Hammer & Sickle - Renegade Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
Serving type: can
02-02-2014 18:31:44 | More by spoony
3.81/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Renegade In Denver, CO. Poured into a Renegade goblet today, 1/18/2014.
Pours similar to Black Gold- dark black and quite opaque body, minimal brown head and retention. Leaves a thin mocha collar. No lacing.
Smells faintly interesting- decent dark fruit nose, resembling raisins, figs, with a faint hint of chocolate and earthiness. Solid but not super spectacular for the style.
Flavor is not far off from Darkness really. Lots of dark fruits mixed in with chocolate, a little coffee and some roast malts. Finish is earthy. Not completely complex but it's almost there.
Thinner medium body, ok carbonation. Just thick enough to be a stout, but it is not Zhukov or Darkness by any means. Aftertaste is mostly the dark fruits with a little bit of chocolate.
Decent RIS, great in the flavor department but falls short in all other categories. Worth trying, but I think Old Rasputin or Founders RIS is a much better deal at the same price point.
Serving type: on-tap
01-19-2014 01:01:00 | More by Stevedore
3.15/5 rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
12oz can $3.49. Dark black, decent head standard imperial stout appearance. Aroma is a bit malty and a bit boring. Flavor is is roasty but also sort of disappointing, not rich, not that flavorful, really a miss. Overall I'd be willing to try this again on tap at the brewery but this can was pretty meh.
Serving type: can
01-06-2014 02:03:04 | More by ArrogantB
4.29/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can served at cellar temperature in a shaker pint glass.
Hammer & Sickle is nearly black in color with thick tan head. It settles somewhat quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind.
Aroma is subtle but has notes of milk chocolate and light roast coffee.
Flavor is bold but not over-the-top. It has good balance between roasted malts and earthy hops. There is some of the traditional coffee and chocolate but it's not overly roasty or sweet.
Mouthfeel is silky and smooth with just the right level of carbonation. Full bodied and well balanced.
Overall an excellent imperial stout. This might even surpass my other favorite canned stout, TenFidy. Definitely worth a try.
Serving type: can
12-04-2013 00:58:23 | More by GilGarp
Hammer & Sickle from Renegade Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.