superspak (5681) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2016 mar (5423) - 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.
Got in a trade with the The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into snifter, no can dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toasted dark bread, herbal, wood, and pine; with lighter notes of raisin, fig, date, licorice, molasses, smoke, char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, wood, and pine; with lighter notes of raisin, fig, date, licorice, molasses, roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate roast/char and woody/piney hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, wood, pine, light dark fruit, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is a great Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. Really spot on style example. A very enjoyable offering. Nsanders (1150) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Can. Black with a tan head and spotty lacing. Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, leather and a slight plum aromas. Dry with a medium earthy coffee bitter aftertaste. Heavier body with a syrupy feel. Atom (2483) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2016
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 (1250) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2016
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 (1538) - - MAR 24, 2016
Thanks Ripa! Pitch black color with small head. Aroma is roasted, malt. Flavor is roasted, some alcohol. Solid but not special.
AirForceHops (7331) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Draft @ The Happy Raven, Lincoln, Nebraska. Aroma is light chocolate, mild ash, mild booze.
HuskerTan (2211) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 9, 2016
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.
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 (2016) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 1, 2016
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 (2446) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2016
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 (12147) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2016
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.