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RATINGS: 119   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2290) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Murky, swampy brown pour with a small, ecru head that settles timidly around the edge. Aroma full of caramel candy, red licorice, faint wood, brown sugar, plums, & hefty bourbon. Fairly standard for a barrel aged barley wine, but still nice. Taste has a big toffee presence up front with more licorice, though leaning towards black versus red, a swap from the aroma. Much heavier wood & oak presence, too, with some lasting vanillin & tannin in the finish. Touches of bourbon throughout with a plum & date presence that crescendos with warmth. A good barley wine, no doubt, perhaps slighted by the fact that it was enjoyed directly after Great, Straight Jacket, & Bourbon County Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2159) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
2012 Bottle thanks to northernbrews for sharing. Pours dark copper with a small foamy head that lingers nicely. Aromas are toffee, caramel, and bourbon-y vanilla. Taste starts pretty sweet but gets countered nicely by the bourbon. Vanilla cake and toffee mostly with a bunch of oak in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Sampled on tap. Really delicious. Creamy brew with a thin Lacey head. Thick and malty goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2442) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Light hazy deep copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, pine, wood, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Taste is light sweet and meidum bitter with notes of citrus/pine, bourbon and toffee. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really nice American style barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1780) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle, courtesy khuiljoebee, thanks! Pour is brown, tan head. Decent retention/no lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, sticky rolls, port notes. Taste is sweet, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, booze. Palate is soft carbonation, warming, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8896) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with off white/light tan head. Nose and taste of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, rye, hop oils and vanilla. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (936) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Shared by Thomas, this baby is massive aromas of barrel and bourbon. Taste is really boozy, oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit and more bourbon. Interesting to try but would be though to choke down alone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Tap at H24, Pugafest 2013. Got a dreg pour on tap, but will probably try to nab a bottle of this at some point since I’m a new convert to Hammerhead. All sediment yeast pour, still nice head. Nose still comes through with excellent caramel and toffee blonde dessert. Taste is big cookie, fudge blondie, white chocolate. Rich body. Good hop balance. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1710) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Slightly cloudy pour - slightly hoppy with lots of bourbon in the nose. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1509) - Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Sample at fauxbab, thanks BG. Amber pour. I got a lot of english malts, carmel, toffee, vanill and oak. Didnt get any bourbon, however i did have quite a few ba beers.

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