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Bombay Berserker - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

259 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MistahBeah on 09-11-2013)
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is fairly opaque with some light coming through (kind of porter-like). There is a large, well-sustained khaki head. The nose is a bit too pungent for my liking. It has lots of earthy ginger and spicy cardamom; so much that it hides any roasty or malty notes. It smells like tea, not a stout ale. I get no vanilla or cinnamon on the nose.

The beer has a medium body and a very spicy flavor. There is lots of chai tea flavor here and fans of chai will feel right at home. There is a faint hint of vanilla up front, then the peppery ginger and cardamom come in and never let up. I get very little malt sweetness to balance it and the earthy flavors really dominate here. They linger rather harshly on the finish, which is not very pleasant.

If this was tea, I'd rate it highly. Unfortunately, it's a beer that doesn't taste much like beer. While this was a great idea for a beer (the kind of idea that usually comes from Dogfish Head), I don't think it was very well executed. I feel the brewer should have amped up the vanilla and malt to better complement the body and nature of the beverage. In other words, make it taste like a chai tea latte, not chai tea. If this was tweaked a little, it could be awesome. As it is, I'm glad I tried it, but it's just not my cup of tea.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DrDemento456
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Made this beer my 2,000th review! Paid $8.99 for the single a very fair price for a chai flavored RIS.

A - Man these guys make a great looking RIS! Deep dark blackness very thick looking RIS with a 1/2 inch mocha head that sticks around for a bit. Great lacing.
S - Smells mostly of ginger and cinnamon very Christmas like! Mild roasts and bitter chocolate smells. Hopefully its more vanilla based in the taste.
T - I can taste the cardamom tea like flavors. Not as sweet as I expected but it does have a vanilla extract taste. Ginger root and cinnamon overdose kind of buries any roast or chocolate taste one would expect is a RIS. Very unique Imperial Stout.
M - A bit thinner than I expected but most Clown Shoes Imperial stouts are like that. Medium bodied and kind of chewy.

Overall I can dig the originality of this beer. They accomplished what they put out to do make a Christmas spice like RIS. Worth picking up!

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance -opaque black, a solid sticky finger of mocha foam. Good lacing all around.

Aroma - ginger and roasted malt are the first things I pick up, chai tea added in after some set up, making for some cola notes. Reminds me of the Anchor Christmas beers.

Taste - the roasted malts play out bigger than the smell lets on. A touch of char as the vanilla and chai blend in. The ginger supports the chai, not as prominent as I thought it might get. Good blend of flavors, complementing the basic stout flavor without trying to take it over. The swallow is a touch fruity from the chai and ginger, going dry and warming on the finish. Very tasty and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel - fluffy crispness, sturdy body, sticky in the mouth, making for a long finish.

Overall - excellent sipper, one to remember for a tasting.

Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tectactoe
1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.76/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Afroman
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet roasted grains with some chocolate and cinnamon.

The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts with some spicy cinnamon and ginger. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's interesting with roast chocolate and some surprisingly spicy cinnamon and ginger.

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

22 oz Bomber.Had this last night.Alcohol was a lot more up front on this brew.Thin hint of chocolate.Poured it into a 20 oz Firestone glass dark as night.The smell was a light chocolate.Nothing really outstanding here.Not as good as Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero.Probably would not drink again..

Photo of Meyers1023
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Mattco
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Moo5152
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on 07/25/13.

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a moderate amount of carbonation. About one finger of tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet chocolate malt forward aroma with a big presence of spices. Dark roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, yeast, vanilla, and slight smoke. Huge mix of spices with a scent of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and slight nutmeg. Tea like scent from the spices. Sweet hints of molasses and some anise spice. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, plum, fig, and cherry. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty good smell.

Taste: Like the aroma, a roasty and tea like stout taste with a big presence of chocolate and spices. Dark roasted barley malts with a good taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt toast, vanilla, biscuit, yeast, grains, nuts, and smoke. Big mix of spices giving a Chai tea like taste. Notes of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Also some anise spice. Sweet taste of burnt molasses. Dark fruit undertones of raisin, dark cherry, plum, dates, and fig. Light presence of earthy hops in the background.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Feel is creamy, silky, spicy, and fairly smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty interesting and good take on a Imperial Stout. Good balance of roasty malt notes and spices.

Photo of Jammergordon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This thing is pitch black, thick and viscous. The head, light brown in color, rests strongly on top of the beer after reaching one finger. It leaves patches of lacing in good quantity.
Malts form a strong foundation in the nose, and the spicing is pretty good. It sort of blends together, but is still distinguishable for the most part. There's plenty of chocolate. The cardamom seems evident, and cinnamon flashes in and out but is strong when it's in. There's a note of something like black licorice. Some char builds up as it sits.
The taste follows pretty well. The spices make for a somewhat chai-like character, but at times are somewhat less than distinguishable on the whole. It's a tasty beer, with a nice milk chocolate flavor to it, though the char builds up to just a little harshness in the end of the sip as it warms.
The feel is a bit crisp, a little too much spritz for a big stout, but it's also robust and creamy.

Photo of brians52
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Bombay Berserker from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.