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The Hammer - Phillips Brewing Company

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The HammerThe Hammer

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BA SCORE
88
very good

30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 47
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Hornet2003
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650mL bottle purchased at Village Park Royal Liquor Store, West Vancouver.

Appearance: Extremely dark. Black and a chocolaty head.

Smell: Extreme roastiness. Coffee and smoke.

Taste: Such an amazing flavour profile. Smokey like an Alaskan Smoked Porter and Chocolaty. Coffee almost like a Peche Mortel. Huge abundance of burnt malt flavours. Slight bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Not prickly like a lot of other Imperial Stouts. So many different flavours hitting all over the tongue.

Drinkability: Such smoothness makes this extremely drinkable for the style.

Overall: I'm actually taken aback by this beer. Way better than I expected. Probably one of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had. It has elements of all the best niche Imperial Stouts(roastiness-Brooklyn, coffee-Dieu du Ciel, chocolate-Rogue). Seek this one out and buy a few for years to come. (869 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well I kept the bottle in my cellar for a year until on my birthday on Dec 21st. This is a world class RIS that ages gracefully. Dark and thick this is pure sexy chocolate and roasted coffee malts. I have had bigger and even better impys but this has to be one of the best BC beers ever. The case for Matt Philips as one of the best BC brewers can be made from this beer alone. (377 characters)

Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (591 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow!! Whatever Matt Phillip's missed in his previous attempts at stouts and porters he found in this one.

Coal black body with a rich, milk chocolate brown head that stacks up like abandoned cars in a snowstorm. The head clings to the side of the glass as I drink, and it leaves fluffy chunky rings.

Rich dark chocolate and coffee flavours. This is what I envisioned in Phillip's now-defunct Espresso Stout. Semi-sweet molasses background. Slight alcohol noticeable on the tongue, but not excessive and not distracting.

The only weak point, as usual is the body. A beer with this look, big nose and body should not be as thin as it is. This may work with a regular stout, but not an imperial stout.

Aside from the weak body, this is a smooth, big imperial stout and kudos to Matt Phillip's for delivering a drink worthy of its name. (844 characters)

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The Hammer from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.