Hammer Of The Holy - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 91
Gots: 85 | FT: 13
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

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Beer added by: jim_carignan on 11-23-2013

Hammer of the Holy, an American Imperial Stout aged in 40-year old Jamaican rum barrels, incorporates holy water, signature dark malts, and malt smoked with vampire killing stakes. Dear Undead, "Die, monsters, die!"
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Photo of BrettonJay
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't know how to judge the appearance of a barrel aged imperial stout. It's black as hell, with a brown head and decent lacing. What else can you ask for?

The smell is misleadingly somewhat sour/funky, probably from the rum barrels. It smells delicious, just doesn't cooperate with the taste particularly.

The taste is a hammer ful of smoke up front, as stated on the bottle's label. The rum is subtle and comes through your nose after having a sip and swishing - like having a shot or something, amazing! The smokiness subdues as the beer warms and really starts to blend in with the rum to deliver the beer's holiness.

The feel is certainly chewy, but it has a slightly carbonated, bubbly feel that I really don't expect from a high ABV, barrel aged, black-as-night imperial stout.

Overall, this beer is delicious and enjoyable, but it does not compete with other barrel aged imperial stouts by the same or other breweries. I don't think I'd drop $15 on it again, but the manager at my local store found one in the back and put it on the shelf. I noticed, purchased, and opened in the same day. No regrets.

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger tan head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy body. Rum nose and flavor is baked rum and licorice. High ABV is hidden. Lingering bitter finish. Pricey at $13.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of tikk
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks deep black, quicklyrics disapating head. Smells rummy, and smokey. Tastes of black licorice, one of my least favorite flavors ever soaked in rum, but rinsed off. Mouth feel is watery and weird, not what I expect from an imperial stout. Not a huge fan. Glad I tried it. Would not get again

Photo of stortore
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Dark, thick looking pour. Small foamy head with some lacing. Smells of lots of roasted malts, some rum, a little chocolate and vanilla, a hint of smoke. Taste is heavy on the roasted malts, some oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Light rum taste, but it's impact on the beer seems greater. Well blended flavors. Full bodied, well carbonated. It's a tongue coater.

Another really enjoyable offering from Clown Shoes. I agree that if you are looking for big rum, you will be disappointed, but this is a solid, flavorful beer that is well worth a purchase.

Photo of Tim725
2.41/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.5

Guess I just need to give up on smoked beers. Smokiness and fruitiness just overwhelms for me

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 01/14/15.

A: Jet-black pour. Very tall, very dark and very heavy head. Top-notch head retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Nice rum aroma. Kinda like caramel and molasses mixed together. Smoked malt is notable with a wood smoked aroma. Light sweet chocolate.

T: Again with the rum up front. Smooth caramel initially. Very smooth. Smoky, bittersweet roasted malt follows. Turns even more bittersweet in the finish with a pure cocoa essence. Very light acrid smokiness mixes in for the lingering aftertaste.

M: Heavy, smooth. Silky smooth.

O: Rum barrel really smooths this one out. Ultra smooth. Even calms down the smokiness. Mellow and heavy qualities lend drinkability. Nice.

Photo of antott0523
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque, black with a dark brown hue. The head resembles a dense espresso foam. It settles but sticks around. Some lacing on the glass. No visible carbonation.

S: The nose offers soft touches of vanilla and rum. A bit of a dark and stormy thing going on.

M: Deceivingly light and silky smooth mouthfeel.

T/D: Clown shoes barrel-aged offerings vary greatly. Billionaire is a harsh, booze ridden brew with an unpleasant ethyl-like quality that hopefully mellows over time. Gardenstate Rhapsody is a delicious big booze, big nose, nearly perfectly executed flavor bomb. Hammer of the Holy, however, is smooth and subtle with a touch of sweetness including rum and vanilla, balanced by a semi dry roasted, woody and slightly smokey finish. It's not in your face, but it's well crafted and extremely drinkable. You won't know you're drinking an 11% beer. The booze is completely hidden. Overall, behind Gardenstate this is my favorite barrel aged offering from Clown Shoes. Cheers to the brewers at Clown Shoes.

Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Brown glass. 1 pint 6 fl oz. Great label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap. 2015 vintage; 450 cases were released this year.

Reviewed live as an imperial stout aged in rum barrels per the label. I'm suspicious of the statement about bourbon barrels being "reconditioned" with rum, and when I inquired, Clown Shoes claimed they couldn't elaborate due to a NDA. Suspect, but I'll give the benefit of the doubt.

11% ABV. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Nice tan colour. Has superb creaminess, with a soft appearance and an even, smooth consistency. Great complexion. Retention is good for the high ABV - ~5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque solid dark black. Not an ink or jet black, but dark. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible given its opacity.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good overall appearance for an imperial stout, but isn't unique or special within the style.

AROMA: The barrel character is prominent, with vanilla from the bourbon & rum as well as a hint of sugarcane rum goodness. The barrel melts into the base beer, which brings stellar notes of chocolate malt, baker's chocolate, cocoa, dark malts, marshmallow, cream, malted milk/whoppers, faint raisin, and toffee. The barrel character, though dominant, doesn't seem to eclipse the base beer. I do long for some roasted barley presence, and some coffee might help curb the apparent sweetness, but this seems balanced overall and never suggests a cloying beer. The authentic vanilla is a stand-out characteristic, and I like the seamless blend of bourbon and rum character, though more of a toasty oak presence would really set off the barrel notes nicely.

There's no detectable hop or yeast profile, and I find no off notes.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The barrel character steals the show, with subtle-yet-dominant notes of bourbon-derived vanilla, faint rummy sugarcane, barrel sugars, and some mild char. Sticky marshmallow in the base provides the glue that holds this cohesive build together, complemented aptly by the sticky sweet dark malt and chocolate malt foundation. Additional complexity comes from malted milk balls/whoppers, softening cream, brewer's chocolate, a kiss of raisin, and a hint of rummy molasses.

There's a nice marriage of texture to taste, with the creamy, soft, smooth, and wet feel accenting the vanilla (my favourite note in the whole profile). It has an apt medium to full body, plenty of stickiness (which may turn off some drinkers), and ample heft and weight on the palate without ever feeling overbearing. It's slightly overcarbonated to its detriment, and as one drinks more she may note that its stickiness draws out the beer's sweetness too much, but overall this mouthfeel is appropriate both for the style and the flavour profile. Still, a bit more coarseness and dryness would be nice, and would ideally complement a roasted barley note.

Indeed, the absence of more bitter notes like roast and coffee to balance the sweetness (which intensifies as it warns) holds the beer back. Additionally, it's surprisingly shallow in terms of oak and/or toastiness considering its 8 months of barrel aging.

Still, it's a cohesive build. It's not quite a gestalt whole, and I wouldn't say it's more than the sum of its parts, but I do like it and it's mostly balanced, save for that pesky sweetness. Definitely a dessert beer, but it hides its ABV well enough that it's not a sipper per se. Other reviewers have noted smoke; I find none at all whatsoever. Also, aside from the oddly smooth and wet mouthfeel, I find no trace of oatmeal (at least in terms of taste).

Admittedly, I expected far more of a rum presence. The mild rum here is a bit disappointing, especially when you compare this to, say, Avery's rum barrel aged beers. More commitment to the rum barrel would be ideal.

Overall presence on the palate is nice.

As it warms, faint notes of plum and date emerge.

OVERALL: Those hoping for a rum-heavy imperial stout will be disappointed, but this is on par with Clown Shoes' other offerings in that it's a pretty good but not great imperial stout with plenty of potential. The base could use some additional intricacy, and the barrel notes should be more evocative. It's not a highly expressive brew, but it'd be unfair to call it shallow. I'm glad I tried it once, but wouldn't pick it up again at its unreasonably high price point.

It's not the sipper it should be at 11% with barrel aging, and drinks surprisingly easily - which is one of its better attributes. I do wonder why the smoke isn't coming through. Oats are poorly implemented, lending it an unnecessarily smooth and wet feel. The discerning drinker will be appeased but unimpressed.

B- (3.36)

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fruit with a hint of rum on the nose with coffee and chocolate. Brilliant dark brown under a 1” finely bubbled light tan head, persistent and lacy. A fruity palate with dark dried fruit, prune, with an underlying sweetness and chocolate and coffee in the background. The sweetness lingers approaching cloying leaving a little stickiness on the lips. Not enough bitterness to balance. Big and chewy with average carbonation.

Photo of sdeese21
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The rum adds a nice layer of complexity to this beer. Very smooth, very creamy with a nice, subdued rum aftertaste. Some heat at the finish but definitely not boozey IMO. Very enjoyable!

Photo of PicoPapa
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of medium brown head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is lots of booze and wood with some cocoa, earth, and a hint of roasted malts. Almost smells like its Bourbon aged instead of Rum. The taste is where you really tastes the rum. Lots of wood flavor as well as cocoa and roasted malts. A hint of smoke with some raisins and earth. Finishes with more Rum and wood as well as the Cocoa. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style. All things considered it's pretty drinkable. Overall, its a barrel aged beer from Clown Shoes so of course it's good.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

You can start to taste the rum barrel more as it warms. Like most of CS's big beers, they are solid but come off a bit thin for my palate.

Photo of changdulla
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my first rum barrel aged beer. I gotta say that I love it! The rum really comes out as it warms. I am definitely gonna get some more of these. I bet it would be great with a little age on it.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown almost black with oil like viscosity and nice khaki colored head. Rum, coconut, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, and a light sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with barrel character and a little sweetness from the rum. Very nice.

Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark tan head, decent retention, nice lacing. Solid black brew, as expected.

Nice strong stout aroma, with noticeable notes from the rum and oak. (Really, the rum is indistinguishable from bourbon on the aroma.) A bit of cocoa and raisins, but the barrel is really dominating.

Flavor follows, with a nutty, woody, rum-dominant flavor. A bit of smoke is noticeable, growing in strength on the back-end. Some dark fruit (not particularly tart) mingled with chocolate and roasted barley.

There's an odd, woody, not-quite-right flavor in the brew - not an off flavor, exactly. I attribute it to the rum, although it could as easily be due to the smoke. There's something just not quite to my liking in here.

As it warms, it becomes noticeably more fruity, and the smoke and rum mellow out significantly. That improves the flavor significantly, but at the same time, makes it come across more as a barrel aged English barleywine.

Thick, cloying, long wet finish; super drinkable for 11% ABV.

An interesting beer, worth a try. I have a feeling that most will either love or hate this brew.

Photo of GregJ
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dark tan head. Overpowering smell of sweet barrel aged character and some dark chocolate and booze. Tastes of dark rum, dark chocolate, some charcoal but just a little, dark leathery fruit, dark roast malts. Medium body and carbonation. Sweet rum, dried dark fruit, and a little burnt malt on the aftertaste. Great flavor with depth of character.

Photo of DeepBrew
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into snifter

A: Oily black with slim tan foam that disappears into a rim and leaves behind spotty lacing on the side of the glass

S: Malt with some rum and barrel, does not overwhelm, but it pleasantly shifts as it warms

T: Malt with some smokiness, booze with some rum flavor, a bit of sour probably from the barrel and a discrete dark chocolate bitter. Well balanced

M: Creamy and boozy, strengthening as it warms

O: Very well executed and a great drink

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-coffee, smoke, alcohol, dark malt, toffee, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, oak, smoky, light molasses, vanilla, rum

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and a little boozy

O-nice imperial stout, but a little boozy now, would like to try this again in the future

Photo of Rekrule
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very black. Beautiful

Nose: Very light in general. Heavy on the chocolate, roasted malt and coffee notes. Medium on rum, general booze and vanilla. Light, light soy sauce.

Taste: Follows the nose almost to a tee. The barrel treatment is delicate and compliments the base beer rather that covering it up or detracting from it.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ to Heavy, quite thick. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: Very, very nice beer. Beautiful barrel treatment of the right base beer. Not a common occurrence in the beer world today. Recommended and a certain re-buy.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I guess I prefer my stouts to taste more dessert like aka chocolate, nut, and coffee notes. But the Hammer of the Holy does have a nice complexity to it. I definitely get the smoke flavor, the rum barrel, not so much. Maybe it's because of the rums I'm familiar with, lend themselves with more dessert-y flavors. There is a nice a fruitiness to this stout though - think of chocolate covered raisins.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/18/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, raisin, vanilla, oak, rum, dark bread, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, rum barrel, and light-moderate smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, raisin, molasses, vanilla, oak, rum, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, raisin, molasses, vanilla, oak, rum, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, rum barrel, and light-moderate smoke flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, silky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rum barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, rum barrel, and light-moderate smoke flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a one finger tan head, which has nice retention for an 11.00 % abv beer. The aroma has chocolate, roasted malt, rum, smoked malt, and dark fruit.

Tastes sweet and smoky with chocolate, roasted malt, spiced rum, smoked malt, dark fruit, and molasses. The roasted malt does not provide much bitterness for balance, and the alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing or intrusive. Tastes good as is, but this beer should also age nicely.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Has a sweet aftertaste. A very nice rum barrel aged beer. I have another bottle of this and will see how it ages. It's drinking very nice right now.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking stout. Black body with a light brown head that leaves some lacing.

Smoke, chocolate, and rum barrel are all integrated really well in the aroma.

Chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, rum and wood on the taste. Slight heat from the rum.

Lighter carbonation with a medium body.

I like the rum addition here even though I'm not really a fan of the spirit. It works well with the smoky stout.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of Clown Shoes Hammer Of the Holy that was sent to me by Sean, thanks a lot Sean! I thought I missed my chance to try this beer, but Sean gave me a second chance to give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice and it does a good job of matching with the name and it reminds me of a card you could draw in some fantasy card game. It poured a nice dark black color that that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice dark roasted malt aromas with some roasted and chocolate aromas seeming to stick out the most along with just enough smoke coming through in the background. Up next comes the rum barrel which shows up nicely and is on the stronger side of medium, they impart some slightly woody, caramel, butterscotch, spices, and vanilla aroma with a slightly boozy aromas showing up in the background. This beer had a very good aroma, I really enjoy what the rum barrels added to the base of this beer.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this times there's a little bit of dark fruit flavors that mix in with the roasted and chocolate flavors. Up next comes the smoke which is right about at medium and it's followed by the rum barrels which impart all of those great aspects that they did in the aroma and it seems to show up the same amount with those spicy, vanilla, and caramel flavors coming through the most. On the finish there's a lower amount of bitterness with a slightly boozy flavors and smokey, chocolate and light rum barrel like aftertaste. I thought this was a very good beer, the rum barrel showed up just enough and it worked great with the base beer.

M- Pretty smooth, a little rich, slightly crisp, velvety, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very good and it worked very well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and a very good example of a barrel aged Imperial Stout, all the aspects from the base beer came through like they should and they worked really nice with the complex rum barrel aspects. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, a little rich, slightly crisp, velvety, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have a problem drinking a full bottle to myself, but I still think it's a nice beer to share and it's a great cold weather beer. What I liked the most about this beer was how well the 40 year old rum barrels worked with the smokey imperial stout base, they were a perfect match. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I disliked about this beer and there's isn't anything that I could think of to make it a better beer. I would for sure buy this beer, if I see it I will buy it as quickly as I can and I would recommend it to anyone who likes barrel aged imperial stouts, I think it's honestly a must try beer. All in all I really enjoyed this beer, I was a big fan of Vampire Slayer and I wasn't sure how the rum barrels would work with this beer, but that worked out really well and I think it's safe to say that I like this beer a little more than Vampire Slayer. I think it's my now my favorite Clown Shoes beers, it's my favorite rum barrel beer by a long shog and it's up there as one of the better barrel aged stouts I've had. Clown Shoes gave the base beer the right barrel treatment and it really payed off in the long run, they are becoming one of my favorite out of state breweries and I am they are continuing impressing me with there unique and creative beers. Great job guys, this was one awesome beer, keep up the great work. Thanks again Sean, you guys make some awesome beers.

Photo of Pahn
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a huge frothy tan head that dissipates slowly. Pours black and leave a few streaks of lacing.

Smell: Some Special B like malt, with subtle undercurrents of vanilla and rum. Chocolate and roasted malt in the background. The aromas here... shouldn't be a 3.75, they should be 4.5 or so. The problem is the beer smells so muted.

Taste: First impression: Sweet, pruny. Overhopped for my taste. Good malt, good barrel. Rum very subtle. Bit too thin, bit too carbed, more than a bit too hot, but the flavor is right.

With time, things really open up. The beer remains strangely vinous, the well-constructed malt backbone comes to the fore, and the rum and oak are solid supporting players. This was definitely the right barrel for this beer; nothing overshadows anything else, all the elements play well together. The pleasant rum brings out the roasted malt and dark fruit flavors, while the soft oak influence gives an impression of sweetness and lightness.

If I wasn't told there was smoked malt in this, I wouldn't know it. Perhaps there's a hint of smokey molasses, but it's hard to discern alongside the few-steps-too-much alcohol heat. These flaws make me want to drop it below a 4.0 but the perfect barrel and malt marriage carries the day.

Mouthfeel: Too thin (light side of medium bodied), too carbonated. And yet... the dry finish accentuates the dark and roasted malts, as well as renders the overdone ABV heat more tolerable. Also, thin though it is, the feel serves as a good canvas for what is really a very well thought out pairing of barrel and beer.

Overall: This isn't world class by any stretch, but it's really good. It's also more interesting than a lot of "world class" or "flawless" beers. It's not endlessly complex, but the subtle flavors work so well together that I end up feeling like what complexity there is *goes further* (I know that barely makes sense). You could say that this beer has uncommonly *clean* flavors for a brash imperial stout.

It's like, some beers are a sprawling symphony (say, Bourbon County Stout); they're brilliant, replete with goodness. This beer is like a small ensemble or quartet, but their intonation is just right, and you're listening to them alone with you in an otherwise silent room.

Metaphor aside, the rum barrel was just a really good choice. Accentuates the base beer perfectly. I would buy this again.

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Hammer Of The Holy from Clown Shoes
93 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.