Hammer Of The Lion
Clown Shoes

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #62
Ranked #6,879
4.19 | pDev: 5.49%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Hammer Of The LionHammer Of The Lion
Notes: Imperial Stout blended with Wee Heavy Ale Aged in Rum, Brandy, and Bourbon Barrels.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clown Shoes Hammer Of The Lion, a Cuvée of Imperial Stout and Wee Heavy Ale Aged in Rum, Brandy, and Bourbon Barrels (listed as An American Strong Ale), 11% ABV. Pours darkest brown with a one-finger light brown head that left slight lacing. Nose is toffee, cola, and light rum. Taste is toffee, chocolate, rum/bourbon mashup, char in the aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world-class. Fairly complex, changing as it warms.

Jul 03, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A hybrid beer - part imperial stout, part wee heavy. Overall, not bad, but I think I rather have one or the other.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Dark, clear purple brown color with decent initial head and lacing. Boozy smell and taste. Toffee, dark fruit, dark cherries, vanilla. A bit thin for such a beer. I am enjoying it, but doubt I will repeat.

Jun 24, 2021
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morimech from Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately it is not a sum of its parts. Too much going on with something that needs focus. Strong barrel character that drinks like a cocktail. Little beer flavor and the body is less than spectacular for such a big beer.

Feb 20, 2021
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metter98 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short beige head that left a wide collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of rum are present in the nose from the barrel aging.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of rum along with hints of bourbon, the latter of which get a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer has nice flavors of rum and bourbon and does a very good job at masking a good portion of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

Aug 25, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with light tan head. The nose is surprisingly subtle. The brandy and bourbon come through nicely, along with dark fruit. Toffee, plums, and some roasted malts come through. The taste is really nice. A bitterness comes through right away - a mixture of coffee grounds and charred wood. The rum barrel is evident on the taste, and I would say I'm not the biggest fan of this component. Definitely getting some nice cherries, plums, raisins, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still really nice. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but good.

Jun 29, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very dark brown color. No head, just a bit around the rim and in the center of the glass.
Boozy aroma, cola, chocolate, a little vanilla.
Brandy more apparent in the taste, sweet chocolate, a hint of dark coffee.
Medium-bodied, sweet. Warming at the end.

Nov 24, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown pour with a head that vanishes in a hurry. Smells of booze, especially the bourbon and rum, with dark fruit, cola, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, toffee, wood, and licorice. This beer is inventive, as best seen in the taste, where now you get the brandy more, plus flavors of leather, apple, hickory, vanilla, smoke, and light roast coffee added to the aroma flavors. So much going on, yet gels together enough to work well, tastes and feels slightly sweet and boozy but stays in appropriate parameters. The wife loved it

Nov 19, 2019
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: dark brown/mahogany color, tan head, nice lacing
S: boozy, dark fruits
T: booze, dark plums, hint of roasted coffee
F: great mouthfeel, covers the entire palette
O: great sipper

Oct 27, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz stemless tulip glass. Canned on 5/29/19 pours a very dark brown with a solid finger light tan head that leaves some lace behind, with solid enough retention. 4

Smell is caramel, toffee, biscuit, vanilla, brown sugar, bubble gum, and some oaky booze. 4

Taste follows really loaded with flavor brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dates, vanilla, and hints of booze. 4

Mouthfeel is pretty big, enough life to hold your interest, a tad dry, and goes down pretty well at 11% ABV. 4

Overall this is a very balanced and easy drinking blend, will grab another can you age and see what it can become. 4

Oct 21, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 5/27/19

Pours a dense, jet brown with the faintest deep amber hues when held to light; a tight, cola-like head of tan foam maintains itself decently, leaving a thin collar and sparse lacing around the glass.

Aroma opens with roasty vanilla bean and bourbon/rum-soaked baked apple, lasting until touches of brandy give way to a deep, roasty chocolate ultimately permeating the bouquet.

Taste shows toasted oak and mild vanilla upfront, with chocolate, bourbon, and dark cherry deepening across the profile; a touch of brandy on a roasty, semi-sweet mocha finish.

Mouthfeel has a medium body on the thinner side, with a moderate-light carbonation, slightly oily texture leads in to a partly dry, partly sticky finish; light alcohol presence.

Fine complexity shows quality depth of both bourbon and brandy while acknowledging some of the nuanced aspects of the base beers; doesn’t quite develop enough to be stunning, but is a very good strong ale nonetheless.

Aug 14, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown with a thick tan head, good retention, great lacing. Aroma dark roasted malt, chocolate, rum, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Flavor follows the nose wonderfully, a touch sweet but not cloying. Feel is medium bodied. Overall a great beer. Nice price, will get more.

Aug 06, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a stemmed glass a dark chocolate color with a thinner beige head that is gone pretty quickly.Vanilla,dark fruit,toasted oak,and chocolate wafer in the nose,just so much going on and it's all good.A big smooth and creamy feel in the mouth,the lack of head is made up for in the feel,lightly carbonated and it glides down easy.Vanilla and brandy upfront on the palate followed by toasted oak and some heat in the finish.If the palate complexity was up to the aroma complexity it would be a top three beer of the year for me,sadly it doesn't but just on the aromas alone this is a fantastic hybrid mix.

Jul 20, 2019
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hylinski from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hybrid was surprising excellent! The barrel aging comes through without overpowering - exceptionally well balanced. Another homerun from Clown Shoes!

Jun 28, 2019
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