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Hammer & Sickle - Renegade Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Renegade Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 05-14-2012

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 11
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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlakeAM
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of angelmonster
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a review of a can aged for a year

Pours a 1/2 inch dark chocolate head, body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing were above average.

Smell is of chocolate malt, slight vanilla sweetness with baked cookies too. Beer ends with faint alcohol and a hint of bitter coffee.

Flavor is big on roasted malt with burnt overtones. Caramelized dates is another
major component in the taste. As the beer warms, smoke and oak become more powerful. Alcohol is apparent but normal for the style.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side, counteracted by a good amount of carbonation. Head added a nice texture to the beer.

Overall this beer was pretty good. I've had this stout fresh and with a couple months on it and neither of those really compared to a year old. The beer really evolved in that time, as the beer warmed different flavors shined. Good affordable RIS, brewed down the street from me.

Photo of Bunuelian
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Doesn't pour with much of a head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Very roasty. Lots of coffee malts. Licorice.

Taste - Intensely roasty. Even a little bit burnt. Extremely bitter and harsh.

Mouthfeel - Acrid and bitter. Very harsh.

Overall - Intense, but not in a good way.

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4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Punisher
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.08/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

From a 12 ounce can into a teku.

Pours pitch black and viscous and shows trickles of carbonation. A fluffy, pillow-like dark khaki head sits two fingers thick and becomes a thick layer of lace. This beer is sexy. 4.5

Huge malt flavors emanate from the nose, offering dark cherry, oak, dark chocolate, and caramel. 4.1

Dark chocolate continues to shine with the flavor, combining with sweet caramel malt and vanilla. At the finish, coffee with cream linger with some hop pine. Damn this is good. 4.3

Smooth, creamy and viscous with a bit of bitterness from coffee and hops. The hops provide some spice too. There's not the slightest hint of booze in this brew. I'm going to have to check the can to see how old this brew is, because it is smoothed out as all hell. 4.3

I love this brew. It's outstanding. How is it not more hyped? Ag well, more for me. 4.35

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of SamN
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%

Very, very dark pour with a dark kahki haed that quickly dissapates inti the black liquid to a mere thin ring. Solid ebony black, no color whatsoever to light. Such a deep black, quite the looker. Smell is powerful, with blasts off french roast coffee, molasses, oak chips, bourbon, cookie dough, grapefruit rind, pine sap and so much more. Very rich, intoxicating smell. Taste enters the palette on bakers choclate, espresso and very dark roasted malts, finishes with minimal hop tastes surprisingly for a RIS, but plenty more dark roasted coffee, some mildly sweet bourbon notes and that heavenly roasted barely flavor that dominates this beer. Very dark and roasty, like a coffee beer without the actual coffee in the brewing process (I assume). That only hops, malt water and yeast can create the darkly bitter, roasty complexities of coffee like this is astounding. Hammer & Sickle is perfectly, mildly sweet without overpowering any of the more desireable characteristics I really look for in a RIS; plays quitely in the background, providing a pleasent counterbalance to the almost astringent-like roasted notes. A subtle creamy character to the body, along with subdued carbonation is like a Baily's shot in a double espresso. Not quite a thick as one would epxect for the style, still plenty of substative weight here in each long sip.

Greaty, great RIS, my faovrite brewed so far here in CO. Hops bitterness has been put on the back burner in this to let the coffee-like roastiness realy come through. Can't wait to drink this in the dead of winter. A simply fanatastic beer.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1%

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Hammer & Sickle from Renegade Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.