Barrel Roll No. 4 Wing Over | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Barrel Roll No. 4 Wing OverBarrel Roll No. 4 Wing Over

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead

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Photo of wyoming
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

hangar 24 has released some nice barrel aged brews and wing over is climbing even higher! all u could want in a barrel aged barley wine...nice balance..enjoyed hammerhead in past but this is better ..

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Nose: rye spice, some clean smelling herbs, a hint of citrus, vanilla and bourbon and a hint of smoke. Pours deep chestnut with a slight haze under a 1” slowly dissipating tan cap. Very rich lace. On the palate it is big rich and creamy with vanilla, malt sweetness, big bourbon flavors and a pleasant alcohol warming on the finish. Despite the big alcohol, the beer is incredibly smooth finishing with a bitterness that suggests a dash of Peychaud’s Aromatic Cocktail bitters in a glass of bourbon and soda with some simple syrup on ice – except the beer boasts much finer softer carbonation, a chewier body, deeper complexity and a much better balance.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours an opaque mahogany with a white ring of head.

S: Dark fruits, red wine must, vanilla, coconut, caramel, toffee in the nose.

T: Vanilla up front, followed by a wave that oscillates between wine must and orange and rye, coconut and vanilla. A touch of alcohol. Delicious.

M: Full bodied and smooth, with a slight alcohol tingle. Perhaps a tiny bit flat.

O: Few flaws pull down this magnificent beer. Definitely recommended if you like barrel aged barleywines.

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Photo of corby112
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at KnB Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pours a hazy and very dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Great retention for the style and ABV.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Great barrel presence in the aroma.  Lots of spicy brandy and bourbon along with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut.  Nice leathery malt backbone with vinous dark fruit notes and caramel sweetness.  The barrel character is perfectly integrated into the notes of the base beer.

Full bodied with a strong barrel character and plenty of spicy booze but it's nicely integrated into the barleywine flavors.  Strong dry oak presence with lots of brandy, spicy bourbon, vanilla and toasted coconut followed by leathery malt, caramel sweetness, alcohol and vinous dark fruit, notably date, fig and plum.  Really well balanced with excellent barrel integration.  Complex and flavorful yet very easy to drink considering the high abv.  Slight heat and warmth in the finish without being harsh.  Plenty of delicious spirit without becoming overwhelmingly boozy or overpowering.  Excellent!

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Photo of Jaysauras
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark, frothy, and profound looking. Not as dark or opaque as a stout or porter, but a more thin almost red/black color to it.

S: Booze is evident, but at almost 14% what else can you expect? However, there is a fantastic bourbon barrel aroma that accompanies a fairly nice fruity aroma. It's a very nice blend of wood distilling and dark fruit, like cherry, grape or blackberry.

T: The taste is tremendous. While it can be heavy on the booze flavor, it has an immense amount of complexity. The whiskey and bourbon flavors are prevalent, but the nice fruity flavors that craft the beer are the subtle but outstanding backing band. It layers the spice of cinnamon, rye whiskey, and bourbon, between the sweetness of dark berries and fruit.. These layers make the overall flavor truly breathtaking.

F: It is heavy. For sure. No way around it. This is best sipped, best taken in a small 4 or 6oz. It has a spicy kick from the alcohol to it which make it fairly tingly to the tongue. But make no mistake, this is a kick you in the ass beer that will knock you out if you are not prepared. It is not smooth or easy drinking, but it is worth it.

O: Exceptional. One of the best beers I have had. While I am not a fan of the Hangar 24 standard brews, they continue to kill it on their special releases, local fields series, and seasonals. This is the second of the Barrel Roll series I have tried (Pugachev's Cobra) and am going to make a point of heading there whenever a special release is available. The complexity of barleywine and old ales has always been a great thing to me, and Hangar nails this one. Very well done, amazing blend of flavors, and overall an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2942/5520

Well, something special here. Barrel aged barley wines are quickly becoming a favorite. Glad to see something new in the store, especially special releases as this one.

Pours very opaque brown, no light shines through. A thick dense khaki head forms and leaves thick oily lacing, and is well retained by the constant supply of bubbles sliding up the snifter.

Smells of bourbon, rich, vanilla, woody, boozy, with hints of the whiskey as well. Very strong.

Taste is complex, bourbon, whiskey, roasted malts, wood, vanilla, and while it has ok balance, I feel this the least balanced part of the beer.

Feel is wicked evil smooth. While there is no attempt to hide the huge ABV, it's still drinks rather well. Thick viscosity reminds me of the Sucaba(Abacus).

As mentioned, this is very reminiscent of other BABW's, not as good as some, but better than others. I will get another to age.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured medium brown, like a caramel and toffee in colo,r with amber highlights, nice dirty white cap, good retention for the style and minimal lacing

S: Nice hints of toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak and light cocoa

T: A nice blend of toffee, caramel upfront which is the mainstay of the beer. The barrel brings a very light bourbon, vanilla and oakiness to the mix which is understated not underwhelming. The base beer is very strong. A booze sting is prevelant throughout. There is a light residual sugar sweetness on the body and finish as well. The finish is sweet toffee and caramel candy, light bitterness and lingering sweetness on end with a hint of vanilla

M: Medium, medium-full body. well carbonated for style being low-medium. A nice sweetness, decadent and creamy texture

O: Very good. I would compare this Blighs Dry Dock anyday.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of brewaddict
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage in a Teku glass

L - This pours a caramel mahogany color. Almost no head.
S - I get some malt sweetness, bourbon, caramel, and brown sugar
T - Bourbon, Vanilla, and a little caramel. Just a touch of heat on the back.
F - This has a nice body to it. Good and syrupy.
O - I though that this was a pretty good barley wine with some good barrel character.

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Photo of mactrail
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. Cloudy dark amber with modest foam and a few stray bubbles in the tall tulip. Highly flammable if you dare stick your nose in it. Aromas of bourbon and caramel.

Some serious stuff. Hot with alcohol but big hoppiness as well. Kind of in a class by itself. An alcoholic drink more than a beer. The hops give it away, however, and it's quite bitter along with all the other intense flavors. Oranges along with the hops. Quite sharp with lots of woody barrel flavors. The rye seems to give a great spicy taste.

Brewery says they used English caramel malts and four American hops and aged for six months in oak rye whiskey and bourbon barrels. I can't seem to feel my tongue anymore. Time to switch to pig Latin.

05/18/2013 Update: Had the 2013 version (12.4%) on tap at California Kebab's first anniversary. Boozy and alcoholic with a serious whiskey taste. There is a dry sensation that is closer to a Belgian style. A bitter edge takes the sweetness down. So boozy it's like a dry liqueur.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged at least a year old poured into snifter

A: Brackish, brown, murky color with a an off white head that is half creamy and a little bit having swirls, great lacing and legs of alcohol down the glass

S: Resiny, dank, toffee and bourbon, caramel

T: very resiny but flipped on its head by the bourbon it has a lot of toffee, caramel, burnt sugar.

M: Soft feel to it from maybe the bourbon smoothes out the beer the lower carbonation helps the beer be smooth

O: Fantastic beer! Its huge with big resiny hops and lots of soft slick bourbon feel that makes this beer quite good and easy to drink

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Photo of mrelizabeth
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Local Habit. A bit pricey for a 10 oz, due to its 13.8 abv. ($8.50)

a- opaque red, short off-white head.

s- barley, barley, barley. whiskey. little to hint that you are about to drink a beer.

t- sweet barleywine, then rye whiskey. lots and lots of whiskey. there are some hops hidden there, somewhere.

m- thick and mysterious. whiskeybeer.

o- sipped this badboy on a cold night in San Diego. perfect for warming up your tongue. tastes like they were able to leech out some of that devil's cut in those rye whiskey barrels. brilliant and tasty beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of BeRanger
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky dark apple juice, tan head, slow to leave, lots of spotty cling lace.

S - Sharp boozy note, surrounded by sweet malt and bittering hops.

T - Cooked fruits sweet malt and booze, some bitterness at finish.

M - Medium body, great carb, huge flavors.

D - Not a session, but so tasty.

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Photo of Radome
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a globe glass.

L - Medium to dark brown color. Opaque. Cloudy when held up to light. Head is tan colored and fades quickly, as you might expect for a beer of this ABV. Good lacing.

S - Aromas are all malt and alcohol. Molasses, plums, prunes. Rum-like alcohol. Everything appropriate for a barley wine. No obvious bourbon character.

T - Tastes are classic English barley wine, again with molasses, prunes and plums. Delicious. Hops bitterness is enough to balance the sweetness. Finish is slightly sweet. Some wood character.

F - Full body. Creamy, mouth-filling carbonation Noticeable alcohol burn.

O - A tasty barley wine with wood character, but not obviously bourbon aged.

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Photo of gcasher
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had big bottle of #4 Hammerhead. Hazy, brown, thin fizzy head, sweet smelling. Very malty with caramel and lots of oak. Tastes like Southern California (terroir?). Great barleywine, nice and strong. Excellent sipper.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color and is capped by three fingers of ecru foam; excellent stickage; shards of lacing hang around

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit, pine, oak and Rye whiskey; boozy aromatics

Taste: Caramel, fig and herbal pine tones forward but it doesn't take long for the barrels to make an impact - the Rye moreso than the Bourbon; strong Rye flavors through the middle and into the finish; considerable warmth in the gullet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: You need to like Rye whiskey to like this beer as it is overpowering; this is a 2016 bottle so I imagine it will become more complex with age

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler into tulip glass.
Half finger of head as drank left a little lacing behind.
As I poured into glass the color was a caramel color but settled into a light coffee color.
Smell was a wow factor lots of things hit me but I really felt like I was smelling candy perhaps a toffee.
Good taste but quickly disappeared quickly. Bourbon seemed to be at the front.
This is the first beer that I really felt I was chewing it was a mouthful.
Loved the scent more than the taste but it is a solid beer that I was glad to try. Most likely will not go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blind Lady Ale House and served in a snifter. Dark caramel color, wispy head. Aroma of bourbon barrels, vanilla, nice smell. Flavor follows the aroma quite closely, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super dark brown colored beer that features tinges of Amber towards the edges with an off white latte foamy head. Very persistent head that leaves ample lace. Great looking barley wine.

Smell is very musty and dank. There is ample raisin and dark fruit smell, with pungent and sharp whiskey/alcohol sharpness. Almost a hint of raspberry as well. Some brown sugar/toffee.

Brown sugar is first and foremost, molasses with hints of dark fruits with a hefty dose of coffee/hop bitterness. The flavor a are pretty balanced, a lot of sweet up front them at fades to a bitter, coffee like finish.

The mouthfeel is the most impressive aspect. Fast and light with low carbonation and a distinct creaminess. It dances on your tongue without leaving any lingering syrupy-ness.

Very balanced between sweet and bitter with an amazing softness.

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of abraxel
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Barrel Roll No. 4 Wing Over from Hangar 24 Brewery
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