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Billionaire | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
English Barleywine aged in European Cognac barrels.

Added by dwagner003 on 11-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 625
Reviews by DIM:
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

This was a clear dark cola brown; it poured with a short lived fizzy head.

Definitely a barleywine nose, plenty of spicy toffee, raisin, and a little heat. There was a hint of tobacco from the barrel and maybe a small trace of out place booze (cognac?). More heat in the mouth than the nose. This helped blunt the sweetness that might have otherwise been cloying. Lots of rich toffee and dark fruit with some vanilla and a bit of a spicy, woody tingle. The finish was a bit too hot, tasting strongly of raw alcohol. The body was thinner than I would have liked for a beer this size.

I really enjoyed this, but I expected more of a unique experience because of the cognac barrel.

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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sigh . . . I can't believe I finally opened my bottle of billionaire. Oh well, that's why we buy them right . . . To drink them ? This one poured a beautiful rich ruby color with no lacing. Aromas are dark fruits with the cognac lingering around for emphasis. Tastes luxurious and extravagant with caramel, raisins worn leather and oak are pulled together by the cognac barrels. Very little alcohol burn is noticeable. Though a couple of years on this bottle is probably to thank for that smoothness. Overall, glad I picked this up when I did. Billionaire has made for a really enjoyable drink tonight.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish chestnut with a slight, tan tinted foam cap and slight legs. Smell: some cognac on the nose with faint sherry Taste: Attacks creamy sweet follwed by a charge of sherry and malts with a growing bitterness wrapped in cognac. The flavor profile is wonderful. There is some fruit in there but the intensity of the cognac, malt, alcohol, and hops make it hard to pull out the fruit. Has an aspect of drinking a bourbon or a congac with the malt and alcohol – very creamy. Mouthfeel: Very creamy and chewy, with some slight warming.

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3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Billionaire from Clown Shoes
4.13 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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