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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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232 Reviews
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Reviews: 232
Hads: 654
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 43
Gots: 97 | FT: 2
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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010

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Photo of Tomhet
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly black, slightly dark brown body with a one-finger copper/brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing. A very slight amount of light gets through.

Aroma: Nutty dark chocolate/coffee/toffee blasts the nose straightaway and strikes a perfect balance between the three main notes. I can't distinguish any sort of hop character, but I'm not complaining.

Taste: Delicious. The aforementioned triumvirate of dark chocolate/coffee/toffee hits you in sequential order, each of them permeated by a sweet caramel tinge that many others have noted. The nuttiness found in the aroma is present throughout the entire brew, and it reminds me of a pecan at times in the way it complements the overall creaminess of the beer. As the beer warms, a spicy hop presence becomes increasingly notable, much like the Tramp Stamp ale. Body is actually pretty light, and there's little to no carbonation to offer a bite on the tongue. Finishes incredibly smooth with a slightly "wet" mouthfeel; I could drink this all night.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Clown Shoes is dark ruby colored with a small bit of light at the bottom of the glass. It is crowned by a thin film of head; there is moderate lacing. The nose is potent with a miasma of toffee, cherry and caramel; the palate is infused with intense hits of fark chocolate, plum, licorice and a little pepper for a kick (with clown shoes, I would suspect.) There is a bitter finish at the end.

This one is a pleasant quaff, but nothing to overwhelm anyone. The labels are pretty cool, though. Gotta love the name at least.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass at The Beer Market in Lincolnshire

A - pours finger of khaki head, body is an opaque mahogany, nice lacing

S - dark ripe fruits, cocoa powder, and pumpernickel bread

T - Tart plumskins, dark unsweetened chocolate, juniper berry, dry pumpernickel bread, wonderful rye flavors long onto the finish.

M - Almost medium, medium carb is somewhat cleansing, makes way for the more bitter, sour and dry nuances - very smooth and drinkable overall

O - very balanced and complex, flavors are on the bold side and leave me contemplating each sip, an extremely well done brown ale, I recommend this one

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, no bottled on or freshness date.

A: Pours a dark nut brown color with a tremendous 3.5 finger head. Can't see through it one bit. Nice thick creamy head that holds up well and tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Tons of chocolate malt, caramel and toffee flavors. Hint of nuts.

T: Chocolate roasted malt, some piney hop taste as well. Bitter dry finish.

M: Full bodied, tons of carbonation, creamy texture on the palate.

O: Very good Brown ale, might be my favorite esp for a category that I typically find dull. Great fall beer on a cool night. Bittness works well with the chocolate malts.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown body with slight haze. Fluffy beige head leaves sporadic, droopy lace. On the nose I get light roast, some brown malts and a little sourness. Flavor is malt centric with caramel/roasted blend of flavors. Again, I perceive a little sourness, acidity... which is not very welcomed by me. Body is medium at best. LIghtly carbonated. Very average.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at barley oak, mandeville, la. Pours a murky brown with tan head gone quick. Sweet chocolate and slight rye aromas. Taste is slightly bitter malt; chocolate and rye. Nice bitter earthy hop presence, maybe a slight coffee note. Nice brown ale. Not as creamy as I like or out of the box, but its really good. Nice brew for sure.

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Photo of mjryan
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes. New to Minnesota. Grabbed a bottle today after reading the label and thinking it sounded pretty good. Hoppy brown ale. Why not? It's brown, so far so good. Smells really nice. Very fruity and hay like, almost reminds me of a well hopped pilsener oddly enough. Slight "brown" aroma as well. Toasty and roasty. A bit of cold press coffee there. Hops at the vanguard. Citrus, floral and grassy. Well defined. Fruit contribution seems to come from the yeast. Subtle apple/pear esters. The "brown" is mellow. Faintly roasty. Shit, I've had black IPA that was roastier than this beer. There is a caramel character in there that's adds a nice layer to the hops. Transitions into a wonderful bitter, estery finish. Great body, carbonation and mouthfeel. Just perfect. This is one hoppy brown ale and I'm glad I picked it up. Not the first Clown Shoes beer I've enjoyed and I'm sure not my last.

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Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber into the pint glass this is an opaque dark brown colored ale with a giant mound of root beer float tan head and plenty of lace remnants. The aroma is a very tasteful chocolate malt and fruit nougat with a minty, herbal accent. Add a touch of pine skunk and you have a classy nose hit. The flavor follows with a neat marriage of sweet chocolate malt and funky cabbage-pine hop bite. Really interesting and tasty with a creamy feel, medium bodied with subtle carbonation. The hops are very classy here, not smashmouth at all, sort of swampy-veggie, but a definite key to this wonderful flavor. Smooth, flavorful and different. Very nice.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark transparent brown color pours to three fingers of nice light brownish/tan colored head that really sticks around and clings the entire way down the glass.

S: Very aromatic roasted malts. Nice caramel and toffee flavors along with some nice citrus piney hops scents. Very enjoyable.

T: Chocolate roasted malt right from the get go with some other dark roasted malt flavors. Leads into the piney hops that was observed on the nice. Very slight piney hops but leads into a nice hop bitterness that balances it all out.

M: Medium carbonation works well with the roasted malt and hop bitterness. Leaves a light creamy feeling on the palette that moves to very slight dryness at the end.

O: Very nice brown ale. Bit more bitterness then i expected but it worked well with the dark roasted malts. Clown Shoes keeps kicking out nice brews and this is no exception.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled 7/11. Served in a mug, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. It smells like toasted malt, brown sugar, toffee, nuts and some citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like nuts, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, and some floral and citrusy hops. There's a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with there being a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew, a buddy of mine picked this up for me on a not so recent trip out of town so it was nice to try it. Hopefully next time I'll have a fresher bottle.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

(Aged for 1 year)

Clear dark amber and brown with a big khaki colored head that lasts and lasts, eventually leaving sheets and irregular lines of lace down the glass. This appears much heavier and substantial than most browns. Very, very pretty.

Mild aroma of roast, bready, and mild caramel. There's very little hop presence, but that could be my fault for letting this one sit for as long as I did.

The flavor is very roasty, especially for the style. There's good amounts of bready and some toffee, but this is decidedly roasty for any beer, and especially for a brown ale.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, and a touch prickly.

Good, but I did this beer no service by sitting on it for a year.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown beer with hints a red hues toward the bottom of the glass, the head is fairly thin (roughly one and a half fingers thick) and wanes considerably into a layer of bubbles and lacing. Medium carbonation and a slight haze fill the inner body of this beer. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, fig and raisins all fill your nostrils as you breathe in the sweet aromas emanating from the nectar of the gods. The mouth feel is rather light and dull, but the carbonation is very present. The flavor is mild overall, sweet, bitter when it hits the sides of your mouth and it fills your tongue with roasted coffee bean (mildly) roasted malts, very mild hops. The aftertaste lingers long after you swallow, it’s a bit harsh and slightly bitter and is dominated by roasted malts, brown sugar and mild hops. I think I just found my new favorite brown ale!

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 4/2012 on the side. Pours a dark, murky brown with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, earth, brown sugar, and a hint of citrus. Taste is mostly of caramel malts with floral hops at the end. Maybe some hints of chocolate. Silky mouthfeel. Tastes a bit boozier than I would have expected. Overall, one of the better Brown Ales out there. Well done.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Reddish brown color, ruby to the light. Clear appearance. Beige, copious froth, lasting crown & rocky rings. Toasted malts, bitter cocoa & herbal touch to the nose. Crispy & malty upfront. Hints of chocolate & dark fruits in the middle. Subtle citric hues. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy & silky palate –underlying bitter river. Long bitter chocolate finish & roasted coffee grain aftertaste. Refreshing & flavorful.

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; soft, dense, off white-brownish head that has great retention

S - caramel, nutty, faintly roasty

T - nutty, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasty, faintly citrusy

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really solid brown ale. It has great flavor and great drinkability. The malt character is spot on with just enough hop character for balance. I wish this came in six packs, I would buy them for sure.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.91/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled last week of January 2011:

Out of a 22 ounce bomber and into a pint glass:

A: deep brown colored body with a light cream colored one finger head leaving some nice ringy lacing. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen

S: nuts and roasty chocolates with some slight caramels backing that up. A bit of brown sugar comes in with the hops telling you that this is a beer.

T: superb with a roasty, sweet, malty caramel, chocolate flavor. The nuttiness doesn't take any backseat as it powers through into the taste, everything is there.

M: medium but still well done between wet and dry on the tongue. It is very smooth and creamy, just like any Brown should be.

O: there is barely a single thing I can say that is bad on this, this is an exceptionally well done beer. I know I'm biased towards browns, but is this really this good?

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, I'm giving it an extra .5 point on appearance because of the label. Damn, it looks so good. As a fellow fan of brown angels, this one really floated my boat, image wise. Aroma was nutty, and relatively hoppy for a brown ale for sure.

Plenty bitter taste via the hop delivery. Still picking up plenty in the nuttiness department as well. Decent enough malt bill for a brown ale, isn't super thin or thick, kind of in the goldilocks range, a little reminiscient of Mammoth's double nut, except hoppier. Usual toffee, nutty and caramel malt aspects to mention.

By the end of the 22oz, I was ready to change it up, but I think simply the notion that I was able to drink 22oz of any brown ale, kind of speaks for itself, as I fall into the typical, kinda "meh" on the brown ale style these days.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Bottled 4/2011.

Pours a murky brown with an explosively large khaki head that eventually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and nutty aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation that is just too much. Overall, this is a pretty average beer as it stands and I think there may be a slight infection issue with the huge head and extreme carbonation that this particular bottle has.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep dark brown. Nearly black but with some reddish highlights round the edges. Wisp of an off white head.
Smell: heavy malt typical of a brown. Pretty full hop presence too.
Taste: full malty brown with a slightly bitter finish.
Overall: not bad, not great. Can't help but compare to dfh Indian brown which is a go to brown for me.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep luscious brown color. Transparent but decently dark. Light cream colored head is of respectable stature. Head leaves plenty of lacing.

S-Nutty and roasty. Chocolate covered caramel and brown sugar. Love the nutty element. More than enough hops in the nose too. Plenty to like here.

T-This is a very flavorful Brown Ale. Roastiness is stressed. Cola aspects. Lingering nuttiness meshes very nicely with some bittering hop flavors. Powdered cocoa and brown sugar.

M-A big Brown Ale, but the body is lighter than I was expecting. Plenty of carbonation. Lightly drying on the palate.

O/D-An amped up Brown Ale. Several flavor components. I am starting to appreciate Brown Ales more and this is one of the better Browns I have come across. Plenty of flavor but still fairly light in body for a rather high ABV brew.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a rich dark mahogany. There are slight hues or dark reds through the beer and about two full fingers of light khaki colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly leaving some big lacing along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is roasted malt, seaweed, prunes, and booze. This beer might be a bit old, and it kinda smells that way. It's a weird mix of scents.

T: The initial hit is stale bread, roasted malt, a bit of sweetness, and a good amount of booze. It starts out ok, but I really lose it in the middle and the finish. I'm missing that familiar roast/nuttiness that brown ales are known for.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts and finish pretty dry. This might be caused by the higher ABV, but I'm not sure.

O: Not a fan of this beer. The flavors are just way off, and the higher alcohol level doesn't really help this brew out. I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a medium brown beer, huge ass head, i didnt pour too hard to induce it either.Smells very nice , has major porter scents to it, coffee,roasted scent. Tastes rather like a porter also, not that i care, its good.Semi sweet ,malty, hoppy. An ok beer as i get closer to finishing the bottle, im beginning to find it a bit average.

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Photo of oline73
2.23/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red when the light hits the bottle. There is a ton of tan head that stays around for quite a while. This one might be a bit over carbonated.

Smell: This is a mild smelling beer considering the abv. Some mildly roasty malt, to be honest it's slightly soapy. Getting a real faint brown sugar smell.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. Some slightly roasty malt, no nutty or caramel note. The finish is bitter and there is some alcohol presence as well. Not my favorite of this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an extremely high amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very subpar brown ale. Over carbonated and no real malt presence. I will never have this one again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 1/2012.

Appearance: Pours out a deep, dark medium-brown body beneath a tall, foaming, light tan-hued head.

Smell: A central deep breadiness, fairly toasty in the scent, streaked by hoppy notes of spice (white pepper), florals, and pithy tangerine peelings.

Taste: Bread, toasted grains sliding towards a roasty chicory-like taste given a thin layer of sprinkled toasted ground nuts. Near nil sweetness, though a very, very low hint of brown sugar that races by the tongue. A mix of florals and spice wrapped up in a big orange, tangerine-flavored bow. Moderate bitterness. Scant grassiness. Drying, bitterish, toasted finish with a light lingering hint of mint leaf.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: As expected, it was a hoppy brown.

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Photo of TheYeagermeister
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A--Dark, muddy brown with a seriously thick/creamy head. It floated on the top of the brew and would not dissolve.
S--Having a hard time smelling anything. Faint coffee and dark chocolate, some nutty, roasted malts.
T--Not like a typical brown. Overly hopped and it shows immediately. Bitter dark chocolate meets charcoal. Not really getting any of the caramel/toffee or nut backing you usually get from a good brown. Those brown malt flavors may be there...they try to come out but get slapped down by the hops. This is like drinking carbonated black coffee with overroasted beans, for the most part. Sulfur finish.
M--Creamy. Decent.
O--Disappointing. Lacks balance and not true to the style. Does get better as it warms.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.