Leapbeer Reviews #43 and #44 – Phillips Hammertime
Just kidding, we’re not doing the U Can’t Touch This dance.
I am however reviewing Hammer Barrel Aged Imperial Stout vs Hammer Imperial Stout by Phillips.
For those of you thinking this shouldn’t be that much of a difference, you’re wrong. While the flavour profile’s are similar, they are not the same. Especially in the aftertaste department. The original is a very crisp stout. Somewhat sharp to taste initially, but it finishes clean. It warms the belly as it goes down (as any good stout should). And the barrel aged offering has a sweet hint to it, and the sharpness shaved down somewhat. Its aged in bourbon barrels, and you can taste that. The sweetness and fruitiness is there from that. They are both available in 650ml bottles and are a relative high test stout 8.3%. If I were to pick my favorite of the two of these I’d say the bourbon aged offering. It has more of an aftertaste that lingers with you, and the fruitiness and sweetness are a nice touch. That said this isn’t saying the original isn’t good. Its a very tasty beer in its own right.
Here’ are #43 and #44 Hammer Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout and Hammer Imperial Stout