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Burnt Caramel - Clown Shoes

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hello, my name is Caramel God. This American Brown Ale has five hundred pounds of burnt caramel in it, provided by Toscanini’s Ice Cream in Cambridge, MA. Pray to whoever you will or worship me as I hover over an endless ocean of ice cream cones. Either way, may you find enlightenment.

(Beer added by: ZackRothman on 04-25-2014)
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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottled 4/10/14. About 6 weeks old.

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Tall, fizzy and frothy light brown head. Head fades slowly with pretty good retention. Quite decent chunky lacing everywhere.

S: Typical brown ale around. Quite a bit of nutty, toasted bread. Pretzel-like at times. A little bit of caramel but it melds nicely.

T: Whoa. Big burst of caramel up front. Not necessarily a fully burnt caramel, but a toasted caramel. Toasted caramel drizzled over a thick, heavy bread. Lots of nuttiness, like a natural peanut butter. Toasted peanut butter and caramel sandwich? Get lots of sweetness in general, a honey-like sweetness at times too. Finish is grainy pretzels and toasted caramel.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and you can practically feel the syrupy caramel on your tongue between sips.

O: Pretty much what you'd expect. It's a nice brown ale with a toasted caramel overlay. Caramel is fairly strong but does not overpower. Lots of real brown ale characteristic to this one. I enjoyed it, it's a nice unique take on a brown ale.

After I drank about half the bottle I ended up pouring it out. Something about it I decided I didn't like as it got fully warm. Too sweet? Tiring to drink, if that makes any sense.

05-22-2014 02:07:03 | More by Dope
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-05-2014 03:10:43 | More by tbryan5
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-01-2014 01:24:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-24-2014 19:35:00 | More by JamesStreet
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-16-2014 19:58:35 | More by Kmlund
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Brutaltruth

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%

Excellent beer from Clown Shoes. Pours ruby red to deep brown in color with fine beaded foam that dissipates to nice lacing. Lot's of caramel in this one. Caramel and sweet chocolate chip cookies on the nose and a hint of coffee---medium roast. Great mouth feel with solid carbonation----tons of sweet crème brule style caramel and some coffee and sweet malt, same for after taste. This is an excellent beer for getting into a novices palate and expanding their horizons. Somewhat single flavored but more than solid and very enjoyable. Clown Shoes continues to impress.

05-30-2014 21:28:30 | More by Brutaltruth
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California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-18-2014 22:20:16 | More by jlisuk
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-31-2014 04:38:00 | More by SF_Posse
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Highstplz

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-26-2014 01:03:40 | More by Highstplz
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-18-2014 14:40:22 | More by EgadBananas
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

appearance: Copper brown, a little hazy. Fairly thick tan head on the pour that mostly subsides.
smell: Smells like a caramel brown ale i guess. Fairly subtle, subdued i.e. not particularly rich. Pleasant enough.
taste: Much like the nose. Kudos....there's no weird artificial aftertaste....tastes like caramel though again, not particularly rich.
overall: nice enough. truth in advertising, this is indeed a caramel brown.

07-15-2014 22:28:33 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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DerrickW

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-08-2014 01:31:54 | More by DerrickW
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, but the local store just got bottles of this so I'm confident that it's fresh. "Brewed and bottled by Mercury Brewing Co." Brewed with 500 lbs of burnt caramel sounds amazing, so my expectations are pretty good.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark muddy caramel brown color, a deep red when held to the light. About a finger and a half of creamy fluffy mocha head. Lots of scattered spotty lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The nose is nice, but standard for the style - caramel / brown malts, earthy & herbal tea leaf like aroma, some molasses, mild notes of cream / lactose / vanilla. Earthy & nutty on the aroma.

T - Taste follows the aroma - it is nice, but standard for the style. Lightly bitter / roasty / charred tasting. And while caramel / brown malts are definitely a main player, burnt caramel is not the first thing that comes to mind. Herbal tea leaves, notes of chocolate, cherry, vanilla & brown sugar.

M - The feel is good; creamy and smooth. Moderate bitterness / roast on the palate, with medium carbonation.

Overall, it is about standard for the style, and the caramel isn't as ridiculously in your face as I was hoping, considering it boasts using 500 lbs of the stuff. Worth the try, but not a beer I would seek out again.

Clown Shoes Burnt Caramel ---3.5/5

05-21-2014 21:57:06 | More by mfnmbvp
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

A: poured into a pint glass to a nice brown with some ruby hues topped by a half finger of light tan head that fades to a small mat and leaves no lacing
S: smells of caramel and toasted malt with a light raisin note
T: this beer tastes of caramel, caramel and more caramel with a slight toasted malt character and a slight weak coffee note. swallow is more caramel, a slight fruityness and a robust toasty malt flavor with a slight nuttyness
M: this beer seems to be on the heavier side of medium with prickly carbonation and a slightly refreshing finish that starts a little dry
O: Overall, not bad but a little one note. Fairly sweet from their addition of a lot of burnt caramel to this beer and it could have used some more bitterness for balance.

05-29-2014 02:50:01 | More by SHODriver
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 4/10/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours chestnut brown with a finger and a half beige head. A nice thin layer of retention leaves only tiny spots of lace.

Sure enough, aromas of burnt caramel dominate. Mild brown sugar, dulce de leche ice cream and vague roast malts.

Again in the flavor, plenty of burnt caramel up front. Toasted nuts, vague soft chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and toasted bread.

Light, just shy of medium body with moderate carbonation. Nutty, caramel and brown sugar finish.

While this is not Clown Shoes' best work in my opinion, they have successfully made a brown ale (not a style that I favor) that is pretty darn good. The sweetness of the caramel adds a pleasant element to the typical maltiness of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Pours a brownish fizzy but a little creamy 1/2 finger rich head that sticks around fairly well, touch of lacing, very dark murky molasses brown color with the faintest light barely able to sneak through.

Nose is quite potent, biiig sweet candy malts, caramel and brown sugar all over, burnt caramel, creme brulee, toffee, sugar daddy, flan, a touch of a milky aroma like a brown sugar candy milk thing, even a little cake note... but with all those sweet candy aromas it doesn't actually smell like it's overwhelming sweet like a Southern Tier. Light nutty toffee, and a little fluffy nougat as well. Pretty much a big bottle of liquid candy.

taste comes on sweet, but not overly sweet, more candy all over, first up is the caramel as expected, with caramelized brown sugar as well, sugar daddy candy, touch of a nutty note, creme brulee, etc. Again a touch of a milky flavor again, candied milk and caramel sugar, also milk duds which is interesting, and even caramel cake icing and like caramel ice cream. A hitn of warming booze tries to poke it's head but fails with the big candy, until a bit of a spicy hop does come through, a mild bitterness but you get that spicy hop character in there. Finish is sticky and sweet, again not overly sweet thankfully, with more candy flavors lingering, caramel all over, touch of spicy hop, and a touch of warming booze.

Mouth is fuller bod, fairly thick and rich, a little creamy, fair syrupy feel too, lighter but decent carb, just a hint of warming booze.

Overall interesting, pretty much delivers what it promises, burn caramel, and brown ale-ish like notes, hops at least poke through, booze is about where it should be, thankfully not super sweet, although tons and tons of various candy flavors, hard to drink much of it.

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Burnt Caramel from Clown Shoes
84 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.