Hammer & Sickle
Renegade Brewing Company

Hammer & SickleHammer & Sickle
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #612
ABV:
9%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,878
Avg:
4 | pDev: 8%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
113
From:
Renegade Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Wants
  8
Gots
  13
SCORE
90
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Reviews by FarmerTed:
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4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Heretic42
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of BlakeAM
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dlello2
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of spoony
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of pinnser
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -6%
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 j-rod18
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of capnamerica
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Punisher
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gordo7
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hammer & Sickle from Renegade Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 113 ratings