Hammer Of The Beast
Clown Shoes

Hammer Of The BeastHammer Of The Beast
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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
American Strong Ale
4.17 | pDev: 5.76%
Nov 27, 2021
Aug 04, 2016
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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Rated: 3.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2021
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Rated by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Jul 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 08, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by smi69 from New York

Jan 21, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by cd34 from Illinois

Dec 15, 2019
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Rated: 4.14 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York

Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Feb 10, 2019
Rated: 4 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 13, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Oct 14, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by SkeletonBitch from New York

Jul 10, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by edthehead from New York

Jun 23, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by DougT from Ohio

Feb 04, 2018
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 4.21 by Burghman from Rhode Island

Dec 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Rated: 4 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Dec 11, 2017
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Reviewed by maltznhopz from Nevada

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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
Rated: 4.3 by addicted2thebarrel from California

Nov 04, 2017
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Rated: 3.79 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania

Oct 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Rated: 4.28 by Phineasco from Massachusetts

Aug 24, 2017
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Reviewed by brenn79 from Idaho

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Rated: 3.78 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Aug 17, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Jul 27, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by DanGeo from Michigan

Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Jul 12, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jul 11, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Jul 04, 2017
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Reviewed by VeganUndead from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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
Rated: 4.24 by dream from Nevada

Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by REVZEB from Illinois

Jun 19, 2017
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