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Billionaire - Clown Shoes

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91
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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 579
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 106
Gots: 169 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

English Barleywine aged in European Cognac barrels.
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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 579
Reviews by Dope:
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,498 characters)

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Appearance: Reddish chestnut with a slight, tan tinted foam cap and slight legs. Smell: some cognac on the nose with faint sherry Taste: Attacks creamy sweet follwed by a charge of sherry and malts with a growing bitterness wrapped in cognac. The flavor profile is wonderful. There is some fruit in there but the intensity of the cognac, malt, alcohol, and hops make it hard to pull out the fruit. Has an aspect of drinking a bourbon or a congac with the malt and alcohol – very creamy. Mouthfeel: Very creamy and chewy, with some slight warming. (548 characters)

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Billionaire from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.