Hammer Of The Beast | Clown Shoes

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Hammer Of The BeastHammer Of The Beast

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by DougT:
Photo of DougT
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of kalosjakar
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.75% ABV. Bottle on 10/24/16 and opened on Election Day, 11/8/16.

33% Undead Party Crasher
33% Blaecorn Unidragon
33% Billionaire
All aged in Rum Barrel.s

Look: Dark black with a mocha colored head. Looks great.

Aroma: can definitely smell Rum as I opened the bottle and began pouring it into a tulip glass. vanilla notes, dark and milk chocolates. faint molasses.

Taste: rum filled sweet chocolates. just the right amount of sweetness, not cloying. not much bitterness or roasted notes to this but just enough to cut down on the sweetness. rum is in the finish and brings a warmth with it.

Feel: a fairly thick mouthfeel to this one. velvety, soft, chewy, fudgy. tremendous mouthfeel, you get a bit of the barleywine at the tail end, slightly less thick than at first.

hard for me to pick which BA Clown Shoes offering I like best now. its either this or Luchedor en Fuego.

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Photo of D1noB
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge colored with a thick mocha head; impressive lacing action drapes the chalice; strong retention, too

Smell: Very roasty, with caramel, smoke, oak, licorice, earthy tones and a hint of chocolate

Taste: Roast, caramel, licorice and earthy tones forward, with some chocolate and hop tones, through the middle; sweet and slightly smoky through the finish; the Rum is very subtle but adds an element to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: More barleywine than stout elements and I wish there was a bit more chocolate in the mix; also, I am having a hard time finding the Rum barrel impact here - I was expecting a lot more from that

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Photo of thebeers
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.

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

Photo of tbryan5
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another excellent offering from Clown Shoes. It's very slick and full bodied. The rum barrel complements the oakiness and smokiness of this beer. I will definitely be picking up another bottle.

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Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer worked well for me. I thought there was a nice balance between the stout and the barleywine.
Chocolate, toffee, a little coffee, a little fruit.
Very drinkable.

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

Photo of JakerLou
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gibgink
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.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of En29356
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle - more cartoonish D&D label imagery. Didn't they already make an Imperial Stout/Barleywine mash-up? Oh, this one's aged in rum barrels, you say?

This beer pours a solid black hole, with the barest of amber basal edges, and one skinny-ass finger of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some melting ice shelf lace around the glass as things slowly but surely abate.

It smells of gritty and grainy rum-soaked wood, bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, a bit of that musty under the basement stairs thing, subtle dark chocolate wafers, tame dried fruity esters, and stale black licorice. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, rum baba cake, some tame roastiness, faint musty yeast, Scandinavian licorice candies, chocolate and vanilla pudding, and a testy splintery woodiness.

The carbonation is quite light in its understaffed frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and actually fairly smooth, with a nice airy creaminess evolving as it warms. It finishes well off-dry, a rum-tinged unholy blend of the two big base brews.

Overall, this is a surprisingly easy to drink, not too sweet (a justifiable early concern) barrel-aged beer - what with the 12 points of ABV being as expertly integrated as they are. The rum character doesn't overdo it, and we're left wondering what other beast lies waiting to be unearthed?

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Photo of whatname
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 donovansill
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crimson hued mahagony with 3 fingers of whippy caramel colored head. Viscious, nice lacing & descent head retention

S: Bourbon, cakeyness & more raw booze notes

T: Follows the nose, a little boozey warmth, figs & oaky dryness up front. Caramel, oaky Bourbon & dryness as this warms. Finishes warming, cakey with nice Bourbon notes, plus some dark chocolate & some vanilla

MF: Cakey, slight carbonation; warming

Pretty tasty, liked this much better in the bottle than on draft, well worth a pick up!

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

Photo of glass_house
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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