Burnt Caramel
Clown Shoes

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American Brown Ale
3.74 | pDev: 8.82%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Burnt CaramelBurnt Caramel
Notes: Hello, my name is Caramel God. This American Brown Ale has five hundred pounds of burnt caramel in it, provided by Toscanini’s Ice Cream in Cambridge, MA. Pray to whoever you will or worship me as I hover over an endless ocean of ice cream cones. Either way, may you find enlightenment.
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Reviews by Doug6322:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brew was poured from a bomber into generic chalices. It appeared a stormy tawny coloring, sporting a quickly dissipating eggnog colored head worth one finger’s height. Intermittent clouds of lacing were left around the glass, but these too quickly dripped away into Dali-esque malformations. A thick haze was present, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma smelled very much like cooled wort, with heavy flow of steeped raw barley, oats, brown and caramel malts. This was balanced by light brown sugar granulations, singed smokiness, caramelized onions, plastic and medicinal phenols, browned apples, and grassy and citric hop pellets. The flavor came with more bittered malts of caramel and burnt brown varietals, soy sauce, sesame seeds, plum and black cherry fruitiness, flaked oats, grassy and sweetly nectary hops, high fructose corn syrup cloy, metallic and floury adjuncts, and raw molasses. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. The mouth was left wet, with nothing more coming off a lackluster slurp and glug. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back only okay.

Overall, we were not very happy with this beer. Lately Clown Shoes has been on point, and we thought this would be a nice easy letdown to accompany the wedding-after Sunday brunch, but unfortunately we were wrong. The malts are more burnt than caramel, and this kills the flavor, blend, and allure of it right from the start. The recipe is otherwise overly formulaic, and seems unfinished and underdone with this gimmick of an inclusion.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 4/10/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours chestnut brown with a finger and a half beige head. A nice thin layer of retention leaves only tiny spots of lace.

Sure enough, aromas of burnt caramel dominate. Mild brown sugar, dulce de leche ice cream and vague roast malts.

Again in the flavor, plenty of burnt caramel up front. Toasted nuts, vague soft chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and toasted bread.

Light, just shy of medium body with moderate carbonation. Nutty, caramel and brown sugar finish.

While this is not Clown Shoes' best work in my opinion, they have successfully made a brown ale (not a style that I favor) that is pretty darn good. The sweetness of the caramel adds a pleasant element to the typical maltiness of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a really smooth brown ale and could pass for a stout. Excellent finish keeps you coming back for more. I had this on draught in TX of all places. I will be looking for this when I get back home. I'd say Clown Shoes has dark beer pretty much dialed in at their plant.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- poured to a tulip. Almost no head. Not a clear brown or deep dark brown. Hazy in a not so appealing fashion.

S- a surprising sour smell up front. Back end is a nice growing sweet deep caramel. A decent nut brown undertone.

T- the usual nutty yumminess of a brown ale is overwhelmed by the burnt part of this burnt caramel. The bitter burnt flavor overpowers the subtle sweetness of the caramel that tries to shine through. The taste was rather disappointing

M- IMO it's the best part of this beer. A light body and appropriate for the style. Decent carbonation tingles the tongue.

O- I love me some Clown Shoes and was really wanting to top off my Friday night dessert paired with a burnt caramel brown. I put this aside to finish my dessert paired with water.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Burnt Caramel from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 91 ratings