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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5123) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by me with the group; thanks darkmoon66). Looks good; a murky brown with off-white lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy. Tastes like it smells with a nice mouthfeel. Good stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2013
750ml, corked & caged bottle, 2012 edition, #568/5520. pours a hazy, deep russet brown with hints of ruby capped by a whispy, beige head that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is excellent with heavy notes of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, and baked pie crusts backed by dried figs, raisin bread, cinnamon, and heavy toasted oak with spicy, rich whiskey emerging as it warms. flavor is truly superb with smooth, rich, rye whiskey, oak, vanilla, and toasted coconut up front backed by more sweet toffee, baked pears, cinnamon rolls, with dry, earthy hops, and subtle orchard fruits brining up the back end. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and a lingering finish of sweet brown sugar and warming, spicy whiskey. overall, an excellent barrel aged barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Had on tap and from a bomber. Orangish gold pour with thin head. Nose of orange, sweet malt, booze, and wood. Taste follows the nose with a decent punch of hops for an aged beer. Tap version was really good. Bottled version was a bit oxidized. Choosing to look more at the better experience.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Baadnewsbear (17) - - MAY 2, 2013
1101/3905 2013 This beer always impresses me. Love the whiskey aroma and toffee. Lots of Carmel and vanilla with notes of spice. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. I will buy this beer every year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
Poured from bottle on 04/26/13. Deep brown with medium tan head. Tons of boozyness, vanilla, toffee flavors come through. This was a solid BA barley wine that I think will get better with age.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
Pours golden orange with a one finger white head. The nose is bananas, caramel, brown sugar with hints of cinnamon. The taste is medium high sweet and medium low bitter. It's kind of one dimensional though. I definitely don't detect any of the barrel. The texture is soft and creamy, body is heavy and finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (481) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bomber into a tulip. Mahogany in color with a small beige head. Boozy, bourbon aroma. Flavors are caramel, whiskey, rye, vanilla. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (3824) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2013
750 bottle. Pours a murky brown color. Big brown sugar and toffee flavors up front. Some whisky in taste and aroma. But not overpowering or dominant. Sweet. Sticky.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (5918) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out deep dark dried fruits, caramel, moderate presence of whiskey and bourbon barrels and alcohol. Flavour brings out loads of whiskey barrels upfront, ridiculous booziness, sweet caramel and more booze. The barrels are dominating – front and centre – with no restraint on the alcohol. Way too boozy and not very complex at all to be enjoyable for me. It was a big chore to drink more than a few ounces.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7575) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Sample at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: Cloudy reddish-brown color with a medium white head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing. The aroma consists of ripe fruit, malt and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of bourbon, caramel malt, hops and fruit. The finish is rich and malty with a lingering boozy aftertaste. Pretty good overall.


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