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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 83   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1477) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle share. Snifter pour. Poured a muddy dark brown with small head. The aroma was dark fruits, wood barrel, caramel malts, and bourbon. The taste was fairly complex with oak, booze, dark fruits, rich creamy caramelized malts, and vanilla. Thick mouth, full body. Finish was booze, barrel, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla and oak. Flavors of caramel, plums and dark cherries. Smooth boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Pours mohagany brown. Enjoyed with my wife while looking at house thinking Hard to believe its 3 rd move coming in bout six years. Nose has light whiskey, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Taste follows, bourbon sweetness lingers. Sweetness prevails. Nice lacing pattern left at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (722) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Smells like a wine, kind of like a barley wine. I don’t know what else to say, the deScription is pretty spot on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1816) - Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 2014 vintage. Deep ruby dark brown with medium sized lasting creamy beige head. The given deScription describes it well. Very balanced aroma and flavor. Barrel character stays complimentary. Alcohol is fairly well hidden mostly. Lighter full to bigger medium body. Soft and creamy. Really nice finish. This is a very good beer, but nothing memorable really stands out about it I guess, or maybe its me that’s just blah.. I guess ill remember it for being really well put-together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle @ Steve’s house. Thanks Steve! Pours a touch hazy, reddish orange appearance with a brown head. Caramel, burnt malty, toffee, whiskey, oaky, slightly floral nose. Pretty hoppy flavor. Herbal hops. Chewy malts. Some oxidation. Caramel, a touch smoky. Toffee. Plums. Kind of boozy finish but still a pretty çhïłł beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Pour out of 750 ml bottle, big thanks to Steve! 2014 bottle. Hazy dark red pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of bourbon, whiskey, oak, vanilla, touch of brown sugar, dark fruit. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, oak, vanillla, dark fruit, chocolate, hints of earth, finishing fairly sweet, dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. Ruddy brown pour with a light tan head. Aromas of sticky toffee, hourbon, brown sugar, figs, and oak. Just smells wonderful. Flavor is candied dark fruits and bourbon with touches of oak. Warming finish from the abv but not overwhelming. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you StefanSD! Pours very dark ruby reddish brown with a surprisingly big frothy mocha head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with sweet dark rye bread, caramel, toffee, charred wood, caramelized almonds, toasted coconut, roasted hazelnuts, coconut milk, hay, vanilla fudge, hay, raisins and hints of prunes. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, dry wood, toasted coconut, cocoa powder, caramelized nuts, hay, orange zest, alcohol, black pepper corns and raisins. Mouthfeel is soft, round, velvety, tiny astringent and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, charred wood, vanilla fudge, toasted coconut, sweet dark bread, raisins, prunes and lemon zest. High quality BA barley wine!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
(Bottle) Pours deep reddish brown with a creamy fat, nougat-ish head. The aroma holds fat but rounded oak profile of dill, wood and vanilla with malt support of caramel, brown sugar, roasted cookies and dark bread. Se resinous hops and a whisper of warming alcohol. Well balanced nose. The flavour is medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with balanced, jet aggressive tones from spicy/woodsy oak, fat malt, numbing alcohol and resinous hops. The mouthfeel is creamy, soft, velvety and numbing with a soft carbonation. Alcohol, more prominent oak and clear hops on the finish. Near full bodied.

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