Hammarby Syndrome | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
You’ve heard of Stockholm Syndrome, but these days we’re starting to feel the ef fects of a once-rare condition - Hammarby Syndrome. If you’ve never heard of it, we can’t blame you. But it’s right here in the New Brooklyn Dictionary:

“Hammarby Syndrome is the distress or impairment caused by the frenzied anticipation and giddy obsession over the beautiful Hammarby Sjöstad section of Stockholm, Sweden and the New Carnegie Brewer y that Brooklyn Brewer y will open there in March. The cognitive hallmark of Hammarby Syndrome is preoccupying thoughts of Hammarby and New Carnegie Brewer y’s delicious new beers. Sufferers typically report a combination of depressive and anxious symptoms, withdrawn behavior and difficulty focusing on topics unrelated to Hammarby Sjöstad. Other symptoms include dry mouth and deep thirst.” Now there’s good news - we can help

Our new Brewmaster’s Reservebeer is Hammarby Syndrome, a robust ale that will transport you directly to the seaside of old Stockholm. It’s brewed from a large proportion of spelt, an ancient wheat-like grain that was once a mainstay of Scandinavian beers. To the spelt’s distinctively nutty flavor, we’ve added another old Swedish beer ingredient - spruce fronds. They add a tasty citrusy pine note to a full-bodied, lightly fruity strong ale that’ll keep you warm until the spring sunshine comes to the rescue.

Added by KYGunner on 02-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

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3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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3.89/5  rDev +9%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Hammarby Syndrome from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 121 ratings