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Millonario - Clown Shoes

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Clown Shoes Albino Cetaceous Release #1
Sometimes there are many words. Other times there are no words. We aged Chocolate Sombrero in Cognac barrels, making less than 100 cases of beer. For this we could only find one word. Millonario! Millonario! Millonario!

(Beer added by: dailyminefield on 06-24-2014)
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Reviews by Pahn:
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4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

22oz bottle into a teku. Split 2 ways with BA morningthief.

Appearance: Pours brownish black. Small tan head, not much retention. Leggy but very little lacing.

Smell: Like a sweeter, more pastried up version of Luchador En Fuego. This is a good thing. Cinnamon, vanilla, banana, some hints of roasted malt, no booziness. Much more complex than that short grocery list--interesting, smoky candy notes that are hard to make similes and metaphors with.

Gets notably better (ie even better) with warmth and time. Some alcohol heat elevates everything, and the depth continues to expand.

Taste: Vanilla, cinnamon heavily tinged with some pepper heat, roasted malt fully softened by sweet cognac flavors, with a multitude of pastry and alcohol flavors from start to finish. As with the nose, gets steadily better with warmth.

Easy to fall in love with this beer. Lots going on, all mutually complimentary. Dark fruit, vanilla, oak, banana, dry and nutty roasted malt, molasses, chocolate. This beer is the prog rock of beer--so much going on, but it works (this analogy assumes you like prog rock; there's a principle of charity with understanding analogies). Busy, but not in any pejorative sense. Consequently, a great sipper. Hot, overwhelmingly flavorful, perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between full and medium bodied. Heat and dryness in the finish bumps it up to 4.25. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I'm repeating myself here, but it keeps turning out to be true: Clown Shoes is uncannily brilliant at putting together barrel and big beer flavors. The base beer and its adjuncts work perfectly with the cognac barrel. They're softened and deepened, with everything just hot enough, just sweet enough, etc.

Boring review, I admit, but I'm running out of ways to say "This barrel aged Clown Shoes beer is complex, delicious, and amazing. How do they do it?" Worth seeking out.



Pahn, Jul 04, 2014
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A little less than two months from the bottle date......

Jet black color with excellent lace and retention. The nose is full of cognac and that transfers to the taste as well. Added layers of smoke, chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. The cognac just really takes over the base beer. I unfortunately don't get much in the way of chilies as the heat is really non-existent. Mouthfeel is thin. The ABV hides really well. Even as the beer warmed it would be hard to detect that this was 10%. Overall a very interesting concept, I just would have liked to see a thicker, fuller stout. The cognac barrel is really unique. I think with more vanilla and chilies this would be amazing. As it warms though, it balances together well. A nice overall offering from CS!

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Pours an almost-black, dark chocolate brown with a two finger cap of deep tan froth. The head slowly fades to a modest halo but leaves small islands of lace all the way down.

Aromas of cocoa, woodsy barrel, caramel, chilli pepper, mild coffee and faint vanilla. Sweet, smooth and inviting.

Cognac and chocolate battle for dominance in the flavor and I'm the clear winner! Tastes a bit like a cognac-infused brownie with notes of flavorful (as supposed to hot) chilli peppers, vanilla, caramel, oak, coffee, brown sugar, mild fruit skins and a healthy dollop of alcohol. The cognac adds a pleasant almost fruity quality along with the barrel sweetness. Everything blends quite well and despite the ocassional bite of booze this goes down smooth.

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I've admittedly been a bit of a Clown Shoes fan boy since my first sip of Eagle Claw Fist years ago. Their prolific barrel aging experimentation they've done at an accelerated pace recently has shown to the world that, contract brewer or not, they KNOW great beer. This is an excellent variation of their Chocolate Sombrero/ Luchador En Fuego with an added complexity from the different barrels. I highly recommend getting ahold of this to try, particularly if you've enjoyed the base or bourbon barreled varieties.

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Millonario from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.