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Billionaire - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
92
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492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 100
Gots: 141 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

English Barleywine aged in European Cognac barrels.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-12-2013)
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Photo of antott0523
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to find a few of these in the bottom shelf of the cooler alongside a few other Clown Shoes beers at Berkeley Wine Company, in Berkeley Heights, NJ. I picked up two bottles for $14.99 each.

Drinking this one the day of purchase, and saving one for later.

A: Pours a translucent bronze with a thick, guinness-like light brown head that quickly disappears. A thin ring of foam remains around the edge of the goblet. The color ranges from amber at the edge of the glass to burnt sienna at the center. There is no visible carbonation. 3.75

S: The Cognac aging comes through with sweet notes of cognac soaked pears and bread notes of panettone. For a 12% beer the booze is present, but by no means overpowering. 4

T: Subtly sweet with dried papaya, banana chips. raisins and pears. Sesame seed brittle. Unfortunately these attractive elements slip away as the beer takes a turn toward an unrefined ale with a relatively bitter finish including burnt sugar and a hint of astringent ethyl. 3.5

M: Moderate body that is extremely smooth and airy. Like a pillow on the tongue. Very minimal carbonation. Pleasant warmth from the alcohol. 4.5

D: This beer is a good Barrel Aged Barleywine. I enjoy this style and compared to the recent ones I've had it falls at the less sweet end of the spectrum. This is not my preferred flavor profile for the style, but there is something to be said for achieving subtlety with such a big beer. Unfortunately, for such a big beer there is a lack of complexity, which allows the booze to shine through in an unpleasant manner partially on the nose and predominately on the palate. I hope this beer mellows over time taking it from the level of a good beer to a very good beer. Overall this beer is a 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Poured from bomber into HF stemware

A-dark copper with reddish hue showing throw when held up to the light........minimal head 1/4 inch not much retention........moderate lacing that slides quickly down the glass (3.75)

S-Dark fruits, raisins, booze, sweet malts, molasses, some wood, vanilla, mild butterscotch (4.25)

T-somewhat follows the nose but the booze is more pronounced...........malts shine through with lots of dark fruits........cherries, raisins, figs, ................cognac shows itself in the finish........sweet boozy beer.........mild wood (4.25)

M-Almost zero carbonation.........medium body.......sweet.......mild booze (4.0)

O-nice complexity......a bit sweet......alcohol well hidden (4.0)

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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a rich dark chocolate hue with a little bit of ruby highlights on the edges of the glass. A slightly frothy yet densely packed beige head of 2 cm foams up and fades to a wispy surface layer that leaves some lattice on the glass after each sip.
Aroma is boozy and malty, with molasses, brown sugar and maybe some black licorice. Definitely malt forward on the nose.
First sip reveals a thicker body with some stickiness on my palate with each sip. I also note very fine carbonation. All the physical traits make this a very drinkable beer
Flavor is similar to the nose, all malt and booze, some deep molasses hits and brown sugar, generally sweet and boozy. Maybe a little vanilla in the background, but I dont get any realy barrel aged wood profile from this bottle. I also dont get a lot if any hop profile on this beer. This is a sipper, but I also dont have much problem finishing the bomber solo in short time.
A very drinkable high octane brew that I would gladly drink again if I find another bottle.

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Billionaire from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.