Hammer Of The Beast | Clown Shoes

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by superspak on 08-04-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
216
pDev:
5.74%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
39
Trade:
2
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Photo of CraftFan5
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of stortore
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.

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Photo of Burghman
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
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.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maltznhopz
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.

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Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
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.

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Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
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.

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Photo of jmg480
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
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?

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Photo of Phineasco
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brenn79
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hammer Of The Beast from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 216 ratings