1 Immelmann Bourbon Barrel Aged PorterBarrel Roll No. 1 Immelmann Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle. Doesn't look like a porter. Deep brown at best. Smell has some light bourbon, light roast, and some light nuttiness. Kinda light smelling in general, considering what it is. Taste is also very light. Cardboard oxidation though. Sweet. Bourbon. Cardboard. A little roast and some brown sugar. Boozy. Medium body. I'd guess this was a richer and more flavorful beer a long time ago. Not so much anymore.

Mar 22, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to atreyufan for this one. enjoyed from a hangar24 snifter.

a - brew pours a deep ruby brown that settles in the glass as black with a foamy grey white head that didnt hang out long but left a thin skin of bubble patches on the surface. streaky lace.

s - nose creamy and dessert like. chocolate mousse perhaps? soft and sweet and definitely decadent. a good amount of vanilla with some caramel glazing.

t/m/o - what jumps out at first is the mouthfeel. really creamy. a bit boozy and oh so decadent. big vanilla, caramel and soft roast but everything is smoothed over from the barrel. big and bold. lush and flavorful.

Jan 17, 2015
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CasanovaCummins from Nevada

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is warm and inviting. More a dank, rich chocolate hiding behind a fair amount of alcohol. Better depth on the nose than most BA porters.

The flavors are very rich. Lots of differing chocolates come to mind. Hard to pin down just one. It is thick yet velvety. Silky even. And it has a big backbone of alcohol to rest on. Great candidate to age. Ready now, but offering lots of promise for laying down a bottle. It is very mouth coating and has after taste of dark chocolate for days.

Very impressive porter. Had this both in growler and from a bottle and the growler comes across as a bit more angular and sharper. More of a wet stone blanket feel. Both are fantastic. A slight bit thinner than the Cobra stout, but equally worthy offering.

May 04, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyle2k10 for this bottle, the last remaining bottle from a dangerous wintertime swap. 750ML, corked & caged from 2013, bottle 2021 of 2520, split with my wife.

The pour is dark brown with red-headed highlights & carbonation that could be measured in fingernail widths; i.e. less than one. Dat nose rings out with a strong bourbon forefront, backed by cola & chocolate (which surfaces only after a vigorous swirl). Vanilla, wood have to be teased out. I like the direction this is running.

Immelman Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter (Barrel Roll Series #1) would receive a performance review of "exceeds expectations" in my department. The bourbon has Klumesque legs: strong up front & seem to go on forever. The barrel lends a throaty heat, vanilla, & strong woodiness in the after-burn. Under the staves is a beer...I think. The chocolate is subdued, mild sweetness tangling with black sugar. A bit heavy; could use an infusion of bubbles. But not having any trouble making it disappear. Call me Copperfield, sonny.

A barrel-heavy porter (at least that's what it says on the bottle) that uses the bourbon & wood notes so well that the quiet loss of the base beer is forgivable. Given a more robust porter, I do believe this could swagger with the big boys. As is: a very good beer.

Apr 09, 2014
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Beersnake1 from California

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with no head. Nose is licorice, toffee, caramel, and a touch of smoke. Taste is really nice. Sweet caramel, licorice, bourbon, coffee, and a touch of dark fruit. This is really amazing. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, this is an amazing BA porter that has aged perfectly.

Mar 16, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

2013 vintage. Bottle # 87/2520.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between the cocoa and bourbon qualities.

Oct 29, 2013
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seasmokiee from California

2.62/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

The only downfall for this beer/ I had a better one over at the IEBC in riverside an hour before this.

Color is average- exactly what you would expect.

Smell- had some bourbon character, but not much (which I actually enjoyed).

Taste- ??? Not impressive... below average compared to other beers out there of the same style. Good Vanilla and prune notes though, but did not maintain any porter flavors.

Mouth feel- Thin...I wonder if they just added sugar to get the SG up.

Overall...Mediocre at best. I was told that their brewer got a high score on his brewers test... Doesn't show.

Jan 18, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4


Thanks Tim!

A: Dark brown with a small bubbly head.

S: Dark chocolate melds with caramel and a dash of coffee. Tons of bourbon and vanilla. Light oak.

T: Lots of caramel with notes vanilla and oak. Bourbon is pronounced. The beer is moderately sweet with a little brown sugar and roast.

M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall: Nice. Great barrel profile. This was much better than expected.

Nov 08, 2011
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4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Woodshop Classix
Anaheim, CA

Thanks for sharing this one FosterJM!

(Aged 1 year)

Dark brown without any clarity. Brown and khaki head, though thin, leaves the glass messy and sticky.

Wonderful, rich, and inviting aroma consisting of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, vanilla sweetness, and some chocolate and coffee. A complete aroma if I ever smelled one, without being over the top or too powerful with bourbon and alcohol sting. Subtle, yet rich and complex.

A fine tasting beer with a mellow bourbon and vanilla accent throughout, though the base beer still shines through: a rich, chocolatey, somewhat smoky porter.

Medium mouthfeel. A tad thicker and luscious would have put this beer in to the upper echelon.

Smooth drinking, though full and rich, subtle yet delicious--really a standout. This is without a doubt my favorite beer from Hangar 24!

Aug 31, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful rich looking pour. A deep, dark brown color with a ton of rich tan lacing throughout the glass. Competely opaque with no light shing through and the two inch head of chocolate on top only settled down gradually by the end of the session.

The aroma was to die for. Rich notes of whiskey and campfire aromas mixed seemlessly into a roasted malt and light coffee like smell. The flavor though was simply superb. Touches of oak and roasted caramel mixing with lots of peat and whiskey barrle goodness. So rich and full, even as it warmed it was second to none in the smoked flavor. This was easily the best smoked beer I have ever had. Such a rich mix of barrel flavors and the whiskey just presented itself in the perfect mixture. Full bodied with wonderful carbonation and the alcohol was no where near too strong, in facvt it came off just right.

Jul 12, 2011
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brokensail from California

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Gil for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a dark brown with a small khaki head.

S: Just a fantastic barrel aroma of bourbon and vanilla with a hint of oak. Plenty of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. There's even a bit of coffee in there.

T: As one might expect, there is plenty of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla flavor to this beer. Very smooth and well rounded with a nice sweetness. A hint of roast with some mild coffee notes.

M: The body is a touch on the thin side, unfortunately. Smooth, medium carbonation.

O: This was a really nice beer. I wish that I had been able to get some bottles of this.

Jul 11, 2011
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rhodeska from Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was thanks to kruthar.

Really good beer, looks great from pour to finish. I like the bourbony, vanillla smell of the beer in the glass. As I drank, I got a lot more sweet than I expected, I thought it might be a hot mess, but came out with a lot more vanilla/chocolate/tobacco undertones and flavors and of course some bourbon taste, but no burning like some other beers have in them. Really solid taste, a little bit thin for my liking, but a solid beer overall.

Feb 01, 2011
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kruthar from Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, I just ahppened to pick up the last two of these at the bevmo in murietta when i was visiting my family. sorry to all the cali guys lookin for this, two of them made it back to indiana with me.

First off this was surprising to me that it was labeled as a porter, i ,as well as my tasting mates, might go as far as to call it a light stout or strong ale.

so we thought this was fantasitc, the color was light on the pour but got darker in the glass.the smell we sweet with pretty heavy bourbon so the first impression was pretty hot before the taste. on the taste iw as plesantly surprised that it wasnt very bitting with the alcohol content or the carbination. it was very very smooth and kind of thin. it could have been thicker and i would have been ok with it. but the smell was not deceiving, very sweet, chocolate very light smoky roasty vanilla, a little caramel.

overall a solid beer

Feb 01, 2011
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FosterJM from California

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

195th review on BA
C/C 750 ML Bottle # 526/1163
Bottle to snifter

App- Same color brown as the bottle. With a 2 finger pancake consistency head but more bubbly. Can see the lacing just cling as the beer bubbles away.

Smell- Bourbon, chocolate, malt and dark sugar.

Taste- The taste is there I am reading on the side of the glass but a little tame. Could use some more pop in the flavors. They are well balanced and paired well. The booze doesnt come through the taste as much on the nose.

Mouth- A heavy medium with a low carb. Very smooth, creamy and rich.

Drink- A nice beer. It's very smooth very well rounded flavors. It's not over powering but you notice it a couple hours later at almost 11%

Jan 18, 2011
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ohjay from California

4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought at a local BevMo in Brea CA. They only had 5 in stock.

You can definitely taste the chocolate and porter when you first take a sip. The flavor slowly develops bringing out the bourbon flavor. It all finishes with a nice vanilla aftertaste.
It is a smooth beer, medium-bodied, making it easy to drink. The alcohol is not overpowering despite the strong smell of bourbon. The roasted malts and cocoa nibs make a nice base for the beer allowing the flavor of the woods to take over.

Dec 29, 2010
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antioch from California

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared from friends at a local pub.

The color is that of most BA stouts or porters. Dark with a thin tan lacing.

The smell is that of bourbon. Vanilla with a tad bit of oak and a tiny bit of maltiness.

Taste is kind of thin. The bourbon is not over the top, but my problem is that the porter didn't come through to much.

Mouthfeel is thin too. Maybe I'm just used to a big imperial stout for my barrel aged beers. Not much alcohol astringency, which is great.

The booze is present, but not over the top making it fairly easy to drink, I just would've liked more of the base beer showing up.

Dec 27, 2010
Barrel Roll No. 1 Immelmann Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter from Hangar 24 Brewing
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