mar (5194) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a khaki head. Nose is alcohol, roasted malts, light chocolate, bitter, and faint coffee. Nice palate, chewy malts, alcohol, coffee, easy finish.
Atom (2110) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can pours a dark brown black with a small tan head and a slight Amber highlight. Aroma of stale roasted coffee, chocolate, and soy sauce. Nice roasted malt flavor, dry bakers chocolate, vanilla, and a light bitterness. Kinda light flavors and palate, lacks comolexity of an Imp, more in line with just a normal stout.
Concealer (1134) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Clear dark reddish brown with a creamy tan head that lasts in a ring and laces. Aromas of roasted malt, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, coffee, and light caramel. Flavor is roasted malt, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, light vanilla, coffee and caramel. Medium bodied, smooth with a roasty dry end.
HopfenWeisse (1471) - - MAR 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks Ripa! Pitch black color with small head. Aroma is roasted, malt. Flavor is roasted, some alcohol. Solid but not special.
AirForceHops (5957) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ The Happy Raven, Lincoln, Nebraska. Aroma is light chocolate, mild ash, mild booze.
My favorite thing about this brew is the full, sliky mouthfeel that this has and it was not on Nitro. The flavor maybe more on the restrained side. But still pretty nice overall.
HuskerTan (1558) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- Milk chocolate, brownie batter.
A- Black color, black liquid, beige head.
T- Roasty, dry, subtle bitterness, cocoa.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation,
O- A nice smooth chocolaty nose and a bit of a bitter and dry body. Knowing a bit of Denver breweries I’d have expected a "Hammer & Sickle" RIS to come from Komrade brewing, not these guys. Not important, but a thought. Decent beer.
MetalNHopHead (1292) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Russia (or - you know - Denver, Colorado) with love, Hammer & Sickle pours a viscous, opaque black. Barely a finger of head, even with an aggressive pour straight down the middle. As imposing as it looks, Hammer & Sickle isn’t unapproachable at all. Feel is smooth. Alcohol warmth is at a tolerable level. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate aromas. Flavors of espresso, baking chocolate, and light booze. Definitely not as potent as you might assume. Hammer & Sickle is more like Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky than Grigori Rasputin. Ugh, maybe I just shouldn’t do Russian analogies...
arkurzynski (2185) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Nose of cocoa, mild dark fruit and light roast. Flavor is light grainy roast with a dark fruit backing and cocoa powder. Lingering, lightly dry roast. Decent.
slowrunner77 (9606) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An old school RIS. A little abrasive with huge hop and roast malt notes. A little chocolate and coffee and alcohol. Bitter finish. Not too shabby.
Derek881 (1240) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the can into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a thick black color and pour with no discernible hue and a large-sized creamy dark tan head with excellent retention, cling, and lacing. Its aroma featured a blend of roasty chocolate, caramel, and light coffee malts, with cereal and bread, and some earthy and grainy hops notes. The taste had a strong roasty malt effect with sweet flavors of chocolate and caramel, along with some lighter bitter cereal and grainy notes. The body was mostly wet, thicker, and creamy, along with good carbonation, and a dry finish.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Poured black with not much head, but sticky lacing. The aroma picked up burnt coffee and black malts with accents of molasses. The flavor found mostly burnt, bitter black malts, with some molasses and coffee on the edges.. quite hoppy on the finish. Medium-bodied, roasty, and bitter.. ok feel and flow. Alright, but unremarkable.