The Hammer - Phillips Brewing Company

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BDTyre on 01-28-2008)
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Photo of chickenm
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a brown head. Mild aroma with milk chocolate and some roastiness. The flavor has sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a little bit of bitterness. Very nice mouthfeel, this is quite creamy and smooth. No alcohol was noticable in this. Good drinkability, this is an enjoyable and tasty stout.

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, day 6 of the Phillips Snowcase pack. Been looking for this one for a while, as we've 'only' got the barrel-aged version thus far in Alberta.

This beer pours a solid, uninterrupted black, no highlights, no how, with three fingers of bulging bubbly, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy dark beige head, which leaves some pleasantly disjointed webbed lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, a touch of dry toffee, mild bittersweet chocolate, soft hints of watery coffee, an earthy hop astringency, and lurking warming alcohol. The taste is more gritty toasted barley malt, a fading caramel/toffee sweetness, some acrid char, unsweetened mocha, a wee black licorice note, dried dark fruit, feeble drying hops, and a well-behaved, yet still bristling booziness.

The understated bubbles are pretty much just there to keep this from falling under its own heft, the body a fairly dense and challenging medium weight, and mostly smooth, some meddling hops and iceberg alcohol taking it down a peg or two. It finishes off-dry, and not nearly as sweet as I might have expected - very balanced.

Almost like an Imperial Dry Stout, the coffee, well-roasted malt, and booze rendering my sweet tooth duly unsatisfied. However, my stout appreciation center is lit up like a Christmas tree - tasty, and with a well-integrated warming character, this one almost sneaks up on you.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in summer in trade.Much worse than expected, this did not store at all, and it is my duty to report this.Black and some head with some roast, the roast aroma is more present further into the bottle. However a lactose sour milk taste builds up as you drink it, so not so drinkable. Average mouthfeel, and understated carbonation, all consistent with something gone.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - tar black with a half finger of dark brown head
S - strong bakers chocolate and very roasty malt, light coffee and vanilla
T - starts with smoky and roasty malt, hints of chocolate and light coffee, a hint of the oaky burbon, and a blood like note
M - just a little too thin and watery for a stout, more like the feel of a porter with a bit of a chaulky finish
O - it is big on flavour with the burbon barrel again adding a unique and complimentary quality, alcohol is very well hidden, definitely worth a try

Photo of eat
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ritzkiss for opening this 2009 vintage bottle. No expiry date.

Pours an opaque, oily, viscous black. Patchy cover of mocha head with no lacing. The texture looks promising...

Smells a little weird. Sweet raspberry, pool chemicals, smoke, salty minerals. Weird but alright at the same time.

There's almost no roast character to be found. Sour, unripe raspberries and dusty cocoa powder. Light and watery. Apparently this one doesn't age that well.

The pour looked great but in the mouth I'm finding it to be too thin. Almost no carbonation.

Damn, this bottle got poured out. Too much age for its strength it seems. The sourness of this would have caused a sore stomach if we had kept drinking it.

Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with a finger of bubbly, deep tan head that fades pretty wuick and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell. Coffee, brown sugar, roasty malt, chocolate liquer.

Taste. Roasty, toasty malt. Molasses, vanilla. Nice coffee and burnt wood in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. A nice, easy drinking, everyday kind of stount. Will buy again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate and light dry coffee notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by nice black chocolate notes with some light dry coffee notes and roasted barley is quiet pleasing. Body is a bit thin for the style with good carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very well done though a bit light in body and extra character would have made a better beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle shared with my brother at the Rhino.

A - Poured completely ink black. Appears thick and viscous. A small amount of light brown head formed and receded quickly.

S - A somewhat light nose of roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, some sweetness and a touch of licorice.

M - Very disappointing mouthfeel, especially after the pour. Thin and watery. Light body overall with light carbonation.

O - A decent offering from Phillips but this one needs some work.

Photo of mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of montrealbcr89
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a typical blackish brown with little in the way of brownish-tan head. Nose has a little smoke and dark malt notes. Overall feels a little thin, more like a Baltic porter, maybe. Certainly not poorly made, just doesn't have the heft we've become accustomed to in this style.

Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan. 2009 brewing.

Pours a nice dark brown with a couple fingers of coffee head. Light lacing down the glass.

Smells of malt and coffee, some roasting and touches of chocolate.

Taste is on par with other imperial stouts. On entry you get some brown sugar, bold espresso notes, roasted malt. Alcohol taste hits you in the back, reminds you it has a high ABV, also some sweetness that coats the mouth. Dry finish.

Quite a nice addition to BC brewing, it's not everyday you find a solid RIS. This one would definitely do well aged, mellow out some of those alcohol flavors.

Bottle reviewed one year later: Ok, I was wrong about the aging, I don't think it helped it any. More dark fruit coming through, a strong tang/tartness in the finish, hardly any malt or roast coming through. Ended up drainpouring a good portion of it - Do NOT age this beer!

Photo of ChuckGnarly
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of LampertLand
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phillip's "The Hammer" Russian Imperial Stout @ 8.3% , a 650 ml bottle , that's been in the cellar for only 10 months , needed to make room
A-pour is an oily black with a small fine tan head leaving some spotty lacing along the pint glass
S-roasted barley malt
T-smooth tasting RIS , no alcohal bite
MF-low carbonation , viscous , should be full bodied (it's a bit thin)
Ov-very easy sipping beer , yes

cheers LampertLand

Photo of grub
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled july 18/08.

pours deep brown, nearly black and pretty much opaque. a small dense brown head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving lots of lace.

aroma is great. lots of chocolate. dark and milk chocolate. cocoa. coffee. light alcohol. biscuit and whole wheat bread. light roast and toast.

taste is good. light roast. just a hint of lactic sourness. milk chocolate. coffee. bit of dark fruit. toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of dark chocolate. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. touch of caramel sweetness. light anise. touch of vanilla.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body. silky smooth.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. a solid imperial stout.

Photo of Svingjo
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This near black stout poured thick, almost syrup like. The usual stout smells were there, chocolate, coffee, molasses. I also picked up a bit of cherry/raspberry. The same flavours come through on the tongue with a hint of licorice. Very little of the alcohol (8.3% ABV)comes through in the flavour. Not as robust as I was expect but still pleasant.

Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Awesome nose: Coffee, black strap molasses, tar, dark chocolate, alcohol.

T: Coffee, black strap molasses, licorice, slight sourness, tar-like roasted bitterness. Really boarding on a Balitc Porter.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body & carbonation, off-dry frinish.

D: I think it's very enticing, but it's a bit of a brute.

Photo of LazyL
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with a nice mocha head that disapates rather quickly. Good dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt on the nose with an underlying boozyness. The taste is mostly smoky charcoal with some burnt raisin over a coffee base. Slight coffee liquer notes. The mouthfeel has a heavy body and a cramy finish. There is a rough bitterness and metalic sourness that is slightly off putting. The carbonation is a little high up front. The alcohal is mostly hidden but you can feel it warmth immediately and it burns my lips.
A little to rough and over roasted.

Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to canucklehead for sending my way via CanBIF4.

Pours a deep dark opaque black, oily, thick brown head forms, sticks around forever, slowly drops leaving a ton of lacing on the glass, nice layer and ring. Smell is nice, roast and chocolate, caramel, toast, dates, oreo crumbs, some alcohol, dark fruits, nice. Taste is nice, roast, chocolate cookies, caramel, coffee, dark fruits, licorice, bready, real rich flavour, creamy, dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth, but alcohol is well hidden. Pretty great imperial stout, thanks Mark!

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a rich dark chocolate brown with a finger width of creamy mocha head.

Smell - Milk chocolate, bourbon, chocolate syrup, slight hint of dark fruits.

Taste - The milk chocolate blends together with the woody barrel flavour. There's also a hint of the chocolate syrup and ABV.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad thinner than expected for the style.

Overall - An easy to drink imperial stout from Phillips. For myself, the alcohol is quite concealed. I expected a little more body from this one, but other than that, an enjoyable brew.

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

Aged somewhere around three years. The Hammer pours midnight black with a well-retained, thin tan head providing plenty of lacing. Roasted malt aromas dominate the nose with coffee, molasses, and chocolate all present. The taste basically mirrors the nose, with the added exceptions of black licorice and a slight sourness. Aging well, this "imported" Russian Imperial stout is light-to-moderate in both body and carbonation

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The Hammer from Phillips Brewing Company
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