Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Take some original Hammer Imperial Stout and delicately roshambo it into bourbon soaked American oak barrels. Drop the hammer and smash your way into rich, roasted caramel warmth. Break down that wall! ... or conform & be dull.

tiggmtl's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - FEB 19, 2012
Aroma is strong on the roasted character but not a lot of counterpoint other than some fruitiness. Opaque dark body is topped by a low tan-brown head that recedes rapidly to a very slight partial cover and ring. Sweet chocolate with berries and ashy roastiness in the flavour. Vanilla, hazelnut and bourbon are long in the aftertaste. Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Half-pint glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at Toby’s in Feb-2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cobaink2 (433) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2016
22 oz bottle for bottle store for in Vancouver. Smells of dark coco, herbs, and a bit of vanilla. The wood and vanilla notes really disappear after time maybe due to the lower abv. It’s a nice beer but was expecting a bit more from the barrels, maybe needs a little longer time in them.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (776) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2016 Draft at Alibi Room. Oak and dark fruits in the well-balanced aroma with a touch of black currant. Sour fruits and bitterness of roasted malt in the taste. Aftertaste with smoky notes and a touch of alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (1614) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2016
Bouteille 650ml, gracieuseté de Beervana lors du CanBIF Spring 2015, Thanks Cameron! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée onctueuse laissant une superbe dentelle. Arôme de chocolat, boisé, cacao, malt torréfié, soupçon de vanille, gâteau au chocolat, un peu brûlé. Goût de chocolat noir, malt torréfié, café, Bourbon subtil. Carbonatation moyenne-élevée, corps moyen-faible, un peu mince.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2648) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 23, 2015
A pretty nice imperial stout. Aromas of oak and bourbon, a bit of funk from the wood. Brown sugar. Flavours are bourbon, barrel, caramel, toasted malt. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (3249) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 23, 2015
Dark black body brown head. Not much lacing. Bourbon and a touch of roast malt aroma. Taste is sweet roast malt cola whiskey some booze. Not perfectly balanced but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oldschool_Mike (318) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle into snifter. Pours a jet black colour with no head. Aroma is roasted barley with a little touch of oak. Taste is roasted malt and oak with a little alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
simonblaine (571) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
Pours black with massive frothy head. Aroma of dark cherry, ash, oak. Taste is dark cocoa, coffee, cherry, bourbon delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (1125) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with a thick mocha head. Aroma is lots of creamy chocolate, malty with a touch of oak. Flavour is sweet chocolate, a touch of coffee. Light bodied but silky and creamy smooth. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vadie (1231) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Noir avec un petit col marron. L’arôme du malt torréfié avec du bourbon et un peu du café. C’est assez léger en bouche. Un peu sucré avec du bourbon et du café. Ça manque du corps pour le style. C’est bonne mais assez timide.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (6192) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Gothgargoyle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Medium sized lively brown head. Leaves a headless black beer in my glass. Aromas of grains, rice, watery coffee, some roast, dusty wood, thin prunes and tobacco and some thin mocha hints and even thinner bourbon notes... Seriously thin! Flavours of some roast, some bitters but all quite watery, a hint of liquor/bourbon with a marzepin touch, some (nasty) wood roast, some prunes and a hint of malty hay... All mixed watery! Aftertaste is thin and light and watery: some roast, prunes and mocha with some malts... Low carbo, watery mouthfeel and texture and more than medium bodied. One of the few times the BA beer doesn’t add much at all...

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