Hammer Of The Holy | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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!"

Added by jim_carignan on 11-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
329
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
81
For Trade:
11
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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a Khaki head. Rich smells of malts and dark fruits with chocolate and rum. Taste is roasted malts,chocolate coffee mixed with wood vanilla and rum, lower carbonation with a thin body, slight booze with slight rum, had this one in the cellar only bought one, not a memorable or recommended offering

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Classic Chocolate brown r.i.s. look, 1/4 head on gentle pour.

S: light rum, molasses, dark chocolate

T: not as roasty and dark as most Clown Shoes r.i.s. The rum adds a sweetness and lightness to the beer, while still being very much a r.i.s. with classic bitter dark chocolate
flavors. The rum's presence is limited to a sweetness, no real rum flavor.

F: Creamy.

O: The rum is a nice change for Clown Shoes, but nothing above average here.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Hammer of the Holy (2015 Vintage) is an Imperial Stout aged in rum barrels for over 8 months, and it incorporates holy water, signature dark malts, oatmeal, and malt smoked with demon-killing stakes. Dear Undead, 'Die, monsters, die!' Sincerely, Clown Shoes Beer." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout aged in Rum Barrels, available in 22 oz. bottle as part of an occasional rotating release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a rich medium brown head of a frothy foam consistency over a black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Moderate roasted grain, trace peat smoke, tangy moist oak with a nip of grain alcohol. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) A solid and accessible malt blend of chocolate, roasted malt and smooth caramel with a clean undertone of alcohol, a bit light on body but nicely balanced. Not much emphasis from the peat smoke, but very solid delivery of rum qualities, generating lots of complex dark fruit flavors with comparatively light gruff alcohol character. Finishes clean with traces of dark fruit syrups. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly chewy, clean. Carbonation is mild, generating a mild frothiness and a mellow crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, short of heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to roasted and specialty malt character plus grain alcohol. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A mild tempered American Imperial Stout with an equally gentle rum alcohol backbone, but nicely balanced and complex. I was expecting something a bit more gruff and aggressively flavored, but this beer drinks solid and is nicely balanced, with a nice complementary rum fruit and barrel aging treatment, nothing is overdone in this beer. A winner for nicely balanced and highly drinkable Imperial Stouts, but the lightness of the body could be made much richer for an even more outstanding malt flavor profile. 4

Clown Shoes'
Hammer of the Holy American Imperial Stout
3.93/5.00

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josh012012
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fcolle2
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours viscous jet black in color with a dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, vanilla, oak and hints of dark fruits. Roasted malt is more prevalent in the taste with a slight ashy flavor. Flavors of dates, hints of chocolate and some sweetness from the rum. Mouthfeel is thick moderately carbonated and slightly ashy in the finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinger86
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesM63
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jae61
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick with big mocha head that recedes to thin lacing
Chocolate and oak on the nose, with some smoke in the background
A touch of smoke, but lacking defined barrel character and base beer backbone
Medium bodied - expected more heft and body for the ABV

Overall the rum barrel isn't working for me here - the oak is dominating, but the barrel is indistinct and earthy, with an odd aftertaste. OK but not great

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Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of knicks19947
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter

This is straight black but looks thin as I pour it. The thin layer of fizzy foam dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring that borders my glass. The nose is really sweet: sweet rum(not boozy), rasins, deeply smoked malts, burnt brown sugar. Tastes are pairilleled with the smell fairly well. I was really hoping for more of a rum presence in the taste, but nope. It's just not there. The base beer is really good, if not for a bit thin.

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Hammer Of The Holy from Clown Shoes
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