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Pimp - Clown Shoes

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89
very good

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 158
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 4.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dope on 05-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Got them fancy clothes. Got that big car, suicide doors, 8 track stereo, color TV's. Livin' the American dream, now you've got a brew as smooth as chorus from Al Green. Brash Brewing and Clown Shoes each made a brown ale at Mercury, then blended them. You don't have to have solid gold pants to enjoy... but it helps.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy brown with hints of ruby red and a thick and foamy tan head that leave sheets of lacing. one of the best looking brown ales I've ever seen.

Smells delicious and roasty with some serious caramel malt notes. A faint brown sugar smell rounds it out with no real scent of hops.

all of that in the taste with a bit of bitter hops.

the mouthfeel is quite smooth and very creamy, slightly dry finish compliments the rest very nicely.

Super drinkable, especially for a 10 percent beer.

Daaaamn!!! one fine beer the folks at clown shoes have cooked up. quite something else subtle yet complex in its own rights and on top of all that, very drinkable. (653 characters)

Photo of angusblackheart
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pimp!

Bottled 5/2012, so very fresh

Beer was hazy brown, almost murky, but had a good head and left beautiful lacing. Smells of hops, choocolate, fresh bread, really good! Taste is very unusual, a mix of hops and dark malts and dark fruits, very good. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and dry, a really good beer! (314 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: deep chocolate brown to rich mahogany, 2” tan head Smell: chocolate nose with a little roast Taste: starts chocolaty with some fruit in the middle and ends dry, with a dry but malty finish Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth medium full body with a slight alcohol warming. (295 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark brown. Nice head with good carbonation. Spider web acing on the glass. The aroma is heavy chocolate malts. Taste confirms more chocolate and at 10% has some lingering alcohol burn - not too over the top. Hard to discern that this is a blended beer as it comes across as very cohesive. Overall a great beer with some stickiness from all of the malts. (363 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a CCB snifter.

A- Pours an opaque very dark brown almost black with about a half of a finger of mocha brown head that recedes to leaving almost no head. About average carbonation- can see lines of carbonation bubbles lining the glass. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Definitely a strong aroma of coffee, malts, and maybe a faint hint of underlying dark fruits and spices.

T- Presence fairly creamy coffee, some nuts, a little bit of toffee, light roasted malts, finished with a lightly sweet tiny bit bitter taste that lingers on the palate for a little while.

M- Medium bodied, average to slightly above average carbonation, very well balanced, abv very well hidden at 10%.

O- This was a very good beer especially for Brash's first offering. I'd definitely rank this near the top on Brown ales I've had. For two different brown ales blended by two different companies (one a start up for that matter), this beer balanced very nicely between the coffee and malty presence. Unfortunately I didn't try Brown Angel before trying this beer, but I'd love to compare the two (supposedly Clown Shoes' beer was just a beefed up Brown Angel). I wish this was a regular offering, however it seems like it is a limited one-time release. Definitely pick some up while you can. Can't wait to try the other Brash brews! (1,332 characters)

Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - a nice looking dark walnut brown. The medium bodied brown head holds up well and lingers on the sides.

S - excellent chocolate malt nose profile with a really nice warm sweetness to it. If I didn't know better I would tell you I was about to partake in a nice chocolate porter.

T - The taste is consistent with the smell. It is a nice imperial porter. I know that isn't the style but it is the smell, taste and mouthfeel so I am sticking with it! The tast balances the warmth of the alcohol with the sweet, smooth and roasted malt profile. A hint of the hops at the back of the tongue creates a complex beer but not before a little bit of that roasted goodness in the after taste.

M - It is a moderately thick beer, again much more like a porter than a brown. It is fizzy especially around the edges which works well on the tongue with the thickness of the beer.

O - All in all this is a fun surprise of a beer from Clown Shoes and Brash. I don't have a ton of experience with either (more Clown Shoes.) But the complexity of this beer that was pulled off professionally has made me a fan of their craftsmanship. Worth the grab if you can find any aged bottles left. (1,174 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into snifter a dark brown almost black, one finger off white to tan head. Disappeared quick but left great lacing throughout.

S - sweet dark malt character notes if toffee, molasses, tootsie roll, and a slight roastyness.

T - flavor is great, I originally saw double brown ale on the bottle and didn't get my hopes up, not entirely into brown ales as much but this brings mounds of flavor to the party. The taste carries over the complex notes in the aroma of a sweet dark roasted malt, tootsie roll and molasses. Couldn't discern flavor hops as much but there is ample Bittering hops. Alcohol is subdued for the abv but this was bottled 6/12 so it's had time to mellow out. It leaves a nice hop and roasted malt flavor on the palate that lingers for sometime.

M - thick, syrupy with medium carbonation, slow sipping but the feel matches what I would expect for the style.

O - this is a great brew, and a great brown at that. It has some qualities that push it more towards an imperial porter, however the color and various tootsie roll/molasses notes are all brown ale. I am impressed with this beer, and slightly saddened it was a one off. Just a testiment to the greatness and variety of American craft brews. (1,231 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had several Clown Shoes beers and, while they've been enjoyable, I haven't been blown away by any of them. Well, this one is spot on.

In a snifter the beer was near black in color. It had a small tan head with a smattering of lace.

Big roasted malt aroma. Some sweet fruit and chocolate. A little bit of oakiness.

Where do I begin with the taste? Raisin bread for certain, very much so. A lot of chocolate. Could not discern any hops. Alcohol not particularly noticeable, but the beer became more boozy as it warmed up.

Heavy mouthfeel, but in a nice way. It felt great rolling around in my mouth. (607 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent yellowish-wheat head. Strong aroma has malty, earthy and caramel tones and a nutty hint. Rich flavor fills the mouth with malty, caramel, nutty molasses and bourbon tones plus a hint of - Coca-Cola? Firm, smooth texture has plenty of life and fizz. Kick off your clown shoes, be brash, try this one! (371 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice lacing! Head is fluffy mocha color while brew is near black..

Lots of roasty chocolate. Malty, caramel, bread-y dominate.

A nice thick brown ale.. Well done! Roasty (almost burnt) chocolate and deep caramel bread bursts. Lots of coffee flavors too. Not your typical Newcastle. A very heavy burn lingers well past the initial flavors. Carbonation is high too. Body is medium and dry.

I love this brew, it's damn good! Clown Shoes gains respect for having their name on this one. Thanks Vande for making it happen! (522 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Small, off-white head. It settles to rim bubbles. It has some streaky and spotty lace. The liquid is ruby brown where light barely passes through the center of the glass.

Plenty of chocolate and powdered cocoa aroma.

Lots of darker cocoa up front. Not quite bitter, but it isn't sweet either. The swallow features a bit of a taste explosion. There's significant creaminess, a hop presence and a richness to the beer that wasn't apparent initially. The alcohol is completely hidden with the rich taste. Complex and deceptive. (527 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Little Pub in Ridgefield CT.

Pours dark brown with 1/4 inch off-white foam that holds. Sticky and lacing. Coffee/chocolate nutty nose. Roasted. Taste is a creamy, boozy, caramel, coffee - everything hits at once for a delicious blend. Firm bitter at the finish. Really good. (292 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cola brown, huge dark tan head that lingers and leaves good lacing.

S - Milk chocolate and light roasted malt.

T - Brown sugar, bits of milk chocolate and malt. Very focused but good!

M - Lighter body and medium carbonation.

O - I loved this beer. It's not mind blowing or show stopping but definitely worthy of a high rating. I mean, for a double brown it's pretty double awesome! (396 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the few Clown shoes collab's I passed by on occasion. Purchased for 8 bucks marked down from $13.95. Into a pint glass.

A - Very deep brown almost stout like except for a small brown hue in the base. Head is a deep mocha with a solid inch that doesn't fade quickly.
S - Smells of a good brown ale mostly chocolate and brown malt but probably some cocoa too. A mild herbal hops as well.
T - Despite the high ABV this beer is tasty. Brown malts at this point are not very dry or herbal and the hops take a backseat as well. It does have some cocoa and chocolate flavors but not overall sweet. I am impressed.
M - Mouth is kind of dry like a porter so the yeast must play a good part on this. Medium in bodied and sort of slick.

Overall I never had a "brash" brewing company beer but this one is quite good. Very well crafted and with such a high octane ABV remember it's a sipper. (887 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber.

A - very dark brown with a little brown head that has decent retention

S - roasty, caramel, toffy, alcohol, sweet

T - caramel, toffy, nutty, bitter coffee, roasty

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather complex Brown Ale. The ABV is well hidden. My only complaint is that the complexities each fight to be independent. There doesn't seem to be an cohesive flavor. A bit of balance would not only round this beer out but add a good deal of drinkability. In the end, I enjoyed it and wouldn't turn it down in the future. (586 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 06/2012. Served in a Founders snifter. 

Pours dark brown with two and a half fingers of pillowy tan head that leaves nice clumps of lace. 

Smells of sweet milk chocolate, bread, lightly roasted malt and an almost dark fruit note. 

Taste delivers on the pleasing sweet nose. Chocolatey, raisin bread, roast malt and brown sugar. A good balancing hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Much smoother than I expect from 10% abv. 

Creamy full bodied with mild to moderate carbonation. 

I'm no typical fan of brown ales but this is really good stuff. A worthy brew from start to finish. (646 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a dense soil-colored head. Nice retention.

S: Coffee, brown bread and chocolate, heavy molasses and brown sugar, raisin.

T: Heavily roasted coffee, burnt barley, subtle dark fruits, dark chocolate. Moderately bitter and roasty. Bit of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to thick, fine creamy carbonation.

O: Not bad at all - strong and roasty, pretty tasty. (418 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown color, with a finger of creamy brown head that hangs around for a while. Lacing clings to the sides while I sip.

S - Very nutty aroma. Notes of hazelnut and a little peanut dominate the nose.

T/M - The taste follows the nose very nicely. Nutty taste with a slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel the finishes dry.

O - A very good, full-flavored brown ale. At 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden, which can be dangerous. Another winner from Clown Shoes. (531 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/2012

Apparently a mix of a Belgian brown ale by Brash and a beefed up version of Brown Angel from Clown Shoes

A: Pours a mahogany color with just over a fingers worth of tan head that lasts for a long time

S: Moderately roasted malts, some light coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, and a decent amount of earthy hops

T: Starts off with a big rush of dark fruits and then mellows out into the roasted malts, light coffee and chocolate, and earthy and floral hops. Alcohol is very well hidden

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: This surprised me with how much the dark fruits stand out. I'm guessing that is the Belgian brown part of the beer, which is particularly nice and goes very well with the Brown Angel. This borders on a BSDA and American Brown mix (which essentially is technically what it is comprised of), which is something completely new to me. Very good, and very complex. Definitely worth seeking out if you're a fan of either style (985 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, cola ruby highlights, somewhat black in color brown ale. Beige head, that leaves a strong ring for all 22 ounces.

Mild chocolate aroma, maybe a little coffee. Some yeasty, caramelized fruit lingers around with the high abv. % to make a nice smelling sipper of a beer.

Fruity, yeasty chocolate, with a warm boozy finish. The finish has plenty of abv%, but its not overwhelming by any means. Pretty good sipper, tailor made for a pimp I guess.

Well carbonated mouthfeel, but has some smooth roasted notes as well.

Pretty good, flavorful sipper in my opinion. I like it. (591 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pimp pours a very dark brown, almost black into the glass. A small tan head forms on top and quickly fades away. Only a few spots of lace cling to the sides.

The aroma is not very strong. Dark malts, brown sugar chocolate and a touch of dark fruit are present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, soft and velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich with notes of chocolate, dark fruit (raisin, strawberry), a touch of roast malt and a hint of smoke. It finishes moderately bitter with a touch of grassy hops. Once gone the chocolate and bitterness linger on the palate.

This is a tasty beer that's leans a little to the porter side. It's very drinkable and hides the 10% abv very well. (706 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Duvel glass. Purchased as Gasbarros for $1!

A- Pours a muddy brown opaque body with an off white fluffy head that reduces slowly and leaves thick lacing.

S- Subtle notes on the nose.. nutty, grainy, smokey, caramel.

T- Very nutty with lots of toffee, burnt sugar, caramel, and sweet malt. The finish is roasty. Not
bad, not bad at all.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. About where it needs to be.

I liked this more than expected, and for the price it was a steal. (510 characters)

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Damn near black pour, solid finger of off frothy off white head.

Aroma, malty, nutty, some roast of both. Some milk like chocolate.

Taste, a Roasty brown for sure. Malt, heavy nut, peanut. Bakers chocolate and woody smoke. Not too charry though. Finishes with some bitter and coffee.

Solid medium body, carbonation lightens it up a bit. Semi-coating with minimal warming from the abv, drinks pretty easy for the size.

Much better than their standard brown. (466 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark brown color with a thick tan colored head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles and leaves lacing on the glass. There is a nice roasted malt, nutty and toffee aroma with some alcohol.

Very nice flavor here. There are roasted malt, caramel, anise, alcohol, and hazelnut flavors. The finish is a bit bitter and warm from the alcohol and roasted malt. Maybe a bit too bitter. Medium-heavy feel with good carbonation to give it a full feel. Overall a pretty good beer. (481 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown pour, khaki head, good lace. Chocolate and roast malt nose. Caramel, lightly roast malt, chocolate and biscuits on the palate. Fairly straightforward brown. Light sweetness yet a citric hop appears late to balance the malty goodness. Decent brown. (258 characters)

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Pimp from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.