Royal Standard
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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #82
Ranked #15,215
3.92 | pDev: 8.67%
Mar 08, 2023
Apr 29, 2014
Very Good
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Notes: Malty, creamy, and moderately sweet, we brewed this Wee Heavy with Scottish Golden Promise barley malt to add a deep fullness and a hint herbal/floral tenderness.
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Rated: 3.79 by mrovelli from Massachusetts

Mar 08, 2023
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Clearish, reddish-copper hued with a short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Light brown sugar, bready/toasty with a subtle spice presence. Overripe fruit skins given a thorough spritz of booze.

Taste: It has a taste of breadcrusts, brown sugar, though it really doesn't show particularly much depth. Its candyish sweetness is tempered by a tobacco-tinged spiciness and flashes of solventy alcohol. Apple-leaning fruitiness swings back to an almost phenolic like spiciness which lasts beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness.

Overall: A somewhat clunky iteration.
Mar 02, 2023
Rated: 4.9 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts

Feb 22, 2023
Rated: 3.84 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Feb 19, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by Zylod from West Virginia

Feb 10, 2023
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Rated by iluvbeer69 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Solid beer, very malty. Easy to drink.
Jan 02, 2023
Rated: 4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Papercut4 from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
It has some nice spice to it. Smooth honey, malt flavor that goes down pretty darn smooth. Got this in the Christmas 12 pack and is another great addition
Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by strengthdoc from Connecticut

Dec 21, 2022
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I haven’t had a wee heavy in a long time and found this very enjoyable. It was packed with malty sweetness including rich caramel, tea leaf, brown sugar, peat moss, honey and don’t allspice as it fades. It hides the ABV well and went down easy.
Dec 16, 2022
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
From a 12oz can, best by 01/31/24. From the 12 Beers of Christmas variety pack. Served in a willi becher pub glass.

Pours a cloudy caramel colour with a half-finger of creamy, cream-coloured suds. Retention on the order of half a minute or so, leaves a fizzy collar and a barely rousable, super-slippery thin film of lacing.

Nose is vanishingly faint, vaguely malty-sweet and really not much more to say about that.

Taste is sugary-sweet and flowery. Honey, apple core, toffee, cinnamon. Watery, with a suggestion of yeasty funk - a belgian wee heavy?

Feel is flaccid, medium bodied, light relative to the style, decently carbonated.
Dec 06, 2022
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Royal Standard. Part of the Clown Shoes 12 Beers of Christmas pack.

Clown Shoes

Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

It's been a while since I've had a Wee Heavy. Seems on par with the style, bourbon maltiness, candy apple and slight booze heat, dense complexity and slightly spicy. Good balance, true to form. Missing is the traditional peaty effect like some classics of its style.
Dec 01, 2022
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a snifter glass from the can.

Appearance: send me hazy amber color with a white head which initially Rose about one full fingers length off the body that settled quick after one sip of the Brew.

Smell: smells a little bit like candy, more like butterscotch hinting the nostrils of light notes of cinnamon.

Taste: honey, malty and comes off sweet right to the roof of your mouth. Think of a carbonated whiskey but more sweet than spicy if you know what I mean.

Mouth: medium to full carbonation with a very sticky body.

Overall: decent beer considering I got it in a variety pack I would definitely grab it again just to keep me warm this winter. Salud!
Nov 29, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
This is from the "12 Beers of Christmas" pack.
From the bottom of the can: "Best By 01/31/2024 235 12:43"

Appearance: The body is moderately hazy and dark bronze in color. It allows fuzzy shadows through the glass. The head is a tobacco stained yellow-tan color which starts out large with various bubble sizes, then fades out to a thick frothy ring and some rafts of bubbles. A few widely dispersed spots are on the glass but no real lacing.

Aroma: A light hint of caramel and herbal hop notes are present. It smells nice but faint.

Taste: Up front there are notes of toasted caramel and a bit of a nutty character. Some smooth alcohol flavor towards the center of the palate with just a hint more of that nondescript nut character and a light touch of banana bread. It almost has a cinnamon character in the aftertaste which is pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The star of the show here is the mouthfeel. It is full bodied and smooth. Carbonation feels great and it is just pleasant on the palate.

Overall: As a whole it is a pretty good beer. It has a fantastic texture that really pulls the rest of the beer together and helps amplify the flavors. I could drink it again if I were to buy it at a restaurant with a meal. I would recommend trying a single or tossing it in a six-pack.
Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 3.97 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Nov 26, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by Gkruszewski from New York

Nov 19, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by cabsandking from Ohio

Nov 11, 2022
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz can, born on 9/1/21, poured into a snifter at 48 degrees F:
L - golden orange with no head
S - caramel
T - nice caramel, toffee malt flavor
F - medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O - very nice, a bit sweet but a bit malty
May 25, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz can, tulip, best by 1/31/23.

The color is lighter and redder, almost like wild honey. There was a noticeable fizzing after the pour as the small yellowed head quickly crackled away.

Clover honey, herbal and floral. Sweet and warm whisky with vanilla and a hint of smoke.

Lightly sweet and warm in that cozy way that a glass of whisky can be warm. There is big bitter, gently warm alcohol that balances and savory herbal hints.

It’s light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

With this one the complexity actually decreases as it warms.
Feb 05, 2022
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is a tough style. The best of them are nasty. This one is probably not one of the best of them, and my sample is pretty old, but i would think this an ale style that might keep a little better.

It opens a pretty light reddish with fine bubbles. I would have expected darker, but it is pretty. The aroma is sweet and just slightly funky. The taste is just a bit on the sweet side for one of these but that makes it easier to go down than most.

Recommended. I got this in a 12 beers of xmas set (as a gift). i wouldn't seek it out, but if you got one, go for it!
Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured out of a 12 oz. can into my tulip glass, this beer pours a mostly clear, medium amber/copper color w/ a fluffy looking head that's about an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing at all here unfortunately. Aromas of toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness along with a bit of fig and plum. The taste is very similar, w/ some bready, caramel malt sweetness and the aforementioned fruit flavors and just a hint of spice. Not the most complex flavor profile, and that's okay. It is very well done I feel. Has a smooth and fairly crisp, slightly chewy and sticky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The sweet flavors linger nicely in the aftertaste here. A good beer that's certainly worth a try.

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 3.76 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 3.57 by ccryder from New York

Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4.01 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by McBraniel from Virginia

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: It pours light copper with a slightly off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has strong malty caramel aromas with some raisin and plum notes. There is a sweetness to the aroma.

Taste: The flavors have strong caramel up front with raisins and plums. There is a very light spicy note in the background.

Feel: It has a medium full body with a sweet finish.

Overall, a good strong caramel wee heavy.
Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by cgrunin from Texas

Dec 23, 2021
Rated: 4 by Stengelfoot from California

Dec 20, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by Boone757 from Virginia

Dec 16, 2021
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Reviewed by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A bit too malty for my taste, almost an Andygator. Pretty color, solid head, ale on the nose. Some sort of citrus or herb lingers on the palate and changes the vibe from ale. Ok, but probably one and done.
Dec 12, 2021
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 291 ratings