Bombay Berserker - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.76/5 rDev -0.5%
Gotta love these guys.... they make great beer and have fun doing it. If they were all gimicy like that and made terrible beer then I would be very disappointed, but as the beer is good, I have to commend them. My love for you is like a truck Berserker! My love for you is ticking clock Berserker! Would you like to suck my beer...
Pours a nice looking creamy 1 finger mocha colored head that fades at a med pace, then slows, and leaves some nice layers of lacing, and decent legs on the sides of the glass. Completely pitch black beer.
Nose is quite unique, an Indian spiced stout is pretty much how to describe it. The spices jump right out, a nice chai tea aroma, a nice ginger, little cardamom and cinnamon baking spices, it almost wants to be curry but never quite gets there, it also reminisces hints of dark fruits, like fig and date, a mild vanilla too, almost like a creamy vanilla ice cream mixed into a dark porridge. The stout brings some cocoa, nice baker's chocolate, melting chocolate and a little creamy aroma, a bit of a stout like bitterness on the aroma alone. It reminds me a bit of the Theo chocolate with Chai tea mixed with their Vanilla crunch and interesting spices.
Taste is just as much of the complexity, but first charges in with stout, and dark chocolate. The baker's chocolate first explodes, with bitter dark chocolate, as well as a little creamy melting chocolate and hot cocoa. Then into spices, with more chai tea flavors at first, adding to the creamy taste, then a bit of ginger comes through, as well as very faint cardamom, cinnamon, and generic baking spices, not much but there nevertheless, and even gets a little nutmeg like character but that's probably just my mind. My mind also gives hints of fig and date although I know they're not actually there. It also brings a little syrupy like possibly molasses character, but hard to really label what that flavor really is, and there is a faint hint of vanilla in the background that seems to blend right with the chai. The sweetness is mild but there, and a light warming tingly booze, as well as hint of a phenolic booze flavor, with heat on the back of the throat, and bitterness as well as heat from the various spices, and touch of tannins. Finish is sticky syrupy and a little sweet, with more heat from the booze and spices as well mostly the ginger and cinnamon, bit more dark chocolate and cocoa lingering.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, some warming slight tingly booze and spices, and little syrupy.
Overall really interesting and unique. Nice stout character, I like the chocolate, chai, and vanilla, the spices are interesting but not something I would normally enjoy in something like this. Good to try once, but probably wouldn't get again, and hard to finish the entire bottle myself.
10-06-2013 01:34:43 | More by jlindros
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3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
11-18-2013 06:11:35 | More by Beaver13
4.21/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
01-26-2014 08:07:59 | More by MattyG85
3.76/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-26-2013 13:12:50 | More by Brenden
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