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Bombay Berserker - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MistahBeah on 09-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clown Shoes has been knocking it out of the park lately. I just enjoyed a bottle of 'Hammer of the Holy,' which is a triumph of a beer, aged in rum barrels. Now, I am on to something equally experimental - this time it's an Imperial Stout flavored with Chai tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla. I have grown to trust Clown Shoes when it comes to anything left of center, which is something I might be hard pressed to say in regards to even some of the breweries I have been drinking for years longer.

The Berserker is as black as they come, revealing only the slightest oily brown tint when held directly in front of the light. A light brown head forms initially around the height of 1/4" then it fades to a frothy ring with wispy remnants in the center. Great lacing on the glass, and it's difficult to judge any carbonation level present. Quite right for the style and ABV.

If the aroma is an accurate preview of how this stout will taste, I am in for a treat! I'm very pleased to notice immediately that the various unorthodox flavors added are blending in perfectly in balance with the stout. I am getting it all - the cinnamon and spice, ginger, jasmine, vanilla, and roasted coffee beans. There's also something in here that reminds me of a good whiff of some pumpkin stout.

Taste: Okay here it comes... I am completely floored. There's so much going on, so much that's right about all this. I am so glad I have the rest of the bomber left to drink after this review! Now, I'm going to use a metaphor for a sec that I find completely appropriate... I did not pick up a ton of chocolate in the aroma, but boy do I ever in the taste! In fact, I am picturing a chocolate truffle melting in my mouth right now. This brew has a soft mouth feel, like melting milk chocolate, yet after that initial flavor, we reach the smaller center which contains the spiced goodness. Things get crisp for a moment. For an instant, the flavors reminiscent of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger take center stage, then they fade blissfully into the chocolatey whole that is the foundation of this beer.

I kid you not, I am almost getting chills during the finish. Somehow, this gradual fade plays me a greatest hits of what I just tasted a few seconds ago. Velvety would be an understatement for the mouth feel... In no way feel like I am drinking a 10% ABV beer, yet it coats the mouth so fully. Be careful everyone! I have to bring up another comparison in this review: This beverage succeeds in the same manner as good Belgian stouts do. We all want the best of both worlds right? In the same way we enjoy smoky, roasty flavors coupled with sweet fruit esters and Belgian yeasts, I am currently enjoying a chocolate stout infused with spiced from India.

Overall - to those who shy away from anything like this: It's good, like the first time someone made you try chocolate covered pretzels. It just works. Trust me. Definitely a concoction I will be enjoying again and again!

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled 22 oz bomber into 33 cl tulips.

Look- Deep brown, opaque. Finger and a half of graham cracker-colored head, falls quickly leaving a ring of khaki suds around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing for 10%.

Smell- Mocha and pepper, light lemon. Mace and cardamom...? Check the bottle and well, that teaches me. Didn't realize this was a spiced beer- way to read the label. Second take with that known, and the chai influence is unmistakable- a little nutty, savory spices, light sweetness. It works.

Taste- Mellow, savory, spices more apparent but not overbearing. Nice milk chocolate-chai flavor, some coffee, vanilla bean, nice roasty bite on the finish. Reminds me of a stout version of a dirty chai. Light sweetness, but balanced. Excellent.

Mouthfeel- Exceptionally creamy, medium-full body, soft carbonation. Full but not sticky, roasty finish with enough astringency from the booze and dark roasts to keep it in check. Speaking of booze, it's a big beer, but not abrasive or sharp at all. 10% definitely kept in check. Drinks like a mocha milkshake.

Overall- Very nice, and grows on me as I sip. The Chocolate Sombrero (which the bottle indicates was the precursor to this) was a bit aggressive for my tastes, but this one is spot-on. I must admit I am a big fan of chai in general, so perhaps I'm biased, but for a chai-spiced imperial stout this is spot on and I really can't imagine this getting much better. I'll definitely pick this up again if I see it.

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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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Bombay Berserker from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.