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Billionaire - Clown Shoes

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 95
Gots: 135 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
English Barleywine aged in European Cognac barrels.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-12-2013)
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Reviews by DIM:
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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.

DIM, Aug 19, 2014
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This one poured like a dark full stout minus the head. The first thing I noticed was that there was nothing in terms of nose or bouquet. I tried as hard as I could, getting my nose deep down into the glass, but , I came away with nothing... No malt, no hops, no alochol, nothing.

The first sip was as if someone just slammed dunked my head and it hurt! Seriously, this beer was BIG, BIG, no BIGGG. It was full round and BIG.

Again, no distinct aromas, but I did have a feeling of a big stout without the chocolate and coffee. If I didn't know this was a barley wine, I would have figured it to be a stout.

It detected wood on the flavor, not signaling out cognac, not as pronounced as some of the bourbon beers, but still it was woody. For the amount of alcohol, this really didn't have a typical alcohol burn

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Billionaire from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.