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Hammer & Sickle - Renegade Brewing Company

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Hammer & Sickle
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BA SCORE
88
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 6.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
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(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 05-14-2012)
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Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance. Great head retention, great lacing, thick collar. Deep tan head with black body. Aroma is roasty malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops. Taste is much like the aroma with the coffee taking a bigger presence. Body is a bit thin, and medium carbonation.

mverity, May 25, 2014
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

ONovoMexicano, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of pisano
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

pisano, Aug 28, 2014
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.

SamN, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

afsdan, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

sendsilk, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

KAF, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

TaylorBrake, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

djgustafson, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

gordo7, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ubufan2112, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

birchstick, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

dsigmon, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

nhirsch04, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Griffith, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

wellsnb, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

fredmugs, Apr 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

crobinso, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Jeffari2160, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

stephensinner, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

budsandsuds8, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can into a wine glass.

A-The beer is nearly black, sort-of an espresso brown color. The mocha-colored head is maybe one finger tall with poor retention and almost no lacing. Nothing special, but not far off for the style.

S-The aroma is pretty rich with dark, sweet fruit flavors, some milky chocolate, and heavy roasted flavors. It is nicely balanced with no one flavor dominating. Alcohol is well-concealed.

T-The taste, like the smell is nicely balanced and drinkable. The dark fruit flavors are there, as well as some molasses sweetness, milk and dark chocolate, and a lightly bitter roasted character that doesn't quite get to coffee tasting, but suggests it. Alcohol is well-concealed, but provides a bit of warmth and sweetness.

M-The feel is medium body with a light carbonation that lightly pricks the palate.

O-This is a pretty solid effort from Renegade. I don't think it quite matches Ten Fidy as far as canned RIS beers from Colorado go, but the balance here is really nice and it is quite drinkable. Low on bitterness scale and higher on the sweetness scale, this brew may not satisfy those looking for lots of roast and char, but I would happily sip on more of this.

spoony, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of brbrocc
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

brbrocc, Jan 27, 2014
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Hammer & Sickle from Renegade Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.