Renegade Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout

Hammer and Sickle
Hammer & Sickle Imperial Stout
Renegade Brewing Company
Denver, CO
ABV: 9.0%

CHUG Rating:
Chuggability:&#160 2
I bought four of these. The chug you see is my third attempt. So yeah, it wasn’t easy. It was mostly my props (scarf, goggles) that got in the way, but I found that any lapse in concentration with this one resulted in spillage or a late rating shout. It was thick and foamy and it demanded my respect. A worth adversary, dude.

How Much:&#160 4
I bought a 4-pack of this for $11.49 at my local liquor store, and it’s good thing I did because I spilled a quarter of the first two on my cardigan. Using brains and mathematics, though, that translates to about $17 per 6-pack. That’s a lotta coin, so I expected something glorious. It was a good beer, no doubt, but I don’t think it quite lives up to it’s price point. I do appreciate the big ABV for my investment, though, and if you’re a fan of big, badass stouts then it’s definitely worth a try.

Uhhh…Taste:&#160 7
This is not a stout for the faint-hearted. It’s a gigantic foamy black hole of tastebud-stomping liquid darkness. It’s a fairly classic stout with big roasted malts and coffee-like tendacies, but I wouldn’t say anything stands out as overwhelming. I did get a bit of alcohol-kick at the end, but that may be because I chugged three of them in one evening. Yes, I started to get a little tipsy at that point, but I’m pretty sure that’s what I was aiming for.

Gettability:&#160 1
Hammer & Sickle Stout is available year round on draft, but it’s only a seasonal release in cans. Renegade has a great little taproom in Denver, but only distributes to liquor stores in the metro area. If you don’t live in Denver, then you’re out of luck and you should probably move here.

Overall Rating:   6.9


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