Bombay Berserker - Clown Shoes
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3.96/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
10-20-2013 00:33:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.84/5 rDev +1.6%
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!
01-03-2014 02:30:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.74/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
07-08-2014 18:53:18 | More by TMoney2591
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
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/25/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, caramel, light coffee, cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, and roast/herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, caramel, light coffee, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, light vanilla, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light coffee, caramel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, light vanilla, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
02-12-2014 04:58:38 | More by superspak
4.06/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
05-22-2014 02:09:48 | More by DrDemento456
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
Bombay Berserker from Clown Shoes
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