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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.
2012-13.8%
2013-12.4%
2014-11.2%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2012
From tap at Seal Beach. Pours hazy ambe to brown with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty and slight caramelish. Toasted to dense toffee malty. Slight hot. Sweet caramelish into the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29849) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2012
Bottled. A hazy dark amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, wood, alcohol, caramel, and some spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, lots of alcohol, wood, vanilla, whiskey, as well as some fruits, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol burns lightly on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of thome50. Pours a cloudy opaque amber with a tiny, rough white head. Overripe fruit, caramel and heavy booze. Medium body, lowish carbonation, caramel and sweet oak, some licorice allsorts - and massive booze, actually appears stronger than 13.8%. No real bitterness. 131112

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21509) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange-red coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of oak, vanilla and cocoa powder. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops and vanilla. Sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17535) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody aroma with hints of caramel. Sweetish malty woody vanilla bourbon flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty woody bourbon vanilla finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy red/brown - white head. Sweetness,coconut, american oak, amber malts, coconut candy, boozy, fruity, nutty, cocoa powder, chocolate, light citrus notes. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 23, 2012
(750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours lightly hazy orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of pine, oak, bourbon, roasted malt, orange, and toffee. Flavor of bourbon, caramel, oak, citrus, vanilla, and toffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Almost mahogany in color with minimal head. The nose is somewhat boozy. Lots of bourbon, wood, and vanilla, but good caramel and toffee, too. Quite a bit of brown sugar, as well. The flavor is sweet and boozy, as expected. A nice dark fruit aroma, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Good barrel charter of bourbon and vanilla, not that much wood, though.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
750 c&c thanks to Fred at Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA who is always great at getting good beers for web orders. Pours dark amber with almost no head. Aroma of fruit and rye. And vanilla. Med body. Flavor is sweet, rye, vanilla, and suddenly a lot of brown sugar with maple. There’s oak and maple in the finish. Very, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10927) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
cloudy red brown, small white head. aroma is roasted malty, dark fruity, mellow.


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