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RATINGS: 115   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%


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1739) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8595) - , 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (884) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8510) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1628) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Slightly cloudy pour - slightly hoppy with lots of bourbon in the nose. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1366) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Murky red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, sherry, vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol. Taste of chewy dark fruits, big caramel malts, vanilla, fruit, some oxidation, and bourbony alcohol I the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2613) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Pours cloudy amber with a smaller gray head. Aroma is thick sweet candy malts. Body is huge with big flavors of candy boozy malts, but not big heat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Poured a murky reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Big and burly with a lot of layered woodsy vanilla, toffee, with some booze on the finish. I enjoyed this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1039) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle, 10/11/2013. Deep brown pour, earthy, nearly maroon, frothy head dies to crema on the surface, thick lacing left behind. Aroma is rich, dark fruity maltiness, toffee fudge with mild hoppy edge, soft vanilla and round bourbon finish. Taste is caramel, toffee, chocolate with mild bitter roast, piney hops, bourbon finish with touch of vanilla. Thick, round body, bit of heat though pretty mellow for nearly 14%. Not overly complex, but solid.


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