Hammer Of The Beast
Clown Shoes

Hammer Of The BeastHammer Of The Beast
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Strong Ale - American
4.18 | pDev: 5.74%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hammer Of The BeastHammer Of The Beast
Notes: How do you amplify a beast that is half unicorn and half dragon and who has already escalated from angry, to very angry, to extremely angry? Give it a hammer! The fifth installment in The Beast series blends equal part Undead Party Crasher, Billionaire, and Blaecorn Unidragon, all aged in rum barrels. We'll respect you if you run, but respect you even more if you can tackle The Hammer Of The Beast.
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has great retention

S- initial aroma is quite smoky, it almost smells peated, lots of charred malt, even some mesquite smoke. Undertones of chocolate, cognac, dark fruits and rum barrel that adds brown sugar and molasses

T- smoked malt up front gives a mesquite smoky wood flavor up front, followed by chocolate, caramel and toffee. Mid-palate brings out rummy notes of candied figs, raisins, black strap molasses and brown sugar. The finish gives oak, cracked pepper, and cognac. Lingers of smoke and dark fruits

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a warming silky finish

O- this blend works well, the barleywine keeps it bright and the smoke compliments it well

Feb 18, 2021
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky half finger of tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of smoke, bitter dark chocolate, oak, hints of funky rum, and espresso.
T: Taste is slight toffee up front before some rum barrel comes in, light dark fruits, smoke, chocolate, espresso, light charred wood. The palate on this one is odd because there are times where the flavors just seem to be muted before the next note comes shining through. On the swallow there's more rum, chocolate, toffee sweetness, caramel, smoke, and coffee with some lingering funky rum.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a silky and creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this was a really good blend. Interesting flavors with a lot of complexity. Good barrel influence as well which made this an interesting drink. Worth trying if you find this on a shelf or if this one comes back for an encore.

Jul 09, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Stamped bottling date is '10/24/16'.
Black colored body, with some ruby back lit highlights. Thick, one finger tan head, which is resilient. Leaves a few spots of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, slight char, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, and the presence of rum barrel.
Taste of dark roasted malts mixed in with dark fruits. Rum barrel, along with toffee and vanilla.
Slightly less than medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Interesting blend of beer styles and still quite expressive at its advanced age.

Apr 27, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/28/16, had 3/3/17.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a small quickly dissipating head and some loose, soapy lacing. Smells pretty good- rum, plums, yeast, malt, raisins, figs, prunes, toffee, tobacco, some cocoa. The taste follows pretty much along- roasted malt, raisins, rum, plums, figs, oak, caramel, light vanilla and tobacco, chocolate- more as it warms. Smooth, solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

The stout- barleywine combo works well. Really good flavors and aroma, the rum barrels are great.

Jan 25, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. A nearly opaque dark brown color with a modest tan head that slowly settled. Aroma was Barleywine at first with big floral and some citrus hops but quickly followed by roasted grain, coffee, and chocolate. The taste was different and almost reversed: more impy stout with roasty/chocolate notes but then the clean citrus bitterness of a BW stepped in for the finish. The rum was present in the mid and late palate - nicely integrated. Interesting beer that I enjoyed.

Dec 21, 2017
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maltznhopz from Nevada

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/28/16. Notes of caramel, dark fruits, sweet rum, and chocolate. Smooth and creamy finish with no trace of alcohol. Too bad I only bought 1 bottle of this stuff.

Nov 27, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick mocha creamy head that fades at a med pace after about 1/2 finger, some sticky lacing and looooong legs, pitch black color

Nose is interesting, more barleywine side with sweet candy malts, caramel nougat, toffee, some dark fruits with candied raisin and sugar dates, then some stout, a bit of sweet stout, mild dark roasty malts, creamy chocolate and cocoa, faint baking spices, a little roasty malt and roasted coffee, all mixed with sweet candy rum, a little vanilla barrel, a fair amount of sweet clean molasses rum.

Taste brings more of the same, starting with barleywine like flavors, sweet candy malts, toffee, nougat, caramel, etc, molasses, with plenty more fruits, this time some candied apple, more sugar dates and candied raisin, mixed with the chocolate malts give me some raisinettes, stout characters are lighter, a little roast and coffee, mild chocolate cocoa, mild warming alcohol, some baking spices as well an almost cinnamon and cookie like flavors, fluffy nougat, with sweet cream rum, molasses rum with mild vanilla barrel as well. Finish is a little hot booze, drier a bit sticky but not bad, lingering rum and dark malts.

Mouth is fuller bod rich fairly thick, decent carb, and a bit of warming booze

Overall not bad, a fun beer that is fairly complex, a lot going on taking some points from all the beers blended, and then rum in the background, def a nice night cap sipper.

Nov 06, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty and rum nose and flavor is sweet malt and rum. High ABV, 11.75% is hidden. Pricey, $13.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Nov 05, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a one inch dark tan head that dissipated quickly and left zero lacing. Smells and tastes of rich roasted malts, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, dark chocolate, tobacco and rum. The rum flavor really comes out as the beer warms and I am getting spiced rum qualities. Heavy bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy mouth feel that finishes on the dry side.

Oct 08, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10-26-16. Almost a year on the store shelf (which was full of them). Not sure I've had a rum aged beer before.. let's see how this goes.

L - voodoo teku pour. Looks deep dirt brown. Medium frothy head with an agressively pour. Looks on the thin side and the lacing is a touch runny.

S - more barleywine than stout. Toffee and caramel predomitely. Lots of oak behind that, vanilla, then raisens. It actually reminds me of Surly darkness which was a very dark fruit forward stout. I'm not getting rum directly but all the pieces are there... Oak and toffee and raisen.

T - wow. Initial sip was better, and more complex than expected. I expected a fruity thin barleywine-esque beer but got predominately a rich balance between light roastiness and dark fruit. It definitely tasted predominately stout and less barleywine. Its sweeter as it warms surprisingly and there's a heavy brown sugar aftertaste which is nice. Im having a hard time finding the rum but I'm not an often rum drinker verse whiskeys so again, this is new for a barrel aged variety. It definitely has the depth of a barrel aged beer if that makes any sense though?

F - is awesome. It's awesomely creamy and full. So few big beers fail to be a meal in a glass but this one owns it.

O - very impressed for a beer I've walked past literally 20 times in the last year at multiple locations. I've had one or 2 less than impressed experiences with clown shoes so have looked them over for a few years actually. This is a game changer and I'll grab a few more to try on occasion.

Value - it's tagged as $14.99 but it was $2 off for collecting dust. I don't regret this purchase whatsoever.

*Added to say at room temperature rum is certainly perceivable. It actually tastes like a clear rum and not a spiced rum that was used?

Sep 15, 2017
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks bro for the Christmas gift, finally getting around to it- Pours black with a medium mocha tan colored head. Aroma is very imperial stout, tobacco, leather, chocolate syrup, decadent, cinnamon and nutmeg, rum is noticeable, but not boozy. The taste is velvety smooth, creamy, the rum barrel is well integrated here, cocoa, kinda tastes like rum cake, a chocolate rum cake, with tobacco and a dry bitter finish, warming feeling from the 12% of course, but never becomes boozy. Damn fine beer.

Aug 20, 2017
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VeganUndead from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smoother than expected, and my only complaint is that it is not as complex as I had hoped. But overall delicious and surprisingly easy to drink. Highly recommended

Jun 26, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-line

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 10/24/16
ABV: 11.75%

Poured into a goblet a pretty nice black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small tan head, which does leave a medium size island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, licorice, vanilla, roasty, with some cherries, figs, plums, raisins, dates, grapes, rum. The taste is malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, vanilla, licorice, roasty, with some pretty nice cherries, figs, plums, raisins, dates, grapes, nice touch of rum. Full Body, ABV hidden fairly well. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad I found some available on-line.

Jun 19, 2017
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black with only a slight hint of brown. How can this beer be so dark being blended with a barleywine? The head is a coffee-and-cream colored 1/8 finger of fine bubbles. Silky, dark chocolate brown when poured.

Aroma: oak and light molasses. Raisiny. Interesting. Blindfolded, I would guess this beer was an imperial stout but not with certainty.

Flavor: tobacco! I was impressed with my first sip. Tobacco, dark chocolate, raisins and alcohol, which can either be the rum-barrel aging, or the 11.75% abv. Oak is light – more of an afterthought flavor. There is a quite a bit of hops present too. This beer is bold enough that a small pour is best. Sips too frequent obliterate the palate and mute the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice and heavy; medium-heavy. This is a snifter-by-the-fireplace sipper.

Overall: worthwhile. Too bold to consume beyond a few ounces, though. A bomber should be split, and could easily be so 4 ways. Damn tasty. The tobacco flavors are wonderful. I would buy this beer again.

May 18, 2017
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Total black with thin brown film head. Boozy rum smell. Coffee, roasted malts, a trace of bitterness riding under a layer of rum. Mouthfeel is smooth, with warming booze with some bite from bitterness. Overall, this is interesting but somehow the flavors don't fit together as well as I would hope.

May 04, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours black with decent tan head that dissipates after a few minutes to a halo. Not much lacing.

Aroma - Strong rum presence, coffee, molasses and chocolate. Hints of oak and brown sugar and vanilla.

Taste - Rum again is very present, first as a flavor and then as a burn on the finish. dark chocolate and figs/dates, oak.

Feel - higher than normal carbonation, really drinks like a stout slight burn from the alcohol.

Overall - A decent enough beer wish I had aged it a bit the rum is a little overpowering in the flavor and the feel is a little stoutish.

Apr 11, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE hybrid blend
pours a deep coal black with a light head of lasting foam that fades to
a thick ring, thin subtle pool ,and light lacing. Nose of bourbon, booze, chocolate,
rich caramel, char, toffee, dark berries, coffee, and black strap molasses. Flavors hit the
right notes with char touched coffee, molasses, brandy barrel notes, bourbon warmth
on the rear, light cream that appears and fades under bourbon and oak notes, marshmallow,
and black strap molasses with dark berry notes appearing on the sides and rear featuring
blackberry and raspberry notes with tobacco, smoke, and cola touched rum. Excellent mouth
feel; smooth for such a beast, rich, coating, boozy, warm and inviting, low carbonation, and a full
mouth feel.......O MY! Lions, and tigers, and....the hammer of the beast. A bevy of boozy brilliance.
Overwhelming and in your face full throttled Clown Shoes.


Apr 09, 2017
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rmpic82 from Kansas

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stout-ish front, barleywine ass. This beer was interesting and is an average plus drinker. Nothing to see here...try it once and move along. Color and nose were fine.

Mar 30, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Garnet-tinted black with a finger of soupy mocha head that's fairly quick to dissipate into a wisp and crown.

Much lighter smelling than anticipated. Sort of a dry, yeasty malt aroma, like an English brown ale, with some faint dark fruit, a kiss of vanilla, dull earthy hops and paint-thinner style alcohol when you really put your snout into it. That sounds pretty complex and enticing, but it's all surprisingly faint.

There's more there-there in the taste, but not a whole lot more. It's most like a Russian Imperial Stout, with dark chocolate and bitter hops hitting first, and that strong bitterness pretty much lingering, along with some light coffee and strong alcohol, on the back end.

There's a little fig and toffee behind mid-palate, and some red wine character showing through the bitter chocolate in the aftertaste, but there's still less of the sweetness or fruit I'd expect from a barleywine or a rum barrel program. The chocolate masks it.

Relatively thin for the styles represented here, with probably a tad too much carbonation.

This might benefit from a year or three of mellowing. At this age, it seems like the Imperial Stout blocks out most of what else is in there, while still not being able to shine itself. I'd have cut back on the stout in the blending, while bumping up the barleywine.

Overall, this is not living up to my expectations. The one thing it does have going for it is, causing me to bump up the score a bit, is that if you really work at it, you can get some hints of what's hidden in there. If that sounds like fun, you might like it more.

Mar 21, 2017
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D1noB from Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was hoping for a barrel/rum infused beer. Disappointing. Chalky notes, followed by a stout finish, not as stand-out as I had hoped. slight wood taste if you are looking for it

Taste Rating in Words: It's hide and seek in the woods, in the dark. Fun at first, then you realize nothing special is happening and you know, there is a different/better game back at camp.

Mar 19, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black. Not picking up much on the nose. Was hoping for some barrel, but didn't get anything. Good tasting stout, but nothing to write home about. Smooth finish, cannot detect the alcohol. Really a bit disappointed that I could not pick up on the barrel influence.

Mar 06, 2017
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zonker17 from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with a great tan head when poured hard. Nose has the wood, base ales, and rum scents, but the barleywine sweet malt entering in a way that is unexpected. Taste is exactly as the label says. Thank you for providing the combination. Would have never done it on my own.

Feb 26, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/31/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, nuttiness, vanilla, brown sugar, rum, toasted oak, dark bread, toffee, and peat smoke; with light raisin, fig, date, leather, tobacco, charcoal, licorice, molasses, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready/smoked malt, rum barrel, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. A bit of booze in the aromas as it warms. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, nuttiness, vanilla, brown sugar, rum, toasted oak, dark bread, toffee, and peat smoke; with light raisin, fig, date, leather, tobacco, charcoal, licorice, molasses, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast/char bitterness and rum/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, nuttiness, vanilla, brown sugar, rum, toasted oak, dark bread, toffee, peat smoke, light dark fruit/char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smoked malt, rum barrel, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast bitterness and rum/oak spice, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/rich, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild warmth lingering after the finish, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged blended imperial stout/barleywine! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smoked malt, rum barrel, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A lot more peaty/smokey than I expected for only having 1/3 of the smoked imperial stout; but still had awesome balance of all 3 beers. Great rum barrel integration that is never boozy, tannic, or drying. A highly enjoyable offering.

Feb 18, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark chocolate brown with a 3F head in Stone RIS glass.

Aroma is lighter than expected. A hint of oak and chocolate.

The taste was excellent: deep milk chocolate, a hint of coffee.

MF: very malty for a combo of IS and Barleywine. Good sharp bitterness with warming,and more oak.

An excellent beer,
I was looking for a stronger aroma. The taste was great, the malty mouth feel unusual for the style.
Perhaps a rebrewing with a sharper aroma.

Feb 17, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark black beer with a tan head that leaves some ribbons of lacing. The aroma is a lot of rum and chocolate with some vanilla. There is a a lot of booze in the nose too. It is sweet, chocolaty and vanilla with a strong rum taste. There is a decent amount of oak that leads to a dry finish. Quite unusual and different beer.

Feb 15, 2017
Hammer Of The Beast from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 225 ratings