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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. Hammerheadís 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 ľ loop to vertical, airspeed decreases and plane appears to stall. Nose then rotates and plane descends on vertical down line and out with ľ loop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2015
A top notch beer, this looks, smells and tastes mile a rich molasses dominated barley wine. 13.9% is quite a punch. The only real drawback is that I had a bit of heartburn the next day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timfoolery (1125) - 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

   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

   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 donít know what else to say, the deScription is pretty spot on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (7858) - 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 Iíll 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!"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (660) - Oceanside, 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 Iíve had in a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Getbetter (983) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - GŲteborg, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
I drank this on tap @ the Libertine Pub for New years. Rich,complex,and full of oak and bourbon. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and the finish is smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a hazy and very dark chestnut brown color thatís completely opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Great retention for the style and ABV. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Great barrel presence in the aroma. Lots of spicy brandy and bourbon along with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut. Nice leathery malt backbone with vinous dark fruit notes and caramel sweetness. The barrel character is perfectly integrated into the notes of the base beer. Full bodied with a strong barrel character and plenty of spicy booze but itís nicely integrated into the barleywine flavors. Strong dry oak presence with lots of brandy, spicy bourbon, vanilla and toasted coconut followed by leathery malt, caramel sweetness, alcohol and vinous dark fruit, notably date, fig and plum. Really well balanced with excellent barrel integration. Complex and flavorful yet very easy to drink considering the high abv. Slight heat and warmth in the finish without being harsh. Plenty of delicious spirit without becoming overwhelmingly boozy or overpowering. Excellent!

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