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Pimp - Clown Shoes

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 160
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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.

"When life's a bitch, be a pimp"
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with two finger head on top of an aroma that is a mix of roasted and sweet caramel and chocolate notes, even some toffee. Medium bodied and sticky, even a little chewy, goes down easy and smooth. The booze makes itself known but not in an aggressive manner and the beer is mostly a good balance of sweet and roasted malts. A simple but very enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. "Brewed 5/2012" stamped on label. I didn't even notice it was this old when I bought recently.

pours extremely dark brown, 1" thick super creamy khaki colored head. huge clumps of lacing cling to the glass. aroma is a bit boozy, rich malt. taste is burnt caramel, raisin, alcohol burn aftertaste. herbal, earthy. medium body, quite creamy smooth mouthfeel. lower carbonation.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

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

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, molasses, light coffee, earthy

T-dark roasted malt, cocoa, light coffee, molasses, earthy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O- good brown ale, little boozy but enjoyable

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Totally pimped out in a chocolate brown suit with a tan one finger hat that dipped far low one eye. Nasty tan lacing that ran down the side oh, so elegantly.

S: bitchin' chocolate and vanilla mix with a malty backbone. A half pint of alcohol in the back pocket.

T: slaps you upside the head with that malty vanilla attitude with caramel and chocolate bringing up the rear. Sweet, robust, sassy.

M: medium with a frothy swish on the tongue and tons of kickass carbonation.

O: a helluva ride. Wish they kept making this cool dude. Now dat's one fine brown ale, mama.

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Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into a becker a deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy one finger lighter beige that never really settles.Aromas of chocolate and more chocolate,there is more brown sugar and a big shot of sweet alcohol,smells like a sweet boozy bomb.The feel is nice and creamy with lighter carbonation,it slides down easy.As expected it's pretty boozy with chocolate malt flavors really hitting home,some caramel and just a smattering of earthiness in the finish.It's not bad but it's a sipper,maybe not suited for 4:30 in the afternoon drinking like Iam doing.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Quite dark brown with some cola highlights. big messy mocha head.
smell: A bit of cocoa but mostly, not much happening.
taste: A lot richer than the nose. Nice combo of nutty chocolate and a little hoppy bitterness.
mouthfeel: noticeable carbonation.
overall: not bad, not great.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-double brown ale. bot on 6/12. consumed 1/13.

A: Dark otter brown pour shows auburn highlights as it exits the bottle. A tarnished-bronze mushroom head sits at 2 fingers with a frumpy textured nature, bready and porous if you will. Good show of micro bead carbonation rises along the glass walls rebuilding the head which showed remarkable retention. Thick spongy coating exists for lacing afterwards.

S: Dark chocolate, rich level of aromatic appeal, soft roasted bean bitterness. Not terribly complex, though soothing and roasty forward. Caramel chocolate coffee best sums up the first impression. Fresh roasty nature, rich chocolate with deep tones are brought out with some cocoa with just the right amount of bitterness. Fresh dark roasty coffee bean fade comes with compliments of vanilla, hazelnut that lingers about with a silty touch. Some spicy dark fruit is noticed while flashes of sweet dark malt interludes thoughout the experience.

M: Nice carbonation presence and tingle, creamy chocolate malts are smooth on the tongue with a warmth of alcohol nature.

O: Overall rich deep chocolate tones with a fresh roastiness really makes this shine out with a fresh nature. Abv is well hidden, very nice drinkability and enjoyment factor and bomber worthy to the last drop. Worthy to pimp out to your friends.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on 6/2012 on bottom corner of label. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $7.99.

A: Pleasing chestnut brown with staunch 1-2 finger sof tightly bubbled, cola-like light beige head with decent retention and some scraps of lace.

S: Subtle chocolate and coffee grounds aroma mix with light caramel bready almost doughy malt qualities. Not much but mild earthy hopping. No real alcohol aspect.

T: The flavor is not well-integrated and has a heavy alcohol/booze that muddies the flavor further. The chocolate and coffee in the nose, mild to begin with, are even more masked by a cardboardy, slightly metallic alcohol -like, chemical flavor. The nuttiness is very strong too and really doesn't mesh with the alcohol and the other malt flavors. This would be a lot better beer at 8% -- to me the alcohol is too forward and blunts any subtleties that might be there. The finish has a little finesse with a little more chocolate presence, but overall I think this one misses with me: it just lands like a big thud on your palate.

M: The mouthfeel is somewhat better with a smooth creaminess, but the booziness does hamper this aspect a little bit as well. Carbonation is low and well-done. Pretty chewy overall.

O: Not really what I was expecting -- the flavors don't really work well together and it is way to boozy for me, which gets in the way of the flavors that should come through in a very big brown ale.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into my Notch 0.5L shaker. Served refrigerator temperature.

A- dark, opaque almost black. Yeasty looking head, light brown, good persistence
S - roasted malt smell, hops, milk sugars, a little sweet
T - oh...more than I expected. After sampling a few watering black ales, this is something else entirely. Dark malts, with a strong bourbon taste. Warm alcohol flavor. What's the ABV? 10% - well that explains something. Hints of coffee, toast, but a strong bourbon/whiskey taste predominates.
M - chewy, with a biting fizz. Perfect.
O - fine brew for slow sipping by the fire.

Not really just a "brown ale". Should be a double, or something.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been eyeballing this one at the store. Finally taking the plunge!

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: It was dark brown, very cloudy, and will a wispy off-white head that surrounded the liquid below it.

S: More nutty than anything, more chestnut actually, and fairly strong at that.

T: Yeah, the nuttiness takes center stage here, the sugar takes stage right, and the yeast takes stage left. You know what I need in this? Bourbon.

M: Fairly prickly, considering the style. The lacing was absurd, yet the sweetness was subdued.

O: Very good entry from Clown Shoes. However, if they were to bourbonize this, I think it would be money!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Fine one finger brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt with slight char, chocolate, dark stone fruit; finishes with charred coffee and light hops. Medium bodied. A rich flavored dark ale straddling the line between a brown ale and stout. Flavor is integrated and covers the alcohol well.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. Dark brown, mahogany color with a frothy tan head filling the top half inch of the glass. Nice looking color to it.

The aroma shows some pretty bold malt flavors. I get more sweeter caramel and milk chocolate to it at first, but I also get some roasted malts that add some coffee and dark chocolate. Pretty nice aroma overall, the malt flavors are bold but well balanced with each other.

The taste also mixes sweet caramel and milk chocolate with a more bitter and roasted malt flavor. They don't seem to compliment each other as well as they did in the aroma, but still pretty good overall. Both the milky chocolate and roasted coffee flavors are really good in it separately but it just doesn't seem to come together as well as it could have.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a another solid and interesting beer from CS. The roasted malts seemed to make it lean towards the porter style, which I thought was a good and interesting take on the style. Pretty enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a big, boozy beer. Tastes more like a stout or a porter. I've noticed that the last few dark beers from Clown Shoes have tasted like slight variations of the same beer- Hoppy Feet 1.5, Blaecorn Unidragon, and Pimp all taste the same to me. It's like the Simpsons joke at the Duff brewery there are 4 spouts coming out of the same barrel filling 4 different bottles. A virtual brewer doesn't need to make 13 beers year round in my humble opinion.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful aroma of chocolate and light roasted espresso beans. Light bakeshop type aroma is hidden behind the main aromas.

Dark brown to the point where the beer is virtually black. Nice tan head and weird lacing, but not too bad overall. The head leaves a ring around the glass at the meniscus and clears out in the center.

Chocolate and toffee are in the forefront with coffee coming in as a close second. Brown sugar and a nice toasty biscuit flavor rounds it out. It's lighter than I expected in body, and has a happy moderate level of carbonation. The beer kind of dances on the tongue but doesn't foam up. Quite delicious.

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