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 lordofthewiens
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice "refined" barleywine.
A dark amber color with a tiny head.
Aroma of caramel, booze, and oak.
Toffee taste, whiskey, and vanilla.
Not aggressively hopped. A smooth-drinking 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 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 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 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 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 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 mothman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel bronze color. Little head. On tap.

Lots of caramel and toffee in the nose. Vanilla sweetness.

Taste is oak, bourbon, and vanilla sweetness. Tons of caramel and some coconut. A very sweet bwine.

Medium to full bodied. I like this one.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle.

*My review is based on the bottle to let everyone know how the beer is holding up. However, in fairness my score is based on the beer being fresh on draft.

A: Hoppy, though hops have lost their freshness long ago, followed by lots of malt, almost caramel-like and some wood presence.

A: Carmel, brown color, quite hazy with an off-white thin head with little retention.

T: The ample hops have started to degrade a bit and has started to take on a bit of a wet cardboard note. When using as much hops as this beer – the hops degrading is somewhat expected. However, the malts are still holding up quite nicely. The beer has a rich, thick brown sugar, toffee like taste with a slight woody note and moderate bitterness.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with moderately light carbonation. The beer is rich and somewhat viscous.

O: Aged a bit too long, the hops have started to degrade and take on a slight wet cardboard note. The malts are still holding up well and has taken on rich, brown sugar and toffee like flavors. I’ve had this beer a few times on draft, fresh and it’s a great barleywine that’s accentuated by the ample hops.

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Photo of rawfish
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle, hoping the high ABV has mellowed some.

Light toffee coloration, a bevy of froth atop with sticky lacing down the glass.

Nothing carries the aroma of whiskey quite like barleywine and this one is incredibly bourbon forward with hints at grainy malt and perhaps some corn syrup sweetness in the mix. But really this a bourbon bomb, complete with wood and alcohol. Let's hope it finds some balance in the flavor.

Toffee and caramel malts, lacking graininess but the bourbon isn't all that integrated with the malt base. It comes in late, fortunately with some restraint and blends with the alcohol to finish.

Syrupy and basic, the sugars are left all over the palate. Alcohol is calm and average carbonation.

Really a basic beer as far as complexity is concerned this one milks every bit of whiskey character just to get it over the hump into the range of above average. If you want to experience what barrel can do to an average beer, well here's your example.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750ml (25.4-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $18.99
Purchased: June 21, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 22, 2015
Misc.: Bottled in 2015; Wire hood

Poured a caramel, brown, auburn, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head. Minimal wet spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled caramel, toffee, tobacco, bourbon, oak, whiskey, figs, dates, brown sugar and raisins. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose. Got earthy tobacco, dates, leather, figs, raisins, toffee, caramel, bitter rye whiskey, light Citra, iced tea, woody bourbon, oak, brown sugar and molasses. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. This was the best part of this beer. (Feel - 4.25)

This was good, but not great. Certainly good, but not $18.99 good. (Overall - 3.75)

3.86 | 87 | B+

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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 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 beermeplz
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. Lacking body and still pretty hot. Does the job ok if you're craving some bourbon barrel character, but the cost is too high for what it is. There are better/cheaper options out there...will look elsewhere for beers of this style.

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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 Catracho5
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip Year 2014

A: Dark brown, tan head, really murky, cloudy, not much head, lots of tiny bubbles, some minor lacing.

A: Slight bourbon, oak, rye aromas on the nose, definitely picking up the barley wine characteristics, caramel malts, booze, not a lot on big aromas, very nuanced, mellow.

T: Slight bourbon, oak, rye, caramel, toffee, sugar flavors, picking up the heat, it finishes really dry, the rye spice lingers with some hop bitterness, straight out the fridge it's really bitter but as it warms the bitterness subsides but still awkwardly bitter.

M: Medium body, dry finish

O: I was expecting more from this beer, but it has a rye spice hop bitterness flavor that I don't typically get in a barley wine. Maybe it's from the rye barrels and the addition of four hops and the dry hopping. It's not bad but there are better barley wines out there, even non BA barley wines, it's complex but it is not smooth and easy drinking.

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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 Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Draft @ Ale Arsenal. Pours a dark amber to brown in color with virtually no head. Aroma is mostly bourbon and oak with some caramel and dark fruits. Palate of caramel, brown sugar, bourbon and oak with a hint of vanilla and rye. Fairly solid barrel-aged barley wine, although not nearly the best I've tasted.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a clear, brown color with some ruby hints. Thin, tan, foamy head. Aroma is very sweet. Lots of barrel character which acts as a counter punch to the thick, syrupy sweetness. Caramel, oak, toffee and sweet candy. Also smells very alcoholic and hot. The flavor is more of the same. Oaked caramel, vanilla and toasted sugar. High octane. Hot and sweet. Softer carbonation. Body is full and chewy. Not sure if this one has enough complexity to forgive the hot sweetness. It's pretty good but a bottle shared by multiple mouths was the way to go here.

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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 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 Rutager
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks Mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a very deep ruby-amber-brown. Yep, sticking with that. Pretty darn clear and a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Big sweet bourbon, raisins, toffee, old wood barrel and a drop or two of port.

Taste. Toffee and raisins, not nearly the level of boozy bourbon that comes through in the nose, but a nice complimentary amount, woody vanilla,

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium and soft feeling carbonation.

Overall. Very nice barleywine. Didn't notice the abv until after I opened it, shall be an interesting evening!

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.85/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a bottle

Nice and hazy, just how I like it. Beautiful brown color hard to describe. Very little head.
Smells of sour cherry, raisins, cinnamon bread with frosting, chocolate.
Big bourbon flavor, cherry, vanilla, spices, finishes with that ethanol taste.
Mouth feel is nice. Not too light.
Overall tasty. Not as good as Sucaba. Wouldn't buy it again for the price.

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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 Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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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