Dark Hammer QuadSeptember 12, 2014
Yellowhammer makes a rotating series of 20 beers throughout the year, including Dark Hammer Quad.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1091
I’m enveloped by the aroma of dark, sweet fruits, raisin, fig, plum, and drawn in deeper with the candi sugar sweetness that presents with the first sip. Chocolate, currants, blackberry and even some caramel toffee are all there as well. None steps up to claim ownership; this is an orchestra playing together in perfect time. A once-a-year performance from this brewery. Enjoy fresh, but cellar a few others, as this one will likely mature nicely.
- John Holl
Mahogany hued with an herbal, malty aroma, a bit like a mint chocolate wafer mixed with light potpourri. The body of this sweetish ale is more chocolaty than herbal, however, with sloe plum and sweet raisin notes and just a trace of peppery spiciness adding some malty complexity, ending with lingering chocolate and a fair amount of alcoholic heat. A big beer with the malt profile of a smaller beer, suitable for dessert and chocolate.
- Stephen Beaumont
John is the editor of All About Beer Magazine, the host of The Beer Briefing on iHeart Radio, and the author of three books, including The American Craft Beer Cookbook. Find him on Twitter @John_Holl.
Co-author of both The World Atlas of Beer and The Pocket Beer Guide (with Tim Webb), Stephen travels the world sampling beer, hosting dinners and tastings, and eating too much airport food.