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Hammer Of The Holy - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 77
Gots: 80 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
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.


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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.

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Hammer Of The Holy from Clown Shoes
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