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Hammer Of The Holy - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 47
Gots: 41 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!"

(Beer added by: jim_carignan on 11-23-2013)
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Reviews by Neorebel:
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4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HAMMER OF THE HOLY... is the latest innovation from Clown Shoes, and this may be the most excited I have ever been to try a beer. I am VERY partial to smoky beers, and I also am a bit of a rum connoisseur. Rums are so varied, and I have to say, beers aged in rum barrels can be very hit-or-miss. I am almost trembling in anticipation of what might be a rum BA beer done right! As an avid craft beer drinker, I have always appreciated Clown Shoes unique experimentation, which has never disappointed, nor crossed the line into unpleasantly strange territory.

Now, to get right into the appearance, we have a completely opaque, obsidian color. Pure darkness. If you look very closely, tiny bubbles can be seen shooting up to the surface. A thick, cappuccino-like head sits on top with a definitive stubbornness, which later leaves some gorgeous lacing on the inside of the glass.

As I'm drawing in the aroma, my initial impression is that there are primarily sweet scents coming in. Brown sugar, sweet cream, caramel, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, dark rum, toasty bread, and the tiniest hint of fresh coffee brewing. Call me crazy but are those a bit of hops that I detect as well?

I couldn't linger very long on just the enjoyment of the aroma. After a mouth filling gulp, I'm shocked how smooth this is, as it's smoked and 11% alcohol! A velvety wave of what reminds me of a high-end coffee beverage sweeps over my palate delicately. A moment later I became aware of the background, which has raisin notes and the slightest sharpness from the distinctive rum flavor. I have to emphasize how perfectly everything blends together in balance. The subtle smokiness is present throughout the experience. A warming sensation comes in late and is welcomed. The alcohol is precisely masked in this case. This finish is so pleasant and soothing, as the beer coating my mouth seems to remain for a moment.

Overall I must say this is in my top 5... no!... top 3 Clown Shoes beers...as well as one of my favorite Imperial Stouts I've tried to date! It's a shame it's a limited brew, but I'm sure there will be others. I wonder if there's really holy water in the brew? Either way I really feel *blessed* to have enjoyed this one! (corny I know)

Neorebel, Dec 08, 2013
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Hammer Of The Holy from Clown Shoes
93 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.