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RATINGS: 115   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%


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4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Getbetter (874) - 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!


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ICEatALAMO (944) - Troy, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a hazy caramel color. The aroma is a light toffee, very slight barrel. The taste has a bigger barrel flavor than the smell. Dried fruits present. A little underwhelming overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
750 ml bottle, 2012. Deep brown with lacy tan froth. Nose is bourbon, caramel, raisin and rye. Medium body with a soft tang but feeling a bit thin with the alcohol. Taste is caramel and dried fig, woody with bourbon, finishing with a shot of rye. Interesting double barrel work dominates the fruity sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (5937) - 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!"

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, light vanilla, a touch of oak, and a hint of mint. It pours a transparent dark orangish-brown with a one finger head. The flavor starts with a moderate caramel, toffee, and faint molasses. The finish has mild vanilla, bourbon, oak, and a hint of mint. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5863) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2012 bottle, aged 28 months in a 60*f wine cellar. Hazy ruby brown body with fleeting ivory head. Big pit fruit, lightly oxidized dark caramel, dark raisin aromas with whiskey vanilla, dry wood. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Nice pit fruit, toasted caramel, vanilla whiskey sweet flavors with grainy maltage, and some sherry oxidation____warming vanilla whiskey boozy finish----very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monk191 (982) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2014
A fantastic barleywine, probably the best we've had. Pours a beautiful deep red/brown with a super thick tan head. Smells great, lots of bourbon, some oak and vanilla. Taste starts with lots of bourbon, some spices and oak chips coming in at the middle, with a finish of caramel and vanilla, almost like ice cream that sticks on your tounge. Very complex, and a great finish. Paired with black and blue steak, the beer is smoothed out. Had in the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1032) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle share. Snifter pour. Poured a muddy dark brown with small head. The aroma was dark fruits, wood barrel, caramel malts, and bourbon. The taste was fairly complex with oak, booze, dark fruits, rich creamy caramelized malts, and vanilla. Thick mouth, full body. Finish was booze, barrel, and caramel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3347) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla and oak. Flavors of caramel, plums and dark cherries. Smooth boozy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (1768) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Pours mohagany brown. Enjoyed with my wife while looking at house thinking Hard to believe its 3 rd move coming in bout six years. Nose has light whiskey, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Taste follows, bourbon sweetness lingers. Sweetness prevails. Nice lacing pattern left at the end.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (560) - 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.


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