Hammer Of The Lion
Clown Shoes

Hammer Of The LionHammer Of The Lion
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American Strong Ale
Ranked #85
Ranked #11,159
4.31 | pDev: 3.48%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Hammer Of The LionHammer Of The Lion
Notes: Imperial Stout blended with Wee Heavy Ale Aged in Rum, Brandy, and Bourbon Barrels.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 12
Photo of jrc1093
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of hylinski
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Hammer Of The Lion from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 12 ratings