The Hammer - Barrel Aged | Phillips Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
phillipsbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smooth with oak and smoke notes, this special version of the Hammer is aged in Bourbon barrels, yielding a more mellow version of the Imperial Stout.

2017 Notes
This year’s vintage was carefully aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. It pours a deep earthy brown colour and features a full-bodied, roasted flavour profile with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and coconut. This beer pairs beautifully with dark winter nights, or if you have the patience, is a great candidate to make disappear for awhile in your beer cellar gulag.

Added by BDTyre on 01-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.23%
 
 
Wants:
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 25
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.81/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Trosevear
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with a slight brown head that disappeared quickly.

S: It's smells like a mix of tequila and bourbon with a slight dark chocolate coffee notes to it.

T: Very strong bourbon taste, after that it has a strong dark chocolate and finishes with a milk chocolate and slight coffee. Very complex actually.

F: High carbination, and a full body feel, after swishing around in my mouth leaves a tingly feeling in my mouth and leaves a super sweet bourbon taste in the mouth.

O: A fantastic beer I really wish this was a permanent beer on there line up.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The barrel aging really adds another flavour element to the Hammer with out being OTT. I have always liked the Hammer and when you look at the price point ( about $7) compared to Singularity this is a great beer. The barrel adds some oaky notes which seem to meld seamlessly with the big chocolate and coffee notes of the beer. The lower than usual ABV of an RIS make it very drinkable ( It will cellar nicely but there seems to be little need).

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Photo of LampertLand
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Phillips Brewing 'The Hammer' Barrel Aged @ 8.3% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6 & that's been in the cellar for a year '12 '13 '14
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to an oily black in the glass with a small tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a lace film along the pint glass after every sip
S-mellow roasted barley malt , bourbon especially '14
T-way smoother than the original Hammer , mellowed by the barrel aging perhaps , definate bourbon aftertaste/bite ,
MF-low carbonation , full bodied , real big full body (cellar version)
Ov-a much smoother sipping beer than the original Hammer , not quite the best beer buzz ever , butt a damn fine one & by far Phillip's best beer !!
vintages sampled '12 '13 '14 '15
prost LampertLand

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4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Bottle_Conditioned
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark. Doesn't get much darker. 1/2" head with med bubbles. Head dies off to an 1/8", hangs-on.

S: Dark roast. A bit of vanilla.

T: Dark roast, vanilla, raisin aftertaste.

M: Carbonated, dark roast-burnt-sweet, alcohol dryness becomes apparent.

O: Have to give credit, enjoy a beer that can achieve strong dark-roast flavours without using... coffee. As with a few imperial stouts tasted; even if a bit of alcohol is apparent, still sneaky.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BDTyre
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will start off by saying I can't say that this is 100% honest review as unfortunately the bottle I bought was not sealed properly. I laid this down in my fridge and when I opened the fridge several hours later, a small pool of stout had formed on the shelf and their was dried up foam on the neck of the bottle. When I poured this the beer was still carbonated so it should be good...but I can't say for sure that this is fresh....

Identical in appearance to The Hammer. As to be expected. Coffee, dark chocolate and brown sugar scent. Slight whisky (bourbon) scent. Almost like on of those liqueur chocolates.

The bourbon scent is kind of lost in the taste...taste very similar to what I remember of The Hammer, but with a very very faint bourbon presence. A little bit bitter - the bourbon barrels maybe - but definite chocolate and coffee.

I'm rating this the same for mouthfeel as I did for The Hammer because although this is light and thin, I did have a faulty bottle and hence can't say whether the thin mouth feel is the beer itself or the fact that, at some point, this started leaking pressure.

Like The Hammer, this is a very tasty and very enjoyable beer. I really hope to grab another bottle that's sealed properly.

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stop ...Hammer time.

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a thin, slightly bubbly, espresso foam head.

Smell. Beautiful roasty malts and vanilla and nice toasted oak. Smells really good.

Taste. Roasty malts and coffee, a hint of licorice with a nice vanilla, woody, and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation

Overall. Maybe not the big sipper one would expect from the intimidating name, but a really nice stout that drinks easy and tastes great. The barrel flavours really improve on the regular version which is already good stuff!

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Svingjo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The barrel aged version of The Hammer poured black like it's counterpart. I did find the head was more brown than the tan of the regular version. The head also stuck around until I finished the beer. The nose was much the same as the original with but slightly more vanilla up front to go with the wood notes. The flavour was rich and chocolatey, with vanilla and coconut notes. It was mildly carbonated. I believe I said the original lacked a bit of something on the mouthfeel, but this one hits it on the head. This was actually my favourite of the calendar so far.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into a 13.5oz tulip. This will be my first barrel-aged imperial stout, so if I end up going nuts over what is considered a somewhat mediocre BA RIS, that might be why.

A - Pours pitch black and extremely viscous, with a big rocky head of brown foam that dissipates quicker than I would have liked and doesn't leave much to look at on my new tulip. One of the darker beers I've ever seen, for sure.

S - Big, dark and roasty. Roasted malt upfront, with some smoked malt, resinous earth, and oak. Not as much coffee as I had anticipated, but more-so sweet with cocoa and dark chocolate. Rounds out with hints of anise, vanilla and molasses. As it warms a bit more I start getting some fruity notes, with raisins being the most prominent.

T - Opens up big and dark, with roasted barley and lots of dark malty goodness. Cocoa powder and dark chocolates fill the mid-palate, giving it a short lived sweetness, before it opens up to a long-lasting finish of smoke, roasted malt, oak, anise, vanilla and a touch of molasses. Roasty bitterness and subtle coffee grounds lingers long after, along with a touch of alcohol warmth. While this beer boasts an undeniably big flavor profile, and offers a variety of flavors and respectable complexity, it feels a bit underwhelming overall.

M - Thick and full, with low carbonation and big body, keeping it nice and smooth. This one also wastes no time getting sticky on the lips, but doesn't feel syrupy or oily at any point. I expected a bit more bite at the back of the palate on this one, but it feels smoother this way.

D - I don't have a witty metaphor like biboergosum to justify why I'm drinking the BA version of this brew before the stock one, but my reasoning is the same; I've simply never seen it. So it should go without saying that with no prior experience with BA stouts, and not having tried the original Hammer for reference, I have little context when it comes to these ratings. That being said, I still found this one to be a bit underwhelming. It definitely lacked a certain bite I was anticipating. Overall it was still an excellent beer and one I hope to try again.

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Photo of papat444
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours one of the darkest bodies i've seen in recent memory but the dark brown head barely makes it over a fat ring and dissipates a little too quickly.

Smell: Espresso beans, roasted coffee, vanilla notes, raisins. Doesn't let up and real nice.

Taste: Real strong espresso coffee followed by some baker's chocolate, very roasted with some creaminess, a bit nutty, hint of metallic finish at some times.

Mouthfeel: Tad high carbonation but the body is robust and drinkable. Finish loses a little as it warms but still solid.

Overall: Wished it had better head and retention because it would have ranked higher. Not complex but tasty and worthwhile.

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The Hammer - Barrel Aged from Phillips Brewing Company
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