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RATINGS: 111   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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1110) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
On tap at capitol beer and taproom. Color is dark ruby. Taste is lots of booze and wood. Sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (949) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Pours a hazy, orange-golden amber with a taupe head. Head retention is average. Strong rich toffee on the nose with some chocolate breaking through. Some coconut and bourbon emerging as the head settles. A thin mouthfeel for the style. Still mildly creamy. A lot of alcohol heat comes late. Vanilla, wood, bourbon, and chocolate, all emerge in that order. Alcohol bitterness lingers beyond the finish. Perhaps I was too hasty in opening this one. I’d had it for a few months, but some age might mellow out the booziness and blend the flavors better. The nose is pretty remarkable, but the flavor just isn’t quite there yet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine (also draft at City Beer, SF). Pours a hazy amber brown color with small off white head. The aroma and flavor are very similar; big caramel and toffee malts, oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits favoring figs and raisins with some earthiness at the back. Some brown sugar to the flavor as well as coconut. It is a big beer without being too boozy. Smooth presentation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6027) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
6/29/13. 750mL bottle shared by nulledge during the epic BA barleywine tasting. Deep brown amber pour with a small khaki head. The aroma has lots of vanilla from the barrel along with some wood, caramel, fudginess, and dark fruits. Nice vanilla in the flavor as well with dark fruits, molasses, and brown sugar. Really good stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1287) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2013
[US West Coast Trip 2013] lite rödaktig i kroppen. Aroman of dark fruit, fruktig. Alkoholen går igenom smaken. Kraftig kropp och smak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Thanks Peter! Pours a reddish brown with a decent biege head. Aroma of bourbon, fruit, vanilla, and wood. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, wood, and caramel malt. Very whiskey/bourbon forward.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4888) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle sampled at Kurt’s Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Hazy amber to copper pour with a medium beige head. Nose of malt, caramel, chocolate, toffee and some alcohol. Malty flavor with character of chocolate, caramel and bit of bourbon before a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Rating 4444. 750 ml bottle shared by b3shine- thanks again, Beau! Bottle 552/5520, according to Chris. Pours a cloudy amber color with a beige ring for a head. Notes of caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, brown sugar, coconut, and bourbon throughout. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, warming mouthfeel. Nice barrel aged barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6369) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by b3shine. #552 / 5520. Hazy amber / orange color. Thin off-white bubbly head. Dots of lace. Very nice dark fruit, vanilla nose. Big body. Smooth, kind of creamy texture. Very light carbonation. Good sweet taste. Some light heat, doesn’t taste like 14%. Nice long bourbon malty complex dark fruit light earthy hop light spicy aftertaste. Delicious stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with white head. Soapy hop aroma. Taste and aroma are soapy hoppy and vanilla.


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