Hammer & Sickle | Renegade Brewing Company

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Hammer & SickleHammer & Sickle

Brewed by:
Renegade Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 109
Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with the The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into snifter, no can dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toasted dark bread, herbal, wood, and pine; with lighter notes of raisin, fig, date, licorice, molasses, smoke, char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, wood, and pine; with lighter notes of raisin, fig, date, licorice, molasses, roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate roast/char and woody/piney hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, wood, pine, light dark fruit, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is a great Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. Really spot on style example. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can to pint. Black and opaque, but a few fingers of mocha thick head that's up and down. Minimal spotty lacing. Aroma is roast malt, coffee, and anise. Some booze, but doesn't become too present until it warms. Flavor is roast coffee and dark fruits, fig, plum.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead for $3.99. Received at TW 1/26/16. No canning date.

Beer poured black as night with a nice tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is mocha and light chocolate with some coffee.

Taste is very well balanced. Mocha, light chocolate, and coffee meld nicely with the large malt base and ample hopping to balance things out.

Feel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a very nice relatively lighter impy stout that is easy to drink. Something I would try again!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a single 12-ounce can at Spirit World in Omaha about a month ago and finally opened it last night on 7/21/16.

Bottle chilled down to 35 degrees in my bar refrig and poured in to a 12-ounce snifter glass. Beautiful pour of a very dark brown in color with about a 1-finger creamy/foamy egg-shell white head. A decent amount of lacing was seen when sipped that was ring-like. Aroma is of burnt roasted malts with a hint of licorice even. Taste follows close to the nose with a hint of cocoa and even caramel. Doesn't taste like the 9% ABV that is listed on the side of the can at all but more like a 5-6%er. Very smooth and doesn't taste 'boozy'. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall a very tasty brew with perfect rating.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance : Cola brown pour with a development of dark chocolate to black. Head is not large and dwindles to a ring in short time.

Aroma : Black licorice and burnt malts are apparent right away, with hints of molasses and blackened grease. Dark chocolate and potted dirt finishes out this nose.

Taste : metallic to start, but that falls off quickly leading to rich dark chocolate, roast malts, and some bright morning coffee. Flavor leaves off a hot, steamy mild coffee flavor with lingering bitterness of licorice, malts, and dark chocolate. The flavor doesn't mesh well with the smell, so one would benefit from not taking deep whiffs while imbibing.

Feel : Sticky and hangs in the medium to large bodied territory, with carbonation welling up halfway through and ending musky and dry with bites of acid from coffee I assume.

Overall : A solid RIS, just not as memorable as the greats in the business. Regardless, I'll take great joy in finishing this and plan on buying more.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the 'discount bin' so-to-speak... Pretty sure this has been store-aged, as I have had this previously and was somewhat unimpressed because it was simply too boozy tasting for a 9% beer.

These cans I have taste incredible now though!
Must have at least a year under their belt.

The booze has lightened immensely and brought forth a considerable balance of roast and dark fruits to the forefront. Nice bitterness and slight smoke to it. It's reminiscent of Old Rasputin now, in the best way possible.

I had a feeling these would get better with time, but now I will certainly be securing more of these and throwing them in the basement.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives pitch black, with a sturdy head of three fingers depth; excellent retention and a spotty wall of lace

Smell: Really roasty, with chocolate and char; just a hint of caramel and date

Taste: Rich chocolate fudge, hints of caramel and date, and a wallop or roasty char; mellows out a bit, through the middle, with some coffee tones and earthy hops elements, but the char comes back in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Never quite had an RIS with this much char and, at first, I was a bit put off; I came around, however; this beer verges on a smoked beer but never crosses the line

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz can in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
Pours a thick rich black with a fantastic head of tan foam that settles to a thick ring, light pooling layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of chocolate, char, coffee, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors exceed the nose with char touched malts awash in coffee and dark bakers cocoa on all sides with a bitter coffee burnt malt note on the rear with a touch of bittering hops to boot. Medium high carbonation keeps this one lively while still coating on the tongue, yet lifting it to a lighter mouth feel. A nice change of pace for such a rich brew with very well hidden alcohol. Very nice.


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Photo of dcscientist
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Disappointed by this one - I figured an Imperial stout should slap me around and take me for a ride. I was expecting quite a bit more flavor than what I got. It was just kind of there. Didn't have any coffee, oatmeal, milk, chocolate, or other definitive stout traits. I've had far better stouts from other breweries.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a review of a can aged for a year

Pours a 1/2 inch dark chocolate head, body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing were above average.

Smell is of chocolate malt, slight vanilla sweetness with baked cookies too. Beer ends with faint alcohol and a hint of bitter coffee.

Flavor is big on roasted malt with burnt overtones. Caramelized dates is another
major component in the taste. As the beer warms, smoke and oak become more powerful. Alcohol is apparent but normal for the style.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side, counteracted by a good amount of carbonation. Head added a nice texture to the beer.

Overall this beer was pretty good. I've had this stout fresh and with a couple months on it and neither of those really compared to a year old. The beer really evolved in that time, as the beer warmed different flavors shined. Good affordable RIS, brewed down the street from me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Doesn't pour with much of a head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Very roasty. Lots of coffee malts. Licorice.

Taste - Intensely roasty. Even a little bit burnt. Extremely bitter and harsh.

Mouthfeel - Acrid and bitter. Very harsh.

Overall - Intense, but not in a good way.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +9%

From a 12 ounce can into a teku.

Pours pitch black and viscous and shows trickles of carbonation. A fluffy, pillow-like dark khaki head sits two fingers thick and becomes a thick layer of lace. This beer is sexy. 4.5

Huge malt flavors emanate from the nose, offering dark cherry, oak, dark chocolate, and caramel. 4.1

Dark chocolate continues to shine with the flavor, combining with sweet caramel malt and vanilla. At the finish, coffee with cream linger with some hop pine. Damn this is good. 4.3

Smooth, creamy and viscous with a bit of bitterness from coffee and hops. The hops provide some spice too. There's not the slightest hint of booze in this brew. I'm going to have to check the can to see how old this brew is, because it is smoothed out as all hell. 4.3

I love this brew. It's outstanding. How is it not more hyped? Ag well, more for me. 4.35

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Photo of SamN
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

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Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of spoony
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One-finger tan head, nothing much to write home about. Black dark and medium viscosity. Mild lacing and poor head retention.

Tons of coco nibs, light licorice (not overwhelming), roasty, coffee, toasty goodness.

Kick ass, deep roasty, warming chocolate and molasses flavors. Thick, highly drinkable. Kinda creamy. Carbonation is way too much for me, but doesn't distract too badly. Dark, dry, and roasty aftertaste. Killer on the tongue, heavy and full body. Mixed. I'd love a BA version....???

This beer is downright chuggable. Even at 9% it's, dare I say, Sessionable??? Way past recommended. Drinks complex, well-blended, nicely thought out and balanced. Only a slight miss that needs a bit more balance.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

newish russian imperial over at renegade. pours oil black into a 10oz. snifter with a very small tan head with almost no retention. no light passes through, and it looks thick. smells like a combination of black coffee and bitter dark malts. no booze at all in the nose. flavor is well balanced but pretty mellow compared to a lot of other russian imperials. nothing stands out from the coffee to the booze as majorly invasive, and in fact this tastes like a normal english stout to me. its smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel, fuller bodied but not heavy at all. moderate carbonation and a bitter chocolatey finish. overall a very relaxed russian imperial, different from any other i have tasted. will order this again.

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Hammer & Sickle from Renegade Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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