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Billionaire - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

421 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 95
Gots: 134 | 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 Pahn:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

22oz bottle split 2 ways and served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Unremarkable chestnut brown. No head or lacing. Would rate it lower but it kind of reminds me of J.W. Lees, so an extra .25.

Smell: Fruit and barrel. Raisin, berries, vanilla, caramel. Very aromatic. Some Jolly Rancher type hard candy, but mostly softer aromas like caramel and plums. Better than it sounds, really, as it's one of those "I can't really sit here and rattle off the grocery list of aromas, but the magnitude of the aroma is high, it's complex enough, and it's very inviting."

Taste: Follows the nose, but better. Raisins and mild prunes, cherry hard candies, leading to a long, warming flavor of caramel, oaky vanilla, and lots of brown sugar. Another perfect barrel and base beer marriage by Clown Shoes.

Lots of interesting fruit and cognac notes up front, and an extremely long lasting and satisfying oak, caramel, brown sugar finish (hints of raisin-like dark fruit flavors there as well). Alcohol (12%!) is perfectly tamed and masked, but comes out as chest warmth and flavor extension (each sip goes a long way, I mean).

Again, not much to say about it, but really great.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Mild but ample carbonation. Not dry, but nor is it chalky or sugary. Nothing getting in the way of the awesome flavor.

Overall: Another beautifully put together beer by Clown Shoes. This is the same brewery that made the awful pecan porter? That gets snobby disses for contract brewing? This is a brilliant beer; the type of thing that doesn't come from anywhere but talent and vision.

Extra points on Overall than the rest of the categories because the sum of its parts *is* greater, and it delivers Cognac, barrel, huge barleywine, without being cloying even for a second. It's not tamed by huge heat or heavy hopping, it's tamed by the flavors just working.

Great beer. Hope it's made annually instead of just once, because (like Hammer of the Holy) it delivers unique flavors that I want to have again.

Pahn, Apr 22, 2014
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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 421 ratings.