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Ride The Lion - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 46
Gots: 122 | FT: 20
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Dchlocal on 05-28-2014

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy glass

Rusty brown body color, slightly muddy looking, with a real nice creamy tan four finger head. Nice creamed retention and whipped up as it falls nicely with some coating ring lacing. Settles to a thin puck.

Solid aroma. Mild amounts of caramel and a warm oaky toasted quality. Mild hints of boozy quality but not overpowering. Very subtle toffee notes. Real nice.

Palate is pretty solid. Nice creamy mouthfeel coating all in the palate. Slight nutty and phenolic clove action flavors in the aftertaste interestingly. Good mid palate of caramel which really hits nicely with the creamy feel. Warmth brings a bit of thin body and flavors getting toned down after some time.

The mouthfeel really seems to be something that really helps and gives the beer some better life as the brew seems to weaken shortly after opening. A solid though barrel aged wee heavy though.

Photo of deford
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber dated 6/19/14 into a Firestone Walker snifter.

L- Pretty light with a nice little head that settles into a thick ring in the glass...looks good.

S- Malty sweetness at first...toffee, vanilla, prunes...caramel...something that makes me think of hops.

T- Burnt or charred caramel, toffee, vanilla...there's very little alcohol in the taste and it fades quickly.

F- Mouthfeel is sudsy and the flavors burst out at you....interesting.

O- Not bad at all...just a little light in the flavor dept. I'd rather have an Alesmith or Backwoods...something that stands out. This is fine...but just fine.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in the middle of summer, bottled 6/16/14, this was not a summer beer at all, so I waited for cooler weather, and here it is.

Pours a decent fizzy smaller head that fades pretty quickly, not too bad for a 9% beer though, thick legs, dark murky molasses mahogany brown dark colored beer.

Nose is wow bourbon, sweet candy caramel, lots of caramel, little toffee, nutty candy aromas, some caramelized brown sugar, pretty nutty with some vanilla oak, little buttery oak like, faint candy raisin like, and lots of bourbon barrel juice.

Taste brings sweetness, syrupy thick and creamy even, with lots of brown malts, candy, lots of caramel, caramelized brown sugar, little toffee, nutty and juicy, and more candied raisin fig like fruits and nuts. A nice creamy brown malt juice, and then into bourbon, not as much as the nose but a nice bourbon and some barrel juice, and a little vanilla toasty barrel. So much caramel, straight up caramel, caramel candies, caramel fudge, etc. Faint alcohol warmth, with a little alcohol flavor too, with a touch of earthy hop bitterness on the back end. Finish is semi sweet with sticky feel, thick mouth coating, mild booze lingering, touch of bitterness, mild barrel juice and bourbon, as well as more nutty toffee and caramel, lots of caramel, lingering.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, thick and a bit syrupy, caramel like rich smooth thick feel, little booze warmth, lighter carb.

Overall pretty nice, great bourbon nose, bourbon fell off a bit on the taste but still rounds off the beer nicely, with so much sweet characters but not too sweet in general, lots of caramel all over, nice nutty toffee presence, hint of bitterness on the back end, nice level of alcohol, pretty enjoyable but still a sipper.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/19/2014. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, apple, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, oak, light smoke/roast, light nuttiness, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, apple, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, oak, light smoke/roast, light nuttiness, and yeast/aok earthiness on the finish for a while. Slight earthy/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, apple, vanilla, bourbon, oak, coconut, light smoke/roast, light nuttiness, nd yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness and complexity of big dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a fantastic malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged scotch ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Afroman
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

A not-so-wee heavy meets barley wine. Outstanding and delicious.

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kwkdmk
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RobertH50
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rdilauro
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I have been on a quest and so have my fellow workers to find me a Clown Shoes beer that I really enjoy.
This WeeHeavy Scotch Ale was an enjoyable beer. From the initial pour, I could almost feel tons of malt heading my way. After having my nose deep inside the glass, I could envision that the alcohol was going to be deep and heavy.

That first sip, big, enormous mouthful. Soft round full, almost every part of my mouth was hit by this beer. This was followed up with a nice long long long aftertaste.

My second sip gave way to drinking spirits. I felt as though I was having a Manhattan when I had additional sips of this beer. The high level of alcohol came through bright and clear. I thought maybe too much. But when can you drink a beer and think you are also drinking a perfect Manhattan.

I liked this one

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Ride The Lion from Clown Shoes
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