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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%


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle from Hi-Time. Aroma was of bourbon and caramel with hints of butterscotch and milk chocolate. Flavor had a perfect balance of bourbon and rich, caramel notes in the barley wine. The hops were nearly unnoticeable, rather balanced the maltiness of this beer admirably. I absolutely love this brew. Amazing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capman62 (9) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2012 does not count
Bottle poured into Belgian styled glass. Pours a rich caramel color. The nose is sweet, also reminiscent of caramel. Lightly carbonated with a chocolate coffee flavor. This packs a strong punch and is delicious like a top Belgian beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (597) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"So complex and so delicious, it it is up there with the likes of Abacus and King Henry (though I’ll leave it at #3 in my head til I can have it agian). A beautiful beer, barreled perfectly. So muxh going on, vanilla, oak, bourbon, spice, a touch of bitter in the finish. WOW!"

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
I bought this for a friend who enjoys whiskey as a birthday gift. This beer is intense! Huge aroma of brown sugar and whiskey. Dark dark opaque pour. Taste is incredible blend of a vanilla, brown sugar, molasses with bitter edges from whiskey aging. Incredibly smooth and full bodied beer, one of the more intense beers I’ve had in a long time.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Getbetter (888) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
From a bottle and a cloudy brown in appearence.I really like this Barley Wine and highly recommend this beer....GO FIND IT!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2012
Deep brown, light tan head. Loads of vanilla, toffee, broubon, oak, brown sugar, maple syrup, spicy goodness! Flavor is sweet and bold. Big whiskey notes, brown sugar, maple notes, vanilla hits big. Damn good. And will get better with a bit of time.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (2729) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2012
17 may 2013, bottle. Med brown, hazy, no head. Nose us huge alcohol, raisins, wet bread. Great. Tastes of syrup, caramel. Big and sweet with lots of alcohol and a slight bitter finish. Amazing! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (869) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
2014 vintage in 750ml Bottle. Pours a reddy brown color without much head. Sharp bourbon that smooths out as it has time to breathe. Toffee flavors and mild bitterness. Overall pretty smooth.


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