BC Craft Beer Review – Phillips Hammer Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Phillips Hammer

Phillips Hammer Barrel Aged Imperial Stout: Likely the cheapest barrel aged Imperial Stout I have ever seen (like $7 for a 22 oz bottle), this beer is brewed to a strength of 8.3% abv and is aged in bourbon barrels for an undisclosed period of time.

Aroma and Appearance: Pours with two fingers of foam, a dark brown colour with no visible bubbles in the glass. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, black licorice, with a touch of tar, soot and vanilla.

Flavour: Initially kicks off with decent amounts of caramel, vanilla and a bit of black licorice with coffee and a noticeably smooth bodied middle which is immediately followed by a dry sooty finish.

Overall Impression: It is a 8.3% stout that tastes more like a 4.2% stout in terms of alcohol bite because it is so smooth and balance, yet it lacks any oak characteristics and has just hints of bourbon vanilla on the nose.

Rating: Very good at 7/10, I’d be pissed off if I paid the typical $12-$20 price for a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, but this is priced like a regular stout and tastes like one too with double the abv punch.

Food Pairing: Char-grilled burgers or smokey cheeses would go nicely with this beer.

They also have a non barrel aged version of this stout that I’ll have to try it and see if I can notice a difference between the two. Here’s a shot from their Instagram account.

3 thoughts on “BC Craft Beer Review – Phillips Hammer Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

  1. Is this a new thing that they’re releasing it in two varieties? I seem to recall having this before but only having one option. Could be wrong though…

    • That’s a good question, I couldn’t find anything on their website that indicated previous releases but it seems that ratebeer check-ins seem to go back to 2012. This was the first bottle I had seen personally.

  2. They have been doing two versions for a few years now. Usually pretty darn good. Phillips has some great price points. Their Train Wreck Barleywine is also quite cheap although it is often quite hot fresh.

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