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RATINGS: 150   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.

JoeTheYounger's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1178) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 On draught at Hangar for the bottle release. Aroma is sweet brown sugar, oak, bourbon, and a touch of honey. Taste is sweet caramel, toasted grains and a touch of rye spice. Finishes nice with some bourbon presence but not as boozy as I thought it would be. Great release again for the barrel roll series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6728) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2016
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de vanille et de raisins. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de petits fruits avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Bourbon en arrière goût. (Rating #6687)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a hazy and very dark chestnut brown color that’s 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 it’s 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2015
Draught at West Coast Barbecue & Brew, La Mesa, during SDBW 2015. Hazy deep amber beer with a small beige head. Malty fruity aroma, caramel, vinous, figs, raisins, caramel, licorice notes. Fruity vinous flavor, nuts, caramel, toffee, licorice, chocolate notes, some warming alcohol. Very nice barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (1608) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours a transparent brownish amber with minimal head. Aroma and taste of caramel, vanilla, some booze, and bourbon. Very nicely balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This exquisite Barrel-Aged Barley Wine develops deep caramel, vanilla, candied fruit and milk chocolate over resinous hops and their bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers misty amber-red.
-This is obviously sweet, but the specialty malt flavors are gorgeous.
-Barrel-aging job is well done.
-Alcohol warmth is felt, but not overly so for a 13.9% brew.
-This malt bomb is a marvelous sipper.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (780) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
Cuivrée aux reflets acajou et voilée, la bière ne mousse que très peu. Des vapeurs d’éthanol émanent du verre dès qu’on s’y approche le nez. Du sucre brun, quelques arômes épicés et boisés me confirment que je n’aurai pas affaire à un liquide trop lourd et alcoolisé. Oui c’est rond et sucré en bouche, mais une amertume fruitée vient contredire toute cette chaleur intense. Des notes de butterscotch et de vanille sont détectées et c’est fort agréable. Assez tannique également, rien pour arracher la gueule par contre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5010) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle courtesy of hamilton23. Cheers, Steve! Pours a hazy caramel-Amber with an off-white head. Nose is toffee, caramel, some oxidation, brandy, raisin, and some vanilla. Flavor is similar with caramel, toffee, brandy, oxidation, oak, and some vanilla. Flavor has definitely mellowed with age- this is a 2012- it has oxidized, but in a mildly complimentary way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1214) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Type: 750ml (25.4-oz.) bottle Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif. Price: $18.99 Purchased: June 21, 2015 Consumed: Aug. 22, 2015 Misc.: Bottled in 2015; Wire hood Poured a caramel, brown, auburn, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head. Minimal wet spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.88) Smelled caramel, toffee, tobacco, bourbon, oak, whiskey, figs, dates, brown sugar and raisins. (Smell - 4.00) Taste followed the nose. Got earthy tobacco, dates, leather, figs, raisins, toffee, caramel, bitter rye whiskey, light Citra, iced tea, woody bourbon, oak, brown sugar and molasses. (Taste - 3.88) Medium-to-full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. This was the best part of this beer. (Feel - 4.25) This was good, but not great. Certainly good, but not $18.99 good. (Overall - 3.88) 3.94 88 B+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1493) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 750 mL bottle, 2013 vintage. The pour is a medium to dark brown with some amber and ruby notes and a small off-white head, leaving no lace. The aroma is pretty great. Vanilla and oak in front of a nice sweet dark fruit and an excellent malt profile. The flavor starts as expected. Good caramel and malts moving through a bit of bourbon heat and some light vanilla and oak notes. The finish is the surprising part. It finishes with a sweet butterscotch. The mouth feel is viscous and chewy with a soft velvety carbonation and a lingeringly smooth sticky toffee finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5087) - 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.

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