Hammer & Sickle - Renegade Brewing Company
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
05-25-2014 02:44:30 | More by mverity
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.
08-21-2014 00:46:44 | More by SamN
4.08/5 rDev +3%
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.
02-02-2014 18:31:44 | More by spoony
Hammer & Sickle from Renegade Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.