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The Hammer - Phillips Brewing Company

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The HammerThe Hammer

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BA SCORE
89
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 01-28-2008)
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phishsihq

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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

06-17-2013 23:28:26 | More by phishsihq
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

01-30-2011 03:22:25 | More by chickenm
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

12-07-2013 04:00:13 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

12-06-2009 00:24:04 | More by Sammy
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

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

02-26-2012 06:24:47 | More by joemcgrath27
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

05-02-2010 06:57:56 | More by eat
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

04-10-2011 02:53:49 | More by Rutager
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2%

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.

03-02-2010 03:30:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

10-29-2011 17:17:04 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

02-24-2012 20:49:05 | More by mmurphy525
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-03-2013 04:15:06 | More by montrealbcr89
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

01-21-2013 03:21:57 | More by CookstLiquor
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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-21-2011 04:19:25 | More by pudoo
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

05-01-2010 02:10:56 | More by ritzkiss
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-06-2012 05:27:07 | More by ChuckGnarly
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +5%

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

12-09-2012 07:13:26 | More by LampertLand
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

07-19-2008 04:14:58 | More by grub
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

03-15-2009 01:48:56 | More by Derek
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LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

06-09-2011 04:04:15 | More by LazyL
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

07-19-2008 04:10:13 | More by Viggo
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-28-2013 22:13:52 | More by Kmat10
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-03-2014 20:37:59 | More by rogerdandy
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

02-19-2012 04:03:23 | More by leaddog
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

The Hammer pours an inky black with a decent head that fades to a thin light brown layer. Roasted malt overwhelms the aroma with plenty of dark chocolate. The flavor is roasty, with a slightly sweet maltiness. The sweet, caramel malt gives way to a dry, burnt malt character that is a bit astringent in the finish. A slightly smokey flavor lingers after the beer is gone. The alcohol is completely hidden, it drinks like a slightly heavy stout.

01-16-2011 05:06:23 | More by ericj551
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5%

650ml bomber poured into tulip April17 2011

A nearly black with some cola at the very edge, a dark tan thumbs worth of foam leaves a partial ring of lace before falling

S chocolate milk and some dark fruits with a hint of charred wood

T smokey licorice and milk chocolate opposed to chocolate milk but other then that as it smells but with a little extra

M a little thinner then expected after how dark it poured but the bubbles fluff it up a bit

O tasty brew and at the end of the day that has to count for something

well concealed booze for 8.3% its pretty light and easy to drink, thanks chickenm for getting this one out my way

04-18-2011 06:40:43 | More by wordemupg
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The Hammer from Phillips Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.