The Hammer - Barrel Aged | Phillips Brewing Company

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The Hammer - Barrel AgedThe Hammer - Barrel Aged
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:
8
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of JoshuaJerrid
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Whatup14
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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 alew_os
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Day 20 of the Phillips Snowcase advent calendar. 341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a solid crude oil black with a thin, loose head of light brown foam that leaves a small ring of chunky lace as it recedes.

Smells like roasted chocolate malt, black coffee and faint black licorice.

Tastes of melted black chocolate, lightly creamed coffee, brown sugar, more faint licorice and some gentle boozy wood.

Feels smooth and heavy with faint carbonation. Finishes with bittersweet chocolate and wood.

Verdict: Recommended. Would have been nice to taste more bourbon, but this is a big, tasty, relatively easy beer that'll warm you right up.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured black with a thin layer of mocha coloured head.

S - Roast, bitter espresso and a hint of licorice. The nose doesn't even leave a trace of barrel.

T - Bitter dark roast, baker's chocolate, light licorice. The barrel presence shows up in the palate, but still takes a back seat to the base beer qualities.

M - Very light; watery. Carbonation is almost non-existent. Drinks more like a 5% porter than an imperial stout.

O - Disappointing. The mouthfeel was the big let down here. But the barrel was also more subdued than it should be in a barrel aged stout.

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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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Photo of Bunman3
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, so good. This is truly one of my favourite styles, and Philips absolutely gets this one right. I love the look of this brew - pure black, with a substantial dark head. The dark, smooth nature of this beer is everything I love in a stout - chocolate, smoke, roasted malt and the faintest hint of wood. The high alcohol content doesn't pop its head up until you are well into the glass, a quality I enjoy. Definitely one of my top ten beers.

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

Photo of D_Min
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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 Ericbeech_87
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Larz_73
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ZachT
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black as your mother's soul, three fingers of thick, dark amber head
S: Malty, smokey, rich vanilla and subtle fruitiness, strong alcohol presense, get a wee bit of oakish notes in the background
T: Very rich and smooth malt flavour, hints of vanilla, slightly smokey oak flavours, leaves a rich, bitter but malty flavour behind
M: Medium-heavy body, smooth, but not as smooth as other barrel-aged beers this season, nice bitter-sweet finish
O: Really nice imperial stout, not as harsh as other similar styles, quite drinkable, the barrel-aging adds a nice complexity compared to the regular Hammer version. I had very high hopes after trying the regular version, and although this was a fantastic brew, it wasn't quite as "exceptional" as I was hoping. But still a damn good beer.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of sclitch
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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