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Bombay Berserker - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 279
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | FT: 4
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Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MistahBeah on 09-11-2013

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Photo of dheacck11
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks nice and dark black from the bottle. Big tan head which fades pretty quickly. No real lacing. Nose is just weird. Little roast. Little chcolate. Definitely notice the spices. Taste is equally weird. Lots of cumin, cinammon, spice initially. Little bit of roastiness again, and a soft chocolate finish. Bit on the thin side of medium for the style.

I can't get out of my head that this tastes like flat pepsi. Too much sweetness. Too wacky of spices. Not enough punch. Not gonna get again. Some flavored stouts work well. This does not.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

no date - but 2013

A- Blackish brown with a slight reddish hue. Finger high head that is light tan with no real lacing.

S- Cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, some vanilla. Has a certain sweetness coming thru.

T- Follows the nose, strong cinnamon up front with some ginger hitting pretty good, next comes some light coco with that sweetness like raisins. Lots of spice floating around, not bad for a Christmas theme stout.

M- Medium, slick, low fizziness that coats the tongue.

O- Im not big into spice beers, but I bought this one knowing up front, its really not that bad, has a interesting and unusual flavor that keeps the tongue guessing whats coming next. Not my style but glad I tried it, Im growing to be a big supporter of Clown Shoes.

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Photo of SCbrewpubfan
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. A small light tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing that fades quickly. Beer is dark brown nearly black.
S - Smell is dominated by ginger and cardamom. Some vanilla and chocolate barely seeps in.
T - Ginger and cardamom are heavy up front. Roasted flavors of coffee and cherry follow and hop bitterness attempts to make an appearance. There's some vanilla in the finish, but still a lot of ginger and cardamom. An ever so slight spicy pepper flavor remains in the aftertaste.
M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Not bad for the style, but could use a little more chewiness.
O - The flavors assert themselves more as the beer warms, but they still are a bit jumbled. The ginger and cardamom dominate and don't let the underlying chocolate, vanilla, and coffee come through. This is close to being really good, but just misses the mark.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black, doesn't seem thick, but a nice pour. Has a one finger khaki head.

S - Cinnamon, chai tea, light roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate.

T - Starts off with roasted malts and chocolate. Then the flavor turns into the chai tea, cinnamon and spices.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation with a smooth body.

O - A nice change of pace from Chocolate Sombrero. Not something I'd grab often due to the tea spices.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/6/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with some light getting though; khaki head that slowly fades and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of chocolate, anise, and cinnamon. Some cocoa malts in the mix as well. The flavors seem to really match the nose. Lots of milk chocolate. Lots of cinnamon spices followed by some ginger. The anise is there, but isn't as dominant as it is in the nose. There are hints of vanilla bean as well. Very roasty. It's not spicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied and creamy. Very smooth with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is in line with their other stouts. This is a nice beer to relax with and opens up as it warms.

This is an interesting and unique stout. It's fitting for the winter and for enjoying during the holidays. It has some "pumpkin stout" characteristics. Very solid stuff.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black color with a light head. The aroma is of peppermint and spices with roasted malts. The flavor is thick, roasted and spicy. Cinnamon, clove, coffee, vanilla, and nutmeg. Intense stout with holiday influence. Strong and a bit challenging to drink. Strong, intoxicating, encompassing.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown in color, rather than the pitch black appearance many stouts possess. The head was fizzy, and settled down to a half finger thick ring of bubbles. The smell was a mix of chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and cardamom, and while it showed off the ingredients perfectly, there was something jarringly clashing about it. The taste was more like a Christmas seasonal than a stout, as the spice and chocolate additives were very prominent, while the body was lacking. Quite thin for the style, and totally lacking in a robust feel. The alcohol, however, was very well hidden, and in no way felt in double digits. If this was labeled as a winter seasonal instead of a chocolate stout, I would have bumped it up a few points, but it was not true to the labeled style.

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Photo of ADZA
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label of this one really caught my eye and it pours the darkest kola hue with a one finger non lasting khaki head and some clingy lacing,the smell is wow it's quite unique with aromas of indian curry,dark chocolate and vanilla booze it really is out there on smell,the feel is full bodied,sticky and lightly carbonated and on taste it's all about the stout it's milky chocolate with a touch of mocha and finished with a mix of sweet vanilla and herbal punchy hops and overall this brew is definately out there and unique and something I'm glad I've tried but definately something you want to see in winter when eating curry by the fire cheers.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"This exotic stout is a relative of Chocolate Sombrero, with the Mexican spices replaced by the flavors of chai tea: ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla. Dear head hanging craft beer drinkers, please remember, "Our love for you is like a truck... BERSERKER!"" Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Not currently brewed by Clown Shoes.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a robust mocha brown head of a crisp, creamy frothed consistency over an opaque black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Potent aromas of cardamom, ginger and vanilla forward, rich chocolate and medium roast malt undertones, herbal earthy bitterness, potentially the impact of chai tea in the background. No doubt a bold stout, but with a lot of aromatic qualities from uncommon stout ingredients that come rushing to the surface. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The blend of the robust stout character and the effervescent qualities of cardamom, ginger and vanilla are more seamlessly balanced in the flavor of this ale. Medium roasted barley, caramel bread, cocoa, mild licorice and dark fruits trailing the mellow herbal bitter finish, accented all the way by the effervescent fragrance of cardamom, ginger and nutmeg. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slightly creamy, slick, residual, mildly sticky, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy, herbal bitter and effervescent over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Clown Shoes has made a name for itself with its wide lineup of American Imperial Stouts, and the richness of this ale is only further accented by the inclusion of the unusual choices of cardamom and ginger, both very potent and strikingly unique alongside the stout characters, generating a nicely balanced impact in the finished product. While the Bombay Berserker is a currently retired ale, I wouldn't mind enjoying this ale again in the future. 3.75

Clown Shoes'
Bombay Berserker: Indian-Style Chocolate Stout

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Photo of Dope
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date. Pretty fresh, couple weeks.

A: Pitch black pour. Good sized and dense medium brown head. Great retention, sticks around forever. Moderate thin swaths of lacing.

S: Spicy. Lots and lots of ginger (cardamom I believe) and cinnamon. Lots and lots of it. I can barely discern anything else other than a bit of chocolate. Unique, regardless. Kinda floral too.

T: Lots of spices up front, again with the ginger and cinnamon. Lots of chocolate joining it. Ginger bomb from start to finish really. No heat like chocolate sombrero, not even from the cinnamon. Aftertaste is all spices. No sign of the vanilla either that I can tell.

M: Pretty heavy, smooth.

O: Does what it says. Loaded to the hilt with spices. Definitely a cousin of chocolate sombrero but just not as good. A must-have if you enjoy ginger/cardamom (I think they taste/smell very similar myself). Big, sweet and chocolatey otherwise.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass.

What is it with me and crazily-flavored stouts when I head over to VDubb's? Regardless, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate syrup, light roasted malts, ginger, light vanilla bean, and a touch of mild coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, the exotic spices listed on the label not really coming through, yielding instead to something of a sweet stout character. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly fluid feel. Overall, a pretty tasty stout, one that I kinda wish did actually exhibit the advertised spices and whatnot, but it's solid regardless.

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Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Muddy black pour, half finger of cream head. Some minimal lacing.

Aroma, spice, at least it is not an overload of Christmas spice, but none the less quite overpowering. Tea and certainly the cardamom. If you enjoy Indian food, this will be acceptable. Almost an anise slash mintiness to it.

Taste, It is very earthy, no mint thankfully. Light roast and peaty malt. Some tea and some minor vanilla and sweeter malt. Finishes dry roast, cocoa.

Not super heavy body wise, maybe just above medium. Good level of carbonation. Nearly no abv presence for the large listed amount.
Was pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Twenty-two (22) ounce bottle, dated 8/8/13.

A: Pours black with a 1/2-inch thick dark mocha head which fades to the rim leaving a few spots.

N: Cardamom up front along with pine nuts, cinnamon, chocolate/cocoa, herbal, and slight peppery spice.

T: Definitely Chai-like with the requisite spices (ginger and cardamom and cinnamon). Faint vanilla, dark chocolate, mild roasted malts and sweetness.

M: Semi-full body and semi-moderate carbonation. Odd finish, not spicy hot, just Chai spices and pine nut.

O: On the verge of bizarre, but an interesting take on a non-curry Indian spiced stout. ABV is somewhat sneaky.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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..

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $9.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 08/08/13.

Appearance: Pours a black, viscous body with a head that's a bit hard to scare up and departs fairly quickly, leaving just a thin coating of tan.

Smell: Succulent chocolate pitted with the savory spices, cardamom and ginger are the one's standing out the most for me. A slight sharper fruitiness than what ultimately appears in the taste and far, far less vanilla that appears in the taste.

Taste: Dark chocolate envelope espresso-toned roasted malts, with the vanilla, mild, but discernible, along with the extra added spices. Touch of candied date. For me, just the right amount of sweetness without becoming too sugary. Holds in a pattern of sweetish chocolate, spice, and vanilla until the full, faintly heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Certainly a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: I had a fun time with it. Don't hit me for that statement!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Very dark imp stout, nearly opaque. Tan sparse head with some sparse lacing. Cola highlights round the edges when held to light. Yep, looks like an imp stout.
smell: Redolent with aromatic spice. Cardamom is prominent. Interesting for sure.
taste: Taste is more balanced than the nose. Aromatic spices up front but the imp stout roastiness makes an appearance in a good way.
overall: nice experiment. Enjoying this.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this in a shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

Dark brown, almost black body, Bombay manages a thin cap of maple colored foam.

Spiced is right! The bouquet on this beer is all over the place! There is definitely more "generic" stout flares, like dark chocolate, some roast, a bit of boozy heat, a bit leathery. Then you also have the spices, which I suppose you could interpret as chai: cinnamon, lots of cinnamon, some ginger, and a little vanilla. That is fun!

The dark chocolate and roasty qualities hit the palate up front. Letting the beer languish at mid-palate though, that is where the fun stuff starts to happen. Again, this is still pretty strong with the booze character and the dark chocolate, but there is a nice spicing, not quite as strong as the nose was. Again there is cinnamon, some ginger, and even a bit of sugary dark fruits hitting. It finishes a little too boozy for me, but at least that spicing is still hanging on.

Pretty good feel on this beer, it is slightly sticky and has some good heft to it. It is big enough to handle the spicing going on.

This dark chocolatey, roasty stout base swirls in well with the spiced flavors of cinnamon and ginger. I wish the spicing was bigger on the palate, but the fig-like sweetness helps make up for it. And man, maybe it is just me, but this ran a little hotter than I prefer. Still, this was a fun beer!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled On 08/08/13

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of tan head that quickly fades down to almost nothing but a few bubbles

S: Roasted malts with the advertised chai tea spices. Cinnamon and cardamom stand out the most, but the ginger and vanilla are also present. Dark chocolate in there as well

T: Follows the nose, but the cinnamon and cardamom are a bit more subdued. Starts off with the roasted malts,dark chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. Gets a hint of sweetness from the vanilla shortly afterwards. Finishes with a little bit more of the cinnamon and a light char

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Quite a bit of cinnamon throughout this brew, so be prepared for that. I think it makes a nice compliment to the roasted malts. Drinkable overall for a 10% imperial stout. Worthwhile if you've enjoyed the stouts from CS so far

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Bombay Berzerker. Indian-style Chocolate Stout. Relative to their Chocolate Sombrero. Love the Clerks quote. Poured into a snifter

Dark. Nearly completely black. Some chestnut hues around the edges when held up to light. A nice bubbly beige head after an aggressive pour. Good retention. Patchy lacing. Zero visible carbonation

Aroma is of sweet milk chocolate. Some booze shines through. Then the chai spices kick in. Big notes of vanilla and ginger. More subdued are earthy cinnamon and cardamon. More booze

Decadent chocolate reigns supreme here. I've let this sit for about an hour through the course of drinking and it really turns into a rich chocolatey treat as it warms. Vanilla and sweet ginger follow the chocolate. Earthy cinnamon gives this a bittering aspect before the chocolate becomes cloying. Boozey notes throughout

Mouthfeel is silken-smooth. No carbonation. Full. The only thing that saves it from feeling like chocolate milk is the bite of booze and spice, which gives this a nice warming sensation.

A great dessert beer though no doubt too sweet for some. Much sweeter than Chocolate Sombrero. A nice beer to go with pumpkin season without being a pumpkin beer itself. I really enjoyed it, but would probably pick up Chocolate Sombrero or, better yet, Vampire Slayer before revisiting. A solid stout nonetheless

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LiverBelly for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, and Indian and Thai spice aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, cinnamon, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice spice presence that makes this one quite tasty.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Bombay Berserker a couple days ago for $11.49 at The lager Mill. I was looking for a new bomber to try and since I haven't been disappointed with any of the bombers I have tried from Clown Shoes I thought I would give this one a try, I'm interested to see how the chai works in this beer, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but it might just be one of my least favorite Clown Shoes label, it's not that eye catching, but i think the description would be. It poured a nice black color that took more of a really dark brown color when held to the light with two fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with some spices seeming to show up first with some cinnamon and cardamon with some ginger seeming to stick out a little more. Up next comes a big chocolate aroma that has a very cocoa like aspect to it with a slight amount of vanilla and some roasted malt aromas with a slight alcohol prescience that is pretty much covered up by the chocolate. Right at the end I get a light chai tea aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I liked how most the ingredients listed showed up in the taste.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the spices being the first to show up and they impart all those spices that I got in the aroma with the ginger seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes loads of chocolate that retain that nice cocoa aspect and there's a slight bit of vanilla in the background along with some roasted malt flavors. On the finish comes a pretty noticeable Chai tea flavor that worked well with this beer and there was a fairly light amount of bitterness with the alcohol being hidden well and it had a chocolate and chai tea like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the ingredients were represented well and they worked together better then I expected.

M- Fairly smooth, creamy, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of a spiced stout, the chocolate really helps balance out all those spices and the chai tea finish works better then I thought it was going to. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little creamy, a little rich, not as filling as I expected, the alcohol was well hidden and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I think half a bottle is a good amount for me, It might start to wear on me after that. What I liked the most about this beer was the complexity, all those different ingredients added many layers to the taste and aroma of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything I disliked or would change about this beer, nothing felt out of place. I would buy this beer again, I don't think I'll go back and grab a couple more right now because I don't think it will age well but if they brew it again I might get one. I would recommend this to anyone who likes spiced stouts. All in all I was happy with this beer, it delivered what I hoped it would and all the different aspects of it turned out to work well together. Good job guys, I enjoyed this unique stout.

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Bombay Berserker from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.