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Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - 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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrFecesious (960) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle share. Pours dark brown, light brown edging, big-bubble tan cap that vanishes quick, thin rope. Aroma of vanilla, raisin, bit of wood, sweet chocolate, booze. Taste is bittersweet. Thin mouthfeel, slow development to medium dryness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (621) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
Visual: The barrel-aged version of their Hammer Imperial Stout; I still have a bottle of it in my cellar but I expect this one to be better. Pours inkjet black with a smallish, very long lasting creamy head, a good layer of retention, lots of micro bubbly streams near the base of the glass. Nose: mocha caramel malts with a good hint of bourbon, very aromatic (lvl-8)-pungency Attack: creamy silky texture Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-dense malty sweetness, (MAIN) bitter roasted coffee malts, chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, bourbon booziness Finish: quick black pepper spiciness, syrupy texture, sweet roasted malt finish. Summary: An interesting complexity with a good body and balance. It has just a touch of watery mouthfeel near the finish but overall very nice for the price.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (969) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
a Pours an opaque black with a large light brown head that slowly settles but leaves a thick ring and tons of lace on the glass. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, oak, and molasses. Flavour is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, mild alcohol, cocoa, medium bitterness, mild caramel and a bit of a creamy mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alanthebeerguy (157) - - JAN 5, 2014
Dark beer with a small brown head. Smells of smells of dates, vanilla and malts. Taste is chocolate, dark fruit and malts. The finish is malty and the barrel aged alcohol comes out at the end. A little rich in the malts for my palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Rating #851 - December 22, 2013 - Beer 22 in the Snowcase. Beautiful dark brown pour with a fairly weak tan head with mild lacing. Aroma is a hint of dark chocolate, toasted malt,burnt sugar Warmth of the alcohol present but balanced by the sharp bitterness of the stout, Definite notes of vanilla and charcoal from the bourbon barrel. Superb.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1222) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Pours an opaque black with a big frothy brown head that leaves lots of sticky lace. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, molasses, smoked wood and a hint of alcohol in the background. Taste is bourbon, roasted malts, alcohol and wet wood. Nice barrel aged beer but it’s just too boozy... Aging this further in the bottle might help but the booze dominates a bit too much on the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (770) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Black pour with brown head and good lacing. Aroma is molasses, smokey bourbon and roasted malts. Flavour has roasted malts, light vanilla, coffee with a splash of whiskey character on the finish along burnt and bitter notes.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (969) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle to tulip Aroma of mango, tangerine, malt, and caramel. The colour is a dark brown with a creamy tan head. Taste is hops, caramel, and toasted malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
[5152-20130309] Bottle. Roasted woody malt aroma. Black body with a quick foamy light brown head. Roasted woody malt flavour has a long-lasting roasty aftertaste. Full body. Delicious, very drinkable. (7/3+/8/4/16) 3.8
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1296) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
Pours very dark brown with off-white head. Nose has roast; coffee and chocolate are soft. Flavour has the same with a bit of booziness but not as much as I expected (thankfully). Finish is lasting soft roasted chocolate. I liked this much better than the regular Hammer... maybe I drank that too fresh.


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