December 20th: Hammer Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

20. Hammer Barrel


As a brewer, experimentation and having fun with beer are two principles that have really guided our path.  Barrel-aging has always been on our radar, but 2011 was the first year we were able to actually get our hands on some freshly-emptied whiskey barrels.  We also happened to have just finished brewing our annual Hammer Imperial Stout, and on a whim opted to throw some into the barrels to see what would happen.  The result was one of the most delicious experiments we’ve done, with the warm bourbon flavours infusing vanilla and subtle sweetness into the rich roasted Hammer Stout that we had come to know and love.

Tasting Notes:

Pours a deep earthy brown colour with a caramel-coloured head. Aromas of sweet bourbon and vanilla lead to a full-bodied, roasted flavour profile wrapped in soft bourbon with hints of dark chocolate.


Hammer Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is part of our seasonal 650mL program and usually hits the shelves around January.

20 thoughts on “December 20th: Hammer Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

  1. Hammer is quite tasty, still a very strong stout, but the bourbon flavouring is like an unexpected curveball. Enjoying mine slowly while watching Scrooged. A fun night!

  2. Super diggin’ the hammer. . the mouthfeel almost comes off syrupy but the sweet caramel is very tasty. Barrel aging has done this brew well. . Jean-luc..Scrooged is my all time favorite crimmas show. Beware the toaster..

  3. Oh my, “Hammer” indeed! This one knocks your socks off! Yummy… I agree with Surfs, would have been a good last bottle…

  4. Nikita by Rising Tide Brewing is named after Nikita Khrushchev, a politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. This barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout is brewed with roasted barley, midnight wheat, and local rye.

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