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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 83   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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A well executed HAMMERHEAD is smooth and dramatic. This beer is no exception. Hammerhead is a big, complex, American-style Barleywine featuring two English caramel malts and four American hops. Hammerhead’s character is enhanced by dry hopping and then aging the deep amber liquid for six months in charred oak rye whiskey and bourbon barrels. Spicy aromas spill from the glass: rich caramel, citrusy hops, bourbon and oak. Layered flavors of toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, spice and rye whiskey lead to a warm and slightly bitter finish. This is a strong ale, meant to be sipped, savored and enjoyed. Additional Information: Hammerhead: A ¼ loop to vertical, airspeed decreases and plane appears to stall. Nose then rotates and plane descends on vertical down line and out with ¼ loop.
2012-13.8%
2013-12.4%
2014-11.2%


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
conway (1821) - - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle. Dark clear copper. Tons of caramel, toffee, vanilla and butterscotch. Sweet and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pliny_SR (33) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2015
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
I drank this on tap @ the Libertine Pub for New years. Rich,complex,and full of oak and bourbon. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and the finish is smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1178) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Aroma of black currant, alcohol and sweet molasses. Clear copper brown with off white head. Vanilla aroma as it warmed. Deep plum and bourbon. Great residual sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (1492) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2014
shared 2014 bottle by a friend. poured a murky amber colour with no real head. just a white ring on top. barley, malts, sweet caramel, toffee, rye, vanilla, plums, red fruits, oak, vanilla, the bourbon is a bit hidden. nice thick mouthfeel, but I was expecting just such a complex oak age as the pugachev

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Medium brown with a good off-white head. Aroma is wood, whiskey, honey, caramel, hint of booze. Medium-full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate. Taste is wood, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (1152) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle share. Deep amber. Aroma of raisin, burnt caramel, wood, bourbon. Taste is sweet, and quite bitter. Very american barley wine. Dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4876) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2014
2012 bottle shared at GTMW ticket line 2014. Solid. Massive sweet amber tinged woody barrel tones. World Class, really well done. Solid news school Barleywine,

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ICEatALAMO (1066) - Troy, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a hazy caramel color. The aroma is a light toffee, very slight barrel. The taste has a bigger barrel flavor than the smell. Dried fruits present. A little underwhelming overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3444) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
750 ml bottle, 2012. Deep brown with lacy tan froth. Nose is bourbon, caramel, raisin and rye. Medium body with a soft tang but feeling a bit thin with the alcohol. Taste is caramel and dried fig, woody with bourbon, finishing with a shot of rye. Interesting double barrel work dominates the fruity sweetness.


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