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Black Hammer

Rating: 3.75

The second new offering in Brewdog’s ‘Hammer Series’ now, this one being a new take on their ever popular Jack Hammer offering and this time it’s been given a darker twist and turned into a black IPA rather than its original American IPA style. The beer is the follow-up to their Monk Hammer offering in the series, one that I enjoyed a couple of months ago and it’s also one that is likely to be followed by a Chilli Hammer and finally a Rye Hammer later in the year, two more beers that I’m looking forward to picking up but it was probably this one I was most excited about when the series was announced. I’ve tried quite a few black IPA’s of late, something that’s fairly unusual considering how difficult new ones seem to be to find but I’m hopeful this will be a good one and perhaps even find itself as an occasional brew from Brewdog in future; I guess I’m about to find out.

Brewdog Black Hammer

Appearance (4/5): Quite a deep, dark brown colour that’s bordering on black and is topped with a thin, half-centimetre tall head that’s a tan brown colour. There’s a slight break-up at one end of the surface of the beer but other than that there doesn’t seem to be much head movement initially and the body of the beer is an opaque one.
Aroma (7/10): Starting quite fresh with some tropical fruits opening things up alongside pine hops and citrus notes; there’s some pineapple, oranges and a touch of grapefruit too in the early going. This is followed by some touches of roasted notes and darker fruits coming through alongside a little bitterness. The beer wasn’t an overly dark one though but some coffee notes and a faint bit of cocoa appeared from the middle on wards with some grassy notes seeing things out.
Taste (7/10): Starting off quite dark with more earthy malts and bitterness showing earlier here than with the nose, there was some coffee and touches of chocolate in there too. The fresh, tropical fruits and pine flavours were present again too though with some citrus and oranges coming through first. These were followed by some mango and pineapple which added to the sweetness and was complimented bu some caramel malts that featured too.
Palate (4/5): Slightly darker than expected without being overdone, the palate was a dark and bitter one with an oily, light-medium body and crisp carbonation. The balance of the beer wasn’t bad either with the tropical fruits and sweetness working well with the roasted bitterness and earthy feel that opened things up but it was very slightly thinner than I’d have liked.

Overall (15/20): Another nice beer in the series from Brewdog, this one struck a good balance between the darker malts and the sweeter, tropical fruits flavours but the former bit seem slightly more pronounced in places. There was good variety to the beer and it was fairly easy to drink but it still probably fell short of the last in the series, the brewery’s Monk Hammer offering and it wasn’t quite as enjoyable as the regular Jack Hammer either sadly.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Black IPA
Abv: 7.2%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog BottleDog (Glasgow)
Price: £2.70

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  1. October 18, 2016 at 08:11
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