Billionaire - Clown Shoes
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4.32/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a batch one bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Chestnut brown with hints of maroon. An eggshell head, not particularly long lasting or anything. Spotty lacing.
Smell: Boozy, sweet caramel and dark fruits. Hints of amaretto. A little bit of that raisin-y cognac flavor comes through too, but not too much.
Taste: A good bit of amaretto, sugary in a Belgian sort of way, similar to the Westy 8 we opened earlier in the night. Definitely boozy too. Caramel is definitely there, with a hint of roast, almost like a sourish coffee flavor on the finish. Very nice
Mouthfeel: Sticky, as most good BA Barleywines are, with a level of carbonation appropriate for the style (which is to say a lowish level) and somewhat thin for a barleywine.
Overall: Very very tasty, and another excellent barrel aged beer from Clown Shoes, who really knows what they’re doing with this genre of the craft.
08-20-2014 03:29:43 | More by WTKeene
4/5 rDev -3.1%
This was a clear dark cola brown; it poured with a short lived fizzy head.
Definitely a barleywine nose, plenty of spicy toffee, raisin, and a little heat. There was a hint of tobacco from the barrel and maybe a small trace of out place booze (cognac?). More heat in the mouth than the nose. This helped blunt the sweetness that might have otherwise been cloying. Lots of rich toffee and dark fruit with some vanilla and a bit of a spicy, woody tingle. The finish was a bit too hot, tasting strongly of raw alcohol. The body was thinner than I would have liked for a beer this size.
I really enjoyed this, but I expected more of a unique experience because of the cognac barrel.
08-19-2014 18:44:49 | More by DIM
Billionaire from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.