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Billionaire - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 82
Gots: 120 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 04/04/14. Not even two weeks old.

A: Dark, dark, dark, dark brown pour with a little red in there. Tall, dense tan head. Head fades slowly with good retention. Somewhat sparse lacing except right at the head line, if that makes any sense. Doesn't seem to stick elsewhere...odd.

S: Very fruity. Lots of dark fruits (raisins mainly, some fig perhaps?) and berries. Sugary sweet fruits. Underneath there is some heavy caramel and brown sugar. Hints of cocoa. Very nice.

T: Instant dark fruits up front. Strong and bold but not quite as overpowering as the aroma. Again with the dark fruits; raisins and fig and prune. Generic berry flavor floats about in there too. Heavy sugary feel to the dark fruits and to most of the beer as well. Caramel, brown sugar and some dark, heavy breadiness in the finish. Finish also has a surprisingly bitter aspect. Not hoppy...kind of a bitter fruit mixed with oak. Remnants of the cognac barrel perhaps? Yes, I think that might be it. Long lingering cognac and then pure oak, sticks around forever. Feels like you've been chewing on splinters at times. Not a harsh beer but the heat is felt all the same.

M: Heavy and dense. Sweet but not cloying.

O: Don't see too many cognac barreled barlwyines (or cognac barreled anything). Big, heavy, sweet and fruity. They made it sweet tasting without making it a syrupy, cloying mess. In fact it's not sweet in the aftertaste at all. Practically dry compared to the initial burst of sweet fruits. Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:29:22 | More by Dope
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Billionaire from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.