Billionaire | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
630
Reviews:
72
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.44%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
156
For Trade:
20
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split 2 ways and served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Unremarkable chestnut brown. No head or lacing. Would rate it lower but it kind of reminds me of J.W. Lees, so an extra .25.

Smell: Fruit and barrel. Raisin, berries, vanilla, caramel. Very aromatic. Some Jolly Rancher type hard candy, but mostly softer aromas like caramel and plums. Better than it sounds, really, as it's one of those "I can't really sit here and rattle off the grocery list of aromas, but the magnitude of the aroma is high, it's complex enough, and it's very inviting."

Taste: Follows the nose, but better. Raisins and mild prunes, cherry hard candies, leading to a long, warming flavor of caramel, oaky vanilla, and lots of brown sugar. Another perfect barrel and base beer marriage by Clown Shoes.

Lots of interesting fruit and cognac notes up front, and an extremely long lasting and satisfying oak, caramel, brown sugar finish (hints of raisin-like dark fruit flavors there as well). Alcohol (12%!) is perfectly tamed and masked, but comes out as chest warmth and flavor extension (each sip goes a long way, I mean).

Again, not much to say about it, but really great.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Mild but ample carbonation. Not dry, but nor is it chalky or sugary. Nothing getting in the way of the awesome flavor.

Overall: Another beautifully put together beer by Clown Shoes. This is the same brewery that made the awful pecan porter? That gets snobby disses for contract brewing? This is a brilliant beer; the type of thing that doesn't come from anywhere but talent and vision.

Extra points on Overall than the rest of the categories because the sum of its parts *is* greater, and it delivers Cognac, barrel, huge barleywine, without being cloying even for a second. It's not tamed by huge heat or heavy hopping, it's tamed by the flavors just working.

Great beer. Hope it's made annually instead of just once, because (like Hammer of the Holy) it delivers unique flavors that I want to have again.

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Photo of GOBLIN
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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Photo of CoreyC
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 4-10-14 so almost 3 years
A - dark brown nice tan head
S - super nice sweet caramel and toffee
T - outstanding with sweet toffee, caramel, and dark fruit. Very subtle barrel. Very smooth with absolutely no bitterness.
M - nice stickiness to go with the style
O - excellent

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Clear snifter class
From: World of Beers in Naperville, Ill.
Price: $9.00
Purchased: Sept. 16, 2016
Consumed: Sept. 16, 2016
Reviewed as: English Barleywine
Misc.: N/A

Had this on my want list on Beer Advocate and was excited to get to try it on my first trip to the area. Decided that I was going to have two of the three big boozy beers at WOB (3 Floyd’s Moloko and Clown Shoes Billionaire), only missing out on Dark Horse’s Plead the 5th. Was really looking forward to it.

Poured a reddish brown amber-to-light brown color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white frothy head. Good lacing. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled dry tobacco, red sherry wine, toffee, caramel, very oaky and boozy. The dry leathery tobacco really dominates here. (Smell - 4.00)

First thought on the taste was, “Holy shit this is good.” Thought Firestone Anniversary or Firestone Sucaba with the first taste. Earthy tobacco, toffee, red sherry wine, caramel, oaky woody barrels (must be Cognac), dry-hopped Nugget and very sweet. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

This was really good after a slow start. Really liked it a lot. The taste and mouthfeel were just fantastic. (Overall - 4.25)

4.33 | 96 | A

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of pat61
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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4.44/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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