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Hammer Of The Holy - Clown Shoes

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Hammer Of The HolyHammer Of The Holy

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BA SCORE
93
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160 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 29
Gots: 36 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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THFCBeerBQ

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Large bottle purchased at a local craft bottle store. No freshness date on bottle.

Did not have a snifter so I used a goblet.

A – Pitch-black liquid with a ¼ light khaki colored head. The foam dissipates to a light film pretty quickly

S – smoky rum aroma, chocolate and light coffee smell. Raisins and other dried dark fruit smells. There is a slight musty smell as well...most likely a by-product of the dark fruits and the smoky rum flavors blending together. This brew has a WONDERFUL, unique aroma.

T – Rum flavor is predominate on the palate but not in a cutting overly-bearing alcohol sense. The smooth mouthfeel helps keep it soft and creamy. Light chocolate flavor with a sweet malty backbone. The swallow releases the smoky flavor that is balanced perfectly. Not too overbearing but prevalent enough to draw and keep your attention. After taste is a combination of sweet malt, dark fruit and a slight hint of brown sugar. For 11% ABV there is little to no alcohol taste.

M – Medium-to-heavy bodied. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation

O – This is a very unique and complex beer. I could sip this over and over and pick out different flavors each time. It’s got a great taste, a great mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

98/100

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:30:39 | More by THFCBeerBQ
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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.

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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.

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Hammer Of The Holy from Clown Shoes
93 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.